November 16, 2016
Directed by Matt Fuller
75 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
Autism in Love is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of four adults with an autism spectrum disorder as they pursue and manage romantic relationships.
Lenny is young man living in Los Angeles who has been struggling to accept autism and himself. This label has been the biggest hurdle in his life and has made meeting and dating girls seemingly impossible. The expression of his sexuality and longing for intimacy continue to consume him as he searches for himself.
Dave and Lindsey have been together for eight years. Like most committed couples, they’ve been in different places at different times during the course of their relationship. Now, they have finally reached the point where they need to align themselves as individuals so they can unite as a strong couple ready to enter marriage successfully.
In the twilight of their 20-year marriage, Stephen and Gita are faced with the ultimate test of terminal illness. Despite his limited speech and her physical deterioration, their intimacy thrives as Stephen supports Gita and her battle with ovarian cancer.
Autism in Love insists that audiences question and reevaluate their own ideas of what it means to love and be loved.
Official Selection: 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, 2015 Warsaw International Film Festival
October 19, 2016
Directed by Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler
88 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
*Due to illness the post-film Q&A with directors of the film and Utahns, Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler has been cancelled.
The film is a profoundly moving portrait of a man who enjoyed a satisfying public career, but lived a private life in turmoil. The rumpled and overweight young man, whose campaign slogan was “Neatness Isn’t Everything,” became one of America’s greatest legislators, wielding his acerbic wit like a wrecking ball.
The film follows Frank as he arrives in Washington with a passion to serve the needs of the working class and the elderly, but facing a changing Congress, where some of its own members begin a decades-long campaign to denigrate the government they served and to destroy our faith in it. Yet Frank surprises us with his optimism, promising to continue to serve and improve our democracy, which he sees as a moral cause.
Through candid interviews, the film allows a shy and lonely man to painfully emerge from behind the very public figure. Frank explains why he felt he could not reveal his sexuality to anyone—even his family—in a world where he felt love songs did not apply to him.
Utilizing a trove of archival footage, the film chronicles Frank’s early career, including his 1987 coming-out and a scandal that nearly destroyed his political career. Absolved of any serious ethics charges and freed from the constraints of a closeted life, Frank is given the job of defending President Clinton against impeachment as a result of his own sexual scandal.
As did Frank, the film reaches across the aisle through interviews with Republican colleagues. It describes Frank’s significant role in the financial crisis of 2008 and the passage of Dodd/Frank, noting the role of both parties in deregulating the financial industry, but dispelling the myth that the government, and Frank specifically, caused the crash.
Though the use of intimate verité footage of Frank and partner Jim Ready, the film alternates between an often-crotchety public Frank and a softer man, much in love and preparing to marry. The story culminates with the integration of Frank’s private and public lives in exclusive footage of the wedding and of his packing up to leave Congress.
Directed by Sheila Canavan in her directorial debut and Oscar-nominated Michael Chandler.
September 21, 2016
Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush
84 min | 2012 | USA | PG
Fifty million Americans—1 in 4 children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single mother from Philadelphia who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a fifth-grader from Colorado who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a second-grader from Mississippi whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel, and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.
Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social, and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.
Official Selection: 2011 Sundance Film Festival, 2012 HotDocs Canadian Documentary Festival, 2012 Seattle International Film Festival
August 17, 2016
Directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
87 min | 2015 | USA | Rated R
In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insults—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed, and a new era in public discourse was born.
Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival, 2015 SXSW Film Festival
July 20, 2016
Directed by Davis Guggenheim
87 mn | 2015 | United Arab Emirates/USA | PG-13
He Named Me Malala is a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (she turned 18 this past July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. Documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us a glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life–from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.
May 18, 2016
Directed by Jennifer Peedom
96 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 21,000 ft as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas.
In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults–even blows. What had happened to the happy, smiling Sherpas and their dedication in getting foreigners to the top of the mountain they hold so sacred?
Determined to explore what was going on, the filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season, from the Sherpas’ point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever.
At 6.45 am on April 18, 2014, a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest.
The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas in the Everest industry. Sherpa tells the story of how, in the face of fierce opposition, the Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.
Winner: Best Documentary—2015 BFI London Film Festival; Official Selection: 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival
“Rarely are documentaries as powerfully polemic and jaw-gapingly spectacular as Sherpa.”
-Harry Windsor, The Hollywood Reporter
★★★★★ One of the best documentaries I have ever seen.
-Alex Billington, Firstshowing.net
April 20, 2016
Directed by Jerry Rothwell
109 min | 2015 | Canada/UK | Not Rated
In celebration of National Poetry Month, this film will be preceded by a Bite-Size Poetry short video that features a notable Utah poet reciting an original poem. Each short is brought to you in collaboration with
How to Change the World chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers—Canadian hippie journalists, photographers, musicians, scientists, and American draft dodgers—who set out to stop Richard Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and end up creating the worldwide green movement.
