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Adriane Rice
Born in Utah. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Education: degree in Theatre from California State University at Long Beach. Film producer. Has worked in the arts and media for over 12 years. Specializes in coordinating, directing, scheduling, managing and interviewing. "My background in Theatre enables me to work well with actors and nonprofessional talent alike. I enjoy the discovery found in interviewing people and working with a diverse variety of clients." Producer of Sundance Film Festival Trailers 1998. Producer of films for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Inflow, inc. and the Utah Symphony.
Breck Rice
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Celest. Birth name: Breck L. Rice. Co-director of the Salt Lake City Film Festival, which was founded by Wayne L. Lee and first held in August 2002. Breck said of the film festival: "We were disappointed with the direction many film festivals are taking. We set out to provide an experience that will stir the soul, heal the heart, and enrich the world, and we selected the Salt Lake vicinity because of the affinity this area has for these values. We are receiving films from within the US and from many parts of the world. It is satisfying to see the interest in wholesome entertainment." [Source: Meridian Magazine, 8 August 2002, http://www.meridianmagazine.com/arts/020808slc.html]. Co-founder and chief operations officer of Trilogy Studios. Bio from Trilogy Studios executives page (http://www.Trilogystudios.com/company/execteam2.html):
Mr. Rice has over twelve years of experience in operations, business management, and international marketing. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Rice was a territory marketing supervisor for British Petroleum/Amoco Oil. Mr. Rice also planned and executed national promotions, media relations, and public affairs for BP/Amoco. During 1996 to 1999, he served as Territory Manager for World Vacation Travel. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Rice successfully led the marketing department for RC Corporation and was the company's top producer. Mr. Rice received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Phoenix and serves on several advisory boards. Mr. Rice is an accredited instructor of marketing and public relations courses at the university level.

Mr. Rice directs all operations for marketing, sales, advertising, and public relations. He is a member of the Office of the Chairman.


Duff Rich
Sometimes credited as: Duff Edward Rich; Edward "Duff" Rich; Edward Rich. Swing electrician for the 70mm film "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000), produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Best boy grip for the direct-to-video family film "Horse Crazy" (2001). Best Boy/Truck Grip for Martin Andersen's short film "Follow Your Heart" (1998). Best boy for Andersen's short film "Journey to Harmony" (2002). Electrician for the KBYU documentary "The Call of Story" (2002).
Matthew Rich
Grip (electric) for the short film "Journey to Harmony" (2002), for which Duff Rich was the Best Boy.
Richard Rich
Latter-day Saint. Director of animated feature films and shorter educational animated films. Director of Disney's "Fox and the Hound" (1981) and "The Black Cauldron" (1985), the first Disney animated feature to be rated PG instead of G. Assistant director of Disney's short Biblical film "Small One" (1978), directed by Don Bluth. Rich also wrote one of the songs featured in "Small One." Left Disney and soon thereafter was one of the founders of Living Scriptures, Inc. Since then he has been the director of the animated feature films: The Trumpet of the Swan (2001); The King and I (1999); The Swan Princess (1994); The Swan Princess II (1997); The Swan Princess III (1998); The Scarecrow (2000). Profile Page
Jefferson Richard
Born 24 1946, Norwood, Massachusetts. Lives in Kamas, Utah. Birth name: Richard L. Salonen. Sometimes credited as: Jef Richard. Nickname: "El Jefe." Married to Sheila Wallace-Richard. They have 4 children. Former folk/rock/blues musician. Member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA). More than 130 feature films and TV credits. Worked as a producer or assistant director on many of the movies made by Charles Sellier's Sunn Classic Films production company. Writer/director of "Berserker" (1987) and director of "In Search of a Golden Sky" (1983), both low-budget feature films made in Utah. Line producer for the feature films: Driven (2001); 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001); Get Carter (2000); Fake-Out (1982); The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976); The Black Six (1974). Line producer for the TV movies "Conan: The Adventurer" (1998) and "Slaughter of the Innocents" (1994), and for the TV series "Acapulco H.E.A.T." (1998) and "Conan" (1998). Producer or co-producer of feature films: Black Fire (2002); Primary Suspect (2000); Exit in Red (1996); Born Wild (1995); Timemaster (1995); Ring of Steel (1994); Soldier's Fortune (1992); Fast Getaway (1991); Tripwire (1990); One Man Force (1989); Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989); Dance to Win (1989); Hit List (1988); Maniac Cop (1988); Dance Academy (1987); The Night Stalker (1987); Hundra (1983); In Search of a Golden Sky (1983); A Time to Die (1982); Getting Over (1980). Production manager for feature films, including: 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001); The Pledge (2001); Get Carter (2000); In Too Deep (1999); Love in Paris (1997); The Lonely Lady (1983); Butterfly (1981). Second unit director or first assistant director for feature films and TV movies, including: Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989); Maniac Cop (1988); California Gold Rush (1981); The Adventures of Nellie Bly (1981); Hangar 18 (1980); The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980); The Bermuda Triangle (1979); The Time Machine (1978); Donner Pass: The Road to Survival (1978). Second unit director on "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" TV series (1977-1978). Small on-screen roles in the movies "Timemaster" (1995), "Maniac Cop" (1988), "Candy Tangerine Man" (1975), "The Black Six" (1974). His own company: Stone Monkey Entertainment.
Allen Richards
Latter-day Saint. Born 10 June 1973, Washington, D.C. Had a small part as a zombie inthe low-budget video "Zombiegeddon" (2003). Bio from IMDb.com:
Born in Washington, D.C., Allen grew up in the surrounding suburbs of both Maryland and Virginia. He attended film school at Wright State University where he adopted the joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

While other college kids went south for spring break, in 1995 Allen went north to Toronto, Canada. Not even 5 minutes after arriving in the city, Allen conned his way onto the set of the Joey Lawrence movie "Prince for a Day," then called "The Prince and the Pizza Boy." After being approached by the Assistant Director and asked if he was suppossed to be there, Allen replied "yes." During a park scene early on Allen can be spotted in a variety of shots looking much older and scruffier than the rest of the clean-cut cast of teenagers.

Has a pet cat named after his favorite dessert, Brownie.


