August 4, 2015
Directed by Tim Skousen and Tyler Bastian
90 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
Downwinders chronicles the plight of the people living in the American southwest that were affected by nuclear bomb testing in Southern Nevada from 1951 through the 1990s. Due to the high radiation levels resulting from the tests, many people were diagnosed with varying cancers. Despite empirical evidence showing a direct connection between the testing and cancer, the Cold War veterans affected have received little help from the government that treated them as guinea pigs.
August 11, 2015
Directed by Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin
93 min | 2012 | USA/Poland | Not Rated
Lucien and Regina are foragers – they gather wild mushrooms and sell them to New York restaurants. Their lifestyle is simple, their income unstable. As Regina seeks more security and Lucien wants to devote himself to full-time nomadic foraging, their individual desires put the marriage to a test.
Official Selection at 31 international film festivals.
August 13, 2015
Directed by Daniel Junge
102 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film Q&A with director Daniel Junge, moderated by Doug Fabrizio, host of KUER’s RadioWest.
A generation of Americans grew up worshipping self-styled hero Evel Knievel. For producer/subject Johnny Knoxville and so many others, he was the ultimate antidote to the disenchantment of the 70’s. But few knew the incredible and often complex aspects of his epic life, which, like his jumps, was sometimes glorious and sometimes disastrous. Academy Award-winning director Daniel Junge delivers thrills and spills, while reflecting on what our heroes represent in ourselves.
Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival, 2015 SXSW Film Festival
Through The Lens is presented in partnership with KUER’s RadioWest.
BEING EVEL is presented in collaboration with Sundance Institute.
August 18, 2015
Directed by Ian Cheney
71 min | 2014 | USA/Taiwan/China | Not Rated
Presented in English and Mandarin with English Subtitles.
This mouthwateringly entertaining film travels the globe to unravel the captivating culinary mystery of General Tso’s chicken—a staple of Chinese-American cooking—by searching out General Tso’s origins and how his chicken has become ubiquitous on restaurant menus across the nation.
Official Selection: 2014 AFI Docs Film Festival, 2014 Seattle International Film Festival, 2014 Tribeca Film Festival
August 19, 2015
The Next Big Thing
Directed by Frank van den Engel
57 min | 2014 | Germany/Netherlands/USA | Not Rated
Prices for contemporary art are going through the roof despite lousy economic situations. The Internet, a growing number of rich individuals, and globalization have changed the art market beyond recognition. This film investigates the ins and outs of the soaring art market and the consequences for artists, dealers, museums, and art history.
Official Selection: 2014 International Festival of Films on Art, 2014 Netherlands Film Festival, 2014 Arte Cinema Festival
August 20, 2015
Directed by Shonali Bose
100 min | 2014 | India | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta, William Moseley, Hussain Dalal, Tenzing Dalha, Kuljeet Singh, Malhar Khushu
Winner of the 2015 Damn These Heels Film Festival Audience Award for Dramatic Film
Director Shonali Bose’s film about a young woman with cerebral palsy on a journey of self-discovery that takes her from India to New York City is delightful and surprising.
Laila is an adventurous, yet wheelchair-bound, 16-year-old, whose life is strikingly similar to that of any teenager. She shares a bedroom with her younger brother, and her loving parents are anything but overprotective, encouraging her to develop a sense of freedom that allows her to interact with everyone without any trace of self-consciousness. However, she is naïve in the ways of romance.
After being rejected by the lead singer of the band she writes songs for, Laila drops out of school and receives a timely acceptance letter to go to school in New York City. While settling into new surroundings and finding a new sense of freedom, Laila meets a fellow student and a blind activist who takes her to places she has never been.
With a stellar performance by Kalki Koechlin, Margarita, with a Straw demonstrates that connection is possible regardless of nationality, gender, or ability.
Official Selection: 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, 2014 BFI London Film Festival
August 25, 2015
Directed by Various
90 min | 2015 | Various | Not Rated
Meowbify your life at a special screening of Internet cat videos curated by Will Braden, the creator of Henri Le Chat Noir. Conceived by the Walker Art Center in 2012 as part of their outdoor screening series, this experiment attracted over 10,000 attendees the first year and is still going strong.
Presented in partnership with the Utah Animal Adoption Center.
August 28, 2015
Directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill
89 min | 2011 | USA | Rated G
Recommended for all ages.
African Cats is an epic true story that captures the real-life love, humor, and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit, and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.