CinemaKC Presents KC Summer Animation Series: FREE quality entertainment to Kansas City audiences

Ernest and Celstine  2012

KANSAS CITY, MO. – As summer begins to wind down, CinemaKC will host the first KC Summer Animation Series. The series will show on the first four Saturdays in August (August 2, 9, 16, and 23) at 10:30 a.m. and will be screened at the Screenland Crown Center Theater on the third floor of the Crown Center Shops, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. The events will be FREE and open to the public.

The series seeks to introduce and reintroduce families and animation fans to old and new animated cinema, from home and abroad. All non-English features will be presented in their original languages, in order to preserve the integrity of the original work.

On August 2, Don Bluth’s acclaimed masterpiece, An American Tail, will be shown. Renowned film critic, Robert Butler, will introduce the film and address the question, “Is An American Tail a true story?”

On August 9, we will present a set of short films from around the world. Short films created by students from the Kansas City Art Institute are included, and 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.

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

Cinema KC presents KC Summer Animation Series on August 2, 9, 16, and 23 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.

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.