David Richards
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credied as: David Peter Richards; David P. Richards. Graduated in 1998 with an Associate Degree equivalent from Brigham Young University-Hawaii, visual art and photography emphasis. Graduated in 2001 Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a bachelor's degree in multimedia film. Made the (very) short film "Lengthen Your Stride," starring Keven Peterson. He dedicated the film to the late McKell Brockbank, who died while a film student at BYU. Contracted to design interactive CD-ROMs to be distributed in anti-tobacco assemblies in Utah schools. Worked as an intern on the set of the "Touched by an Angel" TV series in Salt Lake City, Utah (helped with security, learned about TV production). Participated in the production of many student films while at BYU. Website: http://yfilms.byu.edu/dave_richards/
Kent Richards
Utah-based actor. Small roles in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Brigham City" (2001) and the TV movie "Unforgivable" (1996). TV appearance on "Touched by an Angel."
Leslie Richards
Lives in Utah. Associate producer of the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). Also appears on screen in "Charly" as a waitress and also in the art exhibit crowd. Co-producer of the feature film "Nowhere Land" (1998). Legal consultant for "Downtown: A Street Tale" (2002).
Joe Richardsen
Boom operator for T.C. Christensen's "Bug Off!" (2001).
Cindy Richardson
Based in central Utah. Wrangler. Head wrangler and also a stunt double (horse rider) for the short film "A Truce with Death" (1993), about Latter-day Saint pioneers.
Rebecca Richardson
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Director of the 21-minute film "Donation to Our Nation," which competed in the 2002 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is described as a comedic rockumentary detailing the antics of B-musicians fundraising for the economy.
Wayne Richardson
Lives in Heber City, Utah. Assistant wrangler for the short Latter-day Saint-themed film "A Truce with Death" (1993), for which Cindy Richardson was the head wrangler.
Kenny Riches
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Has lived in Provo, Utah. Director of the short (7 min., 30 sec.) narrative film "Telegenic Life," which competed in the 2002 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. The film is about "a boy's hopeless addiction to his boob tube [television]."
Russell D. Richins
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Orem, Utah with his wife Diane. Sometimes credited as: Russell Richins; Russ Richins; Russel D. Richins. Art director for the TV movie "The Robin Hood Gang" (1997; a.k.a. "Angels in the Attic"), the Feature Films For Families videos "Rigoletto" (1993), "Seasons of the Heart" (1993), "The ButterCream Gang" (1992), "Split Infinity" (1992) and the Lee Groberg's PBS documentaries "Treasure House: The Utah Mining Story" (1995), "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997) and "American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith" (1999). Art director for the KBYU documentary "Letting God Have His Way: A Conversation about C.S. Lewis" (1999). Line producer for the direct-to-video movie "Someone Was Watching" (2002), produced by Lee Groberg. Has a small part on screen in "Treasure House: The Utah Mining Story."
Don Rigby
Sound engineer for the 1986 video version of the popular Latter-day Saint-themed musical "My Turn on Earth," written by Lex de Azevedo and Carol Lynn Pearson. Credited in the KBYU PBS documentary "The Call of Story" (2002) as "KBYU Truck." Location sound recording and playback for the KBYU dance film "Woman, the Pioneer" (1997). Sound mixer for the Latter-day Saint-themed KBYU film "Eliza and I" (1997).
Christeena Michelle Riggs
Latter-day Saint. Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU). Singer featured in the PBS special "Gloria: The Life of Christ" (2000). Has performed on Broadway: Les Miz 10th Ann. (Cosette/Eponine). Tours: Sunset Blvd. (Betty Schaefer), Les Miz (Eponine). Credits: Candide, Carousel, Tapestry. Quote from fan site (http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/Wing/8755/cmriggs.html): "This beautiful girl has had the privilege of playing both Eponine and Cosette on Broadway! Shown above is Christeena in both roles. She has an amazing soprano voice which melts your heart! And as you can see for yourself, she is breathtaking! She can currently be seen understudying former Les Miz costar and pal, whome she happened to share a dressing room with, Sarah Uriarte Berry who played Eponine opposite Christeenas 'Cosette' on Broadway, in the role of Betty"
Daniel Riggs
Did stunt work for the direct-to-video family film "Someone Was Watching" (2002), directed by Mark Goodman.
Jennifer Riggs
Jennifer Riggs is the name of an actress who had a bit part (as a "Convertible Girl") in the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002). This is also the name of a the lead actress in "Thunderpoint" (1998), a low-budget but impressive feature-length student film made by California State University Northridge students in 1997. These two credits may belong to the same person.
Steve Riggs
Lives in Utah. Experienced film crew member. Set manager for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature-length film "Day of Defense" (2003).
Bus Riley
Utah-based actor. Major role in Joshua Tai Taeoalii's independent feature film "Twice Today" (2001). Small roles in other films and TV movies: Brigham City (2001); Coyote Summer (1996); Split Infinity (1992); Stolen from the Heart (2000); The Avenging Angel (1995); Mortal Fear (1994).
Fred Rindlisbacher
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lead scenic artist for "The Way of the Gun" (2000). Carpenter for "A Midnight Clear" (1992).
Stephen Rippey
Bio from his website, http://www.stephenrippey.com/:
A Washington, D.C. native, Stephen grew up playing various instruments including the violin, saxophone, guitar, and piano. He joined his first band in high school and soon began writing, producing and recording his own material. After moving to Salt Lake City, Utah in September of 1994, Stephen continued working on his music while playing in several cover bands.

In the fall of 1996, Stephen stumbled into acting. He soon landed parts in commercials and independent features including "Blue Ridge Fall" and "The Right Temptation."

In the summer of 1999, pre-production of the CD "I'M JUST A MAN" began. In October, Stephen landed a lead role in the Promark Production BABY BEDLAM. Stephen plays a goofy mobster named Butch alongside veteran actor Robert Costanzo. The movie also stars Joe Piscopo, Julie Hagerty and Reggie Theus. After finishing BABY BEDLAM, Stephen continued working on his CD, which was finally completed in late April 2000. During this time he worked on another Eric Hendershot film called MESSAGE IN A CELLPHONE.

Stephen's good fortune continued as he landed his biggest role yet playing the foul-mouthed gangster, Joe Starko, in GREEN DIGGITY DOG.

GREEN DIGGITY DOG won the audience appreciation award at the 2001 Slamdunk Film Festival in Park City, Utah.


