CinemaKC TV Show Features Local Filmmakers Drama, Animation, and Much More!

On April 30th, Patrick Rea will show the trailer for his upcoming feature film “Nailbiter,” as well as one of his newest shorts, the sci-fi noir thriller “Times Up Eve.”

Still from Time’s Up Eve

In May, the work of local filmmakers Jerry Rapp, Jenn Greenstreet and Bruce Branit will be featured.

Jerry Rapp is a screenwriter, producer, director and actor. In the May 7th segment, CinemaKC will feature his award-winning short film, “Salut” as well as Greenstreet’s “Barren.”

Since graduating from the USC School of Cinema/Television, Rapp has been working as a professional screenwriter, director and producer. Rapp’s first screenplay, “On The Air,” was acquired by Imagine Entertainment, and led to a number of other script sales, including a second picture for Imagine, “Tourists,” “Wishing” for Paramount, “Foster’s Kids” for Universal, “Guilty of Suspicion” and “Richie Rich Goes Public” for Harvey Entertainment. He also wrote and produced the feature film, “Sand Trap.” Rapp’s feature film, “Mojave Phone Booth,” played 52 festivals and garnered 16 awards. It is currently available on DVD. His recent short film, “Tender,” debuted at the Chicago film festival and was recently screened in the Kansas City FilmFest 2011. In addition, Rapp works as a full-time script doctor and ghost writer, and has worked on and/or revised well over a hundred screenplays for studios and individuals.

Still from Tender

Jenn Greenstreet, director of “Just Like You Films,” is a former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County and a former professor for William Jewell College. Greenstreet directed “Barren,” a short film about a woman’s desperate desire for a child to call her own. “Barren,” was an Official Selection of the 2011 Los Angeles International Film Festival, Tall Grass Film Festival and Kansas City Urban Film Festival. The film stars Michelle Davidson (Lucky), Cari Mohr (Up In the Air), Jennifer Plas (Empty Acre) and Shannon Knopke (All Roads Lead Home). The film was written and executive produced by Michelle Davidson. The director of photography and producer is Shaun Cloud with SC Motion and Stills. Andy Crow edited the film and Ben Anderson did sound design and original score, both work at Metro Productions.

Still from Barren

Bruce Branit’s animated work, “World Builder,” will be featured in the May 28th segment. Branit is a well known visual effects director and supervisor. He has been nominated four times for Emmy Awards for his visual effects work and is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as well as the Visual Effects Society. He is perhaps best known for his short film “405,” regarded as one of the most successful and highly downloaded short films of all time. The film has been seen and awarded around the world and widely considered the original viral short film. Branit’s TV credits include Lost, Fringe, Star Trek Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, X-Files. He has also worked on feature films such as King Kong, Serenity, Sin City, Ghostrider, and Spawn. He has also provided visual effects for award winning music videos by Aerosmith, Moby, U2, 50 Cent and Nickelback to name a few. In 2004 Bruce returned to the Kansas City area to found Branit|FX. His first independent production, “World Builder has garnered representation through ICM. Based in the Midwest, he retains much of his Hollywood clientele. Recent credits for his Kansas City based studio include Lost, Pushing Daisies, 24 and Brothers & Sisters, Flash Forward and Breaking Bad as well as numerous commercial credits.

Still from World Builder

CinemaKC is the first TV show in Kansas City to spotlight local filmmakers, producers, directors and actors. The show was produced by a team of volunteers. For more information about CinemaKC, visit us at

CinemaKC’s Strategic Partners include ArtsKC, Film Commission of Greater Kansas City, 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, 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 Partners include Allied Integrated Marketing, Allied Theatre Craft, American Heartland Theatre, Kansas City Area Development Council, KC Stage Magazine, KC Arts Council, KC Studio, Prizm Productions, Screenland Armour, Screenland Crossroads, Screenland Crown Center, StagePort, and T2.

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