Events for Film


Post-film discussion with John Olsen, subject’s father.

When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang first came to America, Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she encounters Dylan, a charismatic young drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family for a life of intentional homelessness. Fascinated by his choice and rejection of society’s rules, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that takes her across America and explores the meaning of freedom – and its limits.

Shades of Pale - Sci-Fi Showcase

The non-profit Utah Filmmakers Association is co-hosting a local film night at Shades of Pale Brewing in Salt Lake City. The February 1 event will feature a selection science fiction short films produced right here in Utah. Have a film you'd like to be considered for screening? Visit:

Shades of Pale - Sci-Fi Showcase

The non-profit Utah Filmmakers Association is co-hosting a local film night at Shades of Pale Brewing in Salt Lake City. The February 1 event will feature a selection science fiction short films produced right here in Utah. Have a film you'd like to be considered for screening? Visit:

MR. FROG (Meester Kikker)

Presented in Dutch with English subtitles

Recommended for ages 7+

Based on the novel by best-selling author Paul van Loon, Mr. Frog is the wildly charming and engaging story of an elementary school teacher who occasionally turns into a frog! When Mr. Franz first transforms right in the middle of a lesson, the students are taken aback, but brave Sita immediately recognizes what has happened and springs into action. Leading the charge, the students undertake a series of diversions to hide the secret from their new principal and protect their beloved teacher from humans and predatory animals alike. As the students prepare for their school’s anniversary performance, Mr. Franz does whatever he can to stay under the radar, but the principal grows increasingly suspicious… perhaps it’s his own predatory nature taking control?

TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities

The story of Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the Civil War and influenced the course of our nation yet remains one of America’s most important untold stories. A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries—and path of promise toward the American dream—Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for more than 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told.


Post-film Q&A with director Nancy Buirski moderated by RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.

In 1944, Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother, was gang-raped by six white boys in Alabama – a sadly common crime in the Jim Crow South. While few of these crimes were reported as the victims were in fear for their lives if they spoke up, Recy Taylor bravely identified her rapists. To support her, the NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.

Through Mr. Taylor’s tragic story, this film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women in the American South, and how the pursuit of justice for these crimes influenced the Civil Rights movement. The film also reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Ms. Taylor’s story, and how being the victim of an attempted rape was an inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor.


cclaimed short dramas and documentaries that explore the black queer experience. Contemporary voices, powerful stories.

Directed by Angela Tucker
9 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated

Cast: Tiger Bazell, Alexis Clark, Jason Curole

A couple goes on a road trip in southern Louisiana to support a friend. A simple moment that’s totally engaging.

Official Selection: 2017 Frameline Film Festival, 2017 American Black Film Festival, 2017 Black Star Film Festival

195 Lewis
Directed by Chanelle Aponte Pearson
45 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated

Cast: Rae Leone Allen, Sirita Wright, D. Ajane Carlton, Roxie Johnson

“Black, queer, filled with activists, artists and other producers of culture—that is what makes Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn what it is,” according to Pearson. This is the backdrop to this short about a group of young women, in which identity and polyamory are investigated honestly and freely.

Official Selection: 2017 Rotterdam Film Festival

More films are TBA and coming soon!

Movie Night - Who's Gonna Love Me Now?

Free Movie at the JCC. Presented by the JCC. It was 18 years ago when Saar, a young Jew raised in a religious family, had to leave the kibbutz because of his homosexual orientation. He moved to London where he could finally live the life he wanted. When it turned out that he was HIV positive, his family had to face yet another challenge. But the protagonist did not cease to fight for acceptance and maintaining bonds with his family.


Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, and Kevin Costner

Post-film discussion is TBA.

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

Nominated: Best Picture & Best Supporting Actress–2017 Academy Awards

Presented in celebration of Black History Month.


Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of a Black teenager in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a Black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high school and navigates the marginalized neighborhoods, biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up many Black youth like her to fail.

After she is expelled from her public high school, a juvenile court judge sends Daje to the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy, which offers her one last chance to earn a diploma. Over two years we watch as Daje struggles to maintain focus in school, attends the funerals of friends killed around her, falls in love with a classmate named Antonio, and navigates a loving-but-tumultuous relationship with her mother.

As Antonio is drawn into the criminal justice system and events in Ferguson just four miles from her home seize the national spotlight, Daje learns she is pregnant and must contend with the reality of raising a young Black boy.

Through Daje’s intimate story, For Ahkeem illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.

“People been labeling me a bad kid all my life. You don’t have to really do nothing, people just expect it. So you start to expect it of yourself.” –Daje Shelton