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August 2, 2016

ALMOST HOLY

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Start: August 2, 2016 7:00 PM
End: August 2, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Steve Hoover
100 min | 2015 | Ukraine/USA | Rated R

*Post-film Q&A with director Steve Hoover (Almost Holy, Blood Brother)

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine’s social and political institutions faced massive change, including an increasingly corrupt government and crippled infrastructure. A number of the nation’s youth wound up homeless and addicted to a lethal cocktail of injected cold medicine and alcohol.

In the early 2000s a pastor named Gennadiy Mokhnenko took up the fight against child homelessness by forcibly abducting street kids and bringing them to his Pilgrim Republic rehabilitation center—the largest organization of its kind in the former Soviet Union. Gennadiy’s ongoing efforts and unabashedly tough love approach to his city’s problems has made him a folk hero for some, and a lawless vigilante to others. Despite criticism, Gennadiy is determined to continue his work.

August 6, 2016

2016 NYICFF–KID FLIX MIX 1

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Start: August 6, 2016 11:00 AM
End: August 6, 2016 12:00 PM
Venue: The City Library The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

Directed by Various
58 min | 2016 | Various | Not Rated

ONE, TWO, TREE
France – dir. Yulia Aronova
Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 7 min
It’s the story of a tree, a tree like any other. One day, it jumps into a pair of boots and goes off
for a walk, inviting everyone to follow.

OCTOPUS
Germany – dir. Julia Ocker
Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 3.5 min
Baking a cake should be much easier with eight arms, but that’s only if all arms agree on what
cake they’re going to make!

ME…JANE
USA – dir. Paul and Sandra Fierlinger
Animation, English, 2014, 9 min
Jane Goodall is renowned for her work with apes in the jungle, but as Patrick McDonnell’s
heartwarming tale shows, her curiosity, spirit and sense of adventure started long ago with a
toy chimpanzee named Jubliee.

TINY TUNES – FOOD
UK – dir. Andy Martin
Animation, English, 2015, 1 min
Our new favorite band performs a pocket-sized poem about our all-time favorite subject: food!

LOOKS
Germany – dir. Susann Hoffmann
Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 3 min
A grey lynx doesn’t quite fit into the colorful world around him, and resorts to dark behavior in
order to blend in.

MEMORIES OF THE SEA
Brazil/USA – Dir. Thais Drassinower
Live Action, English, 2015, 9 min
Fidel is six years old and has a lot of opinions, but doesn’t quite understand the changes
happening within his family.

ZOO STORY
Czech Republic – dir. Veronika Zacharova
Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 4 min
What happens when a little girl who is bored at the zoo suddenly notices a big gorilla?

THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA
USA – dir. Pete List
Animation, English, 2015, 7.5 min
A devious spin on a classic tale of a hungry fox and plump goose, complete with a chorus of
concerned little chicks!

PERFECT HOUSEGUEST
USA – dir. Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter
Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 1.5 min
A house is visited by a clean, organized, well-mannered guest.

AN OBJECT AT REST
USA – dir. Seth Boyden
Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 5.5 min
A stone will encounter lots of obstacles over the course of a millennium, but is there any
greater disruption than that of human civilization?

THE VISITORS
Australia – dir. Philip Watts
Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 1 min
A man’s home is his castle. But not for long…

THE GIRL WHO SPOKE CAT
UK/Poland – dir. Dotty Kultys
Animation, English, 2014, 6 min
A curious girl wants to add some color into her predictable, organized world where there’s a
proper way of walking, looking — even eating soup!

August 9, 2016

GATTACA

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Start: August 9, 2016 7:00 PM
End: August 9, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Andrew Niccol
105 min | 1997 | USA | Rated PG-13

*Post-film discussion.

In the not-too-distant future, Vincent Freeman dreams of traveling in space, however society has categorized him as less than suitable given his genetic makeup and he has become one of the underclass humans that are forced to do menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of a genetic elite, but just as his dream to travel in space almost becomes a reality, the investigation into the death of his program director threatens to unravel his secret.

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August 16, 2016

UNDER THE GUN

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Start: August 16, 2016 7:00 PM
End: August 16, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Stephanie Soechtig
110 min | 2016 | USA | R

In the past few years, a drastic rise in mass shootings has ripped across the United States, compounding an epidemic of gun violence in our country.

Despite a growing body count at the hands of guns, and the outpouring of shock and outrage that comes with it, our nation has failed to respond with meaningful action. Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista, Tucson, as well as the daily gun violence in Chicago, the film examines why our politicians are refusing to act.

Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and Katie Couric (the team behind the 2014 Sundance Film Festival hit Fed Up) join forces again to create a documentary that is scrupulously comprehensive and decidedly fair to both sides of one of the most polarizing issues that is tearing our country apart. Searing and powerful with never-before-seen footage of the shooting in Aurora, Under the Gun gives a human face to a crisis that is costing us in blood and scarring the conscience of a nation.

Official Selection: 2016 Sundance Film Festival

August 18, 2016

Best of Fest: JONATHAN

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Start: August 18, 2016 7:00 PM
End: August 18, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Marmalade Library Marmalade Library
Address:
280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City
Cost: Free

Directed by Piotr J. Lewandowski
99 min | 2016 | Germany | Not Rated

In this powerfully beautiful film from Germany, Jonathan is a young man who is caring for his terminally ill father, Burghardt. When Burghardt is stricken with cancer, Jonathan must put his dreams aside to be his father’s caretaker and become responsible for managing the family farm with his conservative and deeply religious Aunt Martha. Estranged from her brother, but aware that Jonathan can’t do everything alone, Martha hires the lovely and mysterious Anka as a nurse to care for Burghardt. Jonathan falls in love with Anka and finds a brief respite from the responsibilities that weigh so heavily on him.

