wildly curious
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
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.

Through The Lens: The Insufferable Groo

Gravitas Ventures

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.

RadioWest divider.

Thursday, we continue our Through the Lens series with a documentary film about a local filmmaker by a local filmmaker. Stephen Groo has made more than 200 movies. He has an oddball DIY style that has gained him some big name fans, not to mention a crowd of trolls and haters. Scott Christopherson’s documentary follows Groo as he makes his dream film: an elf-human romance starring Hollywood star Jack Black. Christopherson’s film called is called The Insufferable Groo and he joins us to talk about it.

UPDATE: On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Salt Lake Film Society will present a screening of The Insufferable Groo. It will be followed by a Q&A with Stephen Groo and producers Eric Robertson and Jared Harris. Tickets and information at saltlakefilmsociety.org

On Wednesday, September 19, RadioWest and the Utah Film Center will present a free screening of Scott Christopherson's film The Insufferable Groo as part of our Through the Lens series. It's at 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Christopherson, producer Jared Harris, and Stephen Groo himself will be there for a Q&A after the screening. Seating is limited, so get there early. You can get more information, and invite your friends, through our Facebook event.

Scott Christopherson is a professor of non-fiction film at Brigham Young University. His previous documentary film, Peace Officer, won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for documentary at the South By Southwest Film Festival. He directed The Insufferable Groo.

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.