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April 1, 2017

-Utah Premiere-

Directed by Lola Doillon
94 min | 2016 | France/Belgium | Not Rated
Presented in French with English subtitles.

Recommended for ages 10+ | Additional screening on Sunday, April 2 at 2pm, click here for details.

Cast: Léonie Souchaud, Fantine Harduin, and Juliane Lepoureau

Based on a true story, Fanny’s Journey is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these 11 children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.

Winner: Audience Award and Jury Prize for Best Narrative–2017 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Audience Award–2017 Denver Jewish Film Festiva, Michel Award for Best Film–2016 Hamburg Film Festival

Tumbleweeds Year-Round screenings made possible by the support of

Start: April 1, 2017 11:00 AM
End: April 1, 2017 1:00 PM
Cost: Free

April 2, 2017

Directed by Lola Doillon
94 min | 2016 | France/Belgium | Not Rated
Presented in French with English subtitles.

Recommended for ages 10+ | Additional screening on Saturday, April 1 at 11am, click here for details.

Cast: Léonie Souchaud, Fantine Harduin, and Juliane Lepoureau

Based on a true story, Fanny’s Journey is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these 11 children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.

Winner: Audience Award and Jury Prize for Best Narrative–2017 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Audience Award–2017 Denver Jewish Film Festiva, Michel Award for Best Film–2016 Hamburg Film Festival

Tumbleweeds Year-Round screenings made possible by the support of

Start: April 2, 2017 2:00 PM
End: April 2, 2017 4:00 PM
Cost: Free

April 4, 2017

-Utah Premiere-

Directed by Craig Leeson
102 min | 2016 | Hong Kong | Not Rated

*Post-film discussion with Robin Kundis Craig, William H. Leary Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

Thirty miles from land, off the southern coast of Sri Lanka, where civil war has kept the oceans and beaches pristine, a global expedition led by documentary filmmaker Craig Leeson is searching for one of the world’s most elusive animals. Blue whales are on the edge of extinction but what the expeditioners find in these remote waters proves heartbreaking.

The shock of finding vast quantities of floating plastic in this pristine location forces the filmmaker to think: If plastic is lurking in this remote pristine area what is happening in oceans around the globe? So begins a global odyssey to find the answer to this question. Teams of scientists from around the world are engaged to analyze and report on the expedition’s findings as the filmmakers embark on a discovery that reveals the consequences of our disposable lifestyle. The results will astound viewers – just as it did our adventurers — who capture never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.

A Plastic Ocean
is filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented, begin to change one of mankind’s most destructive inventions. Plastic is indestructible and this year we will manufacture 300 million tonnes of it, half of which will be used just once before being discarded. We can no longer afford to treat plastic as disposable. But can we change our lifestyles in time to save ourselves? The message from this film is that change is possible and it starts with us.

Winner: Best of Festival–2017 Blue Ocean Film Festival, Best Documentary & Best Environmental Film–2017 Sedona International Film Festival, Ocean Impact Award– 2017 Barbados Independent Film Festival

Environmental films supported by


 

Start: April 4, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 4, 2017 9:00 PM
Cost: Free

April 11, 2017

-Utah Premiere-

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi
108 min | 2016 | Italy | Not Rated
Presented in Italian with English Subtitles

An Academy Award®-nominee for Best Documentary Feature and the first nonfiction film to ever win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a remote Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Nearby, we bear witness as thousands of men, women, and children risk their lives to make the brutal crossing from Africa. Award-winning filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi masterfully juxtaposes these realities, jolting the audience into a new understanding of what is happening in the region, the heavy toll of the migrant crisis, and the price of freedom.

Nominated: Best Documentary Feature–2017 Academy Awards®; Winner: Golden Bear–2016 Berlin International Film Festival

Start: April 11, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 11, 2017 9:00 PM
Cost: Free

April 18, 2017

Directed by Susan Froemke and John Hoffman
92 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

*Post-film discussion TBA.

Montana rancher Dusty Crary works to preserve pristine, neighboring wilderness, championing efforts to prevent commercial development. Kansas farmer Justin Knopf defies conventional wisdom and implements controversial new practices to combat soil degradation and erosion. And Louisiana commercial fisherman Wayne Werner partners with fisheries regulators to help ensure a future for the red snapper upon which his business depends.

Based on The New York Times best-selling author Miriam Horn’s recent book of the same name, Susan Froemke and John Hoffman’s illuminating film spotlights these unlikely conservationists, stewards of the land and sea who don’t fit preconceptions of environmentalists. Willing to face hostility from within their own communities by forging unexpected alliances with longtime enemies, these individuals show a commitment to work with—rather than against—nature. Driven by core American values of self-sufficiency, independence, and perseverance, they represent a largely unsung, yet passionate, movement of heartland conservationists committed to preserving the future of their livelihoods. In turn, their vital work safeguards the nation’s wealth of natural resources for us all.

