Through the Lens

RadioWest and Utah Film Center have partnered to present the best in documentary filmmaking. We talk with established and new directors who are changing the way audiences see the world and then screen their films.

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1:00pm

Tue July 1, 2014
July 2, 2014 | Art

Through the Lens: Art and Craft

Wednesday we continue our Through the Lens series with “Art and Craft,” an intriguing film about a beguiling man. Mark Landis is soft-spoken, slight of frame and long on talent. His artwork has appeared in museums across America, but really, they’re not his. Landis is an art forger and a self-styled philanthropist who donates his fakes to institutions. The filmmakers Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman join Doug to discuss their film about Landis, his enigmatic past, and the people he’s duped.

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6:47pm

Wed June 4, 2014
June 5, 2014 | Culture

Through the Lens: The Case Against 8

Thursday, we continue our Through the Lens series with The Case Against 8. In 2008, thousands of same-sex couples married in California, and the backlash was swift. It came in the form of Prop 8, the statewide ballot that successfully defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The film chronicles the ensuing legal battle that resulted in the first federal recognition of gay marriage. Directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White join us to talk about that journey and the precedent it set.

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7:48pm

Mon April 28, 2014
April 29, 2014 | Profiles

Through the Lens: An Honest Liar

James "The Amazing" Randi is a renowned magician and escape artist, but he can't  abide charlatans. So he turned his energy to exposing psychics and con-artists with intricate investigations and hoaxes of his own. His story is the focus of a new documentary by Salt Lake filmmaker Tyler Measom, the latest in our Through the Lens film series. Tuesday, Measom joins us to talk about Randi's crusade for truth and how all of us, even "The Amazing" Randi himself, are susceptible to deception.

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4:35pm

Wed April 9, 2014
April 10, 2014 | Profiles

Through the Lens: Dateline - Saigon

Journalist David Halberstam says when the government is twisting the truth, reporters have their biggest role to play. The new film DATELINE – SAIGON explores that idea through the work of Halberstam and other young reporters who in the early days of the Vietnam War, found themselves at odds with the Kennedy White House, and on a South Vietnamese assassination list. Thursday, director Thomas Herman joins Doug to talk about the journalists who set the standard for front-line war reporting.

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3:38pm

Fri February 28, 2014
March 3, 2014 | Profiles

Through the Lens: Wrenched

In 1975, author Edward Abbey published "The Monkey Wrench Gang." The novel – along with Abbey's anarchist environmentalism philosophies – served as a blueprint for direct action and civil disobedience in the 1970s, ‘80s and even today.  A new documentary called Wrenched looks at how Abbey inspired eco-activist groups like EarthFirst! and more recently the Occupy Movement. We’re joined Monday by the filmmaker ML Lincoln, who directed Wrenched, and by two of Abbey’s close friends, Jack Loeffler and Ken Sanders, to talk about his continuing influence.

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4:29pm

Tue February 11, 2014
February 12, 2014 | Art

Through the Lens: Visitors

Godfrey Reggio

Godfrey Reggio’s films aren’t made of the things that compose most movies. They don’t have plots, or narrative structures, or even characters. Instead, his films fuse images with the minimalist music of composer Phillip Glass to, as Reggio says, take the viewer on a journey, the destination of which is inconsequential. Reggio joins us Wednesday to talk about his unique approach to documentary film and to discuss his newest film, Visitors, which explores our evolving relationship with technology.

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4:54pm

Sun January 5, 2014
January 6, 2014 | Event

Through the Lens: Our Nixon

 

    

Monday, we begin our 2014 Through the Lens documentary series with "Our Nixon." Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three top aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. The men were young and idealistic and they had no idea their footage would be seized during the Watergate investigation and they'd all end up in jail. Filmmaker Penny Lane joins Doug to talk about her film, which uses this archival footage to create an intimate portrait of Nixon's White House.

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6:35pm

Tue October 29, 2013
October 30, 2013 | Profiles

Through the Lens: Life According to Sam

Wednesday we're profiling the film Life According to Sam. Massachusetts teenager Sam Berns has a genetic syndrome called progeria. The name means "prematurely old" and though it's rare, children with the condition show dramatic signs of aging like balding, wrinkled skin, bone loss and heart problems. But Sam's parents – both doctors – weren't willing to accept that he might only live 13 years and they set out to find a treatment. We'll talk to Sam's mother Dr. Leslie Gordon and filmmakers Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine about family, commitment, sacrifice and hope. 

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2:37pm

Thu October 10, 2013
October 11, 2013 | Profiles

Through the Lens: The Square

Friday, we continue our Through the Lens documentary series with a portrait of activism and unrest from Cairo's Tahrir Square. The film is called "The Square," and it offers a window into the emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. Director Jehane Noujaim describes the young Egyptians she follows as revolutionaries armed with nothing more than social media and YouTube videos. She'll join us to talk about the evolution of a 21st century revolution. 

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4:07pm

Wed August 28, 2013
August 29, 2013 | Culture | Rebroadcast

Through the Lens: Invisible War

There are 1.5 million active-duty personnel in the U.S. Armed Forces. Sexual assault is an increasing problem within those ranks. In many, if not most cases, it's swept under the carpet: only 8 percent of sexual assault cases are prosecuted in the military, and only 2 percent of those cases result in convictions. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kirby Dick's documentary film The Invisible War sheds light on the suffering of thousands of military rape victims, and Thursday we're rebroadcasting our conversation about it. (Rebroadcast)

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