KCAI Screening Room debuts in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse

5 December 2012

Kansas City, Mo. (Dec. 5, 2012) – Each Saturday at noon from December through May at Alamo Drafthouse in the Power & Light District, movie-goers and film lovers can settle in for a unique film screening falling under a range of themes such as “overlooked cinema” and “horror and cult films,” to name a few. A new program featuring a student-curated film series is being presented by the Kansas City Art Institute photography and digital filmmaking department and hosted by Alamo Drafthouse.

The program’s mission is to raise appreciation for cinema and help build a cross-departmental community where students can create dialogues about time-based media and be exposed to new or important films outside of the studio setting. The group has partnered with Alamo to host the screenings and the events are open to the all KCAI students and faculty as well as to the public.

“In addition to building a sense of cohesion among students at KCAI, we want to create a connection between KCAI and the larger community,” said Trey Hock, special instructor in photography and digital filmmaking and also the group’s faculty representative.

The student curatorial panel includes Erin Kennedy (junior, animation), Matthew Lloyd (senior, digital filmmaking) and Ryan Pechnick (senior, photography). The photography, animation, and digital filmmaking departmental overlap is important in bringing a variety of time and lens-based mediums, films and motion picture choices to the series, Hock said.

“The program allows students to take on a leadership role by curating and presenting interesting examples of cinema that showcase their fields of study,” Hock said. “It really promotes community across departments within KCAI, as well as with the outside community by giving people an opportunity to convene around a popular art medium.”

Each screening will begin with an informal discussion of the film’s importance and end with an opportunity for further conversation. Films will range from the critically acclaimed to cult fare. On Dec. 29, for example, viewers can see “The French Connection,” a film described by the group as “an action movie to celebrate the beginning of winter break, but still smart enough to qualify as ‘artsy.’ ” For a full listing of the program’s schedule, visit www.kcai.edu/kcaiscreeningroom.

About Kansas City Art Institute

The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design and multimedia studies for children, youth and adults through the School for Continuing and Professional Studies. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization.

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For more information, contact Cat Szalkowski at 816-802-3458 or cszalkowski@kcai.edu.