Welcome to UCA's new events blog!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


We’re celebrating our 10th Anniversary with a few signature events over the coming months.  Join us for these unique experiences that highlight the diverse programming that the Film Center has been presenting for the past 10 years.  All proceeds from these events will support the Film Center’s ongoing programming. Tickets for our 10th Anniversary Events are available online at www.arttix.org.

Tuesday, November 1 – 7 pm
The City Library
Claire Danes gives an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning performance as Temple Grandin in this winner of the 2010 Emmy for Outstanding Made For TV Movie.  This moving biopic paints a picture of a young woman’s perseverance and determination while struggling with the challenges of autism.

Thursday, November 3
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
An Evening with Temple Grandin
Join us for special evening honoring Temple Grandin who will be presented with the inaugural Peek Award for Disability in Media – which celebrates the legacy of Kim Peek, the savant from Salt Lake City who inspired the Academy Award-winning film RAIN MAN. Dr. Grandin is the first recipient of the award which honors a subject, director, or actor in a film who helps to shape the perception of people with disabilities in our society.
DTH! Year-round
This year-round series features the best in LGBT cinema.  All screenings are the 2nd Monday of the month at the Tower Theatre, 9th and 9th
Presented in partnership with the Salt Lake Film Society and sponsored by The Dancing Llama Foundation.
Monday, November 14 – 7 pm
POISON: 20th Anniversary Edition
Directed by Todd Haynes
Acclaimed by some film critics as one of the defining films of the “New Queer Cinema,” POISON interweaves three stories, each dealing with the darker aspects of sexuality.

Winner, Grand Jury Prize – 1991 Sundance Film Festival

Monday, December 12 – 7 pm
Directed by Bruce McDonald
The story of two rock n' roll women who once shared a friendship, a band and a whole lot of chaos. A dozen years later they meet again, and their rediscover friendship, remember rock n' roll and reignite chaos.

Creativity In Focus
This continuing series of films explores the world of contemporary arts and culture.  All screenings are the 2nd Friday of the month at the Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple.

Presented in partnership with the Salt Lake Art Center.

Friday, November 11 – 7 pm
Directed by Celine Danhier
Today, Manhattan is a byword for overpriced property, overexposed landmarks and overdressed fashionistas. In the late 70s, however, it was rat-infested, crime-crippled, cheap and nasty environment where that fueled the creative spirit of the music, film, art and fashion scenes.

Friday, December 9 – 7 pm
Directed by Megumi Sasaki
He was a postal clerk. She was a librarian. With their modest means, the couple managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. Meet Herb and Dorothy Vogel, their shared passion defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector.

We’re excited to partner with the Natural History Museum of Utah on their amazing ongoing series of films in which science or technology plays a vital role. Each screening will feature a presentation by a local scientist about the science represented in each film. Also visit umnh.utah.edu/movie for more info. All screenings are the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the City Library, Main Auditorium, 210 E. 400 S.

Presented in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah.

Wednesday, November 9 – 6:30 pm
Directed by Scott Crocker
The miraculous rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker was announced in 2005, but conclusive evidence the bird’s existence has proven elusive. Presenting a skeptic’s viewpoint, GHOST BIRD examines the search for the woodpecker, the seductive power of hope, and the politics of our uneasy relationship with nature. Join us for a discussion of the evidence on both sides of the ivory-bill debate with University of Utah ornithologist Dr. Dale Clayton.
Official Selection: 2009 Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival and 6 other film festivals.  Winner: Cine 2010 Golden Eagle Award

Wednesday, December 14 – 6:30 pm
Directed by Nick Stringer
Rated G
TURTLE: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY tells the story of a little loggerhead turtle, as she follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world. From a beach in Florida she rides the Gulf Stream to the frozen north, swimming around the entire North Atlantic to Africa and then back to the beach where she was born. Just one in a thousand turtles will make it safely home.  Following the film, staff from The Living Planet Aquarium will join us to share the story of their rescued green sea turtle and answer your turtle questions.

