Through the Lens

Robin Loznak / "Youth v. Gov"

The planet’s youngest generations will bear the weight of climate change. So some young people are fighting back — by suing the United States government.

Christine Irvine

When we hear the word “abolitionist” we generally think of 19th century freedom fighters. 

The Sundance Institute

MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini was working with facial recognition software when she encountered a problem: The robot she was programming could not detect her own female, dark skinned face.

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Deep in the Arizona desert, there’s an enormous glass terrarium that houses a replica, in miniature, of the earth’s ecosystems. It’s called Biosphere 2.

Provided by Utah Film Center

It was a 36-year-long social experiment that led to horrible human rights violations, the effects of which will play out in China for years to come.

Courtesy of Kino Lorber

Director Aaron Schimberg’s new film Chained for Life examines society’s perceptions of and obsessions with beauty in a sometimes artificial, often funny and always unsentimental way. Schimberg is coming to Salt Lake for a screening of Chained for Life and a Q&A with Doug as part of our Through the Lens series with the Utah Film Center on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

SLC Punk/Sony Pictures Classics

Twenty years ago, the film SLC Punk! premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s about two young punks living on the fringes and rebelling against Utah culture, while also dealing with the realities of growing up.

HBO Documentary FILMS

In her new documentary film, director Irene Brodsky follows her son Jonas as he sets out to learn Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” Like the legendary composer, Jonas is deaf, and struggling to live between the worlds of sound and silence.

Netflix

In 2016, Cambridge Analytica took millions of Facebook users’ data and used it to sew dissension in the presidential campaign and aid Donald Trump. Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer’s film The Great Hack examines the Cambridge Analytica–Facebook scandal.

Image of film cover.
CREDIT: CANDY KUGEL

Few people were watching in August 1981 when MTV debuted on cable television. Filmmakers Patrick Waldrop and Tyler Measom have made a film about the birth and evolution of the television network that revolutionized the culture.

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