New Tower Theatre Update Here. | Support SLFS here or join the Red Carpet Club here. | Summer Showdown begins May 31. Get tickets now.

Summer Showdown

Starts May 31

Films compete each weekend to be crowned the Champion Of Summer.

SLFS SUMMER SHOWDOWN will pit two films against one another each weekend to see what films are the champion of summer!

Cult Cinema at its best. How it works.

Friday and Saturday nights at Broadway we will present cult, indie, and summer cinema goodness. Screenings will include a limited edition swag, merchandise, and surprise give-aways. Collect them all!

We will announce the winning film each week on our social media, so follow us!

At the end of summer only ONE film will be crowned CHAMPION OF SUMMER. 

 

How do YOU help determine the winner?

Each weekend your favorite films will gain ranking on our leader board according to:

1) Audience Attendance (bring all your friends!) (1 point per dollar on the day of screening)

2) Donations attributed to the film or received day of screening (2 points per dollar)

3) Join our Red Carpet Club! Each membership dollar can be used toward any film. 

Have a favorite film? Be sure to attend in-person, donate for double the points, or join the Red Carpet Club to affect the rankings each weekend.

 

*Eligibility audience members must have purchased a ticket through slfs.org online ticketing systems and must have provided their email and telephone number at the time of purchase for our Audience Awards program.  SLFS is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails, send errors, or junk email capture, and recommends all audiences check their junk after the winning film is announced in September. Non-Transferable. Restrictions apply. No guarantees will be given and gifts may be first-come, first-served if some items are limited in quantity. 

Stanley Kubrick & Akira Kurosawa

Masters of cinema! KUBRICK & KUROSAWA. March 2024. Every Friday and Saturday. See these classics on the big screen. Get tix now -> www.slfstix.org 

MARCH 1: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
MARCH 2: YOJIMBO
MARCH 8: RAN
MARCH 9: FULL METAL JACKET
MARCH 15: DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
MARCH 16: SEVEN SAMURAI
MARCH 22: STRAY DOGS
MARCH 23: A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
MARCH 29: THE KILLING
MARCH 30: RASHOMON

Presenting Black Cinema

Presenting Black Cinema is a series in February to spotlight the unique and varied experience of black cinema.

During February we will have films opening on Sunday for limited runs throughout the week. These films include such varied genres as documentaries, dramas, romance, and horror.

Check out the schedule below. Showtimes May Vary. Tickets will be on sale soon at www.slfstix.org.

Feb 4: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
FEB 11: TIME
FEB 18: LOVE AND BASKETBALL
FEB 25: GANJA AND HESS

Filméxico

12TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL EVENT

Filméxico kicks off in November with an exciting lineup that highlights both acclaimed filmmakers and emerging voices from contemporary Mexican cinema. We will be returning to in person screenings at the Broadway starting November 9 – November 16.

Filméxico 2023 lineup will feature prominent works by indigenous filmmakers, as well as seasoned, new and local talent. We will also present a series of panel discussions with Mexican filmmakers, Utah community leaders and cultural binational specialists and allies.

ADMISSIONS

INDIVIDUAL FILM TICKETS
$12 per film screening
 
PASSES
$60 All Access Pass includes access to all Filméxico in person and online films and events. Available now here.
$30 Online Pass includes access to all Filméxico online films and panels. 
 
All tickets and film passes are redeemable at SLFStix.org.

Join us for our opening night live conversation with director Luis F. Puente, following a screening of the short film I Have No Tears and I Must Cry (Sin lágrimas para llorar) on Thursday November 9.  The shorts program which features four acclaimed films  begins at 7:00 pm with the live conversation panel afterward.  

We will also have a live panel following Home Is Somewhere Else (Mi Casa Está en Otra Parte) on Thursday November 16. 

GUEST FILMMAKER: Luis F. Puente

Born in Mexico and emigrated to the US during his childhood, Luis Fernando Puente studied Media Arts at Brigham Young University. His recent work includes La Luna y El Colibrí, which participated in numerous film festivals and won multiple awards including the Mesquite Award for Best Texas Short Film at Cine Festival in San Antonio, Texas.

November 10 - November 16

These FREE pre-recorded panels will be available online at SLFSathome.org.  These panels discussions are in English and Spanish with subtitles.  Available starting Nov. 10 – Nov. 16.

