The mandate was clear. EDITOR’S DESK. Nineteen months after President Hinckley asked me to make this film, the film was finished. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan asked him to head up the Voice of America, which he did for two years. It was an interesting concept document, but It was not a movie. At the same time, the Lord has warned, “… And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things…” (D&C 59:21) As with Legacy, I believe whatever of this new film inspires, edifies and brings greater faith in Christ was written with the prompting of the spirit. Theo Coumbis SAG/AFTRA. In the late '50s, Jack L. Warner approached Conkling about starting a record label, and Conkling assumed the title of president. He is much more interested in the beautiful Laneah, daughter of the wealthy merchant for whom he helps to build a house. “Tell me!” he pleaded “You’ve got my word!”, I invoked a long pause of contemplative silence for effect than confided; “the Church has found the 116 lost pages of the Book of Mormon. Each made a significant contribution. The images of classic Christian art, the paintings of Karl Block and the etchings of Gustave Dore came into my mine and became the inspiration for the visual depiction of Christ. Ski Utah only ran for 23 episodes during each winter season. In 1951, William Paley and Frank Stanton of CBS invited Conkling to Columbia Records, where he became president and served on the board of directors. Tomas Kofod came from Denmark. Write the second section of your page here. The film is a project of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. “I love the story,” he exclaimed, “where did you get it, where did that story come from?” Merrill and I have known each other and worked together for 20 years. YOUNG HELAM-Robert “RJ” Jordan. Browse for your friends alphabetically by name. The memory of standing in that place, alone with him so many years ago, remembering the words that became prophecy fulfilled, remains a highlight of my life. Cook graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications/Public Relations and joined the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah (KSL Television) rising through the ranks from master control operator, contributing writer to associate producer. It will open to the public at Legacy Theater, Joseph Smith Memorial building on March 24. Although in America, Helam witnesses the star heralding the birth of Christ, and 33 years later he faithfully awaits the promised coming of The Messiah despite persecution for this belief. Add Video. Moments after President Hinckley asked me if I would accept the assignment, President Faust quoted from my letter and asked me if I still felt I could “make a film worthy of the legacy of Legacy. This film is a minor epic. Behind the Scenes with the Director of Testamentsby Kieth MerrillMeridian Magazine Film Editor, As the Joseph Smith Memorial Building gets a new film, the question is “What kind of movie can equal the legacy of Legacy?”. The Testaments... is likewise a presentation of real events on a stage of fiction. My experiences from that day to this would fill a book. They will be wrong. Much of the story of the ministry of Jesus in the Old World is seen through Laneah’s discovery of the message of the Messiah. I wept with Mary at the tomb and then He appeared and light returned to the world. Daily news, articles, videos and podcasts sent straight to your inbox. I called the first draft of the new script Testament. We were promised by blessing that we would find the right person to play the Savior. Write the first paragraph of your page here. Helam's son, Jacob, is interested more in the ways of the world, including the lovely Laneah, and when his abilities … Fritz Lindbeck/Rhett Fernsten-Rigging Gaffers. He is one of the few human beings I know wholly without guile. See Mormon Film: Key Films of the Fourth Wave Essentially Kieth Merrill's sequel to Legacy, this is the second large-scale 70mm film he did for the theater of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building next to Temple Square (which was renamed the Legacy Theater with Testament's premiere). Section heading Edit. Quickly proving his worth, he performed in various positions as a location scout, set dresser, production assistant, second and first assistant director. He is lost to his father and Helam weeps bitterly. But times are troubled. He has also done considerable public speaking with some very minor rolls in a few movies and television programs. They are totally different guys. AMARON,-Al T. Harrington. And when they see it, ” he added whimsically,” I want them to cry.”. “Merrill, it’s a lie,” I confessed. It was created by the inspired vision by our gifted production designers, Richard Jameson and John Ubel. I want visitors to know us and to feel our history. Darkness covers the land. Cast of The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd (2000) The credited cast of the Church-commissioned film The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd is listed below.. On the threshold of the public release of The Testaments…, it is easy to wonder what the broadly diverse audience will discover that I have not seen. .I asked for permission to rewrite it. The movie business is driven by gold and glory. The new LDS orchestra played beyond their capacity. Key members of the production team included: Lynn Christopherson-Production Accountant. Creating the CharactersThe idea of compressing history and combining the experiences, traits, dialogue, and events of several characters into one occurred to me while researching and writing the script for Legacy. They are in the vault in the First Presidency’s office. Films play at several levels The Testaments is first and foremost the witness of two nations for the reality and divinity of Jesus Christ. Theo Coumbis Theo Coumbis ... CIA Agent (uncredited) Enayat Delawary Enayat Delawary ... Afghan Tribesman #1 (uncredited) ... An LDS temple is visible in the mountains toward the beginning of the film. We stepped over chunks of broken concrete and evaded gnarled re-bar until we came to what was left of the elegant old ballroom. The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd is a 67-minute film produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He becomes a prisoner of Kohor. 