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January 31, 2017

SCREENAGERS
7:00 PM screening

Start: January 31, 2017 7:00 PM
End: January 31, 2017 8:45 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Delaney Ruston
70 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

Additional screening at 9:00 pm.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In Screenagers, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Winner: Jury Award–2016 Stony Brook Film Festival

SCREENAGERS
9:00 PM screening

Start: January 31, 2017 9:00 PM
End: January 31, 2017 10:30 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Delaney Ruston
70 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

Additional screening at 7:00 pm.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In Screenagers, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Winner: Jury Award–2016 Stony Brook Film Festival

February 4, 2017

APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

Start: February 4, 2017 11:00 AM
End: February 4, 2017 1:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci
103 min | 2015 | France | PG

Recommended for ages 10+

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Paul Giamatti, Tony Hale, Susan Sarandon, and J.K. Simmons

From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated Persepolis and the mind of renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi comes a riveting sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk universe.

Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April (voiced by Academy Award® nominee Marion Cotillard) lives alone with her dear cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies.

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February 7, 2017

THE LOVING STORY

Start: February 7, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 7, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
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

February 8, 2017

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

Start: February 8, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 8, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Cost: Free

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

*Post-film Q&A with director Fred Peabody moderated by KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.

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.

With government deception rampant, and intrusion of state surveillance into private life never more egregious, many journalists are finding that to aggressively investigate governments rather than act as “stenographers to power,” they need to abandon mainstream corporate news media to work at web-based alternative news sites.
A timely documentary for audiences who are more than ever seeking alternatives to news media owned by huge corporations. All Governments Lie will forever change the way you watch and read the news.

Official Selection: 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

February 14, 2017

SLINGSHOT

Start: February 14, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 14, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Paul Lazarus
88 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated

*Post-film discussion, details to be announced.

SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world’s water crisis. An eccentric genius with a provocative world view, Kamen is an inspiration for future scientists. His inventions help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis affecting billions. Kamen lives in a house with secret passages, a closet full of denim and a helicopter garage. His latest passion: the SlingShot water purification system created to obliterate half of human illness on the planet. Kamen reminisces about improving home dialysis technology and choosing to forgo parenthood while lamenting he has only one lifetime for inventing. SlingShot is both an inspirational character study and a look at Kamen’s vapor compression distiller from its earliest development through recent trials in rural Ghana and beyond.

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February 16, 2017

CLOSET MONSTER

Start: February 16, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 16, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Stephen Dunn
90 min | 2015 | Canada | Not Rated

Cast: Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Isabella Rossellini

Closet Monster is a fresh and highly original take on the coming-of-age story. In his feature film debut, director Stephen Dunn uses masterful tone and visual authority to create a film that moves in and out of reality.

Oscar is an aspiring special-effects makeup artist finishing his last year of high school in a small town in Newfoundland. Oscar hangs out with his best friend, Gemma, who shares his dream of breaking into the big time in New York City. Oscar’s only other friend is his pet hamster, Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini). Since he lacks nothing in ambition or talent, Oscar’s biggest obstacles are dangerously unresolved issues from his childhood. Buffy sums up the situation best as she comforts Oscar: “I was born in a factory farm to an overweight rodent who tried to eat me. It doesn’t mean my life can’t be different.”

Trapped in a mind-numbing job at a home-improvement store, Oscar meets his new and effortlessly sexy coworker, Wilder, whose tattooed heedlessness triggers a hormonal tsunami. Oscar is forced to confront the sexuality that he has been conditioned to regard as unsafe—something that must be hidden.

An intriguing mix of touching drama and whimsical fantasy, Closet Monster is a treat for the senses as it blends macabre horror with playful innocence. Dunn’s film plays with perspective and style, but all the flash never obscures its deep emotion and heart.

Winner: Best Canadian Feature–2015 Toronto International Film Festival; Official Selection: 2016 Damn These Heels Film Festival

February 21, 2017

THEY CALL US MONSTERS

Start: February 21, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 21, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Ben Lear
82 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

*Post-film panel with Pam Vickery, the Executive Director of the Utah Juvenile Defenders Attorneys and Utah Juvenile Defender Resource Center and Susan Burke, the Director of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS), moderated by Ron Gordon, the Executive Director of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.

Behind the walls of the “Compound,” LA’s most violent juvenile offenders await their trials. To their advocates, they’re kids. To the system, they’re adults. To their victims, they’re monsters.

To pass the time, three young offenders sign up for a screenwriting class and collaborate on a short film: Jarad, who was arrested at 16 and faces 200-years to life for four attempted murders; Juan, who was arrested at 16 and faces 90-to life for first-degree murder; and Antonio, who was arrested at 14 and faces 90-to life for two attempted murders. Each boy lost his innocence around age 12. That was the year Jarad watched his father try to kill himself, the year Juan’s brother jumped him into their gang in El Salvador, and the year Antonio became addicted to meth. These shared experiences, along with Juan’s unrequited love for his childhood friend, Abigail, form a narrative through-line for the boys’ short film.

Halfway through the class, Antonio returns to juvenile court and gets released with time served. Once back in his neighborhood, he quickly falls victim to the same environment and patterns that led to his incarceration in the first place. Meanwhile, the realities of Jarad and Juan’s crimes and pending trials set in. One of the victims of Jarad’s shooting is only 17 herself and will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. The judge on his case fears he is a risk to public safety. Juan faces deportation even if he is eventually released and separation from his family, including his baby son.

Each new perspective challenges the viewer to reconcile the film’s central conflict—that Jarad, Juan and Antonio are violent criminals, but also kids. Do they deserve a second chance?

Official Selection: 2016 AFI Docs, 2016 LA Film Festival, 2016 Austin Film Festival

Presented in partnership with Division of Juvenile Justice Services.

February 22, 2017

BURDEN

Start: February 22, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 22, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Address:
410 Campus Center Dr., Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
Cost: Free

Directed by Richard Dewey and Timothy Marrinan
88 min | 2016 | USA/UK/Belgium/Sweden | Not Rated

Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in 1971 with a period of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances. After having himself shot, locked up in a locker for five days, electrocuted, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations and sculptures, from a suspended gigantic flywheel that seemingly spins on its own, to an assemblage of antique streetlights rewired for solar energy and illuminated outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In Burden, Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey look at the artist’s works and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal videos and audio recordings, friends, fellows students and colleagues, critics’ comments and latter-day footage at his Topanga Canyon studio, all peppered with his thoughts and musings through the years.

Presented in partnership with Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

February 28, 2017

GLEASON

Start: February 28, 2017 7:00 PM
End: February 28, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Clay Tweel
110 min | 2016 | USA | Rated R

The hit documentary from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival goes inside the life of Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints defensive back who, at the age of 34, was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason found out his wife, Michel, was expecting their first child. A video journal that began as a gift for his unborn son expands to chronicle Steve’s determination to get his relationships in order, build a foundation to provide other ALS patients with purpose and adapt to his declining physical condition—utilizing medical technologies that offer the means to live as fully as possible.

Winner: Audience Award–2016 SXSW Film Festival; Winner: Best Documentary–2016 Seattle International Film Festival; Official Selection: 2016 Sundance Film Festival

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