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May 21, 2019

Damn These Heels Year-Round:

Start: May 21, 2019 7:00 PM
End: May 21, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: Free

Directed by Wanuri Kahiu
83 min | 2018 | Kenya | Not Rated
Presented in English & Swahili with English subtitles.
Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, & Patricia Amira

Post-film discussion organized by Utah Pride Center, moderated by Paula Espinoza of the Utah Pride Center’s POC & Allies group.

Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, Rafiki is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” – but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.

Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, Rafiki won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, Rafiki is a hip tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety).

Winner: Audience Award–2018 NewFest; Official Selection: 2018 Cannes Film Festival, 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

Presented as part of our Damn These Heels Film Festival year-round free programming.

May 15, 2019


Start: May 15, 2019 7:00 PM
End: May 15, 2019 9:45 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: Free

Presented as part of the Spike 150, Utah’s 150th-anniversary celebration of one of the most iconic and life-altering events in America’s history – the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad – which happened in Utah on May 10, 1869.

Evening program hosted by Doug Fabrizio:

  • Spy Hop short film In Recognition, produced by Spy Hop Productions and the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association
  • Utah Film Commission short film about the making of Union Pacific
  • James D’Arc presentation about Union Pacific and its connection to Utah and the impact of filmmaking as a resource for telling the story of Utah.
  • Screening of Union Pacific


May 14, 2019

HEADING HOME: The Tale of Team Israel

Start: May 14, 2019 7:00 PM
End: May 14, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: Free

Directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, & Jeremy Newberger
93 min | 2018 | USA / Israel / Japan / South Korea | Not Rated
Presented in English & Hebrew with English subtitles.

A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world’s best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players―Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway―most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, let alone having ever set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.

Winner: Best Documentary–2018 Gold Coast International Film Festival

May 7, 2019


Start: May 7, 2019 7:00 PM
End: May 7, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Libray
210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: Free

Directed by Glenn Silber & Barry Alexander Brown
100 min | 1979 | USA | Not Rated

Pre-film reception on Chicago: 1968 Show starting at 5 PM in the Gallery at Library Square

Post-film discussion on The City Library’s CHICAGO 1968: The Whole World is Watching photo exhibition with special guests Nile Southern & Adam Cooper.

Widely considered one of the most important political films, The War at Home examines the anatomy of a resistance movement, vividly chronicling the protest movement of the 1960’s and 70’s. Using the experiences of one American town, Madison, Wisconsin, as a microcosm of the national Antiwar Movement, the film provides a ground-level view of the home front during the Vietnam War and the war that students and other anti-war dissidents waged on America’s political system, military, and notions of patriotism. Through a powerful combination of rare archival footage and interviews with students, police, community leaders, Vietnam veterans, and participants from all points of view, The War at Home shows how the Antiwar Movement grew into a genuine people’s revolt.

Nominated: Best Documentary Feature–1979 Academy Awards

April 30, 2019


Start: April 30, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 30, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: Free

Directed by Ben Masters
97 min | 2019 | USA | Not Rated
From the director & subject of Unbranded, screened in 2015 & 2016.

Post-film Skype Q&A with director.

The River and The Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes.

April 23, 2019


Start: April 23, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 23, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: Free

Directed by Hassan Fazili
87 min | 2019 | Afghanistan | Not Rated
Presented in Dari, Arabic, English, Turkish, & Bulgarian with English subtitles.

In 2015, after Hassan Fazili’s documentary Peace aired on Afghan national television, the Taliban assassinated the film’s main subject and put a price on Hassan’s head. Hassan looked at his wife and his daughters, and he knew they had to flee their home. Over the course of their multi-year saga in search of safety, the family grasped onto the only means they had to assert control over their situation: their camera phones.

April 17, 2019


Start: April 17, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 17, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: Free

Directed by Alex Rivera & Cristina Ibarra
95 min | 2019 | USA | Not Rated
Presented Spanish & English with English subtitles.
Cast: Mohammad Abdollahi, Maynor Alvarado, Roman Arabia

Post-film Q&A with director Alex Rivera (Sleep Dealer, screened in 2010 & 2015) moderated by KUER’s RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.

