Cinematic Dreamer? The Utah Film Commission’s Next Level Grant Program Can Give You a Boost

Cinematic Dreamer? The Utah Film Commission’s Next Level Grant Program...
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According to Virginia Pearce, the Director at the Utah Film Commission, it is common for these aspiring filmmakers to understand the technical-skill-driven aspects of making a movie, but the business side can be tricky, particularly the fundraising side. … read more

Slamdance Film Festival 2019 – Boni Bonita

Slamdance Film Festival 2019 – Boni Bonita
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Boni Bonita was shot over three years and magnificently across three formats: Super 16, 16 mm and digital. “When writing this film, I always pictured it with a nostalgic look,” says Barosa. … read more

Giving Salt Lake’s Youth a Voice: Spy Hop’s Film Program

Giving Salt Lake’s Youth a Voice: Spy Hop’s Film Program
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Salt Lake City’s Spy Hop is a nonprofit organization based around after school programs that promote high school students finding their voices. Whether it’s through video game design, music/audio or film, there’s something available for every student. … read more

Changing the Narrative – Diana Whitten of Film Fatales Utah

Changing the Narrative – Diana Whitten of Film Fatales Utah
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Vessel is one part of Whitten’s repertoire as a director, and she is also an influencer within the organization Film Fatales, whose Utah chapter she established. … read more

Dualist – A Film-Production Company Keeping Art in Artists’ Hands

Dualist – A Film-Production Company Keeping Art in Artists’ Hands
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Dualist produces small-budget, independent films nationwide. Wigham is the founder of Big Cartel, a tech company based in SLC that helps independent artists create websites to sell and market their merchandise. … read more

Slamdance Festival 2019 – Markie in Milwaukee

Slamdance Festival 2019 – Markie in Milwaukee
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This documentary follows Markie Wenzel, a transgender woman and former fundamentalist Baptist preacher, on her journey discovering her gender identity. It begins with her initial transition then, as the strain of rejection from church and family wear on her, the process of de-transitioning. … read more

Slamdance Film Festival 2019 – The Vast of Night

Slamdance Film Festival 2019 – The Vast of Night
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Aside from radio, much of the film revolves around the exploration of then-newfound technology—tape recorders, broadband interference and fluorescent lights. This plot point provides The Vast of Night with a timely message. … read more

Dirty God at Sundance Film Festival 2019 – Scars as Beauty Marks

Dirty God at Sundance Film Festival 2019 – Scars as...
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Dutch director Sacha Polak’s Sundance 2019 film, Dirty God, opens with what almost looks like an alluring red-rock landscape. The up-close shot soon reveals that it’s the acid-scarred skin of lead character Jade, played by Vicky Knight. … read more

Alternate Sensations: Stephanie Leaks

Alternate Sensations: Stephanie Leaks
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Earlier this year, Stephanie Leaks identified as an alt-sensory poet, which they describe as an exploration of abstract feelings that’s grounded in physical sensation. … read more

Dueling in Duality: Amy Irvine’s Call to Cabal

Dueling in Duality: Amy Irvine’s Call to Cabal
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Amy Irvine is indeed seeking to drum up a different dialogue and practice around the patriarchal origins of being in and fighting for the wild—and the often grossly individualistic entitlement to wild spaces and resources. … read more