Monday, September 17, 2007

Kansas International Film Festival – Friday, Day 1

Road trip! Jeremy Decker (festival director), Jason Levering (executive director) and I headed down to Kansas City this weekend to check out the seventh annual KIFF. After working a full day on Friday, we hit I-29 and headed south in hopes of catching the final film of the evening. With me behind the wheel and the state troupers off doing what they do, we made the quick jaunt in no time.

After we got to the hotel and unloaded, we headed out to meet with film publicist Nancy Platt and Producer from Ministry Machine Productions Aaron Laue. It was great to hang with them and talk film-stuff for a while before heading over to the festival.

Once we got to the festival, we checked out the film “Everything or Nothing.” Sadly we missed the very beginning, but we were able to get up to speed fairly quickly and really got into the story. The most compelling part of the film for me was the lead actress, Natasha Melnick, who’s incredibly beautiful yet incredibly painful performance really propelled the story and forced the viewer to be emotionally involved. After the film, director Gary Chason got up and treated the audience to a Q&A and gave us some great inside looks at the film. We were also surprised and thrilled to find out that writer Sue Rock and lead actress Natasha Melnick were also in attendance so the Q&A involved them as well. After exiting the theater (since this was one of the last films shown on Friday) we made our way to the festival after-party where we were able to spend more time with Gary, Sue and Natasha, as well as producer Lou Manitzas and ended up partying to well into the night. Since the Saturday films didn’t start until after 1:00 in the afternoon, getting back to the hotel after 2:00am isn’t a horrible thing, right?

Everything or Nothing


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