November 25, 2014
Directed by Talal Derki
90 min | 2013 | Syria/Germany | Not Rated (Graphic Violence)
Presented in Arabic with English Subtitles.
From 2011-2013, filmmaker Talal Derki followed the journey of two close friends whose lives had been upended by the battle raging in Syria. Nineteen-year-old Basset is a local soccer star and singer whose songs reflect dreams of a peaceful liberation from Assad’s brutal regime. Ossama is a 24-year-old activist and pacifist uses his camera to capture the revolution. When the army cracks down and their city of Homs becomes a bombed-out ghost town, the once peaceful protesters transform into rebel insurgents.
Winner: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Documentary—2014 Sundance Film Festival, Emerging Talent Award—2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Opening Night Selection—2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; Official Selection: 2014 Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Festival, 2014 New Directors/New Films, 10 other international film festivals
November 26, 2014
Directed by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier
80 min | 2014 | France | Rated PG
Recommended for ages 5+
An Academy Award® nominee that is based on the Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine tells the story of two unlikely friends. Celestine is a young mouse in an underground land where cautionary tales of bears are told and all mice are destined to become dentists. Celestine and Ernest the bear set out against the odds to prove their friendship is possible in this delightful and beautifully animated film.
Official Selection: 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 2014 Tumbleweeds Film Festival, 2013 Cannes Film Festival, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
December 1, 2014
Directed by Dylan Mohan Gray
87 min | 2013 | India/UK | Not Rated
An intricate tale of medicine, monopoly and malice, Fire in the Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs in Africa and the global south in the years after 1996—causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths—and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.
Damn These Heels: World AIDS Day Special Screening
Official Selection: 2013 Sundance Film Festival
December 2, 2014
Directed by Wayne Wang
79 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) takes us into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant in 1961 and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film is equal parts delectable showcase of gastronomy and touching portrait of Chiang’s journey from Beijing to the United States. Soul of a Banquet features interviews with Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, and Cecilia Chiang.
December 6, 2014
Directed by Jim Henson
48 min | 1977 | USA | Not Rated
Recommended for All Ages
This Jim Henson Christmas special about Alice Otter and her son predates Henson’s Muppet movies. The Otters, known for their musical abilities, are encouraged to enter a local talent contest in hopes of winning the cash prize, which would allow them to buy Christmas presents. Mother and son also reminisce about Pa Otter, who serves as the inspiration for them to enter the show in this heartwarming film.
December 9, 2014
Directed by Toby Haynes
62 min | 2010 | UK | Rated TV PG
**Post-film discussion with University of Utah Atmosphere Science professor Tom Garrett.
Newly wedded Amy and Rory, are trapped on a crashing space liner caught in a cloud belt. They call the Doctor who lands on the planet below and meets the miserly Kazran Sardick, a man who can control the cloud layer but refuses to help. The Doctor attempts to use time travel to alter Kazran’s past so he will save the spaceship.
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December 12, 2014
Directed by Brian Henson
85 min | 1992 | USA | Rated G
Recommended for all ages
Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie the Bear and the entire Muppet cast as they tell the Charles Dickens classic. This hilarious and heartwarming version of the holiday tale features wonderful music and is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
December 16, 2014
Directed by Mu-Ming Tsai
65 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
**Post-film discussion with Slug Magazine and Craft Lake City’s Angela Bronw and Salt Lake City Maker Faire’s Jenn Brown
The Maker Movement began in 2005 with the launch of MAKE magazine and the first “Maker Faire” in 2006. Maker is a feature-length documentary that looks into the current maker movement in America—a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together fueled by passion and powered by the advent of new technologies. Breaking the hobbyist movement stereotype, Maker delves deep into this ecosystem of design and manufacturing in the Internet era. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the current crop of “Makers.”
December 17, 2014
Directed by Anne Birkenstock
90 min | 2014 | Germany | Not Rated
A mesmerizing, thought-provoking, yet surprisingly amusing documentary about the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, a man responsible for conducting the biggest art forgery scandal of the postwar era.
December 18, 2014
Directed by Kate Johnston & Shauna MacDonald
87 min | 2013 | Canada | Not Rated
In this sparkling and evocative love story, Tru, a 37-year-old commitment-phobic lesbian becomes unexpectedly smitten with the recently widowed and elegant 60-year-old Alice. As their affection deepens, Alice’s daughter Suzanne worries that Tru may break her mother’s heart.
Winner of 11 LGBT film festival awards.
December 23, 2014
Directed by Mitchell Kezin
93 min | 2013 | Canada | Not Rated
Director Mitchell Kezin delves into the minds of some of the world’s most legendary Christmas music fanatics and hits the road to hang with his holiday heroes, which include hip hop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of Run DMC, The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne, and filmmaker John Waters, to name a few. In his search for the 12 best, under-appreciated Christmas songs ever recorded, Kezin has crafted a wonderful film that is a historical social documentary, pop culture pilgrimage, and revealing character study.