It’s not curtains for the Park City Film Series
Frank Normile plans to leave his post as the director of the Park City Film Series in June, but the nonprofit organization that brings independent movies and documentaries to Park City Library isn’t going anywhere.
Board members Destiny Grose, George Dymalski and Libby Wadman will share leadership of the organization for the fall season, and the 15-member board will remain intact. Normile tentatively decided to leave his post at the end of the season to relocate his family to Canada. Plans to divvy up responsibilities piecemeal were settled upon before Christmas. Grose, Wadman and Dymalski bring more than 25 years of combined experience to the post.
Grose, along with the board, will help pick the movies to be shown and work with the media. Dymalski, the series’ longtime projectionist, will handle promotion and film delivery. Wadman, a teacher in Summit County, will be responsible for writing grants, paying bills and handling sundry administrative tasks.
What this means to patrons in Park City is a continued slate of hard-to-find films. "I’ve heard the series described as Sundance all year round for locals," Grose said.
The film series is the highlight of the weekend for many locals, Wadman said, but it’s also an important way for people to get involved in social causes. The film series frequently hosts meet-and-greets with political candidates and fundraisers for other nonprofit organizations in town, like Recycle Utah.
The trio is glad to pick up a little extra work to keep the series alive, they said.
"The joke is that it will take three people to do my job," said Normile, who spends between 30 and 50 hours a week procuring screening rights to films, raising money and manning the popcorn booth outside Jim Santy auditorium on the third floor of the library. During the winter season, movies are shown Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7. This weekend, "A Christmas Tale," about a French family, will play.
Grose, who works at a cashier at the Market at Park City, said she has had to squelch rumors that the organization would end with Normile’s departure. "We had a bunch of panicky people during Sundance," she said. "This transition has been in the works for a long time. We always had a backup plan in case something happened to Frank."
Grose predicted a "leaner, meaner" series in the fall. "We’re looking for ways to be more efficient," she said, but didn’t comment on how a tighter budget would affect programming.
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