Updated: 18 MO and KS Connected Films at 2017 Sundance and Slamdance

People travel from every corner of the globe to be among the first to see what the festival’s curators have determined are the best independent narrative and documentary films, selected from nearly 11,000 submissions.    – Pat Mitchell, Producer

Each year the KC Film and Missouri Film Offices go to Sundance Film Festival to network, host a party and support Missouri and KC connected films that screen at Sundance or Slamdance. In 2017, there are at least 16 films that are MO and KS connected. If you are going to Park City this year, consider adding these films to your ticket wish-list. And if not, it’s great to know that we have Midwest ties at one of the biggest and most prestigious festivals of the year.


#1  BRAD CUTS LOOSE | Writer/Director: Christopher Good

Summary: Brad, an uptight office drone, seemingly discovers the perfect vehicle for letting off steam when an advertisement for a business catering to his innermost desires pops up one morning on his computer. Brad’s subsequent visit to the business and encounter with its receptionist Janine, however, don’t quite go as planned. (via IMDB)

Connection: Writer/Director Christopher Good, Producer Andreina Byrne, Cinematographer Jeremy Osbern and Sound Mixer Danny Bowersox are from the Greater Kansas City area. Their work is can be seen in film, music videos, commercials and webseries. This is the third year that Jeremy Osbern will have a film at the Slamdance.

BRAD CUTS LOOSE is in Shorts Block 3 at Slamdance Film Festival, January 20-26 in Park City, Utah.


#2  COLOSSAL Writer/Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Summary: Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a hard partying New York scene girl who is thrust into crisis when her boyfriend, Tim (Dan Stevens), grows sick of her antics and kicks her out of their apartment. With no other options, she moves back to her hometown and quickly regresses, drinking every night until last call and accepting a job at a bar owned by her childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). One day she wakes up and blurrily finds out that Seoul was terrorized by a giant creature the night before. Eventually, Gloria begins to suspect her own drunken actions are bizarrely connected to the monster rampaging in South Korea. (via Sundance.org) Continue reading

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April Spotlight: Misti Boland | Red Bird

Each  month we connect with an influential professional in the industry. This month our Spotlight is on Misti Boland – screenwriter, director, producer, production designer, art director.

Using the internet to distribute film and TV content is sort of like the new Wild West…

You might recognize Misti Boland from the Sundance/Slamdance blog we did earlier this year when we highlighted area people at the fests. Misti was a member of the jury at Slamdance Film Festival. We got together at the Missouri Film/KC Film party in Park City and we had a good laugh as she shared a story about dancing with Emilio Estevez, who was very much enjoying himself at the party she just came from. She also spoke of her exciting project Red Bird that she was in post-production on.

Misti Boland is known as a a production designer and and art director, with more than thirty (30) films to her credit. She is one of the founders of Women of Lawrence Film (WOLF). She has been finding success as a writer-director as well and has just launched a new webseries called Red Bird. We are honored to have this rising star as our film office spotlight this month.


Misti Boland on Location Directing "Red Bird"
Misti Boland on Location Directing “Red Bird”

KCFMO: Where did the idea for Red Bird come about? And where did the name come from?

MistiI grew up watching Western television shows and movies, and as a filmmaker I’ve been looking for the opportunity to create one.  When I was approached by actor friends Alexandra Goodman and Ian Stark about writing a script with two characters who encounter struggles with living off the land, I thought it would be a perfect fit Misti-Boland-on-setfor making a Western.

My co-writer, Jeremy Osbern, and I live in Lawrence, Kansas, and we both share an interest in the history of Bleeding Kansas and in particular Quantrill’s raid. We wanted to showcase a woman who lived through a similar event and witnessed the murder of her young son, which sparks her bloody quest for revenge.

The name for the web series came about when Jeremy and I decided that Sam’s (Kitty Mae’s father) special nickname for her would be Red Bird. 


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Kansas City Represents at Sundance and Slamdance

IMG_1709In Park City I almost literally ran into the legendary founder of Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford. Lucky for him and especially for me, a bodyguard type gentleman threw a “mom style arm-as-safety-belt” in front of me and I halted before plowing into Mr. Redford. Running into him could have been a national tragedy, or (and I like this idea better) he would have brushed himself off and so would begin our long-lasting, deep and meaningful friendship. Alas.

