Filmmakers Showcase makes changes for 11th annual event
Goal still the same after all these years
When the 11th annual Filmmakers Showcase opens at the Park City Library’s Jim Santy Auditorium on Thursday, longtime attendees will notice a big change.
“We’re not doing three days anymore,” said showcase organizer and curator Jill Orschel during an interview with The Park Record. “I requested this because it’s important to get everyone together in the same room in one night.”
That also means the films that night will be the best of the best and will feature an array of genres including narrative, documentaries and experimental. All movies to hit the library’s screen are created by local filmmakers.
“This is going to be the best every this year,” Orschel promised. “We have a lot of new and emerging talent and a lot of seasoned filmmakers.”
She should know. As an award-winning filmmaker herself, Orschel understands what it takes to make a film, let alone make a good and interesting one.
“It all comes back to the story, whether you make a film with an iPhone or a $300,000 camera,” she said. “It’s how people respond to what’s happening in the world.”
11th Annual Filmmakers Showcase lineup
- “Cuba Global Warning Volunteers” by Bennett Barbosa
- “Earth and Fire” by Steve Olpin; Kelly “Kayenta Fire,” featured artist
- “Entanglement” by Arthur Veenema; Whitney Palmer, actor; Sam Katz, sound
- “Frames & Intervals” by Shawn Emery
- “Hand Drawn Photo Booth” by Steve Olpin; Natalie Allsup-Edwards, featured artist
- “I’m Ready” by Noah Cohen; Nate Cohen, production assist
- “Gerda” by KUER’s VideoWest
- “One Defining Dot” by Cameron George; SpyHop
- “Ouch My Mental Health” by Brian Higgins
- “Red Lopez” Co-directed by Stephen Frandsen and Hadleigh Arnst; Cinematography by Heimo Ritzinger
- “Stalker” by Remy Eichner; Amia Hoang, actor; Cali Wall and Ella Ball, crew members
- “Stronger Than You Know” by Jenny Mackenzie; Amanda Stoddard, producer
- “The Gospel According to Raphael” by Travis Low, Marissa Lila and Torben Bernhard
- “The People” by Amy Ollerton and David Padeken
- “This Cup” by Jake Chamberlain and Mariah Jackson-Christensen
- “Times Have Changed” by Gregory Alexander Foltynowicz; Bennett Barbosa, cinematography; Matthew Bernhardt, lead actor
- “Unconquerable” by Lexie Floor; Carson Tueller, featured athlete
- “Unspoken Truth” by Annelisa Kingsbury Lee; SpyHop
- “What If You Fly” by Taylor Rees, Renan Osturk and Rudy Lehfeldt-EhlingerPre-Show and Post-Show Screenings
- “Creativity Is Life” by Gregory Alexander Foltynowicz; Bennett Barbosa, cinematography
- “Dream Big” Cinematography by Heimo Ritzinger
- “Juniperus” by Alden Ulrich
- “Point 2 Point” Executive produced by Jay Burke; Aaron Springston, cinematography and editing; Bennett Duchin, second unit director of photography
- “Ritural Chocolate” by Shawn Emery
- “Rotodrummer” by Steve Pecchia-Bekkum and University of Utah Animation Class
“The Wasatch Mountain Range” by Jake Quilter
The themes for this year’s collection include LGBT and minority issues, outdoors, aging and spirituality, medicine and health, the world and sustainability, and art and creativity. All the films are very visual and the documentaries are more visual than just talking heads.
Orschel said one of the adventure films, “What If You Fly,” is about a Hawaiian artist who travels to the Arctic to paint a portrait of a local Inuit woman.
Taylor Rees, the director of and producer of the film, conceived the idea for it from her years of experience as an anthropologist in the Arctic, Orschel said.
“Her co-director, Renan Ozturk, is her creative partner and husband and one of the founders of Camp4Collective in Salt Lake City,” Orschel said.
Rees received a grant from The North Face to produce “What If You Fly.”
A total of 25 films fills the roster, with nearly half created by Park City-area filmmakers
and the rest by Salt Lake-area artists.
“There were 20 male fiilmmakers and 13 female filmmakers and the one thing I noticed were all of the filmmaking teams and collaborations this year,” Orschel said. “That’s pretty cool.”
There are five countries represented in the films this year.
They are The United States, Canada, Ireland, Austria, the Philippines and Cuba
“That means the filmmakers come from these countries or the films were filmed at least partially in those countries,” Orschel said.
The films range in run-time between one minute and 24 seconds to the longest films that clock in at around 14 minutes.
“The youngest filmmaker is 15 years old and his name is Jake Quilter,” Orschel said. “His piece is called the ‘Wasatch Mountain Range’ and he has this drone footage of Utah and it is spectacular. I can see someone in the audience who sees his footage hire him.”
There are a few filmmakers in high school and three that are college students.
“The films that are coming out of university film schools are just exceptional,” Orschel said. “And what’s great about them is that they usually work with a full staff — director, producer, cinematographer, props people, talent scouts, location scouts. It’s like they are shooting for a studio.”
Some of the films will be screened during the pre-show and post-show social in the Community Room at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively.
Those films will be highlighted by an art exhibit.
“We will have six artists who will show original art,” Orschel said. “As people walk in, they will be able to see the gallery.”
The participating artists are Bill “Kranny” Kranstover, Hunter Metcalf, Renan Ozturk, Bob Peek and Catalina Ritzinger.
Over the years, Orschel has seen many changes in filmmaking, especially when it comes to the technical side, but the goal of the Filmmakers Showcase has remained the same.
“We want to get filmmakers together to meet, share ideas and, hopefully, collaborate later on,” she said. “For me personally as a filmmaker, I know there is such a surplus of technology and the real quality comes from the collaborations. People are finding their strengths and bringing them to the projects and working for the good of the whole projects.”
Reflecting on the past 11 years, Orschel said she looks forward to the showcase because it inspires her with her own projects.
“This what keeps me alive and excited and keeps me thinking of fresh ideas,” she said. “I also love being on the otherside of the camera to work with and nurture new filmmakers.
The 11th Annual Filmmakers Showcase will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Park City Library’s Jim Santy Auditorium, 1255 Park Ave. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com.
It is sponsored by the Park City film Series and is underwritten by the Utah Film Commission, Utah Arts and Museums, the Park City Community Foundation and Summit County RAP Tax.
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