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Kansas International Film Festival Preview

September 26, 2011

The 11th Annual Kansas International Film Festival is almost here.

Voted last year, by Movie Maker magazine as one of the “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”, KIFF is a week long event that no Kansas City cinephile will want to miss. The festival highlights noteworthy independent films, both regional and international, and brings them to the KC metropolitan area. With a variety of documentaries and narratives ranging from snappy comedies to thought-provoking documentaries, there is something in this lineup that will entice even the most selective of moviegoers. If you love movies, the Kansas International Film Festival is definitely worth checking out.

Individual tickets go on sale September 16th and festival passes, ranging from $40-$60, are available now. With almost 70 films in its line up, it is a bargain that is hard to refuse.

The festival runs from Friday, September 30th through Thursday, October 6th at the Glenwood Fine Arts Theater in Overland Park, KS.

Here’s a selection of some of the more anticipated releases:


Another Planet

Director: Masik Bolygo

Seven minors, whose everyday lives include that of child laborers, prostitutes, and soldiers, are all observed in this documentary, which spans four continents and forces us to look at a part of the world that is so often ignored.


Bob and the Monster

Director: Keirda Bahruth

This documentary looks at the transformation of Bob Forrest; once a drug addicted punk rocker and now an esteemed drug counselor, focusing on helping musicians recover from their own addictions. Features interviews from members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Courtney Love.


Dirty Girl

Director: Abe Sylvia

Set in 1987, the brash, scantily-clad Danielle and her gay best friend, Clark run away from home and head towards California to find Danielle’s father in this endearing  coming-of-age comedy. Starring Juno Temple, Jeremy Dozier, Milla Jovovich, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy


Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians

Director: Bryan Storkel

This documentary follows one of the largest and well-funded blackjack teams in America. Shockingly though, every member on this team is a practicing Christian, which raises the question: where does God fit into the world of high stakes gambling?


Like Crazy

Director: Drake Doremus

A British college student, Anna (Felicity Jones) falls for Jacob (Anton Telchin), an American, but shortly after their romance begins, they are separated when she is denied reentry into the States. It is at this point that the challenges of a long-distance relationship are realized and their love is tested. Jennifer Lawrence (A Winter’s Bone) also stars.


Natural Selection

Director: Robbie Pickering

The story of the unconventional relationship that develops between a barren Christian housewife and her sick husband’s oldest biological son: a twenty something, foul-mouthed ex-con.


A Perfect Soldier

Director: John Severson

The story of Aki Ra. Drafted at the age of 6 into the Khmer Rouge, he planted hundreds of landmines for the army as a child, but as an adult has devoted his life to safely taking them out of the ground. Through this activism, he has become a symbol for the struggle to eliminate landmines.


Take Shelter

Director: Jeff Nichols

Due to nightmares of an apocalyptic storm, Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) becomes obsessed with building a shelter to protect his family, but the stability of his sanity appears to be of greater concern than the storm.


The Vintner’s Luck

Director: Niki Caro – director of Whale Rider

Set in 19th century France, this ode to winemaking, tells the story of a peasant Sobran Jodeau and his relationship with Xas, an angel who visits him one night a year through the entirety of his life. Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) also stars.


We Need to Talk About Kevin

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Tilda Swinton plays a mother attempting to cope with the high school killing spree her teenage son went on by writing to her estranged husband (John C. Reilly).



More information about the festival, as well as a full schedule, can be found at

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