Official Selection at film festivals around the world including the 2011 Tumbleweeds Film Festival.

Our new partnership with renowned author Terry Tempest Williams and the University of Utah‘s Environmental Humanities Graduate Program to curate a series of films and events as part of a larger initiative designed to deepen discussions, and increase awareness for salient environmental topics, and how they intersect with social justice.
Presented in partnership with Terry Tempest Williams and the University of Utah’s Environmental Humanities Graduate Program.
Thursday, December 1 – 7 pm
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Dumke Auditorium
Photographer and filmmaker Chris Jordan in conversation with author Terry Tempest Williams
Acclaimed photographer, Chris Jordan has been traveling to the Midway Atoll,  in the center of Pacific Ocean more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent,  chronicling the albatross population and the impact of our mass consumption on their life cycle.  When Rainer Marie Rilke writes, "Beauty is the beginning of terror," Jordan captures this dichotomy with heartbreaking clarity.  Our lives and the lives of the magnificent albatross are one.  After a film and photography presentation, author Terry Tempest Williams lead a discussion with Mr. Jordan.

Presented in partnership with the University of Utah College of Humanities.

This new series celebrates the creative spirit of architecture and design. Our first selections explore how important both are to our everyday existence and how we engage with the designed world around us. All screenings are at The City Library unless otherwise noted.

Presented in partnership with the Utah Heritage Foundation, AIA Utah, Young Architects of Utah, and University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning.

Sponsored by 3form and VCBO Architecture.

Tuesday, November 15 – 7:00 pm
Directed by Reto Caduff
Runtime: 78 min

A revealing look at the highly influential mid-century modern design master who is largely credited with expanding the use of photography as a design tool and bringing the semantics of fine art into the realm of applied arts.

Tuesday, December 20 – 7:00 pm
Directed by Helene Klodawsky
Runtime: 78 min

Combining nostalgia, dazzling architecture, pop culture, economics and politics, this film examines North America's most popular and profitable suburban destination – the enclosed shopping center.

Thursday, November 10 – 7:00 pm
SHOLEM ALEICHEM: Laughing in the Darkness
Directed by Joseph Dorman
Runtime: 93 min

A riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, this film tells the tale of the rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature.

Official Selection: New York Jewish Film Festival, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival


Thursday, December 1 – 7 pm
The City Library
Directed by Adam Greydon Reid
Renowned Jungian analyst and author, Marion Woodman is celebrated for her work on feminine psychology and addiction, but her words and her wisdom speak to nearly everyone.

Presented in partnership with the Jung Society of Utah.

Tuesday, December 6

Tuesday, December 13
Directed by Constance Mark
Runtime: 85 min
Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found a home on Sesame Street.

Winner, Documentary Jury Prize – 2011 Sundance Film Festival; Official Selection: 2011 Silverdocs Film Festival; 2011 SXSW Film Festival; 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival, 2011 Full Frame Film Festival; and others.

Our ongoing series presented in partnership with KUER’s RadioWest that features films and filmmakers who inspire, influence, and advance documentary filmmaking and storytelling.  All screenings are at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts unless otherwise noted.

Presented in partnership with KUER’s RadioWest and sponsored by Rio Tinto (logo).

Thursday, November 17

Thursday, December 15

A free monthly film series that features independent and international films for children ages 4 and up. Screenings are the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Sorenson Unity Center, 1383 S. 900 W.

Presented in partnership with the Sorenson Unity Center and sponsored by the Sorenson Legacy Foundation (logo), the Adobe Foundation, Art Works for Kids!, and the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation.

Saturday, November 12

Saturday, December 10 – 10 am
Directed by Juha Wulijoki
Finland – 78 min
Rated PG
Have you ever wondered how Santa Claus came to be Santa? Join us for this magical and heartwarming tale reveals the unknown childhood of Santa Claus and the origin of the legend that has been carried on for generations.

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