LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – In a letter to the editor published Sept. 8, 2013, Greta Hyland objected to the “passing of the plate” for donations to the Heart Walk Foundation at the conclusion of the screening of “Heart of the Andes” at the Dixie State University DOCUTAH Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival. The following two responsive letters to the editor are submitted by the filmmaker and the foundation’s founders.
From the filmmaker
As filmmaker of “Heart of the Andes” and moderator of the panel discussion, I certainly regret putting any form of embarrassment on the DOCUTAH committee or film festival, or the university. I regret handling the question and answer time in a way that may have reflected poorly on any of the organizers. Following the screening, Christina Schultz, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at DSU, contacted me to inform me that what occurred was in violation of university policy. I certainly regret and apologize for distracting from the high quality of this year’s outstanding festival. They are blameless.
Submitted by: Melynda Thorpe Burt
From the co-founders of the Heart Walk Foundation
After the screening of “Heart of the Andes” film during the DOCUTAH festival last week, the Q&A session that followed included an appeal for greenhouse projects in the Andes Mountains of Peru, which violated Dixie State University policies and the spirit of the DOCUTAH film festival. DOCUTAH brings much valued intellectual and cultural enrichment to this community, and this well-deserved reputation must not be sullied by the turn of events during the Q&A for the film “Heart of the Andes.”
The entire board of directors of Heart Walk Foundation apologizes to the DOCUTAH team and to our friends and colleagues at DSU, who have built a truly impressive festival.
Submitted by: Tim and Penelope Eicher, Co-founders, Heart Walk Foundation and the Board of Directors
Ed. note: Letters to the editor are presented as received without edit. The opinions stated are those of the writer and not representative of St. George News. Melynda Thorpe Burt is an occasional contributing writer for St. George News. Greta Hyland is the wife of St. George News columnist Dallas Hyland.
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