KANSAS CITY PUBLIC EDUCATION FAIL MOVIE 'WE ARE SUPERMAN' FOR SALE!!!
This year the most important Kansas City movie production chronicled the ongoing downward spiral of Kansas City Public Schools along with the litany of hope for change that never quite works out.
Accordingly . . .
KANSAS CITY MOVIEMAKERS DOCUMENTING THE LOCAL PUBLIC EDUCATION HOT MESS ARE NOW MAKING THEIR PITCH TO AUDIENCES!!!
As always, TKC supports the Kansas City cinema community and while I've only seen a few minutes of the movie, it was certainly a powerful testament to the complexities of making public education work in Kansas City . . .
TKC TRUE STORY: I was really going to watch this thing with a lovely local white lady and we got together for one of the KCPT showings. Turns out the tale was so emotionally charged that the white lady hit the pause button and inquired about my unlikely educational achievements (pre-med, 1st Latino perfect score on the LSAT in KCMO, pre-biz and college guest lecturer too. Natch.) . . . I revealed to her how much my parents had sacrificed to keep my precious behind out of the KCPS and, despite a myriad of (mostly self-inflicted) challenges, suburbanite Catholic eduction sharpened the mind your favorite blogger while providing nearly unmatched fluency in the language of the oppressor.
From that point a make-out session ensued and then TKC put on a private tutorial in AWESOME as the story of Kansas City's disadvantaged was cast into nearly permanent digital pause. Damn you TiVo!!! Accordingly, I wasn't able to get around to watching this sucker because chubby white women are the cause of and solution to all of life's problems.
But I digress . . .
We like the strategy of the moviemakers pitching their work . . . We Are Superman is now availible on DVD and Blu-Ray
Also . . . The important Kansas City movie is also available via digital download.
Check the presser with all the deets . . .
LOCAL FILM CHRONICLES TROOST DIVIDE AND REVITALIZATION
Kansas City filmmakers examine urban dis-investment; showcase inner-city community building organizations
Kansas City, MO – “Kansas City has suffered from hyper-segregation for over 60 years and it cannot continue.” That's the message of We Are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost, a local documentary which includes interviews with Mayor Sly James, Anita Maltbia of the Green Impact Zone, and Carol Grimaldi of Brush Creek Community Partners.
Kevin Bryce, the film's director, became drawn to the story of Troost Avenue while studying Film and Media Arts at UMKC. He felt that Troost was over stigmatized and decided to investigate.
Troost Avenue, which lies in the heart of KC, draws a geographic dividing line between black and white, rich and poor. But a growing movement is uniting to transform Troost from a dividing line into a gathering place. On the corner of 31st and Troost, a community of people are battling against prejudicial legislation, exploitative corporations, and a stereotype that has stigmatized the urban core since the suburban revolution.
The film is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Vimeo-on-Demand. We Are Superman:
The Transformation of 31st and Troost premiered in April of 2012 to an audience of 400 at the Nelson Atkins Museum. The film has since had a sold-out screening at the now- closed Screenland Crossroads in December, head-lined the 2013 Kansas City Film Fest (with an introduction by Mayor James himself), played at the 2013 Middle of the Map Fest, and has aired four times on Kansas City Public Television.
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