Park City Film Series concludes its 2014-15 season next week
June 2, 2015
As the Park City Film Series wraps its 2014-15 season, Executive Director Katharine Wang wants to thank the Prospector Theater for stepping in while the series’ home, the Jim Santy Auditorium, underwent a remolding along with the whole Park City Library.
"We will be forever grateful that there was a place that had a Sundance Film Festival screen and tiered seating so we could bring in our digital system and screen our season," Wang told The Park Record. "We were able to create a cinema experience at the Prospector, which was great because people want to get immersed into a film."
The public will get a final chance to see a couple of Park City Film Series screenings in the Prospector Theater, 2175 Sidewinder Dr., this weekend and on Thursday, June 11.
The weekend screenings will be Danny Tedesco’s documentary "The Wrecking Crew," rated PG.
"The Wrecking Crew" tells the story of the unsung musicians, including the director’s father, guitarist Tommy Tedesco, that provided the backbeat and instrumentations that drove hits by singers such as Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The rds and The Beach Boys.
These dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American West Coast sound a dominant cultural force around the world, Wang said.
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"It’s taken a long time for the film to come out because of all the licensing rights for the different songs that are in the film," she explained. "This speaks to the impact of The Wrecking Crew studio band. They performed on all of these original classic hits."
"The Wrecking Crew" is another music documentary that sheds light on talent that were the so-called "hired hands" in the same spirit as "Sound City," "Muscle Shoals" and "Twenty Feet from Stardom," that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in recent years.
"All of these films talked about the power of these lesser-known casts of characters, the backup singers and studio bands," Wang explained. "These films showed how instrumental these musicians were on the songs, and ‘The Wrecking Crew’ is no different."
In order to make a hit, these musicians had to work with the stars so the song could come to life, she said.
"The musicians needed to be incredible artists," Wang said.
There’s a point in the film where the band receives copies of the music and as they go over it, they begin to rearrange the compositions, according to Wang.
"They actually changed the scores and dipped into their knowledge of what would work better and used different riffs," Wang said.
Incidentally, of the songs the Wrecking Crew played on during the 1960s and 1970s, six received Record of the Year Grammy Awards, according to Wang.
"We’re super excited to bring this film in," she said. "We thought it would be fun to end our regular weekend screenings with this film because we know our community loves music."
To celebrate the final weekend of the season, the Park City Film Series will sell beer and wine and pizza from Este Pizza.
"We wanted to upgrade our concessions and end on a high note with a fun and festive atmosphere," she said.
The last official film screening of the Park City Film Series’ 2014-15 season at the Prospector will be Tim Matui’s documentary "The Long Night" on Thursday, July 11.
This will be a special one-night screening and we will partner with the Summit County Children’s Justice Center.
"The Long Night," which is set in Seattle, is about the sex trafficking of underage women and follows three girls who get "trapped in this life," Wang said.
"The film is good at portraying and examining these girls’ lives, without judging," she said. "One is a runaway, whom I don’t consider an at-risk teen. She has a wonderful family, but decides to take off and live in Seattle. There, she gets involved with a guy who becomes her pimp."
The other two girls’ family circumstances, on the other hand, aren’t as good, and they end up on the streets, according to Wang.
"The film isn’t just about these girls," she said. "It also shows the people in law enforcement who come in contact with these girls are really trying to help change their circumstances. The documentary profiles some of these people who are trying to help the girls help themselves out of their situations.
"While we can say these girls are in a situation that isn’t as big an issue in Summit County, we’re not saying that it’s not an issue," Wang said. "That’s certainly where the Children’s Justice System comes in. Everyone, at a certain level, is at risk. It’s like bullying. Many parents, or even the children involved, don’t see it coming. All of a sudden, they get in with the wrong crowd or meet the wrong person and start going down a road that’s hard to return from."
The Park City Film Series will facilitate a panel discussion after the screening.
"The panelists will include filmmaker Tim Matsui, and representatives of the Utah Attorney General’s Office, Park City Police Department, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Summit County Attorney’s Office and Valley Behavioral Health," Wang said.
Looking back at the past season, Wang wanted to also thank the community for its ongoing patronage, even after the Park City Film Series had to switch locations.
"It’s been challenging in some ways to get people to come to the theater, but we’ve been overall pleased with the results in what we’ve been able to do in that space," she said. "We are also looking forward to heading back to the Jim Santy Auditorium for next year’s season."
The Park City Film Series will screen Danny Tedesco’s "The Wrecking Crew," rated PG, at the Prospector Theater, 2175 Sidewinder Dr., on Friday, June 5, through Sunday, June 7. Friday and Saturday’s screenings will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday’s screening will begin at 6 p.m. The film series will end its 2014-15 season at the Prospector with a special free screening of Tim Matui’s "The Long Night," not rated, on Thursday, June 11, at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.parkcityfilmseries.org .