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KIFF Schedule and Film Guide

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2013 KIFF Animation Shorts

Showing on 10/08/2013 at 7:35 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 90 minutes
 
 
Synopsis: The Kansas International Film Festival is proud to present an outstanding collection of animated films from an exceptionally talented and imaginative group of filmmakers. Eight countries are represented with fourteen original works exploring various themes and animation styles in this highly entertaining showcase of creativity. The animation program will be presented in the following order:

CREAMEN by Esther Casas Roura (U.S.A.)
TELLING A YOU by Margarethe Baillou (Bermuda)
THE ROSE OF TURIADA by Ryan Grobins (Australia)
BE YOU TIFUL by Emilie Hsin Pei Liu (U.S.A.)
WHAT GOES UP by Lacey Hawkinson (U.S.A.)
AFTER YOU by Damien O'Connor (Ireland)
DETECTIVE MAVERICK by Yohei Ishihama (U.S.A./Japan)
VIRTUOS VIRTUELL by Thomas Stellmach & Maja Oschmann (Germany)
PHIL THE PHOENIX by Trent Coffin (U.S.A.)
YOUNG by Mira Chendler (Netherlands)
LUMINARIS by Juan Pablo Zaramella (France)
ZWEIBETTZIMMER by Fabian Giessler (Germany)
STOP IT by Pravin Vatt (U.S.A.)
SLEIGHT OF HAND by Michael Cusack (Australia)
 

 

2013 KIFF JURY AWARD NOMINEES

Showing on 00/00/0000 at 00:00 AM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 0 minutes
 
 
Synopsis: 2013 KIFF nominees for the KIFF JURY AWARD

DOCUMENTARY
CONDUCTING HOPE
FOUR DAYS IN CHICAGO
SMALL SMALL THING
TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE
TERMS & CONDITIONS MAY APPLY
THE THICK DARK FOG

NARRATIVE
DREAM TEAM 1935
K EFFECT, STALIN'S EDITOR
MADSHIP
SAL
THE SHAPE OF REX
WARTERCOLOR POSTCARDS
 

 

A Measure Of The Sin

Director: Jeff Wedding
Showing on 10/07/2013 at 5:30 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 76 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Jeff Wedding, A MEAUSRE OF THE SIN is about Meredith, an orphaned girl whose childhood is shattered when she is forced to live in a communal household with strangers (mothers and their children) - a sinister and controlling man and (as she has always lived with her fantasies) a vicious bear that nobody else can see. Not knowing if she can survive on her own, Meredith wants to flee.
 

 

A True Story. Based on things that never actually happened. ...and some that did.

Director: Malcolm Goodwin
Showing on 10/06/2013 at 12:50 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 95 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Malcolm Goodwin, a film - within a film - within a film, about life in Hollywood, as lived by struggling actors Mike (Cameron Fife) and Matt (Tyler McGee). A TRUE STORY is about integrity and perseverance; about two actors who write a screenplay (an allegory for their lives as best friends and roommates), gain the interest of a friend, Jason (Malcolm Goodwin) claiming to have access to major producer, Richard Simpkins (Jon Gries) - and then struggle when Mike's ex-girlfriend Deanna (Katrina Bowden) shows up and attempts to rekindle the relationship. The two actors struggle to salvage their friendship in light of this old flame and against a world of professional odds. What about the story is true, and what is not!
 

 

August: Osage County

Director: John Wells
Showing on 10/05/2013 at 7:55 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 130 minutes
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Synopsis: Written by Tracy Letts, the play (premiering on stage at The Steppenwolf Theatre Company) AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY was The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama. The screenplay, produced by George Clooney, directed by John Wells (and also written by Tracy Letts) stars Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Dermot Mulroney, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper and Sam Shepard. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is a look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family. Their paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house in which they were raised and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
 

 

Bending Steel

Director: Dave Carroll
Showing on 10/09/2013 at 5:20 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 93 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Dave Carroll, BENDING STEEL documents one man's struggle to overcome the limitations of the physical body and mind. From training in his small basement storage unit, to his first major performance at historic Coney Island, aspiring strongman Chris Schoeck and his trainer Chris Rider attempt to gain acceptance in New York's old time strongman community. The tenacious newcomer struggles to come out of his shell, alongside legends and strongman heroes, and unrealistic odds.
 

 

Bible Quiz

Director: Nicole Teeny
Showing on 10/05/2013 at 7:40 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 76 minutes
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Awards Received: Best Feature Documentary, Slamdance Film Festival
 
Synopsis: Directed by Nicole Teeny, BIBLE QUIZ documents the struggle of seventeen year-old Mikayla Irle, who has over 2,000 Bible verses memorized, in a quest to win The National Bible Quiz! She's also out to capture the heart of J. P., her Team Captain. While she can't figure out what makes J.P. tick, he only has eyes for the Championship. BIBLE QUIZ explores coming of age in faith, doubt, fierce competition and under the spell of teen love.
 

