September 1, 2015 — St. George, UT — Dixie State University and the DOCUTAH™ International Documentary Film Festival™ today announced that the short documentary,
The House is Innocent” won the Grand Jury Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and has been submitted for consideration to the Academy Awards. The film also just garnered “Best Short Doc” at the Sidewalk film festival.

The House Is Innocent examines the question, who knowingly purchases the former residence of a notorious serial killer? Meet Tom and Barbara, proud new owners of the most infamous house in Sacramento, CA. As the middle-aged couple renovate the crumbling house, they realize it’s going to take a whole lot more than paint to change the community’s minds about their new home.

“This is the second year in a row that a film included in the DOCUTAH Festival has achieved the level of being considered for an Academy Award,” Said Phil Tuckett, Artistic Director for DOCUTAH, associate professor at Dixie State University and the Director of DSU Films. “Last year, “White Earth”, by J. Christian Jensen, was a finalist in the short documentary category at the Oscars. Although each year we receive high quality films from all over the world, it is a particular honor to have films of the quality of “White Earth” and The House is Innocent” which reach this level of recognition by their peers.


DOCUTAH’s mission is to inspire a global connection through independent documentary films and intellectual discussions. DOCUTAH strives to enhance the education of independent filmmakers, aspiring film students, citizens of the world and the Community. DOCUTAH is one of the few university-sponsored film festivals in the United States. It is an International pure documentary film festival. As part of Dixie State University’s academic component, DOCUTAH also offers master class seminars and filmmaker panels where student, amateur and professional filmmakers can discuss and advance their skills in the art of filmmaking.