When the Park City Film Series screens Lucy Walker's "The Crash Reel," the documentary about pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce's battle to recover from a life-threatening concussion, tonight at the Jim Santy Auditorium, it will celebrate a three-way partnership with the Sundance Institute and the Utah Film Center that made the screening possible.
This isn't the only partnership that the film series is working with to bring quality films to Park City.
Tomorrow, March 14, it will team with the Park City Museum to screen Kip Pastor's documentary, "In Organic We Trust," which examines how local farmers' markets, school gardens and urban farms are changing the way the public eats.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
The screening ties into the museum's "Eat Well, Play Well" exhibit that is on display through April 28, said Lauren Miller, program coordinator for Park City Museum.
"I spoke with (Park City Film Series executive director) Katharine Wang last month and told her I was interested in screening a film through the film series for the museum," Miller said during an interview with The Park Record. "We tossed around some different options, but there weren't really any good ones that haven't been done before."
So, Wang did some digging and came up with "In Organic We Trust," Miller said.
"I watched it and thought it was perfect for this community," she said. "The film addresses the truth behind organic foods and gives options for people to eat healthier."
The film is divided into two sections.
The first part is about the truth behind organic foods, and the second examines different options people have to find quality food, Miller said.
"The filmmakers went to a middle school in Washington, D.C., to see a class creating its own garden and how that project is teaching the kids how to plant and care for a garden," she said. "So, not only is the film educational, but is also good for families to watch."
Miller feels the film will strike a chord with Park City and Summit County residents because of its health-oriented theme.
"I've been learning more about health and sustainability through our exhibit and doing some research about health," she said. "I really like the idea of eating more locally-grown food and finding ways to tap into our natural resources in the surrounding areas to get better quality foods."
She also likes the fact that the film addresses the cost of eating organic foods.
"I also have learned that there are some organic foods that we should buy and some that we don't necessarily have to buy," she said. "That's interesting to me. I mean,
I'm living on a budget in Park City and it's good to know of some of the organic foods that I don't have to buy, because they are a little more expensive."
At the end of the film, there will be a question-and-answer session with a panel that will include Slow Foods Park City and the Summit County Community Gardens.
"We are also in the process of finding a local food producer to be a part of the discussion as well," Miller said. "We want a well-rounded discussion that will help people understand organic foods better."
Miller counts herself in the group that needs more information.
"I'm from Atlanta, Ga., and the first thing I noticed when I moved out here last year was how active and interested in natural foods the people are," she said. "Since I didn't have that background, I wanted to learn more about these foods myself, and I also wanted to give something back to the community."
The Park City Museum and the Park City Film Series will screen the documentary "In Organic We Trust" at the Jim Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave., on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. The screening is free, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Park City Museum. For more information, visit www.inorganicwetrust , www.parkcityhistory.org and www.parkcityfilmseries.com.