Greenpeace was founded on tight knit, passionate friendships forged in Vancouver in the early 1970s. Together they pioneered a template for environmental activism which mixed daring iconic feats and worldwide media: placing small rubber inflatables between harpooners and whales, blocking ice-breaking sealing ships with their bodies, spraying the pelts of baby seals with dye to make them valueless in the fur market. The group had a prescient understanding of the power of media, knowing that the advent of global mass communications meant that the image had become a more effective tool for change than the strike or the demonstration. But by the summer of 1977, Greenpeace Vancouver was suing Greenpeace San Francisco and the organization had become a victim of its own anarchic roots—saddled with large debts and frequent in-fighting.
How To Change The World draws on interviews with the key players and hitherto unseen archive footage, which brings these extraordinary characters and their intense, sometimes eccentric and often dangerous world alive. Somehow the group transcended the contradictions of its members to undertake some of the most courageous and significant environmental protests in history.
The film spans the period from the first expedition to enter the nuclear test zone in 1971 through the first whale and seal campaigns, and ends in 1979, when, victims of their own success, the founders gave away their central role to create Greenpeace International. At its heart is Bob Hunter, a charismatic journalist who somehow managed to bind together the “mystics and the mechanics” into a group with a single purpose, often at huge cost to himself. The story is framed by his first person narrative, drawn from his writings and journals about the group, voiced alongside animations based on his early comics.
How To Change The World is an intimate portrait of the group’s original members and of activism itself—idealism vs. pragmatism, principle vs. compromise. They agreed that a handful of people could change the world; they just couldn’t always agree on how to do it.
Winner: World Doc Jury Award for Editing—2016 Sundance Film Festival, Best Environmental Documentary—2016 Sheffield Doc Festival, Top Ten Audience Favorite—2015 Hot Docs
March 16, 2016
Directed by Andrew Rossi
90 min | 2014 | USA | PG-13
As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.
Through profiles at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and San Jose State—among several others—Ivory Tower reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. But along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school, Deep Springs, to the historically black all women’s college, Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure. Ultimately, Ivory Tower asks, What price will society pay if higher education cannot revolutionize college as we know it and evolve in to a sustainable economic model?
February 17, 2016
Directed by Phillip Baribeau
105 min | 2015 | Canada | Not Rated
Unbranded follows four men and sixteen mustangs on an epic 3,000-mile journey from Mexico to Canada through the American West to inspire adoptions for the 50,000 wild horses and burros in government captivity.
Winner: Audience Award—2015 Hot Docs Film Festival, 2015 Telluride Mountain Film, 2015 Tallgrass Film Festival, 2015 Crested Butte Film Festival
January 13, 2016
Directed by James Crump
72 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms. The film casts these artists in a heroic light, which is exactly how they saw themselves. Iconoclasts who changed the landscape of art forever, these revolutionary, antagonistic creatives risked their careers on radical artistic change and experimentation, and took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that established the genre. As the film makes clear, in making works that can never be possessed as an object in a gallery, these troublemakers stand in marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today.
Troublemakers points out that land art was rife with contradiction and conflict, a site where architecture, landscape, sculpture, technology, archaeology and photography would all converge. Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Cold War anxieties and other political uncertainties of the nuclear age, land artists often subscribed to a dystopian view of the future that questioned the military-industrial complex, consumerism and the banalities of modern life and culture.
The period was also marked by the release of the first image of the entire earth. Produced by NASA, such images turned the conceptual space of earth into a two-dimensional sphere; an object on which to conceivably draw, design and create. The most compelling land art sites offered viewers a means to imagine and negotiate the scale of the human body with the enormity of our planet. Land artists were exploring a larger canvas to work on while simultaneously seeking to create works that induced awe in the viewer, thus producing a new kind of pilgrimage and a new kind of visceral viewing experience. The film shows how nature performs in these works and alters them over time, sometimes radically reclaiming them, creating an ongoing competitive dialogue between artist and the natural world.
Using original footage produced with helicopters and rare re-mastered vintage footage from the period, Crump’s cinematic journey takes viewers on a thrill ride through the most significant land art sites in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, an immersive and physically transportive experience that movie goers will not forget.
December 16, 2015
Directed by Mike Leigh
144 min | 2014 | UK | Rated R
Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the life of J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), the great, yet eccentric British painter. Featuring a wonderful performance by award-winning actor Timothy Spall as Mr. Turner, this illuminating biopic is a beautiful portrait of the artist in middle age.
