September 28, 2016
Directed by Pieter van Huystee
87 min | 2016 | Netherland | 2016
In 2016, the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch held a special exhibition devoted to the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who died 500 years ago. The late-medieval artist lived his entire life in the city, causing uproar with his fantastical and utterly unique paintings in which hell and the devil played a prominent role.
In preparation for the exhibition, a team of Dutch art historians crisscross the globe to unravel the secrets of his art. They use special infrared cameras to examine the sketches beneath the paint, in the hope of discovering more about the artist’s intentions. They also attempt to establish which of the paintings can be attributed with certainty to Bosch himself, and which to his pupils or followers. The experts shuttle between Den Bosch, Madrid, and Venice, cutting their way through the art world’s tangle of red tape, in a battle against the obstacle of countless egos and conflicting interests. Not every museum is prepared to allow access to their precious art works.
Official Selection: 2015 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
September 30, 2016
Directed by Various
60 min | 2016 | Various Countries | Not Rated
Please note, this will be our final screening at Sorenson Unity Center for the time being.
A program of short films from around the world for ages 8 and up from the 2016 New York International Children’s Film Festival.
October 1, 2016
Directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol
84 min | 2015 | France | Rated PG
Presented in English
Principal Cast: Fred Armisen, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jared Padalecki.
The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award®-nominated writers and directors of A Cat in Paris is a stylish noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York.
Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, he befriends Alex, a New York City cop injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo’s phantom powers and Alex’s detective work to foil the plot and save New York from destruction. Phantom Boy continues Gagnol and Felicioli’s fascination with animated film noir, in a heart-thumping adventure that pushes their trademark visual style to literal new heights, as Leo swoops and soars above the greatest skyline in the world.
Official Selection: 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
AN ANIMATED SENSATION!
DELIGHTFUL!Visually striking and surprisingly moving!
October 4, 2016
Directed by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz
94 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell, and Winona LaDuke, following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED is executive produced by Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine), and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams).
October 5, 2016
Directed by G. Scott Porter
56 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film Q&A with director moderated by KUER RadioWest’s Doug Fabrizio.
During World War II more than 370,000 German prisoners of war were captured overseas and sent to prison camps across America. Splinters of a Nation tells the extraordinary story of 8,000 prisoners who were sent to Utah. For more than three years, these prisoners worked side-by-side with thousands of Utahns on farms and factories across the state. This powerful collision of two enemies on the homefront created life-changing exchanges and left behind some extraordinary tales. There were heroes, villains, murders, escapes, as well as amazing acts of humanity and inspiring friendships cast against the bitter backdrop of the war. Tragedy marked the end of their stay as a eranged American guard opened fire on hundreds of sleeping prisoners, killing nine and wounding 19. This tragic event in the small rural town of alina became the largest WWII massacre on American soil.
Support for public outreach of Splinters of a Nation was provided by Utah Humanities.
Screening presented in partnership with
October 11, 2016
Directed by Evan Mascagni and Shannon Post
71 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film Q&A with Ayla Stults-Lopez of the Utah State University Organic Farming program.
Winner: Best Environmental Film–2016 San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
October 18, 2016
Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk
95 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film Q&A with producer Sara Dosa.
Audrie & Daisy is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools, and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (The Island President, The Rape of Europa), Audrie & Daisy, which made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, takes a hard look at American teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying that has spun wildly out of control.
Official Selection: 2016 Sundance Film Festival, 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival, 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Screening presented in partnership with YWCA as part of Week Without Violence.
October 20, 2016
Directed by C. Fitz
85 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
Jewel’s Catch One documents the oldest Black owned disco in America and establishes the legacy of businesswoman, activist, and healer, Jewel Thais-Williams, who stood up against hate and discrimination for 42 years. The story of Jewel and “The Catch” celebrates four decades of music, fashion, celebrity, and activism that helped change the course of our country by breaking down racial, social, and cultural barriers. One of the original safe spaces for both the LGBT and Black communities, The Catch also served as a refuge for many during the AIDS crisis. As her club grew to become known as the “unofficial Studio 54 of the West Coast,” Jewel became a national model for how to combat discrimination and serve the less fortunate.
The film is a lush visual and musical journey highlighted by exclusive interviews with Sharon Stone, Thelma Houston, Evelyn “Champagne“ King, Madonna, Sandra Bernhard, Thea Austin, Jenifer Lewis, Representative Maxine Waters and Bonnie Pointer. CCH Pounder narrates this historically important film.
Official Selection: 2016 Outfest, 2016 Provincetown International Film Festival
October 25, 2016
Directed by Craig Atkinson
70 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, Do Not Resist offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action—from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team, to inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence,” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments—before exploring where controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms could lead the field next.
“Craig Atkinson brings the government’s program of channeling military hardware to law enforcement across the nation starkly to light. ” – VARIETY
“Award-winning doc opens your eyes to the complicated world of police militarization. A brutal statement.” – INDIEWIRE
October 26, 2016
Directed by Marjoleine Boonstra
52 min | 2016 | Netherlands | Not Rated
Presented in English and Dutch with English subtitles.
Painter Mark Rothko is best known for imposing canvasses that eschew representation in favor of pure color and texture—using them to express fundamental human emotions.
In The Silence of Mark Rothko, visit Rothko’s studio at 22 Bowery in New York, and go to Florence’s Museo di San Marco, where the monastic work of Renaissance painter Fra Angelico deeply influenced Rothko’s mission to create environments and not just paintings. In The Hague, filmmaker Marjoleine Boonstra introduces us to curator Franz Kaiser of the Gemeentemuseum, as his team installs the works for the first major Rothko exhibit to be held in Holland in 40 years.
The film includes thoughtful, engaging commentary from experts including Rothko’s biographer, Annie Cohen-Solal, and conservator Carol Mancusi-Ungaro (who speculates on whether splotches of paint on the studio floor may have been Rothko’s). Fittingly though, for a film about a painter whose greatest works evoke both silence and emotion, The Silence of Mark Rothko lingers on paintings and locations—using architectural shots, interiors and streetscapes, to link Rothko’s paintings to the world he inhabited.
Featuring works from his early mythological period, his classic color field paintings, his later Black on Grey pieces, and the Rothko Chapel in Houston, the film is a unique artistic biography that provides a heightened level of intimacy and familiarity with its subject’s work through carefully chosen visuals and interviews.
Interspersed throughout are readings from the painter’s writings by his son, Christopher—passages that illuminate and bring immediacy to Rothko’s work and philosophy.
– Description courtesy Icarus Films.
Official Selection: 2015 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam