About

Mission

Utah Film Center inspires and engages diverse audiences to initiate conversation and community building through curated film exhibition, educational programs, and artist support.

About

The best things in life are free—including over 86% of our programming!
Utah Film Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, continually strives to bring our community together through the powerful and efficient medium of film. We reach more than 38,000 film lovers annually through:

  • Free screenings of documentary, independent, and dramatic films
  • Post-film Q&As and discussions with visiting artists and professionals
  • Outreach programs, including youth media education in Utah public schools
  • Two annual film festivals

These ongoing programs raise awareness among and inspire audiences while preserving the cinematic culture in Utah. We provide a curated platform for independent voices year-round and best of all, more than 86% of our films, workshops, and events are free.

We collaborate with educational and community organizations–including the University of Utah, the Natural History Museum of UtahKUER, and the Sundance Institute–to promote a diversity of ideas, provide forums for underrepresented groups, and develop new audiences for film.  Our venues in Salt Lake City include the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, the Salt Lake City Public Library, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Our Utah Film Circuit and Traveling Tumbleweeds programs engage audiences in Moab, Ogden, Park City, Orem, Price, and West Jordan.

Additionally, we curate and organize three film festivals every year. Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth is the only festival of its kind in the Intermountain West, catering to our community’s youngest moviegoers and fostering the next generation of filmmakers and film fans. Our longest-running program, the Damn These Heels film festival, is a forum in which LGBT issues, ideas, hopes, dreams, and art are explored. Both Tumbleweeds and Damn These Heels have expanded to include year-round monthly screenings. Our third festival, TiltShift Festival, is organized by and for teens just beginning to discover their artistic potential.

Officers & Staff

Geralyn Dreyfous
Founder/Board Chair

Elisabeth Nebeker
Executive Director
enebeker [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Patrick Hubley
Artistic Director
phubley [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Rick Wray
Education Director
rwray [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Suzi Montgomery
SHIFT Program Director
smontgomery [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Laura Berbusse
Development & Grants Manager
lberbusse [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Mario Herbst
Accounting & Business Manager
mherbst [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Jeff Horne
Programming Manager
jhorne [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Josh Levey
Marketing Manager
jlevey [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Mariah Mann Mellus
Education and Community Manager
mmellus [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Dana R. Hernandez
Communications, Festivals, & Special Projects Manager
dhernandez [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Leslie Means
Education Coordinator
lmeans [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Maxime Coué
Creative Services Coordinator
mcoue [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Carly Nelson
Development & Events Coordinator
cnelson [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Sarah Mohr
Executive Assistant to Geralyn Dreyfous
smohr [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Mike Patterson
Grassroots and Administration Coordinator
mpatterson [at] utahfilmcenter [dot] org

Board

Geralyn Dreyfous, Chair / Founder
Hamid Adib
Lisa Allcott
Pete Ashdown
Robert Austin
Louis Borgenicht
Jim Bradley
Deanna Byck
Lisa Cluff
Lynn Dougan
Dani Eyer
Alexandra Fuller
Virginia Gowski
Nicole Guillemet, Founder Emeritus
Karen Hale
Joe Hatch
Rochelle Kaplan
John Milliken
James Morgese
Heidi Prokop
Piper Rhodes
Matthew Rojas
Byron Russell
William Stern
Susan Swartz
Kathryn Toll, Founder Emeritus