Host Steve Kraske welcomed critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker back to the program to review independent, foreign, and documentary films playing on area screens.
You could probably hang out in one of Kansas City's art-house theaters all day and go from screen to screen without seeing a stinker of a film. That's because independent productions have to be really good to make it to those theaters...and local theater owners are good in picking what runs.
Films discussed during this program include:
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
100 Voices: A Journey Home
Last Train Home
The Tillman Story
Contributing arts reporter Steve Walker joined KCUR in the fall of 1998. Besides covering local theater and the arts for KCUR and serving as film critic for Up to Date, Walker teaches creative writing classes at the Kansas City Art Institute.? His B.S. and M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Missouri-Columbia led to his job at The Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare Inc. as a consultant and trainer in peer counseling and HIV prevention programs for several area high schools. His writing has appeared in such national magazines as The Sondheim Review, The Advocate and Theater Week, as well as local publications like The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Business Journal, Ingram's, The Pitch and Review.?
Cynthia Haines, a photographer, film critic and scholar, retired as an Associate Professor of Film Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso where she taught for ten years. She has a B.A. degree from Stanford University and an M.A. from U.T. El Paso and attended the Stanford University Broadcast and Film Institute. She is the author/photographer of Literature and Landscape: Writers of the Southwest. Her most recent book, Showtime! From Opera Houses to Picture Palaces in El Paso about the history of film exhibition on the U.S./Mexican border from 1896 until 1960.
Currently a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Kansas City Film Critic's Circle, she reviews foreign, art and independent films for the Kansas City NPR affiliate KCUR. Cynthia serves on the Kansas State Historical Society Board and has served on the Kansas Film Commission.