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The festival closes November 15, 2009. See you in 2010 for the 4th annual International Red Rock Film Festival of Zion Canyon!


ZION Flix V: Documentary Shorts
A selection of documentaries that celebrate the Americas through art, nature, music and cultural diversity. The desires of what can be accomplished are also met with challenges.

Ascending the Giants
Utah Premiere
Shorts Competition â Documentary
U S A (2009) 13 min. (1.78:1) In English
DIR John Waller  CAST Brian French, Will Koomjian
Brian French and Will Koomjian are Portland, Oregon based arborists by trade, who started an organization called Ascending the Giants in 2006. With the goal of aiding preservation efforts for champion trees, their mission is to showcase these specimens to increase knowledge of their existence and ecological importance. With stunning big tree cinematography, the action and danger assumed by Brian and Will to measure these trees is captured, but with greater emphasis upon the emotional connection of the trees.
New American Soldier
Mountain West Premiere
Shorts Competition â Documentary
U S A (2009) 24 min. (1.78:1)
In Spanish, Cantonese, English, and Ghanian with English subtitles
DIR Emma Cott, Anna Belle Peevey
Three immigrant soldiers are followed through the ups and downs of training and deployment, and as they take steps towards achieving U.S. citizenship by serving in the U.S. military. By taking two of the hottest debates in our country â the post 9/11 war and immigration policy â out of the bi-partisan political arena, and into the lives of real people, this short cuts straight to the heart of these issues.
Ritmo do Morumbi
Rhythm of Morumbi â Mountain West Premiere
Shorts Competition â Documentary
Brazil, U S A (2009) 22 min. (1.78:1) In Portuguese with English subtitles
DIR Zara Ahmed, Joshua  Kun, Tyson Hauff, Gabrielle Bashist, Tyler Zelinsky, Rhianon Gutierrez, Collin Martin  CAST Flavio Pimenta
Meninos do Morumbi is a performing arts school in Sao Paolo, Brazil that gives children from favelas (slums) hope for the future. The film depicts the various hardships faced in everyday favela life: violence, poverty, drug abuse, etc.  It also takes it back to the school and shows the positive influences students gain at the school.
Unconquered: Allan Houser and the Legacy of One Apache Family
Utah Premiere
Featurette Shorts Competition â Documentary
U S A (2009) 33 min. (1.78:1) In English
DIR Bryan Beasley  CAST Phillip Haozous, Bob Haozous, Ann Marie Houser
The Houser / Haozous story is a journey exploring the incarceration of a people, growth brought on by freedom, and a familyâs personal expression of these experiences through art. Released as Prisoners of War, Sam and Blossom Haozousâ passed down oral traditions of the Apache people to their son Allan Houser â shared memories that molded his artwork, and in turn helped him become one of the 20th Centuryâs most important artists.



Bumbleberry Playhouse
897 Zion Park Blvd.
Springdale, UT 84767
United States

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Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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