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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Wild Nights with Emily

After the show today you might just ditch everything you thought you knew about the poet Emily Dickinson. Filmmaker Madeleine Olnek’s new film tries to correct the idea a lot of us have of Dickinson as a sullen, distant recluse.

Stephen Groo has made hundreds of DIY movies in an oddball style that has earned him big-name fans and a crowd of haters. A new documentary film follows Groo’s efforts to make his dream project: an elf-human romance flick.

When he started shooting video of his skateboarding friends, Bing Liu figured he was just making another skating video. He ended up with a documentary film about the minefield of masculinity boys face on the road to adulthood.

Tuesday, we're talking about llamas. Turns out they’re pretty fascinating. And a lot has changed for them over the years. Once persecuted by the Conquistadors, these days they're kept as pets, used for therapy, and dressed in costume for competition.

Dolores Huerta co-founded the first farmers workers union alongside Cesar Chavez. But she's not as well known as Chavez, and the director Peter Bratt believes she left out of the history because she was a strong defiant woman. Bratt set out to change that.

 


The year was 1944. Walking home from church one night, Recy Taylor, a black woman, was raped by six white men. Taylor’s story is the subject of a new documentary film that sheds light on a dark period in American history and the activism it spawned.


Filmmaker Bill Morrison's latest film has very few words or talking heads. It's mostly made of clips from silent movies buried for decades beneath a swimming pool in the Canadian Yukon. 

There’s a lot of talk about renewable energy these days. But what’s really happening? Will renewables ever replace fossil fuels? In a new documentary, filmmaker James Redford travels the country to find out just how far renewable energy can take us.

Filmmaker Doug Nichol’s new documentary is a tribute to typewriters. In an age of high-tech, do-it-all gadgetry, the typewriter may be on the edge of extinction, but it still offers artists of all stripes unique access to the creative spirit.

When Bryan Fogel set out to make a documentary film about doping in cycling, he never figured he’d wind up in a global controversy. But that’s what happened. He met and befriended a talented Russian anti-doping scientist, Grigory Rodchenkov. Rodchenkov had actually been helping Russian athletes beat Olympic doping tests, at the behest of Vladimir Putin. Fogel’s film documents the unraveling of this conspiracy and the scientist-turned-whistleblower at its center. It’s called ICARUS, and Fogel joins us Monday to talk about it.

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