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8th annual Peek Award presented by Academy Award winner Barry Morrow to the director of Intelligent Lives, Dan Habib. Following the award presentation, there will be a screening of Intelligent Lives and post-film Q&A with the director.

*Award presentation, screening, and Q&A are FREE and open to the public.


Directed by Dan Habib
70 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
Open Captions Presented with Open Captions.

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.

Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

Intelligent Lives challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.

Official Selection: 2018 Cleveland International Film Festival, 2018 Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2018 Independent Film Festival Boston


Kim Peel

Kim Peek
“Photo courtesy of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. Copyright Richard Green Photography 2006.”

Utah Film Center believes in the power film has to educate and inspire, inform and transform opinion unparalleled by any other art form. Our annual Peek Award pays tribute to artists, media makers, and film subjects who are positively impacting our society’s perception of people with disabilities. The Award was created from the generosity of Barry Morrow, Rain Man filmmaker, who permanently loaned his Oscar statuette to Salt Lake City in memory of Kim Peek. Kim Peek, the savant about whom Rain Man is based, lived in Salt Lake City and passed away in December 2009.

Previous award recipients include:

2011, Dr. Temple Grandin, Temple Grandin
2012, Carrie Fisher
2013, Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine, Sam Berns, Life According to Sam
2014, Jason DaSilva, When I Walk
2016, Matt Fuller and Carolina Groppa, Autism in Love
2017, Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated
2018, Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, Dina

2019 Peek Award is sponsored by


Monday, April 1, 2019 @ 7:00 PM10:00 PM MDT

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center