Filmmaker Stan Brakhage once said "It's okay to think while watching movies," which easily explains the success of films like A Beautiful Mind, Inception, and Written Portion of the SAT. See today's greats with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$13 for a movie and popcorn for two (up to a $27 value)
$25 for a movie and popcorn for four (up to a $54 value)
- One adult ticket to a movie per person (an $8.50 value each)
- One medium popcorn per person (a $5 value each)
The 12th-annual Kansas International Film Festival takes place at Glenwood Arts Theatre in the east side of Metcalf Mall in Overland Park from Friday, October 5, to Thursday, October 11. Take a closer look at some of the 50 films to be screened over the course of the week:
Dead Man’s Burden, Saturday, October 6, at 5 p.m.
In a directorial debut the Hollywood Reporter called “a taut, efficient, and ultimately evocative small-scale Western,” writer Jared Moshe tells a tale of family secrets and changing social mores that are simultaneously epic and intimate. Sick of eking out a living on the New Mexican border in the aftermath of the Civil War, homesteaders Martha and Heck prepare to sell their land for a chance at a comfortable life when the unexpected return of Martha’s brother threatens to unravel the plan. With an eye for detail and historical accuracy, Moshe keeps his story grounded in reality even while paying cinematic tribute to genre-making films such as The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, and Once Upon a Time in the West.
Manhattan Short Film Festival 2012, October 5, at 7:50 p.m.
Billed as the "World's First Global Film Festival," the Manhattan Short Film Festival unites over 100,000 people in more than 300 cities worldwide to view and vote on entries. The fest spans across six continents and has venues in museums, cafes, universities, and galleries as well as traditional cinemas dedicated to choosing from a wide list of entires. Of the original 520+ entries, the list of 10 finalists includes films such as Norwegian entry The Devil's Ballroom about an explorer's trip to the North Pole through harsh conditions, and Cluck, an Irish finalist film which explores the experiences of growing up in an orphanage and has been compared to films such as Cool Hand Luke.
The Ghastly Love of Johnny X, Monday, October 8, at 7:35 p.m.
Shot on black-and-white Kodak film stock, Paul Bunnell’s 1950s throwback dials up the weirdness of the already surreal genre of sci-fi B movies with showstopping musical numbers, over-the-top dialogue, and hilariously hokey special effects. Banished to Earth for intergalactic juvenile delinquency, Johnny X and his gang of Ghastly Ones set off in search of a piece of alien technology that could change the fate of the universe forever—the so-called “resurrection suit.” Soon, the extraterrestrial nogoodniks are embroiled in a wacky scheme involving a femme fatale named Bliss, a shifty concert promoter with schemes of his own, and a recently deceased musician who won’t let a little decomposition stop him from rocking.
Kansas International Film Festival
Established in 2001, the Kansas International Film Festival takes as its creed a quote from alt-director Stan Brakhage: “It’s OK to think while watching movies.” With this simple philosophy in mind, the organizers arrange each year’s hugely diverse lineup, which encompasses everything from comedies and dramas to high-minded documentaries and passion projects from famous artists. The festival also confers jury- and audience-selected awards, rewarding films in categories including Best Social Justice Documentary, Best Feature Narrative Film, and Best Use of Fruit as a Metaphor.