Posts in Film
Local Filmmaker Profile: Grant Carsten

Grant Carsten, a 21 year old student at University of Utah is following the passion for filmmaking he developed as a Park City high school student. Originally, he wanted to be an actor. In the fall of 2011, he took a script-writing class which sparked his desire to direct. In 2015, as a high school senior, Grant participated in the Miner Film Festival with a short film entitled Grade Camp and was recognized by the judges with The Sundance Passion for Filmmaking Award.

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Film, Youth FeatureBarbara Bretz
2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle, Freeski World Championships Breaking Boundaries Youth Film Contest Winners Announced

Jack Price was named the winner of the 2019 Breaking Boundaries Snowboard, Freestyle, and Freeski World Championships Youth Film Contest with his short film titled “Pushing the Boundaries.” The film contest was open to young filmmakers ages 21 and younger to tell their own stories about breaking boundaries.

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Local Artist & Filmmaker Nathan Florence Presents Work-in-Progress Film Art & Belief

Local artist Nathan Florence is breaking into the film scene by launching a work-in-progress film that he has been working on since 2010 called Art & Belief. The film will be shown as part of the new ‘Made in Utah’ program hosted by the Park City Film Series. Art & Belief will preview on September 6th at 7:00pm in the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library.

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Latino Arts Festival 2018

Immerse yourself in creative and cultural offerings at the third Latino Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th from 3-8pm. This year, the event will be held outside at the Park City Library Field (1255 Park Ave.).

Showcasing the talents of the local Latino community, this free, all-ages event celebrates creative expression through fine arts and crafts, folkloric dance, live music, performances, food, and a Sundance film.

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Park City Film Series to Host Women’s Panel in Conjunction with RBG Screening

The Park City Film Series will be showing RBG the weekend of June 8-10. RBG was a hit at Sundance, especially with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attending the festival. The film is an inspiring look at her life, covering her marriage, her health, her family and, of course, her astonishing legal career. To further discuss this legacy, we're hosting a panel after Sunday's screening moderated by KPCW's Leslie Thatcher, with women who have equally incredible stories. We wanted this panel to represent different points of Justice Ginsburg's career, so we have an ACLU attorney, a law school professor, and a Utah Supreme Court Justice.

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Park City Film Series Celebrates Earth Month

April 2018 is the 48th Anniversary of Earth Month®. The Earth Month Network recently published an article stating that “people from all age groups and backgrounds have one common thread to share: with all the advancements over the years many are still living in the dark as to our total environment; lacking simple awareness of issues and a direction to take. This is in part due to the increase in population density, industrialization, climate change, and apathy.”

Organizations and individuals around the world are spreading Earth Month knowledge and awareness through activism initiatives and educational opportunities. Our own Park City Film Series is screening two films this month to celebrate Earth Month and raise awareness about environmental sustainability.

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Book to Film Club // Connecting Books and Film for the Community

The Book to Film Club is the brainchild of Library Director, Daniel Compton and Kimball Junction Branch Manager Joe Frazier. It was started in February 2014. Compton and Frazier had been trying to host a book club for about a year, but it had been unsuccessful. Eventually, they pitched the idea of a a Book to Film Club, in which participants would first read the book on their own, then come together a the Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch to watch the movie and discuss the story. The club has been a “great success” since, with 10-20 participants each month.

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Youth Filmmakers Invited to Break Boundaries for the 2019 Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Champs

Calling all youth filmmakers in Summit, Wasatch, and Salt Lake Counties! This is an opportunity that you will not want to miss.

The Park City Summit County Arts Council, the Park City Film Series and U.S. Ski & Snowboard have come together to present the Breaking Boundaries // 2019 Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Champs Youth Film Contest. The Call is targeted towards young filmmakers (21 and under) to tell stories about breaking boundaries, wherever that may apply in their lives.

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Film, Open CallsJocelyn Scudder
Local View: Female Talent at the Sundance Film Festival

I have been a resident of Park City for over 38 years. Shortly after moving here in 1979 from New York City, the Sundance Film Festival was formed. The festival had been a struggling venue called the Utah/US Film Festival when it was taken over by Sundance.

In the early years, it was a small showing highlighting the work of regional filmmakers creating independent low budget films. Easily accessed by the general public, one could purchase a ticket at the theater. As it grew into one of the most important festivals in the world, a number of women were at the helm.

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Film, FestivalsMary Whitesides
Slamdance Spotlight: Fake Tattoos // Director Pascal Plante

The 24th annual Slamdance Film Festival held in Park City January 19-25 is contained within The Treasure Mountain Inn. Slamdance is a showcase for raw and innovative filmmaking self governed - By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers. The year-round organization serves new and emerging artists, filmmakers and storytellers.

One film has the distinction of being selected to screen at both Slamdance and Berlinale 2018.

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Local Spotlight: Sundance Volunteer Carol Dalton

Sundance Film Festival would not run like a well-oiled machine without a legion of volunteers, many of them local.

Carol Dalton, a Parkite who loves attending the festival, has been volunteering for over 20 years. “Friends were doing it and I've been a fan of independent films since my teens. Ever the rebel, my teenage friends and I saw Clockwork Orange, Deep Throat and Reefer Madness. I was hooked!”

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Film, CultureBarbara Bretz
Through A Local Lens // Park City Filmmaker Jill Orschel

Jill Orschel’s interest in filmmaking began in front of the camera, participating in a series of Mountain Dew commercials. She fell in love with the camaraderie and teamwork of the filmmaking process. After moving to Utah in 1990, she volunteered at the Sundance Institute eventually transitioning into photographer for the Sundance summer Labs. That’s when she really started to love, appreciate and embrace independent cinema in general and documentary film specifically.

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FilmBarbara Bretz
She Started It: Park City Film Series Celebrates Female Entrepreneurs

The Park City Film Series, in partnership with the Women’s Giving Fund, will present a free screening of the documentary She Started It on Thursday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m. She Started It tells the stories of five young female entrepreneurs who are creating technology companies despite barriers like industry sexism, lack of female role models and self-doubt.

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20th Annual Summer Sundance Film Community Screenings

Park City summers bring more hours of daylight and plenty of reasons to be outdoors, so you might be reluctant to sit inside a dark theatre to watch a film. But what if you could combine great film with the outdoors? Sundance Institute’s Summer Film Series is a chance to do just that. This summer marks the 20th consecutive year of free outdoor film screenings curated and presented by Sundance Institute.

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FilmDana Craig
Peter Pan in Park City

If someone asked you where to go to experience world-class theatre, you might suggest London’s West End, Broadway, or even San Francisco or Chicago. But what if you could stay in your own community and, for a fraction of the price, always be assured of the best seat in the house? With National Theatre Live that’s exactly what you can do! Katharine Wang, Executive Director for the Park City Film Series since 2012, says that National Theatre Live is a way of capturing award-winning theatrical productions from the West End of London and making them accessible to a global community. In partnership with the Park City Library, the Park City Film Series has made a yearly commitment to bringing several National Theatre Live productions to town, and in June it’s the family favorite Peter Pan.

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