Drive-in movie theaters were once a staple of American popular culture, but over the decades, they've been closing across the country. Kansas City, however, seems to be an epicenter for the disappearing relic across the rest of the United States - we've got three.
This hour, filmmaker and director April Wrightjoined us from Los Angeles to talk about her documentary Going Attractions, which covers the history and future of drive-ins. Wright spent seven years putting the film together, and she visited almost every state in the process.
When Nawang Gombu reached the top of Mount Everest, he was only 17 years old. Many people talk about the beauty and the majesty of seeing the world beneath your feet. But, his first thought was, “How do I get down?” Film maker and former Kansas City television reporter, Bev Chapman, who recently completed a documentary on Gombu, shares the story of this extraordinary man. Nawang's inspiring story begins when he escaped from a Buddhist monastery when he was only 11. Punishments were very strict for children who didn’t excel academically, so Gombu felt he had no choice but to escape.
On its surface, the Danish film A Hijacking (in Dutch, Kapringen) is a tense hostage drama about a cargo ship overtaken by Somali pirates and the ensuing negations for the crew's release.
But director Tobias Lindholm has much more on his mind. Besides making a nail-biter where the potential for death hovers in very close quarters, he's also commenting on socioeconomic class and the wide ethical gap between the cooks and engineers on board the ship and the suits back at the corporate office who really reap the most benefits.
Any film festival centered around themes that appeal to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered audiences or their supportive allies is sure to be as eclectic as its targeted demographic. This year’s Kansas City LGBT Film Festival at Tivoli Cinemas in Westport makes good on that promise.