The KC Film + Media Office attends Sundance to connect with independent filmmakers, producers and other industry people. We support locally-tied films that play in the festivals. And one of the highlights is the networking party that we co-host with the Missouri Film Office on behalf of Missouri and KC-connected people which is steadily gaining a reputation as a don’t-miss affair.

Kansas City area people I ran into during the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals are only slightly less famous but no less important than the Sundance Kid:

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Spotlight on TRUST FUND MOVIE

One of our favorite locations to film at was the “Italian Villa” which was an amazing home located only about 15 minutes south of downtown…we could not have asked for a better place to shoot our Italy scenes. The funny thing was, we filmed the family home in “Chicago” right across the street, that’s how diverse some of the neighborhoods are in Kansas City.

It’s not everyday that an independent film gets a deal with the AMC Independent program. But that’s exactly what Kansas City filmmakers Sandra Martin (SM), writer/director and Isaac Alongi (IA), cinematographer have done. Their film, Trust Fund, opens in KC on January 8 at AMC Theatres.  We invited Martin and Alongi to be the January KC film spotlight to celebrate the release. Congratulations to these incredible KC film talents and to all the cast and crew!

KCFMO: How did you film KC as Chicago and Italy? Tell us about your location selections.

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Focus Features Gifts Early Screening of “The Danish Girl” to KC Organization

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The Danish Girl, a thought-provoking true story of a transgender artist who goes through one of the very first gender reassignment surgeries, is scheduled for wide release in theatres December 25 but there are people in Kansas City who have the opportunity to see it a week and a half earlier than the rest of the U.S.

An early screening of The Danish Girl has been granted by Focus Features to the Kansas City non-profit organization The Transgender Institute.

We met the founder and director of The Transgender Institute (TTI), Caroline Gibbs, in December of 2014 during Kansas City-based Discovery Life television show New Girls on the Block, produced by Kansas City production company HINT with Los Angeles company Conveyor Media. TTI serves transgender patients globally with therapy, mentoring, resources and training programs as well as consultation for clinicians.

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Kansas City, Let’s Make a Film Together

TWO CITIES, EACH POWERED BY CREATIVE PEOPLE AND FIBER OPTIC INTERNET, WILL COMPETE FOR THE CAPTURE 2015 FILM  PRIZE

CAPTURE FILM PROJECT is upon us! Greater KC is competing with Chattanooga, TN (two Gig cities) in a never-been-done before epic film event – the most ambitious crowd-sourced film project two cities have ever attempted.11922789_1648724742031795_5698168199649258353_o

ALL ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE! Footage contributors will be credited in the project. Registration is open now through Saturday at 3pm (upload deadline).

When:
Friday, Sept. 18 – Kickoff 5:00pm at Union Station Boardroom (Theme Announced here and online > capturefilmproject.org)
Sunday, Sept. 20Screening Event & Award Ceremony 5:30pm at Union Station Extreme Screen

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Creating Film History with CAPTURE 2015

Capture 2015 Announces Official Call
for Professional Film Team Editors and Musicians

First the important time-sensitive info at a glance:
What: Capture 2015 Call for Professional Film Editors and Musicians (teams are encouraged)
Deadline for Applications:
Sunday, August 30th – 10:00 PM
Online Applications at:
capturefilmproject.org/editors-musicians
Team Notifications:
Wednesday, September 2nd

Now, the details:
(Chattanooga, TN. and Kansas City) The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) in Chattanooga, KC Digital Drive, Film Society KC and KC Film + Media Office are collaborating on a milestone event, Capture: A Community Filmmaking Project Sept. 18-20, 2015. For the first time, crowd-sourced film footage will be made into fully realized short films by teams of professional editors and musicians simultaneously in two cities in two different states. And only one film will win the $800 prize for Best in Show. Which city will it be from?

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Booth Experiences: Maker Faire KC “Script-to-Screen”

MakerFaireBooth Experiences  Stop by and interact with representatives of the KC Film Production community!

 

gone-girl-flicks-and-bitsFilm Offices – “What Does a Film Office Do?”
The KC Film + Media Office, Missouri Film Office and Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission will be at the Film Offices booth at the entrance to Level B’s Script-to-Screen area to welcome you to our show-and-tell! 

