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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EVERETT RUESS (La Disparition d’Everett Ruess)

Directed by Emmanuel Tellier
90 min | 2019 | France | Not Rated
Presented in English & French with English subtitles.

Post-film Q&A with director Emmanuel Tellier.


In November 1934, a 20-year old adventurer named Everett Ruess disappeared without a trace in Southern Utah not far from the Colorado River and Monument Valley. For decades, people have speculated about what happened to this young man. Was he murdered? The victim of an accident? Did he intentionally disappear?

Born in Los Angeles in 1914, Ruess was a promising artist, illustrator, and poet, as well as a reckless explorer who was obsessively drawn to the most wild and challenging nature. To this day, his disappearance is a mystery that no one has been able to solve.

His travelogues and abundant correspondence with his family provide us with some insight into his short but full life, and allow us to wander with him as he explored the untamed American West of the 1930s.

This film illustrates the legacy of this larger-than-life figure by following his path and interviewing some of the people who are most passionate about the mystery of Everett’s disappearance. Features interviews with Ken Sanders, Elizabeth Rogers, Cat Bigney, Robert McPherson, Jody Plant, and more.

Featured, Salt Lake City

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 7:00 PM9:00 PM MDT