2015 Damn These Heels Initial Line-Up

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Utah Film Center Announces 2015 Damn These Heels LGBT Film Festival
Opening Night, Closing Night and First Round of Films
July 10-12 | Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

 

Buy your DTH pass today!The Utah Film Center will present the 12th annual Damn These Heels LGBT Film Festival July 10-12 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. The festival is a weekend-long celebration of independent, documentary and foreign feature-length films from around the world that explore LGBT issues, ideas and art. This year, Damn These Heels opens on July 10 with The New Girlfriend, a French psychosexual, trans, genre-bending film from acclaimed director François Ozon (In the House, Potiche, Under the Sand, Swimming Pool). The festival closes on July 12 with Boulevard by Dito Montiel (Sundance Award Winner, A Guide Recognizing Your Saints), which is a much anticipated film, featuring a standout performance by Robin Williams in one of his last roles.

 

A diverse programming committee comprised of seven community members and five Utah Film Center staff has thus far received confirmation from eight films invited to the festival. In addition to the Opening and Closing Night dramas, two other dramas and four documentaries will be part of the 2015 Damn These Heels lineup. Upon confirmation from the other invited films, Utah Film Center will announce the entire festival lineup.

 

“The programming committee considered over 100 films to put together a compelling program that features a broad selection of films that will resonate with every member of the community, whether people identify themselves as LGBT, allies or straight-but-not narrows. Our lineup includes films that illuminate a variety of social issues, while entertaining and engaging audiences,” says Patrick Hubley, Artistic Director Utah Film Center.


Opening Night Film

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THE NEW GIRLFRIEND
Une Nouvelle Amie
Directed by François Ozon
108 min | 2014 | France | Rated R
Principal Cast: Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz

Presented in French with English subtitles.
Opening night film will have a limited amount of individual tickets available. Gurantee your seat by buying a pass, VIP package, or sponsorship!

After the death of her best friend, Claire falls into a deep depression, but a surprising discovery about her friend’s husband gives her a new taste for life.

Winner: Sebastiane Award—2014 San Sebastian Film Festival; Official Selection: 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, 2015 Seattle International Film Festival, 2015 OutFest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, 2015 Provincetown Film Festival, 2015 BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival, Framelin39: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival


Closing Night Film

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BOULEVARD
Directed by Dito Montiel
87 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Robin Williams, Bob Odenkirk, Kathy Baker, Roberto Aguire

A subtle and moving drama following a devoted husband and dutiful bank employee who begins to confront his own secrets when he meets a troubled young man.

Official Selection: 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Frameline38: San Francisco International LBGTQ Film Festival, 2015 Seattle International Film Festival


Initial Festival Line-Up – More films to be announced!

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THE NEW MAN
El Hombre Nuevo
Directed by Aldo Garay
79 min | 2015 | Uruguay/Chile | Not Rated

Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
At the tender age of twelve, Roberto supported the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua and fought for education and social reforms. He continued his political struggle fighting alongside the communist Tupamaros in Uruguay. Thirty years later he is struggling to live his life as a woman named Stephanía and striving to be accepted by both society and his family.

Winner: Teddy Award for Best Documentary—2015 Berlin International Film Festival


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MIRCO
Directed by Silvia Chiogna
68 min | 2014 | Germany | Not Rated

A thought-provoking and playful documentary that explores what happens when we challenge the rules of gender.

Official Selection: 2015 BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival


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OUT IN THE NIGHT
Directed by Blair Dorosh-Walther
75 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated

Under the neon lights in a gay-friendly neighborhood of New York City, four young African-American lesbians are violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. They defend themselves against him and are charged and convicted in the courts and in the media as a “Gang of Killer Lesbians.”

Official Selection: 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, Frameline38: San Francisco International LBGTQ Film Festival, 2014 OutFest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival


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PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST
Directed by John Mitchell and Christina Zeidler
84 min | 2015 | Canada | Not Rated
Principal Cast: Diane Flacks, Carolyn Taylor, Caroline Gillis, Shoshana Sperling, Dawn Whitwell, Vanessa Dunn

 

In this hilarious, honest and romantic comedy, serial monogamist Elsie is beginning to feel restless in yet another long-term relationship. After breaking up with her girlfriend, she pursues the young DJ/barista only to face the disapproval of her friends and family and the growing realization that she may have broken up with her soul mate.

Official Selection: 2015 InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Frameline39: SanFrancisco International LGBTQ Film Festival.


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THE SUMMER OF SANGAILE
Sangaïlé
Directed by Alanté Kavaïté
88 min | 2014 | Lithuania/France/Netherlands | Not Rated
Principle cast: Julija Steponaitytė, Aistė Diržiūtė

Presented in Lithuanian with English subtitles.
Stunt planes fascinate seventeen-year-old Sangaile. She meets a girl of her age at the summer aeronautical show, nearby her parents’ lakeside villa. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret, and finds herself in teenage love with the only person to truly encourage her to fly.

Winner: Best Director World Cinema Dramatic—2015 Sundance Film Festival; Official Selection: 2015 Berlin International Film Festival


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TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL
Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz
90 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated

Throughout the 1950s Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood’s ultimate male heartthrob, but the entire time he was living with a secret . In this explosive documentary feature, Tab’s dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story is explored.

Official Selection: 2015 SXSW Film Festival, 2015 BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival, Framelin39: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, 2015 Seattle International Film Festival


ADMISSION PRICES
Damn These Heels festival-pass holders and sponsors gain priority access to the Opening Night film. A limited number of tickets to the Opening Night film will be available for $15 (including service charge) beginning June 17.

Ten-ticket passes are currently available for purchase for $35 online until June 10. After June 10 the pass price increases to $50. Damn These Heels VIP Packages begin at $150. To purchase or for more information visit: http://utahfilmcenter.org/dth2015/pass-and-packages/

Individual tickets for all other films can be purchased for $7 (including service charge) beginning June 17.


FILM SCREENING LOCATION
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center: 138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101