 

Big Noise, The

Director: Donimic Pelosi
Showing on 10/07/2013 at 5:20 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 80 minutes
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Awards Received: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. Silver Screen Award, Nevada Film Festival
 
Synopsis: Directed by Donimic Pelosi, THE BIG NOISE is a textbook example of independent filmmaking - small crew, small budget... Set in suburban Sydney, Australia, a man reveals to his trusted lawyer George Falzon (Mario Marchioni) that he is dying and will leave his fortune to the loyal attorney's son, Morris (Maurice Marshan). With his personal life in a shambles, the soon-to-be windfall is exactly the lifeline Morris needs. As the time approaches, George, extraordinarily, starts to recover! Morris will not go back to working in his father's law office, and the father-son team hatch a plan that will either make them rich - or finish them off!
 

 

Blood Brother

Director: Steve Hoover
Showing on 10/05/2013 at 5:35 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 92 minutes
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Awards Received: WINNER Sundance 2013 Grand Jury Prize, WINNER Sundance 2013 Audience Award, WINNER Hot Docs 2013 Audience Award WINNER Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Audience Award, International Section, WINNER Atlanta 2013 Audience Award for Best Feature, WINNER Milano Film Festival Awards Best Documentary, WINNER Gdansk Documentary Festival Audience Award, WINNER Big Sky Documentary Festival Best Feature, WINNER Thin Line Documentary Festival Audience Award
 
Synopsis: Directed by Steve Hoover, BLOOD BROTHER is an Official Selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. An intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, a young man who longed to find a family and didn't realize that this desire would lead him to an AIDS hostel in India. His quest to this place of unspeakable hardship would bring more love and more need than he could bear. "Documentaries don't come any bigger-hearted than BLOOD BROTHER"... Variety Magazine.
 

 

Blue Caprice

Director: Alexandre Moors
Showing on 10/04/2013 at 5:35 PM
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Rating: R • Running Time: 93 minutes
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Synopsis: The striking feature film debut of writer-director Alexandre Moors, BLUE CAPRICE investigates the Washington DC area's notorious Beltway sniper murders by John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. Inspired by true events, yet from the points of view of the killers whose distorted father-son relationship lead its subjects to murder perfect strangers, BLUE CAPRICE is marked by lyrical camerawork, a unique and bold structure, and captivating performances by Isaiah Washington (Muhammad) and Tequan Richmond (Malvo).
 

 

Boogie Stomp!

Director: Bob Baldori
Showing on 10/06/2013 at 7:10 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 86 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Bob Baldori and appearing at The Chain NYC Festival, BOOGIE STOMP! documents the origins, history and ongoing development of the unparalleled musical form known as Boogie Woogie or Stride. Profiling its two greatest living players Bob Seeley and Bob Baldori, BOOGIE STOMP! features the rhythm and improvisation whose evolution contributes to The Blues, Jazz, Swing, Rock, Rhythm & Blues, and Contemporary Pop. Over the years Seeley became the best known Boogie Woogie/Stride piano player in the world; Baldori played harmonica with the Father of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry, since 1966. Together, the Bobs team up and hit the road to revive this forgotten music. According to The Huffington Post "BOOGIE STOMP! ... could be the next Searching for Sugarman ..."
 

 

Butterfly Stories

Director: Christoph Schuch
Showing on 10/08/2013 at 7:20 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 89 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Christoph Schuch, BUTTERFLY STORIES is a magical trip in the world of butterfly aficionados. There is the witty road trip with Cory McAbee (aka Wandering Star) who, in order to find inspiration for his singing and songwriting, follows the spectacular migration of Monarchs from Chicago to the highlands of Mexico. A young artist from Ecuador falls in love with the under heralded beauty of the moth; there are a couple of silkworm-breeders and a moth hunter in the Thai jungle, a Swiss hippie girl living in her own cocoon! There is also the German fellow who just hates butterflies! Metamorphosis and magical microcosm are keywords for BUTTERFLY STORIES.
 

 

Chromosome 5

Director: Maria Ripoll & Lisa Pram
Showing on 10/07/2013 at 5:45 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 62 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Maria Rilpoll and Lisa Pram and Grand Prix Winner at The Belgrade International Film Festival for People with Disabilities (Bosifest 2013), Spain's CHROMOSOME CINCO begins with the child, Andrea, being born. She is premature, beautiful and different. For more than a year, her parents search, to get a response and a diagnosis for her unresponsiveness. Andrea is finally diagnosed with a rare syndrome called "5p"or "Cri du Chat," a missing small part of her fifth chromosome. Her mother, Lisa, must find a way of seeing and accepting Andrea's light and life.
 

