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July 12, 2019

2019 Damn These Heels

Start: July 12, 2019 7:00 PM
End: July 12, 2019 7:00 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT

Damn These Heels is a Festival for all that want to celebrate our community’s diversity by sharing LGBTQ history, culture, ideas, struggles, and triumphs through film.

Damn These Heels, the longest-running LGBTQ Film Festival in the Mountain West, has presented more than 220 thought-provoking and entertaining films over the years including Quiet Heroes, Southwest of Salem, Todrick Hall: Behind the Curtain, The Pearl, Strike a Pose, Kiki, Out Run, The Slippers, Boulevard, Beginners, Summer of Sangaile, and Tangerine.

Opening Night: CHANGING THE GAME

Start: July 12, 2019 7:00 PM
End: July 12, 2019 7:00 PM
Venue: Jeanné Wagner Theatre – Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, 84101

Festival pass includes 11 film tickets + more!

-OPENING NIGHT FILM-
Directed by Michael Barnett
88 min | 2019 | USA

-Tickets to the Opening Night Film are $25 and include entrance into the Opening Night Party–

Changing the Game was supported through our Fiscal Sponsorship program.

Director Michael Barnett, Executive Producer and GLAAD Associate Director of Transgender Representation Alex Schmider, and film subject Mack Beggs scheduled to attend and participate in a post-film Q&A.

This intimate story takes us into the lives of three high school athletes from across the US – all at different stages of their athletic seasons, each sharing their lives as transgender teens.

Mack Beggs made headlines last year when he became the Texas State Champion in girls wrestling – as a boy. Drawing international media coverage, he was heralded as a hero by some while receiving hate and threats from others. He plays by the rules outlined by the state of Texas, competing as the gender assigned on his birth certificate, but openly confesses he only wants to wrestle boys. The tumultuous press surrounding his success, it continues to pull Mack in multiple directions as he and his family navigate the media and this year’s State wrestling tournament, all while trying to prepare for college.

Andraya Yearwood began competing on her high school girls track team in April 2017 as a transgender female. According to Connecticut’s state policy Andraya is allowed to compete how she identifies. However, after winning two state titles for the 100 and 200 meter dash, she gained international media coverage igniting debate about fairness. Amidst growing controversy, her bravery and openness has inspired another transgender student athlete to come out and openly compete on her school’s girls track team.

Sarah Rose Huckman lives in New Hampshire where she openly competes on the girls cross country ski team – but her eligibility could be challenged at anytime. Her home state requires transgender students to have gender confirmation surgery to officially compete on the team which they identify. But Sarah saw this policy as far too harsh for 15 and 16 year olds, and it launched her into campaigning for policy change. Achieving success with the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association to bring the issue to a local school-by-school decision level, Sarah continues to work with her family to advocate for policy change and transgender rights alongside GLAD and lawmakers. Beyond her heart for policy change, Sarah is active in her student government and hosts her own YouTube channel.

Each story is led by the brave and individual voices of these students, allowing extremely personal and vulnerable access into their journeys. These courageous kids offer us the opportunity to see the world through their eyes – and share their struggles and successes along the way.

Winner: Audience Award–2019 Frameline Film Festival; Official Selection: 2019 Tribeca Film Festival


Following the film, join us for the Opening Night Party, included with your ticket to Changing the Game!
Friday, July 12 | 8:30pm–11:30pm
Rose Wagner – Black Box

Join us at the to celebrate the opening of the 2019 Damn These Heels Film Festival after the Opening Night film! Refreshments and light food will be served.


June 2, 2019

BEER X LAUNCH & PRIDE PARADE WATCH PARTY

Start: June 2, 2019 10:00 AM
End: June 2, 2019 10:00 AM
Venue: Beer Bar
Address:
161 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, 84111
Cost: Free

Join Utah Film Center, Bohemian Brewery, and Beer Bar for the official launch of Beer X in cans and to watch the Utah Pride Center’s Pride Parade!

BEER X, which has been a special collaboration between Bohemian Brewery & Beer Bar for the past five years, is for the first time being offered in cans and has now found a new purpose, to benefit Utah Film Center’s Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival.

We will be on hand giving away Damn These Heels swag and selling Festival passes!

*Please note that this venue is for patrons must be 21 years old or older.

May 3, 2019

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE 15th Anniversary w/Cast & Crew to benefit Utah Film Center

Start: May 3, 2019 7:30 PM
End: May 3, 2019 7:30 PM
Venue: East High School
Address:
840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, 84102
Cost: $50-150

This is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Utah Film Center and your purchase is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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Utah Film Center is excited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Napoleon Dynamite with a special screening! As part of the celebration, fan-favorite members of the cast and crew* are reuniting for a lively moderated conversation following the film: Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro), Emily Dunn (Trisha), Shondrella Avery (Lafawnduh), and Aaron Ruell (Kip) with Jared Hess (Director/Writer), Jerusha Hess (Writer), and Jeremy Coon (Producer/Editor).

