Movie News & Reviews

Movies have local connections, but will we go see them this weekend?

KC native Shaeri Richards and her husband, Jerry Hartleben, co-directed “Moving From Emptiness.”
KC native Shaeri Richards and her husband, Jerry Hartleben, co-directed “Moving From Emptiness.” Kansas International Film Festival

The good news is that four of this week’s new movies have ties to the area. The bad news is that they’re opening on World Series weekend, when many of us are otherwise occupied.

“It’s crazy,” said Casey Twenter, the KC native who wrote “Rudderless.” “The Royals have been breaking my heart since ’85. Now they make the World Series, when I finally have a film premiering in my hometown, thus breaking it again.”

Well, there are DVRs for the games. Here are the various local connections:

▪ “St. Vincent” director Theodore Melfi was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., but after his father had a health scare, he moved the family to Conway, Mo. After high school there, Melfi attended Southwest Missouri State University in nearby Springfield and then moved to L.A to make it as a writer.

▪ “Rudderless” screenwriter Casey Twenter grew up in KC. In addition, one of the executive producers is KC native Jeff Johnson.

▪ “Moving From Emptiness” was co-directed by Shaeri Richards, who grew up in Kansas City and began her broadcast career in the 1980s at WHB and KMBZ radio.

▪ “The Sublime and Beautiful” was filmed in and around Lawrence.

| Sharon Hoffmann, The Star

Find the movie reviews here.

  Comments