Vaychiletik, Nyanga, 3 Days 3 Years: The San Cristóbal de las Casas Documentary Film School team, join this exciting conversation about the immense possibilities of community and collaboration, and three true stories of the Mayan and AfroMexican people driving the resistance and the change.

Participants:

  • Nicolás Défossé, Florencia Gómez, Juan J Pérez and Medhin Tewolde.
  • Moderator: José Manzo
Free Panel Available Here 

Home Is Somewhere Else: A moving conversation about what is life around the undocumented experience, the power of stories that speak to universal needs and emotions, and the amazing crew of over 70 people who crafted this beautifully illustrated and 2023 Ariel winner for Best Animated Film.

Participants:

    • Carlos Haggerman and Jorge Villalobos
    • Moderator: Ciriac Álvarez
FREE Panel Available Here

The Train and The Peninsula: A unique team of experts, gathered exclusively for Filméxico, discuss what does the future look like for the communities this trail project has already cut across, as well as what can be done about a notion of progress that seems imposed on those who will be affected the most by its outcome.

Participants:

  • Juan Carlos Bravo, Abelardo de la Cruz, Genner Llanes-Ortiz
  • Moderator: Daniel Hernández.
FREE Panel Available Here

FILM SCHEDULE

Learn more about each film below. Most films will be available in theater or virtually on slfsathome.org.  

Films in theater start Thursday Nov. 10.  Some films will be available virtually starting Friday Nov. 11.

Thurs Nov 9

7 PM

Nyanga (20 min)

3 Days, 3 Years / 3 Días, 3 Años (30 min)

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Sweatshop Girl / Chica de Fábrica (16 min)

+

I Have No Tears and I Must Cry / Sin lágrimas para llorar (13 min)

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Live panel with I Have No Tears and I Must Cry director Luis F. Puente (30 min)

Fri Nov 10

7 PM

Sweatshop Girl / Chica de Fábrica (16 min)

+

The Bone Woman / Huesera (90 min)

Sat Nov 11

7 PM

Tótem (95 min)

Sun Nov 12

7 PM

Nyanga (20 min)

+

Courage / Coraje (90 min)

Mon Nov 13

7 PM

3 Days, 3 Years / 3 Días, 3 Años (30 min)

+

No Son Horas de Olvidar (76 min)

Tues Nov 14

7 PM

I Have No Tears and I Must Cry / Sin lágrimas para llorar
(13 min)

+

Dreams / Vaychiletik (83 min)

9 PM

Vaychiletik Panel discussion (Pre-recorded) (53 min)

Wed Nov 15

7 PM


The Train and The Península / El Tren y La Península
(88 min)

 

9 PM

The Train and The Península / El Tren y La Península  Panel discussion (Pre-recorded) (47 min)

Thurs Nov 16

7 PM

Home Is Somewhere Else / Mi Casa Está en Otra Parte (87 min)

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Live Panel Discussion (30 min)

FILMS

Listed alphabetically by title. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. 

THE BONE WOMAN

HUESERA

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH SWEATSHOP GIRL (CHICA DE FÁBRICA)

93 min | 2022 | Mexico, Peru | Not Rated | Spanish | Feature

Directed by Michelle Garza Cervera

It should be the happiest time in Valeria’s life. She and her husband, Raul, have finally seen one of their longtime dreams come true: Valeria is pregnant. At first, everything seems perfect. Gradually, though, her mood darkens. With motherhood upon her, Valeria can’t shake off heavy self-doubt and a pervasive dread, the latter stemming from visions of spider-like presences and other possibly supernatural threats, all of which may be the work of an entity known as “La Huesera.” Hoping to confront these demons, she reconnects with the old, more carefree life she once gave up for Raul, including rekindling an old flame with her first love, Octavia.

COURAGE

CORAJE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH NYANGA

90 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Feature

Directed by Rubén Rojo Aura

In old age, an actress faces the return home of her son, while her career is threatened by imminent blindness. A fiction based on the story of the protagonists themselves.

DREAMS

VAYCHILETIK

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH I HAVE NO TEARS, AND I MUST CRY (Sin lágrimas para llorar

83 min | 2021 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Documentary Feature

Directed by Juan Javier Pérez

Through his dreams, José received a gift given by the gods. A gift that brings consequences. Now that he is at a mature age in life, José would like to rest, but he is not allowed. Vaychiletik explores this fierce yet beautiful reality, forged from the dreams of the Mayan people of Mexico.

