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Nonprofits offer free family-friendly film screenings in Park City for Thanksgiving

While many will head out of town to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, there are others who opt to do the reverse.

With that in mind, the Park City Library has teamed with Park City Film to offer free movie screenings during Thanksgiving break.

"Not everyone leaves for the holidays," Katrina Kmak, youth and Spanish services librarian, said. "So we wanted to make sure there was stuff for families to do."

The two nonprofits will screen Tim Burton's 1993 stop-motion dark fantasy, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," rated PG, on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and Victor Fleming's 1939 classic, "The Wizard of Oz," rated G, on Friday, Nov. 23.

There is something so wonderful about sharing those nostalgic family films we watched when we were children...” Katrina Kmak, Park City Library youth services librarian

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Both films will start at 4 p.m., and the popcorn is free.

Selecting the films was a personally enjoyable process, Kmak said.

"'The Nightmare Before Christmas' is one of my favorites, actually, and that may be why we picked it," Kmak said, laughing. "I like that it's a fun, non-traditional holiday movie, because it has monsters."

Kmak liked that the film was a Christmas film that breaks genre conventions., but not a "perfect and happy Disney holiday film."

"I liked that it was dark and there was dark music with it," she said. "I liked that every aspect of the film, whether it's the animation, the characters or the music by Danny Elfman, is engaging on its own. And when you put it all together, it became mind blowing."

Kmak's favorite character from the film is Jack Skellington, voiced by Chris Sarandon.

"He's tall and lanky, like I am," she said with giggle. "I liked him because I could dance like him, and everyone could see my limbs flail."

"The Wizard of Oz" had two things going for it, Kmak said.

"First of all, it's based on a book," she said. "In fact, there is a whole series of 'Oz' books, and that's one reason we picked the movie.'

The second is its status as a nostalgic work for many Americans.

"I remember the first time I watched it on TV," Kmak said. "Angela Lansbury introduced the film and there were shots of the ruby slippers that (are now displayed) in the Smithsonian Institute."

Kmak said she became obsessed with the film.

"I read about how it was made, and I read about who was in the movie and how the cast was made up of vaudeville actors," she said.

Kmak also delved into the challenges of applying makeup to and costuming the cast.

She read about how Jack Haley, who portrays the Tin Man, was actually the second actor to don the metallic suit because the first actor, Buddy Ebsen, was allergic to the alluminum makeup.

"I also wanted to learn more about the wicked witch and who played her," Kmak said.

The Wicked Witch of the West, which is Kmak's favorite character, was portrayed by Margaret Hamilton, and her acting in the antagonist's role terrified Kmak.

"She was fierce and hilarious, but I was scared of her when I was a kid," Kmak said. "But then I learned about what a phenomenal actress she was. I realized she was scary in the movie, but not scary in real life."

Like "The Nightmare Before Christmas," Kmak enjoys the music in "The Wizard of Oz."

"I mean, when you hear 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow,' you can tell it could easily have been just a spoken monologue by Dorothy, but then the music took it to a whole new level," she said.

Kmak hopes families still in town will come enjoy the screenings of these two films.

"There is something so wonderful about sharing those nostalgic family films we watched when we were children with our own kids or younger relatives," she said. "I think they will be a fun way to spend time with the family and not have to spend a dime."

Movies during break: “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

When: 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21

Where: Park City Library’s Jim Santy Auditorium, 1255 Park Ave.

Cost: Free

Web: parkcitylibrary.org

Movies during break: “The Wizard of Oz”

When: 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23

Where: Park City Library’s Jim Santy Auditorium, 1255 Park Ave.

Cost: Free

Web: parkcitylibrary.org