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Park City Film Series Goes Virtual

Park City Film

The Park City Film Series has been offering the best in off-beat and independent cinema to the community for over 25 years.

And the coronavirus outbreak isn’t stopping them, even though the Jim Santy Auditorium has been shuttered.   The Series is offering a Virtual movie line-up.

Film Series director Katy Wang said the  Series was closed by a Health Order on March 13th.  But on March 26th, they launched the on-line series.

They’ve shown six films online so far, and have two more coming.       

“In an odd way, we’re able to show more films, because we’re not limited by our one screen.  But certainly we miss having everyone in the theater all together, to give you films at the same time.”

She said they are hosting some films that they had hoped to show in the Santy.     

“Right now, we’re showing, ‘The Woman Who Loves Giraffes” about Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, who was one of the first people to study giraffes in the wild in Africa, so a ground-breaking female scientist.   “Corpus Christi” is online right now, a film from Poland that was there, nominated for Best International Film for this year.”

Wang said that each film is offered for a two-week run.    A user at home can rent them for a 48-to-72-hour period.

The cost is $12 or a little less for rental and half of the cost will go to the Film Series.      

“So obviously operational costs are less than they were than when we were open.  But of course we’re not seeing the same volume of people coming through the door and seeing their popcorn.  So we’re encouraging people to make their popcorn at home and set up some pictures with their bowls, so we can share that aspect of Park City Film together.”

She said they haven’t had a formal conversation with the county about a phased return to  live film showings.     But she said that the Santy is a large auditorium, so perhaps they could host a show with a limited audience of 100 people.