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March 31, 2015

KLUNKERZ

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Start: March 31, 2015 7:00 PM
End: March 31, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Billy Savage
83 min | 2006 | USA | Not Rated

**Post-film Q&A via Skype with Gary Fisher, one of the inventors of the modern mountain bike and founder of Gary Fisher Mountain Bikes.

Using archival footage, still photographs, and interviews, Klunkerz tells the story of the earliest days of mountain biking from those who were there. Some of the biggest names in the industry, as well as some more obscure characters, recount the people and events that gave birth to the modern mountain bike.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s San Francisco was the vortex of America’s counter-culture movement. Just over the Golden Gate Bridge, in Marin County, another movement was under way. The kids here would shake up a 100 year old American industry, and within a decade, create a worldwide phenomenon.

Long before the mountain bike entered our global consciousness, the cycling enthusiasts of Marin rode modified pre-WWII bicycles down the slopes of Mount Tamalpais. They developed their bikes through rigorous field-testing, often risking life and limb to do so. Only the strongest, heaviest parts could withstand the abuse that Mount Tam dished out.

Some were Category-1 road racers looking for a new way to cross-train during the off-season. Others were simply fun-loving hippies, checking out a new way to commune with nature. They had little in common, except for the bikes they rode and the Bay Area music scene that, like the trails on Mount Tam, surrounded them.

The pioneer’s bikes were scavenged from dumpsters and junkyards, sometimes adapting motorcycle parts to suit their needs. It was from these humble beginnings that a billion dollar industry, a new form of recreation for the masses, and an Olympic event, were born. These hefty steeds were affectionately known as Klunkerz.

Presented in partnership with Bike Utah.

April 4, 2015

THE GAMES MAKER

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Start: April 4, 2015 11:00 AM
End: April 4, 2015 1:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Juan Pablo Buscarini
110 min | 2014 | Argentina | Not Rated
Presented in English
Recommended for Ages 8+

To celebrate his tenth birthday, Ivan Drago’s parents take him to an amusement park where he tries his hand at one of the games. Though he doesn’t win, Ivan is given a comic book as a consolation prize. The comic contains an advertisement for a “games makers” competition sponsored by a mysterious corporation. Creating games captures Ivan’s imagination. Against his father’s wishes, he enters the competition and wins. Shortly afterward, his parents disappear in a ballooning accident. Believing them to still be alive, Ivan embarks on a dark, adventure-filled quest to find them, a journey that leads him to learn about his family’s past and to meet the head of the mysterious corporation that sponsored the competition: the evil “games maker” Morodian.

Featuring an engaging story and fantastical atmosphere, The Games Maker is a gripping adventure about a young boy pursuing his dreams and saving his family.

– Description courtesy Sundance Institute.

Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival

April 7, 2015

FOOD CHAINS

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Start: April 7, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 7, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Sanjay Rawal
83 min | 2014 |USA | Not Rated

*Director Sanjay Rawal will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.

In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farmworkers in the United States.

There is more interest in food these days than ever before, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they are beaten, sexually harassed, or even enslaved—all within the borders of the United States.

Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food chains and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger—earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past three decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this.

The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida—the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)—who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed—to ensure a dignified life for farmworkers and a more humane, transparent food chain.

Official Selection: 2014 Berlin Film Festival, 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, 2014 Guadalajara Film Festival.

April 14, 2015

BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

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Start: April 14, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 14, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Stephen Harek
90 min | 1989 | USA | Rated PG

*Post-film discussion with Dr. Pearl Sandick

With only a few days left before their high school graduation, two most excellent dudes, Bill S. Preston (Keanu Reeves) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Alex Winter), are on the verge of flunking history. Unless they can ace their final history report, Ted’s dad will pack him off to a military academy in Alaska, meaning their band, The Wyld Stallyns, will come to a heinous end. Luckily for these wanna-be rock stars, a guardian angel from the future, Rufus (George Carlin), comes to them with a bodacious solution: a time-traversing phone booth in which they travel back to the past and round up personages of historical significance who can help them stage a most triumphant oral report. Whoaa!

Speaker bio
In 2003, Dr. Pearl Sandick earned a BA in Mathematics from New York University, after which she moved westward to the Twin Cities to pursue a PhD in Physics at the University of Minnesota. By August of 2008, she obtained a PhD, under the direction of Keith Olive. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Theory Group at The University of Texas at Austin before coming to the University of Utah, where she is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She studies particle physics beyond the Standard Model, including DARK MATTER. Her research involves the connections between theoretical particle physics, cosmology, and astrophysics.

Presented in partnership with
Natural History Museum of UT

April 15, 2015

Through the Lens: TBA

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Start: April 15, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 15, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Cost: Free

More information coming soon!

Through The Lens

April 16, 2015

I FEEL LIKE DISCO

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Start: April 16, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 16, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: Brewvies
Address:
677 S. 200 W., Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101
Cost: Free

Directed by Axel Ranish
95 min | 2013 | Germany | Not Rated
Presented in German with English subtitles.

I Feel Like Disco tells the bittersweet story of a family learning to accept each other. Slightly overweight, teenaged Florian (newcomer Frithjof Gawenda) has trouble fitting in with people his own age and shows little interest in sports or girls. When he’s alone, he likes to dance to his favorite German disco star. His father Hanno (Heiko Pinkowski) trains divers at the local pool and knows that his relationship with Florian is stressed nearly to the breaking point. Florian’s mother Monika (a dazzling Christina Grosse) was always there to mind the gulf between them, but when she suffers a stroke and slips into a coma, father and son are forced to deal with each other and cope with this new reality. Axel Ranish’s gay coming-of-age tale is told with equal parts humor, absurdity, honesty, and pain, with a sensitive touch that never loses sight of the film’s refreshingly awkward sweetness.

