Each Monday in March we will feature a different Steven Spielberg movie from different genres! Come enjoy your favorite on the big screen. We'll provide the popcorn, you are welcome to bring other drinks and treats!
Tuesday evenings are set aside for FREE educational classes to all members of the community. Check the Viridian Center Calendar for the most updated details and class descriptions.
Utah Film Circuit: West Jordan is an initiative of the Utah Film Center and the Viridian Event Center. Join us for this monthly screening series that features the best dramatic and documentary films from around the world.
Directed by Sanjay Rawal
83 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farmworkers in the United States.
There is more interest in food these days than ever before, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they are beaten, sexually harassed, or even enslaved—all within the borders of the United States.
Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food chains and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger—earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past three decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this.
The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida—the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)—who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed—to ensure a dignified life for farmworkers and a more humane, transparent food chain.
Official Selection: 2014 Berlin Film Festival, 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, 2014 Guadalajara Film Festival.
More details can be found on the Utah Film Center website
Music Direction by Carol Anderson & Stage Direction by Peter Webster
The Romance Concert tells the story of four singers, unknown to one another, coming to rehearse, for the first time, the "Libiamo" quartet from Verdi's La Traviata. The pastiche opera that precedes this famous quartet is the imagined story of these young artists' lives, as they meet, greet, fall in and out of love, and come to a semblance of peace in just enough time to rehearse the quartet.
Along the way, the audience hears arias, duets, trios, and quartets chosen from different operas, sung in different languages, and the listener pieces together a coherent story of the passion, regret, loss and yearning that are part of Romance. Music is indeed the universal language that speaks intimately and directly of our experiences, our hopes, our fears, our hidden dreams.
Come support Excellence in the Community concert series, providing a stage for Local Utah talent. (www.excellenceconcerts.org)
Monday, April 13, 7:00 pm
An evening with a master storyteller. Join Charlotte Blake Alston for a magical evening of stories from an award-winning artist. Charlotte has been featured on PBS, at Carnegie Hall, and in storytelling festivals throughout the world–including at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, where she is an audience favorite. Charlotte breathes life into traditional and contemporary tales. The program is free and open to the public and starts at 7:00 pm.
This special event is supported by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts. The program is a partnership between the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and Salt Lake County Library Services.
Tumbleweeds is an initiative of the Utah Film Center hosted by the Viridian Event Center. On the 3rd Saturday of each month, we'll feature independant and international films picked for families and people of all ages.
To celebrate his tenth birthday, Ivan Drago’s parents take him to an amusement park where he tries his hand at one of the games. Though he doesn’t win, Ivan is given a comic book as a consolation prize. The comic contains an advertisement for a “games makers” competition sponsored by a mysterious corporation. Creating games captures Ivan’s imagination. Against his father’s wishes, he enters the competition and wins. Shortly afterward, his parents disappear in a ballooning accident. Believing them to still be alive, Ivan embarks on a dark, adventure-filled quest to find them, a journey that leads him to learn about his family’s past and to meet the head of the mysterious corporation that sponsored the competition: the evil “games maker” Morodian.
Featuring an engaging story and fantastical atmosphere, The Games Maker is a gripping adventure about a young boy pursuing his dreams and saving his family.
– Description courtesy Sundance Institute.
Official Selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival
More details can be found on the Utah Film Center website.