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Kansas International Film Festival: What to see and when to see it

“Belong to Us” is the tale of a German shepherd that escapes a dog-fighting ring.
“Belong to Us” is the tale of a German shepherd that escapes a dog-fighting ring.

The 18th Annual Kansas International Film Festival runs Oct. 12-18, showcasing 144 films from 29 countries. All screenings are held at the Glenwood Arts theater, 3707 W. 95th St. in Overland Park. A complete schedule and admission prices can be found at kansasfilm.com.

In addition to Jon Brick’s “Uncommon Allies,” other highlights include:

“Last Man Standing: Stephen Kellogg & the Story of South, West, North, East.” Peter Harding’s half-hour documentary captures singer-songwriter Kellogg — whom CBS Radio dubbed “the best live act you’ve never seen” — as he records his 2016 album “South, West, North, East.” The documentary screens at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, followed by a live solo performance by Kellogg. Additionally, at 11 a.m. Sunday, an event titled Kellogg Up Close: Telling Your Truth will feature the musician onstage in a conversation discussing his career.

“The City That Sold America.” The fourth effort from award-winning documentarian Ky Dickens (“Zero Weeks”) examines how the city of Chicago shaped consumerism. Fast-food chains, orange juice, soap operas, African-American beauty products, late-night talk shows, toothpaste and Kleenex can all trace roots to the Second City. It screens at 7:40 p.m. Saturday. Dickens and co-writer Mary Warlick will attend.

“Belong to Us.” A family adopts a German shepherd that has recently escaped an illegal dog fighting ring in this drama directed by KC’s Patrick Rea and written by Amber Rapp. Rea says, “After spending a couple years working in the horror genre, what attracted me to this project was a story that dealt with a bond between a father and daughter. The film also deals with the controversial subject matter of dog-fighting but handles it very respectfully.” It screens at 12:15 p.m. Saturday. Rea will attend.

“The Ark of Lights & Shadows.” Czech director Jan Svatos explores the lives of Martin and Osa Johnson. The Kansas couple were pioneers in wildlife adventurism, whose documented safaris in Africa during the 1920s and ’30s captured the imagination of the country. A museum dedicated to their exploits is still located in Osa’s hometown of Chanute. It screens at 5:15 p.m. Monday.

“Caretakers.” In this hospital-set thriller, filmmaker and star George Loomis plays a medical student who gets caught up in an international conspiracy when he’s asked to care for the former U.S. ambassador to Syria. The film co-stars Vivica A. Fox and Missi Pyle. It screens at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday. Loomis will attend.

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Kansan Osa Johnson in 1921, who explored Africa with her husband, Martin. File photo

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