Kansas International Film Festival returns Oct. 4 – 11

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The 13th annual Kansas International Film Festival, a celebration of independent cinema, returns to the Glenwood Arts Theatre in Overland Park October 4th through the 11th.

Named one of the top 25 festivals worth the entry fee by “Movie Maker” magazine, KIFF attracts an eclectic lineup of movies.

Dozens of documentaries, narrative and animated features will be showcased as well as collections of locally-made short films. Visiting filmmakers and screen personalities often show up for Q&A sessions after the screenings.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

-“August: Osage County,” an adaptation of of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and KC’s own Oscar-winner, Chris Cooper.

-“Blue Caprice,” a drama about the Washington DC sniper, starring Isaiah Washington.

-“Citizen Koch,” am award-winning documentary about “Americans for Prosperity” and the involvement of the billionaire Koch brothers.

-“Destination Planet Negro,” a comedy directed by Kevin Willmott, KC film professor.

-“IFC Showcase,” a compilation of locally-made short films from members of the Independent Filmmakers Coalition of Kansas City.

-“Kiss Your Darlings,” a biopic about famed poet Alan Ginsberg. Daniel Radcliffe of “Harry Potter” fame stars.

-“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” a drama about the revolutionary/politician, Nelson Mandela, starring Idris Elba.

More information on the Kansas International Film Festival is available at http://www.kansasfilm.com

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