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Friday, June 14, 2013

Utah Film Center Announces, Damn These Heels! 10th Anniversary Lineup @ The Utah Film Center (SLC: Jul 12 - 14)


Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Film Center presents the 10th Anniversary of their Damn These Heels! (DTH!) LGBT Film Festival at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 W. Broadway) the weekend of July 12-14. Recently recognized by IndieWire as one of the 10 most notable LGBT Film Festivals in the U.S., the annual DTH! LGBT Film Festival showcases the best documentary and dramatic LGBT films from around the world. To celebrate DTH!’s 10th birthday, the festival is offering an expanded program and introducing an audience award. More information about DTH!, including film descriptions, the screening schedule, and how to buy tickets, is available at damntheseheels.org or utahfilmcenter.org.
In celebration of our 10th year, DTH! features expanded programming with 21 feature films from 9 countries – more than double the films at last year’s festival – and screenings in both the Jeanné Wagner and the Black Box theatres .  For the first time audience members will vote for their favorite feature film via balloting after each screening. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 15 and then screened during the DTH! year-round slot on Thursday, July 18 at Brewvies Cinema Pub (677 S. 200 W.) at 7:00 PM. DTH! year-round screenings are free and open to the public (21+) and occur every third Thursday at Brewvies at 7:00 PM.

Individual tickets for DTH! LGBT Film Festival are $6 and can be purchased online arttix.org. A limited number of 10 tickets passes will be offered for $30 and include access to Opening Night celebrations. The pass is the only way to secure your spot at the Opening Night screening and Gala Celebration. VIP all-access packages are also available on line.
Below is the complete list of the 10th Annual Damn These Heels! LGBT Film Festival titles:

Directed by Marçal Forés
Not rated | 94 min | 2012 | Spain
Catalan w/English subtitles

This thriller is a very unconventional coming-of-age tale and an intoxicating blend of fantasy and cold reality as it follows a shy teenager’s perilous period when exciting but troubling sexuality enters into his formerly innocent world.

San Sebastian International Film Festival 2012; BFI London Lesbian + Gay Film Festival


Directed by Nickolas Bird + Eleanor Sharpe
Not rated | 77 min | 2012 | Australia/Germany

A passionate group of Australian same-sex ballroom dancers battle homophobia, injury and personal drama as they pursue their dream of competing at the Gay Games in Germany.


Directed by Simon Savory
Not rated | 97 min | 2013 | UK/USA/France

Earlene arrives at Venice Beach after running from a desperate situation, only to become fast friends with an Australian skater who is also lost. Together, they set out into the desert to find themselves.


Directed by John V. Knowles
Not rated | 95 min | 2013 | USA

In the early 1600's, Countess Elizabeth Bathory slaughtered more than 600 young women, believing if she bathed in the blood of virgins that she would stay young and beautiful forever. Still alive today, she's found a perfect hunting ground.


Directed by Malcolm Ingram
Not Rated | 95 min | 2013 | USA

The story of Continental Baths, a well-known New York City establishment for gays during the late '60 to 1974.

South by Southwest Film Festival 2013; Frameline Film Festival 2013; BAMcinemaFest 2013

Directed by Alan Brown
Not rated | 83 min | 2013 | USA

FIVE DANCES is a creatively adventurous narrative feature film set in the New York 'downtown' modern dance world.

Opening Night, Dance On Camera – Film Society of Lincoln Center 2013


FRAUENSEE (Women’s Lake)
Directed by Zoltan Paul
Not rated | 86 min | 2012 | Germany
German w/English subtitles

A middle-aged couple in the German countryside has unexpected visitors that cause trouble in their already tenuous relationship.

Toronto InsideOut Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2012; Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival 2012


FREE FALL (Frier Fall)
Directed by Stephen Lacant
Not rated | 100 min | 2013 | Germany
German w/English subtitles

A promising career with the police, a baby on the way – Marc's life seems to be right on track. Then he meets fellow policeman, Kay.

Opening Night, New Film! MOMA 2013; Berlin International Film Festival 2013


G.B.F. – Opening Night
Directed by Darren Stein
Not rated | 92 min | 2013 | USA

What happens after Tanner is outed by his classmates and becomes the title "gay best friend" for three high school queen bees?

