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RadioWest Films presents unique stories with a focus on Utah. Each week, we’ll present a short documentary drawing from a variety of styles: story driven, conceptual, profiles and more. It’s a place for film lovers to watch innovative storytelling and to meet Utah’s most talented filmmakers.And there are some films that we just want to keep talking about. Here's a collection of radio conversations paired with our short films. Think of it this way ... stories you hear, stories you see.

The Gospel According to Ralphael

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In a run-down commercial block in Salt Lake City, Ralphael Plescia has spent some 50 years making art that tells the story of creation as he understands it. He’s hollowed out tunnels, built narrow bridges over bubbling groundwater, and his sculptures are embedded in the walls. Wednesday, we profile a new short film that asks why Ralphael has made this his life work and what will happen to it when he dies. We’ll also explore other “outsider” Utah artists who bring a unique view to our world.

Ralphael holds visiting hours on Friday afternoons at his warehouse. He's located at 1324 S State Street. There are no reservations. Knock loudly and wait patiently for him to come to the front door.

Watch The Gospel According to Ralphael, our latest feature at VideoWest.

For another take on Ralphael, check out Stephen Dark's article in Salt Lake City Weekly's "State Street Issue," August 18. It's called, The Fixer

Corrections:

  • During the live broadcast, a guest incorrectly stated that Utah artist Brian Kershisnik has no formal art training. He holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BFA from Brigham Young University.
  • Utah sculpture Thomas Battersby Child, creator of Gilgal Garden, was not excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as was suggested by one of our guests.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.