 

Citizen Koch

Director: Carl Deal and Tia Lessin
Showing on 10/04/2013 at 5:30 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 87 minutes
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Awards Received: Founders Prize, Special Award, Traverse City Film Festival
 
Synopsis: Directed by Academy Award nominees Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, CITIZEN KOCH clearly and remarkably assembles what many believe to be the template for the recent effort to purchase the democratic process. Beginning with the nonprofit Americans for Prosperity and the controversial Citizens United decision of the United States Supreme Court, the documentary takes the recent, circus-like, whirlwind of events and characters and puts them into a comprehensive and lucid time frame. Following the money, we begin to see how the fragments and noise coalesce around a handful of very rich, very powerful individuals who have a specific vision of our country and are willing to realize that vision at any cost.
 

 

Columbia Invisible: Unseen Columbia

Director: Unai Aranzadi
Showing on 10/10/2013 at 5:45 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 63 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed and written by Unai Aranzadi, a director-journalist specializing in conflicts and human rights, Spain's COLUMBIA UNSEEN documents the all but invisible horrors of political life in Columbia. As President Santos conducts a champagne toast to open an international mega-project, children displaced by it are dying just a few meters away. A guerilla leader is said to have been executed when, in reality, the killed person was an indigenous leader. A judge is killed for investigating instances of children raped and murdered; and workers at a banana plantation risk their lives to claim their rights. COLUMBIA UNSEEN has been selected for The Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Barcelona in Spain.
 

 

Conducting Hope

Director: Margie Friedman
Showing on 10/05/2013 at 3:00 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 57 minutes
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Synopsis: PLEASE NOTE: There will be a 30 minute performance following the screening with the CHOIR--FROM LANSING CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

Produced by Margie Friedman (former Supervising Producer KCET/PBS, Los Angeles), CONDUCTING HOPE follows choir director, Kirk Carson, as he works tirelessly to get The East Hills Singers, inmates at Kansas' Lansing Correctional Facility, ready for a live performance outside the prison walls. Most have never sung in a choir before. One choir member was sentenced for manufacturing methamphetamines, another serving nearly 50 years for attempted murder a drug addict will soon be released. The film also focuses on David J. and Shawn W, both former inmates who continue to sing with the choir as community members and serve as role models to the current inmates. CONDUCTING HOPE is an unwavering commitment to the power of music - and to push these men to achieve something beautiful--many for the first time in their lives.
 

 

Construction

Director: Malcolm Goodwin
Showing on 10/05/2013 at 7:45 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 105 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Malcolm Goodwin and written by Victor Hawks, CONSTRUCTION is a character study of three very different men, Vin (Victor Hawks), Ray (Devin Ratray), and Bobby (Gino Anthony Pesi). It is a hilarious look at how these three blue collar men try hard to make us believe that everything is okay with their lives when in fact they are looking for answers. It is also the story of those who try to help them.
 

 

Daughters Of The Niger Delta

Director: Ilse Van Lamoen
Showing on 10/10/2013 at 7:35 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 56 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Ilse van Lamoen, DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGER DELTA documents the lives of three everyday heroines who manage to make ends meet against overwhelming odds. As this intimate portrait unfolds we see issues rarely reported in mainstream news - human rights violations, widely ignored environmental pollution, violence and social unrest. The experiences of these women, as seen with astounding cinematic craft and insight, will resonate with many women around the world. These DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGER DELTA may be the best captains to navigate the Delta out of its troubled waters.
 

 

Destination: Planet Negro

Director: Kevin Willmott
Showing on 10/10/2013 at 7:35 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 98 minutes
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Synopsis: A smart satire that sports a wicked streak of goofball humor, DESTINATION: PLANET NEGRO! has the feel of low-budget 1950s sci-fi, as leaders including W.E.B. DuBois and George Washington Carver kick off a secret plot to solve the "Negro Problem" by way of a rocket ship to Mars. Carrying a crew of three, the spacecraft vaults into a time warp, landing its brave scientists in a present-day Midwestern metropolis, where this comedy takes on the look of a reality show as the astonished adventurers discover unbelievable developments- like young men with drooping pants and the election of a black president.
 

 

Dream Team 1935

Director: Aigars Grauba
Showing on 10/05/2013 at 2:30 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 118 minutes
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Awards Received: WORLD FEATURE WINNER 2013 INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
 
Synopsis: Directed by Aigars Grauba, DREAM TEAM 1935 is a sports drama based upon true events. World War I had ended and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's plan for The League of Nations to resolve local disputes included amicable negotiations but also competitions on the sporting field. To help prepare for basketball's first entry into the coming 1936 Olympics, the International Basketball Federation arranged the first European Basketball Championship, in Geneva, and called it Eurobasket, 1935. Meanwhile, in Latvia, a core of dedicated and active basketball players and their Coach, Vademars Baumanis, wanted to compete. Even overcoming obstacles such as the Lativan Sports Committee, many found it incredulous that this fledgling team from such a small, unknown country could be competitive in the glare of world attention.
 