We’ll have 2 vendors onsite:

Curt R. Jensen, Art Director for Napoleon Dynamite, will be selling his homewoven handicrafts (a must-have for this season’s fashion). In addition, he’ll be bringing Deb’s original boondoggle case from the film!
San Diablo Churros will be selling churros, including special Napoleon-inspired churro tots drizzled in dulce de leche, Nutella or sweet cream!

We will also be selling autographed posters, and Utah Film Center merchandise.

This unique evening offers the opportunity for a VIP photo op with the cast prior to the film screening.

  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM – VIP photo op – SOLD OUT!
  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM – Film screening
  • 9:00 – 9:45 PM – Q&A

Memorabilia from the classic film will be exhibited on site.

Proceeds from this event support the nonprofit Utah Film Center.

General Admission Seating:
Line for general admission seating starts at 5 PM.
Pre-seating for Utah Film Center members begins at 6:45 PM.
General admission seating at 7:00 PM.
Interested in becoming a member? Click Here. No babes in arms.*Guests are subject to change.

 

April 6, 2019

Producing Workshop – The Business of Filmmaking – Part 1

Start: April 6, 2019 10:30 AM
End: April 6, 2019 10:30 AM
Venue: Utah Film Center Artist Foundry
Address:
320 S 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Cost: 100/75

Development and building a business plan is the first step toward making a film idea a reality. Being a filmmaker in today’s world – whether documentary or narrative – means knowing how to run a film project like running a business. Today’s producers need to know how to develop quality content, research the market, build a team, and construct a business plan that is both realistic and aimed at success.

During this immersive workshop, you will learn how to prepare your projects for the best chance of success so that you can not only get your film made, but know what to do with it when it’s done.

One day workshop, 4 hours. Limited to 12 filmmakers. Ages 18+.  $25 discount for Artist Foundry members.  (Membership is only $100 / year, visit our membership page for more information.)

$100 // $75 for Artist Foundry Members

 

April 3, 2019

Masterclass with Oscar Winner Barry Morrow

Start: April 3, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 3, 2019 7:00 PM
Venue: Utah Film Center Artist Foundry
Address:
320 S 300 E, Salt Lake City, 84101

Join us for a one-night-only Masterclass with Barry Morrow, winner of the 1989 Academy Award for Best Screenplay for Rain Man. Morrow will discuss his writing process with a focus on finding the “gold” inside of a story, and the work it takes to really get a script to that point.

There will be time at the end of the evening for a Q&A.

$75 – General Public
$50* – Utah Film Center Members
FREE* – Artist Foundry Members & Residents
*code required

 

THE WILD BUNCH

Start: April 3, 2019 6:00 PM
End: April 3, 2019 6:00 PM
Venue: Star Hall
Address:
159 E Center St, Moab, 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 6:00pm 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”. Film starts at 6:30pm.

 
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Sam Peckinpah’s film The Wild Bunch, named one of the greatest films of all time by the American Film Institute, is the story of a gang of outlaws that is one big steal from retirement. When their attempted train robbery goes awry, the gang flees to Mexico and falls in with a brutal general of the Mexican Revolution, who offers them the job of a lifetime. Conceived by a stuntman, directed by a blacklisted director, and shot in the sand and heat of the Mexican desert, the movie seemed doomed. Instead, it became an instant classic with a dark, violent take on the Western movie tradition.
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April 1, 2019

Peek Award: INTELLIGENT LIVES

Start: April 1, 2019 7:00 PM
End: April 1, 2019 7:00 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
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.

ABOUT THE FILM

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

PEEK AWARD HISTORY

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 1, 2019

2019 Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children & Youth

Start: March 1, 2019 7:00 PM
End: March 3, 2019 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library & The Leonardo
Address:
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Film Center’s 8th annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth takes place March 1–3, 2019 at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Tumbleweeds features films from around the world and provides culturally-enriching, curated film, and media arts workshops for younger audiences. Founded in 2011, Tumbleweeds is the only film festival for children in the Intermountain West and has quickly become one of Utah’s premiere events.

November 27, 2018

#GivingTuesday

Date: November 27, 2018

A reaction to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday #GivingTuesday is a day focused on giving back to organizations that you value in your life. Mark your calendar for November 27th or click below to make gift today.

https://www.utahfilmcenter.org/donate/giving-tuesday/

Your support is appreciated!

September 21, 2018

Artist Foundry Open House

Start: September 21, 2018 6:00 PM
End: September 21, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Artist Foundry
Phone: 801.509.9747
Address:
320 S 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Utah Film Center is excited to be introducing a new initiative, the Artist Foundry! Join us on the evening of Friday, September 21st as we open our doors to the public for an Open House to view the space during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. All are welcome. No ticket or RSVP is required.

Formerly known as Avrec Art House, this creative venue for local filmmakers furthers our mission by expanding resources for artists and providing a space for community and creativity. The space offers editing bays, workshops, meeting rooms, and most importantly, a collaborative work environment with other passionate artists.

September 13, 2018

Utah Film Center Garden Soirée

Start: September 13, 2018 6:30 PM
End: September 13, 2018 11:30 PM

Thanks for your interest in attending Utah Film Center’s annual Garden Soirée! Unfortunately, we have reached capacity for this event. We hope you will join us for our Spring Fling — details coming soon.

