As part of the DOCUTAH Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival, Dixie State College of Utah is pleased to present the Kanab Gala at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary on Friday, September 24 at Angel’s Landing.

The evening’s festivities begin at 5 p.m., with a reception at Frontier Movie Town catered by Rewind Diner. This amuse-bouche menu, developed by chef Shon Foster, will tantalize the palate and excite the eye. From delicacies such as smoked salmon with fresh dill and caper cream, poached pear salad with blue cheese, micro greens and buttermilk dressing, and cucumber salad with Japanese carrot dressing and daikon radish sprouts, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

“This will be an amazing evening of music and film,” says DSC Vice President of Institutional Advancement and DOCUTAH Executive Director Christina Schultz. “We are very fortunate to have such talent in our community and welcome our filmmaker guests from around the world to Kanab and Kane County.”

Following the reception at 6 p.m., guests will be transported by bus to Angel’s Landing for the DOCUTAH Gala, which begins at 7 p.m. This extraordinary evening will begin with a performance by The Symphony of the Canyons, under the direction of Kortney Stirland, as they perform “Movie Music Magic” - a selection of film music from productions shot in the area.

Selections include music from Bonanza, Gunfight at OK Corral, Magnificent Seven, Rawhide, and Outlaw Josey Wales. The symphony will be accompanied by a photographic video featuring the photography of Barry Glazier and edited by April Dickson.

Christina Schultz said, “This event would not have been possible without the commitment and passion of Best Friends. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help plan and implement this wonderful evening.”

The Gala will also feature a screening of The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club. A charismatic figure immortalized in Tom Wolfe’s book “The Right Stuff,” Florence ‘Pancho’ Barnes was one of the most important women in 20th Century aviation.

A tough and fearless pilot, Pancho flew on Amelia Earhart’s wingtip, performed as a barnstormer throughout California, and made a name for herself as Hollywood’s first female stunt pilot in the 1920s and 30s. Just before WWII she opened a ranch near Edwards Air Force Base that became a famous – some would say notorious – hangout for test pilots and movie stars. Known as the ‘Happy Bottom Riding Club,’ it became the epicenter of the aviation world during the early jet age.

Producer and writer Nick Spark and producer Amanda Pope will be present to introduce their film. Spark is a filmmaker and writer with a keen interest in history. He has produced or directed a number of award-winning documentary and industrial films, including a project for the Department of Defense. His documentary film, Regulus: The First Nuclear Missile Submarines aired on Discovery Channel Europe and in Canada. Spark holds a master’s degree in film production from the University of Southern California, and was a two-time winner of the Student Emmy Award in non-fiction filmmaking and winner of the Cine Golden Eagle.

Pope has an extensive 20-year background in writing, producing, directing and editing documentary, dramatic and advocacy programs. She recently produced, directed and wrote Faces of Change for the Washington D.C., based Eurasia Foundation, and directed a series of interviews for the Screen Actors’ Guild Foundation. Pope is a tenured associate professor in production at the University of Southern California’s acclaimed School of Cinema-Television, where she teaches graduate documentary directing and documentary film development.

Reception tickets are $15, Gala tickets are $30 (50% off for Washington and Kane County residents) and student tickets are $15. Tickets for all screenings for the rest of this week are two for one. Buy one and get one free at the Moon Saloon next to the Crescent Moon Theater. You can also call 899-0443 for more information.

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