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Lo and Behold
Lo and Behold

The 2016 DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, presented by Dixie State University, and taking place from September 6 through 10, in St. George, Utah, announced its lineup 65 films.

This year’s Festival includes Lo and Behold from the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog and Janis: Little Girl Blue from Oscar nominated director, Amy Berg. The Festival also includes five additional special screenings of films from the award-winning Independent Film Channel’s series which is hosted by Helen Mirren, Documentary Now!

The 2016 Festival will also include a series of free intimate filmmaker chats, and special events, which allow the attendees a very special experience, which extends beyond the screenings of the films.

“Each year, we think the films submitted could not possible surpass the previous year and each year the quality astonishes us. It takes real passion to venture into the art of documentary, which is often a lonely pursuit in a world filled with commercialized studio films. That passion certainly shines through in this year’s selections,” said Phil Tuckett, Executive Director of DOCUTAH, Director of the Digital Film Program and Executive Director of Dixie State University Films. “The variety of subjects will bring audiences to places they have never known and allow them to experience a wide range of emotions from tears to laughter to inspiration to downright astonishment.”

The complete 2016 DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival lineup of films

The 100 Years Show
Runtime: 29 mins
Synopsis: Carmen Herrera, a spunky and distinctive Cuban-American painter coming up on her 100th birthday, is finally achieving the recognition that eluded her for most of her career.

1000 Cuts
Runtime: 10 mins
Synopsis: Utah’s Canyonlands National Park is known for its fantastically formed arches and pinnacles, its canyon mazes and pristine solitude. Famed photographer, James Balog, finds that the rugged, primitive land that he loves is being transformed by industrial development—right up to national park boundaries.

A Bold Peace
Runtime: 95 mins
Synopsis: In his famous “Cross of Iron” speech in 1953, President Eisenhower critiqued the military-industrial complex while asking, “Is there no other way the world may live?” In Costa Rica today, we glimpse another way to live. In 1948, Costa Rica dismantled their military establishment and intentionally cultivated security relationships with other nations through treaties, international laws, and international organizations.

A House Without Snakes
Runtime: 29 mins
Synopsis: In Botswana, two young Bushmen struggle to build their futures in the wake of their people’s relocation from their ancestral homeland.

A Thump in The Eye
Runtime: 38 mins
Synopsis: A documentary with an obscure obsession, diverse art and ambitions of an eccentric English artist named Derek Ogbourne. His art covers painting and drawing through mechanical construction to 19th century experiments with the last image retained on the eye; a forgotten science he calls optography.

Above and Below
Runtime: 119 mins
Synopsis: Swiss Filmmaker Nicolas Steiner documents the exploits of three homeless people living in a maze of underground Las Vegas storm sewers; a man who lives in a military bunker in the California desert and a woman at a Utah research station that simulates life on Mars. Through the hustle, the pain and the laughs, we are whisked away to an unfamiliar world, yet quickly discover the souls we encounter are perhaps not that different from our own.

Runtime: 20 mins
Synopsis: A story of determination, dangerous curiosity, and acceptance. Anthem follows two devoted rock climbers (Jeremy Thomley and Marie Claude Mathieu) as they discover each other, themselves, and their mutual fight for breath and physical contact on a secluded mountaintop.

Arc of Justice
Runtime: 20 mins
Synopsis: Tracing the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. (NCI), this organization created in 1969 by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement to help secure economic independence for African American families. It is a story of racial justice, community development, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles.

Art Connect
Runtime: 73 mins
Synopsis: A film that reveals how creativity has changed the lives of ‘at risk’ kids living in the disenfranchised and volatile area of Laventille, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Supported by professionals in the areas of art, poetry, music and dance, this film follows eight kids over a two-year process as it captures the genuine transformation of these children.

Breakfast at Ina’s
Runtime: 50 mins
Synopsis: Ina Pinkney, known as the “Breakfast Queen” is a Chicago legend and has been feeding Chicagoans for 33 years. Faced with the late stages of polio, Ina has decided to close the doors of her beloved breakfast nook. The film gives us a glimpse into Ina’s extraordinary life while chronicling the last days of the restaurant as Ina and her staff serve up its final meals.

