DOCUTAH 2019

FEATURE Film Selections

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Gabriella and Giovanni have been married for 51 years. Their words and family videos, recorded since the beginning of their life together, narrate their experiences going deeply into their souls. The whole story is strengthened by the narration of an ordinary day of Giovanni and Gabriella’s life in which each moment is strongly related to the phases of their lives. A life together it’s not just made by the main experiences but by every single instant. Music plays an unexpected and fundamental role as a real character of the story.

Schedule TBA

2019, Italy,

Run time: 0:51  

Director:  Beatrice Corti

Producer:  Giovanni Zuradelli

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/327541373

Accidental Climber

At 68 years old Jim Geiger attempted to become the oldest American to summit Mt. Everest. Driven by a desire to prove that age is just a number, Jim pushes his body to the limits in the quest to summit the world’s tallest mountain. What ensued was the worst disaster in mountaineering history that left sixteen climbers dead and forever changed Jim’s life.

Schedule TBA

2018, USA,

Run time: 1:07   

Director:  Steven Oritt

Producer:  Corey Bobker and John Nguyen

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/291205451

Affairs of the Heart: The Life and Music of Marjan Mozetich

A rich biographical portrait of Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich. Named after the concerto for violin and string orchestra that became one of Mozetich’s best-loved works, AFFAIRS OF THE HEART combines testimonials of friends, collaborators and scenes that reveal the creative process. Mozetich reflects on the relationships, experiences, journeys – both worldly and spiritual – that have long inspired the joyful and sensuous music he has been creating for over four decades.

Schedule TBA

Canada, 2019

Run time 1:07   min

Director:  Jamie Day Fleck

Producer:  Jamie Day Fleck

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/183232878

Apollo 11

The CNN documentary, “Apollo 11” might focus on the moon mission of a half-century ago, but in its own way the CNN Films documentary feels like a step into a time capsule. Meticulously recapturing the drama of that “giant leap for mankind” in 1969, it’s a wonderfully nostalgic if somewhat antiseptic reminder of what it meant to first break the bonds of Earth. Assembled from long-lost NASA footage, and sparsely presented without commentary or narration… The hypnotic majesty of the imagery certainly lends itself to an immersive big-screen experience. Director Todd Douglas Miller has culled from newly discovered 65mm reels and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, presenting a taut narrative that spans pre-launch preparations through the return of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, including the heroes’ welcome they received.

USA, 2019

Run time 1:33    

Director:  Todd Douglas Miller

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Co8Z8BQgWc  

Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-truth World

Follow the revolutionary rise of the controversial “citizen investigative journalist” collective known as Bellingcat, a group of online researchers dedicated to exposing the truth of impenetrable news stories from around the world. From his Leicester home, leader Eliot and his team of truth-seekers put newspapers, networks and governments to the test. Bellingcat uses cutting-edge digital techniques to create a faster and more innovative approach than traditional research journalism.

Schedule TBA

Netherlands, 2018,

Run time 1:28      

Director:  Hans Pool

Producer:  Femke Wolting and Bruno Felix

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/314200645

Black, White & Us

Explore racism in America through the lives of four white families in Utah who adopt African American children and overcome their own inherent biases to become advocates. Award-winning filmmaker Loki Mulholland reveals the challenges faced by the parents, children and our society while exposing the darker side of those adoption agencies who profit from it. Is there a way to fix our country’s racial divide? These transracial adoptive families just might provide the answer.

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USA, 2018

Run time 1:15      

Director:  Loki Mulholland

Producer:  Loki Mulholland, Tyson Maughan, Curtis Linton

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp4rh84-H7g&t=3s

Boneyard Alaska

Beneath the ever-frozen ground of Alaska, lie the bones of Ice Age creatures that roamed the region tens of thousands of years ago. Stored in a permafrost deep-freeze these remains are in pristine condition and represent an unprecedented window into the life of the Pleistocene Epoch.  The bones are being unearthed by Alaskan gold miner John Reeves. John has assembled over a hundred thousand specimens from his mine site, “The Boneyard”. For the first time, John invites a small team of expert paleontologists to visit his site and his collection. Discoveries are made potentially re-writing the history of North America.

