Season 5 Promises Surprises in the New Format

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – CinemaKC, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to showcasing and documenting the works of filmmakers with a connection to the KC area, will begin broadcasting Season 5 of its weekly television show, CinemaKC, beginning Friday, January 1, at 10:30p.m. on KCPT-TV. (Channel 19 broadcast; check listings for cable channels.) Subsequent shows will also air in this time slot.

“CinemaKC remains committed to the goal of creating an actual and a virtual space for members of our growing film community and facilitating communication and collaboration on all levels,” said Jerry Rapp, co-creator and an executive producer of the program.

This season takes the show in a different direction, with fewer interviews with filmmakers and behind-the-scenes and more opportunities for a wider variety of artists to be seen.

“This new format is foremost about content and diversity. Works will now get to play out in their entirety as full films, including credits. This aspect will help recognize the multitude of skilled crew who contribute their efforts to the respective productions,” said Rapp.

“We are still profiling companies, individuals, and organizations supporting the burgeoning industry here, but in the form of profile segments interspersed through the films themselves. These include interviews with KC native Gillian Flynn, tours of soundstages, animation companies, festivals, effects houses and many others,” said Johnny Szlauderbach, producer of the show’s new field segments, “Close Ups”.

Returning to Season 5 is host Erin McGrane, Emmy-award winning actress and musician, who will frame each episode based on its specific theme. Some of these themes include drama, science fiction, war, music videos, film noir, documentaries, and many others.

The wraparound segments featuring McGrane were shot at Real Media Studios in Lenexa, Kansas.

“To support our themes, viewers can expect to see a mix of brand new and ‘classic’ films from local filmmaker favorites. Some of these luminaries will include Patrick Rea, Todd Norris, Meagan Flynn, Anthony Ladesich and new voices from UMKC and KCAI film programs,” said Rapp.

“I’m very excited about the look and feel of the new season. We will feature a new title sequence by Ignition FX, new music by Noel Selders, new trivia puzzles and fresh new graphics,” said Executive Producer Ben Riggin, who also supervised post production.

Hoping to create an awareness of film through other arts disciplines, this year CInemaKC has partnered with The Story Center program through a sponsorship with Mid-Continent Library, which will offer several cross-disciplinary opportunities.

“Like our group itself, CinemaKC, the show, celebrates the best of independent filmmaking in Kansas City, and, we’ve got some amazing talent here. I’m proud to be associated with this organization,” said Nadine Mummaw, President of CinemaKC.

The CinemaKC production was crewed by an all-volunteer staff and board members dedicated to supporting and promoting their local filmmaking talent.

“We hope with this new season to inspire filmmakers to keep making their unique works, because we have a great place to get them seen,” says Rapp.

The first episodes of CinemaKC Season 5 will be broadcast Fridays at 10:30p.m.:

January 1                              February 5

January 8                              February 12

January 15                            February 19

January 22                            February 26

January 29

The remaining episodes will be scheduled after the March pledge drive, dates TBD.

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  1. Avatar Dennis Christesen on December 9th, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Nadine, congrats on leading CinemaKC into its new season!

    • Patricia Hamarstrom Williams Patricia Hamarstrom Williams on December 9th, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks, Dennis! I will relay your recognition of Nadine to her. Great to hear from you!

  2. Avatar Alan Watkins on December 29th, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Still no specific schedule of what films will screen when?

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PATRICIA HAMARSTROM WILLIAMS, M.F.A., Ph.D.abd is storyteller with international film and theatre directing and new media credits. Her film credits include “A Tomb for Boris Davidovich”, “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night”, “Othello”, and “Tiger Dance”; work at Cinecitta and for Universal Studios. She has also directed at major theatres, including Lincoln Center, American Repertory Theatre, Missouri (now Kansas City) Repertory Theatre, national Shakespeare Festivals, and the National Theatre of Serbia.

Hamarstrom Williams has served as Executive Director of both the Kansas City Film Festival and the KAN Film Festival. She is Vice President of the Board of CinemaKC, having joined in 2014.