Kansas City area filmmakers head to Cannes International Film Festival

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two filmmakers from Kansas City are headed to one of the world's most prestigious film festivals. The filmmakers describe their movie as a cross between "The Truman Show" and "Stranger than Fiction."

$169, 48 hours, and a crew of eight was what it took to create "The Donald Gordon" story.

Joe Carey and Davis DeRock teamed up to really test the limits of what it means to be low budget.

"We had to spend $160 on the entry fee and about $33 on McDonald's for the crew," said Joe Carey, the film's director and co-writer.

"You love the film but you don't necessarily think it's going to go farther than really what you made it for," added lead actor and co-writer Davis DeRock.

It’s a fictional dark comedy about Donald Gordon, a celebrity chef who loses his job.  Carey and DeRock took home top honors at the Kansas Film Festival for their work.

"When we won the awards for Kansas City, I was stoked and at that point, I was like, okay we're done," Carey said.

No, it doesn’t end there. The filmmakers are now taking the eight minute movie to the holy grail of festivals, the Cannes International Film Festival. The filmmakers found out just a month before the actual event which starts next week.

"He was just, ‘we got into Cannes!’ And I was like, I just yelled out ‘We got into Cannes,’" DeRock described as he laughed as he talked about a friend who thought he yelled he was “on the can.”

The filmmakers are trying to raise $18,000 for their crew to make it to France. That’s a long way from their initial budget of $169, but they believe they “cannes.”

There will be a screening of the film and fundraiser Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. at Screenland in Crown Center. Tickets cost $12. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers afterward.

If you miss that, there will also be an improv show at Comedy City at the Westport Flea Market at 4 p.m.





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