Trailer is in German with no subtitles, but we promise there will be subtitles on the film ;-)

April 17, 2015

LAST DAYS OF VIETNAM

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Start: April 17, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 17, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Cost: Free

Directed by Rory Kennedy
98 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated

*Post-film discussion with director Rory Kennedy; Stuart Herrington, Col, U.S. Army (Ret.); and artist Binh Pho, who escaped from Vietnam in 1978. The discussion will be moderated by KUER News Director Terry Gildea.

In April 1975, during the final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. Village after village fell to the North while the few military operatives still in the country contemplated withdrawal. With thousands of South Vietnamese lives hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible decision—who would go and who would be left behind.

Presented in partnership with KUED, American Experience, and WGBH.

April 21, 2015

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?

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Start: April 21, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 21, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Liz Garbus
102 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated

*Producer Amy Hobby will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A moderated by KRCL Midday Host Eugenie Hero Jaffe.

A classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse, and Black Power icon, Nina Simone is one of the most influential, beloved, provocative, and least understood artists of our time. On stage, she was known for utterly free, rapturous performances, earning her the epithet “High Priestess of Soul.” But amid the violent, day-to-day fight for civil rights, she struggled to reconcile artistic ambition with her fierce devotion to a movement. Director Liz Garbus sensitively explores the constant state of opposition that trapped and tortured Simone—as a classical pianist pigeonholed in jazz, as a professional boxed in by family life, as a black woman in racist America—and in so doing, reveals a towering figure transcending categorization and her times. The film stays true to Simone’s subjectivity by mining never-before-heard tapes, rare archival footage, and interviews with close friends and family. Charting Simone’s musical inventiveness alongside the arc of her Jim Crow childhood, defining role in the Civil Rights Movement, arrival at Carnegie Hall, self-imposed exile in Liberia, and solitary life in France, this astonishingly intimate yet epic portrait becomes a non-fiction musical—lush tracks and riveting story resonating inextricably.

– Description courtesy Sundance Institute.

Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival

April 22, 2015

LEVITATED MASS

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Start: April 22, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 22, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Address:
410 Campus Center Dr., Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
Cost: Free

Directed by Doug Pray
88 min | USA | 2013 | Not Rated

Levitated Mass is Doug Pray’s new documentary about a two-story tall, 340-ton, granite boulder that was moved from a quarry in Riverside to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and mounted atop the walls of a gigantic slot in the earth. The massive artwork, titled Levitated Mass, is the latest ‘land sculpture’ by one of America’s most exciting and misunderstood artists, Michael Heizer. Heizer’s sculpture references the expanse of art history—from ancient traditions of megalithic stones to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge feats of engineering.

The boulder’s 105-mile journey from quarry to museum attracted international media attention and challenged the imagination of thousands of Southern Californians over 10 nights as it crawled through 22 cities on a football-field length, 206-wheeled trailer. The film captures this spectacle while weaving together the dramatic story of the reclusive Heizer, the ambitions of a major metropolitan museum, and the public’s wild reactions to this massive display of modern yet eerily timeless conceptual art.

April 24, 2015

THE GAMES MAKER

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Start: April 24, 2015 6:00 PM
End: April 24, 2015 8:00 PM
Venue: Sorenson Unity Center
Address:
1383 S. 900 W., Salt Lake , UT, 84104
Cost: Free

Directed by Juan Pablo Buscarini
110 min | 2014 | Argentina | Not Rated
Presented in English
Recommended for Ages 8+

To celebrate his tenth birthday, Ivan Drago’s parents take him to an amusement park where he tries his hand at one of the games. Though he doesn’t win, Ivan is given a comic book as a consolation prize. The comic contains an advertisement for a “games makers” competition sponsored by a mysterious corporation. Creating games captures Ivan’s imagination. Against his father’s wishes, he enters the competition and wins. Shortly afterward, his parents disappear in a ballooning accident. Believing them to still be alive, Ivan embarks on a dark, adventure-filled quest to find them, a journey that leads him to learn about his family’s past and to meet the head of the mysterious corporation that sponsored the competition: the evil “games maker” Morodian.

Featuring an engaging story and fantastical atmosphere, The Games Maker is a gripping adventure about a young boy pursuing his dreams and saving his family.

– Description courtesy Sundance Institute.

Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival

April 28, 2015

POINT AND SHOOT

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Start: April 28, 2015 7:00 PM
End: April 28, 2015 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, 84111
Cost: Free

Tuesday, April 28 | 7pm | City Library
Point And Shoot
Directed by Marshall Curry
83 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated

Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Point And Shoot follows Matt VanDyke, a timid 26-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood.” He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a multi-year, 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East.

While traveling, he struck up an unlikely friendship with a Libyan hippie, and when revolution broke out in Libya, Matt joined his friend in the fight against dictator Muammar Gaddafi. With a gun in one hand and a camera in the other, Matt fought in—and filmed—the war until he was captured by Gaddafi forces and held in solitary confinement for six months. Two-time Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry tells this harrowing and sometimes humorous story of a young man’s search for political revolution and personal transformation.

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