Kansas City Women in Film & TV
April 15, 2012 - Staged Reading at AMC Theatres KC FilmFest
at Nelson Atkins Museum
Nelson-Atkins Art Museum will host the highly anticipated Stage Reading for the Five Finalists of the KCWIFT & AMC® Theatres KC FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest Sunday, April 15th at NOON. Kansas City professional actors are performing the script live. Four of the Five Finalists will be in attendance!
Tickets sold HERE or at door $5 for reading only. Doors open at 11:45am.
The WINNER of the short screenplay contest will be announced at the AMC® Theatres KC FilmFest Awards Banquet.
April 13, 2012 - Gordy Hoffman Screenplay Workshop
A workshop exclusively for KCWIFT MEMBERS is Friday night at 6pm at T2 - 1906 Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO 64108
KCWIFT members can audit a workshop with award winning screenwriter and Bluecat Founder Gordy Hoffman for FREE. Please e-mail to audit and receive screenplays prior to the workshop, which is part of AMC Theatres KC FilmFest.
April 21, 2012- Philip Neel conducts an Advanced Editing Seminar at UMKC
A film editor and post-producer in television for the last 30 years, Philip Neel's credits include Boston Legal, Ally McBeal & Twin Peaks.
Limited Seating Available!
11:00 to 12:30 for the first session
15 minute break for refreshments
12:45 to 2:00 for the last session
$20 for KCWIFT and IFC members
$25 for all others except UMKC students
Sponsored by KANSAS CITY WOMEN IN FILM & TV and KC INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS COALITION
Produced by original Third Wave student Philip Neel, "Lesson Plan" is the documentary film about The Third Wave (aka "The Wave" and "Die Welle") classroom experiment, as told by the original students and teacher Ron Jones.
KCWIFT, IFC Members & students - $5 and Non-members - $8. Prices are for all tickets to be purchased at the door.
April 20, 2012 - "LESSON PLAN" screening with Director and Editor, Philip Neel
One Night Stand is one of IFC's most popular film competitions. It issues the challenge to write, shoot and edit a short film all in ten hours! Teams will meet in the morning and three items are drawn: a theme, an object and a line of dialogue. All three elements must be used in the project. Screening of films and judging is done that evening following the ten hour production.
KCWIFT is currently putting together a team to participate in this contest! If you would like to participate, donate equipment or know someone that would, please contact Stacy Rich to join the team. You don't have to have any experience. Whether you're a writer, actor, editor or all-around filmmaker this would be a great opportunity to challenge yourself and make a film with a ten hour deadline.
Must be a KCWIFT member by June 16 to join in on the fun!
More info on One Night Stand here.
June 16, 2012 - IFC's One Night Stand
KICKOFF/TEAM SIGN UP - 8:30 AM
PRODUCTION 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
SCREENING 8:30 PM, Stageport, 208 W 19th St, KCMO
Thursday at 6:30pm - KCWIFT meeting and networking night at the Screenland Crossroads.
A PANEL OF ACTORS, including Shannon Knopke (INCEPTION, ALL ROADS LEAD HOME) and Erin McGrane (NAILBITER, UP IN THE AIR), will share their experiences working in various markets - KC, LA & Chicago, self-marketing and professionalism for actors. This seminar can also help directors & producers get the best performances out of your actors and create a professional set.
Members and Non-members are welcome!
June 14, 2012 - KCWIFT Networking Meeting & Actors Etiquette Seminar
July 19- 29 - KCWIFT Showcase at the KC Fringe Festival
Saturday, July 21 8:30 PM
Tuesday, July 24 7:00 PM
Thursday, July 26 8:30 PM
KC Fringe Festival is now in it's eighth year and consists of live theater, dance performance art, visual art, spoken word, puppetry, storytelling, film and fashion. To find out more check out www.kcfringe.org
August 9 - KCWIFT Networking Meeting
You're invited to the KCWIFT meeting and networking night at the Screenland Crossroads Thursday, August 9th at 6:30pm. We will be showing summer movie trailers through a critic's eye. Our guest speakers Shawn Edwards and Russ Simmons are film critics at FOX. This meeting will take place in the theater at Screenland Crossroads. Members and Non-Members are welcome!
