It's FilmFest Time!!
Happy New Year, everyone! Yes, I know that it's just a tad late, but you know how these things are. Personal turmoil and all that comes along with it -- The Good News is that everyone made it through surgery and they're recuperating nicely. The Christmas Miracle of December transmorgrified into January's Fresh Hell, as Christmas Miracles sometimes do.
With Spring, comes FilmFest to Kansas City - excuse me - The AMC Kansas City FilmFest, as the official titling goes. That kicks off this Wednesday, April 6 through April 10.
Here's a two-part interview with founder Fred Andrews, who provides some history, from when it started as The Kansas City Filmmaker's Jubilee to its current incarnation as FilmFest. This was intended for an article last year about the festival, but the publication it was intended for no longer exists... so, not one to waste material, it became the latest from Cheap Bastard Filmworks.
My personal picks are:
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
Anatomy of Vince Gauaraldi
Andy Anderson Shorts/Detention
Seminar: Art Direction for the Indie Filmmaker
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
Au Pair, Kansas
Seminars: The Big Idea
And I recommend any and all of the shorts programs.
You can find trailers for some films, as well as information about tickets and a link to a downloadable program on the FilmFest site.
Disclosure: I did work on AU PAIR, KS, and the FilmFest is the place where it will be making its world premiere, then on to festivals in Minnesota and Oklahoma.