Stephanie Ririe
Latter-day Saint. Director of the pro-family documentary "The Family Factor" (2002), filmed in communities all over the world.
Robert Risk
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sound editor whose credits include the feature film "1492: Conquest of Paradise" (1992).
Heimo P. Ritzinger
Lives in Park City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Heimo Ritzinger. Video operator on documentaries all over the world for German TV. Camera AC on features and commericals, including Marlboro, Lexus, Mercedes Benz. Second assistant camera for Blair Treu's "Wish Upon a Star" (1996).
Donna Rivette
Lives in Moab, Utah with her husband Michael. Craft service and wardrobe assistant for the movie "Passion in the Desert (1997). Also did wardrobe for ads for Timberland (Arts & Crafts) and National Geographic Explorer. Art department: Hollywood Cigarettes (HSI); Sunchaser (Sunchaser Prods.). Craft service for "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (2002), the "Touched By Angel" TV series, and a Lexus commercial. Hair/makeup for commercials for: Sunkist (North by Northwest); Sky TV (England); GoRVing USA (Gartner). Production assistant on the movie "Pontiac Moon" (Dysphuntional Films) and the TV movie "Slaughter of the Innocents" (1994), as well as for TV commercials.
Jini Rivette
Lives in Moab, Utah. Married to film crew worker Joe Kiffmeyer. Key production assistant for the movie "Passion in the Desert" (1997). Reclamation work for "Sunchasers" (Warner Brothers) and commercials for Plymouth (Atlas Productions) and Peugeot (Atherton & Associates). Locations assistant for commercials: Marlboro (Dragon Slayer); America Century (Sandbank Films); National Car Rental (Sandbank Films). Casting coordinator for commercials: Isuzu (Spots Films); Nissan (Sunnysideup Productions); Toyota (Artists Company).
Michael Rivette
Lives in Moab, Utah with his wife Donna. Helicopter longline rigging and safety: City Slickers II (Castle Rock Productions); Metallica (A Band Apart Pictures); Marlboro commercial (HSI). Set construction: Geronimo (Columbia Pictures); ads for Isuzu (Radical Media), Marlboro (RSA). Grip: City Slickers II (Castle Rock Prods.); Kundalini Rising (Fuzzy Pictures); Mission Impossible II (Paramount Pictures). Leopard fencing foreman for "Passion in the Desert" (1997). Electrician/gaffer: Independence Day (20th Century Fox); Mercenary (1997, TV movie); commercials Breakfast of Champions (Sugar Creek Prods.) and Ericsson Cell Phones (Fullblue Inc.). Art department: Greenhorn (Canyonlands Productions); Plymouth (Atlas Productions); Marlboro Classics (Group 33 Production).
Tanya Rizzuti
Lives in southern Utah. Works at Swan animation. 3D Artist and Color Model Supervisor for the animated feature film "The Princess and the Pea" (2002). 3D modeler and animator for the live-action direct-to-video movie "Message in a Cell Phone" (for the animated opening title sequence). Bio from Swan Animation website (http://www.princess-and-the-pea.com/swan_about.html):
Tanya Rizzuti began working at Swan Animation in 1999 as a Color Model Supervisor and Production Coordinator for Princess and the Pea. Before that, she worked for Duarte Design as an artist and speaker coordinator for an impressive clientelle, and previously worked as a 3D and Multimedia Artist at Mojave for the PC video game Secrets of the Luxor, for which she also co-wrote the hintbook. Currently, Tanya is working as a 3D artist on The Velveteen Rabbit.

Glenn Robards
Actor. May be best remembered for his regular role as "Jasper", the butler, on the TV series "Flamingo Road" (1981-1982). Small part in the PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997). Small roles in the feature films "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" (1981), "The Long Riders" (1980), "Marathon Man" (1976) and "St. Ives" (1976). Small roles in the TV movies: Not In This Town (1997); An Inconvenient Woman (1991); Inherit the Wind (1988); Dempsey (1983); Rage of Angels (1983); Joe Dancer: The Big Trade (1981); The Gift of Love (1978). TV guest appearances on: Touched by an Angel; Charlie's Angels; The Waltons; Little House on the Prairie.
Denver Robbins
Lives with his wife Laurie in Syracuse, Utah. Producer/director of "Rita's Wedding." Special effects make-up for the film "Invasion of Privacy" (1996). Special effects supervisor for "Night Fall."
Amy Jean Roberts
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sometimes credited as: Amy J. Roberts; Amy Roberts. Wardrobe/costumer. Costume designer for "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (2001). Costumer for the direct-to-video movie "The Crow: Salvation" (2000), the feature film "Bats" (1999) and the TV movie "Riders of the Purple Sage" (1996).
Erin Roberts
Based in Utah County. Craft services for the Jericho Road music video "Finding My Way Back To You" (2002), made by Tyler Measom and Telos Productions.
Laird Roberts
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Utah. Sometimes credited as: Laird Robert. Electrician for the 1989 video adaptation of the popular Latter-day Saint-themed musical "Saturday's Warrior." Gaffer (chief electrician) for the short film "Alyson's Closet" (1998), the Feature Films For Families video "The ButterCream Gang" (1992), and the movie "Neon City" (1992). Grip for Lee Groberg's documentary "American Gunmaker: The John M. Browning Story" (1991). Writer and production assistant for the Utah educational TV series "Technology Navigator" (1997-1998). One of numerous credited "story consultants" for T.C. Christensen's "Bug Off!" (2001). Roberts has written a screenplay, "Last Dance in the Heartland," about a small farming town facing a wave of foreclosures from the local bank; the main character is the banker. Kirk Strickland plans to produce and direct the screenplay.
Michael Roberts
Latter-day Saint. Born 13 July 1958, Eugene, Oregon. Sometimes credited as: Michael D. Roberts; Mike Roberts. Production accountant for "A Voice from the Dust," a series of feature films based on the Book of Mormon. Bio from the project website (http://www.voicefromthedust.com/):
Supervising the budget accounting of a large motion picture requires highly specialized expertise. Roberts has vast experience working with many multi-million dollar productions. Roberts was the Production Accountant for various projects with Lions Gate Entertainment, the Vice President of Finance and Physical Production for Mediacube USA, and the Director of Production Control for Morgan Creek Productions. His films include: The Untouchables (1987), Last Man Standing, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Matinee (1993), The Babe (1992), Dad (1989), Dead Again (1991), Flight of the Intruder (1991), Pretty in Pink (1986), Rocky IV (1985); The Cure (1995). [Also: The Puppet Masters (1994); Big Top Pee-wee (1988); Sylvester (1985)]