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USA, 2019

Run time 01:14      

Director:  Paul Andrew Lawrence

Producer:  Paul Andrew Lawrence

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2oIV3_nwzQ&feature=youtu.be

Campesino

Over the last 15 years, an amateur photographer, who works as a skycap at the Salt Lake City Airport, has documented the disappearing way of life of Cuba’s Campesino farmers.  Forging friendships, capturing dignity and sacrifice while introducing us to an unforgettable cast of characters.

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USA, 2018

Run time: 1:29      

Director:  Mia Tate

Producer:  Tchavdar Georgiev

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/245850749

Dialogue Earth

A moving portrait of the German artist Ulrike Arnold who paints with earth and meteorites from remote areas around the world.  Exhibiting her work at White Pocket in the Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness on the day Trump announces his executive order permitting the dismantlement of national monuments, she recognizes that this special landscape is in danger from mining and oil exploration. Visiting the US-Mexican border with artist friend Peter Young, she reveals her plans for her next work: To unite for the very first time in one painting earth colors from all the places she has visited over the past 38 years, to create a visual expression of the diversity of the continents and their peoples, as an articulation of unity, equality, peace and harmony. This statement for the preservation and protection of our unique planet Earth is the One World Painting, scheduled to be exhibited for Earth Day at the UN in New York.

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Germany, 2019

Run time 1:16      

Director:  Hank Levine

Producer:  Hank Levine

Trailer:https://vimeo.com/296738760

Echo in the Canyon

Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.  It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene.  Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today.  Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones.

Schedule TBA2019, USA

Run time 1:22  

Director: Andrew Slater

Producers: Andrew Slater, Eric Barrett

Cinematography: Vance Burberry, Brett Turnbull, Kyle Kibbe, Garry Waller, Pat Darrin, Mark Williams

Screenplay: Andrew Slater, Eric Barrett

Trailer – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8884430/videoplayer/vi2998254617

Fading Portraits

A rare insight into a society where the government plays a pivotal role in artists’ lives and control the fate of their work. The predicament that artists in such societies face is that when the artist’s voice is not heard, it as if the artist does not even exist. Iran is one such society, and Maryam Zandi is one such artist. A renowned documentarian and photographer, Zandi is attempting to publish her photos of the 1979 Revolution and is faced with a dilemma: To give in to the Ministry of Culture & Islamic Guidance’s demand to omit several photos, or to maintain her persistence that historical events cannot be censored.

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Islamic Republic of Iran, 2019

Run time 00:55     

Director:  Ali Shilandari

Producer:  Ali Shilandari and Farhad Mohammadi

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/308545636

Fight of Our Lives, The – Defeating the Ideological War Against the West 

The Fight of Our Lives – Defeating the Ideological War Against the West examines the internal and external threats facing the West. The cast of distinguished scholars and experts trace the emergence of anti-Western ideas and movements, and their subsequent penetration into Western academia, politics, and society. This powerful documentary conveys eloquent messages of determination, focus, and calls to action.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2018

Run time 1:06      

Director:  Gloria Z. Greenfield

Producer:  Gloria Z. Greenfield

Trailer: https://www.thefightofourlives.com/trailer/index.html

Foosballers

The quirky and heartwarming story of a group of professional athletes the world doesn’t know exists – professional table soccer players. Through an ensemble cast, the film explores a never before seen piece of American history, and shares the stories of players around the country as they prepare for the sport’s most prestigious event, the World Championships.

USA 2019,

Run time 1:36

Director:  Joe Heslinga

Producer:  Joe Heslinga

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLJ785pHqjI

Funny You Never Knew

Comedians Fred Willard and Kevin Pollak re-discover three remarkable TV comics from the 1950s: Imogene Coca, George Gobel and Martha Raye, whose groundbreaking work was broadcast live. Thanks to recently unearthed kinescopes a new audience can enjoy vital and hilarious performances that have languished unseen for 60 years.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2019,

Run time 1:39   

Director:  Andrew Hunt

Producer:  Andrew Hunt

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/312829011

General Magic

A tale of how a great vision and an epic failure can change the world. Spun out from Apple in 1990 to create the ‘next big thing’, General Magic shipped the first handheld wireless personal communicator in 1994. From the first smartphones to social media, e-commerce and even emoji, the ideas that now dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born at General Magic.  And though General Magic died, those concepts and the people who pioneered them went on to change almost everything.

