Come meet and join filmmakers and fans in an exciting interactive forum.

Everyone is Welcome! This is open and free to the entire community; students, faculty, general public...everyone!

Tuesday, Sept 8th – Friday, Sept 11th At Noon, 1:00 and 2:30PM

Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Students! Enter a drawing to be eligible for a DSU Scholarship by attending seminars!

Students can also register for an exciting and provocative one credit course for viewing films and attending seminars!

Dr. Kristin DeNure Hunt, Seminar Facilitator


COMM 4920R, CRN 46778, Credit: 1 (15 hrs) Fall 2015 online signup for college credit (COMM 4920R)

DOCUTAH Course Registration Form

Location:  Main Stage Theater, Eccles Center for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, September 8th

12:00pm to 12:45pm Dr. Kristin DeNure Hunt, Seminar Facilitator Introduction and Welcome to DOCUTAH! What do we learn about the art of being human?
Hildegard Elisabeth Keller Whatever Comes Next Dr. Keller asks, “What can we learn from Alice in Wonderland?” She is a teacher of medieval and modern literature as well as a filmmaker.  What compels a filmmaker to tell a story?  This film provokes us to take a fresh look at storytelling, art, writing, the holocaust, and aging vigorously.
Kathleen Claire Lee The Devil and the Angel The violin has been referred to as the “devil’s instrument.” Throughout history, violin players and makers were rumored to have sold their souls to the devil in order to master their craft. This film is a journey through the mystery, the fantasy, the passion, the madness, and the romanticism of a Master Luthier and his love affair with an angel, the “devil’s instrument.”
12:45pm BREAK
1:00pm  to 2:15pm Dr. Kristin DeNure Hunt Seminar Facilitator Introduction and Welcome. We lose ourselves in books.  We find ourselves there, too.” -Unknown
Hildegard Elisabeth Keller Whatever Comes Next Hildegard will discuss her filmmaking process. Whatever Comes Next is a story about the curious and dynamic life of 89-year old Annemarie Mahler, an artist and writer .What do the artistic process and life have in common?
Zofia Pregowska Invisible Zofia comes to us all the way from Poland to share her film with us. Meet Krystyna, almost blind, 90 years old, and lives in a tiny apartment surrounded by books and writing pads. Nothing can stop this vital woman from writing passionate and eloquent poetry that celebrates life. She is preparing for a journey to a declamation contest where she hopes to share her poems with the audience.
Raphael Didierjean Film Project Manager Duy Tan University, Da Nang, Vietnam Raphael’s group in Vietnam is producing an interesting and high quality documentary about the air war in the North during the Vietnam war. Hear of his journey to Duy Tan, why he is making this film, and how he and his students found and taught themselves animation software. Raphael is visiting our University to learn more about filmmaking to take back to his students in Vietnam.
2:15pm BREAK 
2:30pm  to 3:45pm Dr. Kristin DeNure Hunt Seminar Facilitator Introduction and Welcome In what ways does documentary film tell the authentic story of people and profound situations?  This seminar begs the question: What floats your boat?
Kim Furst Flying the Feathered Edge Nicknamed “The Pilot’s Pilot,” Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, age 93, is considered by many to be our greatest living aviator, and has influenced generations of pilots. Director Kim Furst captures every nuance of Bob’s amazing life story with still images, rare historic footage, and exclusive testimonials from other flight legends past and present.
Pat Murphy Psychedelia This is a documentary about psychedelic drugs and their ability to induce mystical, or religious experiences. The film explores this relationship by chronicling their use in controlled psychotherapy studies prior to the counterculture of the 1960s.
Justin Clifton Our Canyon Lands In Southeastern Utah, one of the last major wild places remaining sits teetering on a precipice of rampant industrial development. Home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, the Canyon Lands of Utah have become the playground of adventurous souls who love and appreciate the wonder of wild places. It has also become the target of greedy industrialists.

