art feature
Sept. 10, 2004

 

Kansas Film Fest begins this weekend
by Deborah Young

Four years ago, Ben Meade and Brian Mossman started the Halfway to Hollywood Film Festival. Back then, the festival offered a variety of foreign and indy films, and post-show interviews with actors, producers and directors of some of the films. That part hasn’t changed. But the festival’s name has.

This year the seven-day event has been dubbed the Kansas International Film Festival. Meade said they decided on the name change because they thought the new name would help organizers get better films for the festival. People in Hollywood thought the previous name, Halfway to Hollywood, was “hee haw,” Meade said.

In addition to the name change, the festival launched online ticket sales this year, and Mead says they’ve sold thousands of tickets online. One of the features (Bazaar Bizarre) has already sold out.
What are the must-sees at this year’s festival? According to Meade, they’re the opening night screening of Code 46, a sci-fi film starring Tim Robbins; Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail, which will include a live score performed by the Allied Orchestra, and The Origin of Aids, a documentary.

The festival will run from Friday, Sept. 10 through Thursday, Sept. 16 and includes a showcase of Kansas filmmakers. Also, the directors of Forgotten, Bellmore: the Unscene, Bazaar Bizarre, Dancing on the Moon, and Minefield are scheduled to attend to discuss and answer questions about the films.

Film Listing

Arna’s Children - SUNDANCE FILM SERIES
Directed Danniel Danniel, Juliano Mer Khamis
Genre Documentary
Rating NR
Country Israel/Netherlands
Run Time 90 minutes
Website N/A
The film tells the story of a theatre group that was established by Juliano's mother Arna in Jenin. Juliano goes back to the camp eight years after the closing of the theatre to discover the tragic story of the theatre children.

Balseros- Academy Award nominee, Best Documentary 2003
Stars Guillermo Armas , Rafael Cano , Miriam Hernández
Directed By Carles Bosch & Josep M Domènech
Genre Documentary
Rating NR
Country Spain
Run Time 120 minutes
Website: http://www.7thart.com/current/balseros/balseros.html
Synopsis: In the summer of 1994, a team of public television reporters filmed and interviewed seven Cubans, and their families, beginning a few days before their risky venture of setting out to sea in homemade rafts to reach the coast of the United States. This is a true story about some of the authentic survivors of our times, the human adventure of people who are shipwrecked between two worlds.

Bellmore: The Unscene
Starring – Eggplant Queens, Not Saved, Rat Bastard, Zombula 451, Agnostic Front
Directed – Frank Fusco
Genre – Competition/Documentary
Rating – R
Country – USA
Run Time – 91 min.
Website: www.hitidepictures.com
Synopsis: This film documents the distinct music scene spawned from the underbelly of Long Island -- Bellmore. The film focuses on a clique of friends that have created bands together for over two decades. By now they’ve become an extended family – a dysfunctional, abusive, trashy family that could only have been in a lost town like this. Q&A after film.

Bazaar Bizarre
Starring James Ellroy, Christopher Leo, Robert Berdella
Directed By Benjamin Meade
Genre Documentary/Thriller
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time 89 Minutes
Website http://www.corticrawl.com/bazzar/index.html
Between 1985 and 1988, Robert A. "Bob" Berdella tortured, sodomized, photographed, and murdered six young men, dismembered them in the bathtub and putting their bagged remains out on the curb for Monday morning trash pick-up. Berdella was the 39-year old owner of Bob's Bizarre Bazaar in Kansas City, a downtown novelty shop that specialized in lava lamps, replica skulls, incense, and other kinds of supplies that would appeal to potheads and weekend Satanists. His many secrets began emerging when a man wearing only a dog collar escaped from Berdella's home at 4315 Charlotte St. Crime. Novelist James Ellroy presents this provocative new film about Bob Berdella in a campy yet direct presentation guaranteed to make the viewer squirm.

