The Work and the Story

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The Work and the Story
Directed by Nathan Smith Jones
Produced by Miriam Smith
Written by Nathan Smith Jones
Dan Merkley
Starring Nathan Smith Jones
Jen Hoskins
Eric Artell
Dan Merkley
Richard Dutcher
Music by Big Idea Music
Distributed by Off-Hollywood Distribution
Release date
  • August 15, 2003 (2003-08-15)
Running time
77 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $103,000

The Work and the Story is a Mormon mockumentary comedy film, written and directed by Nathan Smith Jones, that was released in 2003. The title of the film is a reference to the Mormon-oriented film The Work and the Glory.


The story takes place just after the fictional disappearance of Richard Dutcher, famous for beginning the current Mormon cinema phase with his work God's Army. After Dutcher's disappearance the film follows the journeys of three amateur filmmakers who are eager to take his place as the first "Mormon Spielberg". One of these filmmakers doesn't want to see Dutcher found.

Tagline: "Large Egos. Big Dreams. Small Budgets."


Richard Dutcher donated the 16mm film stock to make the movie. This is the same stock (three years-old) that God's Army was going to be shot on, had Dutcher not found the financing to shoot on 35mm.

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