New Latter-day Saint Film Jane and Emma Challenged Filmmakers But Offers Powerful Message of True Friendship (Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Tamu Smith recalls one rainy day when she and a few others producing the new film, “Jane and Emma,” took a break and drove to the Salt Lake Cemetery to visit the grave of Jane Manning James.

“We were going through a hard time on set. There were tears. It was a mess,” Smith said. “We spent time together. We certainly felt the spirit of Jane that day.”

For Smith and several other women collaborating behind the scenes on a film over a two-year period, the project was challenging and at times intense. The fictional story with an independent budget is based on real lives and touches on racial tension and polygamy in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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