A new movie is getting a lot of attention and debuts in theaters across Utah today! Jane and Emma is a must see film written, directed, and produced by an all-female crew.
Actress Danielle Deadwyler, who plays the lead role of Jane Manning, and director Chantell Squires joined us to share behind the scenes details of the production and what movie goers can expect.
Jane and Emma is based on the life of Sister Jane Manning, one of the first black Latter Day Saints. She returns to Nauvoo to find that Joseph Smith, her prophet and friend, has been assassinated. Jane spends a ceaseless night with his widow, Emma Smith, sitting watch over the body of the prophet as a whirlwind of loss and confusion leaves them wondering how either one of them will be able to move forward. Through the long night, Jane wonders if the prophet's promise to extend the blessings of eternity to her has died along with him. The film explores the possible events of that night, including Jane's endeavor to remain amongst the Latter-day Saint people and Emma's struggle to cope with her heartbreaking loss. Poignant issues of racism and polygamy threaten to break their bond of friendship. In the end, will Jane and Emma have the courage to follow the path each believes they must take?
See Jane and Emma in theaters across Utah, now and visit janeandemmamovie.com for more details.