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.
Cliven Bundy's "Range War"
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hasn't paid his grazing fees in 20 years, and supporters see it as an act of civil disobedience protesting BLM policy and federal ownership of the land where he grazes cattle. But when agents arrived to impound his herd earlier this month, Bundy answered with 1,000 protestors – including armed militia from around the country. Wednesday, we're talking about the standoff: who was there, why they showed up, and what it means for the ongoing debate over public lands in the West.
- Filmmaker Jennilyn Merten. Watch her profile of people gathered at Bundy Ranch on our sister website videowest.kuer.org. While there, you can also watch a profile of Utah rancher Heidi Redd, who worked with the Nature Conservancy to save her land from development.
- Amy Cooter, Vanderbilt University
- Carl Graham, Sutherland Institute's Center for Self Government in the West
- Patrick Shea, Former Director of BLM
- Dan McCool, Director, University of Utah's Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program