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May 30, 2017

Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky
98 min | 2015 | Ukraine | Not Rated
Presented in English, and Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles.

*Post-film discussion with director Evgeny Afineevsky. The director will also be in attendance for the Cries From Syria screening on May 31.

A chronicle of the events that unfolded over 93 days in 2013 and 2014, the film witnesses the formation of a new civil rights movement in Ukraine. What started as peaceful student demonstrations supporting European integration morphed into a full-fledged violent revolution calling for the resignation of the nation’s president. The film captures the remarkable mobilization of nearly a million citizens from across the country protesting the corrupt political regime that utilized extreme force against its own people.

Nominated: Best Documentary Feature–2016 Academy Awards; Winner: People’s Choice Award–2015 Toronto International Film Festival; Official Selection–2015 Venice Film Festival

Start: May 30, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 30, 2017 9:00 PM
Cost: Free

May 31, 2017

Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky
112 min | 2017 | USA/Syria/Czech Republic | Not Rated
Presented in Arabic with English subtitles

*Post-film discussion with director Evgeny Afineevsky. The director will also be in attendance for the Winter On Fire screening on May 30.

A strikingly intense portrayal of a dire situation, Cries from Syria serves as a potent record of the events that have transpired there since 2011. Inspired by the Arab Spring, Syrians were hopeful they could end their country’s 40-year reign of brutal dictatorship. Instead, their efforts yielded horrific consequences as the government swiftly punished those in opposition, demonstrating their ruthlessness by targeting and torturing children. As peaceful protests were held, the government retaliated with extreme force, resulting in a full-blown civil war. From cutting off the food supply to the use of chemical weapons and targeted airstrikes on hospitals and schools, those fighting for freedom have endured a grave humanitarian crisis.

Incorporating gripping firsthand accounts from activists, child protesters, and a former army general who joined the uprising, director Evgeny Afineevsky has created a powerful and immediate depiction of the recent and current situation in Syria. This compelling documentary bears witness to the resiliency of the people in the wake of their exposure to unthinkable crimes against humanity.

Official Selection–2017 Sundance Film Festival

Start: May 31, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 31, 2017 9:00 PM
Cost: Free

June 3, 2017

Directed by Tian Xiao Peng
86 min | 2016 | China | Rated PG
Presented in English.

Recommended for ages 8+

Cast: Jackie Chan, Kannon Kurowski, and Roger Craig Smith

The all-powerful Monkey King once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, but after angering the Gods, he was imprisoned within an ice cage deep within the mountains. 500 years later, monsters attack a small village and a child flees to the mountains. Unknowingly, the child releases the Monkey King from his curse. With the help and encouragement from this special child, Monkey King must now save the village from the evil Mountain Lord and his monstrous army.

Winner: Best Animated Feature–2015 Golden Rooster Award

Tumbleweeds Year-Round screenings made possible by the support of

Start: June 3, 2017 11:00 AM
End: June 3, 2017 12:30 PM
Cost: Free

Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
57 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

Post-film Q&A with producer Sam McConnell.

While the trans movement is currently a topic of great discussion thanks to high-profile political action and celebrity attention, many people may not be familiar with the stories of trans activists who have been changing attitudes and fighting for equality for the past half century.The Trans List features engaging interviews with leaders in trans* rights, not only those who are making news today but also those who have been fighting for equality from the days of the Stonewall riots and before. Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders provides intimate portraits of 11 trans luminaries, including Laverne Cox, Kylar Broadus, Caroline Cossey, Bamby Salcedo, and Caitlyn Jenner. If you’re not familiar with these names, you probably should be, and you’ll be surprised and moved by their emotional and inspiring stories.

Official Selection: 2016 Damn These Heels Film Festival, 2016 OutFest

This screening is presented in partnership with the Utah Pride Center in celebration of the 2017 Utah Pride Festival.

Damn These Heels Year-Round generously supported by

Weinholtz Family FoundationDancing LlamaPrestman AutoTerence Kearns Stephens Charitable Fund

Start: June 3, 2017 4:00 PM
End: June 3, 2017 5:00 PM
Cost: Free

June 4, 2017

Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
60 min | 2013 | USA | Not Rated

Post-film Q&A with producer Sam McConnell.

Alternately humorous and poignant, The Out List features a diverse cross-section of accomplished leaders from entertainment, business, sports and public service sharing intimate stories on childhood, understanding gender and sexuality, building careers while out and reflecting on the challenges still facing the LGBT community. Against the backdrop of historic Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage and financial equality, subjects recall joyous moments of acceptance and romance, along with painful instances of intolerance and discrimination, offering unique modern perspectives on being out in America.

Official Selection: Frameline 37–2013 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

This screening is presented in partnership with the Utah Pride Center in celebration of the 2017 Utah Pride Festival.

