Through the Lens

In our latest Through the Lens documentary, Doug is joined by trial lawyer-turned-filmmaker Susan Saladoff. Her film “Hot Coffee” uses the infamous 1994 lawsuit against McDonald’s to reveal what Saladoff sees as big business’ influence over our civil justice system. Though the McDonald’s case became a symbol of frivolous lawsuits, much of what the public thinks about the case is inaccurate. We’ll talk to Saladoff about justice for the average person and why she decided to use film to tell the story.

Charles Miller

The late baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie Stargell once described the knuckleball as being like "throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." It's a pitch so slow and so unpredictable that no one wants anything to do with it. Wednesday, we continue our Through the Lens documentary series with the directors of the film Knuckleball! Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern join us to talk about the craft, tradition, and beauty of baseball as expressed through this one pitch.

Thursday, Doug is back in the studio with the latest installment of our Through the Lens documentary series. Our guest is Carl Colby, whose latest film is about his father William Colby, spymaster and former head of the CIA. The film is Carl's search for an authentic portrait of his father, a man whose life was obscured even to those closest to him. It's part memoir, part history of the CIA. Really, it's about the costs of what a country does in secret.

Thursday, RadioWest is live at 7:00 p.m. from the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Our guest is the filmmaker Lucy Walker. Her documentaries include DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND, which followed Amish teens experimenting with life in mainstream America. Her most recent film is a meditation on life and healing as victims of the Japanese tsunami struggle to rebuild during cherry blossom season. Doug sits down with Walker and then we'll screen THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM.

From "Bully"

Thursday, we’re joined by Lee Hirsch, director of the troubling and powerful film “Bully.” It’s the latest in our Through the Lens documentary series. Hirsch has said he wanted to bring the hidden lives of young people who are bullied out in the open. He spent a year following five families – including two trying to find some resolution after their sons took their own lives. We’ll talk to Hirsch about the film and present free screenings at 4:35 and 7:10 at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

The Day My God Died

Apr 10, 2012

Wednesday, we continue our Through the Lens film series with the powerful documentary "The Day My God Died." It tells the story of young girls abducted from their villages in Asia and sold into the child sex trade. Anuradha Koirala, the acclaimed activist who battles the sexual exploitation of women and children will be among our guests. Then we'll screen the film at 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

Resurrect Dead

Feb 20, 2012

Tuesday, director Jon Foy joins us for the latest installment in our Through the Lens documentary film series. Foy created one of the strangest docs at Sundance last year. It's about the mystery of the Toynbee tiles, linoleum tiles that started showing up embedded in roads along the East coast in the 1980s with bizarre messages carved in them. Foy joins us to talk about the film and the mystery. He'll also be on hand when we screen the film Thursday at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

Tuesday, Doug is joined by legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. A year ago, RadioWest and the Utah Film Center began our Through the Lens documentary film series with a conversation with Wiseman. His latest work is set to open later this month around the country. It's called "Crazy Horse," and it's a spare, unfiltered look inside a Parisian nude cabaret. Doug talks to Wiseman and others about his 44 year career and what the new film reveals about Wiseman's unique process.

Hell and Back Again

Dec 2, 2011

Monday, we continue our Through the Lens documentary film series with "Hell and Back Again." Photojournalist Danfung Dennis was embedded with US Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan and his film is remarkable for its visual images. Dennis created a camera system that immerses viewers in the experience of war. But it's also the story of 25-year-old wounded Sergeant Nathan Harris and his struggle to return to the normalcy of home.

Life in a Day

Oct 17, 2011

Tuesday we continue our Through the Lens film series with the documentary "Life in a Day." In a partnership with Youtube, director Kevin MacDonald invited people from around the globe to record their lives on July 24, 2010. The film's editor Joe Walker says they never anticipated the overwhelming response. Some 30,000 people submitted video equaling more than 4,500 hours of footage. Walker joins us to talk about the process of creating a portrait of our planet from so many points of view.