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7/11/2019 | Amy Tibbals

Date: July 12th - 14th, 2019
Time: Varies by title, official line-up here
Location: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 Broadway)

This year marks the 16th Annual for Damn These Heels, and it has officially become the longest-running (and dare we say, absolute best) LGBTQ film festival in the Mountain West. The incredible weekend of film and fabulousness (a program of the nonprofit Utah Film Center made possible by individuals/foundations/corporate supporters) is upon us once again with a lineup that's sure to bring tears, encourage self-expression, and inspire support in all its forms.

More than 20 films and shorts over this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday...

Documentaries, shorts, and features will touch on everything from queer and intersex issues to familial dynamics, sex work, and trans identity. Included in the lot this year will be three classic films--chosen by DTH Guest Programmer, Jordan Blok--that are well worth a watch (synopsis for each below).

As ever, Damn These Heels has a slew of parties and programs set for the weekend, including an opening night soiree, cocktail receptions, and Community Reflection worshops with Giuliana Serena (of The Bee). Attendees can also purchase a festival pass, which comes with priority/VIP status, plenty of showings, and -- in a new addition this year -- the opportunity to donate and help make the festival more financially sustainable. It's "the only festival in Utah devoted to showcasing LGBTQ stories in film that highlight LGBTQ culture, ideas, struggles, and triumphs."



MA VIE EN ROSE (1997) – Showing Saturday, July 13th at 1:15pm
Ludovic is an innocent seven-year-old child who provokes horror in her community when she dresses in girls clothes and insists she's a girl.

OLIVIA (1952) – Showing Sunday, July 14th at 9:00am
Long-forgotten tale of forbidden passion from 1952. Two head mistresses of a gothic all girls boarding school compete to win the hearts and affections of their students.

THE HANDMAIDEN (2016) – Showing Sunday, July 14th at 3:45pm
A handmaiden to a Japanese heiress is plotting to defraud her until their relationship becomes more complex.



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