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This year marks the third annual FilmFest Missouri - Kansas City on October 4
- 10.  Dozens of showtimes citywide will entertain movie lovers with
international and domestic independent subjects.  Most of the films with be
Kansas City premieres.
 
The Opening Night Party will be held from 7 - 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, at
the historic, John Eberson-designed atmospheric (and currently under
renovation), Uptown Theatre at 36th and Broadway in Kansas City, MO.
 
Various theatres in the metroplex are participating in this exciting event.
 Specially-sponsored events include a VFW-sponsored screening of the
Oscar-nominated "Babe" at the Plaza Theatre on Oct. 5; a festival of African
Cinema sponsored by the KCMO Public Library and the African-American Film
Society of Missouri; and three films sponsored by Hallmark Entertainment to
be shown at the Fine Arts Theatre in Mission, KS:  HBO's "Gulliver's
Travels", "London Suite", and "Nightjohn" (co-sponsored by the Disney
Channel).
 
FilmFest is also a participating sponsor of the 5th Annual KAN Film Festival
held at Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  KAN features
video and film entries produced by students in Kansas and Missouri.
 
A partial list of FilmFest movies includes:  "The Grass Harp" directed by
Charles Matthau (Walter's son), "Augustin" a French film directed by Anne
Fontaine, "Harvest Home" - Grand Prize Winner at this year's Palm Springs
Film Festival, "Captives" starring Tim Roth and Julia Ormand, "Loaded"
directed by Anna Campion, "The Neon Bible" directed by Terence Davies and
starring Gena Rowlands, and "Mother Night" starring Nick Nolte and based on
the novel by Kurt Vonnegut.  For a complete list of films, please see THE
KANSAS CITY STAR or reference the Festival program.
 
Tickets are $6 each, or you can purchase a four-ticket "mini-pack" in advance
for $20.  For further information, please contact the FilmFest offices at
(816) 531-3223.
 
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