Joan of Arc; Black Elk; Joseph Smith; angels; 2007 LDS Film Festival
From the DVD cover:
The Book of Visions weaves together the stories of three historical leaders who experienced grand, supernatural visions: Joan of Arc, Sioux chief Black Elk, and American prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. An elderly professor searches for something of unspeakable importance, and he receives a book whose characters spring to life when the cover is opened.
Winner of the 2006 Film Award, Association for Mormon Letters
This is New York City-based animator Annie Poon's most ambitious film to date, being both her longest and first in color. It is also her first film with Mormon material, although there have been intimations of her faith in previous short films, such as Noah's ark in Subway Story and an uncanny misquote of Lorenzo Snow (by a decaying skeleton) in Paper Doll. In this film, Joseph Smith's reception of the gold plates is treated in a matter-of-fact historical narrative, although with wit and insight. Joseph's story receives no more screen time than the other two historical figures, placing him in a body of visionary men and women throughout history.
The animation is accomplished by photographing paper cut-outs with a consumer-level video camera.
This film screened at the 2007 LDS Film Festival.
William Rowland - The Professor; Aneicia Smikel - Joan of Arc; Peter Pezzimenti - Black Elk; Robert S. Turley - Joseph Smith
Animation; Narrative Film; Significant Mormon Elements