Nathan Roberts
Actor. Small roles in Bloody Birthday (1981); The Formula (1980); 11th Victim (1979).
Eric Robertson
Actor. Voice work for the PBS documentary "Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail" (1997). Bit parts in the feature film "SLC Punk!" (1999), the Feature Films For Families video "No More Baths" (1998), the TV miniseries "Night Sins" (1997), and the TV movies "Not In This Town" (1997) and "Mother Knows Best" (1997). TV guest appearances on "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Promised Land." Second assistant director for "Grizzly Falls" (1999).
Yvonne Robertson
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Yvonne D. Robertson. Actress and costume designer. Costume designer for the PBS film "A More Perfect Union: America Becomes a Nation" (1989) and for Kieth Merrill's feature film "Windwalker" (1980). Costume designer for "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" (1980), produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and also directed by Kieth Merrill. Costume designer for the classic Church film "The Gift" (1977), made at BYU. Had a major acting role as "Lucy Mack Smith" in the Church video "The First Vision." Played the same role in the Church video "Restoration of the Priesthood." Played "Sariah" in the major Church video "How Rare a Possession." Small role in "Windwalker". Script supervisor for the classic BYU videos "John Baker's Last Race" (1976) and "The Mailbox" (1977).
Anna Robinson
Assistant property master for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Pride and Prejudice: A Utah Comedy" (2003).
Casey Robinson
Born 17 October 1903, Logan, Utah. Died 6 December 1979, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Screenwriter. Received the Laurel Award for Screen Writing from the Writers Guild of America in 1968. Received an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing for "Captain Blood" (1935). Co-writer of "Casablanca" (1942). One of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters during his day. Screenwriter of over 70 movies, including: Now, Voyager (1942); The Pride of the Yankees (1942); Dark Victory (1939); The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952); The Egyptian (1954); Kings Row (1942); All This, and Heaven Too (1940); Passage to Marseille (1944); While the City Sleeps (1956); The Corn Is Green (1945); The Old Maid (1939); Saratoga Trunk (1945); It's Love I'm After (1937); This Earth Is Mine (1959); Tovarich (1937); One Foot in Heaven (1941); This Is the Army (1943). Producer of: Scobie Malone (1975); This Earth Is Mine (1959); Diplomatic Courier (1952); Two Flags West (1950); Under My Skin (1950); The Mating of Millie (1948); The Macomber Affair (1947); Days of Glory (1944). Director of: Renegades of the West (1932); The Girl from Hong Kong (1931); Masquerade (1931); Singapore Sue (1931); Roaming (1931); A Lesson in Love (1931); What Price Pants? (1931).
Chalyse Robinson
Sometimes credited as: Chalyse. Property assistant for Blair Treu's "Just Like Dad" (1995).
Christian Robinson
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Director. Specializes in documentary, interviews, commercials, emotions. Documentary credits: European Sun "A Life Discovering Adventure", A Day in LA (CTS Pilot), MJJ Productions (Michael Jackson). Commercial credits include: Raging Waters "Drawstrings", CCI, Council Travel "Bob" (NYC), Classic Skating (4).
Jill Robinson
Latter-day Saint. Co-producer and writer (with Lynae Riding Jones) of the award-winning film "The Touch," (1997), filmed at LDS Motion Picture Studios, now available on video in Latter-day Saint bookstores.
Max Robinson
Utah-based actor. Small roles in the feature films: Return to the Secret Garden (2000); No More Baths (1998); Shadows and Fog (1992); Other People's Money (1991); Halloween 5 (1989); Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984); Earthbound (1981); Hangar 18 (1980). Small roles in the TV movies "Face of Evil" (1996) and "Single Bars, Single Women" (1984). TV guest appearance on "Touched by an Angel."
Michael Robinson
Lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Video operator. Company: Robinson & Associates Productions.
Oscar Robinson
Latter-day Saint. Lived in the Los Angeles area and worked in special effects in the motion picture industry. Helped design and operate the giant gorilla hand held Jessica Lange in the 1976 remake "King Kong."
Rad Robinson
Latter-day Saint. Born 11 November 1910, Bountiful, Utah. Died 20 September 1988, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (heart attack). Birth name: Radburn Brown Robinson. Actor. Provided the singing voice of the Munchkin coroner in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). Small acting roles in "The Light of Western Stars" (1940), "Knights of the Range" (1940), "Stagecoach War" (1940)
The Showdown (1940), and "The Renegade Trail" (1939). IMDb bio:
Rad Robinson's association with the King's Men quartet was his primary profession, beginning in 1930. In Los Angeles, he frequently performed on radio, and was a serious vocal student with Nina Koshetz, an intimate of Sergei Rachmaninoff. From 1934 to 1937 The King's Men (Ken Darby, Arranger & Bass; Rad Robinson Baritone; Jon Dodson, Lead Tenor; Bud Linn, Top Tenor) were a feature of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra on RCA records and the Kraft Music Hall. They subsequently appeared with many other orchestra leaders, including Rudy Vallee. They were heard, and sometimes seen, in many feature films, including "Sweetie" (My Sweeter than Sweet), "Hollywood Party" (Feelin' High) "Let's Go Native" (title song), "Belle of the Nineties" (Troubled Waters), "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Murder at the Vanities" (Lovely One) and notably "The Wizard of Oz," in which they are the off screen voices for the Lollipop Guild. In that film, Robinson sings the part of the Coroner ("She's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead"). On screen they were remembered as the singing cowboys of the Hopalong Cassidy films. In the film "Honolulu" the King's Men play the Marx Brothers on ice skates. For a few years they were associated with the Music Department at Disney Studios (Make Mine Music, Pinocchio), and on the long-running radio show "Fibber McGee & Molly." The King's Men group was the basis for the Ken Darby Singers, featured on John Charles Thomas' "Westinghouse Broadcasts" and on many Decca phonograph records, such as Bing Crosby's original recording of "White Christmas." When not singing, Mr. Robinson was the entertainment contractor for the five Howard Hughes hotels, based in Las Vegas.

Zella Robinson
Lives in Utah. Appears briefly in the background in the restaurant scene in T.C. Christensen's direct-to-video movie "Bug Off!" (2001).
Jessica Rode
Lives in Park City, Utah. Production manager/coordinator credits include "Christmas in the Clouds" (2000) and "Under Contract."
Giovanni Rodriguez
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Set decorator whose credits include "Friends & Lovers" (1999).
James Rogers
Lives in Layton, Utah. Makeup artist and art department worker.
Jason Rodgers
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Sandy, Utah. Second assistant director for the Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video film "Only Once" (1998), the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Jack Weyland's Charly" (2002), and the independent Utah-made films "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (2001), "Return to the Secret Garden" (2000), "Partners in Crime" (2000), "Blue Ridge Fall" (1999), "Stranger Than Fiction" (1999), and "The Robin Hood Gang" (1997). Additional set production assistant for "Drive Me Crazy" (1999). Production assistant for "Made Men" (1999) and "Wind River" (1998). Has a bit part onscreen as a computer deliveryman in "Jack Weyland's Charly."
Gary Rogers
Latter-day Saint. Currently producer/writer/director of a project to adapt the Book of Mormon to a series of feature films. Website: http://www.bookofmormonmovie.com. Bio he submitted to this site:
Latter-Day Saint. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Spent many years living in Los Angeles, California. Gary has years of experience in writing, acting, producing and directing. Mr. Rogers has produced and directed hundreds of projects over many years. He has directed Academy Award-winning actor Charlton Heston and many other Hollywood celebrities.

Rogers founded International Television Productions in 1984. He recently sold the company to devote full time in producing The Book of Mormon Movie. ITP has produced multimedia projects for some of the world's most renowned companies, including Rockwell International, Coca-Cola, Nissan, Motorola, Mitsubishi, Honeywell, AT&T, Dow Chemical, Lucent Technologies an many more.

Rogers and ITP have produced many projects for, and relating to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including; "And Should We Die," an award-winning documentary about the Mormon pioneers, "Before Columbus," a video that played in the South Visitors Center theater on Temple Square for many years, concluding the Book of Mormon tour, "The Purpose of Temples," an award-winning video that was shown to the public before the dedication of every new Temple for the past ten years, "FARMS," a video for the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies at Brigham Young University, "Temple Training Video," a video used in all temples throughout the world to train new ordinance workers.

Gary Rogers and ITP have been the recipient of the Industry's highest awards, including first place at the United States Film and Video Festival, First place at the Houston International Film and Video Festival and 29-time winner of the International Telly award.


