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The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse

The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse

Award-winning producer Marian Bartsch joins the National World War I Museum July 23rd for the American premiere of  The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse. The documentary tells the story of the more than 130,000 Australian horses who left Albany in Western Australia to serve in World War I. Popularly known as ‘Walers,” they carried their […]

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Creative Space: KC Filmmaker Benjamin Meade

KC Filmmaker Benjamin Meade’s newest project provides artists with room to work. Local filmmaker Benjamin Meade (“Das Bus,” “Bazaar Bizarre,” “American Music: Off the Record”) rarely does anything halfway—including having a midlife crisis. Two years ago Meade found himself reeling after the double whammy of his mother’s death (she was hit by a drunk driver) […]

Lawrence Arts Center’s Free State Festival

The Lawrence Arts Center’s Free State Festival

The Lawrence Arts Center’s Free State Festival is a week-long celebration of film, music, art, and ideas in the heart of Lawrence’s Cultural District. Started as a small independent film festival in 2011 by the Lawrence Arts Center’s Director of Film and New Media, Marlo Angell, the Free State Festival has become an interdisciplinary festival featuring an international slate […]


Out of Orbit: A Review of Jupiter Ascending

In theaters today is a film that should be the epic space opera that action and science fiction fans have been yearning for. Today should mark the return of duo directors Andy and Lana Wachowski to the amazing original storytelling that changed American filmmaking in 1999. Today, I should be remarking on how visually exciting […]

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