HOME IS SOMEWHERE ELSE

MI CASA ESTÁ EN OTRA PARTE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH LIVE PANEL AFTER THE FILM

87 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish, English | Documentary Feature

Directed by Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos

Fully animated documentary that narrates three stories which share similar fears, hopes and emotions around living the undocumented experience: Jasmine, an 11 y/o US citizen who lives afraid of her undocumented parents being deported; Sisters Evelyn and Elizabeth -a US citizen and an undocumented immigrant respectively- separated by their different migratory status; and Lalo, who was deported from his home state of Utah to Mexico at 23 y/o and since then has become an advocate to this generation of returnees and deported Mexicans through his spoken word poetry.

I HAVE NO TEARS, AND I MUST CRY

SIN LÁGRIMAS PARA LLORAR

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 & TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN ON OPENING NIGHT WITH NYANGA, 3 DAYS, 3 YEARS (3 DÍAS, 3 AÑOS), & SWEATSHOP GIRL (CHICA DE FÁBRICA), ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9 & DREAMS (VAYCHILETIK) ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 14 

Live Panel following the Shorts program on Friday November 9. 

13 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Short

Directed by Luis Fernando Puente

Maria Luisa is ready to plan her life in the US after almost a two year wait for her greencard to be aproved by the Department of Homeland Security, but when she and her husband, Jorge, are confronted about an error in her paperwork by an immigration officer, Maria Luisa is left to decide how to move forward in this seemingly endless limbo.

NO SON HORAS DE OLVIDAR

NO SON HORAS DE OLVIDAR

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH 3 DAYS, 3 YEARS (3 DÍAS, 3 AÑOS)

76 min | 2020 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Documentary Feature

Directed by David Castañon Medina

Jorge is afraid. It seems inevitable that Juana will end up forgetting him because she has lost her identity on two occasions: the first, forced by the dictatorship in Chile; the last one, due to an Alzheimer’s outbreak. Anticipating the imminent disappearance from the world of his companion, Jorge investigates her disrupted memory through music, writings and images; willing to find the remnants of a life, the remnants of his love.

NYANGA

NYANGA

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH THE SHORTS PROGRAM ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9 & COURAGE (CORAJE) ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12

20 min | 2023 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Documentary Feature

Directed by Medhin Tewolde Serrano

During colonial times, Nyanga was kidnapped off the coast of Africa, brought to Mexico, and enslaved. Based on historical facts and using shadow theatre techniques and hand cinema, ‘Nyanga’ is a tribute to the resistance against colonial chains.

SWEATSHOP GIRL

CHICA DE FÁBRICA

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 & FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH THE SHORTS PROGRAM ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9 & THE BONE WOMAN (HUESERA) ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10

16 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Short

Directed by Selma Cervantes

Inés works as a seamstress in a sweatshop where pregnancy tests are periodically administered. When she becomes pregnant, she is sure that her condition will get her fired. She does everything she can to keep it a secret.

THE TRAIN AND THE PENINSULA

EL TREN Y LA PENÍNSULA

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 | 7 PM

88 min | 2023 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish, English, Mayan | Documentary Feature

Directed by Sky Richards, Andreas Kruger Foncerrada

It is a deep dive into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as the 1500 km railroad megaproject called “Tren Maya” is being built. A cinematic journey along the projected route of the train takes us on a thrilling ride across the Peninsula. The incisive and transparent testimonies of the inhabitants of the Peninsula weave together a collective story and reveal a human landscape full of vitality and wisdom that exposes the clash between different ways of imagining progress. An urgent film that unveils the worlds hidden behind the tourist paradise that everyone knows, delving into the ideological and territorial battles unfolding in the ancestral land of the Maya.

3 DAYS 3 YEARS

3 DÍAS, 3 AÑOS

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH THE SHORTS PROGRAM ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9 & NO SON HORAS DE OLVIDAR ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 13

84 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Documentary Feature

Directed by Florencia Gómez Sántiz

Elena, a Mayan Tzotzil woman from San Andrés Larráinzar, Chiapas, is challenged by the uses and customs of her people when an almost entirely male community assembly appoints her as a municipal trustee. As an authority, she introduces us to the complexity of the system of socio-political organization in San Andrés. During her term of office, the traditional practice of masculinity begins to be questioned.

