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.
Filmmaker John Waters grew up in Baltimore in the 1950s and began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid 1960s, screened in rented church halls and attended by underground audiences who heard of the films by word-of-mouth and leaflets. His first success: the 1972 film Pink Flamingos starring Divine.
Hairspray opened Tuesday, March 29 at the Music Hall and runs through April 10, 2005.