Without warning, Claudio Rojas is detained by ICE officials outside his Florida home. He is transferred to the Broward Transitional Center, a detention facility used as a holding space for imminent deportations. Terrified of never seeing him again, Claudio’s family contacts the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), a group of activist Dreamers known for stopping deportations. Believing that no one is free as long as one is in detention, NIYA enlists Marco Saavedra to self-deport with the hopes of gaining access to the detention center and impeding Claudio’s expulsion. Once inside, Marco discovers a complex for-profit institution housing hundreds of multinational immigrants, all imprisoned without trial.

April 16, 2019


Start: April 16, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 16, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: Free

Directed by Gates Bradley & Jonny Robson
70 min | 2017 | Argentina | Not Rated
Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Post film panel organized by Utah Center for Architecture with Sarah Hobin (Salt Lake Arts Council), Tyler Bloomquist (The Blocks), Chuck Landvatter (Artist). Moderated by Renya Nelson (Brand Aid).

Buenos Aires is a complex, chaotic city. It has European style and a Latin American heart. It has oscillated between dictatorship and democracy for over a century, and its citizens have faced brutal oppression and economic disaster.

April 9, 2019

Audience Award Winner:

Start: April 9, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 9, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: Free

Directed by Jonas Elmer
2017 | Denmark | 86 min | Not Rated
Screens in Danish with English subtitles
Recommended for ages 8+

Join us for a special screening of the Audience Award winner at the 2019 Tumbleweeds Film Festival.

William’s life is anything but easy. His mother is a patient in a sanitarium, so he lives with his uncle Nils, who lives on his wits and has racked up a sizeable gambling debt with some local gangsters. William has to muster all of his courage and imagination to save both his uncle and himself, while also juggling three class bullies and his crush on his neighbor Viola.

Winner: Audience Award-2019 Tumbleweeds Film Festival, Best Kids Feature Film–2018 Filem’on International Children’s Film Festival Brussels

 How We Handle Subtitles for Tumbleweeds
For this screening, the English subtitles will be read over listening devices by a “subtitle reader” for audience members who prefer an English dialogue track.

April 2, 2019


Start: April 2, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 2, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: Free

Directed by Sam Peckinpah
144 min | 1969 | USA | Rated R
Cast: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

Pre-film discussion starting at 6:30pm with W.K. Stratton, author of the new book “The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film”.

The Western, a genre steeped in legend and the concept of loyalty, was a dying breed when Sam Peckinpah unleashed this amoral and violent opus. Along with Bonnie and Clyde, it ushered in a new breed of Hollywood film, depicting a harsh reality where lines between right and wrong became blurred. Peckinpah brilliantly used aging Western stars such as Ryan and Holden to convey this passing of the cinematic torch. The film brought issues of violence and morality in movies to the forefront of American film criticism. Instead of appreciating the film as a critique of brutal violence, many critics responded by rejecting what they saw as a superfluous spectacle of dead bodies.

April 1, 2019


Start: April 1, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 1, 2019 10:00 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, 84101
Cost: Free
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


March 26, 2019

Science on Screen® – THE MARTIAN

Start: March 26, 2019 7:00 PM
End: March 26, 2019 10:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: Free

Directed by Ridley Scott
144 min | 2015 | USA | PG-13
Cast: Matt Damon, Aksel Hennie, & Chiwetel Ejiofor
Open Captions Presented with Open Captions.

Pre-film discussion with Professor Sylvia Torti, Associate Professor, Honors College, University of Utah, will speak on plant biology, botany, and soil biology. Her discussion will address whether Mark’s solution is realistic, if it’s possible to grow food in an environment with limited resources essential to farming, and how Earth’s changing climate might necessitate innovation in food cultivation.

From legendary director Ridley Scott (Alien, Prometheus) comes a gripping tale of human strength and the will to survive. During a mission to Mars, American astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead and left behind. But Watney is still alive. Against all odds, he must find a way to contact Earth in the hope that scientists can devise a rescue plan to bring him home.

