If you’re from rural America it can be easy to lose yourself in the city. But when rural Kansas-raised filmmaker Emily Railsback came to Kansas City, she found something. Earlier this year, Railsback released “Our Blood is Wine,” a documentary about ancient wine-making in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
Kansas City was on the radar when the producers of “Sharp Objects” looked for a place to film. The HBO miniseries is set in Missouri and is based on a novel by Gillian Flynn, best-selling author of “Gone Girl,” who is from Kansas City. “They were going to fly in and scout,” recalled Steph Scupham, […]
Cinematic adventure, intrigue, tragedy, romance — and a bit of classic Brando to boot. You won’t find it streaming on Netflix or Hulu, at least not with the kind of expertly curated context and additional live commentary available for free at a variety of winter film series and screenings scheduled at area museums and cultural institutions.
In recent years a recurring image has appeared in the news: police officers in riot gear confronting Black protesters in urban neighborhoods. In most cases, the officers are white — which only adds to the tension. But often, Black officers are also part of the conflict. Do they see themselves as cops first, Black second? […]
Kevin Willmott likes to make waves. Right now he’s approaching tsunami levels. Last year the noted filmmaker and professor of Film Studies at the University of Kansas made national news for wearing a bulletproof vest to his classes to protest guns being allowed on campus. Terming the policy “insane,” he says he will continue wearing the vest till the law is changed.
What do Shakespeare, Jack Palance and yak hair all have in common? Robert Fletcher, legendary set and costume designer for stage, television and movies, now living in Kansas City, transformed all three into the Klingons, those uber-galactic villains that have plagued Star Trek protagonists for decades. The story of their creation, a stranger-than-fiction account, is one of many peppered throughout Fletcher’s remarkable 75-year career.