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November 13, 2018

TRANSMILITARY

Start: November 13, 2018 7:00 PM
End: November 13, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson
93 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated

The 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman & Fiona Dawson, TransMilitary follows the Emmy-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in Love. Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.

Winner: Documentary Competition Audience Award–2018 SXSW; Official Selection: 2018 Damn These Heels Film Festival, 2018 Frameline Film Festival

October 16, 2018

MAPPLETHORPE

Start: October 16, 2018 7:00 PM
End: October 16, 2018 9:15 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Cost: Free

Directed by Ondi Timoner
102 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated

Cast: Matt Smith, Hari Nef, John Benjamin Hickey, Mark Moses, McKinley Belcher III

Post-film Q&A with director Ondi Timoner.

Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The film explores Mapplethorpe’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea Hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Here he begins photographing its inhabitants and his newfound circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground. Mapplethorpe’s work displayed eroticism in a way that had never been examined nor displayed before to the public. The film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality and his struggle for mainstream recognition. The biopic offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.

“Documentary director Ondi Timoner (Dig!We Live in Public), making her narrative debut, has ensured that this movie acknowledges the many hard edges and unattractive qualities of this man while also celebrating and not looking away from his most explicit and scariest photographs, many of which rather surprisingly appear onscreen.” – The Wrap

“The 12-year project – commissioned by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation – is evidence that Timoner, who made documentaries before, can craft a nuanced dramatic feature, shot in Super 16 mm, with faux-documentary moments in 8 mm. She offers a deft observation of Mapplethorpe’s evolving manipulation of his own image, in his pictures and his life, from Polaroids to penises.” – Screen Daily

Official Selection: 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, 2018 Outfest

Director Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice – for her 2004 documentary, Dig! and We Live in Public (2009). Both films were acquired by MoMA, NY for their permanent collection. Other award-winning features include: The Nature of the Beast (1994), Join Us (2007), Cool It (2010) and Brand: A Second Coming (2015). In 2017, Ondi created and produced the critically-acclaimed 10-hour nonfiction series Jungletown about the building of “the world’s most sustainable town” for Viceland. MAPPLETHORPE (2018) is Ondi’s first scripted feature, starring Matt Smith – which she co-wrote, directed, edited and produced through her production company, Interloper Films.

October 15, 2018

WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY

Start: October 15, 2018 7:00 PM
End: October 15, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Cost: Free

Directed by Madeleine Olnek
84 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated

Cast: Molly Shannon, Susan Ziegler, and Brett Gelman

Post-film Q&A with director Madeleine Olnek, followed by a conversation with Ms. Olnek and director Ondi Timoner (Mapplethorpe) about making a film about a historical figure. Both will be moderated by KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.

Madeleine Olnek’s portrait of Emily Dickinson (Molly Shannon) casts light on the poet’s intense romance with women and words, and in doing so subverts the notions of biography and history entire. The result is a sexy, breathless, absurdist, and very cinematic literary romp. Interpretation alters our perception, turning seemingly dusty poetry into unspeakable sexual innuendo. “I taste a liquor never brewed –”, Dickinson whispers to her lover Susan – affirming that her lines are truly about that.

– Sophie Gertrude Strohmeier for SHOUT film festival

Official Selection: 2018 SXSW Film Festival, Frameline 42 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival

Through The Lens screenings are presented in partnership with:

KUER 90.1 RadioWest

July 20, 2018

2018 Damn These Heels Film Festival

Start: July 20, 2018 7:30 PM
End: July 22, 2018 8:00 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101

The longest-running LGBTQ Film Festival in the Mountain West, the 15th annual Damn These Heels is a safe, supportive environment that celebrates our community’s diversity by sharing LGBTQ history, culture, ideas, struggles, and triumphs through film.

Past Damn These Heels films are award-winners, audience favorites and films from around the world including Todrick Hall: Behind the Curtain, The Pearl, Strike a Pose, Kiki, Out Run, The Slippers, Boulevard, Beginners, Summer of Sangaile, Tangerine, and more.

June 3, 2018

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Todrick Hall

Start: June 3, 2018 4:00 PM
End: June 3, 2018 6:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright
101 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated

YouTube sensation Todrick Hall launches his most ambitious project yet: a full-scale original musical on being black, gay, and relentlessly creative: Straight Outta Oz. From a small town in Texas to big-time show business, Todrick brings his magic. An inspiring documentary of grit, perseverance and the redemptive power of art.