TÓTEM

TÓTEM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 7 PM

95 min | 2023 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Feature

Directed by Lila Avilés

TÓTEM is a choral film about life. Seven-year-old Sol spends the day at her grandfather’s home, helping her aunts Nuri and Alejandra with the preparations for a surprise party they are throwing for Sol’s father, Tonatiuh. As daylight fades, a strange and chaotic atmosphere takes over, shattering the bonds that hold a family together. Sol will come to understand that her world is about to change dramatically, embracing the essence of letting go and cherishing the breath of life.

Tower Of Terror at Broadway

Tower Of Terror is back! Every weekend starting Sept. 8, we will be featuring horror films that will have you looking over your shoulder. While the Tower is under renovation, this year we will be screening these seasonal classics at Broadway Centre Cinemas.

Don't Forget... Invincible Czars 9/6 & 9/7

Grab tickets while you can for our kick off of the spooky season with the Invincible Czars! Celebrating their 20th anniversary, we are excited to have these amazing artists play their original scores to two of the silent era’s most influential masterpieces.

See these silent film classics with a live accompaniment score at the Broadway starting at 7:00 pm:
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920) – Sept 6
NOSFERATU (1922) – Sept 7

Get tickets now – > www.slfstix.org 

Māsima: Pacific Islands Film Tour

Māsima: Pacific Islands Film Tour kicks off on Friday, May 17th, with an exciting lineup that highlights acclaimed filmmakers and emerging voices from the Pacific Islander community.

These films, touching on incredible stories of connection, traditions, resistance and much more, are curated and presented by Salt Lake Film Society, Utah Pacific Islands Knowledge 2 Action Resource and Utah Pacific Islands Film Series.

Māsima 2024 is part of our annual Cultural Tours, a decade long celebration of history, culture, diversity and heritage of Utah communities.

PANELS

Available Free May 17 - May 23

Māsima 2024 Panel Conversations: Guided by our amazing moderator, Kamaile Tripp-Harris, our Māsima 2024 panel conversations are a true celebration of Pacific Islanders diversity as well as educational experiences that help create awareness and cultural connections within Pasifika filmmakers all around the world.

These FREE pre-recorded panels will be available online soon. Available thru May 24.

Children of the Diaspora Shorts Program

Panelists:
Toa Takitini – Caitlin Head
Find Where I Belong – Kahu Kaiha
Teine – Giselle Ilaoa

Moderator: Kamaile Tripp

Join this group of three unapologetic filmmakers who discuss the fine balance between representing the diversity in Pasifika cultures and creating universally relatable films, while they remain authentic, honor their inspirations and confront their own believes and patterns.


Documentary Shorts Program

Panelists:
In Exile – Nathan Fitch
Islandtrification – Lani Cupchoy
Trenton: To The Moon & Back – Josh Leong
Ultimate Citizens – Francine Strickwerda

Moderator: Kamaile Tripp-Harris

A sneak peak on how these talented filmmakers engaged with such unique stories through the narrative of documentary and the challenges navigating representation, collaboration and community trust.

ADMISSIONS

INDIVIDUAL FILM TICKETS
$12 per film screening
 
PASSES
$60 All Access Pass includes access to all Māsima 2024 in person films and events.
 
All tickets and film passes are available at SLFStix.org.

FILM SCHEDULE

In theater screenings start Friday May 17.  Selected films are available virtually now.

Fri May 17

7 PM

Made in Utah Shorts Program: 

The Good Lie

9 min 13 sec

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Pioneers of Aloha

11 min 11 sec

+

Adrift

4 min 57 sec

+

The Ali’i King

26 min 39 sec

Screening run time: 52 min.

8 PM

Cast and Crew Q&A

Sat May 18

7 PM

Documentaries Shorts Program:

Hounga’ia – Be Grateful

3 min 57 sec

+

Ultimate Citizens

39 min

+

Trenton: To The Moon & Back

17 min

+

Islandtrification

8 min 35 sec

+

In Exile 10 min

+

Kava ‘o Aotearoa

8 min 45 sec

+

Son of Samoa

11 min

Screening run time: 1 hr 38 min.

Sun May 19

7 PM

Children of the Diaspora Shorts Program:

Toa Takitini

11 min 53 sec

+

Teine

11 min

+

Find Where I Belong

13 min 43 sec

+

Hafekasi 

16 min

Screening run time: 52 min 36 sec

Mon May 20

7 PM

Feature in Focus:

Sir Sofele

1 hr 18 min

Screening run time: 1 hr 18 min.