Blackmail
Starring Anny Ondra, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton
Directed By Alfred Hitchcock
Genre Thriller
Rating NR
Country UK
Run Time 96 Minutes
Website N/A
The world premier of Hitchcock's Blackmail with the Alloy Orchestra occurred at the 2004 Telluride Film Festival on Labor Day weekend. The second screening will be the Kansas International Film Festival on September 11th.
In this early Hitchcock film, Alice White is the daughter of a shopkeeper in 1920's London. Her boyfriend, Frank Webber is a Scotland Yard detective who seems more interested in police work than in her. Frank takes Alice out one night, but she has secretly arranged to meet another man. Later that night Alice agrees to go back to his flat to see his studio. The man has other ideas and as he tries to rape Alice, she defends herself and kills him with a bread knife. When the body is discovered, Frank is assigned to the case, he quickly determines that Alice is the killer, but so has someone else, a blackmailer. This amazing new print of Blackmail will be presented with a new score performed live at the Kansas International Film Festival by the world famous Alloy Orchestra.

Border Bandits
Directed By Kirby F. Warnock
Genre Documentary
Rating PG
Country USA
Run Time 58 minutes
Website http://www.bigbendquarterly.com
From 1915-1916 between 3,000-5,000 Mexican Americans were killed by Texas Rangers on the Texas side of the Rio Grande. Border Bandits is an eyewitness account of the slayings of two of these men, and the aftermath of those killings some 80 years later. The movie explores the roots of tensions that still exist between Anglos and Tejanos in Texas today, as well as the popular Hollywood image of the Texas Rangers.

Break A Leg
Starring John Cassini, Rene Rivera, Molly Parker, Jennifer Beals,
Directed By Monika Mitchell
Genre Comdey/Drama
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time 98 minutes
Website www.breakaleg-themovie.com
Synopsis Max Matteo (John Cassini) is a talented character actor who can’t catch a break. Despite his obvious talent, Max is always second choice to a producer’s nephew or a more marketable "name". But where talent can’t beat the system, ambition can.

Butterfly
Starring Michel Serrault , Claire Bouanich , Nade Dieu
Directed By Philippe Muyl
Genre Comedy/Drama
Rating NR
Country France
Run Time 85 minutes
Website: http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/cs_butterfly.html
Synopsis Eight-year-old Elsa and her mother move in next to Julien, an ornery old entomologist with a lavish butterfly collection in his apartment. Her mom is hardly ever home, and Elsa soon grows attached to her neighbor. When Julien sets out on a weeklong hike, Elsa hides herself in his car. Julien begrudgingly allows her to tag along with him on his expedition to the Alps in search of the elusive Isabelle - an exotic butterfly.
Winner! Audience Choice, Best International Feature, St. Louis International Film Festival

Code 46
Title Code 46
Starring Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton
Directed By Michael Winterbottom
Genre Romance / Sci-Fi
Rating R
Country UK
Run Time 92 minutes
Website http://www.mgm.com/ua/code46/
Synopsis You’ve got to hand it to screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce and director Michael Winterbottom—in their collaborations, they’ve never gone to the same place twice. From the eerie allegory Butterfly Kiss to the wartime heartbreaker Welcome to Sarajevo to the melding of Thomas Hardy with the western genre in The Claim (and, of course, the utterly sui generis 24 Hour Party People), they’ve taken adventurous moviegoers to wildly different places, and they’ve always been passionate, intelligent guides. Their latest effort ventures into the realm of futuristic sci-fi. As Godard did in his 1965 Alphaville, Winterbottom shot this tale of a globalized civilization where genetic manipulation and a bisected class structure are the orders of the day (either you’re in the elite or you’re taking your chances in what amounts to a digitalized medieval bazaar) in preexisting locations. The difference being that while Godard limited his shoot to Paris, Winterbottom and company traveled the world. His cool, beautiful visuals are utterly convincing, as are Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton as the bureaucrat and drone who are drawn into a romance that they don’t quite understand and that turns out to be very much against their world’s rules. Provocative, quietly erotic, deeply romantic, and slyly witty (a cameo by a giant of punk rock is funny at first sight, and funnier still when you figure out the joke it’s making), Code 46 is a very effective antidote to summer blockbuster bloat. –Glen Kenny, PREMIERE MAGAZINE

Dancing On The Moon
Starring Guy Ray Pocowatchit, Mark Wells, Rodrick Pocowatchit
Directed By Rodrick Pocowatchit
Genre Competition /Drama
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time 90 Minutes
Website www.Harmyfilms.com
Synopsis Dancing on the Moon is the story of Dean, Joey and Mark, three Native American friends who are more like brothers. They're on the road to a powwow, but each is on his own personal journey. Q&A after film.

