Freedom Film, Eclectic Music & Storytelling Festival

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University of Utah
Fort Douglas Post Theater
Saturday, October 17, 2015
801-532-2766


The 2015 Salt Lake Freedom Film, Eclectic Music and Storytelling Festival is being held Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the historic Fort Douglas Post Theater on the Campus of the University of Utah, 245 South Fort Douglas Blvd. in Salt Lake City, Utah -- from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm. Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions available for $5 for adults and $3 for children per session.

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Film: Songbirds of the Crossroads
This movie, in essence, is the documentation of the happening of Real American Dreams. For decades now, the "Salt Lake Sound" has been developing in this city at the Crossroads of the West. Pioneers of the music industry in the Rocky Mountains have been gaining the attention of America and even the world! During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games the stage was set and now in those echoes and the vibrant present scene, the music of Utah is resounding as world class occurrences.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Film: Ghostly Guardians
2015 marks the tenth anniversary of Ghostly Guardians, a critically acclaimed film, that has been showing on the big and small screens of America for a decade now! This movie is about the real ghost stories of Old Fort Douglas. Directed by Brian Jackson Fetzer, "Ghostly Guardians" is an artistic documenting of the accounts of paranormal happenings at historic Old Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City, Utah. For nearly a century now there have been reports of ghostly occurrences at this haunting place. Clem, the old Union soldier who apparently senses the need to guard the old fort, the mysterious footsteps and the lady in purple, are all part of this capturing of spooky cultural history. Three years in the making it is an exquisite glimpse into eerie narratives of the metaphysical.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Pi Song Phenomenon
In the American Heritage Dictionary the word phenomenon is defined as follows -- 2. a. An unusual fact or occurrence. The “Pi Song” which is part of “The Music of Mathematics Presentations” has certainly become a phenomenon in educational circles. Since I started presenting “The Music of Mathematics” at the University of Utah in the beginning years of the twenty-first century there have been numerous television and newspaper reports on this development in the “Arts of Mathematics,” and the response of the general public has been positively surprising! In the Salt Lake Area alone I have presented over 170 concerts involving “The Music of Mathematics” and “The Pi Song” for a combined audience of over 100,000 people and there is apparently a vibrant growing interest in this flourishing of the mathematical arts. “The Pi Song Phenomenon” is one of a trilogy of artumentaries being made about this refreshing way to perceive the fundamentals and aesthetics of Mathematics. There is wondrous music woven within things mathematical and profound mathematics in the warp and twine of the tapestries of great music.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Film: The Ole Madsen Story
(Directed and edited by Mark Goodman, script by James Jordan, Narrated by Caitlin Wise -- 40- minutes)
“The Ole Madsen Story” (“Walking in Obedience”) contains dramatic action and beautiful scenery echoing the journey of a Danish family traveling with the Willie Handcart Company. It is told through the words of those that lived through the experience with both the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies.
Walking in Obedience is visually spectacular, historically accurate, and reverently told. Both touching and faith promoting. It is recreated and told through the words of Ole Madsen’s daughter, Ane Marie.

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Film: The Unfolding
A film directed by Christian Vuissa about the mysterious realms of the mind, the fragile nature of mortal memory and the resilience of the heart. Lila, the main character of the movie, struggles in her ability to understand her father who lost his memory years ago. When she finds an old box with historical items, she begins a journey toward awakening some flickering of her father's, now clouded, memory. She learns to understand herself and bid goodbye to the father she once knew.

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Celebrating the Nobility in Liberty
The “Salt Lake Freedom Film and Storytelling Festivals” are events planned by Corona of an Eclipse Productions and Freedom Motion Pictures and sponsored by various school, public and religious groups. They are intended to present the best of the arts of film making, eclectic music and storytelling to the public.
The amazing happenings at these festivals have been magical in the extreme! Happily there has been an extensive record made of these epiphanies in time and some of these are included in “A Rocky Mountain Celebration -- Celebrating the Nobility in Liberty!” From reveling in the echoes of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to having a nationally known storyteller explain why dogs chase cats, this is an exquisite capturing of a rainbow of arts!