Tues May 21

7 PM

History and Myths Program:

Kūkini

26 min 01 sec

+

Tala

51 min 45 sec

Screening run time: 1 hr 18 min.

Wed May 22

7 PM

Island Humor Shorts Program:

Jone Wise

22 min 27 sec

+

The Good Thief

4 min 58 sec

+

Ripe For Change

11 min 49 sec

7:40 PM

Pacific Possibilities Shorts Program:

Vakaraitaka

14 min 34 sec

+

Crying on the I-5

13 min 24 sec

+

Kai Hali’a (Sea of Memory)

8 min 30 sec 

Screening run time: 1 hr 17 min

Thurs May 23

7 PM

Feature in Focus:

Pacific Mother  

1 hr 30 min

Screening run time: 1 hr 30 min.

8:30 PM

In-person Panel Conversation

 

FILMS AND SHORTS

Listed alphabetical by title.  

ADRIFT

FRIDAY, MAY 17 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF MADE IN UTAH SHORTS PROGRAM ON FRIDAY MAY 17

5 min | 2023 | USA | Not Rated | English | Short
Directed by Kā’eo Drumright
After a late night out, a young Tongan man finds connection in an unexpected place.

CRYING ON THE I-5

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 | 7:40 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF PACIFIC POSSIBILITIES PROGRAM ON WEDNESDAY MAY 22

13 min | 2024 | USA | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Jacob Cruz-Rine

After the death of his grandmother, a young Chamoru man ruminates on regrets he has, the relationship he had with his grandmother, and the love he has for his family.

FIND WHERE I BELONG

SUNDAY, MAY 19 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF CHILDREN OF THE DIASPORA SHORTS PROGRAM ON SUNDAY MAY 19

14 min | 2023 | New Zealand | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Kahu Kaiha

Life on the streets of New Zealand for two homeless men: John, the older man, seems to like this life and to be at home here. Elvis, the Marquesan, dreams of returning to his island. Good relations and understanding v. confrontation, separation and mutual aid…

HAFEKASI

SUNDAY, MAY 19 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF CHILDREN OF THE DIASPORA SHORTS PROGRAM ON SUNDAY MAY 19

16 min | 2023 | Australia | Not Rated | English, Tongan | Short

Directed by Annelise Hickey

A 10 year old girl begins to realise she’s different to her single, white mum and family. Mother and daughter navigate identity and belonging in ’90s Melbourne suburbia.

HOUNGA'IA - BE GRATEFUL

SATURDAY, MAY 18 | 7 PM
WILL SCREEN AS PART OF DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM ON SATURDAY MAY 18
4 min | 2023 | New Zealand | Not Rated | Tongan | Short
Directed by Mele Tupou
It takes a village to raise a child, let alone one living with a disability. Mele show’s us how Haloti’s village wraps around him in support.

IN EXILE

SATURDAY, MAY 18 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM ON SATURDAY MAY 18

10 min | 2023 | USA | Not Rated | English, Marshallese | Short

Directed by Nathan Fitch

IN EXILE is a short film that explores the US nuclear legacy in the Pacific through the lens of members of the Marshallese community in Springdale Arkansas who gather each year to commemorate the bombing of Bikini Atoll in 1946.

ISLANDTRIFICATION

SATURDAY, MAY 18 | 7 PM
WILL SCREEN AS PART OF DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM ON SATURDAY MAY 18

8 min | 2023 | USA | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Lani Cupchoy

Islandtrification documents the journey of Kānaka Maoli families resisting predatory gentrification on Maui, Hawaii, which has a deep history of displacing locals due to economic development-agribusiness and remains the prime spot for the world elite to build their multimillion-dollar estates.

JONE WISE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF ISLAND HUMOR PROGRAM ON WEDNESDAY MAY 22

22 min | 2023 | Fiji | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Tumeli Tuqota

When someone steals his precious flip flops, Jone Wise must return to his old ways of Grog Combat and battle his way through adversity, tribulation and high tide takis to retrieve what is rightfully his.

