Iconic Film Thelma and Louise Shown with Documentary, Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise

August 07, 2017 – St. George, UT & Las Vegas, NV – Dixie State University DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival and Eclipse Theaters in Las Vegas have teamed up to present a special screening of two powerful and inextricably linked films, beginning with the iconic film, Thelma & Louise followed by the documentary Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise, directed by Jennifer Townsend. The event takes place on August 23 at 5 pm. Townsend will be on hand to host her film and a Q&A after the screening. The evening begins with a pre-screening reception with Townsend in the upscale lounge and luxury bar at The Eclipse. Tickets are $16 and available at https://tickets.eclipsetheaters.com/Browsing/Movies/ComingSoon

Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise had its beginnings in 1991, when viewers from around the country shared their visceral reactions to Thelma & Louise, in a national survey conducted by Townsend. After seeing Thelma and Louise (several times) when it was first released, Townsend felt, “that this film had affected me in a profound way. Even now I find that words do not fully capture this sensation. I had never seen a film where women exuded so much power. They had ‘slain the dragon’. They were forces to be reckoned with. Even in the face of death, they refused to surrender.

The film compelled Townsend to embark on a research project to understand how other viewers were affected by the film. Although she received thousands of responses, the research paper never materialized. Now, 25 years later, in her powerful documentary, some of these voices and stories will come to life in Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise. Some of these viewers will share their remembrances of a film they felt strongly about at a certain time in their lives – and perhaps still do. Much like its namesake, Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise grabs you and doesn’t let you go just because you finished watching it. Some films provoke animated conversations and robust engagement. This is one of them.

“We felt that Eclipse Theaters was a perfect venue to kickoff DOCUTAH@TheECLIPSE. By bringing these two films together in the intimate atmosphere of Eclipse, we could provide its sophisticated audience not only with the type of high quality entertainment, which it is accustomed to, but an opportunity to interact with the filmmaker and each other,” said Phil Tuckett, Executive Director, DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival and Digital Film Professor at Dixie State University. “Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise is the ideal documentary to pair with the original dramatic film, Thelma and Louise because of the impact the latter had on its viewers. The screening will also provide viewers with a preview of the DOCUTAH Festival occurring in September.”

“Eclipse Theaters showcases independently supported film projects in a venue with the exclusivity and elegance expected from an award show or movie premiere,” said Rodney Chichester, TITLE. “DOCUTAH brings an important element to the community and we believe our audience is looking for the kinds of innovative projects that this first event provides. We are always thinking about for ways to expand unique entertainment options for the audience.”

About DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival™ celebrates the art of documentary filmmaking. The Festival, which takes place every September on the Campus of Dixie State University, offers a week of entertaining films from all over the world, as well as year-round programs including monthly DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC film screenings, all of which provide creative, cultural, and educational engagement. DOCUTAH also offers students at DSU an enhanced education and easy access to the Festival. The 2017 Festival runs from September 4-9 and includes DOCtalk sessions and gala events, all within the beautiful scenery of Southern Utah’s red rock country. (read more)

About Eclipse Theaters Eclipse is here to surpass all expectations by providing a luxurious dinner-and-a-movie experience. Eclipse aims to deliver excellent guest service, resulting in a perfect night of entertainment. Eclipse Theaters is an upscale, concierge-style venue, showing first run movies in any of eight auditoriums, often adding independent films and live music in the lounge to round out the night for couples and groups looking for an all in one entertainment experience. Guests can experience in-theater food and beverage service throughout the film. The VIP Prime seats are equipped with a convenient call button to request your server anytime. Items from the same great menu can also be ordered at the bar, in the dedicated lounge area, or on the outdoor patio. (read more)