Lisa Rogers
Latter-day Saint. Currently the production manager for Gary Rogers' Book of Mormon movie project. Cast as Laman's wife, a major supporting role in that movie. Bio from that project (http://www.bookofmormonmovie.com/filmmakers/index.html):
Lisa Rogers graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Communications. Lisa is a professional choreographer and an accomplished actress, having appeared in TV commercials, corporate videos, stage productions and feature films.

Lisa started working at the young age of 14! She has held a variety of distinguished positions throughout the years, including Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Franklin Covey in Salt Lake City. Lisa is also an accomplished speaker. She was a former Utah state officer for DECA, a National marketing organization and has represented DECA as a speaker on a National basis.

Ms. Rogers spent several years as a Production Assistant for International Television Productions coordinating projects with scriptwriters, on and off-camera talent, producers, directors, camera operators, art departments and duplicating/packaging vendors.

Other bio from that site (http://www.bookofmormonmovie.com/cast/lisarogers.html):
Lisa graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Communications. Lisa has appeared in a variety of stage plays, television commercials and industrial videos.

Lisa's stage credits include: The Other Side of Love (Hale Center Theatre), A Street Car Named Desire, Talking With, No Exit, A Doll's House, Nunsense, A Tale of Cimmeron City, Steel Magnolias and Romeo & Juliet.

Other than a brief walk-on in Charly, this will be Lisa's film debut.

Lisa is a professional choreographer and will choreograph all the dance scenes in The Book of Mormon Movie.


Ralph G. Rogers
Latter-day Saint. Co-writer of the IMAX film "Polynesian Odyssey" (1990), which was produced and directed by Kieth Merrill. [Correct spelling: Ralph G. Rodgers"?]
Troy Rohovit
Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1963. Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife, Debbie. 2nd A.D. for the TV series "Touched by an Angel." First assistant director for the TV movie "Little Heroes" (1992). Associate producer of "Clubhouse Detectives" (1996) and "Heaven Sent" (1994). Line producer of "Wind Dancer" (1993). Assistant film editor of the Feature Films For Families movie "On Our Own" (1988). Bio from Conduit website:
Troy Rohovit was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1963. His family moved to Salt Lake City in 1972. Shortly thereafter he and his twin brother, Trell, began making home movies with a 8 mm camera his parents bought them at a garage sale. His interest in film making grew while attending East High School in Salt Lake. After graduating in 1982 he attended film school at the University of Utah. He left film school in 1985 when he was hired as a Production Assistant on a TV movie that was filming in Salt Lake City at the time. He continued working his way up the production ladder as a Production Assistant, Assistant Director, and Producer on such film as "Halloween 4, 5, and 6," "A Midnight Clear" and many TV movies and locally produced films. In 1992 he became eligible for membership in, and joined, the Director's Guild of America. In 1995 he began working on the top ten rated television series "Touched by an Angel" where he continues to work as a 1st Assistant Director.

Christian Romney
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Director of the short film "Portrait of a Musician as a Young Man," shown at the Loaf-I film festival in Salt Lake City, 2002.
Christopher Romney
Latter-day Saint. Director of the short film "Free Ride Zone" (2001).
Susan Ronkles
Latter-day Saint. Small or supporting roles in the independent films "Luna's Moon", "One Fine Day", "The Night Fly", "The Road to Riches" (Candelight Media), and "A Happy Place" (directed by Gregory C. Haynes). Has been a photo double on "Touched by an Angel" and "Promised Land." Has appeared in a commercial as a club member for The Bay (TCI Media Services). Has appeared on stage at the Davis Theater in Deseret Destiny; Babes in Toyland; Murder Mystery. Appeared as an Egyptian dancer in the Sunset Ward's production (road show?) The Royal Wrap.
Mick Ronson
Latter-day Saint. Born 26 May 1946, Hull, Yorkshire, England. Died 29 April 1993, London, England (liver cancer). Nickname: Ronno. Best known as the guitarist for David Bowie. IMDb: "Recorded a few unsuccessful solo albums after David Bowie retired from his Ziggy Stardust alter-ego. Was a guitarist for David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust hey-day." 2nd-billed role in the rock movie "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" (1973). Performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (1992), available on video. Cameo appearance as a security guard in the movie "Renaldo and Clara" (1978).
Adrian Ropp
Lives in southern Utah. Works at Swan Animation. Assistant director for the animated feature film "The Princess and the Pea" (2002). Story board artist and 2D effects artist for Eric Hendershot's direct-to-video movie "Message in a Cell Phone" (2000). Bio from Swan Animation website (http://www.princess-and-the-pea.com/swan_about.html):
Before joining Swan Animation to work on The Princess and the Pea in 1996, Adrian was a special effects animator and effects compositor on the PC video game, Secrets of the Luxor, for which he also co-wrote the hintbook. In 1999, Where in the Universe is Carmen Sandiego?, a planetarium featurette, was released with Adrian's digital effects work as well. At Swan Animation, Adrian has had such varied responsibilities as dialogue tracking, storyboarding, animatics, and screenwriting. Having just finished storyboarding on The Velveteen Rabbit, he is now working under Ric Estrada on the Princess and the Pea Animated Series.