23 Or so I had supposed. The Tabernacle choir was recorded on a special sound stage at LDS Motion Picture Studio and has never sounded better. Kohor is loosely fashioned after the legacy of the Gadianton Robbers, but mostly of Jacob, the antichrist who would be king (3 Nephi: 7). JOHN-Thomas Hughes. At age 46, Conkling retired from the record business and dedicated himself to philanthropy. The trio hired Conkling as assistant manager of A&R, giving him his start at producing hit records with such luminaries as Nat King Cole, Jackie Gleason, Peggy Lee, Kay Starr, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. One of the design criteria given by the First Presidency was to make the doctrines of Christ relevant to contemporary society. The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd (2000) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. “I am not supposed to reveal the source of the story,” I told him. After returning to Los Angeles, he wrote television for the Hardy Boys on ABC, did many industrial / educational / documentary projects for Universal Studios and McGraw-Hill, several of which have aired on PBS. Television Shows Made by Latter-day Saints This is a sampling of regular television series with a Latter-day Saint actor in a starring role, and also Latter-day Saint actors who have made guest appearances in TV series. [1] Kieri taught high school and junior high theater and was creative director of a youth theater group in California for 5 years. Only Helam has the courage to stand forth and bear solemn witness of the truth of the Messiah, for he has seen the signs of his coming. Directed by Kieth Merrill. This film depict events from the Life and ministry of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. . The trial of the Judges accused of the murder of Amaron is actually a conflict between believers and non-believers. The Roundup Set in the Old West, a young Sheriff sets out to find the notorious outlaw 'Lawless' Jack Jackson. Society of Professional Journalists-TV Feature Long Format, 1st Place (1998), "Chamber Champion" - Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (1998), Two Gold Telly Awards for "Ski Utah" (1998), Silver Telly Award for "Outdoors with Doug Miller" (1998), Utah Broadcast Association Gold Awards: Best Lifestyle Report, 1998 Best Entertainment Program, Best Sports Program, Four UBA Silver Awards: Best Entertainment and Lifestyle Programs (1998), "Media Advocate of the Year" - Utah Small Business Association (1997), Gold Telly Award for "Utah Business Show"; Silver Telly for "Ski Utah" (1997), UBA Gold Awards: Best Lifestyle, Entertainment and Sports Program (1997), UBA Gold and Silver Awards: Best Locally Produced and Non-New Programs (1996). From that point, Cook wrote and produced three weekly programs ranging from an outdoor-oriented show hosted by renown outdoor enthusiast Doug Miller to a ski program and The Utah Business Show hosted by Keith McCord. He has endured but his faith seems to have failed him. Guilt washed over me but he was so completely taken in, I simply nodded solemn affirmation. There is, for example, a character in the film called Kohor-not to be confused with Korihor. Source : tmdb. There is a book of Amaron in those lost pages.”. One reason for this is that IMAX films have traditionally been relatively positive, life-affirming, and family-friendly. He blessed us. When rumors filtered down to us a few years ago that the First Presidency was considering a new film to replace Legacy, I was told it was to be an “in house” project and I would not be involved. Cook was also approached by E! Latter-day Saint. Students of the Book of Mormon will see the shadows of scripture and understand from whence the characters have come. Their desire to give final approval to the portrayal of Jesus came as a great relief. While attending Dartmouth College in the 1930s, he played trumpet in an orchestra and became friendly with musician Paul Weston. Helam is determined to save his son. He has finished four other screenplays currently "making the rounds" and two books awaiting publication. I do not pretend to equate myself with Mr. Bergman, but I do look forward to discovering aspects of inspiration and meaning that may transcend my own understanding of what we have been about. The building had been condemned. The only question I ever got right in LDS trivial pursuit was, “What is the name of the LDS filmmaker who won the Academy Award for Great American Cowboy. This time I was not ignorant to what the old ballroom would become. Many of you will see it soon. The story begins 33 years later. Merrill’s music is magnificent. DISEASED WOMAN-Barta Heiner. The crowning experience of the entire adventure was my close personal contact with President James Faust. In my letter I promised to create a film worthy of the legacy of Legacy. Cook was also prestigiously nominated as the "Chamber Champion" in 1998 by the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and "Media Advocate of the Year" in 1997 by the Small Business Administration. I was at the cross and watched him die. If you’ve not abandoned this article by now, perhaps you’d enjoy some “inside information” . “There,” he said, ” I envision a great movie screen on which we will tell the story of our people. It’s about the straight and narrow way. Silver Screen Catering.Marilyn Garside-Craft Service. Like most returned missionaries it is easy to say “these have been the best years of my life”. The official name of the film is The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd. The new film was to be about Christ. Like a Missionary Being ReleasedAfter almost two years I feel like a missionary being released. Omitted these originally ): choir – Tabernacle choir under Craig Jessop crowning! 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