USA, 2019,

Run time 1:33

Directors:  Sarah Kerruish and Matt Maude

Producer:  Sarah Kerruish and Matt Maude

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTdyb-RWNKo

Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace

The movie business has evolved over the last century from penny arcades and nickelodeons to the grand movie palaces built by the studios.  Over the decades the grand movie palaces have been challenged by television, decaying down towns, multiplexes, and cell phone cinema.

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USA, 2019

Run time 1:24    

Director:  April Wright

Producer:  Rachael Ponn

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTdyb-RWNKo

Golden Harvest, The

The Golden Harvest is a 6,000-year old love story in which the filmmaker tries to understand the profound, often troubled, relationship between olive trees and the people of Mediterranean, including her own father. It is a complicated romance, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, that is constantly evolving in a region that includes some of the poorest and most conflicted areas of Europe and the Middle East.

Jordan, 2019

Run time 1:25    

Director:  Alia Yunis

Producer:  Alia Yunis and Jaime Estrada Torres

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXJQOi0GXZI

Great American Lie, The

Closely looking at the current political environment and the ways in which the greatness of America is called into question, Jennifer Siebel Newsom expertly presents the case that many systems – education, prison, health care, minimum wage – are broken and questions how they can be fixed. Ascribing both “masculine” and “feminine” terms to how the government speaks for and about these systems and its citizens, The Great American Lie becomes the timely third installment that blends elements from her previous work to unpack bigger and pressing issues that affect us all.  Newsom weaves interviews with famous cultural critics, professors, and local thought leaders–Nicholas Kristof, Linda Darling Hammond, and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, among others – with on-the-ground activists, including Oakland-based principal Ruby De Tie, who are working every day to help those less fortunate and revealing the many ways in which Americans have been failed by the myth of social mobility.

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USA, 2019

Run time 1:28    

Director: Jennifer Seibel Newsome

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oraxAAiRaDE

Hollywood’s Second World War

The story of four Hollywood directors, who were born in Europe and who returned to the “old continent” during the second World War to film propaganda documentaries about the front for the US Army.  These four men – three of which were of Jewish faith – often risked their lives and returned to the US with severe physical and psychological injuries. Their films are unique and almost forgotten documents about the frontline from Italy via the bombardment of Germany to the liberation of Dachau.

Schedule TBA

Germany, 2018

Run time 1:30      

Director:  Jascha Hannover

Producer:  André Schäfer

However Long

An intimate portrait of four women living with metastatic (stage four) cancer and the unique support group that connects them all. As these women process challenging questions about living with an incurable disease, themes like resiliency, hope, and ferocious honesty emerge as they gain clarity and begin to accept their terminal diagnosis. However Long addresses the question that all human beings need to ask themselves: How do you want to live the rest of your life?

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USA, 2019

Run time 1:16     

Director:  Jenny Mackenzie

Producer:  Marissa Lila, Scott Thornton and Jenny Mackenzie

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/211482228

Jill Bilcock:  Dancing the Invisible

A documentary about internationally renowned film editor Jill Bilcock, that charts how an outspoken arts student in 1960s Melbourne became one of the world’s most acclaimed film artists. Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible is an unprecedented feature documentary about one of the world’s leading film artists – Australian film editor Jill Bilcock. Her work on beloved films such as Strictly Ballroom, Romeo+Juliet, Muriel’s Wedding, The Dressmaker, Road To Perdition, Japanese Story, Moulin Rouge!, Red Dog and Elizabeth, has established her as one of the world’s most daring and in-demand editors, highly sought after by leading international film directors and top film studios – yet she remains relatively unknown. Interviews include luminary directors Shekhar Kapur, Baz Luhrmann, Fred Schepisi, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Ana Kokkinos together with actor Cate Blanchett. This is combined with rare and previously unseen footage of Jill’s process in the editing suite provides an utterly captivating and unprecedented insight into the artistry of film editing.

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Australia, 2018

Run time 1:18

Director:  Axel Grigor

Producers:  Axel Grigor and Faramarz K-Rahber

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeD3qn0B508

Koi

Eight years have passed since the Tsunami hit the northern part of Japan’s coast in 2011. More than 20,000 people lost their lives, and many others are still missing. As time went by the families of the victims abandoned all hope and stopped looking for their loved ones. However, this is the story of two men who are fully committed to their respective searching activities. Perseverance is what pushed an ex-convict to look for redemption by helping the victims’ families find the remains of their loved ones, and a bus driver to start diving in order to search for his wife.

