In which I lay out a basic and relatively brief argument regarding the various witnesses, and classes of witnesses, to the Book of Mormon:
Well, the Interpreter Foundation’s theatrical film, Witnesses, had its first public screening last night as the opening event of the 20th annual LDS Film Festival. It was (within COVID-19 guidelines) a sold-out show, and, so far as I could tell, the audience reaction was very, very positive.
Our distributor, Brandon Purdie, announced after the film that the date of the theatrical premiere has been set: It will be Friday, 4 June 2021. In the crowding and chaos that ensued — masked, but still a little bit too close for my taste in these times of pandemic — I wasn’t able to catch Brandon to find out exactly how wide that theatrical premiere will be, but I expect that more details will be available in fairly short order. I hope that people (certainly along the Wasatch Front, but also perhaps beyond) will mark that date. Apparently, ticket receipts for the opening weekend of a new movie are extremely important in forming theater-owners’ plans for the future allocation of screens, so it’s vital that Witnesses have a good theatrical opening. I would love to see Witnesses do extremely well on both Friday, 4 June, and Saturday, 5 June. So, please, if you’re at all inclined to see the movie, or to take a family group or a church group to see it, do give serious thought to planning already to do so on 4-5 June. (And I hope that somebody will explain to theater owners that Latter-day Saint attendance on Sunday, 6 June, is likely to dip considerably — but that that dip will say nothing about prospects for the film’s ticket sales on other days of the week!)
Our reservations about such gatherings notwithstanding, my wife and I will probably be attending a screening of Heart of Africa 2: Companions this evening. I want to be supportive. I want this film, and this director, and this movie-making team, and LDS film generally, to thrive and to prosper. Plus, I want to see the movie! We’ll try to arrive early and find an isolated corner, if we can:
Here’s a nice item and, in its way, an important one, from Darla Isackson, who passed away on 21 August 2019:
Some of you may find these two articles interesting, and perhaps even useful. There are, I think, important lessons to be learned from this sort of discussion:
“Plenty of the ‘Nones’ Actually Head Back to Church: Americans who identify as agnostic or “nothing in particular” are four times more likely to change their religious affiliation than Protestants or Catholics.”