This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America and the human condition.


The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes. Billi, feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with the family's decision to hide the truth from her grandmother.

This is our SLFS School Night film on Tuesday 8/20 at 7:15 pm. 21 & younger=Free Admission.

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.


It's been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea, and they thought the worst was behind them. Luce Edgar (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has become an all-star student beloved by his community in Arlington, Virginia. His African American teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), believes he is a symbol of black excellence that sets a positive example for his peers. But when he is assigned to write an essay in the voice of a historical twentieth-century figure, Luce turns in a paper that makes an alarming statement about political violence. Worried about how this assignment reflects upon her star pupil, Harriet searches his locker and finds something that confirms her worst fears.

After he's attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots), Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei's mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor. Audacious and offbeat, The Art of Self-Defense is an original dark comedy that takes toxic masculinity to absurd extremes.


A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic music groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas.

Friday 6/21
7:00 pm
Q&A with dir. Diana Whitten & Planned Parenthood following the film 

Vessel begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea.  Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt compelled to challenge this.  Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters.

Her project, Women on Waves, begins as flawed spectacle, a media frenzy, faced with governmental, religious, and military blockades.  But with each setback comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca has the revelation that she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to give themselves safe abortions using WHO-sanctioned protocols with pills.

We witness the creation of an underground network of emboldened, informed activists, working at the cutting edge of global reproductive rights, who trust women to handle abortion themselves. Vessel is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who heard and answered a calling, and transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement.

This film is screening as part of The Greatest 2019 series.  Get the entire lineup and schedule here

Friday 6/14
7:00 pm
Q&A with co-directors Tyler Measom & Jennilyn Merten with 5 subjects from the film

An inside look at former FLDS teens who have become religious refugees in mainstream America.

This film is screening as part of The Greatest 2019 series.  Get the entire lineup and schedule here

Showtimes: Tuesday 6/18 at 7:00 pm.

See the Best of the 48 Hour Film Festival tonight at 7 pm! Filmmakers are taking over Salt Lake City and turning it into movie-making madness for 48 hours. Teams of filmmakers had a single weekend - to write, shoot and edit their short films! All completed entries will be unveiled on the big screen, at our premiere screenings. Get more info here.

Friday 6/7
7:00 pm
Q&A with director Amanda Stoddard & stars Kristen Ries & Maggie Snyder following the film 

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In Salt Lake City, Utah, the religious monoculture severely complicated the AIDS crisis. Patients received no support from and were even exiled from the political, religious, or medical communities. 

This film is screening as part of The Greatest 2019 series.  Get the entire lineup and schedule here

Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles.

Showtimes: 5/9 at 7 p.m.

In a land where women rarely ascend to the ranks of governance, Kholoud Al-Faqih becomes the first woman judge appointed to any of the Middle East's Shari'a courts. (NR, 76 min)

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Tickets and showtimes will be made available weekly at the same time as our other features.    
Broadway and Tower

Here is the weekly schedule for each individual film that is part of our five week The Greatest: Life-Changing Documentaries event series:

WEEK ONE 5/31 - 6/6
Hoop Dreams
Starting Friday 5/31-Thursday 6/6
GIMME SHELTER (1970) (midnight shows only on 5/31 & 6/1, noon show on Sunday 6/2 at Tower)
HOOP DREAMS (1994) (afternoon shows at Tower)
WEEK TWO 6/7 - 6/13: 
Paradise Lost
Starting Friday 6/7-Thursday 6/13
WEEK THREE 6/14 - 6/20
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Starting Friday 6/14-Thursday 6/20
SHOAH (1985) (All day shows at Broadway)
Please note: SHOAH is being presented in two parts with a 45 min intermission. You'll need to get a ticket for each part. These tickets are transferable and good for either Sunday 6/16 or Monday 6/17 screenings. Get tickets for Shoah: First Era here & Shoah: Second Era here
WEEK FOUR 6/21 - 6/27
Inconvenient Truth
Starting Friday 6/21-Thursday 6/27
TRUDELL (2005)
FOOD INC (2008)
WEEK FIVE 6/28 - 7/2
Starting Friday 6/28-Saturday 7/2
HUMAN FLOW (2017) (afternoon shows at Tower)
GREY GARDENS (1975) (midnight shows only on 6/28 & 6/29, noon show on Sunday 6/30 at Tower)


Local Documentaries at Broadway

The following will be included in this series with Q&A information and schedule to come: 

Sons of Perdition
QUIET HEROES (2018) - Opens 6/7 at Broadway
On Friday 6/7 at 7:00 pm there will be a Q&A with director Amanda Stoddard & stars Kristen Ries & Maggie Snyder following the film.
SONS OF PERDITION (2010) - Opens 6/14 at Broadway
On Friday 6/14 at 7:00 pm there will be a Q&A with director Tyler Measom & special guests following the film.
VESSEL (2014) - Opens 6/21 at Broadway

On Friday 6/21 at 7:00 pm there will be a Q&A with director Diana Whitten & representatives from Planned Parenthood following the film.

ONE REVOLUTION (2012) - Opens 6/28 at Broadway
On Friday 6/28 at 7:00 pm there will be a Q&A with director Amanda Stoddard & star Chris Waddell following the film. 





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Attention SLFS Tower Theatre Customers:

Rocky Mountain Power has issued a notification that there will be a "planned power outage" on Wednesday 3/20 from 6:00pm - Midnight.

This outage will affect both Salt Lake Film Society venues - Tower Theatre at 876 East 900 South.

Therefore, we will be closing at 4:00pm on Wednesday 3/20. 

We apologize for any inconvenience!

Wassail and Waffles
Saturday 12/15
Waffles & Fun starts at 10 am; Films start at 10:30 am & 11:00 am.
Salt Lake Film Society presents Wassail and Waffles, free holiday fun for the whole family. Starting at 10 am, make your own waffle, meet Santa, and enjoy some holiday wassail. This year our holiday film screenings will include ELF & THE POLAR EXPRESS. Enjoy a great holiday film on the big screen this year! 

 Wassail & Waffles Film Schedule

polar express
10:30 am & 11:00 am 
Free Admission
10:30 am & 11:00 am
Free Admission

10:15 am & 11:20 am
Free Admission 
Co-presented by PBS Kids
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