Dear Frankie
Starring Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, Jack McElhone
Directed By Shona Auerbach
Genre Drama
Rating PG
Country UK
Run Time 103 Minutes
Website http://www.miramax.com/dearfrankie/
Synopsis Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they’ve run away from his father, Lizzie has invented a story that he is away at sea on the HMS Accra. Every few weeks, Lizzie writes Frankie a make-believe letter from his father, telling of his adventures in exotic lands. As Frankie tracks the ship’s progress around the globe, he discovers that it is due to dock in his hometown. With the real HMS Accra arriving in only a fortnight, Lizzie must choose between telling Frankie the truth or finding the perfect stranger to play Frankie’s father for just one day.

Dear Pillow
Starring Rusty Kelley, Gary Chason, Viviane Vives
Directed By Bryan Poyser
Genre Competition/Drama
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time 85 Minutes
Website www.dearpillow.com
Synopsis A dark coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old supermarket bagboy (Rusty Kelley) who discovers that a neighbor in his apartment complex (Gary Chason) writes for a porn magazine. The boy decides to get published in the magazine himself using the overheard conversations of a secret phone-sex enthusiast (Viviane Vives). The three form an uneasy alliance that ultimately draws them into a dangerously adult territory.

Festival Express
Directed By Bob Smeaton
Genre Documentary
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time 90 Minutes
Website http://www.festivalexpress.com/
Synopsis FESTIVAL EXPRESS is a rousing record of a little-known but monumental moment in rock n’ roll history, starring such music legends as Janis Joplin, The Band, and the Grateful Dead. Set in 1970 – and consisting largely of footage that hasn’t been seen anywhere since – it chronicles the eponymous event, which followed on the heels of Woodstock. Like its predecessor, it was a multi-band, multi-day extravaganza that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation and a nation. What made it unique was that it was portable: for five days, the bands and performers lived, slept, rehearsed, and did countless unmentionable things aboard a customized train that traveled over 2,000 miles from Toronto, to Winnipeg, and Calgary with each stop culminating in a mega-concert.
Ford Transit (Hani Abu-Assad) - SUNDANCE FILM SERIES
2003, Palestine/Netherlands, 80 minutes, in English & Arabic, The white Ford vans driving around all over Palestine once belonged to the Israeli army, which gave them to former collaborators as a source of income after the Oslo agreements. Soon, they were sold and employed as taxis. Today, thousands of these vans drive around, which makes the market fairly saturated. Director Hani Abu-Assad followed cab driver Rajai and his passengers in Ramallah and Jerusalem, along roadblocks and short cuts. The passengers make up a heterogeneous company with divergent opinions about the situation in Palestine and views of the conflict with Israel. Apart from ordinary people, local celebrities such as politician Hanna Ashrawi and filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg (PROMISES) make use of Rajai's van. With the bus passengers, the whole film then meanders along some of the determining elements of Rajai's life, so we not only gain insight in this young man's character and background, but also into the complex situation in the region. IDFA 2002, Sundance 2003, FIPRESCI Award - Thessaloniki 2003, Human Rights Watch, Karlovy Vary, Spirit of Freedom Award-Jerusalem Film Festival

The Forgotten
Starring Randy Ryan, Malcolm Barrett, Stephen Kilcullen
Directed By Vincente Stasolla
Genre Action / Drama
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time
Website http://www.theforgottenthemovie.com/
Synopsis Chronicled through his journal, William Bryne, an idealistic, God-fearing young man, volunteers for war for the noblest of reasons; Duty, God, and Country. The deaths of the platoon's officers and a sergeant's suicide have pressed Corporal Bryne into command. Then comes word of the improbable, William must lead his beleaguered and outnumbered men into battle. William struggles to maintain his faith and understand his place between good and evil, while his tank crew comes to grips with their impending fate. After saving a Korean soldier's life and quelling a desertion and mutiny, William musters his last shred of idealism and leads his men into battle. Q&A after film.

