Talent emerges from woodwork
From out of their basements and behind their editing screens, a posse of Park City filmmakers plan to emerge to share their work for the first annual Local Film Show this Thursday at the Santy Auditorium.
The showcase is not a competition, explains Jill Orschel, chief organizer of the event. It is simply to have an arena to show and share work.
"It’s about putting it out there – seeing what people think," she says. "It’s a local alternative to that other big festival we’re de-emphasizing any competition and emphasizing locals and a collective experience."
Some films have been seen by theater audiences or won an award or two; others have been only in the comfort of a living room couch. Other films might only be snippets of greater more ambitious projects.
Orschel will be showing two scenes from her current work-in-progress, "Sister Wife." The documentary, produced by fellow Park City filmmaker Alex Fuller, provides an intimate look at a Utah polygamist’s wife.
"I’m not someone out there trying to expose all her deep little secrets," Orschel explains. "I’m there to tell audiences an honest portrayal of a polygamist’s wife in a way we don’t usually see. It seems like they’re so represented in this negative, victim way. Why are we judging their lifestyle?"
A self-described perfectionist, Orschel says her previous film took 10 years to complete, in part because of her high expectations. In a way, she’s challenging herself by getting the work out there before it meets her standards to get an audience’s input.
Fuller, Orschel’s creative partner, considers the showcase "free school."
"For me, it’s free practice," she explains. "To hear people’s comments, even the criticism, is definitely helpful in going forward Reaction and feedback will help shape what we’re going to shoot and how Jill and I will put things together."
In addition to "Sister Wife," Fuller is slated to show the film she made in 18 days at the Maine Media Worshop, "Blood Mud Run." The documentary provides a glimpse into the lives of Amos and Avon Blood, twin brothers who find a unique use for their 300-acre farm: a contained, four-wheeling, off-roading park for recreating sessions they call a "mud runs." The film was shot in the outskirts of "a salty seaside town in Maine," says Fuller, where the number of farmers tending to their land is dwindling.
Aside from showing it to a few friends in her living room, "Blood Mud Run," has not been seen by many people in the community, she says, which makes the idea of showing her film next Thursday a little nerve-wracking. But Fuller finds comfort in the idea that she is in good company and concludes the slight discomfort is ultimately worth enduring.
"The people who are showing their films are mainly going to be filmmakers who will present works in progress," she says. "For all the big film competitions we do have here, it’s just nice to have something a little bit more low-key that’s more exhibition-style. Just think: There won’t be any lines and there won’t be any inappropriately dressed people in black."
The Local Film Show will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the Santy Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The auditorium is located at 1255 Park Ave.
Other local talent in the Local Film Show will include:
Who: Emery is a cinematographer whose projects have been distributed to PBS, The Outdoor Life Channel and other companies.
What he’ll show: "The Greatest Snow on Earth: Utah’s Skiing Story" – a 10 minute clip form a 55-minute film featuring a collection of rarely-seen archival and original footage.
Who: Jacobowski is a local Park City artist best known for his large-scale murals on interior and exterior walls.
What he’ll show: A six-minute film that shows the process of painting a mural in Australia with an environmental theme. The mural is located at an environmental education center in Victoria, at the base of the Bogong High Plains.
Who: Barton hosts an afternoon show on KPCW and is the founder of Park City’s Mountain Town Stages.
What he’ll show: "Chiaroscuro," part of a video production of "Rembrandt," a live video/interactive play. The film is a musical sequence of the show that features many of Rembrandt’s artwork.
Who: Thatcher is KPCW’s morning news radio host.
What she’ll show: a film called "A Drunken Dream."
Who: Rail works at Silver Mountain Sports Club as a personal trainer, wellness coach and motivational engineer, with a monthly column in Flipside, "The Rail’s Edge."
What he’ll show: "Sacrifice!" a film about making a difference, staying true to who your are and having an "unbridled hunger and desire."
Who: Dymalski is emerging as one of Park City’s most active filmmakers. One of her most recent projects, "Jupiter Landing," employed several Park City talents and was filmed in Salt Lake City.
What she’ll show: Her film, "The Write Stuff."
Rob, Lela and Seanie Newey
Who: Retired public school teachers
What they’ll show: the Neweys’ film will promote emerging artists and their initiatives in green practices.
Wendy Allen Davies
Who: Davies was born and raised in a western suburb of Chicago, and has been inspired by her relationship with her horse, Red.
What she’ll show: Davies will present a reading of her screenplay, "Sidepass," about an American Indian Vietnam soldier who returns from combat to discover he cannot readapt to his prior life, struggling to reconnect with Gayle, his Caucasian half-sister. The single creature able to heal his trouble is an intuitive horse named Hunka.
Greta Andreini and Paul Hanley
Who: Andreini and Hanley work for and support Recycle Utah, Park City’s recycling center.
What they’ll show: a film, "Recycle 101."
Who: Gerber began his career as an intern at Park City Television in 2001 and has since produced two award-winning films. He is currently in post production with a film he made with Preston Lacy of the film and series "Jackass."
What he’ll show: a film he produced called, "Let Go."
Who: Dymalski is active in Utah’s filmmaking community, often collaborating with his wife, Stacy. He is also part of the Park City Film Series board.
What he’ll show: his film, "The Last Democrat."
Who: Fuller is a longtime Park City resident who has gone to the Nevada art and culture festival, "Burning Man."
What he’ll show: a slideshow of his experience at Burning Man.
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