CinemaKC, a not-for-profit organization connecting film related groups in Kansas and Missouri, is hosting a premiere of “The Film Peddler” on Friday, July 22nd at the Screenland Crown Center. The premiere is a benefit for the Women of the Motion Picture Industry of Kansas City (WOMPI). There will be a mixer starting at 6pm followed by the screening at 7:30 p.m.
The film is brought to you by Distant Thunder Filmwerks, LLC, and The Brothers Kelley. The star of the film, John Shipp and co-stars Butch Rigby, Jack Poessiger, Devin and Shannon Kelley will be available for a Q&A following the screening. “The Film Peddler” offers a humorous and revealing glimpse into the life of John Shipp, a man who at one time with his associates controlled over half of independent film distribution in the country. “I made around 22 million dollars distributing independent films in the 70s,” says John Shipp. “Unfortunately, I spent 23…”
When not hobnobbing with celebrities like Clint Eastwood and George Burns, or making sure that Paul Newman had enough beer in his hotel suite, John was amassing a fortune while at the same time producing, in his own words, “Some of the worst movies ever put to film,” says Shipp.
Enduring financial ruin and personal hardship, John later came out on top again in ways he never could have imagined. And he did it all with a chuckle from his heart and a smile on his face, embarking on a remarkable and inspiring journey that spanned up to 50 years in the film industry.