The Filmmakers

Will Swenson (director): Will Swenson recently completed a long run on Broadway in his Tony nominated role as Burger in Hair. Long list of stage credits include Rock of Ages, Camelot, Slugbearers of Kayrol Island, 110 In The Shade, Lestat, Brooklyn, Miss Saigon, Adrift in Macao, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Comedy of Errors, Kept and Once Upon a Time in New Jersey. Television and Film credits include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Six Degrees, All My Children, Guiding Light, As the World Turns and The Singles Ward. In 2005, Will wrote, directed and starred in the award-winning feature film Sons of Provo. In the spring of 2011 will be starring as Tick/Mitzy in the new Broadway musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

 

Carol Lynn Pearson (screenwriter): A professional writer for decades, Pearson’s autobiography, Goodbye, I Love You, tells the story of her marriage to a homosexual man, their divorce, ongoing friendship, and her caring for him as he died of AIDS. Featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning, America” and in “People Magazine,” she has become an icon to many thousands of gay people and their families for her powerful work to end the tragic collision between religion and homosexuality - causing Rabbi Harold Kushner (author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People) to say,“Thank you, Carol Lynn Pearson, for reminding us that the task of any religion is to teach us whom we’re required to love, not whom we’re entitled to hate.” Pearson’s one woman play “Mother Wove the Morning” earned an award from “Booklist” as “one of the top 25 videos of the year” and two of her children’s plays were commissioned by Robert Redford’s Sundance Summer Theatre. Her many award-winning books have had a combined sale of over 800,000 and many of her poems have been widely reprinted in such places as the Ann Landers column, Chicken Soup for the Soul, as well as several college literary textbooks.


Emily Pearson (producer): Emily Pearson is one of the producers on the documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition that took the 2010 Sundance Film Festival by storm. She worked for years as Managing Director of Main Street Movie Company and helped produce the company’s film States of Grace. Emily has been a professional actor for years with credits including Taking 5, Brigham City, Evil Angel, Beverly Hills 90210, Touched By An Angel and Saved By The Bell. She received a double nomination (Best Actress in a Musical) by the Connecticut Critics Circle for her roles as Carrie in Carousel and Mitzie in Over Here! She also co-authored the book Fuzzy Red Bathrobe and is the author of the children’s book Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed and the upcoming memoir Dancing With Crazy.

 

Duane Andersen (producer): Duane produced the film Surrogate Valentine, which premieres at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2011. His award winning film White on Rice was distributed theatrically by Variance and digitally by Warner Brothers. He also produced Big Dreams Little Tokyo and Last Kind Words (starring Academy Award nominee Brad Dourif), which is expected to be completed late 2011. He was an executive producer for the short Crazy Beats Strong Every Time which premiered at Sundance 2011. In addition to Facing East, Duane has the coming-of-age dramedy Yodar Critch and the zombie themed musical Young Zombies in Love in early pre-production. In 2011 he will make his feature film directorial debut with Superpowerless.

Guinevere Turner(writer):
 

 
   
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