Critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker review the latest art, independent, and foreign films playing on area screens.
By Up to Date, Dec 26, 2008
Kansas City, MO – Critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker review the latest art, independent, and foreign films playing on area screens, including Milk, Frost/Nixon, Vicki Cristina Barcelona, Slumdog Millionaire, Nothing Like the Holidays, Cadillac Records, Synecdoche, Boy in the Striped Pajamas and many more.
The term "silent film" is in some ways a misnomer since musical accompaniment was always a part of the viewing experience. The Sounds of Silents film series at the Kansas City Public Library pairs short films and a full-length feature with unique scoring by a local composer.
For Grand Arts, photographer and video artist Laurel Nakadate shot her first feature length film in Kansas City last summer. It's called Stay The Same Never Change and notably doesn't include the artist on screen, but instead uses amateur and first-time actors.
The debate coach in the film The Great Debaters is a graduate of Kansas City's Lincoln High School. Sylvia Maria Gross talks to a UMKC professor who wrote a biography of Missouri poet Melvin Tolson, played by Denzel Washington in the film.
Poet Stacey Tolbert and filmmaker Annie Walsh decided to interview a diverse group of women about their feelings about their chests. They spoke to KCUR's Delores Jones in 2006 about the film, which will be screened on Wednesday.
Kansas City filmmaker Gary Huggins joined Up to Date host Steve Kraske recently to discuss the film First Date. It's been selected for this year's Sundance Film Festival and the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France.