Damn These Heels Year-Round generously supported by

Weinholtz Family FoundationDancing LlamaPrestman AutoTerence Kearns Stephens Charitable Fund

Start: June 4, 2017 2:00 PM
End: June 4, 2017 3:00 PM
Cost: Free

June 6, 2017

Directed by Shimon Dotan
107 min | 2016 | Israel | Not Rated
Presented in English, and Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

Post-film Q&A with director Shimon Dotan

Even though no Jews lived in the historic Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria before the 1967 Six Day War, it is now home to hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers, who are almost as diverse in their outlooks, origins, ideologies, and socioeconomic backgrounds as Israeli society itself. How did it happen? What drew them there? The story of Israeli settlements in the West Bank is an intriguing, unavoidable feature of modern Israeli life: complex and elusive in its early years, and increasingly wild and tragic as the years go by. It is a story that has been with us for almost half a century, and still shows no sign of resolving itself. Much like the Occupation itself, the settlement phenomenon has received extensive coverage in the media. But this coverage tends to focus on fallout, and rarely on the ideological and historical forces that led to the creation of the settlements and with them, the unflinching grip that Israel has on the West Bank, a grip that has become the new hallmark of a society once founded on the ideals of secular liberalism and equality.

Combining history and headlines, The Settlers is the first comprehensive look at the meeting point, where radicals, idealists, messianic fanatics, true believers and political opportunists, living on the fault lines of an age-­‐old conflict, come face to face with history itself. Today, the settlers threaten to ignite the Middle Eastern powder keg.

Official Selection: 2016 Sundance Film Festival, 2016 IDFA Festival

Presented in partnership with J-Street and support from Rochelle Kaplan.

Start: June 6, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 6, 2017 9:30 PM
Cost: Free

June 12, 2017

Directed by Jeff Nichols
123 min | 2016 | USA/UK | Rated PG-13

Cast: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton

Post-film Q&A with Ruth-Arlene Howe, Retired Law Professor of Boston College, and John White, moderated by LaShawn Williams, Social Work Professor of UVU.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ruth Negga). From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.

Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role–2017 Academy Awards; Official Selection: 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Presented in partnership with

Start: June 12, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 12, 2017 9:00 PM
Cost: Free

June 13, 2017

Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney
90 min | 2016 | UK | Not Rated

Post-film discussion with Lisa M. Ord, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Director of Patient Support Program, John A. Moran Eye Center.

In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and academic John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Over three years he recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness. Published in 1990 under the title ‘Touching the Rock’, the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, ‘A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.’ Notes on Blindess is a multi-platform project based on John’s original audio recordings. The project includes a feature length documentary and virtual reality project released alongside the film.

Winner: Best Documentary–2016 British Independent Film Awards, Special Jury Prize–2016 San Francisco Int’l Film Festival, Storytelling & Innovation Award–2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest

Start: June 13, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 13, 2017 9:00 PM
Cost: Free

June 15, 2017

Directed by André Téchiné
116 min | 2016 | France | Not Rated
Presented in French with English subtitles

Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila, Alexis Loret

A national treasure in France, writer and director André Téchiné continues his storied career with his new film, Being 17. Returning to the roots of his post-New Wave style of filmmaking, Téchiné creates a compact drama that plays out against an imposing mountain backdrop.

Damien is the pampered teenage son of a soldier and a doctor. He lives with his mother in an army barracks in the south of France while his father is on a military mission in the Central African Republic. But Damien must adopt a new, defiant stance in high school to stave off the bullies who taunt him over his effeminate ways: a friend of his father’s is teaching him to wrestle.

When he meets Tom, the adopted son of local farmers, the antagonism between the two boys is immediate and visceral. When Tom’s mother has to go to the hospital, Damien’s mother quite naturally offers to take care of Tom, and the tension between the two boys becomes almost overwhelming.

Kacey Mottet Klein and Corentin Fila are utterly engrossing as Damien and Tom, and every glance and gesture sensitively captures their exhilarating chemistry. Téchiné’s film breathes with a poetic temperance that marks it as a beautifully structured, finely acted ballad of teenage angst and passion.

Official Selection: 2016 Damn These Heels Film Festival, 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, 2016 Provincetown International Film Festival, 2016 OutFest LGBT Film Festival, Frameline40

Damn These Heels Year-Round generously supported by

Weinholtz Family FoundationDancing LlamaPrestman AutoTerence Kearns Stephens Charitable Fund

Start: June 15, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 15, 2017 9:00 PM
Cost: Free

June 20, 2017

Directed by Steve James
88 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
Presented in English, and Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles.

Post-film Skype Q&A with director Steve James.

From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.

Official Selection: 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, 2016 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, 2017 True/False Film Festival, 2017 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

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

June 27, 2017

Directed by Panch Velez and Sierra Pettengill
74 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated

A Republican president takes office at the height of his Hollywood-powered, camera-ready fame. He governs with cameras constantly flashing and claims that he’s just the public face in front of real policy-makers and dangerous global threats. That’s the story of America’s 40th president, Ronald Reagan. The movie star, known for playing cowboys and gun-toting heroes, took over the White House in 1981 and led the United States against Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s threats of war. Amidst the actual governing, though, Reagan’s presidency set a new standard for video documentation. Cameras followed Reagan’s every move, leading opposing pundits to accuse him of “majoring in public relations” more so than hardline presidential affairs.

Comprised entirely of archival footage taken during those pre-reality-television years, The Reagan Show is a highly entertaining and informative look at how Ronald Reagan redefined the look and feel of what it means to be the POTUS. Co-directors Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill’s film uncannily provides a fascinating precedent for the made-for-TV President. (credit: Tribeca Film Festival)

Official Selection – 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Start: June 27, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 27, 2017 9:00 PM
Cost: Free