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Damn These Heels! 2013 LGBT Film Festival | July 12-14
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All screenings take place at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 W 300 S, SLC), in either the Jeanne Wagner or Black Box theatres.The Jeanne Wagner is the main theatre on the west side of the main entrance, and the Black Box is on the east side of the main entrance.

Tickets on sale Friday, June 14th

GBF Poster Opening Night Film + Party
Friday, July 12 | Film @ 7:00 PM | Party 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Written + Directed by Darren Stein

Opening night is reserved for pass holders only.
Buy your pass today to guarantee your spot at the opening night film and party!


2013 Damn These Heels! Line-Up
Admission free with pass purchase or buy individual tickets using the ‘Ticket’ button or at the ArtTix box office

Friday, July 12 at 7:00pm // Jeanne Wagner

Directed by Darren Stein
92 min | USA | 2013
Not Rated


What happens after Tanner is outed by his classmates and becomes the title "gay best friend" for three high school queen bees?

Tribeca Film Festival 2013, Frameline Film Festival 2013, Closing Night – Outfest 2013

Friday, July 12 at 11:00pm // Jeanne Wagner

Directed by Peaches
80 min | Germany | 2012
Not Rated

Peaches herself likes to describe it as “The Jukebox Musical that got a Sex Change!”

Toronto International Film Festival 2013, Sundance London 2013, BAMcinemaFest 2013

Saturday, July 13 at 10:30am // Jeanne Wagner

Directed by Michiel van Erp
80 min | Netherlands | 2011
Not Rated

Dutch, German, French w/English subtitles

The first generation of transsexuals who had their sex change in Casablanca back in the mid-1950s to 1960s take stock of their lives. 

IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amaterdam

Saturday, July 13 at 11:00am // Black Box

Directed by Malcolm Ingram
95 min | USA | 2013
Not Rated

The story of Continental Baths, a well-known New York City establishment for gays during the late ’60 to 1974.

South by Southwest Film Festival 2013 – Frameline Film Festival 2013 – BAMcinemaFest 2013

Saturday, July 13 at 12:30pm // Jeanne Wagner

Directed by Chris Michael Birkmeier
87 min | USA | 2013
Not Rated

The relationship of a young couple disintegrates in the dog days of Chicago summer as the neighborhood is being terrorized by a serial killer.

Toronto InsideOut Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival

 Saturday, July 13 at 1:00pm // Black Box

Directed by Scott Gracheff
90 min | USA | 2013
Not Rated
Preceded by THE MERMAIDS

The Rugby Player is a feature documentary focusing on the unique bond between a mother and son and how it was ultimately strengthened by tragedy. The film explores the lives of Mark Bingham, one of the passengers of United Flight 93 on 9/11, and his mother, Alice Hoagland, a former United Airlines flight attendant. Within the shadow of a national tragedy, The Rugby Player illuminates a personal story of love, loss and what it means to be a hero

Winner, HBO Audience Award Best Documentary – Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festiva, 2013 Toronto InsideOut LGBT Film Festival 2013

Preceded by
Directed by Petra Clever
Not Rated | 36 min | 2011 | Germany

Nikki is a German math nerd whose world consists almost entirely of numbers and equations; to widen her circle of seclusion beyond Pi, she tries out for the American football team at her school. Her eyes are opened to a seriously Sapphic world, from the steamy locker room to the muddy, rough-and-tumble field.

Saturday, July 13 at 2:30pm // Jeanne Wagner

Directed byNickolas Bird + Eleanor Sharpe
77 min | Australia/Germany | 2012
Not Rated

A passionate group of Australian same-sex ballroom dancers battle homophobia, injury and personal drama as they pursue their dream of competing at the Gay Games in Germany.

Saturday, July 13 at 3:00pm // Black Box

Directed byAnna Margarita Albelo
83 min | USA | 2013
Not Rated

The day after her fortieth birthday, Anna comes to the conclusion that it’s time for the madness to stop. She lives in her friend’s back yard tool shed; her career as a filmmaker isn’t paying her bills and worst of all it’s been ten years since she’s had a girlfriend.

Frameline Film Festival 2013

Saturday, July 13 at 4:30pm // Jeanne Wagner

Directed by Doug Spearman
103 min | USA | 2012
Not Rated

Imagine Lethal Weapon if Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were ex-boyfriends.

Frameline Film Festival 2013

Saturday, July 13 at 5:30pm // Black Box

Directed by Marçal Forés
94 min | Spain | 2012
Not Rated

Catalan w/English subtitles

This thriller is a very unconventional coming-of-age tale and an intoxicating blend of fantasy and cold reality as it follows shy teenager’s perilous period when exciting but troubling sexuality enters into his formerly innocent world.

San Sebastian International Film Festival 2012; BFI London Lesbian + Gay Film Festival

Saturday, July 13 at 7:00pm // Jeanne Wagner

Directed by Xavier Dolan
168 min | Canada/France | 2012
Not Rated

French w/English subtitles

An astonishingly crafted exploration of the 10-year relationship of a male-to-female transsexual with her lover.

