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2010 SLCFF Movie Synopses

World's Largest

Equal parts comedy and journalistic take on the economic downturn's effect on rural America, World's Largest serves a multi-dimensional take on small town living. The movie transcends American kitsch by exposing layers of sadness that resides the below the surface of poor small town America.

Happy Poet

Writer/director/actor Paul Gordon delivers a deadpan comedy that is a tip of the hat to Slackerwood Austin, Texas. Out of work and broke, Bill works hard to deliver an alternative solution to the standard hot dog stand. Surrounded by a group of eccentric characters, the movie reminds us that success isn't necessarily monetary, but can be found within the progression of life.


The discovery of life on Mars places a robotic expedition and a manned mission in a race to the Red Planet. On the way we discover that love - biological, spiritual, and even mechanical - can flourish in all kinds of ways. Mars utilizes a 8-bit animation style to deliver a playful look at space travel and romance to portray a love letter to the joy of exploration.

American Jihadist

American Jihadist is the story of Isa Abdullah Ali, an African-American Muslim from the ghettos of Washington, DC, labeled a "known terrorist" by the U.S. Defense Department though he's never been charged with any crime. Ali fought for six years in Lebanon and Bosnia and was shot multiple times for, as he puts it, "the pleasure of God by taking a stand to help the ill treated and oppressed." American Jihadist answers the question of what drives a person to wage war in the name of religion.

Last Survivor

Following four survivors of genocide throughout the last few decades, The Last Survivor portrays peoples' journey to make sense of the atrocities that humanity can commit. By interspersing people of various times and locations, the movie shows the common threads of tragedy, activism, and the importance to stave off apathy.


Upon being paroled from prison after serving time for his third drunk driving conviction, Charlie, a professional baseball player, endeavors to serve 192 hours mandatory community service by coaching baseball. Charlie soon discovers that the only people willing to give him a second chance are a group of Jewish, orthodox, yeshiva students who formed an upstart baseball team called The Yankles. The Yankles strive for success on the field, while Charlie works to rebuild his reputation in society and his relationship with those whom he wronged in the past.

Artois The Goat

Lab technician Virgil Gurdies is dissatisfied with the mundane emptiness of corporate R&D; food labs. Therefore, he embarks on an epic quest to create the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known, and reclaim the heart of his beloved Angie. A felonious German baker, a grave-digging hermit, and a tiny white goat color this journey of love, destiny and dairy products.


Alamar is a movie about the bonds between a father and a child that must part ways indefinitely because of divorce. Amazing cinematography that uses the Yucatan Peninsula as a back drop highlights things that a metropolitan society misses: nature, the simplicities of working for one's food, and long lost cultural customs and heirlooms that one generation can pass on to the next. Alamar is the perfect summer movie that can be watched year round.

Salt Lake City Film Festival - August 18-21, 2011