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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: ‘Touch of the Master’s Hand’

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Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Gregory Barnes begins his Sundance short with this quote from former-LDS church president Gordon B. Hinkley: “In these latter-days, pornography has spread further, and reaches wider, than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a tragic evil among us.” 

Reaching into his own experiences as a young man growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – where his dad was his ecclesiastical leader – first-time director Gregory Barnes tells the story of a young missionary who confesses to his mission president that he has been looking at pornography. It’s a small moment, but today on RadioWest, we’ll examine the bigger themes Gregory hints at in his short The Touch of the Master’s Hand. On the last day of our 2021 Sundance Film festival coverage, we’ll talk about the film, the church’s history of sexual policies and about the cultural impacts of sexual shaming this Wednesday at 11 a.m.

To learn more about Touch of the Master’s Hand, go to festival.sundance.org.


  • Gregory Barnes, filmmaker. His short Touch of the Master's Hand won the Jury Award in U.S. Fiction at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. 
  • Kristin Hodson, licensed Clinical Social Worker, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, founder and executive director of The Healing Group.
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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