Opening Night, Un Certain Regard; Winner, Best Actress; Winner, Queer Palm – Festival De Cannes 2013

Saturday, July 13 at 7:30pm // Black Box
Directed by Zoltan Paul
86 min | Germany | 2012
Not Rated

German w/English subtitles

A middle-aged couple in the German countryside has unexpected visitors that cause trouble in their already tenuous relationship.

Toronto InsideOut Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2012; Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival 2012

Saturday, July 13 at 10:30pm // Jeanne Wagner

Directed by John V. Knowles
95 min | USA | 2013
Not Rated

In the early 1600’s, Countess Elizabeth Bathory slaughtered more than 600 young women, believing if she bathed in the blood of virgins that she would stay young and beautiful forever. Still alive today, she’s found a perfect hunting ground.

Sunday, July 14 at 11:00am // Black Box

Directed by Dominique Cardona + Laurie Colbert
90 min | USA | 2012
Not Rated


When cash-strapped yuppies fire their teen-aged daughter’s lesbian Mexican nanny, Margarita, they set off a chain of events that lead to her deportation.

Sunday, July 14 at 11:30am //Jeanne Wagner
GORE VIDAL: United States of Amnesia

Directed by Nicholas D. Wrathall
83 min | USA/Italy | 2013

This is an unashamedly opinionated film. In Gore Vidal’s America, the political coup has already happened. 

Tribeca Film Festival 2013 – Framline Film Festival 2013

Sunday, July 14 at 1:00pm // Black Box

Directed by Alan Brown
83 min | USA | 2013
Not Rated

FIVE DANCES is a creatively adventurous narrative feature film set in the New York ‘downtown’ modern dance world.

Opening Night, Dance On Camera – Film Society of Lincoln Center 2013

Sunday, July 14 at 2:00pm //Jeanne Wagner

Directed by Gary Entin
85 min | USA | 2013

At Goodkind High School, a group of students of varying sexual orientation form an after-school club a as a discrete way to share their feelings and experiences. 

Toronto InsideOut Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2013

Sunday, July 14 at 3:00pm // Black Box

Directed by Sophie O’Connor
97 min | USA | 2013
Not Rated

A Gen Y love story presented as a fetish sex drama, submerge explores the need of Gen Y for constant stimulation and instant gratification underpinned by a sense of entitlement.

Frameline Film Festival 2013

Sunday, July 14 at 4:30pm //Jeanne Wagner
Freier Fall
Directed by Stephen Lacant
100 min | Germany | 2013
Not Rared

A promising career with the police, a baby on the way — Marc’s life seems to be right on track. Then he meets fellow policeman, Kay.

Opening Night, New Film! MOMA 2013; Berlin International Film Festival 2013

Sunday, July 14 at 5:00pm // Black Box

Directed by Simon Savory
97 min | UK/USA/Franace | 2013
Not Rated

Earlene arrives at Venice Beach after running from a desperate situation, only to become fast friends with an Australian skater who is also lost. Together, they set out into the desert to find themselves.

Sunday, July 14 at 7:00pm // Jeanne Wagner
Directed by Jeffrey Schwaz
90 min | USA | 2013
Not Rated
Preceded by ALASKA IS A DRAG

How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters’ cinematic muse and an international drag icon.

South by Southwest Film Festival 2013; Frameline Film Festival 2013

Preceded by
Directed by Shaz Bennett
Not Rated | 14 min | 2012 | USA

ALASKA IS A DRAG tells the story of an aspiring teenage drag queen who dreams of International Superstardom. Leo stands out in a crowd and that’s not always a good thing in the fish canneries. In order to survive, our hero strikes up a friendship with a co-worker and they learn to fight back. It might be more apt to describe his journey as BILLY ELLIOT in reverse or ROCKY in drag.

Sponsors of DTH! 2013

Best Directors
Weinholtz Family Foundation

Best Performance in a Leading Role

Best Performance in a Supporting Role

Best Cinematography

Best Production Design 

Best Costume Design

Best Visual Effects
Lisa Tzovolos Allcott
Senator Jim Dabakis (who loves the fest more than Thanksgiving!)
David Parkinson +  Leonardo Silveira
Michelle Turpin

Gold Sponsors
D. Allen Miller
Galina Perova + Jacke Corbett
Byron Russell, LLC
Allen Schrenk
Kenneth Wilks

Silver Sponsors
Peter Begich + Adam Leishman
Jackie Biskupski
Weston Clark + Brandon Mark
Fifth Ocean Consulting, LLC
Tracy Jensen
Jon Jepsen – SentryWest Insurance
Righteous Housewives

Bronze Sponsors
Alan C. Anderson + Kyle Daniels
Dale Keith Bailey
Luana Chilelli
Randall Graham
Janelle Heck + Kay Moncla
Keri Jones & Cristy Gleave
Lauren Littlefield
Maryann Martindale + Stacy Young
Robert Moody/Image Studios Draper 
Dr. Jonathan Rock + Patrick De la Cruz
Tuesday Night Movie Group
Neil Webster + Arlyn Bradshaw
Chris Wharton Law LLC

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