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Still from The Zookeeper's Wife, dir. by Niki Caro

It's May and, in the mountains, we're all anxiously awaiting the arrival of summer. That doesn't stop the Park City Film Series from serving up another month of fantastic independent film. This year, they've partnered with CONNECT Summit County for two screenings as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. These films are a great way to fill out the rest of your shoulder season.

Park City Film Series

May 5 - 7: This Beautiful Fantastic Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium

The quirky, young woman from London called Bella spends her time dreaming of writing and illustrating successful children's books. But when her landlord threatens her with eviction if she doesn't fix up the much neglected garden, she must learn to get along with her next door neighbor and nemesis, the rich, old, and grumpy Alfie who happens to have quite the green thumb. The New York Observer said of the film, "A charmingly, beautifully photographed modern fairy tale about love and gardening." 

May 5 - 6 : Babe - 2 p.m. on May 5 @ Summit County Library (Kimball Junction) & 4 p.m. on May 6 @ Jiim Santy Auditorium (Free)

The Oscar winning classic tells the story of how a life changes forever when Farmer Hoggett brings home a runt orphaned pig, Babe, from the local fair. Part of the Books 2 Movies program, this film was adapted from The Sheep Pig, a children's novel by Dick King-Smith. 

May 12 - 14: The Zookeeper's Wife Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium

Based on the real-life story of a working wife and mother who saves hundreds of Jews during World War II in Poland. Antonina and her husband own the Warsaw Zoo, but when the Germans invade they are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist. They decided to fight back by covertly hiding Jews in their empty zoo and putting together a Resistance to rescue others from the Warsaw Ghetto.

The screening on Saturday night will be followed by a discussion with Prof. Amos N Guiora, author of The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust. Guiora is a Professor of Law at S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) in the Israel Defense Forces. 

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Still from April and the Extraordinary World, dir. by Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci

May 12 - 13: April and the Extraordinary World 2 p.m. on May 12 @ Summit County Library (Kimball Junction) & 4 p.m. on May 13 @ Jiim Santy Auditorium (Free)

This animated feature begins in Paris, 1941 with a family of scientists on the verge of creating a powerful longevity serum. Their young daughter is left behind when they are mysteriously abducted. Flash-forward ten years and April is living with her cat Darwin and continuing her family's research. Suddenly she finds herself in the midst of a dark conspiracy, running from government agents and trying to uncover the truth behind her parents' disappearance. This film will be shown in French with English subtitles. 

May 18: What The Health - 7 p.m. @ Jim Santy Auditorium (Free)

In the midst of an ever-growing epidemic of obesity-related problems, this documentary (by the award-winning creators of Cowspiracy) explores the how big businesses have co-opted the government, preventing regulations and wreaking havoc on Americans health to support the pharmaceutical industry. 

Meatless in the Mountains will provide vegan calzone bites (made from vegan sausage, cheese, and spinach) before the film. There will also be a post film panel with Patrick Olson, MD, with the Rosenberg Cooley Metcalf Clinic; Craig Gordon, plant based athlete, fitness expert, and Utah Avalanche Center forecaster; and, Dr Babbie Lester, a local Naturopathic physician. The panel will be moderated by Lynn Ware Peek, KPCW's Mountain Life host.

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Still from Frantz, dir. by Pierre Niney, Paula Beer

May 19 - 21: Frantz - Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium

In post-WWI Germany, a young woman named Anna leaves flowers on the grave of her finacé Frantz, who died in the war, every day. One day, she runs into Adrien, a French veteran who shows  up in town to place flowers on Frantz's grave. While the presence of the Frenchman leads to conflicting feelings in the small community still coping with Germany's defeat in the war, Anna learns of Adrien's friendship with Frantz and struggles with her own feelings of anger, guilt, desire, and romance. 

May 21: Hedda Gabler - National Theater Live 2 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium

Join this National Theater Live presentation to see Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen produced by the Tony-award winning director Ivo van Hove.  The story follows Hedda and Tesman who find their relationship already heading for troubled water after returning from their honeymoon. “I’ve no talent for life.” Just married. Buried alive. Hedda longs to be free. There will be a 20 min intermission and wine/beer will be available for purchase.

May 26 - 28: Their Finest Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium 

In the midst of air raids in London during 1940, the British ministry keeps up morale through propaganda films. They hire Catrin to write the female dialogue and add a "woman's touch" to the films. Her natural flair for writing is quickly noticed by the cynical and witty lead scriptwriter Buckley. Together they set off to make an epic feature film on the Dunkirk rescue with a former matinee idol (played hilariously by Bill Nighy). Furiously cast and crew work to finish the film that will warm the hearts of the nation all while bombs a dropping down around them. 

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Still from God Knows Where I Am, dir. by Jedd Wider, Todd Wider

CONNECT Summit County Mental Health Awareness Month Films

The following films are show in collaboration with CONNECT Summit County as part of their May programming for Mental Health Awareness Month. Both screenings are free and open to the public. 

May 11: God Knows Where I Am - 6:30 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium 

The final months of a bipolar woman's life who was abandoned by the healthcare system are meticulously reconstructed in this documentary. Her body was found in an abandoned farmhouse, along with a diary chronicling her starvation and loss of sanity. Told through varying perspectives, her story is just one in the dozens of ways we systematically fail to protect the vulnerable.    

A panel with Dr. Karen Christian, a certified psychiatrist at Intermountain Healthcare's mental health integration program, and Brian Higgins, a mental health advocate from Reel Change, will follow the film to discuss how we can reduce stigma and help people suffering from mental illness.

May 25: Dying in Vein: The Opiate Generation - 6:30 p.m. @ Jim Santy Auditorium

CONNECT team up with Park City School District and the Park City Rotary, and PCFS to explore the opiate and heroin addiction rampant in the country. Through interviews with people affected by opiates, from addicts to grieving family members, the film examines how the contemporary belief in "living life pain free" has created a serious socioeconomic impact and broken treatment system. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the film's director Jenny Mackenzie, Dr. Beth Howell of the University of Utah, and Sam Plumb of Utah Naloxone.

See you next month for more movies and the beginning of outdoor summer screenings! 

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