Southern Utah film festival highlights documentaries

Posted at 10:34 PM, Sep 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-06 00:34:49-04

ST. GEORGE, Utah -- The Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival is quickly becoming an international destination for documentary film makers.

The festival, also known as DocUtah, began in 2010 on the campus of Dixie State. Organizers said in the first three days of the festival this year, they have sold out several screenings and audience members range from toddlers to senior citizens.

"The audience has really caught on. The community is passionate about what we`re doing and we are thrilled," said Christina Schultz, DocUtah Executive Director.

"Storm Soldiers" is a documentary premiering at the festival. It follows crews who tackle high flying, high voltage power lines. The film's producer said stories about everyday people, who often get overlooked, are the reason so many are taking an interest in the documentary genre.

"We live in a world where people don`t want to be sold things. People want to see what the story is," said Jim Stone, "Storm Soldiers" producer.

The DocUtah film festival wraps up on Saturday.