Mormon Arts Center

Journal

Board members and participants capture behind-the-scenes activities of the Mormon Arts Center in frequent posts.

Off to the printer

The last time I pulled an all-nighter was...let me think...never. 

This week though, with the help of a bottle of Dr. Pepper and quite a lot of chocolate,  I stayed up all day, all night, and all the next day to put on the finishing touches for two publications due at the printer. The largest of these is the 660-page tome by film historian Randy Astle, Mormon Cinema: Origins to 1952. More about it another time, but I have to say that you will be in for a surprise. It is a major achievement in Mormon history.

Richard Bushman wrote a short blurb for the book's back cover: "I was fascinated with every page of Randy Astle’s work. He uncovered a world I had scarcely glimpsed before. Movies have been a larger part of Church life than I had dreamed. Fortunately, Astle knows how to tell stories and depict character. His book swarms with intriguing tales and fascinating personalities. It is both analytical and compelling. We don’t know our own history if we don’t understand the place of film.”

 

Glen Nelson