March 12, 2014
Directed by Julia Meltzer
Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus 30 years ago. Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in a rigorous study of Islam. A surprising cultural shift is under way—women are claiming space within the mosque. Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, The Light in Her Eyes offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams.
Official Selection – 2011 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam; 2011 Dubai International Film Festival
March 14, 2014
Films start Friday, March 14th and run through Sunday, March 16th Tickets only $6 ($4 + $2 surcharge)
Films start Friday, March 14th and run through Sunday, March 16th
Tickets only $6 ($4 + $2 surcharge)
March 18, 2014
Directed by Havana Marking
Playing out like a noir thriller spiced with cutting-edge animation and shocking real surveillance footage, Havana Marking’s Smash & Grab is an exclusive all-access pass into the mysterious world of international jewel thieves. Dubbed ‘The Pink Panthers,’ the formidable Balkan gang has stolen nearly a billion dollars worth of jewels from boutiques in the world’s most opulent cities, including Geneva, Paris, London, Geneva, Dubai and Tokyo. Through never-before-seen interviews with key gang members, this provocative documentary delves into the gang’s incredible history and introduces the viewer to the global police forces who work furiously to stop them. Beyond the glitz of the Panthers’ incredible heists, Smash & Grab exposes dark truths about the illicit diamond trade and the world’s most ruthless mafia networks.
March 20, 2014
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell
With its beginnings on the stage of Don Hill’s, Hedwig cemented its place in film history after premiering at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. To celebrate Hedwig return to the stage, this time its premiere on Broadway, we are bringing the transgender-punk rock musical-drama-comedy back to the big screen. After a botched sex-change operation, East German glam rocker Hansel becomes Hedwig and travels across the United States with a stage show, following her ex-boyfriend (and former band mate) and telling her life story.
Winner: Best Director and Audience Award – 2001 Sundance Film Festival; Best Directorial Debut - 2001 National Board of Review, Gotham Awards, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association; Performance of the Year Award – Premiere Magazine
March 25, 2014
///BA WANG BIE JIE
Directed by Chen Kaige
171 min/China/Hong Kong/1993
A seemingly unshakable friendship between two Chinese opera stars gets put to the test in the face of war, a communist takeover, the Cultural Revolution and the intrusion of a woman who tempts both of them. In a plot that captures 50 years of Chinese history, the once-inseparable Duan Xiaolou and Cheng Dieyi find themselves increasingly at odds after Xiaolou weds a lovely courtesan.
Winner: Palme D’Or – 1993 Cannes Film Festival; Winner: FIPRESCI Prize – 1993 Cannes Film Festival; Winner: Best Foreign Language Film – 1994 Golden Globes; Nominated: Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film: 1994 Academy Awards
**Presented in partnership with the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera as part of the Silk & Spices Festival
March 26, 2014
Directed by Cheryl Dunn
Everybody Street illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.
Official Selection – 2013 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
April 1, 2014
Directed by Richard Ray Perez, Lorena Parlee
100 min / USA / 2013
English and Spanish with English subtitles
In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be his last act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven in part to pay penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his â€œFast for Life,â€ a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities.
Using never-before-seen footage of Chavez during his fast and testimony from those closest to him, directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee weave together the larger story of Chavezâ€™s life, vision, and legacy. A deeply religious man, Chavezâ€™s moral clarity in organizing and standing with farmworkers at risk of his own life humbled his family, friends, and the world. Cesarâ€™s Last Fast is a moving and definitive portrait of the leader of a people who became an American icon of struggle and freedom.
- S.S. [From the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Online Film Guide]
April 5, 2014
Join us for a crowd favorite from the 2014 Tumbleweeds Film Festival
April 8, 2014
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
USA/ 111 min /1945
Dr. Edwards (Gregory Peck) arrives at the Green Manors Mental Asylum and falls for the beautiful Dr. Petersen (Ingrid Bergman). But she discovers that he’s a paranoid amnesiac impostor, which leaves her wondering: What happened to the real Dr. Edwards? Based on Francis Beeding’s novel The House of Dr. Edwardes, Spellbound — which was nominated for six Oscars and won for Best Original Score — is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s finest films.
April 9, 2014
Directed by Mark Cousins
THE FIRST MOVIE is a tribute to the imaginative resilience of children. When filmmaker Mark Cousins and his crew travel to Goptapa, a small Kurdish Village in Northern Iraq devastated by Saddam Hussein’s regime, they discover children who have known nothing but war their entire lives and have never experienced the magic of cinema. The filmmakers sew together a movie screen from old sheets and set up a projector, instantly creating a movie theater that plays children’s classics in the village center. But the real magic happens when the children receive Flip camcorders and create their own movies filled with a child’s wonder and boundless imagination. The resulting films are the true gift of THE FIRST MOVIE; they are tickets to see a different Iraq, and the world, through a child’s transformative eyes. The film conveys the power of cinema to enchant and inspire, even amidst the bloodshed of war.
Official Selection – Telluride Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival
April 15, 2014
Directed by Rathy Panh
THE MISSING PICTURE explores filmmaker Rithy Panh’s quest to create the missing images during the period when the Khmer Rouge ruled over Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. Panh uses intricately detailed clay figurines intercut with archival footage he could find to relay what is indelibly recorded in his memory, he creates the missing pictures of what does not exist in photograph or film.
Winner: Un Certain Regard Award – 2013 Cannes Film Festival; Official Selection – 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, 2013 Karlovy Vary Film Festival, 2013 Jerusalem Film Festival and 10 other international film festivals; Cambodia’s Official Submission to the 2014 Academy Awards
April 17, 2014
Directed by Bruno Barreto
Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. Anchored by magnificent lead performances from Miranda Otto and Glória Pires, Reaching for the Moon is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it.
Winner: Audience Award for Best Feature – 2013 Outfest; 2013 Frameline; 2013 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival; Winner 10 other awards
April 22, 2014
Directed by Zhang Yimou
99 min/China/Hong Kong/2002
This mutli-Award winning and Academy Award nominated film features great performances and some wonderfully choreographed fight scenes. In ancient China, the Qin king has long been obsessed with conquering the country and becoming her first Emperor, which makes him the target of three legendary assassins. Now, a nameless warrior claims to have defeated them all and recounts each confrontation for the king.
April 29, 2014
Directed by Markus Imhoof
Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (THE BOAT IS FULL) tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of MICROCOSMOS) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis.
Winner of 13 Film Festival Awards
April 30, 2014
Directed by Lynn Lee and James Leong
Welcome to Hollywood Kim Jong-il style. North Korea’s film industry is a vital tool in the regime’s vast propaganda machinery. Now, for the first time ever, foreign filmmakers have been allowed into the country’s only film school – an elite institution where young talents are trained to create works that will not only entertain, but help shape the psyche of an entire nation.
Official Selection – 2013 Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival, 2013 Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, 2013 Southeast Asian Film Festival, 6 other international film festivals.