Official Selection: 2017 SXSW Film Festival, 2017 Damn These Heels Film Festival

This screening is presented in partnership with the Utah Pride Center in celebration of the 2018 Utah Pride Festival.

Damn These Heels Year-Round generously supported by

Dancing Llama Terence Kearns Stephens Charitable Fund

June 2, 2018

MORONI FOR PRESIDENT

Start: June 2, 2018 4:00 PM
End: June 2, 2018 5:15 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Saila Huusko and Jasper Rischen
78 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated

Post film Q&A with subject of the film Moroni Benally.

 
The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American reservation in the United States. Every four years, the Navajo tribe elects its president, whom many consider the most powerful Native American in the country. In the midst of a frenzied election to determine the next President of the tribe, Moroni for President takes the audience to every corner of this vast area in the iconic American Southwest. (more…)

May 17, 2018

THE WOUND

Start: May 17, 2018 7:00 PM
End: May 17, 2018 8:30 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

Directed by John Trengove
88 min | 2017 | South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France | Not Rated
Presented in English and Xhosa with English subtitles

Brimming with sex and violence, The Wound is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture. Every year, the tribe’s young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual. (more…)

April 19, 2018

REBELS ON POINTE

Start: April 19, 2018 7:00 PM
End: April 19, 2018 8:30 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart
90 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated

Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams and family, Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever documentary film celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The notorious all-male, drag ballet company was founded over 40 years ago in New York City on the heels of the Stonewall riots, and has a passionate cult following around the world. The film juxtaposes intimate behind-the-scenes access, rich archives and history, engaging character driven stories, and dance performances shot in North America, Europe and Japan. Rebels on Pointe is a creative blend of gender-bending artistic expression, diversity, passion and purpose. A story which ultimately proves that a ballerina is not only a woman dancing—but an act of revolution in a tutu.

Winner: Audience Choice Award–2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Best Feature Documentary–2017 MiFo Miami, Best Feature Documentary–2017 San Luis Obispo Film Festival, Best Canadian Feature–2017 InsideOut LGBT Film Festival Toronto; Official Selection: 2017 Hot Docs; 2017 Frameline San Francisco; 2017 OutFest Los Angeles; 2017 DOC NYC


Damn These Heels Year-Round generously supported by

Dancing Llama Terence Kearns Stephens Charitable Fund

March 6, 2018

CHAVELA

Start: March 6, 2018 7:00 PM
End: March 6, 2018 8:30 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi
90 min | 2017 | USA/Mexico/Spain | Not Rated
Presented in English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Post-film discussion with Ma Black (local activist, radio personality for KRCL, and first-generation Mexican Immigrant) and Rocio Valle (Opera Singer), moderated by Nancy Rivera (Utah Film Center and Artes de México en Utah).

 
Through its lyrical structure, Chavela will take viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. (more…)

February 8, 2018

BLACK LGBTQ SHORTS PROGRAM

Start: February 8, 2018 7:00 PM
End: February 8, 2018 8:15 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Acclaimed short dramas that explore the black queer experience. Contemporary voices, powerful stories. (more…)

December 21, 2017

THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN

Start: December 21, 2017 7:00 PM
End: December 21, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot
90 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer Kroot’s documentary about the creator of Tales of the City moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny.  (more…)

November 16, 2017

RAISING ZOEY

Start: November 16, 2017 7:00 PM
End: November 16, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Dante Alencastre
54 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

Post film discussion with Mama Dragons member Lindsay Brunt and son Maxwell, additional panelists TBA.

 
Raising Zoey tells the moving story of 13-year-old trans activist Zoey Luna, who was born as a boy but began identifying as a girl before entering school. Zoey aspires to live a normal life as a teenage girl but often struggles as she faces bullying from classmates and discrimination from school officials. She finally decides to transfer to a different school to avoid further conflict.

Despite being mistreated, Zoey plunges onward to fight for her right to self-identify with the support of her mother, Ofelia, and her older sister, Leticia. We watch as her family navigates the unconventional challenges of raising a transgender child, but they always remain by Zoey’s side throughout her journey. With the support of her family and assistance from an ACLU lawyer, Zoey blossoms into a confident young woman publicly advocating for trans rights.

In a time when transgender young people continue to battle oppression, Raising Zoey provides a positive outlook and reveals how much easier and more smoothly a teenager’s gender transition becomes with the unconditional love of her family. As Ofelia so eloquently puts it, “Zoey is not special because she is trans. She is special because she is my child.”

