2019 FESTIVAL WINNERS
Right To Harm
Best Documentary Short:
Best Narrative Short:
Best International Short:
Best Narrative Short:
Safe States - Anthony Ladesich
Best Documentary Short: Discovering Tommie Atkins: The Revelation Of His Creek Nation Legacy-Lyle Gibson
Age Of Bryce - Brian Elliott & David Feagan
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NOVEMBER 7th, 2019
Directed by Brian Rose, In November 2006, Jesse Ross traveled Chicago to participate in an academic conference. While attending a meeting, he rose from his chair and walked out of the room. He has not been seen or heard from since. “When I Last Saw Jesse” is the story of what happened in Chicago that night, and the impact of his sudden and mysterious absence on his family and friends. Filmmaker in attendance.
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In September of 2017 Hurricane Maria passed through the island destroying everything in its path. These are the stories of the children of Puerto Rico about the consequences of a natural disaster of this magnitude. What they did, the lesson they had to overcome, the pain and destruction that their people were going through. Adaptation to this new life, challenges, family relationships, economic and social consequences, emigration and the impact on their lives, but most of all their concern about…Find out more »
Battles over blood quantum and ‘best interests’ resurface the untold history of America’s Indian Adoption Era - a time when nearly one-third of children were removed from tribal communities nationwide. As a child welfare attorney challenges tribal sovereignty, an adoption survivor helps others find their way home through song and ceremony. https://www.kansasfilm.com/artists/blood-memory/Find out more »
Artemis & the Astronaut Haunting the Haunted If Only You Were Free (shorter) Kansas Ice Storm My Name is Zula The Last Intimate Thing The Path The Sound TrappedFind out more »
Directed by Austin R. Williams, this film explains how a human rights ordinance protecting gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and people with HIV/AIDS from discrimination became one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in Kansas City's history. https://www.kansasfilm.com/artists/the-ordinance-project/Find out more »
Knee High Incandescent My Florida Home The Liberation of Harold Kvist Wavering Swung Three Sacks Full of Hats The VisitorFind out more »
Directed by Renji Philip, The Wake of Light is a romantic drama about a young woman slowly losing hope while caring for her elderly father and their broken down farm. One day she meets a charismatic young man on a cross country road trip, who falls for her and asks her to come with him on his journey. Now she has a choice to make.... https://www.kansasfilm.com/artists/the-wake-of-light-2/Find out more »
Catnip Nation explores Good Samaritans, who risk hostility, political persecution, and legal prosecution to care for feral cats living in colonies. https://www.kansasfilm.com/artists/catnip-nation/Find out more »
Upon the death of his mother, Karen (Amy Hargreaves), 15-year-old Shaw Templeton (Nolan Lyons) is forced into the care of his estranged, shame-addled father, William (James Le Gros), who lives modestly in a hunting cabin far outside town. As Shaw struggles to find a father in William, he seeks a funeral for his mother. Set in small town Pennsylvania, 'Buck Run' is an atmospheric, insightful drama about the tumult of teen grief and the fallibility of parental love. It is…Find out more »
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Cultivating careers is central to our core values and vision. KIFF supports early-career film artists as well as more well- known artists in the film industry. Accomplished and legendary auteurs have visited our fest. We’ve welcomed actor and activist, Ed Asner, horror icon George Romero, and special effects wizard Tom Savini. Experimental filmmakers Guy Maddin, Barbara Hammer, and Stan Brakhage, have graced our stages while liminaries like Debra Zimmerman, executive director of Women Make Movies have joined us. Many others from Scott Biao to Forest Akerman have stayed with us and many more will come. There is, of course, one we could never do without... you!