Events for Film

Blowin Up

In 2004, the United States’ first problem-solving court around prostitution was created in Queens County, New York. The court, presided over by the Honorable Toko Serita, attempts to redress the way women and young girls arrested for prostitution are shuffled through the criminal justice system.

With unparalleled access to the workings of the court, Blowin’ Up captures what it feels like to go through these criminal proceedings as a female defendant. The overwhelming majority of women arrested are undocumented Asian immigrants, black, Latina and transgender youth. As the film unfolds, we hear directly from these women, in their own words, and we begin to understand the complex scenarios that bring them into the courtroom.

Never do we hear the words “sex worker” or “prostitute” spoken in the courtroom. Instead, Judge Serita and the court try to create a safe space for these women within the confines of a legal system where sex work and prostitution are criminalized. The question asked over and over by defense teams and social workers is: Why are these women arrested in the first place? As the film progresses, and a new administration takes over in the White House, the courtroom’s fragile ecosystem is tested and the fates of those who pass through become less certain.

Through Wang-Breal’s patient filmmaking, these women slowly come into focus to reveal the interplay of the larger forces at work in their lives. A decidedly people-focused film, Blowin’ Up exposes us to how individuals can work together to create more humane ways to navigate an inhumane criminal justice system and allows us to witness this unique environment as an unfiltered, immersive experience.

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I Want My MTV: Utah Film Center Screening

I Want My MTV was supported through our Fiscal Sponsorship program and Artist Foundry.

Post-film Q&A with director Tyler Measom moderated by KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.

A touchstone in the lives of millions of young people, as well as a home for musicians and filmmakers to display their frequently offbeat sense of artistic vision, upstart music network MTV burst onto televisions on August 1, 1981. Via a combination of the scrappy handful of young adults serving as hosts, the fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants production style, and the music mini-movies that were the foundation of the original channel, MTV was like nothing Americans had ever seen before.

A nostalgic and thrilling ride, I Want My MTV takes its audience back to the beginning, when the idea of a television channel devoted solely to screening newfangled videos from music’s hottest stars seemed destined for failure. From DEVO and Cyndi Lauper to David Bowie and Madonna, the film provides a peek into how the videos that defined a generation, as well as how the team of young executives—now some of the most prolific and powerful leaders in American media—tasked with growing this seed of an idea, would quickly flourish into a beloved but often controversial cultural juggernaut. Features commentary from StingTegan and SaraFab 5 FreddyJerry CantrellTabitha Soren, and more.

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Movies on the Plaza

Join us each Wednesday night as we screen your favorite classic and pop-culture movies under the stars of the historic Olympic Plaza at The Gateway. Bring a blanket + grab to-go food from one of our restaurant and we’ll bring the popcorn + movie. We will have beer for sale for those 21+ (proof of ID required). Plaza opens at 7:30pm for seating and film begins at sunset (9ish). Remember to bring and show a receipt from one of the stores at The Gateway from that week and you’ll be entered to win the full set of DVDs from our Movie on The Plaza series plus a $100 gift card package from our merchants! One entry per receipt so the more receipts, the more entries and chances to win!

Movie Lineup: June 19 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze brought to you by California Pizza Kitchen June 26 – Spiderman into the Spider-Verse brought to you by Discovery Gateway July 3 – Ready Player One brought to you by Virtualities July 10 – Ralph Breaks the Internet brought to you by Dave & Buster’s July 17 – First Man brought to you by Clark Planetarium July 24 – Bohemian Rhapsody brought to you by The Depot July 31 – Despicable Me brought to you by Sweet Rolled Taco Aug 7 – The Incredibles 2 brought to you by Salt & Honey Aug 14 – 10 Things I Hate About You brought to you by The Store



Movies on the Plaza

Join us each Wednesday night as we screen your favorite classic and pop-culture movies under the stars of the historic Olympic Plaza at The Gateway. Bring a blanket + grab to-go food from one of our restaurant and we’ll bring the popcorn + movie. We will have beer for sale for those 21+ (proof of ID required). Plaza opens at 7:30pm for seating and film begins at sunset (9ish). Remember to bring and show a receipt from one of the stores at The Gateway from that week and you’ll be entered to win the full set of DVDs from our Movie on The Plaza series plus a $100 gift card package from our merchants! One entry per receipt so the more receipts, the more entries and chances to win!

