Park City Film Series line-up filled with Academy Award winners and nominees
The Park City Film Series’ goal is to keep its finger on the film-industry pulse.
The nonprofit organization has brought eclectic films to Park City and Summit County for the past 12 years.
In doing so, has tried to book films that are creating buzzes in industry circles.
This year, the film series struck gold – Oscar gold, because several of the March and April films that will screen at the Jim Santy Auditorium were honored during the 84th annual Academy Awards ceremonies Sunday night.
Some of the winners the Park City Film Series will screen include "The Iron Lady," "The Artist" and "A Separation."
In addition, the series will screen "My Week with Marilyn," which stars Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams.
(See accompanying schedule titled "The Park City Film Series schedule for March and April").
"We were happy and lucky to get these films before the awards were announced," said Park City Film Series executive director Kim Page during an interview with The Park Record. "But the awards sure beefed up the interest factor."
"My Week with Marilyn" will kick off the new schedule on Friday, March 2.
Although Williams didn’t take home the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal as Marilyn Monroe, she won the Golden Globe, Page said.
"Between the make up and her acting, Williams became the Marilyn that I remember," she said. "It is incredible."
While Page is happy with all the films, she really can’t wait for the March 22-25 screenings of "Iron Lady." Meryl Streep was awarded the Oscar for her interpretation as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
"Can you get any better than Meryl Streep," Page said. "She is just amazing. She’s such a class act and one of my all-time favorite actresses. "I’m an actor and wish I could act as good as her, but I also strive to be like Kathy Bates," she said. "Between those two, I think I have an awesome combination to strive for. So, kudos for Merryl for winning and we’re happy to bring that film in."
The weekend after "Iron Lady," the film series will present Michel Hazanavicius’ "The Artist," the film that won multiple Oscars for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Costume.
"It won five awards and we can’t get better than that," Page said of the film, a historical piece, about a superstar silent film actor George Valentin, whose love, Peppy Miller, saves him during the transition from silent to talking films. "I love the history of film anyway and this one just takes us back to those golden days."
Rounding out the award-winners for the spring schedule is Asghar Farhadi’s "A Separation," that will be screened April 20 through 22. The film, set in Iran, won the Best Foreign Film Academy Award Sunday night.
"We try to bring films that we feel Park City audiences want to see," Page said. "We also try to mix it up and bring in diverse genres, whether it’s the documentaries, or foreign-speaking or other types of films.
"Park City people are smart and enjoy diversity and those that are based on true events," she said. "They create a lot of dialogue and that’s something we enjoy."
In addition to the recent award-winners, The Park City Film Series is Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s "Miss Representation," which was a hit at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Utah’s Geralyn Dreyfous served as executive director of the film, which showcases the misleading representation of women in the media.
"We had a lot of people email us to see if we could get it and we’re lucky to bring it in, and show it to the community for free in our Reel Community series," Page said. "We’re going to see if Geralyn can make it to one of the screenings."
Another gem on the schedule is Roman Polanski’s "Carnage," a biting comedy based on Yasmina Reza’s play "Le Dieu du Carnage," which depicts two families trying to settle a playground dispute. Both Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet, who play mothers in the film, were nominated for Golden Globe Awards.
"I saw the play and I definitely can’t wait to see this one," Page said. "It’s a great story and will be fun."
Like "My Week with Marilyn" and "Iron Lady," David Cronenberg’s "A Dangerous Method" is based on true events.
The film, starring Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung and Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud, is an account of their friendship and the tension between them created by a female patient played by Keira Knightly.
"I love films based on true events, because they’re fascinating because you really can’t make some of the stuff up," Page said. "This one’s rated R, but is a fascinating story."
Also included in the schedule is David Dworsky’s and Victor Köhler’s documentary "PressPausePlay" and Jason Reitman’s dark comedy "Young Adult."
"George Dymalski who is on our board is more like our program director and he does a great job getting these films," Page said. "We also work with a booking agent and with independent filmmakers who contact us.
"We enjoy working with others to give Park City a place to see and experience new things."
Adding color to the film series are the mini festivals that will be held at the end of March and mid April.
"On March 29, we’ll feature a benefit for the Summit Land Conservancy with the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival," Page said. "We’ll screen 14 short outdoor films."
On April 12, the series will host the Reel Rock Film Tour, a benefit for the Salt Lake Climbers’ Alliance.
"We strive to work with different nonprofit organizations and people within the community," Page said. "If we’re interested in doing things like this, we’ll try to do it, even if we have to get an underwriter, because no mater what the film needs to be paid for in order for us to screen it.
"We want people to know that we can bring film for other non profits and groups for the community to the Jim Santy Auditorium and have us co-sponsor or have them in our calendar," she said. "We want to reach out to different groups and we’re happy when we can do it and it’s a lot of fun.
For more information, visit http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com.
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