Cindy Madsen Reid has always been passionate about film. In 1985, as an undergrad at Brigham Young University, she read an announcement about the Sundance Film Festival in nearby Park City and decided to go. She has attended almost every year since. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that she became a professional filmmaker. After 13 years as an English professor, she decided it was time to throw off her mother’s teaching that storytelling is an act of writing, and embrace her heartfelt belief that the best and most powerful stories are told visually.
Nobody was more surprised than Cindy when her new career in film led her back to Mormonism—the religion she was raised in, married in, brought her own children up in, and ultimately stopped practicing about six years ago. Her first film, a documentary titled “Through Eden,” focuses on Mormon women questioning their faith—especially as pertains to gender issues—and their struggle to find a comfortable place for themselves within the LDS church.
Kate Kelly’s story is another bold story to be told. Kate is a cute and quirky, whip smart 33 year old feminist, who also happens to be a devout Mormon woman asking hard questions about power and equality in her male-dominated religion, and using social media and grassroots social activism to give voice to a whole generation of Mormon women like her.
Faith crisis, gender inequality, religious activism…these are the type of stories Cindy is proud to be telling today and the type of films to expect from her in the future.