 

Faith, Love & Whiskey

Director: Kristina Kikolova
Showing on 10/10/2013 at 5:30 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 75 minutes
 
 
Synopsis: Directed by Kristina Nikolova, FAITH, LOVE & WHISKEY is the story of Neli, a bright, young Bulgarian woman, engaged to a well-off American. Before they can be married, she panics and, in desperation, runs back home. Once in Bulgaria, she resumes the wild life of her past, reunites with her drifter friends and falls in love with her passionate, but alcoholic, best friend. When her fiancee arrives unexpectedly, Neli must make a choice between these two opposing futures.
 

 

Finnigan's War

Director: Connor Timmis
Showing on 10/09/2013 at 5:45 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 54 minutes
 
Awards Received: Best Documentary & Best First Film (Honorable Mention - Long Island International Film Festival
 
Synopsis: Directed by actor Connor Timmis in this the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, FINNEGAN'S WAR documents Timmis' year-long journey to honor his late grandfather and other heroes of "The Forgotten War." Narrated by Mark Hamill.
 

 

Four Days In Chicago

Director: Haskell Wexler
Showing on 10/05/2013 at 5:25 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 83 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Academy Award-winning Cinematographer, Director and lifelong activist Haskell Wexler FOUR DAYS IN CHICAGO, covers what the press would not. At a specific time in May, 2012, hardly anybody outside Chicago knew that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had brought in police from other states and spent $27 million to secure the City against the "threat" of The Occupy Movement, the National Nurses Union, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink and others who were there to deliver a message to President Obama. Stop spending on wars around the world, and bring the money home for housing, schools and healthcare. Emanuel's decision to militarize and "protect" Chicago against free speech raised a key question - is the government really of, by and for the people -- or of, by, and for the One Percent?
 

 

God Loves Uganda

Director: Roger Ross Williams
Showing on 10/06/2013 at 2:30 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 83 minutes
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Awards Received: Grand Jury Prize- SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, Best Documentary-ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
 
Synopsis: Directed by Academy Award-winner Roger Ross Williams, GOD LOVES UGANDA documents, powerfully, the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with the values of America's Christian Right. Calling upon a Kansas City, Missouri-based sect, called International House of Prayer [I-HOP - not to be confused with The International House of Pancakes] the campaign's focus is specific to the criminalization of homosexuality. What emerges is a self-appointed American and Ugandan union, fighting their notion of immorality and sending missionaries to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law. GOD LOVES UGANDA is a selection at The Sundance Film Festival, 2013.
 

 

Great Expectations

Director: Mike Newell
Showing on 10/04/2013 at 7:50 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 128 minutes
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Synopsis: U.S. PREMIERE- ONE SHOW ONLY

Directed by Mike Newell and starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Robbie Coltrane, GREAT EXPECTATIONS is Charles Dickens thirteenth novel. A classic, taking place around Christmas in early 19th Century England, GREAT EXPECTATIONS is about a kind-hearted young orphan, Pip (Jeremy Irvine) who at first, comes to the aid of a desperate escapee, Magwitch (Ralph Fiennes) and seems repaid for his kindness with a large land inheritance from an anonymous benefactor. Pip moves to London and becomes a refined gentleman, remembering characters from his childhood like the crazy Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter) - dressed in her unused wedding gown - and living in a mansion with all of the clocks stopped at 8:40. Pip also remembers Havisham's daughter, his childhood playmate, Estella (Helen Barlow). Eventually, a presence, appearing from the past - the desperate escapee whom Pip helped so many years earlier - the gentleman calling himself - "Mr. Magwitch." appears.
 

 

IFC Showcase

Showing on 10/09/2013 at 7:40 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 90 minutes
 
 
Synopsis: INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER'S COALITION OF KANSAS CITY (IFC)
"The Independent Filmmaker's Coalition of Kansas City (IFC) is pleased to be once again participating in this year's KIFF! On Wednesday evening, 10/9, The IFC will be presenting a 90 minute program of unique and original short films with the common theme of Halloween! Come and be thrilled, chilled and enjoy some laughs as local filmmakers put a creative visual spin on this popular holiday then stay for the always popular IFC hosted party featuring the upbeat jazz and brass sounds of the Collegiate Shag Brass Band! For more information about the IFC, visit ifckc.com." Matt Connolly, President, Independent Filmmakers Coalition of Kansas City
 

 