Italy, 2018

Run time 1:18      

Director:  Lorenzo Squarcia

Producer:  Lorenzo Squarcia, Simone Spampinato and Manuel Grieco

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Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story

Barely 19, Grant ‘Coco’ Fuhr became starting goalie for the most exciting team in NHL history. In his mid-30’s, he played 79 games in an 82-game season to set a league record, then followed that performance by playing 73 the next season on a completely rebuilt knee. His acrobatic style and cat-like reflexes led to five Stanley Cup championships and two Canada Cup victories.  He also got himself demoted to the minors and was suspended for an entire NHL season for substance abuse, only to return and redeem himself as one of the game’s true greats. In the words of Wayne Gretzky, “I think he’s the best goaltender in the history of the NHL.”

Schedule TBA

Canada, 2018,

Run time 1:12

Director:  Don Metz

Producers:  Adam Scorgie, Don Metz and Shane

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X4IRNKEOK0&t=45s  

Meeting Gorbachev

The USSR’s last leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, steps back into the limelight in this riveting documentary focused on a life that changed history. Now 87 and in precarious health, Gorbachev nevertheless possesses a mind as sharp as ever as he parries with Werner Herzog (SFFILM’s Directing Award, 2006) in a series of interviews. Gorbachev tells his story his way, immune to Herzog’s conversational gambits. Archival footage and interviews with Gorbachev contemporaries, including Poland’s Lech Walesa and former Secretary of State George Shultz, help fill in the portrait, but it is Gorbachev’s own words that form the core of this fascinating portrait.

United Kingdom, 2018

Run time 1:30 min

Directors: Werner Herzog, André Singer

Trailer: https://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi1241300249

Mother of Beauty, The

Emmeline Snively was a mother of beauty for hundreds of models in the 40’s and 50’s. Her story is told against the backdrop of this post-war era, as we explore how iconic beauty was created in Hollywood, and what happens when the glamour fades with the years.  With the help of newfound unique archives we reconstruct how Emmeline Snively created iconic beauty in those days. We get to know her through interviews from the early days and the ruthless written notes in her archive.

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Netherlands, 2018

Run time 00:59      

Director:  Frank van Osch

Producer:  Frank van Osch

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/304811113

New Normal, The

One year after the horrific mass shooting on Feb 14,2018 in Parkland, Florida that claimed the lives of 14 students and 3 administrators, students are still navigating this new reality.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2019

Run time 1:15    

Director:  Codi Barbini

Producer:  Eddie Barbini and Lia Carney

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Pariah Dog

A kaleidoscopic picture of the city of Kolkata, India as seen through the prism of four outsiders and the dogs they love. These men and women have found meaning and purpose in their shared mission to care for the neglected street dogs, who have existed in the towns and villages of India for thousands of years. For some this mission is enough, for others, dreams of a better life are always near.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2019

Run time 1:16      

Director:  Jesse Alk

Producer:  Jesse Alk and Noah Lerner

Executive Producer:  Aditi Sircar

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/316360791

Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story

“Pooh” will give a never before seen look at the meteoric rise of the young Chicago superstar that was suddenly derailed by devastating injuries and unrealistic expectations for a hometown hero. Rose’s story is one of survival – through violence, poverty and injury – the one time heir to Michael Jordan’s iconic throne has never forgotten where he came from as he continues to search for his own inner peace.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2019

Run time 1:42

Director:  Scott Diener

Producer:  Scott Diener, Derrick Rose, and Jason Coyle

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/313460992

Return to Hardwick: home of the 93rd Bomb Group

Sons, daughters and grandchildren of the greatest generation travel to England to uncover the history of a disappearing World War II air base. The 93rd Bomb Group was the most decorated, most traveled and most effective bomber group of WWII.  Crippling Hitler’s Europe from the air, they executed some of the most daring bombing raids of the war. Along with the group’s rich history, sons, daughters and grandchildren travel to England and explore the 93rd’s long forgotten airbase – Hardwick Aerodrome 104. This feature documentary will bring to life the story of the 93rd Bomb Group but also capture today’s 2nd and 3rd generation members tracing through their ancestor’s footsteps.

