In July 2003, I drove my moving truck out of the mountains and into Salt Lake City. Before arriving at my new apartment, I saw a bunch of Mormons burning American flags. So I pulled over, grabbed my camera and began shooting footage. And I didn’t turn the camera off for 3 years.
My original idea, 12 years ago, was to compile an anthology of strange, funny and heartbreaking stories into one big documentary film about Utah.
But then Michael Moore came to town.
In 2004, I shot, edited, produced and directed by first feature film This Divided State about filmmaker Michael Moore’s controversial visit to Orem, UT 2 weeks before the Bush/Kerry presidential election. Originally, this event was going to be a just another entry in my anthology, but it quickly grew into something of its own. The film garnered critical success and I spent the next 2 years traveling the world promoting it.… Read the rest