Season Two of “CinemaKC” Debuts April 28 on KSMO-TV

The second season of “CinemaKC” will feature a fresh batch of Kansas City area filmmaking talent beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28, on KSMO-TV, Channel 62.

A slate of 13 new weekly half-hour programs is scheduled.

“CinemaKC” spotlights the short films of local filmmakers who show and tell about their diverse live-action and animated cinematic projects encompassing drama, comedy, romance, science-fiction, horror, documentary and more.

The first season of “CinemaKC” proved to be a “successful experiment” by receiving encouraging viewership and critical approval, says Jerry Rapp, co-creator and co- executive producer of the show.

“The goal is to create a space for members of our growing film community to facilitate communication and collaboration,” Rapp says. “This year, we’ll deliver even stronger in our look and variety. And, as always, we’re keeping it local.”

Shot on a newly designed set at Outpost Worldwide Studios in Lenexa, Kan., episodes of “CinemaKC” will be co-hosted by filmmaker, actress and “CinemaKC” co-executive producer Michelle Davidson-Brachter and actress and “CinemaKC” co-producer Erin McGrane, who also makes up half of the local “antique pop” music duo Victor & Penny.

“I love being on set with my friend, Erin, and interviewing filmmakers that I admire,” Davidson-Brachter says. “It doesn’t feel like work when you have this much fun.”

“Michelle is a joy,” McGrane says. “She’s talented and funny, and I learn from her experience every time we shoot. I’m grateful to be collaborating with her and this group of people who have a deep passion for film and the arts.”

The show’s local commitment will include original segments about the history of Kansas City films and filmmakers, although Davidson-Brachter emphasizes: “We remain focused on showcasing the best of new independent filmmaking in Kansas City. And we’ve got some great talent here.”

The season-two debut of “CinemaKC” will draw attention to visual storytelling by T2 + Back Alley Films, which won a 2012 Kansas City Addy Award in the “Special Effects, Video or Film” category for its opening title sequence for “CinemaKC.”

Teri Rogers, Claudia Chagüi and Garrett Fuselier of T2 + Back Alley Films will discuss their recent participation in:

  • Experimental multi-screen projections for the grand opening gala of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in which slow-motion video and custom software were used to build an immersive environment of graceful performers and potent graphics that moved to music.
  • “Art of the Heart,” an interactive installation for St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, which invited passersby in a mall to “paint” works of art by waving their hands to make brushstrokes on a 13-foot-tall heart-shaped screen, the results of which could then be uploaded to an online gallery.
  • “The Next American Dream,” a documentary seen by 9.3 million people on 182 PBS stations in 27 states, which examines how neglected American downtown areas will change and grow in the decades ahead.

For more information on T2 + Back Alley Films, go to

Future programs in the second season of “CinemaKC” will explore an array of films and other projects created by Kansas City area filmmakers, as well as such related topics as film casting and composing film music.

Stay tuned!

CinemaKC is an initiative of the Film Society of Greater Kansas City which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that has been connecting with movie lovers since 1991.

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, 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.

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