Winner: Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)–2016 Golden Globes; Nominated: Best Motion Picture of the Year–2016 Academy Awards

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre. With major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

March 19, 2019


Start: March 19, 2019 7:00 PM
End: March 19, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City
Cost: Free

Directed by Laura Bari
95 min | 2018 | Canada/Argentina | Not Rated

Post-film discussion with representatives from the Rape Recovery Center on the role of creativity and friendship in overcoming sexual trauma.


Primas is an evocative and poetic portrait of two Argentine teenage cousins who come of age together as they overcome the heinous acts of violence that interrupted their childhoods.


March 13, 2019

BE NATURAL: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Start: March 13, 2019 7:00 PM
End: March 13, 2019 9:30 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W Broadway, Salt Lake City
Cost: Free

Directed by Pamela B. Green
103 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated

Be Natural was supported through our Fiscal Sponsorship program.

Post-film Q&A with director moderated by KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.


This historical film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and blazing the path toward her reclamation.

Nominated: 2018 Cannes Film Festival Golden Camera and Golden Eye Awards.

Through The Lens screenings are presented in partnership with:

KUER 90.1 RadioWest


March 12, 2019


Start: March 12, 2019 7:00 PM
End: March 12, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
209 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

Directed by Rungano Nyoni
93 min | 2017 | Zambia | Not Rated
presented in English and Nyanja with English subtitles.
Cast: Maggie Mulubwa, Mrs. Chishimba, & Henry B.J. Phiri

Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni is set to make her mark on British cinema with her groundbreaking first feature I Am Not a Witch. Sharply satirical and boldly provocative, the film garnered incredible praise from audiences and critics alike at the Cannes 2017 Directors’ Fortnight.


March 5, 2019

EXIT: Leaving Extremism Behind

Start: March 5, 2019 7:00 PM
End: March 5, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
209 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

Directed by Karen Winther
85 min | 2018 | Norway/Germany/Sweden | Not Rated

Post-film discussion TBA.


When she was a teenager, filmmaker Karen Winther was a member of an extreme far-right movement in Norway. In 1996, when she was 17, she finally managed to leave and start a new life. In Exit, she now parallels her own past with the experiences of other former extremists, in an effort to learn what makes someone join neo-Nazis, Jihadists or other hate groups, and what makes them decide to leave.


February 26, 2019

MEOW WOLF: Origin Story

Start: February 26, 2019 7:00 PM
End: February 26, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City
Cost: Free

Directed by Morgan Capps & Jilann Spitzmiller
88 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated

Post film discussion organized by Utah Arts Alliance on developing immersive art installations in Salt Lake.


When a group of young DIY artists in Santa Fe can’t find a door into the art world, they blow open an entirely new portal with their grit, passion, and tenacity. Within just a few short years – and with a little help from George R.R. Martin – this group called Meow Wolf ultimately hits a cultural nerve and garners massive, unexpected success with their exhibit, House of Eternal Return.

Official Selection: 2018 SXSW Film Festival, 2018 Bend Film Festival

February 19, 2019


Start: February 19, 2019 7:00 PM
End: February 19, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City
Cost: Free

Directed by Dusty Hulet
59 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated

Preceded at 6:30 by a string ensemble, comprised of local musicians from the Wasatch Front, led by Micah Dahl Anderson performing selections of the film’s score.

Post film Q&A with the film’s director.


Dive headfirst into bear dens with the biologists studying how human development affects bear behavior.


February 12, 2019


Start: February 12, 2019 7:00 PM
End: February 12, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City

Directed by Zeek Earl & Christopher Caldwell
97 min | 2018 | USA | R
Cast: Sophie Thatcher, Pedro Pascal, & Jay Duplass

In this indie space western, a teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They’ve secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon’s toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest’s other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father’s greed-addled judgment, the girl finds she must carve her own path to escape.


February 5, 2019


Start: February 5, 2019 7:00 PM
End: February 5, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City
Cost: Free

Directed by Gabe Polsky
77 min | 2018 | USA | PG-13

Through the eyes of the greatest athletes of all time, In Search of Greatness is a cinematic journey into the secrets of genius. From award-winning filmmaker Gabe Polsky (Red Army, Genius) this groundbreaking feature documentary includes original interviews with Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice & Pelé, & and features Muhammad Ali, Einstein, David Bowie, Serena Williams, Michael Jordan among others.