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September 20, 2017

NO MAN’S LAND

Start: September 20, 2017 7:00 PM
End: September 20, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by David Byars
81 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated

In January 2016, armed protestors in Oregon occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to call attention to what they felt was an intrusion by the federal government into their right to make a living. In a larger sense, the “patriot community” introduced itself as disgruntled American citizens with grounds for airing their grievances against a federal government that didn’t have their best interests at heart. The federal government begged to differ. (more…)

August 30, 2017

FROM NOWHERE

Start: August 30, 2017 7:00 PM
End: August 30, 2017 8:30 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Matthew Newton
89 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

Cast: J. Mallory McCree, Raquel Castro, Octavia Chavez-Richmond, Sydni Beaudoin, Joseph Castillo-Midyett

Post-film discussion with Brittney Nystrom, Executive Director of ACLU of Utah, & Marlene Gonzalez, Attorney at Law.

 
Three undocumented teenagers-Moussa (J. Mallory McCree), Sophie (Octavia Chavez-Richmond), and Alyssa (Raquel Castro)-are just about to graduate high school in the Bronx. Like most teenagers, all they want to do is hang with their friends, fall in love, and figure out where to go to college, but unlike their American classmates, these three live with the threat of being discovered by the authorities. (more…)

July 19, 2017

ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

Start: July 19, 2017 7:00 PM
End: July 19, 2017 8:30 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Fred Peabody
92 min | 2016 | Canada | Not Rated

Independent journalists Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, Matt Taibbi, and others are changing the face of journalism, providing investigative, alternatives to mainstream, corporate news outlets. Greenwald was the lead reporter on the revelations of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Scahill wrote Dirty Wars – the book and Oscar-nominated film on secret U.S. government assassinations. Our cameras follow as they expose government and corporate deception – just as the ground-breaking journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago. (more…)

June 21, 2017

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Start: June 21, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 21, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Raoul Peck
93 min | 2016 | USA | Rated PG-13

Post film discussion featuring Dr. Brenda Burrell (Education Consultant), Rev. William Beard (Pastor & Advocate), Dr. Nicola Corbin (Asst. Professor at Weber State University Dept. of Communications), moderated by Dr. Forrest Crawford (Professor Weber State University Dept. of Teacher Education).

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. (more…)

May 17, 2017

SPLINTERS OF A NATION

Start: May 17, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 17, 2017 8:30 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by G. Scott Porter
56 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
Presented in English and German with English subtitles.

*Post-film discussion with director Scott Porter and historian Kent Powell

During World War II more than 370,000 German prisoners of war were captured overseas and sent to prison camps across America. Splinters of a Nation tells the extraordinary story of 8,000 prisoners who were sent to Utah. For more than three years, these prisoners worked side-­by-­side with thousands of Utahns on farms and factories across the state. This powerful collision of two enemies on the homefront created life-­changing exchanges and left behind some extraordinary tales. There were heroes, villains, murders, escapes, as well as amazing acts of humanity and inspiring friendships cast against the bitter backdrop of the war. Tragedy marked the end of their stay as a deranged American guard opened fire on hundreds of sleeping prisoners, killing nine and wounding 19. This tragic event in the small rural town of Salina became the largest WWII massacre on American soil.

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April 19, 2017

TOWER

Start: April 19, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 19, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Keith Maitland
82 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated

*Post-film panel with William Farr, Ogden Police Department SWAT Commander, and Dr. Bob Bolte, Attending ER Physician at Primary Children’s Hospital.

On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way, Tower reveals the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

“A gripping combination of oral history and stylized reenactment”
–The Hollywood Reporter

“Immediate, dramatic, and tense; it’s scary, visceral filmmaking”
-Flavorwire

“Keith Maitland’s strikingly original ‘TOWER’ recreates the drama with a mixture of
animation and contemporary interviews, imbuing the catastrophe with renewed
immediacy.”
-Indiewire

“A gripping dramatic reconstruction, a tribute to the heroes and the fallen…Keith
Maitland’s film weaves rotoscopic animation, archival footage and present-day
interviews into a uniquely cinematic memorial”
-Variety

“Superbly original.“
-Film School Rejects

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March 15, 2017

CAN YOU DIG THIS

Start: March 15, 2017 7:00 PM
End: March 15, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Delila Vallot
80 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated


*Post-film discussion with Luis Lopez, Ogden City Councilman and Adam Yost, Oasis Community Garden, moderated by Kim Bowsher, Director of the Ogden Downtown Alliance.