Anne Rose
Sometimes credited as: Annie Rose. Assistant wardrobe for the short film "Journey to Harmony" (2002). Costume designer for Gary Rogers' Book of Mormon movie (2003). Costume designer for Richard Dutcher's feature film "Prophet."
C. T. Rose
Lives in Provo, Utah. Also credited as: C.T. Rose. Special effects. Credits include: "Glass Pharana", "Cisco Kid" (HBO), a Toyota truck commercial.
Cynthia Rose
Utah-based actress and singer. Films and video roles: "Homeless Few" (lead, American Images). "Unresolved Issues" (lead). "Live in Gatlinburg" (lead, Unity Prod.). "Country Roses" (lead, Music City Prod. "The Homeless Few," (puppets, singing drama, wrote and lead all parts). "Hearts Reunion" (singing lead). "The Rose Show" (lead, her own show). "Millie Milennium" (lead/director, kids Christmas video). "Millenium Miracle" (lead and writer). "Live at Western KY University (lead, performer). Has appeared on TV in: Touched By An Angel; Talk of The Town; Miss America Pageants; WNYS NEWS Special; Miss Teenage America; Utah Talk Show; Music City Queen Riverboat; Centennial Park, Nashville (her own show). Has appeared on stage as "Sharon" in Finian's Rainbow (which she later directed), and as the lead in Fiorello; Mame; West Side Story and a non-traditional Scrooge's Christmas.
Donita Rose
Born 5 December 1974 in Utah. Birth name: Donita Rose Cavett. Educated at De La Salle University (Manila, Philippines). Father is an American, mother is a Filipina. Lead actress in 1998 film "Legacy", starring David Hasselhoff. Lead actress in Filipino film "Hesus rebolusyonaryo" (2002). A VJ (video jockey) for MTV Asia. Official website: www.donitarose.com
Stephen Rose
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Stephen Rose is an accomplished visual artist, musician, photographer, screenwriter, and filmmaker. Studied Fine Art, Music, and Film at the University of Utah. Graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Film Studies and currently teaches Film courses at Salt Lake Community College. Director of documentaries "A Portrait of a Musician" (2001), and "Woodwork" (2000). Director of experimental films "Flow" (2000), "Flicker Box" (2001), and "Glimpse" (2003). Has written original screenplays and screenplay adaptations including "Via De Flores", "The Crime" and "A Lost Grave". Credited with writing "Additional Screenplay" for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "The R.M." (2003).
Roseanne
Jewish. Latter-day Saint (former convert; now non-practicing as a Latter-day Saint). Born 3 November 1952, Salt Lake City, Utah. Birth name: Roseanne Cherrie Barr. Sometimes credited as: Roseanne Barr; Roseanne Arnold. Actress and comedian. Roseanne was active as a Latter-day Saint for about 12 years while growing up, until the age of 16. She was a youth leader and seminary student. She now calls herself a practicing Jew. My Sister Roseanne (1994) by Geraldine Barr and, to a lesser extent, Roseanne's autobiography Roseanne Bar: My Life as a Woman (1990) include extensive detail about Roseanne's youth as a Jewish Latter-day Saint. Best known as the developer and the star of the immensely successful sitcom "Roseanne" (1988-1997). Now hosts a talk show, "The Roseanne Show" (1998-present). Also starred in the short-lived series "Saturday Night Special" (1996), "Rosey and Buddy Show" (1992) and "Little Rosie" (1990). For a short time she played "Jennifer Smith" on the soap opera "General Hospital" (1994). She has directed episodes of "Roseanne." She served as an executive producer of "The Roseanne Show", "Saturday Night Special", "The Jackie Thomas Show" and "Roseanne." The Woman Who Loved Elvis" (1993; 1b). Starred in the TV movie "The Woman Who Loved Elvis" (1993). Had the 2nd-billed role in the movie "She-Devil" (1989). Major supporting film roles in "Get Bruce" (1999), "Oz: The American Fairyland" (1997), "Look Who's Talking Too (1990), "Blue in the Face" (1995), and the TV movie "I Am Your Child" (1997). TV guest appearances include: The Nanny; 3rd Rock from the Sun; Cybill; Ruby Wax Meets; The Larry Sanders Show; The Jackie Thomas Show; A Different World; The Ben Stiller Show; The Dennis Miller Show. Profile Page
Jeff Rosenblatt
Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Best boy grip for the Leucadia films "Wish Upon a Star" (1996), "Coyote Summer" (1996) and "Just Like Dad" (1996). Electrician for Leucadia's "Breaking Free" (1995). Swing grip and electrician for the TV movie "Parallel Lives" (1994). Producer of the TV miniseries "Firm Friends" (1992).
Brock Rosenblatt
Electrician for Leucadia's TV movie "Just Like Dad" (1996). and Linda Yellen's TV movie "Parallel Lives" (1994).
Ellen Rosentreter
Lives in Sandy, Utah. Production supervisor for the independent feature film "Green Diggity Dog" (2001). Key set production assistant for the TV movies "Firestarter 2: Rekindled" (2002) and "Anya's Bell" (1999), the TV series "Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family" (2000-2001), and the films "Under Contract" (1999). Set production assistant for the movies Zigzag (2002); Who's Your Daddy? (2001); Joe Somebody (2001); Not Another Teen Movie (2001); The Right Temptation (2000); Return to the Secret Garden (2000); Absence of the Good (1999); Galaxy Quest (1999); Out of the Darkness (1996). Set production assistant for the TV series "Touched by an Angel" (6th season) and "S Club 7 in Hollywood" (2001, 3rd season). Worked as a DGA trainee on the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Firefly" (2002) and "Providence" (1999). Assistant production coordinator for "Wind River" (1998). First assistant director for "Dumb Luck" (2001), "Love n' Hate" (2001), "All Over Again" (2000) and "Alyson's Closet" (1998). Second assistant director (or 2nd 2nd) for: Missing Brendan (2003); Mind Games (2002); Jumping for Joy (2002); Pearl Harbor II: Pearlmageddon (2001); Baby Bedlam (2000).
Nancy Roth
Utah-based actress. Had a supporting role in the TV movie "The Huntress" (2000).
Norman Rothman
Latter-day Saint. Born in 1927. Author of the autobiographical book So How Come a Nice Jewish Boy Became a Mormon?. Rotham was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1964, and ordained a Seventy in 1967. In his book he explains the satisfaction of the doctrine of having families bound together "for time and all eternity." He is the writer of the video I Testify, in which he presents his story.
Lauren Roundy
Latter-day Saint. Director of the comedy mockumentary (faux documentary) film "Preparation Day" (2001, 4 minutes), which competed in the 3rd LDS Film Festival (Jan. 2004) and was described thus: "Two young pre-missionaries explain the process of missionary preparation."
Michael Roundy
Lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with his wife Becky. Sometimes credited as: Michael D. Roundy; Mike Roundy. Special effects gang boss for acclaimed feature film "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001). Special effects coordinator for "Nobody's Baby" (2001) and the TV movie "The Huntress" (2000). Other special effects credits include the feature films: Swordfish (2001), Traffic (2000), Bats (1999), Three Kings (1999), Message in a Bottle (1999), Blade (1998), Breakdown (1997), Head Above Water (1996), Down Periscope (1996), City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994), Backdraft (1991), Curiosity Kills (1990), "Six Days & Seven Nights", "Face/Off", and "Volcano."
Susan Rounkles
Latter-day Saint. Cast as Nephi's sister in Gary Rogers' Book of Mormon movie (2003). Bio from Book of Mormon movie website (http://www.bookofmormonmovie.com/cast/susanrounkles.html):
Susan has performed in a variety of TV commercials, stage plays, musicals, TV shows and films as an actress, singer and dancer.

Susan's film credits include: Road to Riches, A Happy Place, Luna's Moon, A Fine Day, and The Night Fly.

Susan's stage credits include: Deseret Destiny, Babes in Toyland, Murder Mystery and The Royal Wrap.


