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1.

Robert Redford and the Sundance Film Institute

Each year, aspiring filmmakers are invited to work with seasoned professionals at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Institute in an atmosphere that encourages creativity and experimentation. This program tracks the progress of two workshop participants as they receive advice on dialogue from Julius Epstein, writer of Casablanca, and on plot from Ring Lardner, Jr., writer of M*A*S*H; edit film with Paul Hirsch, editor of Star Wars; and discuss motivation with Redford himself, known at the Institute as "Ordinary Bob." Free from the commercial pressures of Hollywood, Sundance projects have scored notable successes with alternative films such as Desert Bloom, El Norte, and The Promised Land.
Online
2016; 1989
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Carnival of Souls

Herk Harvey's macabre masterpiece gained a cult following through late night television and has been bootlegged for years. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, Carnival of souls was intended to have the look of a Bergman and feel of a Cocteau, and succeeds with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score. Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) survives a drag race in a rural Kansas town, then takes a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her to an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Criterion is proud to present the ultimate special edition of this eerily effective B-movie classic that continues to inspire filmmakers today.
Online
2014; 1962
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Bidder 70

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"In 2008, as George W. Bush tried to gift the energy and mining industries thousands of acres of pristine Utah wilderness via a widely disputed federal auction, college student Tim DeChristopher monkey-wrenched the process. Bidding $1.7 million, he won 22,000 acres--with no intention to drill. For this astonishing (and successful) act of civil disobedience, he was sentenced to two years in federal prison. Bidder 70 tells the story of this peaceful warrior whose willingness to sacrifice has ignited the climate justice movement"--Container.
DVD
2013; 2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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127 Hours

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"... the powerfully uplifting true story of one man's struggle to survive against mountainous odds. Aron Ralston (James Franco) has a passion for all things outdoors. But when a falling boulder traps him in a remote Utah canyon, a thrill-seeker's adventure becomes the challenge of a lifetime. Over the next five days, Ralston embarks on a remarkable personal journey in which he relies on the memories of family and friends--as well as his own courage and ingenuity--to turn adversity into triumph!"--Container.
DVD
2011; 2010
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Big Love: The Complete Fourth Season

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For years, Bill Henrickson wished for a world free from the corrupt 'Prophet' of Juniper Creek, Roman Grant. Now that Roman appears to be out of the picture, Bill and his family can breathe easily, or can they? Season 4 continues the Henricksons' story, as Bill launches another business venture: a Mormon-friendly casino. At the same time, Bill eschews a chance to seize the Prophet mantle at Juniper Creek in favor of an even more high-profile calling: running for State Senate in Utah.
DVD
2011; 2010
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Big Love: The Complete Fifth Season

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On election night, new state senator Bill Henrickson shook Utah to its core by announcing he was a polygamist. Now, instead of being embraced for their honesty, the Henrickson family is engulfed by hostility from neighbors, Home Plus employees, casino partners, students at their kids' schools and even fellow polygamists hoping to keep their personal lives private. Meanwhile, at Juniper Creek, Alby Grant returns from a self-imposed desert exile with revenge on his mind.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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Big Love: The Complete Third Season

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Bill Henrickson returns as the enterprising suburban polygamist who has more than his hands full with three wives, a potential fourth, a growing brood of eight children, and a struggling gaming business meant to safeguard his family should they be 'outed' and his Home Plus superstores left vulnerable.
DVD
2010; 2009
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Pleasure Unwoven: A Personal Journey About Addiction

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"'Is addiction really a disease?' In this high-definition video essay, Kevin McCauley explores the arguments for and against this vital debate, reviewing the latest neuroscientific research about addiction along the way. Using the spectacular landscape of Utah's State and National Parks to describe the brain areas involved in addiction, Dr. McCauley turns complex neuroscientific concepts into easy-to-understand visual images that will help people feel better understood, and their families and friends feel hope that recovery is possible."--Container.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Natural Family Values

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"Founded by Mormon polygamists, Kanab, Utah is a small, scenic western town facing new development and an influx of people from around the country who are moving into its quiet neighborhoods. In response to a perceived threat to their way of life, the religious majority struggles to assert its conservative identity as the mayor and city council unanimously approve a resolution defining the kind of families they would like to see move in. The 'Natural Family Resolution' that the mayor and city council adopts, based on a memorandum from a conservative political think-tank, assigns proper gender roles to men and women and defines the family as 'one man, one woman' with a 'full quiver' of children." -- Container.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Desert Bayou