August 15 - Altman Education Grants Networking Mixer & Celebration
Every class of dedicated pupils deserves kudos upon successful completion of its studies. Better yet, how about a feel-good party with refreshments and special guests? That will be the scene at the Altman Education Grants Networking Mixer & Celebration, presented by The Film Commission of Greater Kansas City and The Robert Altman Emerging Filmmakers Fund, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Third Eye Productions, 2024 Main St.
KCWIFT Stiletto Run 2012 October 5, 2012
KCWIFT presents the first annual Stiletto Run on October 5th at First Friday in the Crossroads! This will take place at Screenland Crossroads, 1656 Washington St., Kansas City, MO 64108 -
-Pre-registration is $25 and comes with a t-shirt.
-Registration is $30 day of
-Pick up race number/t-shirt the day of the race. No t-shirt if you register the day of the race!
Check in at 5:30pm Race begins at 7pm
Prizes -First Place – Women’s (based on time) -Second Place – Women’s (based on time) -First Place – Men’s (based on time) Best Shoes (more prize details soon!)
Join us for a night full of fun, prizes, food, drinks and friends!
Heartland Films Inc. presents a tribute to Kansas City's unique jazz and blues history with this 60 minute documentary entitled Kansas City Jazz & Blues; Past, Present & Future. The film is produced and directed by the award winning documentary filmmaker Sue Vicory. The great Jay Hootie McShann, Big Joe Turner, Charlie Yardbird Park and Mary Lou Williams are profiled as the historic legacy. Karrin Allyson, Bobby Watson and Mark Pender are all interviewed for their contemporary contributions to Kansas City jazz. The historic Mutual Musicians Foundation, Gem theater and Blue room at 18th and Vine are venues where history is made. International Blues Competition winners Trampled Under Foot share the screen with the next generation of Kansas City jazz and blues greats!
October 11, 2012 - KCWIFT Sponsors Kansas International Film Festival Closing Feature and Event
KCWIFT is partnering up with the Kansas International Film Festival (KIFF) for their Closing Night Event! Join KCWIFT in honoring the local Kansas City Jazz and Blues musicians by seeing form KCWIFT Board Member, Sue Vicory's feature film Kansas City Jazz & Blues; Past, Present, & Future followed by an after party you don't want to miss! With award winning filmmaker, Sue Vicory in town and honored Jazz musicians from the film in attendance, you are sure to have a wonderful time! Members and Non-members are welcome!
Kansas International Film Festival October 5 - 11, 2012
KIFF is held at Glenwood Arts Theatre this year from October 5 through October 11. The festival will be showcasing filmmakers from all over the world and including some local filmmakers as well! KCWIFT and IFC will be sponsoring two evenings of films, Q & A's and a party afterwards! Scroll down to find out more! Sign up to volunteer and you could receive free tickets and festival passes for getting involved!
December 6th - The Female Gaze: Cultivate the vision of female filmmakers
You're invited to a short film screening, staged reading and fundraiser event at the newly renovated Alamo Drafthouse Thursday, December 6th at 6:30pm.
Join us for a private screening of the award-winning short films "A Senior Moment" (written & directed by Michelle Davidson) and "Wrong Number" (written by Amber Rapp & directed by Patrick Rea) at the newly renovated Alamo Drafthouse. You can purchase local artwork at a silent auction & donations will be accepted to support short films in pre-production.
Tickets: $20 -- short film screening, light appetizers, desserts and 1 drink voucher (cash bar)
Donations will go toward producing Michelle Davidson's next short film "Showgal" and Amber Rapp's short film "The Conference."
We cordially invite you to Kansas City Women in Film & TV and Kansas City Independent Filmmakers Coalition Christmas party.
7pm - 10pm
1656 Washington St. KCMO
We will celebrate the holidays with networking, free appetizers/desserts and a cash bar.
Members and Non-members are welcome!