Aurania Rouverol
Born 13 August 1886 in Utah. Died 23 June 1955, Palo Alto, California. Writer of the play ("Skidding") which was adapted to the movie "A Family Affair" (1937). Screenwriter of "Dance, Fools, Dance" (1931). Credited as the creator of the Andy Hardy characters which were the basis for 11 movies between 1937 and 1958, including "Andy Hardy Comes Home" (1958).
Jean Rouverol
Ethnic Mormon. Born St. Louis, Missouri. Actress and screenwriter. Won the Morgan Cox Award from the Writers Guild of America in 1987. Wrote the "Little House on the Prairie" episode "School Mom." Bio from "Women in Film" website (http://www.wif.org/yearbook/writers_butler.html):
Jean Rouverol Butler is an actress, a teacher, a writer for books, magazines, television and film, a survivor of the blacklist and a member of the 1973 Women's Committee of the WGAw. Ms. Butler's screenplays include LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE, FACE IN THE RAIN, and SO YOUNG, SO BAD. She has many Daytime Television credits, writing for such series as AS, THE WORLD TURNS, GUIDING LIGHT, and SEARCH FOR TOMORROW. Her books include: WRITING FOR DAYTIME DRAMA, WRITING FOR THE SOAPS, STORM WIND RISING, JUAREZ, A SON OF THE PEOPLE, PANCHO VILLA, A BIOGRAPHY, HARRIET BEECHER STOWE, WOMAN CRUSADER. She has also written novellas for magazines including McCalls, Housewife and Seventeen. Because of the blacklist, Ms. Butler lived in Mexico from 1951 to 1960, in Italy till 1963, and back in Mexico until the end of 1964. Then, when the blacklist was beginning to lift, she and her family returned to California. WGAw is currently restoring the credits on AUTUMN LEAVES and investigating credit on THE MIRACLE, two uncredited films written (in collaboration) during the blacklist. She is currently working on a memoir of the Mexico years, entitled WE HAPPY FEW, a portion of which was published in WGA's "Written By," in October 1997. Ms. Butler has taught at USC, UCLA Extension, and in 1994 she lectured on US Daytime Drama in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ms. Butler is a recipient of the WGAw's Morgan Cox Award, an Emmy for INVISIBLE SOLDIERS, and WGA Award for Best Daytime Writing for GUIDING LIGHT. As a member of the WGAw, she has served four terms on the Board of Directors and is a three-time member of the negotiating committee. Her other professional affiliations include AMPAS Documentary Committee, and ATAS Board of Governors.

Rose Rowbury
Had a small part in John Lyde's Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video film "The Field is White" (2002). A boom operator for Lyde's Latter-day Saint-themed direct-to-video film "In the Service of God" (2003).
Beverly Rowland
Latter-day Saint. Lives in Utah. Sometimes credited as Beverly Booth Rowland. Married to actor Oscar Rowland. Actress. Had a major role as "Mrs. Claus" in the 1989 TV movie "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas" (1989). She played the leader of the Christmas carollers in the classic "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" (1980), produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and shown on television every year. Has done voice work for animated scriptural videos produced by Living Scriptures, Inc. For example, she was the lead actress (providing the voice of Elisabeth) for the animated video "John the Baptist" (1990). Although famed actor James Stewart is the lead actor and Rowland's part is relatively small, she is actually the 2nd billed actor, and the lead actress. Small roles in at least 12 feature films and TV movies, including: Neon City (1992); Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988); In Search of a Golden Sky (1983); Earthbound (1981); Beyond and Back (1978); Harry in Your Pocket (1973); A Loss of Innocence (1996); Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills (1986); Last of the Mohicans (1977).
Oscar Rowland
Latter-day Saint. Also credited as: Oscar G. Rowland. Prolific Utah-based senior actor. Married to actress Beverly Rowland. Provided the voice of "Abraham" in the Living Scriptures, Inc. video "Abraham and Isaac" (1992). Starred as Jason's grandfather in the Chuch video "Easter Dream" (1990). Had a part in the classic BYU-made Church video "Uncle Ben" (1978). Also starred in the short film "Three Things I've Learned" (1994). Small rolls and bit parts in at least 27 feature films and TV movies, including: Brigham City (2001); Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd (2000); Bats (1999); Made Men (1999); Split Infinity (1992); Tripwire (1990); Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984); Footloose (1984); Revenge of the Ninja (1983); Savannah Smiles (1982); Harry's War (1981); Take Down (1978); Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980). TV guest appearance on 2 episodes of "Touched by an Angel."
Ian Roylance
Lives in Springville, Utah. Property master for the feature film "The Way of the Gun" (2000), the TV miniseries "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town" (2000) and the TV movie "Parallel Lives" (1994). Set dresser for the movies "Neon City" (1992) and "Halloween 5" (1989). Other prop/set dresser credits include the CBS TV movie "A Place for Erica", the CBS TV series "Promised Land", the FOX TV movie "Legion of Fire: Killer Ants!" (1998), "The Bigamist Story" (CBS), "Crossroads" (ABC), "Double Jeopardy" (CBS), and "In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion" (1992, ABC). Storyboard artist and boom operator for the short film "A Truce with Death" (1993), about Latter-day Saint pioneers.
Pamela Roylance
Latter-day Saint. Born 27 March 1953, Portland, Oregon. Actress. Best known for her role as the prissy "Sarah Carter" on the TV series "Little House on the Prairie" (1982-1983). Also played "Dr. Sandy Horton" on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" (1983-1984). Small roles in the movies "I Surrender All" (2001); "Hexed" (1993), "Deadly Intent" (1988) and "The Slumber Party Massacre" (1982). Small roles in the TV movie "Addicted to His Love" (1988) and in 3 "Little House" TV movies. TV guest appearances include: Murder, She Wrote; Father Dowling Mysteries; Designing Women; MacGyver.
Walter B. Rudolph
Technical producer of the PBS specials "Easter Song: A Musical Celebration of Creation" (1999) and "Songs of Praise and Remembrance: A Memorial Day Celebration" (2000), featuring the choirs and orchestra of Brigham Young University (BYU).
Aaron Ruell
Latter-day Saint. Graduated with a degree in film from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 2000. Married to filmmaker Julia Ruell. Writer/director of the short films "Happy Go Lucky" (2000), "Residue" and "Welcome Oblivion." Cinematographer of Ethan Vincent's excellent short film "Sublimating Arthur" (2001). One of the stars of the feature-length comedy "Napoleon Dynamite," scheduled to begin filming in July 2003.
Julia Ruell
Latter-day Saint. Film student at Brigham Young University. Married to filmmaker Aaron Ruell. Director of 6-minute experimental film "Self Portrait" (2000, also titled "Self-portrait"). Producer and editor of the short film "Happy Go Lucky" (2000), directed by Aaron Ruell. Director of the 17-minute drama "Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday" (2000). "Self Portrait" and "Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday" both competed in the 2nd LDS Film Festival, held in Provo, Utah in November 2002.
John Ruhl
Lives in Utah. Stunt pilot for the TV movie "The Perfect Getaway" (1998), and for commercials, including Marlboro, Busch Beer (GMS Productions), Kennecott (Wildwood Productions). Camera pilot for commercials. Location manager and location scout for commercials.
Joanna Ruitman
Lives in Salt Lake County, Utah. Sister of actor Todd Ruitman. Production assistant for the Latter-day Saint-themed feature film "Love Logs On" (2003), directed by Tucker Dansie. Bio from "Love Logs On" website (http://www.tuckertdansie.com/lovelogson/bios/joanna_ruitman.htm):
If her last name sounds familiar, then you must have seen my earlier work. Her brother, Todd, starred in a handful of my earlier movies like "The Switch" and "Chick Magnet". Well, Joanna heard about the movie ["Love Logs On"] and wrote me saying "I will do ANYTHING" so, she's got a job. She will be helping out any way she can, from being a stand-in to running errands. But mostly we will try and teach her some new things and I've even promised to write a part in for her into the script, since she's got some of that Ruitman talent in her. Joanna went to state this year in her theatre class by the way. So see, she does have that Ruitman Talent in her.

