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WORLD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

SONS OF PERDITION

Directed by Tyler Measom and Jennilyn Merten
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 85 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE SONS OF PERDITION

"There are no monogamists in heaven," proclaims Warren Jeffs, the notorious (and now incarcerated) leader and "prophet" of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For decades, the church's followers have practiced polygamy, believing dozens of young wives and scores of children bring them closer to God, but as Jeffs' cultish influence over the community grows, they soon find themselves sacrificing their freedom of thought.

But what was life like in the sheltered world the Jeffs created? What does it mean if you leave? For a group of teenage boys, the desire for autonomy means banishment from their homes and families. Directors Tyler Measom and Jennilyn Merten spent more than two years documenting their struggles—from enrolling in school, getting jobs, and meeting girls to helping other family members break free. Measom and Merten fascinatingly follow the lives of these three exiles and the challenges of being on their own in mainstream America. But at the same time, they seamlessly interweave the former lives that they are running away from, creating a picture that is both inspiring and heartbreaking. Measom and Merten have a made a gripping story of new beginnings and hope that most of us could never imagine.

Female Director(s), Documentary
About the Director(s)
Jennilyn Merten is a partner in Left Turn Films and has produced, directed, and edited commericials, industrials, and mini-documentaries for a variety of corporate clients.

Tyler Measom manages Left Turn Films, where he has directed nearly one hundred commercials, short documentaries, and industrials. He is the producer of the feature film Take and has made three award-winning short films.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Feature Competition
  • Year:
    2010
  • Length:
    85 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Bruce Barlow, Joe Broadbent, Sam Zitting, Jon Krakauer, Kevin Black, Sam Brower
  • Director:
    Tyler Measom, Jennilyn Merten
  • Producer:
    Julie Goldman, Tyler Measom, Jennilyn Merten
  • Editor:
    Jennilyn Merten, Jenny Golden, Kate Taverna
  • Director of Photography:
    Tyler Measom
  • Executive Producer:
    Nick Fraser, Diana Barrett, Julie Parker Benello, Abigail Disney, Krysanne Katsoolis, Caroline Stevens
  • Composer:
    Mark Geary

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