A Town for All Seasons: The Story of Leeds Kicks Off Festival with an Appetizer Reception on September 2 

July 21, 2019 — Saint George, UT — Dixie State University DOCUTAH International Documentary Film FestivalTM announced its 2019 lineup of 65 films – 45 features and 20 shorts from 30 countries. The Festival runs from September 2 through 7 with the main Festival Hub at the DOCUTAH Red Cliffs Theaters and the DSU Eccles Fine Arts Center. This year, the film, A Town for All Seasons: The Story of Leeds launches the Festival on September 2nd with a wine and appetizer reception and screening at The DSU Eccles Fine Arts Center. Information on all films and Festival Special Events can be found at Docutah.com 

“This year we celebrate the DOCUTAH DECADE, ten years of bringing world class documentary films in Southern Utah,” said Phil Tuckett, Professor of Digital Film at DSU and Executive Director of the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival. “The Festival experience is unique – one you can’t have sitting on a couch watching Netflix or even in a standard movie theater. It is an immersive, collective experience involving filmmakers, audience and community. Attendees will see films often shown nowhere else and enjoy special events, linked directly to the subjects of the films” 

This year’s selections cover a wide range of subjects, but all of them connect attendees to a broader understanding of the common human experience. Attendees can choose from a wide array of topics – an artist who paints with dirt, the redemptive journey of a star hockey player, how Hollywood covered WWII, the story of craft chocolate, a Sudanese refugee runner fighting to compete in the Olympics, Frank Sinatra in Palm Springs, making kaleidoscopes in Seattle’s Pike Street market. The A-Z lists of features and shorts can be found on the DOCUTAH Website. 

Special Events planned for the Festival include a free community drive-in movie, a chocolate, wine and olive oil tasting, live music played by the musicians featured in their films and an extravaganza at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater when DOCUTAH presents “Laurel Canyon in Zion Canyon” with a screening of Echo in the Canyon, which 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, 

2019 DOCUTAH Lineup announced 

The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. The evening begins with a California Folk-Rock band concert. 

DOCUTAH audiences also can interact directly with filmmakers through post-screening Q&A sessions as well as daily DOCtalkTM events – intimate conversations which bring together these accomplished artists, allowing attendees and budding filmmakers to hear their thoughts on the joys, pitfalls, struggles and successes when tackling documentary filmmaking. During these talks, attendees can ask questions and get advice on the business of filmmaking from those who have been there, done that. 

Full information about all the films included in this year’s DOCUTAH Festival, special events, schedule and ticketing may be found at docutah.com. Handouts for the Festival with information will be available in mid-August.