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Filmmaker Lake Bell portrays voice-over actor Carol Solomon in her feature "In a World" that will be screened this month during the Park City Film Series. "In a World" (Photo by Lake Bell, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival)
October is the month of Halloween and the scary tales that come with that special day.

It's also a month that is used by outdoor enthusiasts to prepare for the upcoming season of skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports.

The 10th month is also when the Park City Film Series, which screens films in the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library, feeds those fires, said Executive Director Katy Wang.

"We like to program a mix of outdoor adventure and classic independent films during October," Wang said during an interview with The Park Record. "We are so fortunate to have diverse interests in our town and other nonprofits, businesses and organizations to work with."

The first film of October is Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing," that will be screened from Oct. 4 through Oct. 6.

"It is based on the William Shakespeare play but is set in contemporary times and uses the original Shakespeare script," Wang said. "That makes it very engaging and draws you in.

"Sometimes Shakespeare can look or sound very dry on paper, but the plays are meant to be seen live and Joss does a great job in bringing the power and beauty of the poetry and the story onto the screen," she said. "It's not your Sir Lawrence Olivier Shakespeare. This is fast-paced, funny and has a twist of modern sensibility."

Getting into the Halloween mode is the free screening of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," on Oct. 5.


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The film, which stars Jim Carrey as the sinister Count Olaf, who adopts three orphans in hopes of getting their inheritance, is part of the Film Series' Books 2 Movies program, a partnership with the Park City Library.

"The intent of Books 2 Movies is to engage children with literature through film," Wang said. "We try to screen films that are based on books or a series of books written by authors who are fairly prolific. So the kids can explore different books that are related to the story that's on the screen.

"It has been a fantastic success and kids will sometimes go down to the library after seeing a film to check out a book and getting excited about the stories," she said.

Tapping into the winter-sports vein will be a special screenings of Eric Crosland and Dave Mossop's "Into the Mind" on Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

"We're presenting 'Into the Mind' in partnership with Park City TV," she said. "They will bring in some great opportunity drawings with prizes that include skis from RAMP Sports and other items from Soul Poles, DRY-X, Jans Mountain Outfitters, Park City Bread and Bagel, The Underground, SNOCRU and Bout Time Pub and Grub."

The film is a celebration of winter, but more than just a ski film, Wang said.

"It looks at the love of the sport and explores different storytelling techniques, so it doesn't just show people jumping off cliffs," she explained. "This is great run up for the the following film, 'McConkey.'"

"McConkey," which will screen Oct. 11 through Oct. 13, is a documentary about Shane McConkey, the late freeskiing and freebase jumping pioneer, who died in a ski-gliding mishap in Italy in 2009, Wang said.

"It gives you a great insight about him and why he did what he did with extreme skiing," she said. "It also shows him in another light as a son and a dad."

"McConkey" is a special film for Park City, Wang said.

"Shane's father, Jim, is who McConkey's Bowl at Park City Mountain Resort was named after," Wang said. "And his mother, Glenn, lives here.

"She will be in attendance on Friday and Sunday and will conduct a question-and-answer session on Sunday and talk a little about Shane."

The film is a Matchstick Production and Red Bull film, and both companies will throw an opening-night event on Oct. 11.

"They will give away a bunch of fun prizes," Wang said. "Tickets are $15 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the McConkey family."

In addition, the Park City Film Series will present a silent auction throughout the weekend for a Park City Stand Up Paddleboarding package.

"The money raised through the auction will be donated to Shane's wife, Sherry, and daughter, Ayla," Wang said.

Mixing things up a bit will be Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" on Oct. 18, 19 and 20.

"The story is based on 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and stars Cate Blanchett, who plays socialite Blanche DuBois," Wang said. "Blanche falls upon hard times and has to move to San Francisco to live with her working-class sister.

"So, this is a story about learning to live in the world when things don't go as planned," she said. "And the combination of Cate and Woody is brilliant."

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Park City Films Series will team up with the Utah Film Center's Tumbleweeds Film Festival and present another children's Halloween film, "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit."

"The Tumbleweeds films are fun and accessible movies for kids, but the parents will be engaged as well," Wang said.

The final two films of October are the documentary "Cafeteria Man" and the feature film, "In a World."

"Cafeteria Man," which will be presented as a free screening on Oct. 24, follows the story of Chef Tony Geraci, who was hired by the Baltimore City School District, to see what they could to make school lunches more nutritious and use locally grown foods.

"Tony looks at a holistic way by creating urban farms to technical training schools where kids learn to be chefs and cook food for their peers," Wang said.

The film is showing in connection with Park City EATS (Eat Awesome Things at School), a program that was started locally by Susan Odell and Kathleen Britton, who is the director of Child Nutrition Services at the Park City School District, and some parents.

"Park City EATS helps try to bring in local foods and more nutritional foods into the school lunch program," Wang said. "We'll have a question and answer session following the screenings."

Filmmaker Lake Bell's "In a World" is a feature film that explores the world of commercial voice actors.

"It follows a woman who finds herself in direct competition with her father," Wang said. "It won the Screenwriting Award in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was also chosen as one of the Best of Fest screenings as well."

Wang likes how it showcases the power of voices and how they are used as instruments in commercials and film trailers.

"We feel this film is a great way to wrap up the October calendar, and we're currently working on November and December," she said.

Park City Film Series: 'Much Ado About Nothing'

The Park City Film Series will begin October's screenings with Josh Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing," rated PG-13, at the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave., from Friday, Oct. 4, through Sunday, Oct. 6. Friday and Saturday's screenings will begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday's will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information, visit www.parkcityfilmseries.org.