July Spotlight: AMERICAN HONEY


If you didn't know the 2016 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize
winning film AMERICAN HONEY filmed in Kansas City last year, don't worry. 
The reason you didn't know is because the production kept their presence 
here very quiet. They asked  us not to discuss the project, actors or locations 
with anyone outside of those who were involved on a "need-to-know" basis. 
That meant no media, no social posts, no newsletter content about how 
exciting it was that they were here filming here. 

It was a great pleasure assisting this production. Knowing that this 
brilliant director was bringing her first US feature to Kansas City was 
incredible. Now that filming is done and they have premiered at Cannes, we 
can share some anecdotes that shed light on how the film office works with a
production like AMERICAN HONEY. First, watch their trailer and see how 
much KC you can find -

Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” plunges the audience, with dizzying hand-held exhilaration, into the lives of a couple of dozen young pierced and tattooed drifters who have banded together into a roving derelict cult, driving around the Midwest in a van, where they have a scam going to use their hustle and beauty to guilt-trip people into buying magazine subscriptions. You may never have seen a movie that so eloquently captures the feeling of living not for the future but for the moment — and, let’s be clear, living that way is not a good thing. But there’s a haunting question that shadows the flying-high hip-hop catharsis of “American Honey,” and that is this: How did these kids get here? -Owen Glieberman, Variety

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Mid States Film Commissions Partnership

News Release, July 8, 2015 Kansas City, MO – Missouri Film Office, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, Kansas City Film + Media Office, Produce Iowa-State Office of Media Production and the Nebraska Film Office.

The newly established Mid States Film Commissions Partnership is pleased to announce that American Honey, a feature film from award-winning British director/writer Andrea Arnold, filmed in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska  and Iowa over past several weeks.  The movie, starring Shia LaBeouf and McCaul Lombardi, is the British director’s first U.S.-based film. The story focuses on “a teenage girl with nothing to lose who joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she crisscrosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.”

The New York based production company, Parts and Labor Films, recently wrapped physical production throughout the Midwest.  Atypical of film production, this movie shoot in the sequence of the scenes and locations in the script.  Arnold prefers this approach for this project to keep the storyline and character delivery fresh and alive.  She also prefers a minimal crew and they travel as nomads from state to state and town to town, much like the thematic presence of the screenplay. We look forward to seeing the film sometime in 2016.

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