Everyone in Salt Lake City has heard about Sundance -Robert Redford’s world-famous, independent film festival which takes place every January in Park City. But despite the Wasatch Mountains being home to one of the biggest and most influential film events in the world, it seems that the movie industry hardly leaves a lasting mark on the area.
Enter: Salt Lake Film Society, the “premier film establishment of our community”. This very active organization offers many screenings every week of independent, American-independent and foreign, and artistic films -in other words, those typically not coming from Hollywood. In addition to this, they maintain two of the city’s historic theaters, the Historic Tower Theater and Broadway Centre Cinemas.
Offerings include documentary and narrative films, historic and modern cinema -from world-famous and local directors alike. Without the Salt Lake Film Society, none of these would likely be available to the city at all.
In addition to the screenings, the Artists in Film program brings independent film writers, actors, and directors to Salt Lake City to discuss their work. The SLFS intentionally select talented artists, rather than glitzy stars, to discuss their role in pushing the artistic limits of film.
To check out the Salt Lake Film Society, simply visit their oft-updated website; a full schedule is posted, as well as a history and “about us” section detailing their mission. This really is one of the area’s cooler, more underground and active cultural institutions in the city.