Official Selection: 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Environmental films supported by

Start: April 18, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 18, 2017 9:00 PM
Cost: Free

April 20, 2017

Directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan
83 min | 2016 | Netherlands/Belgium | Not Rated

In 1991, Madonna launched the now legendary “Blonde Ambition” tour and solidified her LGBT influence in the pop cultural zeitgeist with a group of seven male back-up dancers. Directors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan craft their story beginning at the moment Madonna places an ad that read “FIERCE male dancers who know the meaning of TROOP STYLE, BEAT BOY and VOGUE…wimps and Wanna-Be’s need not apply,” through the filming of the controversial behind-the-scenes documentary Truth or Dare, which presented Madonna and her group of seven dancers as an out-and-proud ensemble promoting a sex-positive and diversity-embracing messages at the height of the AIDS epidemic, to the aftermath of tour, which earned accusations of obscenity and blasphemy at various tour stops.

Strike a Pose continues to explore the direction the dancers’ lives have taken, while looking back at their time as part of a groundbreaking and a LGBT empowering event. The dancers—Kevin Stea, Oliver Crumes, Salim Gauwloos, Jose Gutierez, Luis Camacho, Gabriel Trupin and Carlton Wilborn—reflect on being swept up into Madonna’s world and their lives after the tour that found some of them involved in lawsuits and learning to live with HIV. Their willingness to discuss all of their highs and lows presents a touching portrait of a group of young men who found the courage to be themselves and in doing so, inspired a generation of LGBT youth.

Official Selection: 2016 Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival, 2016 Berlinale, 2016 Hot Docs Film Festival

Damn These Heels Year-Round generously supported by
Weinholtz Family FoundationDancing LlamaPrestman AutoTerence Kearns Stephens Charitable Fund

Start: April 20, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 20, 2017 9:00 PM
Cost: Free

April 25, 2017

-Utah Premiere-

Directed by Mehrdad Oskouei
76 min | 2016 | Iran | Not Rated
Presented in Persian with English subtitles.

Mehrdad Oskouei, one of Iran’s most prominent filmmakers, spent seven years securing access to a female juvenile rehabilitation and correctional facility on the outskirts of Tehran. The result is Starless Dreams, a haunting portrait of stolen childhood, and the stark testimonial of those previously ignored and invisible.

Starless Dreams plunges us into the lives of seven young teenage girls (Khatereh, Masoumeh, Ghazal, Somayeh, Nobody, Hasrat, and 651) sharing temporary quarters at the rehabilitation center. As the New Year approaches, the girls bond, and reveal—with playfully disarming honesty—the circumstances and acts that resulted in their incarceration. Masoumeh, along with her sister and mother, killed her abusive father. Nobody explains that she was arrested for “adultery, armed robbery, the brothel.” 651 takes her name from the amount (measured in grams) of cocaine she was caught carrying. Outside the prison walls, danger is everywhere, even within their own families—virtually all of the girls have been “bothered” by male relatives.

Inside, the girls seek solace and comfort with each other and ponder the coming year. It is the sisterly bond that brings the girls to sing and dance with hope. It is also one that allows them to share tears.

Starless Dreams follows It’s Always Late for Freedom (2008) and The Last Days of Winter (2011) in Oskouei’s award-winning documentary trilogy which explores questions of crime and delinquency among Iranian youth. While Starless Dreams portrays the female experience in Iran’s juvenile justice system, the first two installments focus on boys behind bars.

Winner: Amnesty International Film Priz–2016 Berlinale, True Vision Award–2016 True/False Film Festival, Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award and Inspiration Award–2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Brilliant.”
– Alan Evans, The Guardian

“[A] heartbreaking work.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Critic’s Pick! The world needs to see this spare, revelatory film.” — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“An extraordinary film. Starless Dreams captures a rare, sorrowful, infinitely complex milieu.”
– Michelle Orange, Village Voice

“Poignant and authentic.”
– Vox Magazine

“Roger Ebert once called the movies ‘a machine that generates empathy,’ and Starless Dreams … is just such a machine. With the conceptual rigor and emotional directness associated with the best of Iranian cinema Oskouei simply listens to the stories of those who have never been listened to before.”
– Scott Tobias, Variety

“Mehrdad Oskouei’s reputation as one of Iran’s finest documentary filmmakers grows film by film. Starless Dreams is the perfect example of how powerful simplicity can be, when it’s underpinned by compassion for its subject.”
– Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Start: April 25, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 25, 2017 9:00 PM
Cost: Free