When one thinks of South Los Angeles, what comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

Can You Dig This follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some shit.”

Winner: LA Muse Award–2015 Los Angeles Film Festival

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February 15, 2017

THE LOVING STORY

Start: February 15, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 15, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Nancy Buirski
77 min | 2011 | USA | Not Rated

Oscar-shortlist selection The Loving Story is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia – the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage recently fictionalized in the film Loving.

A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this definitive documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving. The marriage of Mildred (who was part-black and part-Native American) and Richard (who was white) was declared illegal in 1958 by their home state of Virginia. They refused to leave one another and, with the help of the ACLU, relentlessly pursued their right to happiness. Their case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where, in 1967, it struck down laws against interracial marriage in this country once and for all. With luminous, newly discovered 16mm footage of the Lovings and their lawyers, first-person testimony and rare documentary photographs, this film takes us behind the scenes of the legal challenges and the emotional turmoil of the landmark case. The Loving Story recreates a seminal moment in history and reflects a timely message of marriage equality in a personal, human love story.

The Loving Story is a journey into the heart of race relations in America. This landmark documentary, with its contemporary parallels, will live on as a record of monumental change, not just in civil rights, but in the human right to pursue happiness regardless of color, gender or creed.

Winner: 2013 George Foster Peabody Award

January 18, 2017

EVA HESSE

Start: January 18, 2017 7:00 PM
End: January 18, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden

Directed by Marcie Begleiter
108 min | 2016 | USA/Germany | Not Rated

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) is one of America’s foremost post-war artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. Eva Hesse, the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists (among them, Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality. Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is “full of life, of eros, even of comedy… Each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” The documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.

−Karen Cooper, Film Forum

Official Selection: 2016 Dok.Fest Munich, 2016 Docaviv

December 21, 2016

IRIS

Start: December 21, 2016 7:00 PM
End: December 21, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Albert Maysles
83 min | 2014 | USA | PG-13

IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris’ dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”

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November 16, 2016

AUTISM IN LOVE

Start: November 16, 2016 7:00 PM
End: November 16, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Matt Fuller
75 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated

Autism in Love is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of four adults with an autism spectrum disorder as they pursue and manage romantic relationships.

Lenny is young man living in Los Angeles who has been struggling to accept autism and himself. This  label  has  been  the  biggest  hurdle  in  his  life  and  has  made  meeting  and  dating  girls  seemingly  impossible.  The  expression  of  his  sexuality  and  longing  for  intimacy  continue  to consume him as he searches for himself.

Dave  and  Lindsey  have  been  together  for  eight  years.  Like  most  committed  couples,  they’ve  been  in  different  places  at  different  times  during  the  course  of  their  relationship.  Now,  they have finally reached the point where they need to align themselves as individuals so they can unite as a strong couple ready to enter marriage successfully.

In the twilight of their 20-­year marriage, Stephen and Gita are faced with the ultimate test of terminal illness. Despite his limited speech and her physical deterioration, their intimacy thrives as Stephen supports Gita and her battle with ovarian cancer.

Autism in Love insists that audiences question and reevaluate their own ideas of what it means to love and be loved.

Official Selection: 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, 2015 Warsaw International Film Festival

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October 19, 2016

COMPARED TO WHAT: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

Start: October 19, 2016 7:00 PM
End: October 19, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler
88 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated

*Due to illness the post-film Q&A with directors of the film and Utahns, Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler has been cancelled.

The film is a profoundly moving portrait of a man who enjoyed a satisfying public career, but lived a private life in turmoil. The rumpled and overweight young man, whose campaign slogan was “Neatness Isn’t Everything,” became one of America’s greatest legislators, wielding his acerbic wit like a wrecking ball.

The film follows Frank as he arrives in Washington with a passion to serve the needs of the working class and the elderly, but facing a changing Congress, where some of its own members begin a decades-long campaign to denigrate the government they served and to destroy our faith in it. Yet Frank surprises us with his optimism, promising to continue to serve and improve our democracy, which he sees as a moral cause.

Through candid interviews, the film allows a shy and lonely man to painfully emerge from behind the very public figure. Frank explains why he felt he could not reveal his sexuality to anyone—even his family—in a world where he felt love songs did not apply to him.

Utilizing a trove of archival footage, the film chronicles Frank’s early career, including his 1987 coming-out and a scandal that nearly destroyed his political career.  Absolved of any serious ethics charges and freed from the constraints of a closeted life, Frank is given the job of defending President Clinton against impeachment as a result of his own sexual scandal.

As did Frank, the film reaches across the aisle through interviews with Republican colleagues. It describes Frank’s significant role in the financial crisis of 2008 and the passage of Dodd/Frank, noting the role of both parties in deregulating the financial industry, but dispelling the myth that the government, and Frank specifically, caused the crash.

Though the use of intimate verité footage of Frank and partner Jim Ready, the film alternates between an often-crotchety public Frank and a softer man, much in love and preparing to marry. The story culminates with the integration of Frank’s private and public lives in exclusive footage of the wedding and of his packing up to leave Congress.

Directed by Sheila Canavan in her directorial debut and Oscar-nominated Michael Chandler.

Winner: Audience AwardFrameline 38 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival; Official Selection: 2014 Damn These Heels Film Festival, 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, 2014 Provincetown Film Festival, 2014 Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival.
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September 21, 2016

A PLACE AT THE TABLE

Start: September 21, 2016 7:00 PM
End: September 21, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush
84 min | 2012 | USA | PG

Fifty million Americans—1 in 4 children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single mother from Philadelphia who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a fifth-grader from Colorado who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a second-grader from Mississippi whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel, and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social, and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Official Selection: 2011 Sundance Film Festival, 2012 HotDocs Canadian Documentary Festival, 2012 Seattle International Film Festival

 

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August 17, 2016

BEST OF ENEMIES

Start: August 17, 2016 7:00 PM
End: August 17, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
87 min | 2015 | USA | Rated R

In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insults—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed, and a new era in public discourse was born.

Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival, 2015 SXSW Film Festival

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July 20, 2016

HE NAMED ME MALALA

Start: July 20, 2016 7:00 PM
End: July 20, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Davis Guggenheim
87 mn | 2015 | United Arab Emirates/USA | PG-13

He Named Me Malala is a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (she turned 18 this past July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. Documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us a glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life–from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.

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May 18, 2016

SHERPA

Start: May 18, 2016 7:00 PM
End: May 18, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Jennifer Peedom
96 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated

A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 21,000 ft as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas.

In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults–even blows. What had happened to the happy, smiling Sherpas and their dedication in getting foreigners to the top of the mountain they hold so sacred?

Determined to explore what was going on, the filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season, from the Sherpas’ point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever.

At 6.45 am on April 18, 2014, a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest.

The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas in the Everest industry. Sherpa tells the story of how, in the face of fierce opposition, the Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.

Winner: Best Documentary—2015 BFI London Film Festival; Official Selection: 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival

“Rarely are documentaries as powerfully polemic and jaw-gapingly spectacular as Sherpa.”
-Harry Windsor, The Hollywood Reporter

★★★★★ One of the best documentaries I have ever seen.
-Alex Billington, Firstshowing.net

April 20, 2016

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Start: April 20, 2016 7:00 PM
End: April 20, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Jerry Rothwell
109 min | 2015 | Canada/UK | Not Rated


In celebration of National Poetry Month, this film will be preceded by a Bite-Size Poetry short video that features a notable Utah poet reciting an original poem. Each short is brought to you in collaboration with Utah-Arts-Museums-logo_338x61


How to Change the World chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers—Canadian hippie journalists, photographers, musicians, scientists, and American draft dodgers—who set out to stop Richard Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and end up creating the worldwide green movement.

