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Mormon movie collaborators to speak at LDS History Museum event

By Genelle Pugmire daily Herald - | May 11, 2016

Garrett Batty and Melissa Leilani Larson, the two collaborators on the movie “Freetown,” will be guests of the LDS Church History Museum at 7 p.m. May 19 at the museum’s auditorium, located at 45 N. West Temple Street, Salt Lake City.

“Freetown” is the true story of six Liberian LDS missionaries who were forced to flee during the First Liberian Civil War in 1990. The pair will discuss “Inspirational Drama: Salvation in Microcosm — how stories performed on stage and in film can entertain, educate, and enlighten.”

Batty has worked as a director, writer, and producer on several productions, including “Freetown” and “The Saratov Approach.” Larson has written and adapted several scripts for film and the stage, some of which have debuted at Brigham Young University. She is also a writer for the Publications Division of the Church History Department.

This event is part of the 2016 Evenings at the Museum Event Series, and attendance is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Various downtown parking areas are available. As an alternative to parking downtown, the museum encourages using the UTA transit system.

For more information, visit history.lds.org/museum.

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