December 13th - KCWIFT & IFC Holiday Party
7pm at Screenland Crossroads 1656 Washington St. KCMO
Admission is free to this “graduation” party honoring the inaugural class of 10 Robert Altm...an Education Grant recipients, as well as 10 KC Sourcelink grant recipients. These 20 have participated in the FastTrac® NewVenture™ program at the UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center. Seats for the program are endowed by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Those who attend the Altman Education Grants Networking Mixer & Celebration can mingle with grant recipients and a host of others involved in local film production, while exchanging knowledge and ideas about superior moviemaking and its entrepreneurial possibilities.
Guest speakers will be Kansas City filmmaker John Altman, a cousin of renowned film director Robert Altman, who will share a story about Robert Altman on the set of the 1996 movie, “Kansas City”; and Christian Heaton, a Kansas City native and a producer of such reality TV series as “The Amazing Race” and “America’s Next Top Model,” who participated in the Kauffman FastTrac® program out of the University of Southern California. The event will also offer a variety of cinema-friendly door prizes, from movie passes to a portable HD video camera.
"Landing the Role" Actor's Seminar on February 7, 2013
In recognition of Valentine's Day, we've moved our regularly scheduled networking event to February 7th,
at 6:30pm, at the Screenland Crossroads,
1656 Washington, KCMO 64108.
Join us for a special seminar for actors called "Landing the Role" and bring your headshots and resumes!
We will be collecting information from actors interested in being cast in the Staged Reading of KCWIFT & KC FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest finalists' scripts. This is a great opportunity for actors to network with filmmakers and book roles!
As a result of last year's staged reading, four local actors landed roles in the short films "Wrong Number" and "Rest of Her." Come mingle with actors like Darren Kennedy, of General Hospital fame, and actresses like Cinnamon Schultz, who landed a role in the acclaimed film Winter's Bone and played one of the leads in "Wrong Number," a fantastic short film written by Amber Rapp and a 2012 screenplay contest finalist!
Check out the video to the right for more from Cinnamon, who talked with KCWIFT President Michelle Davidson on KC Live.
KU, and UMKC
March 14, 2013
at the Screenland Crossroads Theatre
for a special Women's History Month event!
For Women's History Month, KCWIFT is partnering with UMKC's Her Art Project and PoPFilmKC to present a special screening of student work, as well as a discussion about the challenges and opportunities for women
working in film, video, and new media.
CineWomen: A Refreshing Showcase of Women in Film will feature a dialogue with local film professors, including Dr. Caitlin Horsmon (UMKC), Dr. Dotty Hamilton (Avila), and Dr. Tamara Falicov (KU).
Dr. Tom Poe, of UMKC, will also present a special tribute to the late Dr. Carol Koehler.
Doors open for a reception at 6:00pm, with the program to follow from 6:30-8:30pm. The list of short films selected for this screening is below.
Congratulations to all of the students who submitted their work!
Art Institutes International-Kansas City
"What the Dub?: A Brief Guide With the Midwesterner in Mind" by Hillary Larson
Kansas City Art Institute
"What Goes Up" by Lacey Hawkinson
"Illustrating Time" by Michelle Miller
"Precariously Perfect" by Johanna Brooks
University of Kansas
"Jessie in Reverie" by Christina Hodel
"Ballerina" by Chelsea Alderman
"Trashmind" by Emilie Newell & Scott Root
University of Missouri-Kansas City
"Counterproductive" by Jenny Brinkman
"DENIAL" by Julia Barnett
"Life is Animated" by Elizabeth Leech & Clayton Kruger
Thursday, April 4th,
at Think Big,
Join KCWIFT and other industry professionals to learn the latest about the Missouri Motion Media Association (MOMMA) and its mission to renew the Missouri Film Tax Incentive program, which will expire on Nov. 28, 2013.
Will there be a film office past June 15, 2013??? Come find out and join in a discussion of issues that affect our industry at the state level. Plus, this is your chance to meet Missouri Film Office Liason Andrea Sporcic, MOMMA President/Casting Director Joni Tackette and MOMMA Government Consultant Jeff Brooks.