KAI HALI'A (SEA OF MEMORY)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 | 7:40 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF PACIFIC POSSIBILITIES PROGRAM ON WEDNESDAY MAY 22

8 min | 2023 | USA | Not Rated | English, Hawaiian | Short

Directed by Angelique Kalani Axelrode

In the abstract realm of memory, a diasporic Kānaka struggles to connect with their family and lover. By engaging with their moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy) and calling on their kūpuna (ancestors) and ke kai (ocean), they are able to reconnect to themselves. Seeing memory as an intricate ʻupena (net) of both intangible and tangible threads of reality, intertwined with visceral feelings that intimately connect us with our kūpuna (ancestors) and the ʻāina (land), the art of remembering brings us back to our core.

KAVA 'O AOTEAROA

SATURDAY, MAY 18 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM ON SATURDAY MAY 18

9 min | 2022 | New Zealand | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Joshua Baker

A collective of Pasifika cultural guardians reactivate the ancient Tu’i Tonga kava ceremony for contemporary use in Aotearoa-New Zealand in a way that honours tangata whenua (indigenous people).

KŪKINI

TUESDAY, MAY 21 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF HISTORY AND MYTHS PROGRAM ON TUESDAY MAY 21

26 min | 2023 | USA | Not Rated | Hawaiian(‘olelo Hawai‘i) | Short

Directed by Mitchel Merrick

In 1790 Hawaiʻi, an elite warrior must leave his family behind when sent on a deadly mission to report on the bloody war waged by Kamehameha against Maui. When captured by the enemy, he is miraculously saved by someone who has a message for him of their own.

PACIFIC MOTHER

THURSDAY, MAY 23 | 7:00 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF FEATURE FOCUS ON THURSDAY MAY 23

2023 | Hawai’i, New Zealand, Polynesia, Micronesia, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Okinawa | Not Rated | English, Hawaiian | Feature

Directed by Katherine McRae, Migawa Ozawa

When freedivers Sachiko Fukumoto and William Trubridge were denied the natural water-birth they wanted in Okinawa, they traveled to New Zealand where they were supported in their choice. Now Sachiko seeks out three other mothers around the Pacific and discovers they face similar battles and have been cut off from the maternity traditions of their past. Sachiko becomes convinced that when mothers are supported emotionally, physically and culturally, they are more likely to have a positive birth experience, wherever it takes place. Aware of the importance of the ocean in all aspects of their lives, these Pacific women link the protection of our oceans with the protection of their children and seek a future where we live in harmony with nature. As Sachiko and William prepare for the birth of their second child, they are determined to show their daughter that supporting parents’ birth choice grows healthier babies, families and communities.

PIONEERS OF ALOHA

FRIDAY, MAY 17 | 7 PM
WILL SCREEN AS PART OF MADE IN UTAH SHORTS PROGRAM ON FRIDAY MAY 17
11 min | 2024 | USA | Not Rated | English | Short
In Skull Valley, Utah, a former settlement of Hawaiian LDS pioneers stands preserved as a memorial and gathering place. The women of this community are dedicated to preserving its unique history and dispelling lingering myths. The land holds a captivating story, attracting Polynesian pioneers over a century ago and paving the way for a fast-growing community.

RIPE FOR CHANGE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF ISLAND HUMOR PROGRAM ON WEDNESDAY MAY 22

12 min | 2024 | Australia | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Alisha Joy Higgins

“In the quirky world of ‘Ripe for Change,’ a group of diverse individuals find themselves entangled in a series of bizarre body swaps after indulging in a mysterious fruit at a remote market stall. As they navigate this hilariously twisted dark comedy adventure, one of them becomes increasingly suspicious of whether this phenomenon is just a bizarre side effect of the weed they smoked earlier or something much fruitier. Fueled by curiosity and comedy, ‘Ripe for Change’ is a zany journey that unravels the mysteries behind these extraordinary body transformations and leaves the audience questioning the true cause.”

SIR SOFELE

MONDAY, MAY 20 | 7 PM

78 min | 2022 | Kingdom of Tonga | Not Rated | English, Tongan | Feature

Directed by Neka ‘Aipolo

Experience the story of the Polynesian composer knighted by Pope John Paul II in a feature length documentary that follows his life, music and the peoples impacted along the way.

