Sean P. Means dutifully lines up to do a Christians-in-Hollywood piece for the Salt Lake Tribune, appropriately about “Mormon Cinema” (which evidently requires capitalization — who knew?) Means shows us that Mormons like to make movies, that they can find financing and that they’re trying to go mainstream, i.e., reach audiences outside Utah. An annoying trend, said one director interviewed, is calling movies Mormon just because they have Mormon directors. So, why does Means open and close his piece with cute references to Napoleon Dynamite? Ostensibly, it is because lead actor John Heder and director Jared Hess attended Brigham Young U. Was Means listening when he conducted the interview?
– Erica Ogg