ST. GEORGE — After two successful years, DOCUtah is back for a third.
The five-day international documentary film festival in Southern Utah will be packed with entertainment, having received 348 submissions from 46 different countries. The documentary filmmakers consist of professionals, amateurs and students, and there are a wide variety of film categories listed such as sport, history, artistic and eco-friendly films.
The festival-opener will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Dixie State College Encampment Mall. There will be a performance by Calamity Dance Company and an outdoor screening of "Hip Hop Maestro," a 40-minute film celebrating music and dance. An outdoor Zumba dance party will then conclude the night. The festival will run from Sept. 5-9.
This year, DOCUtah has scheduled a special event each day built around a family film. There are also several other films appropriate for families that will be showing each day. A guide with summaries of each film, along with a rating system, can be found online.
One film in particular stars local artist Matt Clark, who has found a way to create art even after a tragic accident that placed him in a wheelchair. His pieces are anything but ordinary and can be found all over the city of St. George. A display will also be put together on his behalf during the festival at the Eccles Fine Arts Center at DSC.
Trailers and show times for upcoming films are available online. Tickets may be purchased online, or at any of the specific venues. The cost is $5 for a day pass and $20 for the full week. Any student who brings a student ID will get in free.
Sarah Sanders Petersen is an intern for Deseret News where she writes for Mormon Times and other feature articles. She attends Brigham Young University and is studying Communications. Petersen enjoys playing tennis and riding her bike to Utah Lake.