Film Series maintains weekend screenings, but revamps kids programs
Ryan Summerlin September 2, 2014
When the Park City Film Series decided to temporarily move to Prospector for its weekend and special screenings from Sept. 5 through Jan. 5, its board of directors decided to take advantage of the situation to revamp a couple of its children’s programs, said executive director Katharine Wang.
The first is the new format for Books 2 Movies. The films screened in this program are based on children’s books.
"We’ve expanded the program into all of Summit County, so we’re also working with the Summit County Library system as well as the Park City Library," Wang explained. "Because we’re not in the Park City Library building, the films will be screened at Miners Hospital, where the library is temporarily located. We will also hold screenings at the Summit County Library’s Coalville and Kamas branches."
At 3 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, the films will be screened at the Miners Hospital and at the Summit County Library at Kimball Junction. Additional screenings in Coaville and Kamas will take place the first Thursday of every month at 4 p.m., according to Wang.
The Books 2 Movies film for September will be Rob Minkoff’s "Stuart Little," rated PG.
"It’s a live-action and animated feature based on the children’s book by E.B. White," Wang said. "It’s a great little film about a mouse adopted by a family who lives in New York. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, but lost that year to ‘The Matrix.’"
In addition to Books 2 Music, the Park City Film Series will start another new free program for children that complement the dual-language immersion programs in the Park City School District, Wang said.
"On the second Saturday of every month, we will screen free French and Spanish films for children," she said. "They will all be subtitled in English, so those who are still too young to read quickly will rely on their caregivers and family members to read for them. We thought this would be a great opportunity to immerse students in French and Spanish culture through film."
The first film in that series will be a Spanish film called "The Dolphin," on Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. It will screen at the Park City Library and the Summit County Library at Kimball Junction, Wang said.
In addition to those children’s offerings, the Park City Film Series will continue its free Tumbleweeds screenings, which are made possible by its partnership with the Utah Film Center. These screenings will be shown on the third Saturday of each month at the Miners Hospital.
The film on Sept. 20 will be Chris Butler and Sam Fell’s animated "Paranorman," which is about a boy who can see and speak to the dead.
"It’s not only a fun film, but is also about acceptance," Wang said.
With the exception of these changes, the Park City Film Series weekend schedule will continue in the Prospector Theatre.
The rest of the schedule is as follows:
"It’s based on a true story about a mixed-race woman, Dido Elizabeth Belle, who was an illegitimate child of an officer in the Royal Navy," Wang said. "He brings her back from the West Indies to England and (she) is raised as an equal with her white cousins. Of course, this is in the 1700s and she is not really accepted by society."
"This is a special screening of Slamdance Film Festival films that are touring the country," Wang said.
The film, Pat Kiely’s "Three Night Stand," will be preceded by a short film, "Pablo’s Villa," by Matthew Salleh.
"Peter Baxter, Slamdance Film Festival executive director, will be here to introduce the films and Pat Kiely will be with us via Skype for a Q and A after the screening," Wang said.
"People have been using Spain’s 500-mile Camino de Santiago as a religious pilgrimage for more than 1,000 years, and this documentary follows six different vignettes as they walk the road," Wang said. "You will see their inner journeys as well as the beautiful scenery."
"This is a documentary about the Master Sommelier exams," Wang said. "To pass the test, candidates have to taste a wine and know where it was made, what types of grapes were used and what vineyard they came from. In fact, one of the sommeliers in the film, Ian Cauble, used to work at the Park City Waldorf Astoria."
The screening is a benefit for the OM Foundation, a nonprofit based out of Orange County that was established by Bonner Paddock, to help children with disabilities and their families live lives beyond limits, Wang said.
"The screening is only open to those ages 21 and older," she said. "The ticket is $30, which will feature a wine and cocktail tasting and a screening of Bonner’s film ‘Beyond Limits.’
"Bonner, who has cerebral palsy, recently hiked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and is an incredible human being," Wang said.
"The film is a remake of 2004’s ‘Seducing Doctor Lewis,’" Wang said. "It’s about a town that is dying, but has the opportunity to be revived by a big corporation. The catch is the town needs to have a doctor, so the townspeople try to make the town seem more than it is, to entice the doctor to stay. And, to say the least, the film is very funny."
This film is about a young nun named Ida who is about to take her vows, and her Mother Superior convinces Ida to visit her last living relative, an aunt, according to Wang.
"In doing so, Ida finds her family is Jewish and her family was murdered by the Nazis," she said. "It’s a very powerful story with incredible acting. If you love film, this has all the elements that makes a great film."
Wang is looking forward to the Park City Film Series’ new chapter at the Prospector Theatre and hopes it will attract new audience members.
"We have a lot going on and we are looking to achieving our mission of creative community through film," she said.
The Park City Film Series will start its 2014-15 season on Sept. 5, at the Prospector Theatre, 2175 Sidewinder Dr. Regular weekend screening tickets are $8 for general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens. A 10-pass punch card is available for $65. For more information and tickets, visit www.parkcityfilmseries.com .