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.
Founded in January 2001 by Kurt Hale and Dave Hunter, HaleStorm make its mark with its first feature film, The Singles Ward. Shot on a shoestring budget of $400,000, Hale and Hunter depicted 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 for distribution, Hale and Hunter set out to distribute the product themselves. They immediately 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. The film became wildly successful within its niche market and grossed just over $1.25 million at the box office.
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 models of 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 be the only commercially available studio soundstages in the state since the Osmond Studios.