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Utah Arts Festival 2012: Fear No Film "You" and "We the People"

by Kelly Cannon
- Posted // 2012-06-23 - Among the Fear No Film programs under the general theme "Tipping Point" were "You" (creating that moment of potential change within the viewer) and "We the People" (examining the moments when everything changes in America).

In the "You" program, My Muslim Eyes was made here in Utah as part of the Sky Hop mentor program. Shot documentary style, it focused on teen Muslims here in Utah and the prejudices and negative stereotypes they endure. Another film, Because There Are Things You Never Forget, uses dark humor to show how one bad decision can change your life. Other films were more experimental, relying less on narrative and more on artistic expression. Apocalyptadic barrages the viewer visually and aurally. Despite the onslaught, it is hard to look away.

"We the People" films focused on subjects of the past, present and future and what all these tipping points mean right now in the 21st century. Be Filled with the Spirit takes a look at the role store-front Christian churches played in African-American culture, from slavery to present time. Locally made film Dinner examines the ritual of family dinner and how its disappearance is affecting today's culture. The film also was made as part of Sky Hop, a program that matches teens with professionals who act as mentors for the young filmmakers. The more conceptually simple Mugs took mug shots of celebrities and continuously morphed them from one face to the other. The result was intense, turning the faces of those admired by millions into something monstrous.

The different groupings of films in the Fear No Film festival will be shown throughout the weekend with a few re-showings. Go cool off and Fear No Film.

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