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Vince Medellin will share character  development boards, environment boards and storyboards  from his own work as a visual developer/art director as  well as storyboards from the films of local director, Patrick  Rae. You will see how a production is ‘seen’ well before any  camera roll. Plus you’ll have a chance to give storyboarding  a try yourself!

Casting  – “Audition to Land the Part”wright laird casting
Heather Laird of Wright/Laird Casting in Kansas City will be will be at Script-to-Screen Saturday, June 27th in the Casting Booth area. Heather has worked on 65+ films including THE GOOD LIE, PETE’S DRAGON, WINTERS BONE, ALL ROADS LEAD HOME (screening at Maker Faire) and more than 1,000 commercial and print projects such as Google, McDonalds, Walmart, MetLife, Microsoft, United Way, Time Warner Cable, Wendy’s, Sprint, Gillette, MasterCard and many more.  The W/L booth will provide the opportunity to observe the audition process and for the fearless, a chance to try it yourself!!

Jason-Sudeikis (2)Talent Agency Booth – “Have Your People Call My People”
Several area talent agencies will be in the Talent Agency Booth – I&I Agency, Exposure Inc and Moxie Talent Agency. You may be surprised at all of the amazing talent Kansas City has – from actors, to models, to voice over artists. Stop by the booth and they can teach you about the world of booking a job from headshots to auditions – they may even send you to one!  Continue reading

Screenings: Maker Faire KC “Script-to-Screen”

MakerFaireSCREENINGS  A big part of our industry ‘Show and Tell’ is a sampling of PG-rated (family friendly) documentaries, narratives and videos.

Downloadable Script-to-Screen schedules will be available here soon.

“All Roads Lead Home”   Sat., June 27 10:30 AM & Sun., June 28 10:30 AM  

All Roads Lead HomeThe winner of Best Feature Drama at the International Family Film Festival and winner of the Crystal Dove Seal Award from The Dove Foundation is directed by Kansas City’s Dennis Fallon. It is “the story is about a 12 year old girl who loses her mother in an automobile accident. Her father struggles with the loss of his wife and trying to raise his young daughter who believes her father is partly responsible for her mother’s death. Belle’s maternal grandfather is a changed man since losing his daughter in the accident. He finds it difficult to have a relationship with Belle since she is a constant reminder of her mother. It is Atticus the new puppy who will change Belle’s life and the lives of those who love her.” Star-studded cast includes Peter Boyle, Jason London, Peter Coyote, Vivien Cardone and Vanessa Branch.         – To view the trailer click here

Maker – Movie” – Saturday, June 27 12:45 PM & Sunday, June 28 10:30 AM

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is a movie that looks at the Maker Movement in America – a “new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together culture fueled by passion and powered by the advent of new technologies…”

“Robots Movie” Saturday, June 27 1:50 PM & Sunday, June 28 11:35 AM

“The Monument Comes Alive – The 100 Year Union Station Anniversary Special” – Sat., June 27 2:30-3 PM with Q&A and Sun., June 28 12:30 PM

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A breathtaking digital show that transformed the facade of Union Station into a 3D “mind-blowing masterpiece.” Producer Quixotic will be on-hand with Bazillion and Bic Media to discuss the project and answer questions from the audience. Get ready for an amazing ride!!

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Industry Show-And-Tell at Maker Faire: The Presenters

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For the first time our industry will be giving a “show and tell” from Script-to-Screen on Level B at Union Station’s Maker Faire June 27 & 28. Last year 15,000 people came through Maker Faire and this year we expect 17,000-18,000! The public will  get to know our world interacting with us as we show them what we do – staged readings of original scripts, storyboards, talent, casting, cameras and equipment, makeup, wardrobe, post-production, special effects, screenings of work and special presentations.

Main Stage Presenter (Saturday & Sunday)

Allan B Holt

Allan B. Holt (Saturday 3 p.m & Sunday 3:15 p.m.)

Allan will present and Q&A on both days of the maker Faire at the main Innovation Stage. Allan has done character work special effects for the last 20 years. His credits include Captain America, RoboCop, Pacific Rim, Iron Man, Cowboys and Aliens, Thor, Alice in Wonderland and many more

He was the founder and first president of KU Filmworks and graduated from KU in 1999.

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