K Effect, Stalin's Editor

Director: Valenti Figueres Jorge
Showing on 10/05/2013 at 12:25 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 130 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Valenti Figueres Jorge, THE K EFFECT… is the story of the man who said “no” to Stalin. Maxime Stransky, an actor in 1920’s Moscow, an adventurer of the revolution, and counterfeiter – was also Stalin’s film editor and actor/spy. Winner of The Grand Prize at the 22nd Arizona International Film Festival, THE K EFFECT, STALIN’S EDITOR unveils such Stransky’s missions as: his involvement’s in the Great Crash of 1929, The Spanish Civil War, World War II; his obtaining of atomic bomb designs and subsequent flight from the FBI across the North Pole - and his betrayal of his childhood friend, pioneering Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein. THE K EFFECT, STALIN’S EDITOR is a story of passionate life during a century shaken by fascinating utopias that spawned cheerful dreams and dreadful nightmares.
 

 

Kamczatka

Director: Jerzy Kowynia
Showing on 10/09/2013 at 7:30 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 77 minutes
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Polish w/Englsih
 
Synopsis: Directed by Jerzy Kowynia, the Polish film KAMCZATKA is about Stacho, serving a two-year prison sentence when his involvement in a prison conflict is halted by word of his mother's suicide. Stacho gets a two day humanitarian pass and returns home to discover his sister Marta's affair with a young Irishman, Liam. He also sees his father for the first time in many years. A pre-funeral family meeting many of the family's long-held secrets are revealed. After the funeral Stacho must decide whether to return to prison and its violence or flee both prison and family, and leave the country.
 

 

KIFF Local

Showing on 10/07/2013 at 7:30 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 90 minutes
 
 
Synopsis: Four exquisitely crafted short films from Kansas City area filmmakers:

THE TRUMPET PLAYER - An experimental film by Bill Gladden and Bill Pryor, that asks us to be careful what we wish for because we might get it!
OPTIMISTIC CHAOS - A personal documentary by filmmaker Ben Meade and legendary Kansas City singer/actor Danny Cox about a trip to Haiti.
ANELA EN ROUGE - An experimental documentary by Cara Myers about a young woman whose dying mother promises to come back to visit her as a bright red bird, a cardinal. Two weeks later, the promise is kept in the most profound and undeniable way.
NIGHTY NIGHT - Produced by veteran Kansas City filmmaker Todd Norris, a short and immaculately produced horror film - with a twist!
 

 

Kill Your Darlings

Director: John Krokidas
Showing on 10/06/2013 at 7:25 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 104 minutes
 
 
Synopsis: Directed and written by John Krokidas. KILL YOUR DARLINGS stars: Daniel Radcliffe (as poet Allen Ginsberg), Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, David Cross, Ben Foster and Jack Houston. His father a poet and his mother descending into mental illness, Ginsberg enters Columbia University and manages, for a time, to live a life of quiet desperation. Daniel Radcliffe brings to the young poet, the iconoclast, an Allen Ginsberg who comes up against a world that wants nothing to do with that which makes him unique. Ginsberg becomes a primary figure in an impudent, bold and impulsive gang of writers, emerging as one of the most important poets of the 20th century. Together, Ginsberg with William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and the others will soar toward immortality as The Beat Generation.
 

 

Lily

Director: Matt Creed
Showing on 10/08/2013 at 5:30 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 85 minutes
 
 
Synopsis: Directed by Matt Creed, LILY (Amy Grantham) is about a New York woman nearing the end of her treatment for breast cancer. At this juncture, Lily wanders through atmospheric New York streets, taking stock of the life she has built for herself - her older boyfriend and his children, her feelings about a prolonged estrangement from her father; all of this to focus with new found clarity on what lies ahead. Lingering in intimate, charged moments, first-time director Matt Creed and co-writer/lead actress Amy Grantham create a mature, stylish character piece reminiscent of classic French New Wave. Loosely based upon Grantham's real-life experiences, LILY is an immersion into a rarely explored side of the "cancer narrative" - the moment when the disease is gone and the survivor once again faces everyday life. Grappling with ambivalent issues, LILY is a heartfelt film that deals with cancer without being a cancer film.
 

 

Love At A Certain Age

Director: Logan Hendricks
Showing on 10/05/2013 at 12:20 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 92 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Logan Hendricks, LOVE AT A CERTAIN AGE documents the situations of: 72 year-old Gilbert Delgado, whose quest is to replace his long time, on-again, off-again girlfriend; 101 year old Max Steinberg's struggle to find meaning and companionship as a still grieving widower, and the situation of Dick and Vi Trerice who fell in love at first sight over seventy years ago. Now great-grandparents and in love more deeply than ever, the Trerice marriage is living proof that love gets better with age. Set in sunny Florida, LOVE AT A CERTAIN AGE is a rare glimpse into senior homes, fraternities, bars and community centers to prove that intimacy, sex and love itself are not exclusive to the young.
 

