Sunday, September 21, 2008

Kansas International Film Festival – Day 3 – Sunday 9/21

Day three started off the way every Sunday should start. With some Jack Stack BBQ. After huge plates of food, it’s usually a good idea to get out and walk around so we headed down to downtown KC and cruised through Westport, then over to the annual Summer Arts Festival. Tons of people were out enjoying the perfect weekend weather so it was great weaving and bobbing through the throngs. After plenty of walking and viewing, we headed back to Overland Park for our last film of the weekend, “Familiar Strangers.” We’d talked to the producer Friday night at one of the VIP parties and after hearing about the filming process, we felt compelled to go check out his film. We weren’t disappointed and we were treated to a sold out and enthusiastic audience, and a great film, much in the feel of films like “Juno” and “Little Miss Sunshine.” The Q&A after the film was a lot of fun as well and it was a great way to close out our festival weekend.

One of the highlights from the weekend was the screening of “The Flyboys” on Saturday. We knew the film very well (those of you in the know, know that we world premiered it at OFF’08) so it was cool to see that they were in Kansas as well. Since we’d seen it so many times, we didn’t watch it again, but we popped in after the film we were watching and caught the Q&A with one of the producers. It was great to hear about the progress of the film over the last seven months (51 festival awards since we saw them last) and it was great catching up with him after the Q&A as well. Awesome film. If you’ve seen it you know, if you haven’t, keep an eye out for it. You won’t be disappointed.

Props again to the KIFF staff; you guys always do a fantastic job and you always have a great line-up of films. The crowds were great this year and everything ran smoothly and professionally and we were treated great as always. This was the third year in a row that we’ve attended, and we will go back every year.


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