If you’d like to make a donation for this fundraiser to fuel our media education, curated film exhibition, and artist support programs, please click the button below to donate today.

 

– Or Purchase a Silent Auction Item –

Buy-it-now purchase option available through 4pm (MST) on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

Sundance Mountain Resort

Escape to the mountains with this food & lodging package
 
Buy-It-Now Price $600

Denver Bronco Tickets and Hotel Package

2 Tickets on the 49 yard line and 3 nights at a Kimpton hotel
Buy-It-Now Price $2,000

Kura Door Couples Retreat

Kura Door Couples Retreat & Cucina Gift Certificate
 
Buy-It-Now Price $500

Dinner for Six at Saffron Valley Sugarhouse

A delicious mix of authentic Indian favorites with a modern twist
Buy-It-Now Price $300

Orchid Dynasty Gift Card

Orchid Dynasty gift card and fresh orchid arrangement
 
Buy-It-Now Price $150

Interior Design Consultation & Framing

Designer Tamara Mateus & A Gallery will freshen up a room in your house
Buy-It-Now Price $750

 
 

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.

July 18, 2018

BELIEVER

Start: July 18, 2018 9:00 PM
End: July 18, 2018 11:00 PM
Venue: Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Address:
2155 Red Butte Canyon, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108
Cost: Free

Directed by Don Argott
101 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated

Pre-film Q&A with director Don Argott. Local suicide prevention and LGBTQ support organizations will also be on-site hosting information booths.

 
Imagine Dragons’ Mormon frontman Dan Reynolds is taking on a new mission to explore how the church treats its LGBTQ members. With the rising suicide rate among teens in the state of Utah, his concern with the Mormon church’s policies sends him on an unexpected path for acceptance and change. –Courtesy of Sundance Institute (more…)

March 22, 2018

Peek Award: DINA

Start: March 22, 2018 7:00 PM
End: March 22, 2018 9:00 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Cost: Free
7th annual Peek Award presented by Academy Award winner Barry Morrow to directors of Dina, Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles. Following the award presentation, join us for a screening of Dina and post-film Q&A with the directors and film subject Dina Buno moderated by KUED’s Mary Dickson.

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

ABOUT THE FILM

Directed by Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles
103 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated
Open Captions Presented with Open Captions.

Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge. (more…)

March 2, 2018

2018 Tumbleweeds Film Festival

Start: March 2, 2018 7:00 PM
End: March 4, 2018 8:00 PM

November 11, 2017

UTAH FILM CENTER @ ILLUMINATE LIGHT ART + TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL

Start: November 11, 2017 5:00 PM
End: November 11, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The Gateway
Address:
95 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Cost: Free

Directed by Various
65 min | 2016 | Various Countries | Not Rated

Recommended for ages 4+

Our Tumbleweeds Amazing Animation program of animated short films from around the world was one of the most popular events at the 2016 Tumbleweeds Film Festival. (more…)

November 10, 2017

UTAH FILM CENTER @ ILLUMINATE LIGHT ART + TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL

Start: November 10, 2017 5:00 PM
End: November 10, 2017 9:00 PM
Venue: The Gateway
Address:
95 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Cost: Free

Directed by Various
65 min | 2016 | Various Countries | Not Rated

Recommended for ages 4+

Our Tumbleweeds Amazing Animation program of animated short films from around the world was one of the most popular events at the 2016 Tumbleweeds Film Festival. (more…)

September 7, 2017

UTAH FILM CENTER GALA 2017

Start: September 7, 2017 6:30 PM
End: September 7, 2017 11:00 PM
Venue: The City Library Plaza
Address:
210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Varies

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017:
6:30 – 7:30 pm: Opening Cocktail Reception
Signature cocktails by Ogden’s Own Distillery
7:30 – 9:00 pm: Dinner & Program
9:00 – 10:00 pm: Music & Mingling

Utah Film Center turns 15! We’re grateful for your support over the years and invite you to celebrate our historic milestone and honor founders Geralyn Dreyfous, Kathryn Toll, and Nicole Guillemet.

This will be a special evening under the stars, where it all started! The City Library was our first home and continues an important role as the venue for our free weekly Tuesday night screenings. Guests will walk the red carpet, peruse the Woman/Women exhibit at The Leonardo, dine al fresco, and battle it out for unique experiences during our live auction. Please join us as we toast everyone who got us to this momentous occasion and the future of Utah Film Center!

Gala and Opportunity Drawing ticket sales are now closed. Click here if you would like to make a donation to Utah Film Center in honor of our 15th Anniversary or the founders. Thank you for your support!

July 14, 2017

14th annual Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival

Start: July 14, 2017 7:30 PM
End: July 16, 2017 10:00 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Address:
138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Cost: $10 per film

Utah Film Center presents the 14th annual Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival July 14-16 in downtown Salt Lake City. As the longest running LGBTQ Film Festival in the Mountain West, 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.

Festival Passes starting at $60 and individual tickets at $10 each are now on sale! 21 features films have been announced. Click here to learn more.