 

Lovetown

Director: Jay Webster
Showing on 10/08/2013 at 7:30 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 93 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Jay Webster LOVETOWN is the first feature film by Oklahoma-based husband/wife creative team Jay & Ann-Janette Webster. The engaging melodies and honest lyrics of noted singer/songwriter Ann-Janette Webster give voice to this truly unique story. LOVETOWN is about a mysterious girl singer (Webster), haunted by her own painful past, finding herself short of time and with the lines between reality and the supernatural beginning to blur - LOVETOWN uses the magic of music to help three lost souls find romance.
 

 

Madship

Director: David Mortin
Showing on 10/06/2013 at 12:30 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 94 minutes
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Awards Received: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Cinematography - TREASURE COAST INT'L FILM FESTIVAL, FLORIDA, Best Picture - NEW HOPE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL, PENNSYLVANIA
 
Synopsis: Directed by David Mortin; screenplay by Mortin and Patricia Fogliato MADSHIP, is inspired by a true story about Scandinavian immigrant Tomas Sorensen and his wife, coming to the prairies of Canada in the 1920's. Sorensen (played by Danish actor Nikolaj Lie Kaas) dreams of farming in order to leave a legacy for their children. Tomas' dreams are dashed by drought, the Great Depression and the tragedy of his wife's death, leaving him with the two children to raise. In his desperation, Sorensen becomes obsessed with building a boat in order to return his wife's body to their homeland - to "sail" out of the burnt out prairie along a network of rivers leading to the Hudson Bay and the ocean beyond. Ultimately, for Sorensen, survival comes not from this grief-fueled scheme, but from his reason for being there in the first place - his two young children.
 

 

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Director: Justin Chadwick
Showing on 10/07/2013 at 7:15 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 152 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Justin Chadwick, screenplay by William Nicholson , based on the 1994 book, The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, the film, MANDELA: THE LONG WALK TO FREEDOM documents anti-apartheid revolutionary/politician Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Nelson Mandela is played by Idris Elba, Winnie Mandela by Naomie Harris.
 

 

Manhattan Short Film Festival 2013

Showing on 10/04/2013 at 7:35 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 98 minutes
 
 
Synopsis: An extraordinary global event will take place the week of September 27 to October 6th 2013 when over 100,000 people in over 300 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Galleries, Universities, Museums and Cafes for one purpose...to view and vote on our Finalists' Films in the Annual MANHATTAN SHORTS Film Festival Our mission is to unite audiences across all seven continents of the globe for one week via the most compelling short films submitted each year. One World, One Week, One Festival is emblazoned within the rings that surround the Festivals Logo and it is this mantra that sets us apart from any other film event of the year. MANHATTAN SHORTS is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. If the Film Festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, MANHATTAN SHORTS offers the ultimate platform -- one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Vienna, Cape Town and beyond. Partnering cinemas are situated in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America, including venues in all 50 States of the United States. MANHATTAN SHORTS is the first film festival to ever take place in all 50 States of the USA.
 

 

OGIWARA IKUZO, 63 Years Old)

Director: Marihiko Hasebe
Showing on 10/08/2013 at 5:35 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 81 minutes
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Awards Received: Rising Star Award, Canada International Film Festival / Silver Lei Award, Honolulu Film Awards
 
Synopsis: Directed by Morihiko Hasebe, OGIWARA IKUZO (played by Japanese actor Shuiro Go) is a 63 year-old chef having to witness the failure of his Sushi Shop - when he finds himself in tremendous demand as the a head chef in an upscale, exciting new restaurant. The prospective employers want only Mr. Ikuzo, whose quiet life with his daughter is suddenly sucked into the corporate maelstrom of the Global Sushi-Go-Round Network. The conflict is between the megaforce of the global economy versus the desire to save his little shop and win back his pride.
 

 

One Chance

Director: David Frankel
Showing on 10/05/2013 at 12:30 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 96 minutes
 
 
Synopsis: Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) and starring James Corden as Paul Potts, Mackenzie Crook, Julie Walters and Colm Meaney, this hugely inspiring bio-pic chronicles British tenor Paul Potts’'meteoric rise to stardom via the first season of the television program BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT. An endlessly charming, against-the-odds success story, ONE CHANCE premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival.
 

 

Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde

Director: Suzanne Mitchell
Showing on 10/04/2013 at 5:45 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 93 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Suzanne Mitchell, RUNNING WILD: THE LIFE OF DAYTON O. HYDE, documents the breathtaking scenery of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Oregon and Michigan's Lake District. Footage of captured wild horses is presented in stark contrast to others running free at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary of Dayton O. Hyde. In a series of interviews at the Sanctuary, we see life, vision and emotional healing - in Dayton, his volunteers and their wild horses. Beyond telling this intimate story RUNNING WILD: THE LIFE OF DAYTON O. HYDE is an enduring record of tales from "a West that was and will never be again."
 

