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Dennis Rader; the infamous "BTK" killer that terrorized Wichita for over 30 years... Now as a musical. Smoking Monkey Pictures founder David Berry, an award winning filmmaker wrote the songs, Rick Deasley, with his masters degree in composition did the arrangements, and played keyboards, and Multi-instrumentalist Scotty McBee played guitars, drums and vocals created the BTK Killer soundtrack. Follow as we look into the mind of a serial killer... In song!!
When you stop to think about it, it's actually rather amazing how much talent is here in Kansas City. Between the performing and plastic arts, we've got a seeming wealth of resources to hand. As I watched the collection of short films presented by Cinema KC, I had to keep reminding myself that they were all homegrown, right here in the city. more...
The Columbia Police Department is claiming that their latest public service announcement has been viewed over one million times on Facebook. At the risk of stating the obvious, that is quite a feat for a station that serves a town of 113,000 people.
Long before the use of sophisticated equipment and precise computerized instruments, one man scaled Mt. Everest twice. Local filmmaker Bev Chapman tells the story of Nawang Gombu who scaled the epic mountain in both 1963 and 1965. The documentary, "Heart of a Tiger", spotlights Gombu who was a pioneer in the "golden age" of mountaineering.
If you only make time for feature films, you will never know what you are missing from artists that make short films (2-15 minutes). Feature films always have multiple options to be seen (dvd, second run, streaming…), but it’s easier to catch film shorts at fests (and sometimes the only option - because of logistics of arranging distribution for smaller productions). more...
From horror to drama to animated comedies, the 2013 Short Film Showcase at the Fringe Festival was filled with the finest cutting-edge films guaranteed to produce tears, laughs and everything in between. Cinema KC, a not-for-profit organization that strives to act as a connection between the film community and movie lovers, sponsored the showcase. For only five dollars plus a signature Fringe button, audience members are given the first look at the phenomenal works of 13 local filmmakers.
https://www.facebook.com/BottomsUpSketchComedy We want to help locals and out-of-towners alike to become better acquainted with Kansas City. Written by Emerson Rapp Shot and Edited by Drew Martin @ Madcapp Studios Starring Jaime Blum, Ken Koval, and Emerson Rapp Making his debut appearance Braedon Koval
Kasi Brown was working as an EMT on a set for a commercial in Los Angeles recently when a dangerous stunt went horribly wrong. “This guy who was doing his first ramp jump had to jump over a tractor in downtown L.A.,” she says. “He went up on the ramp 35 feet in the air, and his motorcycle chipped sideways and landed on top of him, narrowly missing the camera crew that was right below.”
The inherent power of the Arts to affect the soul has been the topic of many films. From the impersonal nature of Julian Schnabel’s 1996 biographical film “Basquiat” and Fellini’s 1954 “La Strada,” neither affect the audience compared to filmmaker Damon Lee Patterson’s documentary “Art Saved My Life,” which premiered at the Kansas City Fringe Festival on Friday, July 19.
Kansas City has a small but thriving independent film group in the Independent Filmmakers' Coalition. This group of writers, videographers, and other creatives have been part of the local creative arts scene for quite some time now, and with the advent of prosumer video equipment their numbers are always growing. This year, as usual, they have put together a compilation of their efforts for the Fringe, with all-new selections making their public debut.
Damon Lee Patterson’s “Art Saved My Life” is a beautiful film — and its Friday night world premiere at the Crown Center theater was a perfect way to start my 2013 Fringe Festival experience. You really ought to make it a highlight of yours. more...
Filmmaker Damon Lee Patterson figured if art had such an impact on him, surely artists he admireds had their own stories. So he explored how art in all its forms changed artists like Tech N9ne, Bobby Watson, Alexander Austin and Sheila E.
In 1939, leaders of the Black community in America come up with a secret solution to the problems of racism and discrimination -- leave the planet! They launch a rocketship with three astronauts -- the intrepid Professor Avery; his beautiful and intelligent daughter Beneatha; and crack test pilot "Race"Johnson -- to claim the planet Mars. Will these brave explorers make it to "Planet Negro"? What lies on the other side of the wormhole they fall into on the way? Find out, in this new black (and Black!) comedy from Kevin Willmott (CSA: The Confederate States of America, The Only Good Indian).