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Park City Filmmakers Showcase spotlights Utah indies

For the past 13 years, independent filmmaker Jill Orschel has curated the Park City Filmmakers Showcase.

Her goal for the annual, free event, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Park City Library's Jim Santy Auditorium, has always been to create a place for Utah filmmakers to gather and show their works."My vision has always been to cast out a wide net to pull in as many filmmakers as we can," Orschel said. "We look for young and old filmmakers of different genres who have diverse opinions. We want this film showcase to be radically inclusive, which is so important these days."

The showcase is set to feature 18 films by 23 filmmakers (see accompanying list). There are eight narrative films — more than in the past — six documentaries, a music video and some experimental, artistic films, according to Orschel.

"The themes this year include social justice, drug use and abuse, gender identity, the environment and education," she said. "There are also some suspense films and some that focus on relationships."

As an independent filmmaker myself, my desire is to reach out to people, network, collaborate, support and be supported...”Jill Orschel,Filmmakers Showcase curator

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There are also five one-minute films that are part of a series that Orschel will thread throughout the showcase, she explained.

This year's featured filmmakers include a number of educators, she said, with film teachers from Park City High School to the University of Utah lined up to screen their work.

Orschel said she's excited for film educators to get the spotlight because they can bring fresh ideas to young film industry hopefuls.

"Our society is so focused on results, and it looks for youth-oriented things, and it's always looking for the next best trend, which isn't a sustainable model," she said. "So it's exciting that we have a lot of educators who will give insight on how to break through that mindset."

One feature filmmaker illustrating Orschel's point is Nan Chalat Noaker, a former editor of The Park Record who retired last year. She's set to screen her cinema debut, "A Coyote's Dream."

"She is living proof you can start an artistic passion in any time of your life," Orschel said.

All the films screening in the showcase run under 10 minutes..

"We want to show as many films as we can," Orschel said. "This year we've been able to extend the evening from 90 minutes to two hours, which is exciting for us, and that gives us more time to get more filmmakers involved."

The showcase will host a welcoming reception before the screenings, and a larger one afterward.

"These receptions will give filmmakers and the public to mingle and discuss films with each other," Orschel said. "As an indpendent filmmaker myself, my desire is to reach out to people, network, collaborate, support and be supported. If independent films are going to be a sustainable industry, then we need to do it together. I would love the showcase to be part of that solution."

Orschel also wanted to thank Park City Film Series and its executive director Katharine Wang for supporting the Filmmakers Showcase."They have given me the space and guidance to carry out my vision," Orschel said. "The film series' board has also provided resources and staff for this event. And because of them, the showcase has been able to grow and try new things, but at the same time hold onto the original vision of being a people-first, community gathering."

What: 13th annual Park City Filmmakers Showcase

When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8

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

Cost: Free

The films and filmmakers of the 13th annual Filmmakers Showcase

“Aftershock,” Kyle Fish

“A Coyote’s Dream,” Nan Chalat-Noaker

“Chasing the Dragon,” Eduardo Ayres Soares

“Community Patrol,” Andrew James

“Dark Skies,” Elaine Clark, Doug Fabrizio and Kelsie Moore

“Lucy in the Morning,” Isaac Cole

“Meme Police,” Jake Quilter

“A Million Dreams,” Dixie State University Film Department

“Misgendered or Mrgendered,” Brian Higgins

“Pulse,” Gregory Foltynowicz and Paul Tan

“Pushing the Boundaries,” Alex Koford and Jack Price

“Ready or Not,” Jenny Mackenzie

“The Sheriff’s a Chicken,” Kelly Loosli

“Snowland,” Jill Orschel

“States of America: New Hampshire,” Brad Barber

“Stranger,” Hilary Packham

“Undesirables,” Angela Rosales Challis

“What’s Next,” Miriam and Sonia Albert-Sobrino