But when Burghardt’s long-lost friend, Ron, arrives, everything turns upside down. Jonathan can’t understand why Martha despises Ron, why she refuses to speak to her dying brother, or why his father has so much affection for this stranger. Long-buried family secrets come to light as the characters explore the complicated, sometimes heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting dynamics of life, death, love, loss, family, and acceptance.

Winner: Audience Award – 2016 Damn These Heels Film Festival; Official Selection: 2016 Berlin Film Festival

August 23, 2016

HOOLIGAN SPARROW

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Start: August 23, 2016 7:00 PM
End: August 23, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

Directed by Nanfu Wang
84 min | 2016 | China/USA | Not Rated

*Post-film Q&A with director Nanfu Wang moderated by KUER/RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.

The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China, to protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and face interrogation, harassment, and imprisonment. Sparrow, who gained notoriety with her advocacy work for sex workers’ rights, continues to champion girls’ and women’s rights and arms herself with the power and reach of social media.

Filmmaker Wang becomes a target along with Sparrow, as she faces destroyed cameras and intimidation. Yet she bravely and tenaciously keeps shooting, guerrilla style, with secret recording devices and hidden-camera glasses, and in the process, she exposes a startling number of undercover security agents on the streets. Eventually, through smuggling footage out of the country, Wang is able tell the story of her journey with the extraordinary revolutionary Sparrow, her fellow activists, and their seemingly impossible battle for human rights

Official Selection: 2016 Sundance Film Festival, 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

 

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August 26, 2016

2016 NYICFF–KID FLIX MIX 1

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Start: August 26, 2016 6:00 PM
End: August 26, 2016 7:00 PM
Venue: Sorenson Unity Center Sorenson Unity Center
Address:
1383 S. 900 W., Salt Lake , UT, 84104
Cost: Free

Directed by Various
58 min | 2016 | Various | Not Rated

ONE, TWO, TREE
France – dir. Yulia Aronova
Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 7 min
It’s the story of a tree, a tree like any other. One day, it jumps into a pair of boots and goes off
for a walk, inviting everyone to follow.

OCTOPUS
Germany – dir. Julia Ocker
Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 3.5 min
Baking a cake should be much easier with eight arms, but that’s only if all arms agree on what
cake they’re going to make!

ME…JANE
USA – dir. Paul and Sandra Fierlinger
Animation, English, 2014, 9 min
Jane Goodall is renowned for her work with apes in the jungle, but as Patrick McDonnell’s
heartwarming tale shows, her curiosity, spirit and sense of adventure started long ago with a
toy chimpanzee named Jubliee.

TINY TUNES – FOOD
UK – dir. Andy Martin
Animation, English, 2015, 1 min
Our new favorite band performs a pocket-sized poem about our all-time favorite subject: food!

LOOKS
Germany – dir. Susann Hoffmann
Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 3 min
A grey lynx doesn’t quite fit into the colorful world around him, and resorts to dark behavior in
order to blend in.

MEMORIES OF THE SEA
Brazil/USA – Dir. Thais Drassinower
Live Action, English, 2015, 9 min
Fidel is six years old and has a lot of opinions, but doesn’t quite understand the changes
happening within his family.

ZOO STORY
Czech Republic – dir. Veronika Zacharova
Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 4 min
What happens when a little girl who is bored at the zoo suddenly notices a big gorilla?

THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA
USA – dir. Pete List
Animation, English, 2015, 7.5 min
A devious spin on a classic tale of a hungry fox and plump goose, complete with a chorus of
concerned little chicks!

PERFECT HOUSEGUEST
USA – dir. Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter
Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 1.5 min
A house is visited by a clean, organized, well-mannered guest.

AN OBJECT AT REST
USA – dir. Seth Boyden
Animation, No Dialogue, 2015, 5.5 min
A stone will encounter lots of obstacles over the course of a millennium, but is there any
greater disruption than that of human civilization?

THE VISITORS
Australia – dir. Philip Watts
Animation, No Dialogue, 2014, 1 min
A man’s home is his castle. But not for long…

THE GIRL WHO SPOKE CAT
UK/Poland – dir. Dotty Kultys
Animation, English, 2014, 6 min
A curious girl wants to add some color into her predictable, organized world where there’s a
proper way of walking, looking — even eating soup!

August 30, 2016

SONITA

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Start: August 30, 2016 7:00 PM
End: August 30, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
90 min | 2015 | Iran/Germany/Switzerland | Not Rated
Presented in English and Farsi with English subtitles.

If 18-year-old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. In addition, women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true? Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami ends up personally involved in answering that question, reigniting the discussion as to how documentary filmmakers should relate to their subjects. This is just one of the many unexpected twists in an exciting journey replete with the setbacks and successes of a young women looking for her own path. The film’s core consists of Sonita artistically arguing against the disastrous forced marriage practices that obstruct her freedom in an impressive, dramatic rap video.

Winner: Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize–2016 Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award—2015 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

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