OGDEN -- "Uranium Drive-In" will screen Thursday at Peery's Egyptian Theater as part of a new, collaborative film series, intended to provoke thought.
The free screening is part of "Utah Film Circuit: Ogden," presented through a partnership between Weber State University's Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery and the Utah Film Center.
"Uranium Drive-In" uses documentary footage to tell the story of a desperate Colorado community struggling for economic survival after a factory closure. Jobs would be created by a proposed uranium mill, but the mill is strongly opposed by an environmental group based at a nearby resort town.
The film debuted this spring at the Telluride Film Festival. Director Suzan Beraza will be on hand Thursday for questions after the Ogden screening.
Katie Lee Koven, Shaw Gallery director, said the film series idea is based on a similar series at another university.
"I know there is a potential for success," Koven said. "The Utah Film Center is the perfect partner because their main mission is to show films around the state."
Koven said she especially wanted screenings at Peery's Egyptian.
"It's a wonderful venue for experiencing the film as an artistic form, and as an educational experience as well, with the post-film discussions with filmmakers."
Koven said the monthly films will represent a wide range of genres, and are being selected from a Utah Film Center list by a committee of WSU students and professors from different disciplines. Koven hopes the diversity in the film selection group will lead to film choices that will have broad appeal, she said.
"Uranium Drive-In" will screen at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Egyptian, 2415 Washington Blvd. Free popcorn will be provided for this first screening.
Scheduled for next month is "Searching for Sugar Man," last at the Egyptian as a 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection. The film won the World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary at Sundance. Its free screening is at 7 p.m. Oct. 24, and director Malik Bendjelloul, through Skype, will answer audience questions afterward.
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