CinemaKC & MAPA Present the 1st Animation Celebration @ Boulevard Drive-In!

See the best animation from the Midwest and beyond when CinemaKC and the Midwest Association of Professional Animators present the first MAPA Animation Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Boulevard Digital Drive-In Theatre, 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, Kan.

Admission is $20 per car.

Kansas City TV personality Michelle Davidson (co-host of “CinemaKC” on KSMO, Channel 62, and co-host of “KC Live” on KSHB, Channel 41) will emcee the Animation Celebration, featuring the entertaining creations of student, amateur and professional animators shown on the largest drive-in movie screen (70 x 100 ft.) in Kansas.

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with art vendors and a Mentor Center, where animators of all stripes will have the opportunity to screen and discuss their works side by side. Mentors from T2+Back Alley Films and the Adobe Design Core and Video Core Groups will be among the pros ready to answer questions.

The Boulevard ground camera will also give willing artists a chance to make their own silver screen debuts and explain their works before a live audience.

Submission screenings start at 8:30 p.m., including dynamic works from such local studios as MK12, Bazillion Pictures, Trinity Animation, T2+Back Alley Films and BRNTFX, as well as inspired student offerings from the Blue Valley Schools Caps program, Johnson County Community College and the Kansas City Art Institute.

Other notable submissions: “How to Put a Square Peg Into a Round Hole” by longtime MAPA member and local illustrator/animator Mary C. Taylor; “MOPEYS” by Vancouver Film School student Miang Tassniyom; and “Choreography” by David Fain, who was a staff writer for “SpongeBob SquarePants” and an animation supervisor for Warner Bros.


About CinemaKC (
CinemaKC is a Missouri-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating an actual and virtual space for members of the film community in Missouri and Kansas. The group’s mission is to recognize talent and build audiences while growing the reputation for quality studio and independent motion pictures by the professional film community in Kansas and Missouri.

About the Midwest Association of Professional Animators (
MAPA is a Missouri-based organization that promotes the history, development and production of animation throughout the Midwest. The group is made up of working and retired animators and illustrators who mentor to the animators of the future through exhibitions and workshops.

About the Boulevard Digital Drive-In Theatre (
The Boulevard is the first 4K digital cinema drive-in theater in the nation. Its projector delivers four times the resolution of Blu-ray/HD and the sound is DTS – all digital.


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, Boulevard Digital Drive-In Theatre, 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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  2. Avatar Mary on September 3rd, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Can’t wait for this!

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