About the Film
Less than a year ago, Park City Film Director Katy Wang and I were discussing ways to expand the annual Filmmakers Showcase with a program of medium length shorts this spring. Who could have imagined the global pandemic but thanks to online capabilities we’re launching the first Made In Utah – Filmmaker Spotlight. A selection of two films, just under 20 minutes each, along with an intimate Zoom conversation and Q&A with the Utah-based filmmakers, continues a fifteen-year effort to bring local filmmakers together and to share their creative work with film-loving audiences. Thank you for joining us!
— Jill Orschel, Founder and Director of the Filmmakers Showcase
El Desierto (18:44 min, not rated)
Directed by Jared & Carly Jakins
Amid a formidable winter drought, a lone migrant worker struggles with his task of caring for thousands of sheep in the Great Basin Desert. “El Desierto” poetically explores themes of isolation, climate change, and the Sisyphean plight of migrant workers in the United States.
Filmmaker Bios: Jared and Carly Jakins are a documentary filmmaking team whose work screened at film festivals worldwide and featured in The Atlantic. They created multiple award-winning short films and worked on several feature-length documentaries together. In addition to making films, they are curatorial collaborators for the film series at Granary Arts in Central Utah.
Cuffs (19:54 min, not rated)
Directed by Drew Neff and featuring CoCo Berwald
A ‘copumentary’ providing a behind-the-scenes look at Krime County’s best and brightest law enforcement officers. Winner of Best Original Story at the 2020 Miner Film Festival.
Filmmaker and Actor Bios: Drew Neff is a rising 5th year film student in the Park City High School film program who enjoys exploring the craft of filmmaking. Growing up in Park City, he has always been inspired by the Sundance Film Festival and the influx of creativity that it brings into his small town. In the future, he hopes to pursue more filmmaking opportunities and perhaps a career in the industry. CoCo Berwald is a local actress involved in Park City High School’s film and theater departments. She is a graduating senior who will pursue her education at the University of Utah’s actor training program in the fall.
Jill Orschel is an Emmy-winning filmmaker whose non-fiction work has screened and earned honors internationally. Her short, “Sister Wife,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won honors at SXSW, is now being expanded into her first feature length effort. Jill is the founder and director of Park City Film’s Filmmakers Showcase. Now in its 15th year, she continues to mentor and collaborate with other filmmakers and, through the Showcase, highlights emerging new talent.
Live discussion with Jared and Carly Jakins, Drew Neff and CoCo Berwarld, moderated by Emmy-winning filmmaker and Showcase Director Jill Orschel, Thursday, June 4th at 6pm. Registration is required. Questions can be submitted in advance by June 3rd to email@example.com.