July is a busy month at the Utah Film Center. In addition to our regular programming, we are presenting three additional special programs – our annual outdoor film series this year called Noir at Night, An Evening with Sean Means celebrating his 20 years as the Salt Lake Tribune’s Film Critic, and the 10th Damn These Heels! LGBT Film Festival – the Intermountain West’s only LGBT Film Festival. More information about all of the Utah Film Center’s programming is available at www.utahfilmcenter.org.
This year’s outdoor film series called Noir at Night features 5 classic film noir and neo-noir films selected by local film and culture writer Jeff Vice. The month-long series kicks off on on July 1 with the John Huston classic The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart in one of his most famous roles. The weekly series runs every Monday in July at the Gallivan Center. The other films in the series are:The Third Man – July 8; Vertigo – July 15, Touch of Evil – July 22; and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – July 29. All screenings are free to the public and start at dusk. Noir at Night is presented in partnership with The Gallivan Center. The Gallivan Center concessions will be open for food, drinks and frosty adult beverages during all screenings.
Salt Lake Tribune Film Critic Sean Means has been reviewing films for Utah audiences since July, 1993. To celebrate his 20th Anniversary, we’ve asked him to curate a film that he loved and lead a post-screening discussion about it. Join us at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center on July 11 at 7:00 pm for a screening of 127 Hours, which according to Sean, is “easily the best movie made in Utah” during his 20 years as the Trib’s Film Critic.
July also marks the 10th Anniversary of the annual Damn These Heels! LGBT Film Festival (DTH!). Recently ranked by IndieWire as one of the top 10 LGBT Film Festivals in the country, DTH! showcases the best documentary and dramatic LGBT films from around the world. To celebrate the festival’s 10th birthday, we’re offering an expanded program and introducing an audience award. This year’s DTH! runs July 12-14 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. More information about DTH!, including film descriptions, the screening schedule, and festival information, is available at damntheseheels.orgor utahfilmcenter.org. Tickets for all screenings are $6 (including service charge) and are on sale now at Arttix - www.arttix.org or 801.355.ARTS (2787).
Additional Utah Film Center programming includes:
- Free Tumbleweeds screenings in SLC (July 6), Moab (July 8), Orem (July 13), Price (July 13), and Kamas (July 17) of the award-winning Chicken Run, the hilarious first feature film from Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace and Gromit.
- Utah Film Circuit screenings of the critically acclaimed documentary Brooklyn Castle in West Jordan (July 11), Price (July 17) and Moab (July 25).
- Sign Painters on July 2 – A wonderful film about the disappearing art of sign painting, directed by Faythe Levine (Handmade Nation) and Sam Macon. Ms. Levine will be in attendance for a post-film Q+A. Presented in partnership with Craft Lake City and AIGA Utah.
- This month’s Science Movie Night is Fighting Fire with Fire, a film about fighting forest fires from the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s long-running The Nature of Things, hosted by David Suzuki. After the screening, Mitchell Power, NHMU Curator and Assistant Professor in the U of U Department of Geography, will discuss his research on the impact of climate change and Utah’s wildfire patterns.
- A special presentation of Dr. Atomic on July 16 – The filmed version of the acclaimed opera by composer John Adams with libretto by Peter Sellers focuses on the creation of the atomic bomb. Presented in partnership with UCANN and Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.
- The Institute on July 17 – This month’s installment of the monthly Through the Lens series presented in partnership with KUER’s RadioWest.
- The Moo Man on July 30 – A fascinating, beautifully filmed doc that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival about a U.K. dairy farmer struggling to survive the competition with corporate farming.
The Utah Film Center brings the world of film to state-wide 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 Salt Lake County’s Zoo, Arts & Parks. More details about all of our upcoming events and membership can be found at www.utahfilmcenter.org, Twitter @UtahFilmCenter and Facebook www.facebook.com/utahfilmcenter.