May Spotlight: Bebe Wood

Each  month we connect with an influential professional in the industry. This month our Spotlight is on actress Bebe Wood. 

bebe 2At fourteen, Bebe Wood has had more success than many actors will see in their entire careers. Wood, a Kansas City native, has starred in some of the biggest shows on television including 30 Rock, Veep, NBC’s The New Normal, the Netflix mini-series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, About a Boy and films like A Merry Friggin’ Christmas. Today, Bebe stars in the new ABC comedy “The Real O’Neals” as Shannon, the clever daughter of Irish Catholic parents adjusting to their son’s coming out and their impending divorce. We got the chance to speak with Bebe about her KC roots and what it’s like being a successful young actress.

KCFMO: What would you say is the most common misconception about being a young actor?

Bebe: Acting is hard work. I love my job and I’m blessed to have it, but it’s not easy. People think being an actor on television would be a walk in the park and tons of fun. It is fun, but it also means a crazy schedule and a lot of responsibility.

I think staying in KC helps keep me grounded. I don’t get caught up in Hollywood competition.

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An Intern’s Perspective

This post has been a difficult one to start, and here’s why. I’m supposed to tell you all about what it’s been like to be an intern with the film office for the past three months, but it’s been an experience that’s hard to describe.

My name is Rachel Kephart and the first thing you should know about me is I love Kansas City. It’s a borderline obsession that I am constantly having to keep in check. I love the sports, I love the art, and I love the people. So when I was offered the internship with the KC Film + Media Office, which operates within Visit KC, I was excited, and slightly panicked. I had been working in Kansas City for a while, starting out as a casting intern with Wright/Laird Casting owned by Heather Laird, who for the record is the bomb, all while studying Film and Media Studies at KU, but I was working in Kansas City so much that I decided to transfer to UMKC and continued to work for a talent agency and as a Production Assistant whenever possible. Through all these experiences I was pretty sure I understood what the film office did. Nope. I didn’t.

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Spotlight – 8 Questions for The House on Pine Street

draft 04bHalloween has come and gone, but a good scare has no expiration date. How convenient then, that this Friday, November 6th, the horror film The House on Pine Street, which was shot and made locally, will screen on the opening night of the 15th annual Kansas International Film Festival.

We talked with producer and writer Natalie Jones about her experience making this psychological horror-thriller alongside co-directors Aaron and Austin Keeling. All of whom, happen to be KC natives!

KCFMO: Why was it important to you to shoot this film in Kansas and Missouri?

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Spotlight: 7 Questions with Patrick Rea

Patrick Rea is a local Kansas City filmmaker and Co-founder of SenoReality Patrick ReaPictures. Since 2002 Rea has written, directed, and produced numerous films, including two feature DVD releases in 2007 with “The Empty Acre” and “Heartland Horrors”, as well as winning two regional Emmy’s for the short films “Woman’s Institution” and “Get off my Porch”.  Working primarily within the horror genre, Rea has received many honors and awards for his work, with his films being  featured in film festivals around the world.

In honor of Halloween we thought we ought to talk to someone who knows just as much about horror as he does about filmmaking. Rea answered some of our burning questions about filmmaking, Kansas City, and of course horror.

KCFMO:   As a filmmaker who works within the horror genre, what would you say are the pros and cons of making a horror film?

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