SON OF SAMOA

SATURDAY, MAY 18 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM ON SATURDAY MAY 18

11 min | 2023 | New Zealand | Not Rated | English, Samoan | Short

Directed by Laman Time

Son of Samoa takes you through the journey of Tatau. Identity is explored in a way physically, spiritually and mentally that most have not endured. In this short documentary director Laman discusses his disconnection from family, community and wavering relationship with himself with supporting voices, Tamoko/Tufuga artist Inia Taylor, speaks on the importance of belonging and how to navigate that through cultural traditions. Bonni Tamati, a Pacific art advocate also expresses her love for self-discovery and how love within oneself can help spread love around you. This is a story of hope, a story shared for all, a story of self-love.

TALA

TUESDAY, MAY 21 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF HISTORY AND MYTHS PROGRAM ON TUESDAY MAY 21

51 min | 2022 | USA | Not Rated | English, Samoan | Feature

Directed by Milton Randell Kaka

A young samoan family has just found a new religion, the villages aren’t to pleased so a few men go to the family’s house and take the 5 month old baby. The family faces a tragedy which the mother struggles with for years. Years later the man responsible for taking baby Tala comes to ask for forgiveness from the family. Based on a true story.

TEINE

SUNDAY, MAY 19 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF CHILDREN OF THE DIASPORA SHORTS PROGRAM ON SUNDAY MAY 19

11 min | 2023 | New Zealand | Not Rated | English, Samoan | Short

Directed by Giselle Ilaoa

A poignant story of a dutiful eldest daughter within a Samoan household and her internal struggle of the weight of her responsibilities and expectations from her family, as well as, trying to maintain a grasp on her own aspirations in life.

THE ALI'I KING

FRIDAY, MAY 17 | 7 PM
WILL SCREEN AS PART OF MADE IN UTAH SHORTS PROGRAM ON FRIDAY MAY 17

26 min | 2024 | USA | Not Rated | English, German, Hawaiian(‘olelo Hawai‘i) | Short

Directed by Christine Kunewa Walker

Set in the 1960’s, a Mormon family of Hawaiian German immigrants embark on a road trip through the Utah desert to attend the opening of Tikiland, a new Disneyland attraction. Along the way, family tensions heat up as the road to “the happiest place on earth” leads to painful revelations about the cultural and emotional complexities that jeopardize the family dynamic.

THE GOOD LIE

FRIDAY, MAY 17 | 7 PM
WILL SCREEN AS PART OF MADE IN UTAH SHORTS PROGRAM ON FRIDAY MAY 17
9 min | 2023 | USA | Not Rated | English | Short
Directed by Aarron Reupena
A burglar stumbles upon a house with a dead body inside, but what seems to be an easy target soon turns into something much more meaningful.

THE GOOD THIEF

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF ISLAND HUMOR PROGRAM ON WEDNESDAY MAY 22

5 min | 2023 | New Zealand | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Marius Leituala

TOA TAKITINI

SUNDAY, MAY 19 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF CHILDREN OF THE DIASPORA SHORTS PROGRAM ON SUNDAY MAY 19

12 min | 2023 | New Zealand | Not Rated | English, Maori | Short

Directed by Caitlin Head

Two siblings find themselves in their fathers room a year after his drowning. Stuck there by Hine-nui-te-pō (the Goddess of Death), the two must face their traumas of his death, grief and mend their broken relationship.

TRENTON: TO THE MOON AND BACK

SATURDAY, MAY 18 | 7 PM
WILL SCREEN AS PART OF DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM ON SATURDAY MAY 18

17 min | 2022 | USA | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Josh Leong

Two indigenous brothers from the Solomon Islands escape a cult posing as a leadership training organization, finding refuge in a small, conservative town in rural Georgia.

ULTIMATE CITIZENS

SATURDAY, MAY 18 | 7 PM
WILL SCREEN AS PART OF DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM ON SATURDAY MAY 18

39 min | 2023 | USA | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Francine Strickwerda

In ULTIMATE CITIZENS, Jamshid is an Iranian who came to study in 1970’s America, and due to the Revolution, never went “home.” As a guidance counselor in Seattle Public Schools, Jamshid’s best work takes place out of the building and on a playing field with “his kids,” the children of refugees and immigrants. Their parents are in the grips of their own struggles to make a living and a home in a strange land. Mr. Jamshid is the charismatic, fiery, funny human with a Frisbee in hand, who is the first to show that “love wins” on the field, off the field, at home with family, or boldly forging a new community, in a new country – one kid, chicken, extreme mile and friend at a time.

