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Damn These Heels film festival this weekend

The Utah Film Center has presented the “Damn These Heels” Salt Lake City International LGBT Film Festival for years, featuring independent, documentary, and foreign feature-length films and short films. This year, the festival runs from July 11–13 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Passes are available at for $45 for all three days of films. Individual tickets will be $6 each.
All screenings take place at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway, in either the Jeanne Wagner or Black Box theatres.The Jeanne Wagner is the main theatre on the west side of the main entrance, and the Black Box is on the east side of the main entrance.


Friday, July 11

8pm | Jeanne Wagner Theatre
Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank
9:30pm | Black Box
You and the Night

Saturday, July 12

10am | Jeanne Wagner Theatre
11:30am | Black Box
11:45am | Jeanne Wagner Theatre
The Way He Looks
1:30pm | Black Box
Appropriate Behavior
2pm | Jeanne Wagner Theatre
3:30pm | Black Box
My Straight Son
4pm | Jeanne Wagner Theatre
Lady Valor
6:30pm | Black Box
7pm | Jeanne Wagner Theatre
To Be Takei
9:15pm | Black Box
Der Samurai
9:30 | Jeanne Wagner Theatre
Tom at the Farm

Sunday, July 13

11:30am | Jeanne Wagner Theatre
The Circle
12pm | Black Box
2pm | Jeanne Wagner Theatre
Such Good People
2:30pm | Black Box
My Prairie Home
4:30pm | Jeanne Wagner Theatre
The Way He Looks
4:45pm | Black Box
Tom at the Farm
7pm | Jeanne Wagner Theatre
Mala Mala

Opening Night Film

COMPARED TO WHAT: The Improbable Journey Of Barney Frank
Directed by Sheila Canavan, Michael Chandler
87 min | 2013 | USA
Opening night film is open to festival pass holders only. A post-film discussion with Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler will immediately follow the film. Barney Frank and Jim Ready will be in attendance.
A rare and intimate peek into the life of Barney Frank, the quick-witted, cantankerous, and first openly gay Congressman in the United States. On the verge of his retirement, Frank reflects on his 40 years in office and the role his own homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice. A flawless example of when the personal meets the political, with incredible “bare all” access, this documentary reveals Frank as one of the most sharp-tongued, entertaining, and lionhearted politicians of our time.
Official Selection: 2014 Tribeca Film Festival
Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 8pm, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

Directed by Desiree Akhavan
82 min | 2013 | USA
A hip, young Persian-American woman struggles for acceptance that eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them.
Official Selection: 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 2014 Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival

BOYS / Jongen
Directed by Mischa Kamp
77 min | 2014 | Netherlands
Boys tells the story of Sieger, a sporty, rather quiet 15-year-old boy who discovers love during the summer holidays.
Official Selection: 2014 Seattle International Film Festival

THE CIRCLE / Der Kreis
Directed by Stefan Haupt
102 min | 2014 | Switzerland
The story in this documentary begins in 1958 Zurich when a bashful teacher and a cabaret artist meet through “Der Kreis” (The Circle), the only gay organization to survive WWII and so begins a decades long story of love and courage.
Winner: Teddy Award – 2014 Berlin Film Festival; Best Feature Film – 2014 Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Directed by Eytan Fox
90 min | 2013 | Israel
A perky group of fresh-scrubbed young Israelis finds themselves the underdogs in an international singing contest in this kitschy musical comedy.
Official Selection: 2014 Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival

Directed by Till Kleinert
79 min | 2014 | Germany
Over the course of one transformative and nightmarish night, a young policeman encounters his monstrous alter ego: a transvestite in a pristine white dress wielding a samurai sword.
Official Selection: 2014 Berlin Film Festival, 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

DUAL / Dvojina
Directed by Nejc Gazvoda
102 min | 2013 | Slovenia
A mid-flight emergency landing brings two people together: one is hiding a big secret and the other is simply trying to find her place in the world.
Official Selection: 2013 Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Directed by Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles
87 min | 2014 | USA/Puerto Rico
A unique exploration of the trans community in Puerto Rico featuring a diverse collection of subjects as they fight for personal and community acceptance.
Official Selection: 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Dir. by Chelsea McMullan
76 min | 2014 | Canada
A playful, meditative, and at times melancholic journey through indie singer Rae Spoon’s queer and musical coming of age.
Winner: Best Canadian Documentary – Vancouver Film Critics Circle; Official Selection: 2014 Sundance Film Festival

MY STRAIGHT SON / Azul Y Non Tan Rosa
Directed by Miguel Ferrari
112 min | 2012 | Venezuela
A touching and entertaining story about a father who, while dealing with personal tragedy, strives to re-establish his bond with his estranged son who has recently arrived from Spain.
Winner: Best Iberoamerican Film – Goya (Spanish equivalent of the American Academy Awards); Official Selection: 2014 Málaga Film Festival

Directed by Stewart Wade
95 min | 2014 | USA
A contemporary screwball comedy, about a couple who find a million dollars while house sitting.
Official Selection: 2014 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2014 Film Out San Diego; 2014 Adelaide Queen Culture and Film Festival

Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot
90 min | 2014 | USA
Actor, activist, and intergalactic helmsman George Takei and his husband Brad on their playful, profound trek for life, liberty, love.
Official Selection: 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 2014 Seattle International Film Festival, 2014 Human Rights Watch Film Festival

TOM AT THE FARM / Tom à la Ferme
Directed by Xavier Dolan
102 min | 2013 | Canada
A young man travels to the country for his boyfriend’s funeral, where he’s shocked to find out no one knows who he is except for the deceased’s brother who soon sets the rules for a twisted game.
Winner: FIPRESCI Prize – 2013 Venice Film Fest., People’s Choice Award – 2014 Istanbul INTL Film FEST; Official Selection: 2013 Toronto INTL Film FEST, 2014 Hong Kong INTL FILM FEST

THE WAY HE LOOKS / Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho
Directed by Daniel Ribeiro
95 min | 2014 | Brazil
A coming-of-age story about a blind teenager trying to live an independent life, when a new student joins his class, plans change.
Winner: Teddy – 2014 Berlin Film Festival, Audience Award – Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival; Audience Award – Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

YOU AND THE NIGHT / Les rencontres d’après minuit
Directed by Yann Gonzalez
98 min | 2013 | France
A young couple and their transvestite maid prepare for an orgy. Their guests will be The Slut, The Star, The Stud, and The Teen. Featuring soundtrack by M83.
Best Picture – 2013 Athen INTL Film FEST; Best Picture – 2013 Milan Film FEST; Official Selection: 2013 Cannes Film Festival, 2014 INTL Film Rotterdam

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