TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY MOVIEMAKER CALLS OUT DISPARITY @ KC URBAN FILM FESTIVAL!!!
Thanks to an AWESOME TKC READER we have a bit of insight into the alleged disparity between the KC Urban Film Festival @ The Screenland Crossroads vs. the movie displays @ The Black Expo in addition to other insights.
TKC SOLUTION . . . Kansas City movie lovers should visit both venues in order to support the local cinema festival!!!
Here's what a local movie critic had to say . . .
KC Urban Film Festival Thoughts
The Kansas City Urban Film Festival is promoted as “a combination of independently produced films and studio releases that all represent a 'by any means necessary' spirit of filmmaking.” The original premise was to showcase local filmmakers who had no other options for exhibition. Shawn Edwards said himself “We wanted to do something to cater to our local talent and give them another vehicle to showcase their work.”
While the festival officially had 2 venues, the Screenland Theatre and the Black Expo, only the Screenland was mentioned when the festival was promoted on Fox 4 News. Go to: http://fox4kc.com/2012/08/14/kansas-city-urban-film-festival-coming-in-september/
In addition, several of the films and the festival party were presented by “Red Bull”. That doesn’t sound like an “any means necessary” spirit…(The company that owns Red Bull generated 4 billion in income last year). The films at the Screenland were all higher budgeted films. So, if you go there you get to recline on leather chairs with concessions including wine and beer.
I may be mistaken, but the connections of the films playing at the Screenland to local talent is very flimsy if any.
On the other side of the tracks, at the Black Expo, the films by local, low budgeted filmmakers are screened in three tiny connected tents, with 15 chairs each. The films themselves are shown on HDTV’s sitting on tables with DVD players attached.
Last year, “Missed The Calling” by Darrell Thomas (A school security guard and filmmaker) showed at the Screenland as part of the Kansas City Urban Film Festival. He received a standing ovation. This year, while films sponsored by billion dollar corporations play at the Screenland, Thomas latest film is delegated to playing on a television sitting on a table at the Bartle.
Not a good look at all. I don’t see any “catering to local talent” here.