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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 - World Debut: From Outsiders to the Olympics

Courtesy World Debut

For almost as long as they’ve been around, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have been mostly thought of as action sports — and not the sports that come to mind when thinking about the Olympics. But, then again, times change.

This summer in Tokyo, those three sports — skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing — will be official events in the Olympic Games, with medals on the line. How they made it there is the subject of the new documentary World Debut. It examines how the world’s largest sporting bureaucracy came to embrace sports known for their anti-establishment subcultures. But what does this badge of respectability mean to these sports? And what does embracing action sports mean for the Olympics? Filmmakers Cole Sax, Galen Knowles and producer Phil Hessler join us this Friday at 11 a.m. to talk about what happens when radical and rigid worlds find ways to cooperate.

Join us and the Utah Film Center for the premier of World Debut on Wednesday, July 7, at Jordan Park. It's an outdoor event with skate and climbing demos at 7 p.m., a Q&A with the filmmakers, and the screening at 8:30 p.m. Details here.

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.