Hiding And Seeking
Directed By Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky
Genre Documentary
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time 85 Minutes
Website http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/cs_hidingandseeking.html
Synopsis Hiding and Seeking is produced and directed by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky, who collaborated on the Emmy-nominated documentary A Life Apart: Hasidism in America. It is the second film in an intended trilogy of films on the theme of Barriers and Boundaries, focusing on the Jewish world. Hiding and Seeking tells the story of a father who tries to alert his adult Orthodox Jewish sons to the dangers posed by defenders of the faith who preach intolerance of the "other", by those who feel compelled to create impenetrable barriers between "us" and "them." Q&A after film.

Kan Film Fest Winners (Best Of)
Run Time 90 Minutes
Website
Synopsis Filmmakers and film buffs alike enjoyed the fine film events at this year’s KAN Film Festival, held June 4-5, 2004, at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence and at the Glenwood Arts Theatre. The KAN is in its 13th year of promoting the best new films by elementary through college students and professionals by offering cash prizes and trophies in a juried competition. These films represent the best of this year’s festival.(90 min) Q&A after film.

KC Connection
Kansas Connection Short Film Showcase

Seven short films from Los Angeles, featuring filmmakers who originally hail from the Midwest surrounding Kansas City.

I Am Stamos
Starring: KCONN Member Robert Peters, John Stamos
Directed By: Rob Meltzer
Produced By: Robert Peters
Genre: Comedy
Run Time: 18 min
Synopsis: Andy Shrubb is a character actor who is tired of being told he's "just not leading man material." But his fortunes changes when a wish comes true and he magically begins to photograph as handsome leading man John Stamos.

Intuition
Starring: KCONN Member Jason Burks, Brad Graiff, Kaley Dobson, Matt Kuiper
Directed By: David Gati
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 10 min
Synopsis: A desperate deal goes sour when the parties involved can't agree on an exit strategy.

Laugh Joey Laugh
Starring: Jeremy Wurzbach, Abbey Baird, Grant Kosh, Phillip Boyle
Directed By: Michael Arias-Garza
Produced By: KCONN Member Kent Bernhard
Genre: Experimental
Run Time: 28 min
Synopsis: Felliniesque references abound in a visually stimulating work.

Baptized at Lucky Lube

Starring: Great Rose Bart, Paul Griffin
Directed, Written, and Produced By: KCONN Member Hammad Zaidi
Genre: Comedy
Run Time: 8 min
Synopsis: Miracles can happen in the strangest of places. Can a disabled man be healed with the water from a cooler in an oil change station?

Absolution
Starring: KCONN Member Jason Burks, Amberly Chamberlain, Travis Whiteley, Will Ahern
Directed By: Dwan Hailoo
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 10 min
Synopsis: When someone you love does the unthinkable, can they be forgiven? Can one act invalidate all the good things they've done?

Big Shot
Starring: KCONN Member Jeff Rector, Tane McClure
Directed, Written, and Produced By: Jeff Rector
Genre: Comedy
Run Time: 10 min
Synopsis: There is a price to pay for everything. Being the biggest star
in Hollywood doesn't make you immune to judgement day.

Cainarchy
Starring: KCONN Member Connie Ventress, Eli Fowler, B. Madden Page
Directed By: Devon Kelly
Produced By: KCONN Member Erin Smith
Genre: Comedy
Run Time: 12 min
Synopsis: Flapjack is more than just your average dog. He's a member of
the family. Freddie has long suffered as he's watched his parents favor
flapjack over him. Now that they are alone together for the weekend, what
will Freddie do with Flapjack? www.kansasconnection.org

Les Choristes
Starring Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Jacques Perrin
Directed By Christophe Barratier
Genre Romance/Drama
Rating NR
Country France
Run Time 95 minutes
Website http://www.leschoristes-lefilm.com/

Mojados
Starring Guapo, Oso, Tigre , Viejo
Directed By Tommy Davis
Genre Competition /Documentary
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time 65 Minutes
Website http://www.mojadosmovie.com/
Synopsis Mojados: Through the Night is an eye-opening documentary filmed over the course of ten days that follows four men into the desperate world of illegal immigration. Alongside Bear, Tiger, Handsome, and Old Man, director Tommy Davis takes a 120 mile cross-desert journey that has been traveled innumerable times by nameless immigrants who – like these four young migrants from Michoacan, Mexico – all had the simple, American dream for a better future.

