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‘Wendy’ Reframes the Story of Peter Pan Through a Lyrical Modern Lens

‘Wendy’ Reframes the Story of Peter Pan Through a Lyrical Modern Lens

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

February 3, 2020

  J. M. Barrie's famous novel and stage play "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" has been adapted countless times into various retellings, between theatre, books and film. It's a tale that seems to intrigue everybody — a myth of what would happen if children were granted the choice...

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Nail Drama with ‘Downhill’

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Nail Drama with ‘Downhill’

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

February 3, 2020

  There are particular actors that we associate with comedy as opposed to any other genre. Often, it can be difficult to think of these people in more dramatic and heartfelt roles, but skilled performers have been known to surprise — like Steve Carell in "Dan in Real Life" or Melissa McCarthy...

‘Chemo Brain’ Examines Cancer with Staggering Gravitas

‘Chemo Brain’  Examines Cancer with Staggering Gravitas

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

February 1, 2020

  What's the most you can accomplish in eight days? For myself, this depends on the week at hand — I might get a project finished, meet with some friends or read a few books. However, I can hardly imagine accomplishing what screenwriter and director Kristian Håskjold managed to achieve in...

‘Horse Girl’ Fuels the Imagination with Whimsy and Nightmares

‘Horse Girl’ Fuels the Imagination with Whimsy and Nightmares

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

February 1, 2020

  Some of the greatest mind-bending films ask us questions about how to differentiate between the real and the unreal, from "Inception" to "The Truman Show" to "The Matrix." How often, however, do we face such dilemmas in real life? For many people suffering from mental illness, it can be especially...

‘Save Yourselves!’ Satirizes Tech and Relationships with Heart

‘Save Yourselves!’ Satirizes Tech and Relationships with Heart

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

February 1, 2020

  Warning: This article contains mild spoilers of "Save Yourselves!" We all know the stereotype of the tech-addicted young adult. Along with it comes the belief that such people run oblivious to real-world issues. "Maybe you would know what's going on if you put your phone down," a critic...

‘Bad Hair’ Reimagines a Past Era of Cinema at Sundance 2020

‘Bad Hair’ Reimagines a Past Era of Cinema at Sundance 2020

By Christopher Payne, Assistant Arts Editor

January 26, 2020

  Warning: Contains minor spoilers for "Bad Hair" 1989, Los Angeles, a young black woman compromises her image in order to get ahead in the entertainment industry. So begins "Bad Hair," a 2020 Sundance Film Festival feature film from the incredible mind of Justin Simien. By the end, this hig...

Taylor Swift Harnesses Her Power in Intimate Documentary ‘Miss Americana’

Taylor Swift Harnesses Her Power in Intimate Documentary ‘Miss Americana’

By Oakley Burt, Arts Writer

January 24, 2020

  On a chilly Thursday night in the small mountain town of Park City, the Sundance Film Festival began debuting its 2020 films selected from across the globe. This year, the opening film for Sundance’s U.S. Documentary category was the highly anticipated Taylor Swift documentary “Miss America...

Former U Professor and Filmmaker Sterling Van Wagenen Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Child

Former U Professor and Filmmaker Sterling Van Wagenen Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Child

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey, Investigative Coordinator

April 30, 2019

  Warning: This story includes graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Former University of Utah film professor Sterling Van Wagenen pleaded guilty in an initial Utah County court appearance on Tuesday to a count of the sexual abuse of a child. Van Wagenen's attorney stated that he will als...

Filmmaker, Former U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child

Filmmaker, Former U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Emily Anderson

April 12, 2019

  Warning: This story includes graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Former University of Utah professor and noted filmmaker, Sterling Van Wagenen, was charged on April 2 with one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first degree felony. Court documents allege that 71-year-old Van Wage...

U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Resigns After Allegedly Admitting to 1993 Molestation of a Minor

U Professor Sterling Van Wagenen Resigns After Allegedly Admitting to 1993 Molestation of a Minor

By Elise Vandersteen Bailey and Christina Giardinelli

March 7, 2019

  Film professor Sterling Van Wagenen has resigned following the release of a recording during which he is heard admitting to molesting a minor in 1993, according to spokesperson for the University of Utah's College of Fine Arts, Marina Gomberg. The recording is the result of an interview...

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