“16 Stones” de­butes in Utah the­atres

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On Oc­to­ber 1st, the new mo­tion pic­ture 16 Stones was re­leased in Utah the­aters. In this fic­tional story, three friends in 1830s Mis­souri em­bark on a dan­ger-filled quest to find an ar­ti­fact from the Book of Mor­mon--the 16 Jared­ite stones that were touched by the fin­ger of the Lord. Along the way they dis­cover the im­por­tance that faith plays in their jour­ney. Two Springville res­i­dents were cast as ac­tors in this movie ad­ven­ture.

Jakob Tice, orig­i­nally from the East­ern U.S., has lived in Springville for the last five years. Since has grad­u­a­tion from BYU he has been a stage and screen ac­tor in the area. In 16 Stones he plays the role of a tonic sales­man who the prin­ci­pal ac­tors meet in their quest for the glow­ing stones. In pre­par­ing for his role, Tice said he did a lot of per­sonal re­search into “snake oil” sales­men of the 1800s. He imag­ined his character as en­dear­ing so he could sell his goods and con peo­ple out of their money. At the same time, his character didn’t want peo­ple to know his prod­uct was bo­gus or let peo­ple dis­cover the source of his business. Tice said the cos­tume he wore helped him see his character as a suc­cess­ful, con­fi­dent sales­man.

To round out his ef­forts to por­tray this in­ter­est­ing character he re­lied on the script and guid­ance from the Di­rec­tor.

Susan Phe­lan has lived in Springville for the past 18 years, com­ing orig­i­nally from Vir­ginia and New Jersey. She cur­rently serves as pres­i­dent of Utah Women In Film, a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing women film­mak­ers. In the movie, she plays a widow, who is hang­ing on to the one me­mento she has left of her de­ceased hus­band, as mobbers loot her pos­ses­sions while at­tack­ing her vil­lage. Phe­lan be­gan act­ing in her early teens, and has been in­volved in film and theater roles over the last ten years. Of the film, she said that 16 Stones takes “a new di­rec­tion in LDS films that can be en­joyed by any­one who likes an ad­ven­ture.”

While the movie por­trays oc­cur­rences in Mis­souri and other east­ern states, the movie was filmed en­tirely in Utah, and takes ad­van­tage of the great tal­ent pool that ex­ists in the Utah film com­mu­nity. The movie is play­ing in the­aters through­out Utah and will ex­pand to sur­round­ing states on Oc­to­ber 24.

Sub­mit­ted by Brittany Wis­combe

Ma­son D. Davis, Ben Isaacs, Aubrey Reynolds and Jakob Tice in a scene from 16 Stones.

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