Runtime: 76 mins
Synopsis: After fifty years away from academia, Clarence Garrett, an 85-year-old African-American WWII Vet, returns to the University of WI-Milwaukee to fulfill his biggest regret–not earning his Bachelor’s Degree. When unforeseen medical circumstances thrust Clarence into the emergency room, he is forced to abandon his goal of becoming a college graduate in order to survive an operation with deadly complications.

Coffin Cruisin’
Runtime: 16 mins
Synopsis: The Carolina Coffin Cruisers are a taboo-breaking Charlotte-based club of macabre motorists. These creepy classic car enthusiasts convoy the Carolinas to share their customized hearses and appreciation of all things related to Halloween.

Craving Cuba, A Documentary Film
Runtime: 65 mins
Synopsis: Excitement over Cuba is at an all-time high! The forbidden paradise is on everyone’s mind. Yet, as beautiful, passionate, and alluring as Cuba is, it is also very complicated. This is a powerful story about the American Dream and yearning for freedom, for country, and for identity across 4 generations on both sides of The Florida Straits.

The Dance of the Infants
Runtime: 9 mins
Synopsis: In Pamplona, the arrival of the summer is expected, and with it comes the Running of the Bulls of San Fermin. The children dream of the day when they can run with the bulls.

Days in the Quarter
Runtime: 22 mins
Synopsis: Days in the Quarter takes a journey into the lives of three residents in a fading sawmill town deep in south of Alabama. Once a thriving community, Vredenburgh, Alabama is now fading into non-existence, along with its residents.

Dog Power
Runtime: 33 mins
Synopsis: Dozens of dog breeds, men, women, young, old, elite athletes and those with disabilities are taking to the world’s landscapes and shattering the horizon. Dog Power takes you to the frontier of dog-powered sports and gives you an introduction to the world’s fastest sprint sled dogs, their human teammates, and the incredible variety of dog-powered sports they are involved in.

Runtime: 26 mins
Synopsis: We are born with creative instincts, but with time they often become buried beneath day-to-day demands. Eudaimonia follows four individuals pursuing creative passions within the context of work, family and society.

Finding My Tribe
Runtime: 29 mins
Synopsis: Salt Lake City is a beautiful, clean, friendly place to grow up and raise a family, unless you happen to be different in any way. Tattoo culture has skyrocketed from the prison block and biker bars to the mainstream. This film takes a close look at society’s views and how they have evolved.

Runtime: 48 mins
Synopsis: A story of a unique conservation project in the heart of the deforestation zone in Borneo. A window into the world of conservation science, this documentary highlights the reality of working with industry to reach a sustainable compromise in the face of unrelenting devastation.

Free Speech Fear Free
Runtime: 79 mins
Synopsis: Can we be fully human without free speech? Is it the oxygen of our society? In this compelling documentary, Tarquin Ramsay asks just one question: What is Free Speech?

Runtime: 75 mins
Synopsis: In the isolated high desert community of St. George, Utah a revolution in cancer research is taking place and the world is starting to take notice.

Gone Viral
Runtime: 47 mins
Synopsis: Eddie Whelan and Senan Byrne are both mental health nurses from a small town in Ireland. These colleagues share a unique pastime by entertaining millions of people with comedic 6 second videos that they record and share on the Internet platform Vine. Upon completion of the short doc in 2016, Eddie and Senan had been viewed in their comedic short videos more than 200 million times.

The Great Alone
Runtime: 85 mins
Synopsis: Shot in the arctic wilderness of Alaska this film captures the inspiring comeback story of champion sled dog racer, Lance Mackey. From his sunniest days as a boy to cancer’s attempt to unseat him, this film takes you on Lance’s emotional journey to become one of the greatest sled dog racers of all time.