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The evacuees of Hurricane Katrina tell how they survived the storm of the century and ended up at a military installation in the Utah deserts. Examines whether two cultures can come together in a time of utter chaos.
DVD
2008; 2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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September Dawn

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Takes an up-close look at the devastation wrought by religious fanaticism and set against the backdrop of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre. As a wagon train of westward-bound settlers makes its way across southern Utah, a confrontation with a congregation of Mormons soon leads to deadly consequences for all involved. Centered on the massacre, which continues to stir controversy over a century and a half after the fact.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Big Love: The Complete Second Season

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Season two finds the modern-day polygamist Bill Henrickson and his three wives struggling to pick up the pieces after first wife Barb's outing at the Beehive Mother of the Year Ceremony. Second wife Nicki, learning that it was her father, Roman Grant, Prophet of the Fundamentalist Juniper Creek compound, who betrayed them, battles conflicting family loyalties. And third wife Margene, newly pregnant, fights for a bigger piece of the family pie with an eye toward bringing a new wife and confidante into the fold. All of this domestic drama plays out against the backdrop of Bill's new, visionary business plans-- which put him into direct conflict with his father-in-law and some rather unexpected and unsavory antagonists.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Big Love: The Complete First Season

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A polygamist and independent businessman lives in Salt Lake CIty with his three wives and seven children. He faces many challenges in meeting the emotional, romantic, and financial needs of his wives.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Edge of America

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New man in town Kenny Williams has just accepted a position as an English professor on a reservation in Utah. Finding it hard to fit in with the Native American community, he decides to take on the challenge of coaching the girls' basketball team.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Lost Tribe

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Ex-Mormon-lesbian comedian Sue Ann Post attends the annual conference of Affirmation, an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Mormons in Salt Lake City Utah. An observational documentary following Sue Ann's funny, bizarre and confronting journey to Mormon Zion as she performs for an audience of predominately devout, excommunicated gay Mormons.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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This Divided State

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When liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is invited to speak at Utah Valley State College, it creates a firestorm not ususally seen in the heart of conservative Mormon country. A media frenzy follows, as does Fox News' Sean Hannity who agrees to speak at UVSC prior to Moore's engagement. Protests, anger, and a bribery attempt by a local businessman to stop Moore's appearance punctuate this documentary that cuts to the heart of the "red versus blue" rift in the nation.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

America 1900: Part 1 [electronic resource]

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In 1900, America was a nation on the move. Its population had doubled over the past 100 years, its people were becoming the most prosperous on Earth. President McKinley had led the nation out of its worst depression. People could travel with ease across the nation in six days. Half of the nation's original timber had been cut down and people were talking about conservation. Women were striking out on their own and the Women's movement was growing. America goes to war with the Filipinos to keep the Philippines under American control. Anti-war sentiments grow. Most of America remained rural, but people were traveling more and began to move to the cities. In New York City, one third of the population were foreign immigrants who lived in poverty. Many began moving to other cities further west.
Online
2005; 1998
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Digging for the Truth: Mystery of the Anasazi

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The people who became known as the Anasazi began to farm the Four Corners Region as early as 1 A.D. For most of their history, they lived in small, scattered villages on the mesas and in the valleys. But in the middle of the 13th century, something happened. They began to cluster together and built high walls around their homes, or lived precariously on the cliff-sides. Then, a few decades later, they abandoned these homes, leaving behind most of their possessions, as if they intended to return. Instead, they disappeared from history. What happened? Did drought drive them away? Invading tribes? There is compelling evidence that the Anasazi might have had to turn to warfare and even cannibalism. Piecing together the story from both archaeologists and Native Americans, Josh Bernstein f [...]
Online
2005
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Sons of Provo

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Everclean, a semi-talented Mormon pop group, tours the state of Utah on a wave of popularity in this behind-the-scenes "mockumentary."
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Out of the Past: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America

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Reviews the struggle for lesbian and gay rights in the United States. Features the struggle of the Gay Straight Alliance at East High School in Salt Lake City.
DVD
2004; 1997
Clemons (Stacks)