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Each year, RadioWest sits down for in-depth conversations with filmmakers and producers during the Sundance Film Festival. Just like the festival, the RadioWest team has eclectic taste. We hope you enjoy the diversity of topics as much as we do.

Sundance: ‘Bring Your Own Brigade’

Lucy Walker
Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Raging, out-of-control wildfires have become part of the new normal, especially here in the increasingly arid West. But why? Why are wildfires getting bigger and harder to put out?

In a new documentary premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Lucy Walker sets out to learn the history and causes of devastatingly large fires, like the 2018 Camp Fire, which killed 85 people and burned the town of Paradise, California, to the ground. The problem is a lot more complex than it may at first seem: It doesn’t all come down to human-driven climate change. Walker’s film, Bring Your Own Brigade, captures how out-of-balance our relationship with nature has become, and the price we’re paying for it. She joins us Friday at 11 a.m. to talk about it.

Bring Your Own Brigade screens online at the Sundance Film Festival Friday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. MST and Sunday, Jan. 31 at 8 a.m. For more information on how to watch Bring Your Own Brigade or any of this year’s official selections for the Sundance Film Festival go to festival.sundance.org.

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.
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