Believer (2018 American film)

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Believer poster.png
Promotional poster
Directed byDon Argott
Produced bySheena M. Joyce
Heather Parry
Robert Reynolds
Music byHans Zimmer[1]
CinematographyAnton Floquet
Edited byDemian Fenton
Release date
  • January 20, 2018 (2018-01-20)
(2018 Sundance Film Festival)[2][3]
  • June 25, 2018 (2018-06-25)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Believer focuses on Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and the 2017 Utah LoveLoud Fest dedicated to LGBTQ+ youth.

Believer is an 2018 American documentary that examines the intersection between LGBT people and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church) through the eyes of Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons.[4][5][6] It focuses on his efforts to organize the LOVELOUD Festival in Orem, Utah in support of Utah LGBTQ youth.[7][8][9]

Filming took place in Salt Lake City and Orem, as well as New York City and Las Vegas, where Reynolds was born in 1987. The film's music was composed by Hans Zimmer. Also, Reynolds wrote two songs for the film. In January 2018, it was announced that HBO Documentary Films secured US distribution rights to the film.[10][11][12]

The LDS Church released statement just 10 days before the 2017 LOVELOUD event, supporting the effort "to foster a community of inclusion in which no one is mistreated because of who they are or what they believe."[13]



Believer won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary at the 30th GLAAD Media Awards. It was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary at the 40th News and Documentary Emmy Awards.[14]

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  1. ^ Hans Zimmer Scoring Don Argott’s 'Believer' In:, 29. November 2017.
  2. ^ Sundance Film Festivals 2018 Program In: Abgerufen am 21. January 2018. (PDF; 258 KB)
  3. ^ "Watch Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Wrestle With Faith in 'Believer' HBO Doc: Exclusive Clip".
  4. ^ "'Believer': Film Review - Sundance 2018".
  5. ^ Thorpe, Devin. "Imagine Dragons Lead Dan Reynolds Hosts Festival For LGBTQ Youth With Blessing Of LDS Church".
  6. ^ "Sundance 2018: Believer documentary captures inception of Utah's LoveLoud movement, led by Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds - The Utah Review". 20 January 2018.
  7. ^ Morgan Jones: Q and A: Imagine Dragons' lead singer Dan Reynolds talks music, Mormons and more In: Deseret News, 16. August 2017.
  8. ^ Gavin Edward: Billboard Cover: Imagine Dragons on Being 'Atypical' Rock Stars, and Singer Dan Reynolds on His Depression Struggles and Conflicts With His Mormon Faith In:, 13. February 2015.
  9. ^ Barker, Andrew (29 November 2017). "Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Confronts Mormon Church's LGBTQ Stance in Sundance-Bound Doc 'Believer'".
  10. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (3 January 2018). "Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Docu On Mormon Treatment Of LGBTQ Community Gets HBO Deal: Sundance".
  11. ^ "Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Documentary on Mormons & LGBTQ Community Teams Up With HBO".
  12. ^ Believer Archived 2018-02-28 at the Wayback Machine In:
  13. ^ "Church Statement on LoveLoud Festival". 2017-08-16. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  14. ^ "NOMINEES FOR THE 40th ANNUAL NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® AWARDS ANNOUNCED – The Emmys". Retrieved 2019-08-10.

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