New Mormon movie celebrates mountain man handcart hero

There could probably be a dozen movies made about the trials and misadventures of the handcart pioneers, early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who piled their belongings into boxy carts and walked to the Utah Territory in the late 1850s. So far, Utah filmmaker T.C. Christensen has made two of them.

In 2011, Christensen dramatically revived the ever-waning Mormon movie scene with "17 Miracles," a pioneer historical drama boldly released in the heart of the summer blockbuster season that turned out to be something of a minor miracle itself, selling tickets at first-run theaters in Utah for months. Now he's ready to do it again.

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