February 21, 2017
Directed by Ben Lear
82 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film panel with Pam Vickrey, 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
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.
Following the film the there will be a screening of recently recovered lost footage of a performance Chris Burden did at the museum in 1974:
Directed by Unknown
26 min | 1974 | USA | Not Rated
The performance is not well known, living on mostly in people’s memories and represented only by a handful of black and white photographs, until we uncovered this documentary footage a few years ago. We sent the archaic form of video tape out-of-state to be transferred to a viewable format and are thrilled to debut the documentation this evening. The unknown filmmaker, perhaps a university student, also captured behind-the-scenes details, the old museum building, and wonderfully candid interviews to reflect on this incredible, durational performance. – UMFA
Presented in partnership with
February 28, 2017
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
March 4, 2017
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
102 min | 1989 | Japan | Rated G
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, Janeane Garofalo, & Debbie Reynolds
From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is the tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a seaside village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.
Tumbleweeds Year-Round screenings made possible by the support of
March 7, 2017
Directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya
96 min | 2016 | India | Not Rated
Presented in Hindi and Marathi with English subtitles.
As the harvest arrives in rural India, it also heralds the season of cinema. The fields lie bare, and the villagers gather breathless, anticipating the cinema lorries that have brought them the magic of the movies for seven decades. Riding one such lorry with a cinema projector and film reels in its belly is a benevolent showman. His village embraced his touring cinema for 40 years but is now tuning into television, leaving him to make a crucial decision about the fate of his peeling lorry. Many villages away, a shrewd showman, is striving to become the best in the business. Only, a green behemoth slows him down- his crumbling cinema projector. Away from the bustle, a wizened 70-year-old projector mechanic toils away to single-handedly repair all the cinema projectors of foreign make that wound up in rural India. He searches to find customers even as the murmurs of digital technology grow louder in the touring cinemas.
Seven decades ago, touring cinemas traveled the dirt roads in rural India brought them the magic of the movies in the wondrous darkness of a cinema tent. Today, even as they are burdened by the march of time and technology, can the three keepers keep the last touring cinemas of the world running?
Winner: Golden Eye Special Mention–2016 Cannes Film Festival; Official Selection: 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, 2016 New York Film Festival
March 8, 2017
Directed by Kirsten Johnson
102 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film Skype Q+A with director Kirsten Johnson moderated by KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.
Official Selection: 2016 Sundance Film Festival, 2016 SXSW Film Festival, 2016 True/False Film Festival
“… a uniquely insightful memoir-cum-critical-treatise on the nature and ethics of [Johnson’s] craft.”
“…[With] the emotional collage work of Johnson’s directorial outing, Sundance’s documentary section was more exciting than ever.”
“… a beautifully curated collage …”
— The Guardian
— The New York Times
“An enigmatic self-portrait…”
— The Hollywood Reporter
“…an extraordinary self-portrait and an existential statement.”
— Rolling Stone
March 14, 2017
Directed by George Paul Csicsery
58 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film discussion with Dr. Hugo Rossi, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Utah, and Curtis Frazier, Lecturer, Applied Science Technology and Education, Utah State University, Blanding Campus.
March 16, 2017
Directed by Shaleece Haas
72 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
Bennett Wallace is a charismatic teenager on the brink of adulthood. As he navigates the ups and downs of gender transition and grapples with a history of substance abuse, Bennett embarks on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. Filmed over four years, Real Boy follows the evolution of Bennett’s relationship with his mother Suzy, who has deep misgivings about his transition. As Suzy struggles to come to terms with his decision, Bennett is taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons. Through observational storytelling that is alternately poignant and humorous, Real Boy explores the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the importance of family, both given and chosen.
Winner: Audience Award Documentary–Frameline40 San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival; Best Documentary–2016 Giffoni Film Festival; Audience Award–2016 Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
March 21, 2017
Directed by Amanda Lipitz
83 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film discussion TBA.
The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women opened in 2009 with a mandate to send every student to college, despite the barriers that their home lives and community might present. Now, as the first class enters its senior year, the stakes are high to achieve that purpose. The film follows three irrepressible seniors and their “Lethal Ladies” step dance team as they navigate a nerve-wracking college application process and strive to elevate the creative outlet that keeps them united and fighting to reach their goals.
STEP hones in on the trials and triumphs of these tenacious young women, as well as their relationships with the women who champion and challenge them: their mothers, an unstoppable college counselor, and a no-nonsense step coach. These mentors are never far, doing all that they can to enable achievement, often with the odds stacked against them. This founding class is wrestling with life at the brink of their independence, always to a contagious beat that is haunting and universal.
Winner: U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking–2017 Sundance Film Festival
Presented in partnership with
March 22, 2017
Directed by Godfrey Reggio
86 min | 1982 | USA | Not Rated
Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi is an unconventional work in every way, nevertheless a sensation when it was released in 1983. This first work of The Qatsi Trilogy wordlessly surveys the rapidly changing environments of the Northern Hemisphere, in an astonishing collage created by the director, cinematographer Ron Fricke, and composer Philip Glass. It shuttles viewers from one jaw-dropping vision to the next, moving from images of untouched nature to others depicting human beings’ increasing dependence on technology Koyaanisqatsi’s heterodox methods (including hypnotic time-lapse photography) make it a look at our world from a truly unique angle.
Part of the permanent collection: The Museum of Modern Art, British Film Institute, Musée du Cinéma Cinémathéque Française, George Eastman House, and more.
Presented in partnership with
March 28, 2017
Directed by Mary Mazzio
98 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film discussion TBA.
I Am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their underage daughters who were bought and sold for sex on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice.
The film follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers who have filed lawsuits against Backpage, setting these children on a collision course not only with the owners of Backpage, but with judges, powerful companies, special interest groups, and Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act, an internet freedom law that has been interpreted by federal judges to provide a safe haven for website publishers to advertise underage girls for sex. These cases have, thus far, not gone well for these Jane Doe children, but have sparked a political movement and a Senate investigation. I Am Jane Doe shines a light on child sex-trafficking, a gut-wrenching reality that affects every community in America, debunking the myth that this crime only happens in developing countries.