Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise Screens at DOCUTAH

August 25, 2017 – St. George, UT – If you ever wondered what effect the iconic film Thelma and Louise had on society, the documentary Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise screening at the DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival answers that question. Directed by Jennifer Townsend, the idea for Catching Sight of Thelma & 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 it. 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.

“While watching this film, the intensity of emotion many of the original respondents felt then and still feel now made a powerful statement,” said Phil Tuckett, Executive Director, DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival and Digital Film Professor at Dixie State University. “Documentaries have that effect on us as we can relate the subjects and emotions to our own lives, bringing anger, joy, empathy or understanding.”

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)