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USA, 2019

Run time 1:12      

Director:  Michael Sellers

Producer:  Michael Sellers and Jean Koznarek

trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OENNqBCf-Vk&fbclid=IwAR2c3l558CKFo6Y_c0oMcNIQA4wiaSohGDODKRh0LVpEwHPHrNZnQF4i4es

Rhino Cup, The

Filmed in South African and Mozambique, this film shows the severity of rhino poaching in Africa and the unique way of tackling the problem.  Through football, communities and villagers in Mozambique are being uplifted. The Rhino Cup was created to give the younger generation something to engage in, improve community spirit, create jobs and build a new infrastructure. People are choosing football over poaching.

Schedule TBA

UK, 2019,

Run time 0:52

Director:  Myles Pizzey

Producer:  Myles Pizzey

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/274476955

Rights of Nature, The: A Global Movement

Western views and the legal system tend to view nature as property.  But for millennia indigenous communities have viewed themselves as part of nature. As pressures on the environment mount, people are turning to a new legal strategy known as The Rights of Nature, based on indigenous concepts. Constitutional reforms in Ecuador helped recognize nature as a legal entity, and partnerships between the Maori and the New Zealand government led to personhood status for rivers, lakes and forests, and a renewed sense of balance between people and nature.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2018

Run time 00:53      

Director:

Producer:  Issac Goeckeritz, Hal Crimmel, Maria Valeria Berros

Trailer: https://youtu.be/qXQuPsElKPo

Runner

When he was eight, Guor Mading Maker ran from capture in war-torn Sudan to eventually seek safety in the US.  In his new life, Maker began running again, participating in high school track and field and then qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. But because the International Olympic Committee did not recognize the newly formed South Sudan, Maker had to fight to compete independently, refusing to run for Sudan and taking a stand against its oppression. Follow Maker’s difficult and triumphant journey from refugee to world-renowned athlete.  

Schedule TBA

USA, 2019,

Run time 1:27

Director:  Bill Gallagher

Producer:  Bill Gallagher

Trailer:

Sacred Journey, A

When one brother is diagnosed with a shattering illness, another brother is forced to face his demons.  The family struggles to pick up the pieces and stay together in this powerful portrait of love and what it means to truly care for each other.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2019

Run time 1:14      

Director:  Ernesto Quintero

Producer:  Danny Haro, Yvonne Jimenez, Suzanne Richiardone

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYKDqpheK0c&feature=youtu.be

Salvage

In Yellowknife, the remote capitol of the Northwest Territories of Canada, the town dump is the city’s most popular and notorious man made attraction, mined by a colorful community of thrifty locals. But the new city administration is determined to see it tamed, and the battle for Yellowknife’s identity is on.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2019

Run time 00:57    

Director:  Amy C. Elliott

Producer:  Elizabeth Donius

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/315308254

Serengeti Rules, The

Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth—from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools—they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life.

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USA, 2018,

Run time 1:24

Director:  Nicolas Brown

Producer:  David Allen

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gVPy5wxZ-4

Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story

Take a journey with the top craft chocolate makers in the world as they journey through the deep jungles of the Peruvian Amazon in search of rare native cacao  varietals that have never been used in chocolate production. Share in the passion and excitement of the chocolate makers as they travel into the unknown, find purpose in the stories of the indigenous cacao farmers, and view first-hand the widespread impacts of deforestation, drug trade, and large agribusinesses on the Amazonian way of life.

Schedule TBA

Mexico, 2019

Run time 1:25      

Director:  Tim Shephard

Producer:  Amy Burns

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/320726678

Sinatra in Palm Springs – The Place He Called Home

The film captures the spirit of the Sinatra era and pays tribute to the unique lifestyle of Sinatra’s Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage.  Steeped in affection and appreciation for the deep bond between Sinatra and these beguiling desert towns, “Sinatra in Palm Springs” tells the story of a man whose generosity and compassion for his fellow citizens had no bounds. Revealing interviews bring to life a bygone era. Featuring interviews with Barbara Sinatra, Mel Haber, Tom Dreesen, Nelda Linsk, Bruce Fessier, Trini Lopez, Michael Fletcher and many others who knew and lived and played with Frank Sinatra.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2018,

Run time 1:32

Director:  Leo Zahn

Producer:  Leo Zahn

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKPiT2ncMJo

Song For Our People

An inspiring new documentary about creating music and changing the world. The film tells the story of an intriguing group of professional musicians who come in a recording studio in Brooklyn to create a powerful new anthem to honor their African American ancestors. Emmy Award-winning director Mustapha Khan conceived of the film, and the eponymous song being recorded in the session, after being inspired by something he once heard a preacher say. What have you done with your freedom is the central question posed by Song For Our People, a film which both challenges and inspires us all to want to do more with the freedom we have.

