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The West of the Future

with Elise Park

9/29, 7 p.m. to
10 p.m.

Moab Arts Stage Room (111 E 100 N)

Southeastern Utah’s iconic landscape has been synonymous with the mythic American West since 1939 thanks to filmmakers like John Ford, but what will the legacy of the West and “John Ford Country” look like in the future?  How will our interpretation of the West change or evolve with the development of AI, space travel, and other futuristic technologies?  We’ll dive neck-deep into the West of the Future with 1989’s Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat.  The movie was filmed in Arches, Hittle Bottom, and Thompson, and stars 9-year-old Moab local Vanessa Pierson alongside David Carradine and John Ireland.

Film is Rated R, for ages 18+. Costumes encouraged!

Proper Brewing Co. will be serving beer, so bring your I.D. and plan for a safe way home if you are of the age to indulge.


Born and raised in the Southwest, Elise Park graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western Colorado University (BA: Politics and Government, minors in history and sociology), and earned a master's degree from Rutgers University in Cultural Anthropology: Peace and Conflict Studies.  Her master's thesis examined community-level strategies for recovering from violence and conflict through the use of memorials and memorializations. While studying at Rutgers, Elise was selected to be an anthropological researcher for the prestigious American Museum of Natural History in New York City, launching her into the world of museum management.  She managed museums and nonprofits in Lake Tahoe, Jackson Hole, Crested Butte, and Vienna, Austria, and most recently served as Museum Director for the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage.

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