CinemaKC, a not-for-profit organization connecting film related groups in Kansas and Missouri, is showcasing local filmmakers on a weekly TV show, “CinemaKC” broadcasts every Saturday night at 9:30pm on KSMO-TV 62. The June series features Kansas City filmmakers Jon Davis, Marc Havener, Meagan Flynn, Justin Gardner, Patrick Rea, Mary Beth Brand, Devin Schwyhart and Alan Handley.
On Saturday, June 4 at 9:30pm on KSMO-TV 62 we’re showing short films by Jon Davis and Marc Havener as well as a short film starring Kansas City native Meagan Flynn.
Davis’s short film, “The Time We Hold” will be aired as well as Havener’s “And What Remains.” Havener worked in Hollywood for 10 years on films such as “Pirates of the Carribean,” “Sky High,” and “Lone Ranger.” Havener’s “And What Remains,” is a short film of what defines a father is what he leaves behind. A universal story of regret, of reconciliation, and of hope, “And What Remains” explores the complexity of a father’s relationship with his son within the simplicity and beauty of Eastern Kansas.
Flynn is the “Up in the Air” stewardess opposite of George Clooney. She stars in “Adrift,” a four minute short film about a couple at the end of a fight who are each about to reveal the secrets they’ve been keeping from each other.
Justin Gardner’s films “Paul,” “Tender,” “We Will Make You Whole Again,” and the trailer for “Dead Wait” are featured in the June 11th episode. Gardner co-directed “We Will Make You Whole Again” with Trevor Hawkins of Mammoth Media. For “Paul” he co-wrote the film with Paul Burns and co-directed with Brandon Cummins. He produced Jerry Rapp’s film “Tender” and is currently co-writing, co-producing and co-directing the second season of “Dead Wait.” Gardner lives in Kansas City, MO and works as a Social Media Manager for AMC Theatres, one of the largest motion picture exhibitors in the world. He is a Board Member of the Film Commission of Greater Kansas City where he has developed, with the blessing of the Altman family, The Robert Altman Emerging Filmmakers Fund, a grant program designed to help filmmakers in the greater Kansas City area better realize their visions. He is also a Board Member of CinemaKC, which seeks to unify all of the various filmmaking organizations in Kansas and Missouri to better serve the movie going public.
Patrick Rea’s award-winning “Get Off My Porch,” and “Woman’s Intuition” are featured in the June 18th episode. Both films garnered critical acclaim on the festival circuit. Rea started SenoReality Pictures with Ryan S. Jones, while attending film school at the University of Kansas in 2001. Since then, Rea has directed over 20 short films that have screened at festivals such as Palm Beach International Film Festival, Shriekfest LA, The New York City Horror Film Festival, A Night of Horror Film Festival, Fright Night Film Festival, Dragon Con Film Festival, Eerie Horror Film Festival and Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors.
These shorts have also screened on FangoriaTV, Horror Channel.com and DreadCentral.com. SenoReality’s first feature film “The Empty Acre” was completed in 2006 and premiered at the Kansas International Film Festival. The film received positive reviews from critics and was released on DVD from Cinema Epoch in 2007. That same year, a collection of shorts directed by Rea were released on an anthology DVD titled “Heartland Horrors” from Elite Entertainment.
Mary Beth Brand’s “The Tooth Fairy,” Devin Schwyhart’s “Critical Mass: 719” and Alan Handley’s “See You Again” are the featured films for the June 25th episode. Brand is a senior at Avila University graduating this spring with a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Film and Digital Media. When she is not shooting weddings as an associate photographer at epagaFOTO, you will find her directing and editing short films.
Brand believes that all films depend on the impact of details; one single image can sum up the essence of a film. She loves to explore her ideas and different film techniques in the avant-garde genre which allows her to not follow any rules while relaying a societal message. The tag line for The Tooth Fairy is ‘What Part of Yourself Have You Sold to Feed Your Greed.’ One of her film shorts, “Into the Blues,” was recently screened at the Jubilee Film Festival in April. You can check out some of her detail shots at www.epagafoto.com.
Schwyhart is a Kansas native from Winfield and attends the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He is the current undergraduate representative on the Film Media Department Committee and is heavily involved with the KU FMS Department. His film “Poeta” won best documentary at the 2009 KU FMS Tensie Awards and most recently best film at the KU SUA International Student Film Fest sponsored by the Guanajuato International Film Festival.
Devin was awarded the Chris Martin Visual Effects award for his compositing/visual effects work on “The Nuclear Standard,” which went on to win best film at the 2010 KU FMS Tensie Awards. “Critical Mass: 719” was the first student film to be shot on a RED camera. It went on to win best cinematography, best editing, and best sound at the 2010 KU FMS Tensie Awards and is currently making its way in the festival circuit.
“See You Again,” directed by Alan Handley with the assistance of Sean Church as cinematographer, is a series of flashbacks spurred by a one-night stand.
CinemaKC is the first TV show in Kansas City to spotlight local filmmakers, producers, directors and actors. A team of volunteers produced the show. For more information about CinemaKC, visit online at cinemakc.com or Facebook.com/CinemaKC.
CinemaKC’s Strategic Partners are 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, United Motion Picture Association, 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 Alliances are 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.