Movie Lineup: June 19 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze brought to you by California Pizza Kitchen June 26 – Spiderman into the Spider-Verse brought to you by Discovery Gateway July 3 – Ready Player One brought to you by Virtualities July 10 – Ralph Breaks the Internet brought to you by Dave & Buster’s July 17 – First Man brought to you by Clark Planetarium July 24 – Bohemian Rhapsody brought to you by The Depot July 31 – Despicable Me brought to you by Sweet Rolled Taco Aug 7 – The Incredibles 2 brought to you by Salt & Honey Aug 14 – 10 Things I Hate About You brought to you by The Store



Friday Night Flicks

Family-friendly movies at different Salt Lake City parks each week. They are shown on a large inflatable screen and popcorn is free while it lasts. Bring your blanket, pillows, and low back chairs to enjoy a neighborhood watch-party under the stars, at a park near you. The theme this year is Build It Up, Break it down.

You can show up anytime after 7:30pm to secure your spot, enjoy music from KBull 93, lawn games, trivia, giveaways and popcorn from State Farm Insurance Agent Bekka Carlson, and community booths. Food will be available at select showing for purchase from The Food Truck League. Movies begin around 9pm. For ADA accommodations, please call 801-535-6167

June 21- The Astronaut Farmer (PG) Jordan Park 



Friday Night Flicks

Family-friendly movies at different Salt Lake City parks each week. They are shown on a large inflatable screen and popcorn is free while it lasts. Bring your blanket, pillows, and low back chairs to enjoy a neighborhood watch-party under the stars, at a park near you. The theme this year is Build It Up, Break it down.

You can show up anytime after 7:30pm to secure your spot, enjoy music from KBull 93, lawn games, trivia, giveaways and popcorn from State Farm Insurance Agent Bekka Carlson, and community booths. Food will be available at select showing for purchase from The Food Truck League. Movies begin around 9pm. For ADA accommodations, please call 801-535-6167

June 21- The Astronaut Farmer (PG) Jordan Park 



Toy Story 4

Come join the Wasatch Charter School community and enjoy a private showing of Toy Story 4. Each ticket supports the school. All tickets include a seat in a private screening theater for Toy Story 4 Viewing the summer’s biggest family movie opening week and a $5 gift card for a snack or drink of your choice

Buy tickets at: https://wff2019.ggo.bid/bidding/package/12752914



Toy Story 4

Come join the Wasatch Charter School community and enjoy a private showing of Toy Story 4. Each ticket supports the school. All tickets include a seat in a private screening theater for Toy Story 4 Viewing the summer’s biggest family movie opening week and a $5 gift card for a snack or drink of your choice

Buy tickets at: https://wff2019.ggo.bid/bidding/package/12752914



Toy Story 4

Come join the Wasatch Charter School community and enjoy a private showing of Toy Story 4. Each ticket supports the school. All tickets include a seat in a private screening theater for Toy Story 4 Viewing the summer’s biggest family movie opening week and a $5 gift card for a snack or drink of your choice

Buy tickets at: https://wff2019.ggo.bid/bidding/package/12752914



The Feeling of Being Watched

In the Arab-American neighborhood outside of Chicago where director Assia Boundaoui grew up, most of her neighbors think they have been under surveillance for over a decade. While investigating their experiences, Assia uncovers tens of thousands of pages of FBI documents that prove her hometown was the subject of one of the largest counterterrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. before 9/11, code-named “Operation Vulgar Betrayal.” With unprecedented access, The Feeling of Being Watched weaves the personal and the political as it follows the filmmaker’s examination of why her community fell under blanket government surveillance. Assia struggles to disrupt the government secrecy shrouding what happened and takes the FBI to federal court to compel them to make the records they collected about her community public. In the process, she confronts long-hidden truths about the FBI’s relationship to her community. The Feeling of Being Watched follows Assia as she pieces together this secret FBI operation, while grappling with the effects of a lifetime of surveillance on herself and her family.

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