Todd Ruitman
Had a supporting role in Tucker T. Dansie's short film "The Switch" (1999), which was filmed in Murray, Utah. The ensemble cast of the low-budget film also included Megan Back, Spencer Burnbridge, Leslie Golden, Peter Griggs, Adam Longmore and Alice Tisdale.
Luis C. Ruiz
Lives in Springville, Utah. Electrician whose credits include the Feature Films For Families video "The ButterCream Gang" (1992) and the Leucadia film "Windrunner" (1995).
Scott Chase Ruley
Lives in Utah. Set dresser for Blair Treu's feature film "Little Secrets" (2002). Buyer (art department) for the movie "Drive Me Crazy" (1999).
Jesse Rushton
Electrician for "Absence of the Good" (1999), "Drive Me Crazy" (1999), "No Laughing Matter" (1998)", "Wish Upon a Star" (1996), "Unhook the Stars" (1996).
Ada Dwyer Russell
Latter-day Saint. Also known as Ada Dwyer. Prominent American stage actress. Daughter of James Dwyer, the co-founder of LDS Business College. Now best known for her connection to poet Amy Lowell. Bio from Affirmation (http://www.affirmation.org/memorial/gay_mormon_history.asp):
Ada Dwyer Russell (1863-1952): Well-known Utah Mormon actress who performed in the Salt Lake Theater, on Broadway, and on the London stage. Russell entered a long-term relationship with Amy Lowell, a nationally prominent poet and lesbian, in 1912. Russell was the subject of Lowell's poetry from 1912 until Lowell's death in 1925.

Suggested readings: Quinn, Michael D., Same-Sex Dynamics Among Nineteenth Century Americans: A Mormon Example, pp. 172-173.

An About.com biography (http://womenshistory.about.com/library/bio/blbio_amy_lowell.htm) about poet Amy Lowell, notes Lowell's relationship with Russell:
It was also in 1912 that Amy Lowell met actress Ada Dwyer Russell. From about 1914 on, Russell, a widow who was 11 years older than Lowell, became Amy's traveling and living companion and secretary. They lived together in a 'Boston marriage' until Amy's death. Whether the relationship was platonic or sexual is not certain -- Ada burned all personal correspondence as executrix for Amy after her death -- but poems which Amy clearly directed towards Ada are sometimes erotic and full of suggestive imagery.

Jaime Russell
Lives in West Valley City, Utah with his wife Megan. Film editor. Was an editor for the TV series "Touched by an Angel." In March 2002 he petitioned West Valley city leaders for petition to build a combination brewery and pub.
Jodi Russell
Utah-based actress. Major supporting role in Joshua Tai Taeoalii's independent feature film "Twice Today" (2001). Bit part in the feature film "Little Big League" (1994). TV guest appearances include: Conan; Silk Stalkings; Models Inc.; Murder, She Wrote. Was an official for the Miss Teen Utah pageant.
David R. Russell
Latter-day Saint. Director of the short documentary film "Firestorm 2003" (2003, 11 minutes, color), which was screened at the 3rd LDS Film Festival, held in January 2004. The film is described thus: "A brief documentary of the "cedar" wildfire that consumed over 300,000 acres in the San Diego County region, and the Church's effort to help members in the area."
Thomas Russell
Also credited as: Tom Russell. Writer/director of the feature-length film "Mental" (2000), which has received critical acclaim at a few film festivals. Writer/director of the short films "Chad vs. The Capitalist Conspiracy" (2002), "Prometheus and Roy" (1997), and "The Mint" (1997). Executive producer of the BYU student film "The Snell Show" (2002), directed by Andrew Black. "The Snell Show" won the Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2003. Bio from BYU animation department faculty page (http://yfilms.byu.edu/animation/faculty.html):
Tom comes from an advertising background, writing and directing numerous regional and national television commercials including several animated spots. His commercial work garnered over 40 Addy Awards, four Auroras and five Silver Microphones. He has also written and directed short films and a feature. He has been a prize winner of the Slamdance Sreenwriting Competition and has been recognized by the Maryland Film Festival for his feature-length work.

Tom currently teaches beginning production, intermediate production, and beginning screenwriting.


James Rutherford
Sometimes credited as: James M. Rutherford; Jim Rutherford. Associate producer of "Nora's Christmas Gift" (1989), a film shown often on television and available on video which was produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and directed by Michael McLean. Production coordinator for the KBYU documentary "Minerva Teichert: A Mission in Paint" (1988). Post Sound Engineer for the short BYU student film "Wildest Dreams" (1986). Producer or production manager of commercials and industrial films for clients including: Intel; Jolt Cola; KalKan Catfood; ask.com; Cadillac; GMC; IMAX Golf; Iomega. Company: Rutherford Production Company, Inc. in Draper, Utah. Website: www.redchili.com
Michael Ruud
Latter-day Saint. Sometimes credited as: Michael Rudd. Utah-based actor. Major supporting role as "Harlan Sorenson" in the TV movie "Divided by Hate" (1997). Small roles in over 30 feature films and TV movies, including the Church-produced 70mm film "Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd" (2000). Other movie credits include: Meet the Deedles (1998); Secret of Treasure Mountain (1993); Geronimo: An American Legend (1993); Far and Away (1992); Tripwire (1990); Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988); Solo (1984); The Philadelphia Experiment (1984); The Fall of the House of Usher (1982); Earthbound (1981); The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1981); Hangar 18 (1980); Beyond Death's Door (1978); Guardian of the Wilderness (1977). TV movies include: Harmful Intent (1993); Double Jeopardy (1992); It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (1989); The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980); The Time Machine (1978).
Brad Ryan
Lives in Utah. Assistant property master for the feature film "Little Secrets" (2002), directed by Blair Treu, and for the TV movie "Absence of the Good" (1999). On both films he worked under property master Joel McKee.
Kimberly Ryan
Latter-day Saint. Also known as: Kim Ryan. Physically challenged since birth, Kimberly Ryan had casts on her legs at the age of six and for a time could not walk. Her full adult height is three feet nine inches tall, but she leads a full life. Her inspiring story is told in the documentary video "Kim: Vertically Challenged," which is sold at Latter-day Saint and other Christian bookstores.
Bryce Rytting
One of the conductors for the PBS specials "Easter Song: A Musical Celebration of Creation" (1999) and "Songs of Praise and Remembrance: A Memorial Day Celebration" (2000), featuring the choirs and orchestra of Brigham Young University (BYU). He directed the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra in the specials.

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