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City of Salt (film)
“City of Salt” is an independent mystery film written, directed, and produced by Alicia Oberle Farmer and co-directed by John D. Farmer. It revolves around the disappearance of a high school girl named Theo in the middle of her father's political campaign. Detectives, as they investigate, begin to uncover some dark and disturbing secrets being kept by various members of the community. City of Salt explores how lack of communication and compassion erodes relationships and can lead to tragic consequences. The film touches on rape, depression, suicide, and ultimately, forgiveness. It creates a non-linear morality play as it weaves back and forth in time to find out what happens to Theo. Farmer originally came up with the idea for City of Salt from a poem that she had written while attending Westminster College as an English literature student.  The film was originally going to premiere at the Utah Film Festival and Awards on April 3rd 2020, which was postponed due to the COVID 19/Coronavirus pandemic.  Together with the festival director and sponsor, the filmmakers decided to premiere it online between April 3rd and April 4th 2020 as a one-day event so that people could watch City of Salt from the comfort of their homes during social distancing. The resulting shot-in-Utah film has dramatic twists and turns (with cameos such as former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson and former Senator Jim Dabakis as a political insiders) that revealed influences of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, weaving in and out of the often sinister stories behind the closed doors of various families trying to maintain appearances of normalcy in their tight-knit community.  City of Salt was funded primarily through Kickstarter backers and speaks up for the LGBTQ community while addressing many other sociocultural issues, such as gun violence, opioid addiction, suicide/mental illness, and rape.  The film has been generally praised by critics and viewers because of its themes of love and compassion, as well its willingness to address issues and impact positive social change through narrative and independent cinema. City of Salt has a strong message of empathy, of being kind and compassionate toward one another, and of accepting people with differences, even if we don't agree with those differences. 
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