DOCUTAH AWARD RECIPIENT NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR

Christian Jensen is no ordinary person. Not only did he win the 2014 DOCUTAH Raven award, but he has also been nominated for an Oscar! The St. George native is staying positive about his nomination in the category of Best (short) Documentary. He directed a documentary called “White Earth” and it has become a big hit amongst viewers and critics alike.

Christian is a deserving candidate for this Oscar because of his talent, artistic eye, and scholastic honors. After studying at Dixie State University, he went on to graduate from the prestigious Stanford University with an emphasis in Documentary Filmmaking. He has proven himself in the film industry time and time again, showing screenings of his films all over the country. Some of those screenings include the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The Oscar nomination is not the only attention White Earth is attracting. As mentioned, this film was featured in the 2014 DOCUTAH Southern Utah International Film Festival and it received the Raven award for best director. It’s hitting home to many people who have seen it, including the Executive Director of DOCUTAH, Phil Tuckett. Phil has stated that he believes this film is very deserving of all the accolades it’s been awarded. He said, “DOCUTAH is proud to be part of the Christian Jensen and White Earth success story.  His Academy Award nominated film is a perfect example of what Dixie State University and DOCUTAH hope to achieve; to create a world-class festival that celebrates the documentary form by producing and showcasing films to enlighten, inform and entertain. With White Earth Christian has done that at the highest level.”

So what’s White Earth all about? It has been described as “the tale of an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes,” and it brings a new perspective to most people who don’t know a whole lot about the time period. It specifically tugs on the heartstrings because of the specific family story it tells. According to the film’s summary, White earth tells the story of “three children and an immigrant mother [braving] a cruel winter and explore[s] themes of innocence, home and the American Dream.” An interesting plot with inspiring characters allows viewers to get the best of both worlds out of this film experience.

Viewers aren’t the only ones enjoying this documentary. According to DOCUTAH Production Facilitator and local film critic Bruce Bennett, “We are hoping Christian will consider showing it at this year’s DOCUTAH festival.” Bruce was impressed and rated the film very high.