CinemaKC and the Kansas City Improv Festival present the laugh-inducing documentary film, “Trust Us, This Is All Made Up,” at 2 p.m. Sept. 2 and Sept. 9 at the Screenland Crown Center Theatre, 2450 Grand Blvd. Tickets are available at screenland.com.
“ ‘Trust Us, This Is All Made Up’,’’ is a gem of a documentary and a natural companion to the Kansas City Improv Festival,” says Jerry Rapp, co-founder of CinemaKC, which supports the film community in Missouri and Kansas. “We’re looking forward to starting what we hope is a long collaboration with a great fest that’s become a KC tradition.”
“Trust Us, This Is All Made Up” features an extraordinary live performance by long-form improvisational comedy masters and Second City veterans TJ Jagodowski (Sonic Drive-In Guy, “Stranger than Fiction”) and David Pasquesi (“Groundhog Day,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) at New York’s Barrow Street Theater. The film reveals the reciprocal faith at the heart of the duo’s working relationship and the inspiring challenges involved with spontaneously creating totally original, character-driven, hour-long improvisations that leave audience members not only quaking from laughter but shaking their heads in wonder.
“Trust Us, This Is All Made Up” delivers “an intellectual high-wire act as astonishing as it is entertaining” (The New York Times) with “moments of triumph” (The Village Voice) and “the rewards that come from trusting your partner implicitly and getting out of the art’s way – it’s also really effing funny” (The Onion).
The Kansas City Improv Festival kicks off Sept. 7 and 8 and continues Sept 14 and 15 at The Off Center Theatre at Crown Center and Sept. 13 at the Kick Comedy Theatre at the Westport Coffeehouse, 4010 Pennsylvania. The festival features 14 improv comedy troupes and special guests Paul F. Tompkins (“Mr. Show,” “Best Week Ever,” “There Will Be Blood”) and Colin Hanks (“Dexter,” “Orange County,” “Band of Brothers”). For tickets and more information, go to kcimprovfestival.com.
About the KC Improv Company (kcimprovfestival.com)
The KC Improv Company puts on the yearly Kansas City Improv Festival. The company’s actor-comedians participate in weekly shows and classes at the Kick Comedy Theatre in Westport and perform a monthly Kick Comedy Show at the Kansas City Improv at Zona Rosa in Kansas City North. The company has performed at festivals in New York, Chicago and across the nation.
About CinemaKC (cinemakc.com)
CinemaKC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating an actual and virtual space for members of the film community in Missouri and Kansas. The group’s mission is to recognize talent and build audiences while growing the reputation for quality studio and independent motion pictures by the professional film community in Kansas and Missouri.
CinemaKC’s Strategic Partners include ArtsKC, Film Commission of Greater Kansas City, Blackberry Castle Productions, Film Society of Greater Kansas City, Independent Filmmaker’s Coalition, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, Kansas City FilmFest, Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, Kansas City Fringe Festival, Kansas City Screenwriters, Kansas City Urban Film Festival, Kansas City Women in Film and TV, Kansas Film Commission, Kansas International Film Festival, Missouri Film Commission, Missouri Motion Media Association, Reel Spirit, Tallgrass Film Festival, Thank You Walt Disney, UMKC Film Department, University of Kansas Film and Media Studies, Variety the Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City and Women of the Motion Picture Industry.
CinemaKC’s Business Alliance includes Allied Integrated Marketing, Allied Theatre Craft, American Heartland Theatre, Bazillion Animation, BicMedia, Boulevard Digital Drive-In Theatre, Haywood Marketing Communications, Kansas City Area Development Council, KC Stage Magazine, KC Studio, Mile Deep Films, Print Tekk, Prizm Productions, Screenland Armour, Screenland Crossroads, Screenland Crown Center, StagePort KC, Substream Music & Sound Design and T2.