Events for Film

Lin-Manuel Miranda Virtual Book Launch - In the Heights

In 2008, In the Heights, a new musical from up-and-coming young artists, electrified Broadway. The show’s vibrant mix of Latin music and hip-hop captured life in Washington Heights, the Latino neighborhood in upper Manhattan. It won four Tony Awards and became an international hit, delighting audiences around the world. For the film version, director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) brought the story home, filming its spectacular dance numbers on location in Washington Heights. That’s where Usnavi, Nina, and their neighbors chase their dreams and ask a universal question: Where do I belong? In the Heights: Finding Home reunites Miranda with Jeremy McCarter, co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution, and Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize–winning librettist of the Broadway musical and screenwriter of the film. They do more than trace the making of an unlikely Broadway smash and a major motion picture: They give readers an intimate look at the decades-long creative life of In the Heights. Like Hamilton: The Revolution, the book offers untold stories, perceptive essays, and the lyrics to Miranda’s songs—complete with his funny, heartfelt annotations. It also features newly commissioned portraits and never-before-seen photos from backstage, the movie set, and productions around the world. ‚Äč

Tickets are on sale now! Each ticket includes a copy of In the Heights, the link to the Zoom virtual event, and the opportunity to have your question or questions forwarded to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alagria Hudes, or Jeremy McCarter.

This event will be moderated by America Ferrera. More information about, and tickets for, this terrific virtual event can be found on Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/e/lin-manuel-miranda-guests-in-the-heights-virtual-book-launch-event-tickets-154256552501 (please copy and paste if the link does not take you directly - Thanks!)



Free Live Stream: Nationtime

Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, William Greaves (1926–2014) was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority focused on African American history, politics, and culture. Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, Isaac Hayes, Richard Roundtree, and H. Carl McCall. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 58-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda, returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality.

Presented in partnership with Betty Sawyer & Utah Juneteenth Festival as part of Black, Bold, & Brilliant Film Night. Registration Link: https://watch.eventive.org/utahfilmcenter/play/60a2983dcddb490062d5c05c Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/6ISre95rU



Free Live Stream: Nationtime

Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, William Greaves (1926–2014) was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority focused on African American history, politics, and culture. Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, Isaac Hayes, Richard Roundtree, and H. Carl McCall. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 58-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda, returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality.

Presented in partnership with Betty Sawyer & Utah Juneteenth Festival as part of Black, Bold, & Brilliant Film Night. Registration Link: https://watch.eventive.org/utahfilmcenter/play/60a2983dcddb490062d5c05c Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/6ISre95rU



Free Live Stream: Nationtime

Best known for his avant-garde meta-documentary Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, William Greaves (1926–2014) was also the director of over 100 documentary films, the majority focused on African American history, politics, and culture. Nationtime is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum, among them Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Richard Hatcher, Amiri Baraka, Charles Diggs, Isaac Hayes, Richard Roundtree, and H. Carl McCall. Narrated by Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, the film was considered too militant for television broadcast at the time and has since circulated only in an edited 58-minute version. This new 4K restoration from IndieCollect, with funding from Jane Fonda, returns the film to its original 80-minute length and visual quality.

Presented in partnership with Betty Sawyer & Utah Juneteenth Festival as part of Black, Bold, & Brilliant Film Night. Registration Link: https://watch.eventive.org/utahfilmcenter/play/60a2983dcddb490062d5c05c Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/6ISre95rU



Utah Film Center Live Stream: Aretha Franklin's "Amazing Grace"

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the recording of Aretha Franklin’s best-selling album finally sees the light of day more than four decades after the original footage was shot. In January of 1972 Aretha Franklin performed with the choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, recording what would become her live best-selling gospel album “Amazing Grace.” In attendance were Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones as well as members of Franklin’s family and the local congregation and community who worship alongside her.