Wednesday, September 9th

12:00pm to 12:45pm Dr. Kristin DeNure Hunt Seminar Facilitator Introduction and Welcome to DOCUTAH! In what ways does documentary film tell the authentic story of people and profound situations?
Maria Soccor Lords of BSV In Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, a natural ‘pressure cooker’ for emerging talent, George Adams creates a new dance form called, Brukup. This dance form revived by BSV members Blackie and Poba, has evolved as dancers enhance their free form and mutation style of dance.  How does this dance form create a sense of community and hope?  Let’s dance!
Bill Brummel Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot The story of a courageous group of Alabama students and teachers who fight a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African-Americans in the South. They faced intimidation, violence, jail and even murder, to achieve one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era.  Let us honor these students and teachers, past and present who continue to encourage this precious privilege and responsibility in our democracy.  Get out the vote!
Jose’ del Rio Bach in Madrid The orchestra and choir of La Capilla Real de Madrid, played the integral of J.S. Bach’s Cantatas and sacred works in Madrid churches during 8 years. This is a powerful documentary that follows them into the process. Their passion for music for this music comes alive. The performance of these complex Bach cantatas is truly a labor of love.
12:45pm BREAK
1:00pm to 2:15pm Dr. Kristin DeNure Hunt Seminar Facilitator Introduction and Welcome What do we learn about the human spirit and the art of being human?
Elizabeth Van Meter Thao’s Library Elizabeth, an American woman, is coping with the loss of her famed younger sister when she comes across a photograph of Thao, a young Vietnamese woman born with severe birth defects as a result of Agent Orange. These two women are brought together, forging an unlikely sisterhood that transcends language and culture and changing both of their lives forever.
Jean-Sebastien Francoeur, Andrew Marchand-Boddy plus the film’s star Yavana Chhem-Kieth The Roots Remain In an emotional tribute, Montreal graffiti artist Fonki returns to Cambodia to paint a giant mural of his relatives killed in the genocide. During his time there, he connects with a group of Cambodian youth who have also returned hoping to breathe new life into their destroyed culture.  In what ways does art have the ability to heal and exalt the human spirit?
Mark Nicholas Nefertiti's Daughters Queen Nefertiti returns to join revolutionary street artists on the front lines in the fight for women’s rights and freedom in Egypt today. A story of women, art and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings.
2:15pm BREAK
2:30pm  to 3:45pm Erika Cohn In Football We Trust This insightful and moving documentary film explores the remarkable story behind the Polynesian Pipeline to the NFL. The film intimately portrays four young Polynesian men from Salt Lake City, Utah as they strive to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football.
Simeon Soffer, Ethan Sprague, and Gerry Mckean West 4th St. A season in the life of West Fourth Street Park in New York City. The film is told through the eyes of a cast of unique and deeply rooted characters and legends who have made this park one of the last vestiges of the true NY experience.
Maria Walton Run Free:The True Story of Caballo Blanco This touching film shares the Message of Micah True (Caballo Blanco, or the White Horse) and his vision and love for the Tarahumara families of The Copper Canyon of Mexico.  The life of this American ultra running legend and his quest to create an ultra marathon in Mexico’s Copper Canyon promotes and preserve Tarahumara running tradition.

Thursday, September 10th

12:00pm to 12:45pm Dr. Kristin DeNure Hunt Introduction and Welcome.  What is documentary film?
Kevin Bryce All These Flowers Mental health The emotionally charged story of 6 people diagnosed with Bipolar. They come from different family structures, financial situations, and treatment strategies. This is a story of victory: of finding identity apart from a diagnosis and finding hope.
Gunther Blauensteiner Europe Endless More and more refugees desperately try to reach the shores of mainland Europe every day. Europe Endless is a documentary about the current situation on Malta, the tiny island nation situated right in the path between Africa and Europe.
12:45pm BREAK
1:00pm  to 2:15pm Dr. Kristin DeNure Hunt Introduction and Welcome: Personal stories of resilience
Andrew Lahman Chad DeRosa Out of Nothing From the Pacific Northwest to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, This is the inspiring true story of four tenacious men who risk everything to conquer the world records of motorcycle land speed racing. Their extraordinary journey will remind you how perseverance against all odds can send the most unlikely men roaring into glory.
David Kamens The Big Lonely This story is uncommonly personal.  Documenting the seventh winter of one man’s extraordinary isolation in the Oregon wilderness, “The Big Lonely” captures the essence of resilience, survival, and durability of the human spirit in a uniquely filmed manner.  How did the filmmaker approach this raw reality?
Bill Porter Hermits This is a film about Chinese Daoist Buddhist monks, who have turned their backs on society and the comforts of civilization. The film was made using Buddhist principles.
2:15pm BREAK 
2:30pm  to 3:45pm Sam Brower Prophet’s Prey When Warren Jeff’s became the Prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, he took control of a religion with a history of polygamy and underage marriage. He bridged the gap between sister wives and ecclesiastical rape, befuddling the moral compass of his entire congregation. See the film where it all started in Southern Utah.
Nicholas Coles The House is Innocent Tom and Barbara’s new home has a notorious past and it is going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash its macabre history.
Sheldon Wilson and Marie-Lou Gingras Once Upon a Crime Seven years ago director Sheldon Wilson set out to tell a story involving crooked cops, a mafia Godfather, murder, a public poisoning, Elvis Presley, prison gang leaders and a cocaine-addicted newspaper editor who printed it all. As it turns out, this was just the beginning of the story.

