Trailer for Tom at the Farm
Utah Film Center’s Damn These Heels is back for another round of independent, documentary and foreign films exploring LGBT issues, ideas and art. The film festival runs July 11–13 at the Rose Wanger Performing Arts Center, and we’re giving away two free passes.
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This year’s festival lineup (descriptions from press release):
Opening Night Film: Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank
Directed by Sheila Canavan, Michael Chandler
87 min | 2013 | USA
A rare and intimate peek into Barney Frank, the quick-witted, cantankerous, and most prominent out gay Congressman in the United States, Comparable to What is 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. *A post-film discussion with Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler will immediately follow the film. Barney Frank and Jim Ready will be in attendance.
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.
Boys / Jongens
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.
The Circle / Der Kries
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.
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.
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 cross-dresser in a pristine white dress wielding a samurai sword.
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.
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.
My Prairie Home
Directed 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.
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 is dealing with personal tragedy while striving to re-establish his bond with his estranged son.
Such Good People
Directed by Steward Wade
95 min | 2014 | USA
A contemporary screwball comedy, about a couple that finds a million dollars while housesitting.
To Be Takei
Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot
90 min | 2014 | USA
Join actor, activist, and intergalactic helmsman George Takei and his husband Brad on their playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.
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.
The Way He Looks / Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho
Directed by Daniel Ribeiro
95 min | 2014 | Brazil
A charming coming-of-age story about a blind teenager trying to live an independent life, when a new student joins his class, plans change.
You and the Night
Directed by Yann Gonzalez
98 min | 2013 | France
Around midnight, a young couple and their cross-dressing maid prepare for an orgy. Their guests will be The Slut, The Star, The Stud, and The Teen. Featuring a soundtrack by M83.
Damn These Heels festival-pass holders and sponsors gain priority access to the Opening Night film. Tickets are $35 online for 10 until June 22. After June 22, the price increases to $45. Individual tickets are $6 per screening starting June 23 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center or at arttix.org.