November 18, 2015
The previous announced screening of In Football We Trust has been cancelled and James Redford’s new film Paper Tigers will now be playing in this time slot. Click here for details.
Directed by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn
87 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
Despite a small population with a brief history in the United States, Samoans and Tongans are 28 times more likely than any other minority group to play football for the NFL. Filmed over four years, filmmakers Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn track the journeys of four talented Polynesian high school football players as they strive toward their lifelong, and potentially life-changing, goal of professional recruitment.
Charismatic, passionate, and determined, the players’ love of family is matched only by their love of American football. Their speedy transformation from adolescence to adulthood in the high-stakes world of collegiate football is filmed with incredible access, shining a light on the extreme pressures to succeed that emanate from within the tightly knit Polynesian community, as well as from the outside.
Yet, gang violence, addiction, and poverty are a constant danger that can easily bring down a dream. Even with the best moms, siblings, and friends cheering from the grandstands, not everyone makes it to the big time.
– Description courtesy of Sundance Institute
Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival
The previous announced screening of In Football We Trust has been cancelled and James Redford’s new film Paper Tigers will now be played.
Directed by James Redford
102 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and disease that affects families.
Official Selection: 2015 Seattle International Film Festival, 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival
October 21, 2015
Directed by Amy Berg
90 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
**Post-film Q&A with producer/Private Investigator Sam Brower.
When noted author Jon Krakauer stumbled upon a closed polygamist community in southern Utah in 1999, it caught him by surprise. Private investigator Sam Brower (whose 2011 book shares the film’s name) was already investigating the rogue sect, known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Here the two men share their alarming allegations of sexual abuse, underage marriages, and pregnancies. Collaborating with a local Texas journalist who first reported the story, they retrace their involvement that led to the capture and conviction of the group’s maniacal leader, Warren Jeffs.
September 16, 2015
Directed by Lucy Walker
90 min | 2010 | Brazil/UK | Not Rated
Filmed over nearly three years, the film follows renowned artist Vik Muniz to the world’s largest garbage dump in Brazil. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials – who embody the transformative power of art.
Winner: Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary – 2010 Sundance Film Festival; Winner: Audience Award – 2010 Berlin International Film Festival
August 19, 2015
Directed by Daniel Dencik
90 min | 2013 | Denmark/Sweden/Greenland | Not Rated
In this 21st century adventure film, brave sailors take to the sea on a three-mast schooner and set sail for northeast Greenland to find rapidly melting massifs. The sailors encounter new, unknown parts of the world, and the crew of scientists and artists are confronted with the existential questions of life on their epic journey.
Official selection: 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival, 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, 2013 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2013 UK Green Film Festival
July 15, 2015
Director by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
83 min | 2014 | USA| Not Rated
(T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Taut, stark, and controversial, (T)ERROR illuminates the fragile relationships between individual and surveillance state in modern America, and asks who is watching the watchers?
Winner: Special Jury Award for Breakout First Feature – 2015 Sundance Film Festival; Official Selection – 2015 Tribeca Film Festival
June 17, 2015
Directed by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling
92 min | 2013 | USA | Not Rated
Screens in English, French, and Spanish with English subtitles.
This wonderfully crafted film tells the story of Chris Strachwitz, an American music detective and force behind legendary Arhoolie Records. Strachwitz takes us on a hip-shaking stomp from Texas to New Orleans and Cajun country to Appalachia, as he continues his passionate quest for the musical soul of America.
Official Selection: 2013 SXSW Film Festival, 2013 Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Festival
May 21, 2015
Directed by Mark Titus
82 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
When fishing guide/filmmaker Mark Titus learns why wild salmon populations plummeted in his native Pacific Northwest, he embarks on a journey to discover where the fish have gone and what might bring them back. Along the way, Titus unravels a trail of human hubris, historical amnesia and potential tragedy looming in Alaska – all conspiring to end the most sustainable wild food left on the planet.
Battle lines are drawn and the fight for resource control begins as the story unfolds through the voices of the people who know the salmon best. Fishermen, tribal leaders, scientists, artists, authors and chefs – all with a shared knowledge and passion for wild salmon as cultural treasure, mystery from the sea and vital food source. Featuring artist Ray Troll, authors David James Duncan (The River Why), David R. Montgomery (King of Fish), Canadian activist Alexandra Morton, and Inaugural Head of the United States Environment Protection Agency, Bill Ruckelshaus.
April 9, 2015
Directed by Sanjay Rawal
83 min | 2014 |USA | Not Rated
*Director Sanjay Rawal will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.
In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farmworkers in the United States.
There is more interest in food these days than ever before, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they are beaten, sexually harassed, or even enslaved—all within the borders of the United States. (more…)