Utah Film Center free May film screenings



May 2017 Free Salt Lake City Lineup


Tuesday, May 2 | 7pm | The City Library

Toxic Puzzle

Directed by Bo Landin

86 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated

Post-film Q&A with director  Bo Landin and Paul Cox–scientist featured in the film.

A scientist explores toxins created by pollution that may be responsible for the rise in ALS and Alzheimer's.

Official Selection: 2017 Newport Film Festival


Wednesday, May 3 | 7pm | Rose Wagner

Bending the Arc

Directed by Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos

102 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated

Post-film Skype Q&A with director  Pedro Kos moderated by Doug Fabrizio.

The doctors and activists whose work in a Haitian village grew into a global battle for the right to health for all.

Official Selection: 2017 Sundance Film Festival, 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival​


Through the Lens film series presented in partnership with KUER 90.1 and RadioWest.


Saturday, May 6 | 11am | The City Library

Shaun the Sheep

Directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

85 min | 2015 | UK / France | PG
Recommended for all ages.

Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, and Kate Harbour

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for.
Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival


Presented as part of our Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth year-round programming.

Tuesday, May 9 | 7pm | The City Library

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

Directed by Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo

89 min | 2013 | France | Not Rated
Post-film discussion  with Jack Longino, Adjunct Curator of Entomology @ NHMU, Adjunct Professor of Biology @ USU, Professor and Associate Chair of Biology @ U of U, and “The Astonishing Ant Man.”

Enter the world of insects in this wonderfully exciting and inventive award-winning animated film.

Winner: Best Animated Film–2015 César Awards


Science Movie Night presented in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah and Salt Lake City Public Library.


Tuesday, May 16 | 7pm | The City Library

Ever the Land

Directed by Sarah Grohnert

90 min | 2015 | New Zealand | Not Rated
Presented in English and Māori with English subtitles.

Post-film discussion  moderated by AIA of Utah's Young Architects Forum, Panelists TBA.

An exploration of the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking.
Official Selection: 2016 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival


Wednesday, May 17 | 7pm | Utah Museum of Fine Arts

The Destruction of Memory

Directed by Tim Slade

85 min | 2015 | USA/Bosnia and Herzegovina/France/Germany/Iraq/Mali | Not Rated

Post-film Skype Q&A with director  Tim Slade moderated by Luke Kelly, Curator of Antiquities, UMFA.

The impact of the destruction of culture during wars, in an attempt to erase collective history and identity.


Thursday, May 18 | 7pm | The City Library

Women Who Kill

Directed by Ingrid Jungermann

93 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

Cast: Ingrid Jungermann, Ann Carr, Sheila Vand, and Annette O'Toole

Satire on contemporary romance, telling the story of the love affair between two female crime podcasters.
Winner: Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film–2016 Tribeca Film Festival


Presented as part of our Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival year-round programming.


Tuesday, May 23 | 7pm | The City Library

Last Men In Aleppo

Directed by Feras Fayyad co-directed by Steen Johannessen

90 min | 2017 | Denmark/Syria | Not Rated
Presented in Arabic with English subtitles

An unforgettable portrait of "White Helmets"–first responders who rush toward bomb sites while others run away.
Winner: Grand Jury Prize World Cinema Documentary–2017 Sundance Film Festival

Special Guest: We are proud to bring Academy–Award nominated filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky to Salt Lake City to screen his two most recent films and participate in post-film Q&As.


Tuesday, May 30 | 7pm | The City Library

Winter On Fire: Ukraine's Fight For Freedom

Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky

98 min | 2015 | Ukraine | Not Rated
Presented in Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles and English

Post-film Q&A with director  Evgeny Afineevsky.

Over 93 days in Ukraine, what started as peaceful student demonstrations became a violent revolution and civil rights movement.
Nominated: Best Documentary Feature–2016 Academy Awards; Winner: People's Choice Award–2015 Toronto International Film Festival; Official Selection–2015 Venice Film Festival


Wednesday, May 31 | 7pm | The City Library

Cries From Syria

Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky

112 min | 2017 | USA/Syria/Czech Republic | Not Rated
Presented in Arabic with English subtitles

Post-film Q&A with director  Evgeny Afineevsky.

A harrowing exploration of the humanitarian crisis & devastating civil war in Syria that has transpired since 2011.
Official Selection–2017 Sundance Film Festival



All films are free and open to the public. For screenings outside of Salt Lake City please visit utahfilmcenter.org


Utah Film Center is generously sponsored by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks Program, and Zions Bank.



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