Runtime: 21 mins
Synopsis: Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest gang intervention and re-entry organization, offers an unparalleled 18-month job-training program for recovering drug addicts and ex-gang members. This film follows the lives of two of the programs’ female participants, Maria and Joselyn, over four months as they attempt to leave the past behind and start anew.

Janis: Little Girl Blue
Runtime: 103 mins
Synopsis: Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock & roll singers of all time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1971 at age 27. With Janis: Little Girl Blue, Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg examines Joplin’s story in depth for the first time on film, presenting an intimate and insightful portrait of a complicated, driven and often beleaguered artist.

Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia
Runtime: 84 mins
Synopsis: From the top of the world to the end of the line, this film follows the life and climbs of legendary alpinist Jeff Lowe, through his visionary ascents around the world up to his current dance with a terminal disease. Narrated by Jon Krakauer.

Jews Step Forward
Runtime: 112 mins
Synopsis: The film traces a path grounded in Jewish identity, which ultimately separates personal conscience from a socialized mythology loyal to Israel. Open ended policies of torture, imprisonment, murder of indigenous Palestinians including children, contempt for international norms, and the rise of laws mirroring fascism, all poison any idea of national permanence for Israel. The subjects of this film speak with the same voice cutting through visceral defenses to demand an awakening and a Judaism liberated from Zionism.

Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland
Runtime: 14 mins
Synopsis: Joshua Tree National Park, with its mysterious rock formations and iconic trees, has long provided a haven for those seeking an inspirational experience. But with current threats from air pollution, fires, and global warming, scientists believe the majority of Joshua Trees may be gone in less than 100 years.

The Laughter Life
Runtime: 76 mins
Synopsis: A group of young Mormon comedians aims to produce a weekly sketch comedy TV show while dealing with the scrutiny of the LDS Church-affiliated network. Producer Juliet Werner follows a week in the professional life of the young Mormon comedians who write and star in the sketch comedy TV show ‘Studio C’ and call the ‘Provo Bubble’ home.

The Legacy of Menla
Runtime: 64 mins
Synopsis: A fresh portrayal of Tibetan Medicine through the eyes of three Indian women who have been diagnosed with different stages of cancer. Often acting against their families’ wishes or the advice of Western doctors, they chose to put their faith in Tibetan doctors and change their lives.

Lo and Behold
Runtime: 98 mins
Synopsis: From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes his newest vehicle for exploration, a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting online lives. In this 2016 documentary Herzog ponders the existential impact of the Internet, robotics, AI, the Internet of Things, and more on human life. Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence.

Mango Girls
Runtime: 48 mins
Synopsis: For over 200 years Dharhara Village in India has addressed an age-old problem of the custom of dowry, and other serious social issues in a unique way. Here, the villagers plant ten mango trees when a daughter is born. Within a span of five to seven years the trees start to bear fruit that are used take care of her education, wedding, and well-being.

Maire’s Journey
Runtime: 107 mins
Synopsis: We step into one cancer patient’s life during her most difficult times. 24-year old Maire lost her battle to a rare cancer of the heart. Her dying wish was that her ashes be put into a wooden sailboat built by a blind carpenter and travel some 1400 miles to the ocean. Maire touched thousands on her afterlife journey.

Runtime: 82 mins
Synopsis: A Finnish heavy rocker, Tomi was bullied at school because he loved Kiss. At 37, he still lives in an elaborate monster universe he created – the world of Lordi. In 2006 his band of monsters won the Eurovision Song Contest. Today he has hit the hard rock bottom of reality and is deserted by fans and band members. Can he rise once again or will he finally grow up?

Nathan East: For The Record
Runtime: 85 mins
Synopsis: Go behind-the-scenes as one of the most influential bass players in modern music records his debut solo album. The film chronicles Nathan’s three-decade plus career that started at age 16 when he hit the road with Barry White. Interviews with many of the musicians he worked with include Clapton, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Don Was, and more.

The Nine Lives of Harald Bauer
Runtime: 17 mins
Synopsis: Harald Bauer has been a war hero, an aviator and entrepreneur. Fortunately his “nine lives” have allowed him to excel in all three.

