Film Asks the Question, Did 60 Minutes Get the Story Wrong & Where Does the Truth Lie
June 25, 2017 – St. George, UT – 3000 Cups of Tea is the story of philanthropist, Greg Mortenson, his mission to bring about peace through education, his meteoric rise, and the scandal that brought him to his knees. DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC will screen the film at the Electric Theater in St. George on June 30 and will be hosted by filmmaker Jennifer Jordan and joined by Mortenson. The film asks the question, did 60 Minutes get the story wrong and where does the truth lie? There is perhaps no better way to describe this remarkable documentary than in Jordan’s own words.
“It is the story of the difference Greg Mortenson’s work is making in some of the most remote and dangerous parts of the world. The film explores the brilliance and the blind spot of a great but sometimes flawed human being, and finally, it reveals what has happened since the scandal to the man, his schools, and his dream of spreading ‘peace through books not bombs.” This will be the first time Mortenson has attended a screening in the United States.
That scandal was the result of a CBS 60 Minutes investigative report, which the Salt Lake Tribune described as, “relying heavily on reporting by author Jon Krakauer. It accused Mortenson of defrauding donors, using the institute’s money for personal gain and fabricating some of the inspirational anecdotes in his book.” But Jordan believed she knew another story and decided to go after it.
Jordan says she watched the media firestorm and the damage being done to not only a man but to his mission of building schools and educating girls, and with heartbreak because no matter the truth or falsehood of the allegations, she knew that he and the schools would be critically wounded, and perhaps destroyed, by the scandal.
“Having seen the schools with our own eyes and knowing the man for over ten years, Jeff Rhoads and I decided to find out for ourselves what had happened — with Mortenson, with his schools, and perhaps, with the state of American journalism.” 3,000 Cups of Tea is the result of that investigation.
The DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC monthly film series now brings this film to The Electric Theater. The screening is at 7 P.M. Tickets are $10 and reservations are required and may be made at docutah.com. At this time, only a few tickets remain online, but standby seats will be available at the door if space is available.
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.
Filmmakers attend the Festival to introduce their films, hold Q & A sessions after their screenings, and participate in DOCtalk™ – intimate conversations, where audience members can glean insights into topics filmmaking and the business of film.
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.