Posted on Jul 26, 2013
4 out of 5
When you stop to think about it, it's actually rather amazing how much talent is here in Kansas City. Between the performing and plastic arts, we've got a seeming wealth of resources to hand. As I watched the collection of short films presented by Cinema KC, I had to keep reminding myself that they were all homegrown, right here in the city.
The films on display ran quite the gamut, from horror to drama to animation to documentary. There's a lot going on here. Among the pieces this reviewer particularly enjoyed were:
* A quite charming animation with anthropomorphized creatures building a plane
* A very disturbing (but well done) monster story
* A technological tour-de-force that would have made WETA proud (this one in particular felt rather like the seedling to a much larger project)
* A travelogue shot on behalf of Kenyan tourism, showing some footage that did not make it into the official version
As always, there were films of fair-to-middling quality, but that is to be expected in any compilation. Overall, however, this reviewer is happy to report that the high quality work vastly outnumbered the lesser material. There's some serious polish going into these films now, and it shows.
One more thing should be pointed out: on more than one occasion this reviewer noticed notes in the credits thanking Kickstarter contributors. Kickstarter and Indiegogo have proven godsends for independent artists, and this reviewer makes it a point to keep an eye on what is coming down the pike locally (note: this reviewer was not financially involved in any of the films presented as part of this showcase). Persons who are excited about the development of the arts in Kansas City--and not just films, but drama, music, events and so on--are highly encouraged to seek these sites out and contribute where you can to projects you like. It's an easy and simple way to bring more and more excellent creative works to life in our city.