Film series vital to Park City |

Film series vital to Park City

For 12 years, the Park City Film Series has provided the community an affordable alternate to the average date night.

Throughout its history, the series has featured thought-provoking documentaries, foreign films and Sundance Film Festival award winners, in the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library and Education Center, said executive director Kim Page.

"We choose a lot of different films to mix everything up," Page said during an interview with The Park Record. "We like to expose the community to as many films as we can."

In order to fulfill that mission, the Park City Film Series presents regular screenings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but also offers special screenings once or twice a month during the week.

"Regular screenings are films that we George Dymalski, a film selection committee and I work with a booking agent and choose the films," Page explained. "The special screenings come to us though the community or other avenues where people would like to show a film at the Jim Santy Auditorium, because it’s a great place to show a community film or project."

A good example of a special screening event is the Local Filmmakers’ Showcase that was held in November.

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"Special screenings can include a snow or ski film, or something on that line," Page said. "We recently showed a film about education and the national school system that was brought to us by the Weilenmann School, because of its passion for education."

This month’s special screening is Chris Kitchen and Sam Pope’s "Wyoming Triumph," which documents KGB Productions’ mission to ski Wyoming’s unskied slopes.

Next month’s special screening is Michael Madsen’s "Into Eternity," a documentary about Finland’s first permanent nuclear waste repository.

"These special screenings are a way to get people to develop dialogue about different topics and issues raised from the films," Page said. "Our goal is to the get the community involved with them."

While a lot of the special screenings are free, there are times when the films series will have to charge admission.

Tickets for "Wyoming Triumph" are $10, but the proceeds will benefit the Utah Avalanche Center. Likewise, admission to "Into Eternity" is a suggested $5 donation, which will go toward the efforts of Recycle Utah.

"I personally believe Park City is a savvy town for recycling and people come together to make things happen," Page said. "I’m proud of being a part of it."

As part of the regular screening schedule, but a day early on Thursday, Jan. 12, the film series will present the "Made In Utah Film Weekend."

"As you know, Utah ranks fourth in the nation when it comes to filmmaking, so, we’re bringing in some old and recent films that were made in the state," Page said. "Prior to each feature, we’ll show a short film that was also made in Utah."

The features to be presented are:

  • James Meredino’s 1998 film "SLC Punk!," filmed in Salt Lake City and Wendover
  • Jonathan Demme’s 1980 hit "Melvin & Howard," filmed in Ogden and Willard.
  • John Lawrence’s 2011 film "Peloton," filmed in Park City, Moab and Salt Lake City.
  • John Ford’s 1956 classic "The Searchers," filmed in Monument Valley and Mexican Hat.

    "The scenery in Utah is dynamic from the red rocks in the south to the forests in the north, and gives filmmakers inspiration and variety," Page said.

    The shorts haven’t been selected, yet, but they will be films made by Utah filmmakers.

    "Utah is a great place for filmmakers to come and we have so many local filmmakers who live all over the state," she said. "The ‘Made in Utah Film Weekend’ is something new and exciting for us."

    Although Page, an actor and producer of short films, was selected as the Park City Film Series’ new executive director in September, she has been involved with the organization for about a year and served on its executive board.

    She has also received a lot of feedback from audiences.

    "I love when people email or come up to me after a film and tell me what they think, or what they would like to see at the film series," she said. "I’m so happy Park City supports us and I would encourage everyone to keep the emails, phone calls and messages coming."

    For more information about the Park City Film Series, visit