VAKARAITAKA

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 | 7:40 PM

WILL SCREEN AS PART OF PACIFIC POSSIBILITIES PROGRAM ON WEDNESDAY MAY 22

14 min | 2022 | Fiji | Not Rated | English | Short

Directed by Fenton Bose Lutunatabua

The recent swells of climate activism in the Pacific are inherently linked with the deep connections of past and future generations. Rising up to physical and existential struggles requires tapping into ancestral wisdom that can further strengthen our existing bonds with one another. In this four-part cinematic poem, Fijian storyteller Fenton Lutunatabua utilizes landscape, dance, and language to call people into this work, as well as offer a balm to the losses faced.

Music May starts May 5

Join us at SLFS in May 2023 for our Music May retrospective series is curated by musician John Doe from the band “X” every weekend on Fridays and Saturdays starting May 5.

John Doe is a founding member of the legendary punk rock band X, who released ALPHABETLAND in April 2020. His eleventh solo record, Fables in a Foreign Land (Fat Possum Records) was released in May of 2022.  He has appeared in over 60 films and television productions, some of his most notable roles have been in Road House, Georgia, Roadside Prophets, Great Balls of Fire, Pure Country and Roswell. His most recent film effort is playing the lead, Frank Bigelow, in a period correct, re-imagined version of the film noir, D.O.A. So far it has won several film festival awards including Best Picture & Best Actor. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Showtimes may vary. Tickets will be on sale at www.slfstix.org.

MAY 5: CHULAS FROTERAS

MAY 6: X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC

MAY 12: I’M NOT HERE

MAY 13: BIRD (1988)

MAY 19: BLACK ORPHEUS

MAY 20: SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN

MAY 26: THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT

MAY 27: THE HARDER THEY COME

In The Can with Doug Fabrizio starts April 20

Salt Lake Film Society partners with University of Utah department of Film and Media Arts and KUER’s RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio to bring you a conversation about THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS. This month’s special guest will be University of Utah Associate Professor of Film Studies Sarah Sinwell. Admission includes a screening of the film followed by a live panel discussion.

Join us for this one night only special event! Tickets are now available here.

Anderson and Anderson in April 2023

Join us at SLFS in April 2023 for a retrospective series featuring the films of P.T. Anderson and Wes Anderson every weekend on Friday and Saturday starting March 31st.

Paul Thomas Anderson (known as P.T.) grew up in the San Fernando Valley in the ’70s and 80’s. At an early age, he decided that directing was all he wanted to do and started making short films with his friends. As a senior in high school he wrote, produced, and directed a 30 minute short film “The Dirk Diggler Story”. (This became the basis for his film Boogie Nights.) While at the Sundance Feature Film program he developed the film “Sydney” which became the acclaimed film Hard Eight. After struggles with his distributor, he took his own version of “Sydney” to Cannes where it screened in the Un Certain Regard section. Eventually “Sydney” was released as Hard Eight in 1996, of which film critic Roger Ebert wrote “Movies like Hard Eight remind me of what original, compelling characters the movies can sometimes give us.”

Wes Anderson was born in Houston, Texas in 1969. Also at a young age he was driven to become a filmmaker making silent films with his brothers and friends. Later working as a projectionist at the University of Texas at Austin he met writer/actor Owen Wilson who he collaborated with in his early films such as Bottle Rocket. His signature post-modern style and subversion of main-stream storytelling stands out amidst commercial filmmaking today. Big star-studded casts, fast paced humor, and a nostalgia mark his films which are never quite what you expected.

These popular directors, who happen to share a last name, represent a new wave of stylistic directing that always surprises. Their way of telling stories is unique in a world of short attention spans and easy endings.

Showtimes may vary. Tickets will be on sale at www.slfstix.org.

Mar 31: The Fantastic Mr. Fox

April 1: Boogie Nights

April 7: Punch Drunk Love

April 8: The Grand Budapest Hotel

April 14: Hard Eight

April 15: Bottle Rocket

April 21: There Will Be Blood

April 22: The Royal Tenenbaums

April 28: Magnolia

April 29: Rushmore

Schedule for Anderson and Anderson in April 2023 with a scene from Punch Drunk Love.

Holiday Hours 2022

It’s the holiday season! We have some changes in our hours at the Broadway:

  • Christmas Eve 12/24 & New Year’s Eve 12/31 the Broadway will close early at 8 pm.
  • We will have regular hours on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Tickets are on sale for all films at SLFStix.org.

Happy Holidays to Everyone from SLFS!