 

Sal

Director: Diego Rougier
Showing on 10/06/2013 at 2:40 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 112 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed and written by Diego Rougier, SAL finds a failing Spanish film director, Sergio (Fele Martinez) obsessed with making a Western film in Northern Chile. He travels there in search of a plot, only to find himself mistaken for another man. Diego (also played by Fele Martinez) is known for his shady deals along the Bolivian border, and spawns a vortex of violence. Diego's enemies become Sergio's enemies. If he survives, Sergio, the director in search of a Western, becomes the major character in a story he never wrote.
 

 

Salvation

Director: Brett Donowho and Bernie Van De Yacht
Showing on 10/06/2013 at 7:20 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 97 minutes
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Synopsis: Filmed in Hutchinson, Kansas and Co-Directed by Brett Donowho and Bernie Van De Yacht, SALVATION stars Brett Donowho, as David Helms, Angel McCord as Carla Helms and Ryan Donowho as Vincent 'Vinnie' Randolph Vanatta - whose lives intersect tragically in a small Kansas town over the restoration of a rare O'Keefe & Merritt stove. Brett Donowho and Angel McCord were nominated in the Best Actor and Best Actress categories at The Madrid International Film Festival.
 

 

Shape Of Rex

Director: Layne Colman and William Hominuke
Showing on 10/06/2013 at 5:00 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 107 minutes
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Synopsis: Produced, directed and written by Layne Colman and William Hominuke, ... THE SHAPE OF REX occurs in Saskatchewan and has been described as a tale of parallel romances. The film stars Vivien Endicott-Douglas, Brett Donohue, Ryan Hollyman and Monica Dotter as two couples - one remembering a coming of age romance - another, parallel but later one. This is a story about the nature of love, about people who love each other in ways that cannot be reciprocated.
 

 

Small, Small Thing

Director: Jessica Vale
Showing on 10/06/2013 at 3:00 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 83 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Jessica Vale, SMALL SMALL THING is the story of 9 year-old Olivia Zinnah a patient at John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, the capital and urban center of Liberia in West Africa. Olivia’s condition, thought by her mother to be the result of witchcraft, is diagnosed by doctors as the result of complications from a brutal rape sustained when she was just 7 years old. Pursuing a promise by Liberian President Ellen Johson-Sirleaf to empower and protect women, Olivia names her cousin as the rapist. For seeking help outside their tribe, Olivia and her mother are shunned, unable to return to their home deep in the Liberian jungle - and stranded in Monrovia, at the mercy of their Government’s promise…
 

 

Tales From The Organ Trade

Director: Ric Esther Bienstock
Showing on 10/05/2013 at 3:10 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 82 minutes
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Awards Received: Best Sign of the Times, Documentary Edge Festival New Zealand
 
Synopsis: Directed by Ric Esther Bienstock, TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE documents a gritty and unflinching descent into the shadowy world of black-market organ trafficking: the street-level brokers, the rogue surgeons, and impoverished men and women willing to sacrifice a slice of their own bodies for a quick payday. Awaiting harvested organs are desperate patients who face the agonizing decision of ignoring the law to save their own lives. From Manila to Istanbul, from Colorado to Kosovo, from Toronto to Tel Aviv, TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE brings to the screen a compelling story of fate – one in which the gift of life meets the shadow of death.
 

 

Terms And Conditions May Apply

Director: Cullen Hoback
Showing on 10/04/2013 at 7:45 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 79 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Cullen Hoback, an Official Selection of The Sundance Film Festival, TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY exposes corporate and government mining and their uses of our private data. Featuring among its interviews, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY examines such technical terminology as “third party doctrine,” “massive interception equipment” as well as the more commonly understood privacy and profiling tableaus. Providing enough ammunition for us to cope in the smoke-and-mirrors battle of tracking devices, TERMS AND CONDITIONS… also cites the Privacy Bill of Rights of the social and internet sites of Twitter, Reddit and Sgrouples’ as proper uses of the data gathering processes.
 

 

Thick Dark Fog, The

Director: Randy Vasquez
Showing on 10/06/2013 at 1:00 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 57 minutes
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Awards Received: Best Documentary, 2011 American Indian Film Festival, People's Choice Award 2012 Black Hills Film Festival, Artistic Vision Award 2013 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Jury Award 2013 Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
 
Synopsis: Walter Littlemoon attended a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota sixty years ago. The mission of many of these schools in 1950, was still to “kill the Indian and save the man.” Children were not allowed to be Indians – to speak their language or express their culture or native identity in any way at the risk of being severely beaten, humiliated or abused. What effects did these actions cause?

