THE MORMON MOVIE
Americans are already mulling “The Undefeated,” a well-received, feature-length movie chronicling Sarah Palin’s political career, due for nationwide release at AMC theaters later this month. Now comes “A Mormon President,” a documentary released as presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. hone their political images and ponder mixed public reactions to their faith as Mormons.
Film director Adam Christing — not a Mormon but a member of the Mormon History Association — says public opposition to the candidacies of Mr. Romney and Mr. Huntsman has historic roots.
“Most Americans don’t know that the first U.S. presidential candidate to be assassinated was a Mormon. In fact, he was the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith. The Mormon prophet was murdered a few months after he announced his candidacy in 1844,” Mr. Christing says.
“You can’t really understand the gigantic challenge facing Romney and Huntsman, until you understand the secret world of Joseph Smith, polygamy and Smith’s political ambition to build a theocracy in the United States,” he adds.
The film is due out on DVD on Aug. 15. See the filmmaker’s pitch at http://amormonpresident.com.