September 25, 2018
Directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn
95 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated
How much do you know about the food that’s on your plate? Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, Eating Animals is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the United States, the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate Frankenstein monster that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of our air, soil, and water. Spotlighting farmers who have pushed back against industrial agriculture with more humane practices, Eating Animals offers attainable, commonsense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives.
Official Selection: 2018 CPH:DOX, 2017 Telluride Film Festival
Presented with community support by Factory Farming Awareness Coalition – Salt Lake City chapter.
October 9, 2018
Directed by Steve Mims
59 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
Run Like the Devil documents the 2018 senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke. A non-partisan deep dive that goes beyond the political campaign, the film threads the stories of the candidates with those of their respective political parties during a historic period of national political tumult. Participants include O’Rourke, Cruz, Evan Smith (CEO, Texas Tribune), Mark McKinnon (political consultant), David Richards (Ann Richard’s ex-husband and redistricting litigator), Bob Moore (former editor, El Paso Times), Joshua Houston (Texas Impact Attorney), and others.
Official Selection: 2018 El Paso Film Festival, Dallas VideoFest 31
October 11, 2018
Directed by Thomas A. Morgan
73 min | 2017 | USA/Lebanon | Not Rated
Presented in Arabic with English subtitles
Presented in celebration of International Day of the Girl
Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food while taking their future into their own hands through an unrelenting belief in Mariam, and in each other. In the process, Mariam is breaking barriers, pulling together Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese women to work side by side and form beautiful friendships while running this thriving business.
Soufra will shine a new and revealing light on people inside of the largest refugee crisis in human history, but ultimately this film is about hope, grit, passion and the common bonds created by bringing people together around food as a bridge to overcome all barriers. Though Mariam is officially considered “stateless” she is a beacon of hope and home for thousands upon thousands of women in the most unlikely of places. Mariam and her team will be just that for thousands more once her story is told through Soufra.
Winner: Best Foreign Documentary–2018 Cinetopia Film Festival, Audience Award Winner–2018 Florida Film Festival
October 15, 2018
Directed by Madeleine Olnek
84 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
Cast: Molly Shannon, Susan Ziegler, and Brett Gelman
In this laugh-out-loud period dramatic comedy, Molly Shannon transforms 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson from tragic spinster to irreverent lesbian heartthrob. Outfest alum Madeleine Olnek (The Foxy Merkins) reclaims Dickinson’s identity from the throes of patriarchy, exploring her vivacious side and her lifelong romantic relationship with her best friend and brother’s wife Susan (Susan Ziegler). In a film that’s part sketch comedy, part historical burlesque, Molly Shannon’s performance is alive as she kicks up the pieces of this famous legacy. –Courtesy of Outfest Film Festival
Official Selection: 2018 SXSW Film Festival, Frameline 42 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival
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October 16, 2018
Directed by Ondi Timoner
102 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
Cast: Matt Smith, Hari Nef, John Benjamin Hickey, Mark Moses, McKinley Belcher III
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.
Official Selection: 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, 2018 Outfest
October 23, 2018
Directed by Daniel J. Clark
96 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
Flat Earthers. The term is synonymous with conspiracy theorists who sit alone in dark rooms or who wear tin foil hats. Meet real Flat Earthers, a small but growing (and very vocal) contingent of people who firmly believe that there is a centuries’ long conspiracy to suppress the truth that the Earth is flat. One of the most prominent Flat Earthers is Mark Seargent, who in the midst of the upcoming Solar Eclipse decides to host the first major Flat Earthers conference. With astounding access (as well as input from the scientific community), director Daniel J. Clark creates a “well-rounded” look at this fervently passionate bunch, that will surprise and delight.
Official Selection: 2018 Hot Docs, 2018 Calgary International Film Festival, 2018 LA Film Festival
October 30, 2018
Directed by Lorna Tucker
83 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
With exclusive, unprecedented access, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is the first film to encompass the remarkable story of Vivienne’s life, her fashion, her personality, her activism, and her cultural importance.
Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. The film blends archive, beautifully crafted reconstruction, and insightful interviews with Vivienne’s fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan. This is an intimate and poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles and her legacy in a business driven by consumerism, profit, and global expansion.
Official Selection: 2018 Sundance Film Festival