If it wasn't 75 degrees and sunny, we might have mistaken June for January when movie madness takes over Park City. No, it's not time for Sundance, this month cinephiles can choose from dozens of screenings when Park City International Film Festival returns for its second year, Wasatch Mountain Film Festival celebrates action-packed outdoor adventure films, and much more.
Sundance Community Events Screening of Cesar's Last Fast @ Park City Library, June 3, 4:45 p.m.
As part of this year's Latino Arts Festival, the Sundance Institute is presenting Cesar's Last Fast, an official Sundance selection from 2014. The documentary showcases the social justice work of Cesar Chavez who fought for some of America's most vulnerable workers. Richard Ray Perez, the film's director will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
Motorcycle Film Festival @ The Egyptian Theatre and the Skullcandy Headquarters,
June 16 - 17
In the past 4 years, the Motorcycle Film Festival screened more than 150 original films from celebrating the thrills and freedom people draw from motorcycles. Get swept away by the powerful narratives and live vicariously through these films. For details on the screenings, after parties, rides, and tickets, visit the Park City Moto Union's Facebook page.
Park City International Film Festival, June 16-17 @ Park City Library
For the second year in a row, the PCIFF invites cinephiles of all ages to watch inspirational and entertaining films. Best of all: admission to the festival and all the screenings are FREE. "We want everyone to come and enjoy fantastic cinema from around the world without worrying about the cost" says programming director Warren Workman. Beat the heat and celebrate independent film and filmmakers making everything from shorts to feature length films. The festival kicks off with the first block of narrative shorts at 10:45 a.m. on June 16 and concludes with the Award Ceremony at 4:45 p.m. on June 17. Check the full schedule on on the PCIFF website.
Wasatch Mountain Film Festival, June 17-24This year the Wasatch Mountain Film Festival is part of Adventure Week, a week long series of indoor and outdoor festivals, activities, clinics, and other events highlighting a variety of outdoor recreation and sports. They have a fantastic selection of films and screenings will take place at various venues in Sandy City, Park City, Salt Lake City, and Snowbird Resort. You can catch the four of the best films of the festival, including one about a 99-year-old skier who's still shredding the slopes of Snowbird and Alta, at Park City Library at 6:30 p.m. on June 19. Don't limit yourself to the single day in Park City, check out the full schedule for awesome activities and films on the Adventure Week website.
Park City Film Series
Park City Film Series is taking a bit of a break during the summer, but they're schedule still includes a few weekend films and a special summer treat: free Throwback Thursday films.
June 2 - 4: Norman - Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium
Richard Gere portrays Norman Oppenheimer in this character piece about a small time New York fixer who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. This delicate, novelistic character study is what more American independent films would be like if more were made by thoughtful grown-ups who gravitated toward nuance and complexity. - Los Angles Times
June 8: Tickling Giants - 7 p.m. @ Jiim Santy Auditorium (Free)
Join Bassem Youssef, a heart surgeon turned full-time satirist (a.k.a. Egypt's Jon Stewart), as he explores how jokes can be a powerful weapon against repressive governments. This story differs from the familiar American success of Stewart and Stephen Colbert: Youssef’s jokes come with serious, dangerous, at times revolutionary consequences. The film will be followed by a discussion with John Mejia, ACLU-Utah.
June 9 - 11: Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story - Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium
This documentary follows are true Hollywood love story between storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian who worked on some of tinsel town's greatest classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and many more. Film clips, love letters, and candid conversations make this an engaging documentary celebrating unknown talents behind the movies we love.
June 11: Peter Pan - National Theater Live 2 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium
Catch the one boy who never grew up in this rendition of J.M. Barrie's much-loved tale of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy, and the Lost Boys. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live: Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.
Free Throwback Thursday Movies - 7 p.m. @ Park City Library
These movies are a blast from the past and will satisfy your nostalgia for childhood.
June 15: The Neverending Story
Bastian dreads daily torment from school bullies. One day when hiding in a book shop, he's introduced to an ancient story book and suddenly finds himself on an adventure in the mythical land of Fantasia which is in desperate need of a hero.
June 22: Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Set in WWII, three young friends Charlie, Carrie, and Paul discover their host Miss Price is an apprentice witch. Adventure ensues as they are treated to various and sundry feats of magic after blackmailing the witch about keeping her secret.
June 29: Spaceballs
The ultimate Star Wars parody by Mel Brooks will have you keeling over from laughter. Join Princess Vespa, the space rogue Lone Starr, Pizza the Hutt, and Dark Helmet on this crazy "ludicrous speed" adventure across the galaxy and feel the power of the "Schwartz."