Official Selection: 2017 Outfest LGBT Film Festival, 2017 OutfestPerú, 2016 New York LGBT FF 2016, 2017 Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival

Damn These Heels Year-Round generously supported by

Dancing Llama Terence Kearns Stephens Charitable Fund

October 19, 2017

4 DAYS IN FRANCE

Start: October 19, 2017 7:00 PM
End: October 19, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Jérôme Reybaud
137 min | 2017 | France | Not Rated
Presented in French with English subtitles.

Cast: Pascal Cervo, Arthur Igual, Fabienne Babe

Jérôme Reybaud’s remarkably accomplished feature debut is a sly and sophisticated take on gay romance in the 21st century. (more…)

September 21, 2017

DTH BEST OF FEST: POLITICAL ANIMALS

Start: September 21, 2017 7:15 PM
End: September 21, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The Leonardo
Address:
209 E 500 S, Salt Lake City, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Jonah Markowitz, Tracy Wares
87 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated

Please note: this screening will now be held on the third floor of The Leonardo at 7:15 pm.

 
Political Animals tells the story of the civil rights struggle of this century – the gay rights movement – through the eyes of four elected women – a group often left out of gay histories until now. (more…)

August 17, 2017

DTH BEST OF FEST: HANDSOME DEVIL

Start: August 17, 2017 7:00 PM
End: August 17, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by John Butler
95 min | 2016 | Ireland | Not Rated

Cast: Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Andrew Scott

Ned, the bullied outsider, and Conor, a new boy and star athlete, are forced to room together at their cloistered boarding school. Conor is drafted into the senior rugby team, whose actions dominate school life and whose privilege and entitlement have made Ned’s life to date at the school a misery. The boys take an instant and visceral dislike to each other, and Ned and Conor seem destined to remain enemies until an English teacher Mr. Sherry (Andrew Scott) begins to drill into them the value of finding one’s own voice. This lesson isn’t appreciated by everyone, though, not least the rugby coach, Pascal (Moe Dunford), who has his own agenda, and who harbours some deep suspicions about Sherry.

Winner: Audience Award–2017 Damn These Heels Film Festival, Best Irish Feature–2017 Dublin International Film Festival

Damn These Heels Year-Round generously supported by

Weinholtz Family FoundationDancing LlamaPrestman AutoTerence Kearns Stephens Charitable Fund

June 15, 2017

BEING 17 (Quand on a 17 ans)

Start: June 15, 2017 7:00 PM
End: June 15, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

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

June 4, 2017

THE OUT LIST

Start: June 4, 2017 2:00 PM
End: June 4, 2017 3:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

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

June 3, 2017

THE TRANS LIST

Start: June 3, 2017 4:00 PM
End: June 3, 2017 5:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
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

May 18, 2017

WOMEN WHO KILL

Start: May 18, 2017 7:00 PM
End: May 18, 2017 8:35 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Ingrid Jungermann
93 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

Cast: Ingrid Jungermann, Ann Carr, Sheila Vand, and Annette O’Toole

Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean are locally famous true crime podcasters obsessed with female serial killers. There’s a chance they may still have feelings for each other, but co-dependence takes a back seat when Morgan meets the mysterious Simone during her Food Coop shift. Blinded by infatuation, Morgan quickly signs up for the relationship, ignoring warnings from friends that her new love interest is practically a stranger.

When Jean shows Morgan proof that Simone may not be whom she says she is, Morgan accuses Jean of trying to ruin the best thing that’s ever happened to her. However, as she and Simone move into commitment territory, Morgan starts to notice red flags—maybe Jean was right, and Simone is not as perfect as Morgan’s made her out to be.

Morgan and Jean investigate Simone as if she were a subject of their podcast, they uncover disturbing clues— a death at the Food Coop, a missing friend, a murder weapon—leading them to suspect her not only of mystery but of murder. In the end, Morgan has to examine all the evidence in front of her: Is she just afraid of what it means to be in a relationship or is her life actually in danger?

Winner: Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film–2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Best Screenwriting in a U.S. Feature–2016 Outfest: Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival; Honorable Mention: Outstanding First Feature–Frameline40

Damn These Heels Year-Round generously supported by

Weinholtz Family FoundationDancing LlamaPrestman AutoTerence Kearns Stephens Charitable Fund

April 20, 2017

STRIKE A POSE

Start: April 20, 2017 7:00 PM
End: April 20, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
Address:
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

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

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