DOCUTAH, kicks off in Kane County starting September 5, with a special opening reception at 7 p.m. in the Bingham Art Gallery and 8 p.m. screening of the “Renaissance of Mata Ortiz,” at the Maynard Dixon Home and Studio, located at 2200 South State Street in Mt. Carmel Junction. Mata Ortiz documents how an American treasure hunter and a Mexican artist transformed the town of Mata Ortiz into a home for world class art (pottery) after Quezada finds Paquime Indian pottery.

The Crescent Moon Theater will be screening documentary films on Thursday, September 6, and include “The Coral Eden,” “From Depression to Destiny,” “Tramping in Bohemia,” “Solo Piano,” and rounding out the night’s films is “Awaken the Dragon.” Ed Bates, “Awaken the Dragon” filmmaker, will be in attendance to talk about the film and answer questions from audience members. 

“Awaken the Dragon,” takes us beyond survival, as an ancient Chinese sport catapults an unlikely crew of cancer survivors into a new way of being. Redefining the word ‘sick’ and re-framing the meaning of their diagnosis, these fractured individuals transform into a single force of power and beauty. Wrapped in a sport that is a feast for the senses, this film of nail-biting competition and intimate revelations challenges traditional medical thinking; revealing a path to wellness that holds hope for all survivors. “Awaken the Dragon” is a moving and inspiring ride that leaves viewers wondering if they too have the power to awaken the dragon within.

“The Coral Eden,” Mattias Klum’s documentary about the remarkably diverse and unspoiled coral reefs of Raja Ampat, and one boy who believes it will last forever. 

“From Depression to Destiny,” focuses on the C’boys, and the contributions made by the Civilian Conservation Corp in southern Utah and northern Arizona, during the 1930s. You are invited to come and be delighted by the firsthand accounts from the few remaining C’boys that came from all around the United States to this beautiful, but hostile corner of America’s southwestern desert. The film takes you to the ruins of the CCC camps; where you will be entertained by facts and stories passed down to several historians. You will get a glimpse into the ‘daily lives’ of the C’boys, as they built monuments in Zion National Park, the romances they had with the local women, and the heroic rescue of an entire town.

“Tramping in Bohemia;” In Communist Czechoslovakia, it wasn’t so difficult to find a sense of freedom. All you needed was a backpack, a guitar, and a place to sleep under the stars. That has always been the escape strategy of the Czech tramps; outdoorsmen and women who hike, camp, canoe and ride the rails. Inspired by the American West, tramps adopted country songs, cowboy dress and English names and rolled them together into a distinctly Czech subculture that offered a taste of romanticism and freedom. But in today’s democratic Czech Republic, there’s little reason for rebellion and escape. Is there still a place for these old romantics and the youth culture that defined them?

“Solo Piano,” On a cold winter morning, a lone piano stands curbside in New York City. All day long, passersby stop to play. They collect and disperse, measure and push. Who abandons a piano? Plinking slightly out-of-tune over the white noise of Broadway’s cars, buses, trucks, and sirens, the piano awaits its fate. “Solo Piano” - NYC is a five-minute film of the last 24 hours of a once-wanted piano.

Also being screened at Crescent Moon Theater on Friday, September 7, includes documentaries “Obsessed,” “Code of the West,” “An American Contradiction,” “Canary in the Mine,” and “When the Devil Knocks.”

More information can be found at docutah.com or contact Kelly Stowell, at 435-899-0443.