Instead of traipsing through snow and slush to get to your festival experience, you can cruise calmly into Salt Lake City. The Tower Theatre, Broadway Centre Cinemas, Brewvies and the Fort Douglas Post Theater will host screenings of 15 feature films and 26 shorts—dramas and fantasies, documentaries and animation, with myriad topics and concepts.
Among the documentaries, peer into the history of the seminal funk-rock band Fishbone in Everyday Sunshine, or, in Locked Out, learn how a union fought back against mining giant Rio Tinto in a small California town. The opening-night feature—Scottish director Simon Arthur’s Silver Tongues, the Grand Jury Prize winner from this year’s Slamdance Film Festival—follows a pair of young lovers on a road trip of dangerous lies, while the locally shot Bad Fever chronicles a painful not-quite-romance.
The film festival experience also means the unique opportunity to interact with and ask filmmakers about their work. The directors of Silver Tongues and Everyday Sunshine are among those currently scheduled to attend festival screenings, along with the cast and crew of Utahn Brandon Cahoon’s coming-of-age comedy Parade (pictured). Shake out of your blockbuster rut and explore the funkier side of summer cinema. (Scott Renshaw)
Salt Lake City Film Festival @ various venues, Aug. 18-21, $5-$10. SaltLakeCityFilmFestival.com
Date: Aug 18, 2011
Time: All Day
Where: Various locations