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A Kansas City Film goes to Cannes

To Cannes we go
To Cannes we go
Justin Gardner

The international Festival de Cannes is perhaps the most prestigious of them all. For over 65 years filmmakers from diverse backgrounds from all corners of the world have yielded their hard work to the festival magistrates with hopes to end up on those illustrious red carpeted stairs.

Cannes, by which the festival is commonly referred, has reshaped the progression of so many portfolios, catapulting budding filmmakers onto the international landscape of the industry. This year, one of Kansas City’s very own filmmaking teams will travel thousands of miles with the target destination of Dreams Alive.

The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival is May 14, through May 25. Local independent filmmakers Joe Carey, Davis DeRock and Chad Crenshaw will screen their short film “The Donald Gordon Story” during the Cannes Court Métrage or Short Film Corner.

The Short Film Corner, launched in 2004, is the crème de la crème of networking locales for festival goers, filmmakers and executives alike. Through workshops, conferences and coordinated networking meetings, the filmmakers take the opportunity to present their work, negotiate professional relationships and solidify a reputation among some of the most respected representatives of the international film business.

With “The Donald Gordon Story,” a film about a celebrity chef who loses his job and winner of the 2013 48 HR Film Festival Kansas City, the filmmaking trio makes its first voyage to Cannes, representing the talent and passion pumping through the veins of the Kansas City Heartland.

“We are extremely excited about the success of the film and this grand opportunity. Having
worked with many talented filmmakers to create this project we are honored to represent the team and the rest of the Kansas City filmmaking community on an international level,” the trio said in a short statement released to the press.

The efforts to see the film reach the potential of this prospect does not come without challenges. Financing, as when making a film, plays a role in the quality of the experience. Taking “The Donald Gordon Story” to Cannes faces the same trials.

One of the requirements of the Short Film Corner is that the filmmakers must be in attendance with their film to participate. Carey, DeRock and Crenshaw, along with their support system have created some entertaining ways to sponsor the trip. Two ‘We “Cannes” Do It’ events.

CinemaKC hosts a preliminary event on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at the Screenland Crown Center Theatre to help raise funds. To be involved, come to 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO. The festivities kick off on level three of the Crown Center shops.

There will be a cash bar mixer at 7:00 p.m., a compilation of shorts by the filmmakers screens at 8:30 p.m. and the night will end with the Cannes selected film, “The Donald Gordon Story” and Q&A with three of the filmmakers.

The other opportunity to join in the excitement and support this endeavor will be Saturday, May 10, at the Westport Flea Market at 817 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO.

Comedy City presents a second mixer which starts at 4:00 p.m. A 90 minute improv show centered on movies will start at 5:00 p.m. All skits will be based on audience suggestions.

Food and drinks are available to order at both events and prizes will be raffled at each. Tickets can be purchase with cash or credit at the door. To RSVP for the ‘We “Cannes” Do It’ Film Screening visit the Facebook event page. RSVP to ‘We “Cannes” Do It’ Improv here.

By participating and offering moral and financial support, these filmmakers keep their dreams alive and Kansas City finds more reason to believe in and actively campaign for our film community. ‘We “Cannes” Do It’.