(See the new season promo: Promo2.mov )“We are thrilled about being on KCPT this year, which obviously has an eye toward the arts culture and an appreciation of the Kansas City region,” says Jerry Rapp, co-creator and co-executive producer of “CinemaKC,” who also serves as president of CinemaKC, the related not-for-profit organization that promotes filmmakers in Missouri and Kansas.
“The third season of ‘CinemaKC’ represents a culmination of creative sensibilities and talent, and displays a wide range of local filmmaking,” Rapp says. “In addition to appealing to local filmmakers and film enthusiasts, we hope the so-called ‘typical viewer’ will be able to easily access these fine works and develop an appreciation for the short film format, as well as be educated about all that is going on in our community.”
Returning for “CinemaKC’s” third season are the show’s ever-engaging and multi-talented co-hosts: Filmmaker, actress and “CinemaKC” co-executive producer Michelle Davidson (also co-host of the daily morning talk show “Kansas City Live” on KSHB-TV) and actress and “CinemaKC” co-producer Erin McGrane (also half of the local “antique pop” music duo Victor & Penny).
In each of the 13 new weekly episodes, Davidson and McGrane will deftly interview some of the region’s most imaginative and accomplished filmmakers, and screen their most ambitious and compelling projects for the enjoyment of viewers. Entertaining and enlightening segments will include narrative, documentary and animated shorts, as well as music videos, web series and feature film trailers and clips. Also featured will be informational tidbits and trivia segments on Kansas City-related films and luminaries.
“CinemaKC” will highlight many filmmakers associated with local film groups, such as Kansas City Women in Film and TV, Independent Filmmakers Coalition of KC and the Midwest Association of Professional Animators. Also featured will be imaginative animators from Hallmark Cards, Inc.
The sole production company to be spotlighted this season will be Through a Glass Productions (although some of the show’s filmmaker guests have their own production companies, including Never2Late Productions, Inversion and Hidden District Studios).
Behind the scenes, “CinemaKC” is again partnering with such highly regarded local production services as Outpost Worldwide, Wheeler Audio and Take 2 Productions, which will continue to generate the show’s award-winning opening title sequence. Other key players returning to the show’s creative team include director Larry Garrett and supervising producer Linda Wiedmaier.
“‘CinemaKC’ makes the greater Kansas City area aware of a vibrant artistic community that is perhaps a secret to many residents,” Wiedmaier says. “Most everyone watches movies on a regular basis, so it’s exciting to share the news that people who make movies and other media live right here in the KC area.
“We hope that increased awareness of the film community can lead to increased support from the community at large and, in turn, help expand the film community’s national profile, which can get the notice of global media companies”
Looking to the future, Rapp adds: “There are so many aspects of our filmmaking community to explore and this is only thebeginning. We already are thinking about seasons four and five!”