Winfrey Network acquires 'Perdition'

A scene from “Sons of Perdition.” Photo courtesy Impact Partners

Congratulations to Utah filmmakers Tyler Measom and Jennilyn Merten. Their documentary “Sons of Perdition” is not only one of the featured selections of the 2010 Salt Lake City Film Festival, it was also acquired by the Oprah Winfrey Network.

“Sons of Perdition” is an investigation of the polygamist community in Colorado City, Ariz. The film and five other, social-issue documentaries were acquired by the OWN for part of its newly developed Documentary Film Club programing. Current plans are to broadcast “Sons of Perdition” next spring.

“Oprah’s ongoing commitment to penetrating, humane journalism and true appreciation for the importance of storytelling, make us both delighted and proud to be part of the OWN brand.” co-director Merten said.

“Sons of Perdition” has been featured in several national festivals and will screen locally at the Salt Lake City Film Festival, which runs Aug. 12-15. Screenings and other events for this year’s festival will be held at Brewvies Cinema Pub, the Broadway Centre Cinemas, the Post Theatre (Fort Douglas) and the Tower Theatre. Other information on the festival, including ticketing, is available at

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