Marine War Hero, GOP Congressman and Environmental Activist Attends St. George and Springdale Screenings

Because of popular demand, DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC has added an additional screening “Pete McCloskey: Leading from the Front.” The film, narrated by the late Paul Newma, will screen at The Electric Theater in St. George on April 29 at 7:00 PM and on April 30 at 7 PM at the Zion Canyon Theater in Springdale. The documentary tells the colorful story of former Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey, a true political “maverick”, a Marine war hero, a leading peace advocate during Vietnam and an environmental activist. The film, is the fourth in the new monthly documentary series presented by the DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival. Both Pete McCloskey and the film’s director, Rob Caughlan, will be present for a filmmaker chat at both screenings.

In Korea, McCloskey was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts, all in the span of just a few days. Because he saw the horrors of war, he has spent the rest of his life fighting for peace.  McCloskey”s other passion is the environment.  He was the lead author of the Endangered Species Act and the co-founder of Earth Day.

According to The Video Project, “McCloskey’s story offers an example of an authentic hero who dedicates his life to public service and follows his conscience, despite the prevailing political winds. The documentary cuts through contemporary biases based on ideologies and party affiliations to open a unique window onto an important span of our nation’s history. In so doing, it enables that history to illuminate present day politics and issues in a new, even refreshing light.”

When reviewing the film in the San Francisco Chronicle, David Wiegand noted, “It was probably inevitable that McCloskey’s outspokenness would lead to his [eventual] defeat in politics, but as he once said to an interviewer, ‘What this country needs is politicians willing to lose.’”

“I was honored to make a film about Pete’s life because he embodies all the qualities of a true patriot,” said Rob Caughlan, who produced and directed the film.  “He is truly an American character in the best sense of the word. We are delighted to present this film to the wonderful communities of Southern Utah, where so many Veterans reside, and just days after the 2016 celebration of Earth Day.

“We believe that this important film sheds light on a time when, perhaps, our political and civil discourse took a higher road despite divergent opinions.” said Phil Tuckett, executive director of DOCUTAH. “The DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC series is a way to continue to bring thought-provoking documentary films to our community during the season leading up to The DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival in September. It is gratifying to see enthusiasm growing for this amazing and necessary art form.”

Tickets for The Electric Theater are available for $10 at the door, by calling 435-652-7574 or at the Jennings Building on the campus of DSU from Phil Tuckett or Christina Merrill. Tickets in Springdale are available at the door for $10.

Upcoming films at The Electric

May 27: “Off the Rez”

Directed by Jonathan Hock, the documentary, which won an ESPN “30 for 30” award, follows former Oregon high school basketball star Shoni Schimmel and her family’s journey from the Umatilla Indian Reservation to Shoni starring on the basketball court.

 June 24: “The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb”

The film is directed by Jon H. Else. Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer.

 July 29: “The Great American Cowboy”

Directed by Kieth Merrill, this Oscar-winning film tells the exciting true story of this vanishing American and his special kind of freedom.

DOCUTAH’s mission is to enlighten, entertain and envision the world through documentary film. As such, it is an integral part of the performing arts at Dixie State University and a perfect fit for the performing and cultural arts program at DSU.