At first, LDS officials thought their newest feature film would best be shown in the Legacy Theater in the church-owned Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City.
After all, that theater has been the venue for previous Mormon-produced movies such as "Legacy" and "Testaments."
But LDS apostle David A. Bednar announced Tuesday that church leaders have decided to unveil their next project, "Meet the Mormons," first in selected theaters nationwide followed by showings on YouTube and other Internet sites.
The film was shot on locations in the U.S., Costa Rica and Nepal as well as other sites. It examines "the very diverse lives of six devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
They are: humanitarian Bishnu Adhikari, who works in Nepal; Head football coach Ken Niumatalolo of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; amateur kickboxing champ Carolina Muñoz Marin in Costa Rica; Mormon bishop Jermaine Sullivan in Atlanta; LDS missionary mom Dawn Armstrong; and retired Col. Gail Halvorsen, who dropped candy tied to parachutes out of his airplane window to children below during the 1940s Berlin airlift.
"Meet the Mormons" will hit theaters just after LDS General Conference in October, Bednar said during a Brigham Young University devotional address Tuesday.
All box office proceeds (minus distribution expenses) will go to the American Red Cross.
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