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Film: Ghostly Guardians
2015 marks the tenth anniversary of Ghostly Guardians, a critically acclaimed film, that has been showing on the big and small screens of America for a decade now! This movie is about the real ghost stories of Old Fort Douglas. Directed by Brian Jackson Fetzer, "Ghostly Guardians" is an artistic documenting of the accounts of paranormal happenings at historic Old Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City, Utah. For nearly a century now there have been reports of ghostly occurrences at this haunting place. Clem, the old Union soldier who apparently senses the need to guard the old fort, the mysterious footsteps and the lady in purple, are all part of this capturing of spooky cultural history. Three years in the making it is an exquisite glimpse into eerie narratives of the metaphysical.

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Spooky News
Ghosts, eerie happenings, footsteps of phantom visitors heard in seemingly quite deserted places. All these are part of this collection of actual news reports of Utah’s paranormal phenomena. Oh yes, there are hauntings that happen, right in our neighborhood. So come and learn about the Ghostly Guardians that have been generating spooky news for quite some time now.

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

October Lights Live Show: Cinderella for the Twenty-first Century by Brian Jackson Fetzer
There was a time when young people, by the millions, used to gather and sing songs of true consequence, and think deeply about the real meaning of this human experience. Yes, there was, in the fifties and sixties, an amazing awakening to what could be called world music, and world culture. Artists like Harry Belafonte, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Weavers, the Kingston Trio, and so many others rode on this wave of enlightenment. Well that time is Now! -- Again! Brian Jackson Fetzer, Jay Brian Ballard and Billie Jones team together to lead their audience on a journey of story and song called “October Lights!”

October is -- a season of changes, the year’s twilight when even a few days of frost can spread almost unspeakable beauty throughout the countryside. It is a time for childlike imaginations and Halloween illuminations. The Virginia creeper dons her crimson elegance, as every shade imaginable -- of delicious apple reds, rusts, sunflower yellows, lingering greens, pumpkin orange, egg plant purple and gorgeous golds spread like a pleasant change of heart throughout the farm lands, looking like a brightly colored patchwork quilt seen through rain soaked windows. Join us for eerie songs and pleasantly spooky tales. This is likely one of the most fun Halloween happenings ever. Come and enjoy the wonder as we simply trade the fright in Halloween for the fun in this spooky time of year!

8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Of Christmas Past and Present
The time for a noble idea is now -- always! When one captures true brilliance in a movie that art piece becomes a thing that is, in essence, independent of time. Great Christmas images are certainly among the things that transcend time. Along with footage from the twenty-first century, short Christmas movies from over half a century ago have been woven together in "Of Christmas Past, Present and Future." From the, for its time, amazing animation of "A Christmas Dream" to the deep heart of "Christmas Rhapsody," to the imagination and joy of "The Night before Christmas," to the beauty of the Christmas Lights of 2003, this is a movie that’s time is truly now -- always!

Saints & Soldiers: The Void

Free Event
The German war machine is in retreat. Two American M 18 tank destroyers are sent to root out a die hard group of Nazis holed up in the Harz Mountains.

Germany, May 1945 -- the twilight of World War II. On a final mission deep in the Harz Mountains, a U. S. tank destroyer crew discovers a resistant pocket of Germans, including three infamous Panzer tanks, preparing to ambush Allied supply trucks. Before the war, Sergeant Jesse Owens was a product of segregation and racial discrimination, forced by law to ride in the back of the bus and disenfranchised from the political process. As the germans bear down on the Americans, Owens fights the Axis powers for a freedom he and his fellow African American soldiers have never Felt.

With a deadly game of cat and mouse unfolding, Owens and his predominantly white tank crew find themselves outmanned and outgunned by a German Panzer tank. Several in Owens’s crew are reluctant to put their faith in a black tank driver despite their dire circumstances. With tension and fear beginning to manifest, Owens knows they must put aside their differences to stop the enemy. Knowing that a victory over the Nazis means a victory for racial justice, Owens and his men find a way to work together to save hundreds of lives in a desperate battle against the greatest odds they have ever faced.

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