Missouri has had a film tax incentive in varying amounts since 1999, but the program will sunset this year, and renewal is tenuous due to many reasons. MOMMA is organized and working to save the tax incentive, which can be used for in-state film, television, and even commercials, and to keep a film office staff person at the state level.
- Free for MOMMA members (Corporate MOMMA members receive 2 free admissions)
- $10 suggested donation for Non-Members. (Your $10.00 meeting fee can be applied toward your $25.00 individual or $150.00 corporate membership, if you decide to join at the meeting!)
Think Big Partners is located on the southwest corner of 18th and Baltimore Ave in the 1800 Baltimore building (Weinberger Fine Art and H2B Architects is on the first floor.)
Please enter from the south side of the building through the double doors. Follow the signs for YREP. Take the elevator to the 4th floor and then stairs to the 6th floor. Free street parking is available in the area (2-hour parking is fine.)
Andrea Sporcic, Missouri Film Office Liason
Jeff Brooks, MOMMA Government Consultant / Lobbyist
Joni Tackette, MOMMA President
Gary Hanson, IATSE representative
Heather Laird, Film Commission of Greater Kansas City President
Mary Ann McCollum, MOMMA Vice President
The panel will be moderated by Michelle Davidson, MOMMA and KC Film Commission Board Member and KCWIFT President
KCWIFT & KC FilmFest Staged Reading & Screening: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Doors open at 5:30pm
KCWIFT is excited to partner with the Kansas City FilmFest to present the second annual staged reading of our short screenplay contest finalists' scripts!
The staged reading will take place on April 11, 2013, at the Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main St., KCMO 64105. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and at 5:45 p.m., some of Kansas City's finest actors will will kick off the evening’s activities with staged readings of our 2013 contest finalists' screenplays:
- Do You Have a Minute?, Hannah Leskosky - Urbana, IL
- Just Three More Days With You, Daniél Minton - Camp Hill, PA
- The Misadventure of Josie and Kitty Mae, Misti Boland - Lawrence, KS
- The Oblate, Gary and Beth Hoover - Chicago, IL
- The Status Update, Jessica von Schramm - Austin, TX
- Validation, Berenice Freedome - Vancouver, BC
After the staged readings, find out who our judges selected to win the $1,000 Grand Prize, and this year YOU can give one of our lucky finalists a chance at an additional cash prize by making your Audience Choice selection!
Then, starting at 7:45 p.m., we'll screen a fantastic program of women-penned films, including two short films made from the screenplays of last year’s screenwriting contest: "The Rest of Her," written by Jennifer Friend and directed by Timothy Friend, and "Wrong Number," written by Amber Rapp and directed by Patrick Rea. The two short films will be followed by a screening of the feature film A Teacher, which premiered at Sundance and won writer/director Hannah Fidell the Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award at SXSW. Tickets are just $10.
After the screening, stick around as KCWIFT President Michelle Davidson hosts a Q&A with Jennifer Friend, and we'll find out which screenplay you chose as this year's Audience Choice winner.
And that’s not all! When the evening's events at the Alamo Drafthouse wrap up, the FilmFest After Party will take place at Snow & Co. (1815 Wyandotte), where Victory & Penny will perform.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Brunch & Women-Making Movies Panel
Start your FilmFest weekend right by joining us for a Texas-style brunch at the Alamo Drafthouse, at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 13th. KCWIFT President Michelle Davidson will moderate the festival’s Women Making Movies panel, which features:
- Andrea Sporcic, film office specialist for the Missouri Film Office. Andrea has been in the film business in Missouri for over fourteen years. Before joining the film office in 2005, she spent eight years with Cinema St. Louis, the producers of the St. Louis International Film Festival, as director of operations.
- Arin Liberman, a film festival and production professsional who spends most of her year wearing various hats with the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri. From a background in television and commercial production with companies such as National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and the Smithsonian Channel, her entree to film fests came via the AFI Silverdocs Documentary Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland.
- Lauren Faust, whose an animated feature film credits include Cats Don't Dance, Quest for Camelot, and The Iron Giant. She is the Executive Producer of Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony, and Lauren's television animation credits include The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Super Best Friends Forever, and Wander Over Yonder.