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CinemaKC TV Show Spotlighting Local Filmmakers Debuts This Week on KSMO-TV

by Eric Melin on March 23, 2011

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OK, this is just plain awesome. There is a half-hour new show coming to a TV near you called CinemaKC.

The Kansas City area is full of talented filmmakers, and local organization CinemaKC is partnering with KSMO-TV to put those filmmakers in the spotlight every week for close to four months!

CinemaKC, a new weekly TV show showcasing local filmmakers, begins airing every Saturday at 9:30pm starting this Saturday, March 26. Most people either know this as channel 62 or channel 10 on Time Warner cable.

The program features short works of filmmakers living in the Kansas City area, and will air for 14 consecutive weeks.

This is great news. Writing for Scene-Stealers and Millimeter magazine, I have a little first-hand experience with some of the area’s best filmmakers. I’m really excited to see their work reaching a bigger audience. Some of the names I’ve seen thrown around as making appearances on CinemaKC are Patrick Rea, Anthony Ladesich, and Ty Jones — very cool.

Here’s the thing: Some of these films can be seen online with a little bit of digging, but what’s important about this is that the shorts will be seen on TV. This is kind of a big deal. A commercial TV station is giving up a 30-minute block to show local films in a large screen format! Huge.

This means one thing, folks: You gotta watch. Set your DVRs at least! Talk about the show online. Tweet about it. Let KSMO-TV know you support the show!

Above all, just enjoy the films! I know I will.

There is also a screening party Saturday night at the Screenland Crown Center at 9:30pm (after the Fantasy Filmmaker’s Draft), if you want to meet and hang out with those involved!

“CinemaKC is a program whereby filmmakers are pitching in to help other filmmakers,” says producer Jerry Rapp. “We recognize that we are making professional-level films here in the Midwest that deserve a chance at worldwide recognition. Through our broadcast and web-channel, we hope to accomplish just that. We are thrilled to be working with KSMO and support their vision for making their station a centrifuge for the arts. Many talented filmmakers in this city will benefit greatly from this program.”

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of and writes for The Pitch. He’s former President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls, Ultimate Fakebook, and Truck Stop Love . He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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