Many Indians, like Walter, lived with this unresolved trauma into adulthood, acting it out through alcoholism and domestic violence. At age 58, Walter decided to write and publish his memoirs as a way to explain his past abusive behaviors to his estranged children. But dealing with the memories of his boarding school days nearly put an end to it.

“The Thick Dark Fog” tells the story of how Walter confronted the “thick dark fog” of his past so that he could renew himself and his community.
 

 

Towheads

Director: Shannon Plumb
Showing on 10/07/2013 at 7:35 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 85 minutes
 
 
Synopsis: Directed and written by actress Shannon Plumb, TOWHEADS is the story of Penelope (Plumb) and Matt (as played by Plumb’s real-life husband Derek Cianfrance) in which an adventuresome mother of two boys, Matt and Cody (Plumb’s real-life children) boldly attempts to live a balanced life – sharing her domestic responsibilities with long-held artistic aspirations. TOWHEADS is a playful look at modern motherhood and the obstacles facing families throughout their lives.
 

 

TU SERAS UN HOMME ( You'll Be A Man)

Director: Benoit Cohen
Showing on 10/06/2013 at 5:15 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 87 minutes
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Awards Received: - Best Foreign Film, ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL . - Best Feature Film, BLACK HILLS FILM FESTIVAL - Best Feature Film & Audience Award, LIGHTHOUSE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL - Best performance (Aurelio Cohen), SAN ANTONIO FILM FESTIVAL ( - Best Foreign Film, PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL ( - Best of Fest, Best Feature Film & Best performance (Jules Sagot), BLUE WHISKEY FILM FESTIVAL
 
Synopsis: Directed by Benoit Cohen, TU SERAS UN HOMME (You'll Be A Man) is the story of a 20-year-old boy, Theo, chagrined to have to babysit young Leo, a lonely 10 year-old child. At first, the two strike a truce and a deal to avoid each other - that is, until they find that they need one another. Leo becomes Theo's best friend, enables him to grow up and face his responsibilities. TU SERAS UN HOMME was named Best Foreign Feature at The 2013 Arizona International Film Festival.
 

 

Unclaimed

Director: Michael Jorgensen
Showing on 10/10/2013 at 7:25 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 81 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Michael Jorgensen, UNCLAIMED documents that which no present-day American Vietnam veteran can even imagine. Vietnam Veteran Tom Faunce, serving a routine missionary trip back to Vietnam comes face to face with a man calling himself Dang Tan Ngoc whom Faunce believes to be American MIA John Hartley Robertson, a Special Forces soldier aboard a helicopter that came under fire and crashed in Laos 40 years ago. If this man, brain damaged and no longer able to speak English, is Robertson - he would be a soldier left behind for nearly half a century. The Pentagon disputes Jorgensen's claim and has Robertson officially classified as dead; another Vietnam vet. Ed Mahoney does not - and he served along side Robertson!
 

 

Upaj Improvise

Director: Hoku Uchiyama
Showing on 10/09/2013 at 7:35 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 60 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Hoku Uchiyama, UPAJ: IMPROVISE is the story of the friendship of 68 year-old Pandit Chitresh Das (North Indian classical dance) and 32 year-old tap star Jason Samuels Smith, who come together to create "India Jazz Suites," a collaborative and unlikely East-Meets-West dance performance. As we follow the journey of these unique artists on Tour, we learn of their struggle to preserve this traditional heritage in today's world of pop culture. "Alone, they're captivating... together, they're magic! (Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance).
 

 

Watercolor Postcards

Director: Rajeev Dassani
Showing on 10/05/2013 at 5:30 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 75 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by Rajeev Dassani, WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS is about the return of a young woman to her hometown, Bent Arrow, Texas and, upon the death of her long estranged mother, takes custody of a 12 year-old half sister whom she barely knows. She also faces her own troubled past, ultimately finding solace in an enigmatic neighbor, a former football player who, having abandoned his own sports promise, just paints watercolor postcards along side the road.
 

 

Without Shepherds

Director: Cary McClelland
Showing on 10/06/2013 at 5:10 PM
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Rating: NR • Running Time: 89 minutes
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Synopsis: Directed by artist and human rights advocate, Cary McClelland and filmed by a team of Americans and Pakistanis over two years, WITHOUT SHEPHERDS cuts through the alarmist media depictions of Pakistan to celebrate the bravery of its people. In the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination, and in the midst of the first national election in ten years, we follow each of six brave lives trapped in today's Pakistan. A cricket star building a new political party; a female journalist works behind Taliban lines; a former mujaddid seeks redemption; a trucker crosses dangerous territory to feed his family; a supermodel pushes feminism through fashion and a Sufi rocker uses music to heal. WITHOUT SHEPHERDS is a portrait of those inside Pakistan trying to find a way forward as their country sits at the center of a deeply broken world.