Utah Theater Profile 2: Utah Film Center

Today I am continuing my series profiling the theaters I like to patronize here in Utah.   I love a blockbuster as much as the next girl, but I also have a special place in my heart for indie films made with love. One amazing place to see indie films for free is The Utah Film Center.

There is not a set theater for Utah Film Center but they use area theaters at schools and libraries to host screenings for 38,000 film lovers annually. Frequently they are at the Salt Lake City Public Library downtown or at the Viridian Library in West Jordan.

For example, tomorrow they are doing a free screening of the Oscar nominated film The Red Turtle at the Viridian Library.  This is a gorgeous animated film and here you can see it for free! Some of the screenings even have Q&As from noted experts or the filmmakers.  A few months ago I went to a screening of Minuscule Valley of the Lost Ants and they had a bug expert to do a Q&A. It was a lot of fun and all for free!

Utah Film Center also fiscally backs a large number of films including my favorite movie of 2017, the documentary STEP. I first saw the documentary at Sundance Film Festival in January but got the opportunity to see it at a Utah Film Center event in April. I even got to meet Coach G from the team.

The Utah Film Center has two film festivals each year- Tumbleweeds Film for Children and Youth and Damn These Heels Film Festival for LGBT films. I haven’t gotten to attend one of these events yet but am looking forward to Tumbleweeds next year.

I don’t want to hear of anyone being bored because Utah Film Center offers weekly screenings for free and many are family friendly. You can become a member for $60 a year for individuals or $120 for a family. Of course, this is not required but I think it is worthwhile supporting them.

To get updates on all the events follow Utah Film Center on Facebook

 

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