DOCUTAH@TheECLIPSE Launches 2nd Season on
January 31 at Eclipse Theaters in Las Vegas
January 7.2018 – St. George, UT & Las Vegas, NV – Dixie State University DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival and Eclipse Theaters in Las Vegas launch their second season of monthly documentaries on January 31st
at 7 P.M. with a screening of My Father’s Highway, the epic story of how an impossible road was built on an improbable route and the people who overcame every obstacle, even death to make sure it happened. To this day it represents one of the most expensive and spectacular engineering feats in the history of the United States Interstate Highway System. The finished road takes a traveler on a 500-million-year geological journey, on a four- lane super highway that has become the economic lifeline of the Desert Southwest.
Tickets for the screening are $16 and available at bit.ly/myfathershighway. Click on the show time.
The film was produced and directed by Phil Tuckett, Professor of Digital Film and Executive Director, DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival at Dixie State University. This film is part of a series of films professionally produced in concert with film students at Dixie State University in St. George, UT called High Desert Chronicles, films that spring from the environs of the desert Southwest
“I had always wanted to do this film since my wife and I returned to St George. I was told there was a road through a slot canyon that was impassable, even on a horse, and now, there was a four-lane highway on it,” said Tuckett. I always wondered where did that come from and who built it.”
This film tells the story about the route from Los Angeles northward – U.S. Interstate 15 – through Las Vegas and crosses a section of rugged, high mountain Mojave Desert in the extreme northwest portion of Arizona. It then continues north to the Arizona/Utah border past St. George, Utah. This portion of I15 was completed in 1973 at the cost of more than $61 million or $100 an inch. The road winds through the Virgin River Gorge, at times only 150 wide with 2000 ft. cliffs towering on either side, revealing breathtaking scenic beauty.
“The citizens of and visitors to Las Vegas travel I-15 all the time either on their way to enjoy the annual DOCUTAH documentary film festival, to the five National Parks which are nearby or to points North. We thought My Father’s Highway would introduce viewers to an exciting history, which they may not have known about as they travel through this engineering marvel and spectacular scenery.” said Rodney Chichester, Partner, Eclipse Theaters. “Eclipse Theaters showcases independently supported film projects in a venue with the exclusivity and elegance expected from an award show or movie premiere. DOCUTAH brings an important element to the community and we believe our audience is looking for the kinds of innovative projects that this monthly series provides.”
About DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival
DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival™ celebrates the art of documentary filmmaking. The 2018 Festival runs from September 3- 8 and includes DOCtalk sessions and gala events The Festival takes place every September on the Campus of Dixie State University and 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. DOCUTAH also offers students at DSU an enhanced education and easy access to the Festival. (read more)
About Eclipse Theaters
Eclipse is here to surpass all expectations by providing a luxurious dinner-and-a-movie experience. Eclipse aims to deliver excellent guest service, resulting in a perfect night of entertainment. Eclipse Theaters is an upscale, concierge-style venue, showing first run movies in any of eight auditoriums, often adding independent films and live music in the lounge to round out the night for couples and groups looking for an all in one entertainment experience. Guests can experience in-theater food and beverage service throughout the film. The VIP Prime seats are equipped with a convenient call button to request your server anytime. Items, from the same great menu, can also be ordered at the bar, in the dedicated lounge area, or on the outdoor patio. (read more)
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