Mass Of Angels
Starring Emilie Jo Tisdale
Directed Jim Riffel
Genre Competition/Drama
Rating R
Country USA
Run Time 85 Minutes
Website N/A
Synopsis A young woman does battle with an old lady, a cowboy, and a little girl who live inside her head. A couple weeks ago Mass Of Angles screened in competition at The Pocono Mountain Film Festival in Pennsylvannia where Jim Riffel was awarded Best Director and Emilie Jo Tisdale won Best Actress.

Mean Creek
Starring Rory Culkin , Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz
Directed By Jacob Aaron Estes
Genre Drama
Rating R
Country USA
Run Time 89 Minutes
Website http://www.meancreekmovie.com/
Synopsis It all begins in a small Oregon town, when shy Sam (RORY CULKIN) confesses to his protective older brother Rocky that he is getting pummeled daily by the towering school bully George. Together, they plan the perfect payback, inviting George on a birthday river trip tailor-made to end in the bully's humiliation. Rocky's pals Clyde and Marty and Sam's budding girlfriend Millie also join the journey, which starts almost immediately with misgivings. Seeing George in a new light, as a lonely kid desperate for friendship and attention, Sam wants to call the whole thing off. But the boat and the plot are already in motion, and no one can foresee the surprises and accidents that are to come.

Mindfield
Starring Mac Welch, Nathan Boren, Mike Whalen, Molly Windham
Directed By Jason Bailey
Genre Competition/Drama
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time 63 Minutes
Website http://www.filmsonconsignment.com/mindfield/index.html
Synopsis "MindField," a spooky spy tale about a government agent trying to leave covert ops and become a normal husband and father, is the latest work by prolific Wichita filmmakers Jason Bailey and Lonny Quattlebaum, and I think it just might be their best total work. Bailey is the writer-director and Quattlebaum is the cinematographer. Here, they've come up with a compelling tale that's part murder mystery, part psychological drama and part conspiratorial dirty tricks. Q&A after film.

Naked Feminist
Starring: Jane Hamilton, Annie Sprinkle, Betty Dodson, Christi Lake,
Directed By: Louisa Achille
Genre: Competition/Documentary
Rating: R
Country:- Australia
Website: Nakedfeminist@yahoo.com
Synopsis The Naked Feminist challenges the mythology surrounding women in the porn industry head on through a series of candid interviews with pornstars, academics and feminists. This 58 minute documentary film seeks to strip away the ideological straitjacket surrounding the decades old ‘porn v feminist’ debate by demonstrating that strong, inspirational women are found in all walks of life - including pornography.

Nosferatu
Starring Max Schreck, Gustav von, Wangenheim, Greta Schröder
Directed By F.W. Murnau
Genre Horror
Rating NR
Country Germany
Run Time 81
Website N/A
Synopsis The Alloy orchestra will also be scoring F.W. Murnau's 1922 Horror Classic "NOSFERATU" The earliest surviving screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula novel has had a long and dangerous life of its own. Almost destroyed by Stoker's widow because of copyright infringement, this film has outlasted many others of the silent era. There are many new releases of Nosferatu and all this goes to show that, "You can't keep a good vampire down."

