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Award of recognition

Accolade Global Film Competition

The Footsteps of Zeus – by Michael Utt won an Award of Recognition from the Accolade Global Film Competition – 2020.

“If science, like art, is to perform its mission truly and fully, its achievements must enter not only superficially but with their inner meaning into the consciousness of people.” Albert Einstein

Pacific Beach International Film Festival

Best US Documentary

Filmmaker Bio

Mike Utt

How I became a filmmaker...

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The award winning documentary film “The Footsteps of Zeus” is a fact-based exploration of the natural world outside. The road for me to become a filmmaker was an interesting journey. My business career started on the creative product development side of Marketing where we took drawings on a piece of paper and turned them into products sold at big box retailers. Most of the products were produced in Hong Kong with an eight-month lead time. Transitioning into a business to business sales position for a 45-year-old NASA spin-off company to sell their technology tracking and transfer service thrust me into a presentation role.

Soon after leaving the sales job, I became an at home dad for my two daughters who now are 15 and 18 years of age. My wife had a more advanced education, was in a specialized field, and neither of us wanted to use daycare so it worked out for me to stay at home, my dream job.

Growing up ski racing on the same team in Minnesota that produced several team USA members, including Lindsey Vohn, the fundamentals of carving a turn were ingrained in me. Nationally, I held bib numbers 35 and 36 in consecutive years and also held FIS points in Slalom and Giant Slalom. Graduating from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business was a moment to celebrate.

I went a long period of time in my skiing career without sustaining a serious injury. In 2003, after tearing my left ACL in a crash during a Big Mountain Free-Skiing competition in Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada, I began training for and running in marathons finishing my first marathon in 2005. Since having my ACL replaced, I have finished 27 marathons.

We moved to South East Tennessee due to my wife's career in carbon policy. We have one six-mile paved trail nearby that runs along the river for a 12 mile out and back run. Everything else involves intense hills and valleys, mostly off road on the trails. Tennessee made a big change to my running style as I became a trail runner and finished the local 50K Ultra Trail Marathon twice. During that process I also became a documentary filmmaker producing the film “The Footsteps of Zeus” © 2019. The film recently received an "Award of Recognition" from the Accolade Competition 2020 and “Best US Documentary 2020” from the Pacific Beach International Film Festival.

This documentary contains fact-based evidence only, there is no CGI or animation. If what I documented in this film had never happened, I never would have developed my gravity theory. I am grateful for the beauty I have been allowed to witness.

Running Ultra Trail Marathons and making documentaries is not the only activity keeping me busy. Performing stand-up comedy in my free time became a bit of an obsession. Going on stage for the first time in 2009 in Minneapolis and working with a small group of comedians, we had Louie Anderson as a mentor. Traveling to the Comedy Store in LA and performing on the main stage in 2010 was a special moment I will never forget. Here in Tennessee, I’ve performed at the Comedy Catch at both the old and new locations. Eventually, I earned a spot to perform in the World Series of Comedy competitions here in Chattanooga, TN and Harrisburg, PA in 2016. I did not make it into the final round in Las Vegas but was happy to get a shot.

The film “42” about Jackie Robinson, hired me as a background artist. The TV show Nashville, hired me as an extra and featured extra on several episodes. It’s been a long road for me to become a filmmaker and to develop my gravity theory. I’m grateful for my sense of humor, it’s helped me keep my sanity during some extraordinary adventures.

Warm regards,
Mike Utt

Mike Utt

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