Event September 11 in Springdale, UT

August 13, 2015 — St. George, UTHolding Out HELP, an organization which assists those who choose to leave the polygamous lifestyle,  today announced that will host a special fundraiser dinner before the screening of Prophet’s Prey which will be shown as part of the Docutah International Documentary Film Festival™ at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale, UT on September 11 at 8 P.M. (see separate press release issued August 6) The fundraiser is sponsored by Equity Real Estate.

Holding Out HELP exists to assist those from a polygamous background with the resources necessary to meet their physical, emotional, and educational needs. Primarily it helps those transitioning from a polygamist community into an independent and self-sufficient life by providing access to housing, food, clothing, counseling, mentoring, job training, education and referral services.

“By the time these women and men come to Holding Out HELP, we see the terrible aftermath of the abuse, neglect and abandonment the FLDS inflicts on its people,” Said Tonia Tewell, Executive Director of Holding Out HELP. “The rehabilitation process is long and grueling but, the hope these people receive through our organization allows them to find a safe and welcoming place to recover and regain a normal life.

The dinner, which will raise funds for Holding Out HELP and the Legal and Investigative Fund, will be held outside overlooking the beautiful red rocks of Zion National Park at 7pm for the first 200 people to sign up. A meet and greet with Sam Brower, one of the Producers of the film and the author of the New York Times best-selling book, Prophet’s Prey, will host a meet and greet from 6:30 to 7 P.M. Those wishing to attend may sign up at http://prophetspreydinner.eventbrite.com.

The film chronicles Brower’s ten year investigation into the Mormon Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and the abuse of power by FLDS leader Warren Jeffs in the nearby towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale in Southern Utah where it all started. Brower will attend the Festival this year and hold a Q&A following the screening.

“We hope that by showing the film in the area where the FLDS started, we could engender more interest in addressing this issue,”

said Phil Tuckett, Artistic Director for DOCUTAH™, associate professor at Dixie State University and the Director of DSU Films.

The 2015 DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival is held at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. The 2015 Festival, which kicks off on September 7 with a special inaugural gala at the newly renovated Electric Theater in Saint George, runs from September 8-12 and includes filmmaker chats, seminars and gala events, all within the beautiful scenery of Southern Utah’s red rock country.

 About DOCUTAH

DOCUTAH’s mission is to inspire a global connection through independent documentary films and intellectual discussions. DOCUTAH strives to enhance the education of independent filmmakers, aspiring film students, citizens of the world and the Community. DOCUTAH is one of the few university-sponsored film festivals in the United States. It is an International pure documentary film festival. As part of Dixie State University’s academic component, DOCUTAH also offers master class seminars and filmmaker panels where student, amateur and professional filmmakers can discuss and advance their skills in the art of filmmaking. www.docutah.com.

 About Holding Out HELP

Holding Out HELP is 100% supported by private individuals and small business through one-time and monthly donations, as well as two annual fundraisers.  It currently serves over 250 people a year and due to the turmoil in the FLDS community, the need has never been greater.  For the first time it currently has a waiting list for services.

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