Park City Film Series announces fall lineup
September 4, 2009
If you’re among those who love indie films but prefer to avoid the glitz and glam of the Sundance Film Festival, your cinematic salvation has arrived.
The Park City Film Series has announced its fall lineup, and over the next eight weeks, the group will screen 20 independent films and documentaries.
The schedule includes picks from the Sundance Institute Film Series, the Reel Community Series and the Global Lens Series, as well as selections from film festivals all over the world.
The eight Global Lens films were selected for their distinct cultural perspectives and will be shown on double-feature nights in September at no charge. "We’re really excited about having Global Lens," says Destiny Grose, one of the three co-directors of the Park City Film Series, "This year it seems like an exceptional run of films."
The series will also feature a free screening of "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days," which is part of the Reel Community Series.
Other notable screenings include "The Cove" on Oct. 7, which has generated a lot buzz about the dolphin-hunting industry, and "In Deep: The Skiing Experience," which is scheduled for Oct. 9-11 to get people excited about the ski season.
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"We chose a bunch of lighthearted films," says Grose of this season’s lineup.
Comedies including "Easy Virtue," "Every Little Step" and "Away We Go" are interspersed throughout the schedule.
Grose says some of the films may never see a Blockbuster release, so the series truly provides unique cinematic opportunities.
All screenings are held at the Jim Santy Auditorium, located on the second floor of the Park City Library. In response to patron feedback, the series is pushing its weekend showtimes back to 8 p.m.
Weekend showings will still feature the popular ticket-stub drawing for prizes such as a weekend getaway, gift certificates and DVDs. The film series is also working on developing partnerships with local restaurants for dinner-and-a-movie package deals.
Grose and her fellow directors, George Dymalski and Libby Wadman, want the public to rest assured that, despite the departure of long-time executive director Frank Normile and the current economic climate, the Film Series is not going anywhere.
The new season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. with a screening of "Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter," the story of a mother’s battle for political asylum in the U.S. and her quest to protect her daughter and other young women from genital mutilation. Filmmakers and human rights leaders will be on hand for a discussion following the film.
Tickets for regular screenings are $7 for adults or $6 for students and seniors. A 10-pass punch card is $50. Prices for special screenings are listed online. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, to volunteer or to purchase tickets, call 615-8291 or visit http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com.
Fall screenings schedule:
Sept. 10 Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter
Sept. 11-13 Easy Virtue
Sept. 16 What a Wonderful World; Getting Home
Sept. 17 My Time Will Come; I Am From Titov Veles
Sept. 18-20 Every Little Step
Sept. 22 Mutum; The Photograph
Sept. 24 Margarette’s Feast; Possible Lives
Sept. 25-27 Cheri
Oct. 2-4 Whatever Works
Oct. 7 The Cove
Oct. 9-11 In Deep: The Skiing Experience
Oct. 15 Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days
Oct. 16-18 Away We Go
Oct. 23-25 Food, Inc.
Oct. 1-Nov. 1 In the Loop
Nov. 4 Don’t Let Me Drown
Showings start at 6 p.m. on weekdays; 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. on Sundays. All screenings take place at the Jim Santy Auditorium, located on the second floor of the Park City Library at 1255 Park Ave.