Carole Mikita Reporting The title is catchy, "Baptists at our Barbecue"; a new movie from the Latter-day Saint genre premieres tonight. It's from the group that brought you 'The Singles Ward', 'The R.M.', 'The Home Teachers', and "The Best Two Years'.
"Fragile, fragile balance we got here in town... See, we got 262 Mormons and 262 Baptists..."
That line is the premise of the about-to-be-released "Baptists at our Barbecue". Based on a novel by Robert Farrow Smith, the cast and crew say despite that title, this is not a movie about religion.
Heather Beers, "Baptist at our Barbecue": “By no means is it poking fun at any one group. It's simply saying here's a rivalry and this is what happens when they come together."
Heather Beers plays the love interest. She starred in another film also based on a book, "Charly".
Frank Gerrish, "Baptists at our Barbecue": "You say, well, stories that have love interests are so hoaky and kind of predictable, but not this one. It's sort of like a hallmark card to a small community."
You have seen Frank Gerrish on stage, screen and television. He says in the last four years independent filmmakers of all voices have made movies in Utah, small budget, everybody-lends-a-hand type productions.
Frank Gerrish: "There is a difference between being an actor and being a star, this film is full of actors."
Heather Beers: "It's one of those escape and laugh and enjoy yourself films."
They hope a catchy title will turn this new release into a local feel good film favorite. The red carpet premiere is tonight at Jordan Commons. The film will open to the public on Friday, October 8th.