by Kjirstin Youngberg.
The film “Unicorn City” opens in 11 Utah theaters this weekend. Written and produced by Bryan Lefler, who worked as a storyboard artist on Napoleon Dynamite, this family-friendly movie was shot completely in Utah and has a good chance of being released nation-wide.
The story of Unicorn City opens with Voss, a depressed young man without a job, and not many prospects. His only love in life is playing games–live action role-playing games–and he has a shot at getting his dream career with a gaming company, if he can prove he is worth hiring. You can watch the official trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V7BZy-dCyc
This movie is seriously funny. Not all the jokes are on the trailer for once; see it and you’ll love it.
The actors are professional in every sense of the word, and you immediately feel yourself carried into the story, even if you know nothing about gaming. You may recognize Jon Gries, who played Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite. There are also several local actors you may know from commercial work here in Utah.
Jaclyn Hales a favorite in theatrical productions here and in Los Angeles plays Marsha, a shy and lovely girl
whose gamer-guy doesn’t know she exists.
Bryan and his brother Adrian worked over ten years refining the script and getting everything in place with the guidance of their father, Tom Lefler, who is director of the Department of Theater and Media Arts at BYU. http://cfac.byu.edu/directory/lefler.
Unicorn City has won many awards at film festivals, including Best Picture and Best Actress.