Friday, September 11th

12:00pm to 12:45pm Dr. Kristin DeNure Hunt We will start this Seminar with a Presentation of Colors and moment of Silence. Today’s Seminar: Soldiers and Their Stories - Finding Meaning in Their Relationships
Kyle ‘n Carlos Plummer Tour of Honor In this immersive and emotional documentary, a group of 21 World War II, Korea, and Vietnam veterans are flown back to Washington D.C. to see their memorials.
Joe Forte The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur Revisiting his time on Ben-Hur and the years spent in Rome as an assistant director, 89-year-old John Alarimo unpacks the boxes that house his memories of a by-gone Hollywood era. A charismatic loner, Johnny spent a dazzling career behind the scenes in show business without ever forming any lasting relationships.
Linda Brown You See Me Filmmaker Linda Brown’s father embodied 1960s masculinity. But when a devastating stroke leaves him vulnerable and dependent, Linda decides to confront the silence surrounding his troubled and violent past. You See Me is a brave, inspiring and empowering film that documents the essence of the human condition and seeks to face the past with courage in order to change the future.
12:45pm BREAK
1:00pm  to 2:15pm Dr. Kristin DeNure Hunt Film as art and the ways art enriches our lives.
Brynmore Williams Here’s That Second Chance Robert H. Goss suffered a traumatic brain injury six years ago after falling down a flight of stairs and lapsing into a coma. As a result, he lost his passion and pleasure for Art and Jazz. Four years later a miracle happened. This is the story of his second chance.
James McEachen The Leopard in the Land Joe Rohde, artist and Disney designer, sets out on a month-long horseback expedition across the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia with the intention of painting large scale landscapes to raise funds for Snow Leopard conservation. It is a pilgrimage that explores why we travel, how we interact with the world, and the monumental effect that has on everything else.
Clark Ashton Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom Follow artist Clark Ashton as he explains the what and why behind his unusual constructions. He lays bare the wages of greed, zealotry, and human folly through his unique vision in the creation of his ‘Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom’ on Druid Hill in Decatur, GA.
2:15pm BREAK 
2:30pm  to 3:45pm Dr. Kristin DeNure Hunt Introduction and Welcome Personal Stories of Overcoming Tribulation
Nick Spark and Jessica Cox Right Footed Jessica Cox was born without arms as a result of a birth defect. She overcame many physical and emotional challenges to become fully independent. She learned to type with her toes, drive a car with her feet, and fly an airplane with her feet. Right Footed follows Jessica as she transforms from a motivational speaker to a mentor, and into a leading advocate for people with disabilities.
Eric Perlman Vision: Healing the Blind in Ethiopia Documentary filmmaking in life-and-death environments: Perlman has worked for many years in adventure sports (free solo rock climbing, base jumping, etc.) as well as in this third world blindness work.
Alden Peters Coming Out Since infancy, Alden’s entire life has been recorded on home video. His entire progression of growing up gay and closeted is documented. When Alden is finally ready to come out, he brings his camera with him. He captures raw, intimate moments with his family and friends that range from painfully awkward to hilariously honest. Following a series of gay teen suicides, a deeply closeted student confronts his repressed sexuality in search of acceptance from his family, community, and himself.

Saturday, September 12th

10:00am Concert Hall Eric Perlman, director Dr. Tabin of the University of Utah Vision: Healing the Blind in Ethiopia A story of five blind Ethiopian farmers and housewives who were helpless, hopeless and waiting for death. We follow their lives from darkness to the astonishing moment that sight returns and their lives become wonderfully normal again.