This film is presented in partnership with the KRCL, Utahn Convos, and Utah Juneteenth Festival as part of Black, Bold, & Brilliant Film Night. Registration Link: https://watch.eventive.org/utahfilmcenter/play/609ecddb37f66b0078415d60 Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/dzP2a5ran



Utah Film Center Live Stream: Aretha Franklin's "Amazing Grace"

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the recording of Aretha Franklin’s best-selling album finally sees the light of day more than four decades after the original footage was shot. In January of 1972 Aretha Franklin performed with the choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, recording what would become her live best-selling gospel album “Amazing Grace.” In attendance were Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones as well as members of Franklin’s family and the local congregation and community who worship alongside her.

This film is presented in partnership with the KRCL, Utahn Convos, and Utah Juneteenth Festival as part of Black, Bold, & Brilliant Film Night. Registration Link: https://watch.eventive.org/utahfilmcenter/play/609ecddb37f66b0078415d60 Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/dzP2a5ran



Utah Film Center Live Stream: Aretha Franklin's "Amazing Grace"

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the recording of Aretha Franklin’s best-selling album finally sees the light of day more than four decades after the original footage was shot. In January of 1972 Aretha Franklin performed with the choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, recording what would become her live best-selling gospel album “Amazing Grace.” In attendance were Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones as well as members of Franklin’s family and the local congregation and community who worship alongside her.

This film is presented in partnership with the KRCL, Utahn Convos, and Utah Juneteenth Festival as part of Black, Bold, & Brilliant Film Night. Registration Link: https://watch.eventive.org/utahfilmcenter/play/609ecddb37f66b0078415d60 Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/dzP2a5ran



Utah Film Center Live Stream: Aretha Franklin's "Amazing Grace"

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the recording of Aretha Franklin’s best-selling album finally sees the light of day more than four decades after the original footage was shot. In January of 1972 Aretha Franklin performed with the choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, recording what would become her live best-selling gospel album “Amazing Grace.” In attendance were Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones as well as members of Franklin’s family and the local congregation and community who worship alongside her.

This film is presented in partnership with the KRCL, Utahn Convos, and Utah Juneteenth Festival as part of Black, Bold, & Brilliant Film Night. Registration Link: https://watch.eventive.org/utahfilmcenter/play/609ecddb37f66b0078415d60 Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/dzP2a5ran



Screenwriting for Kids

Website to Register: https://www.utahfilmcenter.org/event/workshop-screenwriting-for-kids/

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Do you have ideas for movies? Ever wanted to write a screenplay for a movie but don’t know where to start? Join the Utah Film Center and the League of Utah Writers for our Screenwriting for Kids workshop! This interactive workshop teaches young audiences the anatomy of screenplay format and the vocabulary of screenwriting. Students will also have time to spitball ideas and start writing their very own short films. Instructor Bryan Young, President of the League of Utah Writers, will use scenes from Star Wars and Disney animated films to demonstrate the mechanics of a screenplay and introduce kids to free screenwriting software they can use immediately to create their own screenplays. INSTRUCTOR: Bryan Young from the League of Utah Writers AGES: 9-18

This workshop will take place live on Saturday, June 19 at 1 pm Mountain Time for registered attendees and will be approximately 105 minutes long.

This workshop will take place via a private Zoom link you will gain access to on June 19 through this webpage and your email confirmation. COST: $10 per family, a maximum of 15 families can register.

Julie Gale, Director of Education & Family Programs jgale@utahfilmcenter.org 801-746-7000 ext. 108



Free Live Stream: Try Harder!

At Lowell High School, the top-ranked public high school in San Francisco, the seniors are stressed out. As they prepare for the emotionally draining college application process, students are keenly aware of the intense competition for the few open spots in their dream colleges. They scrutinize how every element of their application, from their classes to their extracurricular activities to their racial identities, might be read by admission officers. At Lowell—where cool kids are nerds, nearly everyone has an amazing talent, and the majority of the student body is Asian American—the things that usually make a person stand out can feel not good enough, even commonplace. With humor and heart, director Debbie Lum takes us to the reality of the American college application process and the intersection of class, race, and educational opportunity as experienced by high school seniors living through it. Try Harder! is a portrait of young adults in the most diverse American generation ever as they navigate a quintessential rite of passage and make it their own.

Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/1t0DFnal7