Xan Aranda, Director/Producer
I'm midway through creation of a (currently untitled) documentary co-production with Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams). We're fundraising for the big finish. Read about the film here:
Inspired by dramatic religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s, director Xan Aranda faces her personal departure from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and its impact on their promise of a "forever family." Against the backdrop of this evolving religion's American and Mexican pioneer roots, Mormon Movie (WT) chronicles Xan's reconnection with the LDS community, interweaving her story of teenage doubt with her mother's films and enduring faith, Xan's father's struggle as a gay Mormon Mexican, and her quest to create a sequel to her mother's first film with collaborators in Utah.
This project was developed with the support of the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Mormon Movie is also partially supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.