“An American Tail” Opens the KC Summer Animation Series presented by CinemaKC

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An American Tail Opens theKC Summer Animation Series presented by CinemaKC

Free show on Saturday, August 2, at Screenland Crown Center with Renowned Critic Robert Butler

KANSAS CITY, MO. –The first KC Summer Animation Series presented by CinemaKC will open with An American Tail onAugust 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Screenland Crown Center Theater on the third floor of the Crown Center Shops, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. The event will be FREE and open to the public.

Don Bluth’s acclaimed masterpiece, An American Tail, follows a Jewish-Russian family named Mousekewitz, enbodied as a clan of mice, as they escape the persecuting cats of their homeland by immigrating to America.

Renowned film critic, Robert Butler, will introduce the film and address the question, “Is An American Tail a true story?”

Fievel, the youngest Mousekwitz, is separated from Mamma, Papa, and his sister, Tanya. Things only get worse as both the lone Fievel and his family soon realize that gangs of cruel cats exist even in America. As Fievel tries to reunite with the other Mousekewitzs, he will make friends and enemies among a colorful cast of characters.

An American Tail is followed on August 9 with a set of short films from around the world, including work created by students from the Kansas City Art Institute. The students will lead a short discussion about how they made their films.

The screening on August 16 will be Ernest and Celestine, nominated for a 2014 Academy Award for best animated feature. The presentation will be in the original French with English subtitles. Academie Lafayette and Alliance Francaise will also share short cultural programs.

On August 23 The Secret World of Arrietty, will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles. The Japan America Society of Kansas City will also present a short cultural program.

An American Tail is on Saturday morning, August 2, at 10:30 a.m. at the Screenland Crown Center Theater on the third floor of the Crown Center Shops, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. FREE and open to the public.

Contact Serge Bushman 913.991.7179 or Serge.bushman@gmail.com for more information.

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PATRICIA HAMARSTROM WILLIAMS, M.F.A., Ph.D.abd is an international film and theatre director and new media expert. Her film credits include “A Tomb for Boris Davidovich”, “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night”, “Othello”, and “Tiger Dance”; work at Cinecitta and for Universal Studios. She has also directed at major theatres, including Lincoln Center, American Repertory Theatre, Missouri (now Kansas City) Repertory Theatre, national Shakespeare Festivals, and the National Theatre of Serbia.

Hamarstrom Williams has served as Executive Director of both the Kansas City Film Festival and the KAN Film Festival. She is Vice President of the Board of CinemaKC, having joined in 2014.