The Utah Film Center started the Tumbleweeds Film Festival a few years ago to introduce children to good, independent films.
"One of the things that I personally identified with after working at Sundance was the lack of foreign and independent film programming for kids," said Patrick Hubley, artistic director for the Utah Film Center. "I wanted to present a Sundance for Kids, if you will. With Sundance and a strong movie-going community, we thought it would be a good fit to add that to the film culture here."
On Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, the Utah Film Center will partner with The Park City Film Series to bring a little taste of Tumbleweeds to Park City in the afternoon.
Saturday's screenings will include a short program beginning at 1 p.m. and "Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation," which is a frame-by-frame recreation of the Steven Spielberg and George Lucas blockbuster that is made by youth filmmakers.
Sunday's screening, which will begin at 3 p.m., will be a film called "Will" that is about a young English boy who loves soccer.
"The three films we're bringing up in Park City is just a little taste of the 11 films we're doing down in Salt Lake," Hubley said. "We are featuring films from 18 countries, and those films include documentaries, live action, foreign language and animated films.
"This is our first year of screening Tumbleweeds Films in Park City during the actual festival," he said.
To curate the array of films that are screened during Tumbleweeds, Hubley works with a programming consultant in Toronto.
"He keeps an eye on the children's film world and tracks these films down for us," Hubley said. "We narrow the list down to what we think are the best films to screen."
The Utah Film Center also works with parents and teachers to help us find films that are appropriate for each age range.
"We show a range of films for different ages, between four-year-old and adult," Hubley said. "While all the films we choose are great for all ages, we do our best to give recommendations to parents as to which ones we think are appropriate for certain age groups."
Hubley said working with the Park City Film Series has been something that's been on his list for quite some time.
"We're hoping our relationship continues to grow and we can continue to offer the Tumbleweeds films to be screened with the Park City Film Series on a monthly basis," he said.
The Park City Film Series will present Tumbleweeds Film Festival Screenings in conjunction with the Utah Film Center on Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, in the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave. Tickets are $6 and available at www.arttix.org, www.parkcityfilmseries.com or at the door the days of the screenings. For more information, visit www.www.utahfilmcenter.org.