You’ll want to meet Dave Hunter…
All About Dave Hunter
Dave Hunter is a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a successful entrepreneur and businessman, with 10 years of experience in real estate and development, in addition to his instrumental role in HaleStorm Entertainment.
In 2001, Mr. Hunter and long-time friend Kurt Hale, both of whom who studied film together at BYU, stepped away from their successful businesses and formed HaleStorm Entertainment, With the intention of producing and distributing comedic feature films primarily for the LDS audience.
As the grandson of a prophet in the LDS church, Mr. Hunter felt called to serve his religion and community through his work, and to provide material to uplift other members of the church of all ages.
In his role with HaleStorm entertainment, Mr. Hunter helms the financial and business end of the company and serves as producer for all of HaleStorm’s productions. Mr. Hunter and Mr. Hale’s first release under the HaleStorm banner was the cult-classic hit, The Singles Ward – A semi-autobiographical romantic comedy presented from the perspective of a stand-up comedian and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in search of romance.
Encouraged by the success of Singles Ward, Mr. Hunter went on to produce HaleStorm’s follow-up films, The R.M., The Home Teachers, Suits on the Loose, Mobsters & Mormons, and Church Ball. To date, he has released seven feature films theatrically. Mr. Hunter is also currently working in development on two television shows.
HaleStorm Entertainment is a film production and distribution company based in Provo, Utah. HaleStorm specializes in the development, production and distribution of feature films, children’s television programming and family-friendly entertainment from an LDS perspective, and created primarily for the LDS audience.
The company was founded in January 2001 by long-time friends Kurt Hale and Dave Hunter, and exploded onto the scene in 2002 with its first feature film, The Singles Ward, a well-received romantic comedy shot on a shoestring budget of $400,000, and depicting the life of a divorced Mormon living in the middle of one of the most Mormon-populated areas of the country – Provo, Utah.
Having virtually no means of distribution at their disposal, Hale and Hunter set out to distribute the product themselves. Insodoing, they quickly created a sister company, HaleStone Distribution, and released the film to a theatrical market on February 1, 2002. The film was released one state at a time, utilizing the major chains and megaplex’s. The Singles Ward eventually went on to play in over 100 first-run theaters and was wildly successful within its niche market; grossing just over $1.25 million at the box office.
Continuing with their self-distribution model, Hale and Hunter distributed the film on video, thereby forging invaluable relationships within the home video market.
With one film under their belt, Hale and Hunter entered production on their second feature, The R.M., following the same production model and budget, and utilizing their experience from their first release. The R.M. opened in theaters with the highest opening weekend gross of any Mormon-themed film, and the sixth highest per-screen average in the country.
HaleStorm followed The R.M. with It’s Latter-day Night!, The Home Teachers, The Best Two Years, Sons of Provo, Baptists At Our Barbecue, It’s Latter-day Night Biscuit, Suits on the Loose, Mobsters and Mormons, Feature Films, and Church Ball!
The music division at HaleStorm, also known as HaleYeah! Records, has a continuously growing library of albums and artists. Utilizing its home distribution model for its feature films, HaleStorm has been able to successfully release soundtracks, albums and audio CDs to its prime markets.
Encompassing a unique rocked-out style of traditional Christian music, HaleStorm has built a large and loyal audience for the soundtracks of each film, and each additional album. HaleStorm is also the main distributor of music for the Utah-based band, SweetHaven, as well as They Might Be Elders!
In May 2005, HaleStorm broke ground on a full service production and post-production facility in Provo, Utah. The studio will feature the only commercially available studio soundstages in the state since the Osmond Studios.