Off The Map
Starring Joan Allen, Sam Elliott, J.K. Simmons
Directed By Campbell Scott
Genre Drama
Rating PG13
Country USA
Run Time 108 minutes
Synopsis "Off the Map" tells the tale of an IRS auditor coming to investigate why the Groden family hasn't filed their income tax return in years. Upon his arrival he is taken in and the extraordinary family and the magical landscape transform his life.
Reviews
The title of Campbell Scott's Off the Map, which won the festival’s Audience Award for Best Drama, refers to the homestead of the Groden family of Taos, NM, which is so far from civilization, the idea of running water, telephone service and electricity isn't even an afterthought. Newcomer Valentina de Angelis plays 11-year-old Bo, a precocious home-schooled tomboy who, over the course of one summer, watches her father's (Sam Elliott) crippling depression smashed to bits by, among other things, both a surprise IRS audit and credit card purchase to end all credit card purchases. Joan Allen is mesmerizingly un-Joan Allen-y as Bo's trippy mom, but de Angelis holds it all together with a performance just as strong, coltish, and out of left field as Keisha Castle-Hughes in Whale Rider. - Jon Popick, PLANET SICK-BOY

Origin Of Aids
Directed by: Peter Chappell and Catherine Peix
Genre: Documentary
Rating: NR
Country: Canada / France / Belgium / United Kingdom / Spain / Switzerland / Australia
Run Time: 90 minutes
Website: N/A
Synopsis Did scientists inadvertently cause the AIDS epidemic? This film explores this controversial and ongoing debate. More than 20 years after the AIDS epidemic started, we still do not know its origins. We know for sure that AIDS was born from contact between humans and chimpanzees infected by the Simian Immuno-deficiency Virus (SIV), a virus very similar to HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency Virus). But where, when and how did this devastating contact occur? Q&A after film (tentative),
Page One/IFC
Imagine the cinematic possibilities …
You get a one-page script with dialogue – and nothing but dialogue. And the rest is up to you.
Your interpretation and vision – any genre, any setting, any number and type of characters, any kind of visuals, any type of action, any delivery of the dialogue
The only restriction is that you must use all the dialogue without editing, adding or subtracting any words. You cannot repeat phrases, you cannot re-order the dialogue, you cannot cut any lines, you cannot add any lines. You CAN do anything you want with your characters, your visuals and your editing. Q&A after film.
Website http://www.ifckc.com/pageone.html

Peck On The Cheek
Starring Madhavan, Simran, Prakash Raj, Nandita Das, P.S. Keerthana
Directed By Mani Ratnam
Genre Drama / War
Rating NR
Country India
Run Time 123 Minutes
Website http://kannathil.com/
Synopsis The most expensive bouquet in the world – Kannathil Muthamittal. Mani Ratnam, for all his experience as a macabre director of off-beat movies, has come up with the most exotic South Indian dish in the form of this movie. True brilliance is a rare gem few possess, and fewer still nurture. The Director has done everything within his bounds to ensure that the movie retains it’s purity – no masala duets, titillating kissing scenes made very famous over the last decade or so by Kamal Hassan, extras dancing around in two-piece swim-suits, or any of the other ‘formula’ requisites. A wonderful movie that has the viewer entrapped within the mind of a beautiful young child, all of nine years old, as she travels through the maze of her own feelings in the endeavor to find her roots.

Peoples
Genre Competition/Drama
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time 96 minutes
Website http://www.peoplesthemovie.com/
A young man on the cusp of adulthood trying to figure out what to do with his life. His parents Countrywant him to go back to university but he has other ideas. Like anyone who goes to college for one Run Timesemester and decides it doesn’t feel right, he just wants to hang out with his. When his parents give him an ultimatum—take your horse-grooming job seriously and go back to school, or move out—he motivates himself the best he can to get his act together. Persons Of Interest-SUNDANCE FILM SERIES
Genre Documentary
Rating NR
Run Time 63 Minutes
"There is a neatly elegant simplicity to Persons of Interest which filmmakers Alison Maclean and Tobias Perse utilize to sublime effect in depicting the human cost of the U.S. Justice Department's campaign against Arab or Muslim immigrants during the post-9/11 frenzy to combat terrorism.

