SPOTLIGHT: Cinema Comes to Life in Salt Lake City

As the Salt Lake Film Society prepares to present Global Lens 2012, Jeremy Quist reveals some secrets about his relationship with Utah, and makes you an offer you can’t refuse…

Although I’ve spent very little time there, the great state of Utah has managed to figure quite prominently in my life. For starters – and this is where we all get to learn a little something about Jeremy – I used to clog when I was (much) younger, and every summer we would sharpen our skills by attending the BYU Cougar Clogging Classic dance camp in Provo. Secondly, almost four years ago my wife and I decided to move from New York to San Francisco, and the memory of driving our rental truck for several hours through the salt flats of western Utah, still remains unbelievably vivid in my mind. And last but certainly not least, when I started working for the Global Film Initiative several years ago, the Salt Lake Film Society (SLFS) was one of the very first Global Lens screening-partners I spoke to, and they have been a pleasure to work with ever since.

Why am I telling you all this? Because it’s just about that time of year again for SLFS to present Global Lens 2012 in Utah! SLFS is Salt Lake City’s premier film institution, and this will be the sixth year in a row (!) that they’ve brought Global Lens to Utah, thanks to the tireless efforts of the fabulous Amy Beth Leber (Associate Director of Operations & Community Programs). Not only does Amy and the SFLS team work hard to bring consistently excellent programming to the greater Salt Lake and Park City community, but it is equally important for them to provide a space “where people can discuss and debate the diverse variety of topics that cinema brings to life.” In other words, make sure to stick around after the film – it’s all part of the experience.

As always, the series will be shown at the Broadway Centre Cinemas, with additional screenings brought to the Park City Film Series and The University of Utah. Global Lens 2012 kicks off in Utah on September 7th, running through the 13th, and you can check our calendar for the full list of screenings. And make sure to carve out some time for yourself next month, cause you really can’t ask for a better deal – 10 films from 10 countries for only $10!

Speaking of which, how about I make you a deal: Purchase 10 Global Lens DVDs from 10 different countries through our webstore, and as a special added bonus, you’ll receive a video of me as a kid… clogging. And I’m not even joking about that.


The Global Lens film series is an annual, curated program of narrative feature films from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Each film in the series is selected for its authentic voice, strong cinematics and unique cultural perspective, opening a window to the diverse world in which we live. Now in its ninth year, the series continues to be a platform for exceptional storytelling. To date, more than eighty-five films from over thirty-five nations make up the award-winning and critically acclaimed Global Lens collection.

The Global Film is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. All proceeds from the Global Lens film series support international filmmaker grants, educational programming and resources, touring film exhibitions and other philanthropic initiatives and programs sponsored by the Global Film Initiative.

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