Local Folks with Blockbuster Talent
Sam Featherstone (Lewis Grady)
A Skyline High School Honor Roll student, Sam is currently a student at BYU working towards a film degree. He is a film editor for BYUtv and has worked on a production crew for many commercials and films, including spots for: Zions Bank, the National Association of Realtors, Gus Paulos, Ken Garff, United Healthcare, Insphere and Sterling Health Care. UNITARDS is based on Sam’s actual experiences in high school. He enjoys football, steak and skiing and dreams of owning a crop duster that he can fly around the country.
Jamison Featherstone (Greg)
Jamison earned an associate’s degree in general studies from Salt Lake Community College and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Utah. He is also a candidate for the MBA program at the University of Utah. Jamison doesn’t have a middle name, but if he did, it would be Efron because his inspiration comes from his hero, Zac Efron. He is a Dance Battle Enthusiast at Studio 600 and was cited by a police officer for dancing in a public place in June 2007.
Zack Spurlock (Jake)
Zack is currently attending the University of Utah. Zack quit his job at Rocky Mountain Pizza to be in UNITARDS and says that the summer filming was one of his favorite summers.
Megan Knell (Mattie)
Megan graduated with a bachelor’s degree from BYU, where she studied music dance theater, family studies and communication disorders and minored in music. She performed with the BYU Young Ambassadors, directed by Randall Boothe, in the World Tour 2008-2009 to Scandinavia and in the National Tour 2009-2010. She has recorded with LDS Motion Picture Studios as well as been a featured vocalist at the Legacy Awards and the Governor’s Gala. She has been teaching private voice lessons at Step’s Dance Studio in Spanish Fork, Utah, for the past year and is now teaching at Impack Studios in Salt Lake City and at Sound of Music Studios, Studio Kids and Vocal Stages, also in Salt Lake City.
Daniel Lofgren (Todd)
Daniel’s first real film experience was UNITARDS. Since he was young, he has performed in musical theater productions at theaters around the Salt Lake Valley, such as Pioneer Theater and Hale Centre Theatre. Most recently he was a member of the Young Ambassadors at BYU and performed with the group during the 2007-2008 school year. He loves to sing, watch movies and ride his bike and is studying architecture at the University of Utah.
Scott Featherstone is an independent film maker who directed, wrote and produced UNITARDS. He is the director of the short documentary Hold on to Hope, which won the bronze medal for Best Direction at the New York Film Festival. Featherstone directed productions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the video Love Thy Neighbor. He also directed feature films, including Return to the Secret Garden (2000), for Feature Films for Families and independently produced Same River Twice (1996), which he also wrote. Featherstone studied film and production at Brigham Young University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1984. Following graduation, he worked as director of broadcast for Evans Advertising, the largest advertising agency in Salt Lake City, producing and directing many local, regional and national commercials. His work has earned Clios, national Addys, and several gold, silver and bronze medals from the New York Film Festival. He was an IBA finalist and has received several Mobius Awards and a London Film Festival award. Much of his recognition has been in the category of Best Director. He currently resides in Utah with his wife, Lori, and six sons.