Greenpeace was founded on tight knit, passionate friendships forged in Vancouver in the early 1970s. Together they pioneered a template for environmental activism which mixed daring iconic feats and worldwide media: placing small rubber inflatables between harpooners and whales, blocking ice-breaking sealing ships with their bodies, spraying the pelts of baby seals with dye to make them valueless in the fur market. The group had a prescient understanding of the power of media, knowing that the advent of global mass communications meant that the image had become a more effective tool for change than the strike or the demonstration. But by the summer of 1977, Greenpeace Vancouver was suing Greenpeace San Francisco and the organization had become a victim of its own anarchic roots—saddled with large debts and frequent in-fighting.

How To Change The World draws on interviews with the key players and hitherto unseen archive footage, which brings these extraordinary characters and their intense, sometimes eccentric and often dangerous world alive. Somehow the group transcended the contradictions of its members to undertake some of the most courageous and significant environmental protests in history.

The film spans the period from the first expedition to enter the nuclear test zone in 1971 through the first whale and seal campaigns, and ends in 1979, when, victims of their own success, the founders gave away their central role to create Greenpeace International. At its heart is Bob Hunter, a charismatic journalist who somehow managed to bind together the “mystics and the mechanics” into a group with a single purpose, often at huge cost to himself. The story is framed by his first person narrative, drawn from his writings and journals about the group, voiced alongside animations based on his early comics.

How To Change The World is an intimate portrait of the group’s original members and of activism itself—idealism vs. pragmatism, principle vs. compromise. They agreed that a handful of people could change the world; they just couldn’t always agree on how to do it.

Winner: World Doc Jury Award for Editing2016 Sundance Film Festival, Best Environmental Documentary2016 Sheffield Doc Festival, Top Ten Audience Favorite2015 Hot Docs

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March 16, 2016

IVORY TOWER

Start: March 16, 2016 7:00 PM
End: March 16, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Andrew Rossi
90 min | 2014 | USA | PG-13

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost?  From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.

Through profiles at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and San Jose State—among several others—Ivory Tower reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. But along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school, Deep Springs, to the historically black all women’s college, Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure. Ultimately, Ivory Tower asks, What price will society pay if higher education cannot revolutionize college as we know it and evolve in to a sustainable economic model?

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February 17, 2016

UNBRANDED

Start: February 17, 2016 7:00 PM
End: February 17, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by Phillip Baribeau
105 min | 2015 | Canada | Not Rated


Unbranded follows four men and sixteen mustangs on an epic 3,000-mile journey from Mexico to Canada through the American West to inspire adoptions for the 50,000 wild horses and burros in government captivity.

Winner: Audience Award—2015 Hot Docs Film Festival, 2015 Telluride Mountain Film, 2015 Tallgrass Film Festival, 2015 Crested Butte Film Festival

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January 13, 2016

TROUBLEMAKERS: The Story of Land Art

Start: January 13, 2016 7:00 PM
End: January 13, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Peery's Egyptian Theater
Address:
2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden
Cost: Free

Directed by James Crump
72 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms. The film casts these artists in a heroic light, which is exactly how they saw themselves. Iconoclasts who changed the landscape of art forever, these revolutionary, antagonistic creatives risked their careers on radical artistic change and experimentation, and took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that established the genre. As the film makes clear, in making works that can never be possessed as an object in a gallery, these troublemakers stand in marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today.

Troublemakers points out that land art was rife with contradiction and conflict, a site where architecture, landscape, sculpture, technology, archaeology and photography would all converge. Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Cold War anxieties and other political uncertainties of the nuclear age, land artists often subscribed to a dystopian view of the future that questioned the military-industrial complex, consumerism and the banalities of modern life and culture.

The period was also marked by the release of the first image of the entire earth. Produced by NASA, such images turned the conceptual space of earth into a two-dimensional sphere; an object on which to conceivably draw, design and create. The most compelling land art sites offered viewers a means to imagine and negotiate the scale of the human body with the enormity of our planet. Land artists were exploring a larger canvas to work on while simultaneously seeking to create works that induced awe in the viewer, thus producing a new kind of pilgrimage and a new kind of visceral viewing experience. The film shows how nature performs in these works and alters them over time, sometimes radically reclaiming them, creating an ongoing competitive dialogue between artist and the natural world.

Using original footage produced with helicopters and rare re-mastered vintage footage from the period, Crump’s cinematic journey takes viewers on a thrill ride through the most significant land art sites in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, an immersive and physically transportive experience that movie goers will not forget.

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