Film Buff Enough

The United Film Festival has been screening "exceptional independent films" for 12 years. It's developed a pretty good eye — this year's festival doesn't have a particular theme, beyond exceptional. But there is plenty of that, especially among the documentaries. Most promising for film buffs is Tough Ain't Enough: Conversations With Albert S. Ruddy. It sits down with the Academy Award-winning producer to discuss his work on some of his most famous films and TV shows, such as The Godfather, Million Dollar Baby and Hogan's Heroes. The Devil and the Death Penalty and Cruel and Unusual both examine California's complex and convoluted penal system, and Give a Damn? follows three adventurers who attempt to live on $1.25 a day on three different continents. Of the feature selections, Park City will be the most relatable for the city's creative class. It tells the story of three scrappy, independent filmmakers who lose their 35mm film print, right before their big moment at Sundance.

Nov. 15-17, 2013
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