Off the Rails
Runtime: 87 mins
Synopsis: The remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome, whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers, subway conductors, and driving their routes.

One Big Home
Runtime: 89 mins
Synopsis: Trophy homes threaten Martha’s Vineyard. When an enormous compound is built beside a fragile pond, a carpenter takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against angry homeowners and builders who look the other way, he works to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.

Runtime: 57 mins
Synopsis: A Cincinnati public school fights to break the cycle of poverty in its Urban Appalachian neighborhood, where senior Raven Gribbins aims to become the first in her troubled family to graduate and go to college. When Principal Craig Hockenberry’s job is threatened, it becomes clear it’s a make-or-break year for both of them.

The Radical Jew
Runtime: 25 mins
Synopsis: Baruch Marzel, one of Israel’s most notorious extremists is profiled in his hard line battle against Palestinian influx into Israel.

Radioactive Veteran
Runtime: 24 mins
Synopsis: Nuclear testing in Nevada has left an awful legacy. Sixty years later Down Winders and those who experienced direct exposure still suffer its effects.

Red Ochre – the Last Guards of the Holy Fire
Runtime: 31 mins
Synopsis: The centuries-old culture of the Himba tribe in Northern Namibia is rapidly dying. Since the 16th century the nomads populate the region around river Kunene in Northwest Namibia. Many Himba are trying to keep their traditional way of life, but climate change, governmental development projects, and the pursuit of westernization by the younger generations are putting their culture in danger.

Reinventing the Reel
Runtime: 20 mins
Synopsis: This documentary short gives and overview of the Hollywood treatment of LGBT portrayals in film, how it has changed, and why it is important to continue to change. The Underlying message of the film is that waiting for the bigger businesses of the world to make necessary changes (social and otherwise) is not the answer.

The Search
Runtime: 24 mins
Synopsis: Estela de Carlotto has looked for her grandson for 37 years. In 1977 during the Argentinean Dirty War, her pregnant daughter was abducted, taken to a secret detention center and tortured and killed. In 1979, Carlotto became a member of the Association of Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an organization that has worked to find the 500 children that were kidnapped from women in detention. On August 5, 2014, Carlotto announced that the Association had found the 114th grandchild: her long-lost grandson.

Runtime: 85 mins
Synopsis: Following in the footsteps of Paul Pena (Genghis Blues), Beatboxer Shodekeh, travels across the world from Baltimore, MD to Kyzyl, Tuva, Russia to take part in a festival celebrating the 50th Birthday of the legendary musician, Kongaro-ol Ondar. While there, he collaborates and competes with some of the worlds best Tuvan throat singers.

Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
Runtime: 84 mins
Synopsis: The 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killed 270 innocent people and ushered in the frightful new age of terrorism. Bound together in tragedy, the victims’ relatives fought tooth and nail for justice, only to watch it unravel for Libyan oil.

The Surgery Ship
Runtime: 78 mins
Synopsis: Out on the ocean, a ship of doctors and nurses is traveling to the poorest of the poor living in West Africa. It carries life saving medical services for people who have none. The ship docks in a different country every year. It is the last hope for so many and if they miss the boat, there is no other chance.

Switchpoint: A View from the Roundhouse
Runtime: 75 mins
Synopsis: Homelessness effects every community in the United States. In St. George, Utah a new approach is finding success in switching its clients to a new and different track.

This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer
Runtime: 26 mins
Synopsis: A poor, Mississippi sharecropper escapes debilitating abuse to become an indomitable force against the political elite and a voice for millions fighting for the right to vote in 1964.

To Hear, Not Fear
Runtime: 36 mins
Synopsis: Analyzing the difficulties and extreme importance of communication between Fathers and Daughters.

To the Ends of the Earth
Runtime: 83 mins
Synopsis: The rise of extreme energy, the end of economic growth and the people caught in the middle. Narrated by Emma Thompson.

Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown
Runtime: 88 mins
Synopsis: Before Trump, before Bernie Sanders, before anyone — Jim Traficant was the original bombastic populist — but with mobbed up street cred. Traficant was the George Carlin of Congress. He is known for his polyester suits, cowboy boots, vulgar humor and profanity laced rhetoric against the FBI and IRS. He’s also only the second Member of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War.

Tree Man
Runtime: 82 mins
Synopsis: Francois the Tree Man is far from his wife and three small children in Quebec, selling Christmas trees and living in a van on the streets of New York City. He does it for them. But this is home, too. He thrives as a Catholic selling trees in a Jewish neighborhood to atheists.

Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride!
Runtime: 75 mins
Synopsis: Uncle Gloria is a new twist on transgender life. A dark, funny film about the macho owner of an auto wrecking company in Florida who goes into hiding from the law as a woman setting off a bizarre journey of self discovery. Undergoing a sex change operation, Gloria becomes a dominatrix, a transgender activist and finds love while trying to reconcile with her dysfunctional family.

Runtime: 10 mins
Synopsis: After power-tumbler Carson Tueller loses the function of this legs in a tragic accident, he discovers how important is it to have close family and friends and determines what is truly significant in his life.

Unforgotten, The Story of Paul Pender
Runtime: 64 mins
Synopsis: During boxing’s golden age, Paul Pender overcomes physical adversity to become World Champion. In later life he is misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer’s. After death, however, doctors discovered Paul had been suffering from CTE, the debilitating disease that is at the forefront of contact sports today.

UpStairs Inferno
Runtime: 96 mins
Synopsis: On June, 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to a gay bar in New Orleans called the UpStairs Lounge. For 43 years, it was the largest gay mass murder in U.S. History. Despite the staggering historical significance, few people know about the tragedy. See heart-wrenching interviews of survivors and witnesses, many of whom haven’t discussed the fire until now. This is a story ripped right from today’s headlines.

Voyagers Without Trace
Runtime: 80 mins
Synopsis: In 1938, three young Parisians arrived in the American West with kayaks, cameras, and beer. They had a bold, even foolhardy plan: be the first to take kayaks down the wild Green and Colorado rivers. They recorded their journey, creating the first adventure film shot in vivid color.

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith
Runtime: 100 mins
Synopsis: This film tells the story of ten extraordinary years, four groundbreaking cases, and one unconventional federal judge, whose rulings forever changed the face of civil rights in the United States. It may be the greatest story you never heard about a 93 year old jurist who still sits on the bench in his district.

West Empire
Runtime: 26 mins
Synopsis: Remains from a vanished past, the ghost towns of the American West are full of stories and legends. West Empire is an immersion into the heart of these towns left behind after the mining era and in which a few people still persist to live today, as seen by a Frenchman.

Where We Stand
Runtime: 20 mins
Synopsis: The story of a controversial group of Mormon feminists fighting for women’s rights in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Women are the Answer
Runtime: 91 mins
Synopsis: Population growth has been left out of the climate debate because it is seen as controversial, yet it is one of the most important factors. The global population has passed the 7 billion mark and India is overtaking China as the most populous nation in the world, but one state in southern India has found the solution.

DocUtah Special Screenings

Documentary Now: 5 films from the award winning IFC Series hosted by Helen Mirren

A Town, a Gangster, a Festival
Runtime: 22 mins
The story of an annual festival held in Argorg, Iceland, honoring the American gangster, Al Capone.

Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee
Runtime: 44 mins
This documentary charts the rise and fall of Soft Rock’s seminal band from a Detroit Heavy Metal/Punk failure to an L.A. Icon.

The Eye Doesn’t Lie
Runtime: 22 mins
An Investigation into the wrongful conviction of a man sentenced to death for the 1986 murder of John Patrick Winslow.

Dronez: The Hunt for El Chingon
Runtime: 22 mins
The hipster media empire, Dronez, sends courageous journalists to Mexico to track down a notorious drug lord.

Sandy Passage
Runtime: 22 mins
The lives of two aging socialites, and their deteriorating estates.

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