July Spotlight: AMERICAN HONEY

AMERICAN HONEY Filmed in KC

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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Why a Local Film Incentive for Kansas City?

collageWhile at the at the AFCI Locations Trade Show in Los Angeles representing Kansas City and the state of Missouri, a screenwriter, let’s call him “Steve,” engaged us in a conversation about a romantic comedy script he wrote called “BBQ.” I immediately pitched the virtues of our incredible Kansas City BBQ scene and our strong crew base and he easily became interested in adding Kansas City to the list of cities he would consider. In the next beat he asked, “What are your incentives?” This question is the norm in the industry. In fact we may have been the only booth at the trade show without active incentives.


 

Last year the AFCI drew over 3,000 attendees, over 1,000 producers, 684 production associations, 227 directors, 108 film commissions and 83 independent filmmakers. [Source AFCI]


 

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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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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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AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR – KANSAS CITY TWO-HOUR EPISODE

May 26, 2015 – We are thrilled to announce the first Kansas City two-hour episode of American Ninja Warrior will be –

IMG_4518NBC at 7 p.m. Central Monday, June 1

After months of waiting to find out if Kansas City was a confirmed site for filming we learned in January 2015 that Kansas City was awarded the show. American Ninja Warrior is a prime time show with an audience base of 6,000,000 viewers on NBC with repeat episodes airing as the number one rated show on the Esquire Network.

….I cannot thank you enough for how you guys have worked with us to make these episodes a reality.  Specifically, the work that you and Stacey [Union Station] have done to make this as painless as it has been is truly unique.

We could not have asked for a better experience. Everything from the Union Station location to the cultural activities have been universally praised by our staff and crew.

On a personal note, I want to thank you for your attentions to my staff, whom work tirelessly and often get little recognition.

Please feel free to use me a reference for trying to attract more projects in the future.

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