Primer
Starring David Sullivan , Shane Carruth , Carrie Crawford
Directed By Shane Carruth
Genre Drama / Thriller
Rating Pg-13
Country USA
Run Time 78 Minutes
Website: http://primermovie.com/
Synopsis: At night and on weekends, four men in a suburban garage have built a cottage industry of error-checking devices. But, they know that there is something more. There is some idea, some mechanism, some accidental side effect that is standing between them and a pure leap of innovation. And so, through trial and error they are building the device that is missing most.
The story of "Primer" is what happens when two of these men find the device and immediately realize that it is too valuable to market. The limit of their trust in each other is strained when they are faced with the question, "If you always want what you can't have, what do you want when you can have anything?"

Robot Stories
Directed by Greg Pak
Running time 85 minutes
Website: http://www.robotstories.net/index.html
Genre: Sci Fi/Drama
Synopsis: Winner of over 30 awards, "Robot Stories" is science fiction from the heart, four stories in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies, robot toys, android office workers, and digital immortality.

Ruth And Connie
Starring Ruthie Berman, Connie Kurtz
Directed By Deborah Dickson
Genre Documentary
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time 60 minutes
Website http://www.ruthieandconnie.com/
Synopsis Directed by Oscar-nominated Deborah Dickson, this heartwarming documentary follows two very funny, rather traditional housewives who turned their lives upside down when they left their husbands and children and moved in with each other. Twenty years later, the two Jewish lesbian grandmothers made history winning domestic partner benefits for all New York City employees.

Secret Things
Starring Coralie Revel, Sabrina Seyvecou
Directed By Jean-Claude Brisseau
Genre Drama
Rating NR
Country French with English Subtitles
Run Time 115 Minutes
Synopsis Cahier Du Cinema’s 2002 selection for "Film of the Year" and a sensation at this year’s Rotterdam Film Festival ("SECRET THINGS was the talk of the fest," Time Out NY), SECRET THINGS (Choses secretes) is helmed by veteran director Jean-Claude Brisseau. Variety writes "there's plenty for both the eyes and the intellect to groove over in SECRET THINGS, a taut, juicy feast of sexual and office politics." Starring Sabrina Seyvecou, and told in voiceover by her character Sandrine, "the delectably twisted fable centers on two penniless but shapely young women who set out to better their social station by manipulating men."Synopsis

Seventy8
Starring Merk Harbour, Susana Gibb , Richard Folmer
Directed By (Erik Clapp
Genre Richard Folmer Competition/Drama
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time 103 Minutes
Website www.seventy-8.com
Synopsis Renny Meeks, a lonely, mentally challenged man with an IQ of 78 returns to his home town of Arkham Heights. He's a simple man, recently released from an institution for a crime he was accused of that rocked the town ten years ago. The crime was caught on camera and became such a debate that the entire town of Arkham Heights was sent into a desperate state and is now intent on seeing Renny die for the crimes they believe he committed.

Since Otar Left
Starring
Directed By Julie Bertucelli
Genre Drama
Rating NR
Country France/Belgium
Run Time 103
Website http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/sinceotarleft/index.html
Synopsis Winner of the prestigious Critics' Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and featuring a trio of stunning performances, Julie Bertuccelli's exquisite SINCE OTAR LEFT... is a bittersweet tale of deception and affection. Three Georgian women--strong-willed matriarch Eka (90-year-old former dental assistant and fledgling star Esther Gorintin), her long-suffering daughter Marina (Nino Khomassouridze) and rebellious granddaughter Ada (Freeze, Die, Come to Life's Dinara Droukarova)--all live together in their stately-yet-crumbling apartment in contemporary Tbilisi, the capital of the former Soviet republic.

Straight Into Darkess
Genre: Action/Drama/War
Director: Jeff Burr
Run Time: 90 minutes
Rated: NR
Website: http://www.straightintodarkness.com/
Synopsis: Straight Into Darkness will take you on a journey into a cold nightmare with two American soldiers (played by Scott MacDonald and Ryan Francis) that are on an emotional path of combat, destruction and realization. On the surface, it’s a character-led story that is set in the last winter of the Second World War, just after the Battle of the Bulge. On a deeper level, a whirlwind of feelings will overcome you while you witness the struggle of war and survival as it propels the psychological make-up of the soldiers’ characters and forces them on.

