Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Movie Under The Stars: The Sandlot

Movie Under The Stars Series Opener: The Sandlot

The Capitol Preservation Board is excited about the beginning of the Movie Under the Stars film series this Thursday, July 1, 2010. The 2010 movie series will feature nine movies Thursday evenings through August 26, 2010. The movies will be shown at dusk on the State Capitol's south-western lawn and is free to the publlic.

We are thankful for the presenting sponsor Rio Tinto and our other sponsor's; Utah Care Foundation, Utah Film Commission, Salt Lake Film Center and Harmons Grocery. There will be pre-movie musical performances and events each week prior to the featured film.

We are featuring a home-grown utah-made film as our opener: The Sandlot
The Utah Film Locations include:The Farr Park Pool - Ogden, Midvale, Ogden, Rose Park, Salt Lake City, and State Street in American Fork

The Sandlot is a 1993 American comedy-drama sports film about a group of young baseball players during the summer of 1963. The story is narrated by Scotty Smalls, the shy new kid on the block who wants to join the rowdy pickup baseball team that plays every day in the neighborhood sandlot. But he doesn't know how to catch a baseball, and his stepfather is too busy to teach him. He tries out for the sandlot gang anyway, and though he isn't very good, it turns out he's lucky: there happen to be only eight of them, and nine makes a team. The summer passes blissfully as Scotty learns to play ball under the wing of Benny Rodriguez, the oldest and best player, as well as Ham, Squints, Repeat, and the rest of the kid-eccentrics. The skies darken, however, when Benny literally knocks the stuffing out of the team's only baseball, a sign of impending doom, or worse, bad luck. Wanting to set things right, Scotty returns home and "borrows" his stepfather's ball, which he promptly uses to hit his first home run, knocking the ball clear out of the sandlot into mean old Mr. Mertle junkyard, home to Mertle's legendary guard dog The Beast. Scotty admits that he took the ball without asking, and he naively explains that his stepfather will want it back since it had a woman's name written on it: some lady named Babe Ruth Horror-stricken, the sandlot gang mobilizes to fetch the autographed ball from the clutches of The Beast. . .

Monday, June 28, 2010

Movie Under the Star's Press Release

Rio Tinto revives Kennecott Theater with summer outdoor films
Rio Tinto sponsors MOVIES UNDER THE STARS at Utah State Capitol & ROCK DOCS at Pioneer Park

June 28, 2010

Salt Lake City, UT -- Beginning July 1 and running until August 27, Rio Tinto is reviving the beloved Kennecott Theater through outdoor film screenings at the Utah State Capitol and at Pioneer Park. Both screening series are free and open to the public. Films begin at dusk. For more information about MOVIES UNDER THE STARS, please visit www.utahstatecapitol.utah.gov or 2010 “Movie Under The Stars” at the Utah State Capitol on Facebook. Screening information about ROCK DOCS can be found at www.slcfilmcenter.org.
“As Utahns, we all cherish our quality of life,” said Kelly Sanders, President & CEO, Kennecott Utah Copper. “The tradition of sitting on a blanket in a park with our neighbors on a beautiful summer night represents Kennecott’s sustainable development vision by actively participating with our local community to promote long-term mutual benefit. Kennecott has been a responsible community partner for more than 100 years, and we are working hard to continue operating long into the future.”

Kennecott has a long history of commitment to not only the economic and environmental aspects of Utah but to the general social health of our community. The company takes great pride in underwriting an array of community events and traditions throughout the valley. Many people may still remember the long-standing Kennecott Theater – a Sunday night movie tradition that ran for 17 years. Kennecott’s interest in creating a cohesive community still exists today. That is why the company chose to partner with the State of Utah, Salt Lake City, the Downtown Alliance, and SLC Film Center to present these outdoor films.

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS at the Utah State Capitol are presented every Thursday beginning July 1 and running until August 26. The series is presented in partnership with the Capitol Preservation Board, The Utah Film Commission and The SLC Film Center. Films will be shown at dusk on the southwest corner lawn of the Utah State Capitol.
Governor Gary R. Herbert looks forward to this summer film series stating, "As Governor, I'd like to personally invite everyone to participate in this program, which is a wonderful opportunity to visit the 'People's House' and share a fun, free night with their family and friends. Many of this year's movies were filmed right here in Utah, which is just one more reason to celebrate!"

July 1 - The Sandlot (1993) - Made in Utah
July 8 - Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) - Made in Utah July 15 - Planet 51 (2009)
July 22 - Forever Strong (2008) - Made in Utah
July 29 - The Goonies (1985)
August 5 - The World’s Fastest Indian (2005) - Made in Utah
August 12 - The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
August 19 - Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
August 26 - The Blind Side (2009)
ROCK DOCS at Pioneer Park begins Friday, July 30, and runs every Friday until August 27. Conceived as companion program to the Twilight Concert Series, which is being presented in Pioneer Park, this series highlights a wide range of musical talents and genres. Prior to each screening, www.UtahFM.org will present a live performance by a local act. Films are screened on a large screen in the northwest corner of the park across from Tony Caputo’s Market and Deli and Bruges Waffles and Frites. The screenings are organized by the SLC Film Center, Downtown Alliance, and Salt Lake City Events, with additional support from Big D Construction, Slug Magazine, and Salt Lake City Weekly.
"We are thrilled to have Kennecott Theater present this summer's Pioneer Park's Picture Show series,” says Mayor Ralph Becker. " The Kennecott Theatre Film series, Farmers Market and the relocated Twilight Concert series demonstrates how public-private partnerships can fight crime, create community and a slate of programming that will both reward downtown residents and entice commuters to spend a "hot" summer night downtown."
ROCK DOCS ScheduleJuly 30 - The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights (2009) August 6 - Soul Power (2008) August 13 - Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields (2010) August 20 - Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007)August 27 - Viewers Choice (TBA)
About Kennecott Utah Copper
As the second largest copper producer in the United States, Kennecott Utah Copper provides about 18-25 percent of the U.S.'s copper needs. Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine is the largest man-made excavation in the world. It is one of the top producing copper mines in the world with production at more than 18.7 million tons. Every year, Kennecott produces approximately 300,000 tons of copper, along with 500,000 ounces of gold, 4 million ounces of silver, about 30 million pounds of molybdenum, and about 1 million tons of sulfuric acid, a byproduct of the smelting process. Rio Tinto purchased Kennecott Utah Copper in 1989 and has invested about $2 billion in the modernization of KUC’s operations. KUCC has also spent more than $350 million on the cleanup of historic mining waste and $100 million on groundwater cleanup. Rio Tinto employs 2,400 people and hundreds of contractors in Utah. www.kennecott.com.

About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the United
Kingdom, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources.
Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore.
Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North
America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and
Southern Africa. www.riotinto.com.
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