Tribeca Film Festival 2013; Frameline Film Festival 2013; Closing Night – Outfest 2013


Directed by Gary Entin
PG-13 | 85 min | 2013 | USA

At Goodkind High School, a group of students of varying sexual orientation form an after-school club as a discrete way to share their feelings and experiences. 

Toronto InsideOut Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2013


GORE VIDAL: United States of Amnesia
Directed by­ Nicholas D. Wrathall
Not rated | 83 min | 2013 | USA/Italy

This is an unashamedly opinionated film. In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened. 

Tribeca Film Festival 2013 – Framline Film Festival 2013


Tribeca Film Festival 2013; Frameline Film Festival 2013

Directed by Doug Spearman
Not Rated | 103 min | USA | 2013

Imagine Lethal Weapon if Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were ex-boyfriends.

Frameline Film Festival 2013

Directed by Michiel van Erp
Not rated | 80 min | 2011 | Netherlands
Dutch, German, French w/English subtitles

The first generation of transsexuals who had their sex change in Casablanca back in the mid-1950s to 1960s take stock of their lives. 


IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amaterdam

Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz
Not rated | 90 min | 2013 | USA

How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon.

South by Southwest Film Festival 2013; Frameline Film Festival 2013


Directed by Chris Michael Birkmeier
Not rated | 87 min | 2013 | USA

The relationship of a young couple disintegrates in the dog days of Chicago summer as the neighborhood is being terrorized by a serial killer.

Toronto InsideOut Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival


Directed by Xavier Dolan
Not rated | 168 min | 2012 | Canada/France
French w/English subtitles

An astonishingly crafted exploration of the 10-year relationship of a male-to-female transsexual with her lover.

Opening Night, Un Certain Regard; Winner, Best Actress; Winner, Queer Palm – Festival De Cannes 2013


Directed by Dominique Cardona + Laurie Colbert
Not rated | 90 min | 2012 | USA

When cash-strapped yuppies fire their teen-aged daughter's lesbian Mexican nanny, Margarita, they set off a chain of events that lead to her deportation.

Directed by Peaches
Not rated | 80 min | 2012 | Germany

Peaches herself likes to describe it as “The Jukebox Musical that got a Sex Change!”

Toronto International Film Festival 2013, Sundance London 2013, BAMcinemaFest 2013


Directed by Scott Gracheff
Not rated | 90 min | 2013 | USA

The film explores the life of Mark Bingham, one of the passengers of United Flight 93 on 9/11.

Winner, HBO Audience Award Best Documentary - Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2013
Toronto InsideOut LGBT Film Festival 2013

Directed by Sophie O’Connor
Not rated | 97 min | 2013 | USA

A Gen Y love story presented as a fetish sex drama, submerge explores the need of Gen Y for constant stimulation and instant gratification underpinned by a sense of entitlement.

Frameline Film Festival 2013


Directed by Anna Margarita Albelo
Not rated | 83 min | 2013 | USA

The day after her fortieth birthday, Anna comes to the conclusion that it’s time for the madness to stop. She lives in her friend’s back yard tool shed, her career as a filmmaker isn’t paying her bills and worst of all it’s been ten years since she’s had a girlfriend.

Frameline Film Festival 2013

Damn These Heels! is the mountain wests only LGBT Film Festival and year-round, initiative to serve the LGBT community and their friends. DTH! is a leading organization that promotes LGBT equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on screen. DTH! builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives and culture. DTH! programs are generously supported by the Weinholtz Family Foundation and the Dancing Llama Foundation. Additional funding provide by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts + Sciences and the B.W. Bastian Foundation. More details about all of our upcoming events can be found at DamnTheseHeels.org, Twitter @DamnTheseHeels and Facebook www.facebook.com/DamnTheseHeels

The Utah Film Center brings the world of film to local audiences through free community screenings and discussions, outreach programs and visiting artists and industry professionals. Emphasizing social content and artistic excellence, we present the best documentary, independent and dramatic cinema year-round. We collaborate with various organizations to promote a diversity of ideas to provide forums for underrepresented groups and to develop new audiences for film.

The Utah Film Center programs are generously supported by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Weinholtz Family Foundation, Zions Bank, and Zoo, Arts & Parks. 

More details about all of our upcoming events and membership can be found at UtahFilmCenter.org, Twitter @UtahFilmCenter and Facebook www.facebook.com/Utah-Film-Center

CONTACT: Levi Elder
801.746.7000 / lelder@utahfilmcenter.org

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