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USA, 2019

Run time 00:55    

Director:  Mustapha Khan

Producer:  Philip Vickery

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/337155597

To Win It All: The Road to the Six Invitational

To Win It All: The Road to the Six Invitational is an exciting view into Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege, one of the world’s fastest-growing esports. Three top players from around the globe try to balance lives, relationships, and training while chasing a chance to compete in the Six Invitational and win its life-changing $2,000,000 prize pool.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2019

Run time 1:14    

Director:  David Grabias

Producer:  David Grabias, Anne Edgar, Bryce Brentlinger, Jon Bailey, Katherine Bamford

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw0fkGBAkzY

Town for All Seasons, A: The Story of Leeds

This is the story of  the unique Utah town of Leeds, Utah, which celebrated its sesquicentennial this year.  The film was produced by DSU film students and will open the Festival. Although small in size, the town of Leeds and its surroundings hold an

unique place in the history of the settlement of the American West. The film recounts the agricultural, mining, business and pioneer importance of the town. Three distinct geographical zones meet in the area, 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 film becomes 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.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2019

Run time 1:30    

Produced & Directed by: Phil Tuckett, Ben Braten and the Faculty, Staff & Students of DSU Films

Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?

Lt. Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old United States Naval Academy graduate and the married father of two young sons, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a 2014 training exercise. Motivated by her grief, his wife Nicole sought an explanation for the cause of the disaster. Her efforts spurred an investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings around the 53E helicopter—the model Van Dorn was piloting when he was killed, and the deadliest aircraft in the US military.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2018,

Run time 1:20

Director:  Zachary Stauffer

Producer:  Zachary Stauffer

Executive Producers:  Lowell Bergman and John Temple

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/284061744

Women of the Gulag

The compelling and tragic stories of the women of the Gulag, the brutal system of repression and terror that devastated the Soviet population during the regime of Stalin. The Gulag was first captured by Solzhenitsyn in his opus, Gulag Archipelago. Never before have the stories of the women and their experience in these camp been told in an international documentary film.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2018

Run time 00:53      

Director:  Marianna Yarovskaya

Producer:  Paul Gregory, Mark Harris, Mitchell Block

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/306452933

Ximei

Twenty years after China’s “Black-blood Economy” where a million Chinese citizens were infected with HIV and countless numbers died from AIDS, thousands of rural peasants still suffer the consequences.  Their plight is hidden from the eyes of the world and strongly censored by Chinese authorities. Ximei is a young woman from rural Henan Province who contracted AIDS and has dedicated herself to telling the world of the people who continue to suffer.   Even now officials try to terrorize Ximei into silence. Her courageous actions and fiery character transform the tragedy of Henan’s HIV-infected outcasts into lives of hope and dignity.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2018

Run time 1:40     

Director:  Andy Cohen, Gaylen Ross

Producer:  Andy Cohen, Gaylen Ross, Chin-chin Yap, Ai Weiwei

Trailer: https://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi3824991257

You Gave Me A Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard

Alice Gerrard’s musical career took her inside the cultural revolutions of the 20th century– breaking ground for women in bluegrass and challenging segregation during an interracial music tours across the South. Now 84, she continues to perform, teach and inspire the next generation. As she winds down her journey, the film tells one woman’s story of being traditional, not conventional.

Schedule TBA

USA, 2019,

Run time 1:19

Director:  Kenny Dalsheimer

Producer:  Ashley Melzer and Kenny Dalsheimer

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Zen Speaker, The

As a prominent public speaking coach and former political fundraiser, Amy Ayoub always encouraged her clients to be authentic and to share their personal stories—painfully aware that she wasn’t ready, yet, to tell her own. Then, in 2012, she learned about Nevada Assembly Bill 67, a bill designed to fight sex trafficking.

THE ZEN SPEAKER: BREAKING THE SILENCE charts Amy’s transformational journey from a tumultuous childhood in Las Vegas to her emotionally wrenching testimony before the Nevada State Legislature in 2013. A personal portrait, the film explores the emotional and physical devastation associated with sex trafficking; being a survivor; public vs private personas; and finding one’s voice in unexpected ways.

USA, 2019

Run time 1:39

Director: Robin Greenspun

Producers: Robin Greenspun, Chris DeFranco

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/333825670