DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival presents the Academy Award-winning football documentary, “Undefeated,” at The Electric Theater on Feb. 26. Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, the documentary chronicles the journey of three inner-city student-athletes in Memphis and volunteer coach Bill Courtney, who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.
This inspirational documentary is the second in a series of monthly screenings the DOCUTAH festival is bringing to the Electric Theater. Courtney will conduct a filmmaker chat at The Electric after the screening. Tickets are $5 and available at the door or by calling (435) 652-7574. Space is limited to theater capacity.
“We are grateful to Coach Courtney for helping us to bring this remarkable film to the historic Electric Theater in St. George as part of our continuing commitment to screening high-quality documentaries for the community year round,” said Phil Tuckett, executive director of DOCUTAH. “The messages in the film crosses all cultural and demographic boundaries, engaging the audience in the true meaning of commitment to something bigger than one’s self.”
Filmmakers or documentary subjects will meet in person with audiences at all screenings.
The Electric Theater schedule for the coming months leading up to the 2016 DOCUTAH International Film Festival includes the following films.
March 25: “Klunkerz”
The film is directed by William Savage. Long before the mountain bike entered our global consciousness, the cycling enthusiasts of Northern California’s Marin County rode modified pre-WWII bicycles down the slopes of Mount Tamalpais.
April 29: “Pete McCloskey, Leading from the Front”
Produced and directed by Rob Caughlan, the film tells the colorful and inspirational life story of Pete McCloskey, U.S. Marine, Congressman, lawyer, and environmentalist.
May 27: “Off the Rez”
Directed by Jonathan Hock, the documentary, which won an ESPN “30 for 30” award, follows former Oregon high school basketball star Shoni Schimmel and her family’s journey from the Umatilla Indian Reservation to Shoni starring on the basketball court.
June 24: “The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb”
The film is directed by Jon H. Else. Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer.
July 29: “The Great American Cowboy”
Directed by Kieth Merrill, this Oscar-winning film tells the exciting true story of this vanishing American and his special kind of freedom.
The Aug. 26 screening will be announced soon.