Festival Also Includes a special screening of exclusive clips from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 10 Part Series, The Vietnam War.

July 05, 2017 — Saint George, UT — Dixie State University DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival™, one of only a few pure documentary film festivals affiliated with a university, today announced its 2017 lineup of 40 feature length and 24 short films. The Festival, which runs from September 4 through 9, includes films from 15 countries. This year, the film, Tuacahn: Miracle in Padre Canyon, launches the Festival on September 4th with a gala evening at Tuacahn Amphitheatre. The film intertwines the history of Tuacahn with a behind the scenes look at how the complex production of Shrek the Musical came together.

This year, the Festival also includes a special presentation of exclusive clips from The Vietnam War, the new 10-part documentary film from award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premiering on PBS stations on September 17. This groundbreaking documentary series tells the epic story of one of the most divisive and consequential events in American history.

“Our selections this year cover a wide range of subjects, but all of them will connect our audience through a range of emotions to a broader understanding of the common human experience,” said Phil Tuckett, Executive Director, DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival and Digital Film Professor at Dixie State University. “Documentary takes many forms and audiences are always surprised at the creativity these artists exhibit as they develop often complex ideas through the medium of film.”

Docutah audiences also have the opportunity to interact directly with filmmakers through post- screening Q&A sessions as well as daily DOCtalk events – intimate conversations which bring together these accomplished artists, allowing attendees and budding filmmakers to hear their thoughts on the joys, pitfalls, struggles and successes when tackling documentary filmmaking. During these talks, attendees have a chance to ask questions and get advice on the business of filmmaking from those who have been there, done that.

More information about all the films included in this year’s DOCUTAH Festival, special events and ticketing may be found at docutah.com. Specific program information and film screening times will be announced on the Website in August.

As part of Dixie State University’s academic component, DOCUTAH’s mission is to inspire a global connection through independent documentary films and audience access to filmmakers.