Park City Film Series fires up its February screenings
January 31, 2014
Just because the Sundance Film Festival is over, doesn’t mean Park City residents and visitors won’t be able to see good independent films.
This is where the Park City Film Series picks up the slack.
This month, the nonprofit organization will begin screening an array of films on its new digital equipment that acquired through an agreement with the Sundance Institute.
This weekend’s screening of Brian Percival’s "The Book Thief," rated PG-13, which will run through Sunday, Feb. 2, kicks off the February line up, said Park City Film Series executive director Katharine Wang.
"The story is how books touch the life of a barely literate girl who lives with a foster family in World War II Germany," Wang told The Park Record. "This will be the debut of the Park City Film Series’ digital equipment, and we’re really excited for that."
An additional children’s film., the animated "Meet the Robinsons," will be screened on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m.
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This film, which is rated G, will be the Film Series’ first 3D screening.
"One of the benefits of being in partnership with the Sundance Institute for the digital equipment is that they added a 3D capability onto the projector for the Festival and were kind enough to leave it to us to use through the rest of the year," Wang said. "So we’re getting some paper 3D glasses to hand out during the screening."
Showing 3D films is something Wang would like to do more of in the future.
"Some Sundance Film Festival Films were made in 3D, so it’s not uncommon for us to think about doing this," she said. "As time goes on, we will begin getting more durable, plastic 3D glasses for our audience."
"Meet the Robinsons," based on William Joyce’s children’s book "A Day with Wilbur Robinson," is part of the free "Books 2 Movies" series, and is sponsored by Zaniac and Canyons.
It’s about Lewis, a brilliant inventor and orphan, who meets a boy from the future. They journey into the future where he meets the Robinsons and falls in love with them, Wang said.
"As a result of the Canyons sponsorship we will add on some more children’s literacy content to the screening," she said. "Martha Wineyard’s Film Festival has created a series of five-minute shorts that address different aspects of storytelling through film. And we’ll show these shorts before the main feature."
One of the movies Wang is most looking forward to screening is Jean-Marc Vallee’s "Dallas Buyers Club," which will be shown Feb. 7 through Feb. 9.
"We are thrilled to have and have been wanting to get this for a while," she said. "It’s only available in digital, so having our new equipment made all the difference."
The film, which is rated R, garnered six Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey.
"It’s a fantastic true story about Ron Woodroof, who in 1985, contracted AIDS," Wang said. "He was a heterosexual, homophobic Texas bronco rider and it was devastating to be diagnosed with the ‘gay-man’s disease.’ The film tells of how he sidestepped government red tape and tracked down alternative treatments and created a buyers’ club for these medicines."
On Thursday, Feb. 13, the Park City Film Series will screen Jessica Yu’s documentary "Last Call at the Oasis," as part of the Reel Community Series. The film is supported in part by Recycle Utah and a grant from the Park City Community Foundation.
The film, rated PG-13, is about the depletion of the global water supplies by agriculture overuse, economic development and global climate change.
"Once a month we do a free Reel screening with a local nonprofit," Wang said. "We feel this is something that has to be paid attention to. Water for us not only means life, but it means skiing and industry."
Continuing the regular-feature dates, will be Alexander Payne’s "Nebraska," on the weekend of Feb. 14 through Feb. 16.
This film, which is rated R, has six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, Actress and Cinematography.
It as also filmed in black and white, Wang said.
"Bruce Dern plays and aging man who is convinced he won a magazine sweepstakes," she said. "Being at the end of his life, he convinces his son to drive to Nebraska to collect the funds. This is a story about family, age and life in the Midwest. It’s beautifully shot and is a compelling story."
That weekend is also when the Film Series will host a Utah Film Center’s Tumbleweeds Festival Screening of "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." The free screening will be on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m.
"The film is based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book about a wily fox who outwits farmers who go to the extreme to protect their chickens," Wang said. "It’s rated PG-13."
The last film of the month is a Spanish language film, called "Instructions Not Included."
"This was one of the highest grossing independent films in 2013," Wang said. "It’s about a man, Valentin, who impregnates one of his girlfriends who lives in Mexico. She shows up on his doorstep and leaves the baby with him."
The film, rated PG-13, is about how Valentin learns how to take care of the child while looking for her mother in Los Angeles.
"Six years later, he still hasn’t found her, but has become a stuntman and father in Hollywood," Wang said. "It’s essentially how Valentin and his daughter have grown up together."
Wang is happy with the February line up for the Park City Film Series and hopes people will come and enjoy these stories.
"We’ve got a great bunch of films this month and we’re looking forward to showing them to everyone," she said. "There is still a place to see arthouse cinema in Park City."
For more information about the Park City Film Series and tickets, visit http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com.