Located on the edge of Zion National Park, the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater is one of DOCUTAH's stunning screening settings

Photo: Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival

St. George/Kanab, Utah (Pop. 77,738)
September 6-15 5-9, 2012

“Come for the films… stay for the scenery… experience inspiration,” says the festival’s program. Southern Utah’s International Documentary Film Festival screens its films in outdoor venues against majestic red rocks between Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. The festival’s close proximity to national parks offers a slew of awesome outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and off-roading. Aside from the impressive views, the festival showcases more than 130 features and short films from professionals and student filmmakers.

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Emily Thomas is a Fall 2011 intern with POV Digital. She's interned at Esquire magazine and Vice magazine. Currently Emily is finishing her senior year at NYU, where she is double majoring in journalism and social & cultural analysis. She is also a freelance journalist and aspiring documentary filmmaker.Her top five documentaries are:1. Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders)2. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh)3. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff)4. Dont Look Back (D A Pennebaker)5. Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)