2019 DOCUTAH OPENING FILM
This place has it all – ghost towns, silver mines, wine grapes, the original Wells Fargo stagecoach – the gateway to the American West.
On the occasion of the sesquicentennial celebration of the town of Leeds, Utah, Dixie State film students have created a feature length film, which highlights the unique place in the history of the American West held by Leeds and Silver Reef. This film will open the 10th Annual DOCUTAH FESTIVAL – THE DOCUTAH DECADE
Reception and Film Screening
September 2, 2019 – Main Stage at the DSU Eccles.
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“What we thought might be a small film about the 150th anniversary of this Utah town, turned out to be an important film about an area with a story to tell in the history of the settlement of the American West. Each time we went to research and shoot, we found something else which exposed the agricultural, mining, business and pioneer importance of this place,” said Phil Tuckett, professor of digital film at Dixie State University and executive Director of DOCUTAH.
It is an unusual place, where three distinct geographical zones meet, the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin and the beginning of the Rocky Mountain range. Because of that, Leeds has survived, in spite of hardship, and is now, surrounded by eight ghost towns that all disappeared. The story was rich in possibilities and he and his students felt it would be a great film to open the tenth festival of DOCUTAH and become part of the series DOCUTAH calls the High Desert Chronicles, a series of films that seek to expose the richness of the desert southwest and the unique people who live, work and develop its variety.
“When planning the sesquicentennial, we felt this film gave us a great opportunity to capture the history of this place directly from citizens, who are advancing in age but whose families go back generations in this place before it is lost forever. They still have stories which are passed down from their ancestors,” noted Leeds Mayor Wayne Peterson.
The film was made possible with the generosity of Frank Lojko, retired DSU VP for Government Relations, who was offered a grant funded by Gary Crocker through the Sorenson Foundation. He passed that grant on to Mayor Peterson for the purpose of creating this film for the sesquicentennial.
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