Taking Sides
Starring Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgård, Moritz Bleibtreu
Directed By Istvan Szabo
Genre Drama
Rating NR
Country UK/France/Germany/Austria
Run Time 105 Minutes
Website NA
Synopsis Academy Award winning director István Szabó (Sunshine, 1999; Meeting Venus 1991; Mephisto 1981) once again delves into a subject which concerns him deeply – that of the relationship between art and authenticity, with particular reference here to the persecution of Jews in wartime Germany, and the difficult situation of German musicians favoured by Hitler such as famed classical conductor Dr Wilhelm Furtwängler.

Voices Of Women
Directed By Renée Bergan
Genre Competition/Documentary
Rating NR
Country Afghanistan/USA
Run Time 67 Minutes
Website http://renegadepix.net/Sadaa/index.shtml
Synopsis Sadaa E Zan (Voices of Women) is an intimate look at the contemporary challenges facing the women in Afghanistan. Composed of testimonials from women and girls, the film offers no easy answers, but it captures the resilient spirit of these women as they bravely emerge from the rubble of tyranny and oppression, determined to reach freedom.

War Takes
Directed By Patricia Castaño, Adalaida Trujillo
Genre Documentary
Rating NR
Country Colombia / Germany / UK
Run Time 77 Minutes
Website N/A
Synopsis For more than four years, Colombian filmmakers Adelaida Trujillo and Patricia Castaño turned their cameras on themselves to expose the tough reality of civil life in their violent, war-ravaged homeland. Their stories take us beyond the headlines and stereotypes to reveal the complex issues that ordinary Colombian citizens must live with every day.

What The Bleep Do You Know?
Starring Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, Barry Newman
Directed By William Arntz, Betsy Chasse
Genre Documentary/Dram/Comedy
Rating NR
Country USA
Run Time 111 Minutes
Website http://www.whatthebleep.com/home/
Synopsis "WHAT THE #$*! DO WE KNOW?!" is a new type of film. It is part documentary, part story, and part elaborate and inspiring visual effects and animations. The protagonist, Amanda, played by Marlee Matlin, finds herself in a fantastic Alice in Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality.

Here is the film schedule... Showtimes by day
Program subject to change
Call Glenwood Arts to confirm
913-642-4404

Friday, Sept. 10 7:00 Balseros
7:15 Break A Leg
7:30 Code 46
9:25 Robot Stories
9:30 Origins Of Aids
9:40 Primer

Saturday, Sept. 11
1:00 A Peck On The Cheek
1:15 The Butterfly
1:30 Ford Transit -Sundance Film Series
4:00 Taking Sides
4:15 What The Bleep Do You Know?
4:30 Since Otar Left
7:00 Blackmail -Alloy Orchestra
7:30 Mean Creek
7:45 Ruth and Connie
9:20 Secret Things
9:30 Festival Express
9:40 Primer

Sunday, Sept. 12
1:00 Nosferatu -Alloy Orchestra
2:15 Break A Leg
2:30 War Takes
4:30 Arna's Children -Sundance Film Series
4:45 The Butterfly
5:15 Robot Stories
7:00 Secret Things
7:15 Festival Express
7:30 Off The Map

Monday, Sept. 13
4:45 Since Otar Left
5:00 Best Of Kan Film Fest -Q/A after film
5:15 Persons Of Interest -Sundance Film Series
7:15 Dear Pillow
7:30 Bellmore: The Unscene -Q/A after film
7:45 Origins Of Aids -Q/A after film

Tuesday, Sept. 14
4:30 Taking Sides
5:00 Mass Of Angels
5:15 Hiding And Seeking -Q/A after film
7:15 Mojados
7:30 Les Chorstes
7:45 Dear Frankie

Wednesday, Sept. 15
5:10 Dancing On The Moon -Q/A after film
5:15 Kansas Connection
5:25 What The Bleep Do You Know
7:15 Mindfield-Q/A after film
7:30 Naked Feminist
7:45 IFC-Page One -Q/A after film

Thursday, Sept.16
5:00 Straight Into Darkness
5:15 The Forgotten -Q/A after film
5:30 Border Bandits
7:15 Peoples
7:30 Voices Of Women
7:45 Bazaar Bizarre

 


              
              
                 

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