Sunday, March 6, 2011

AMC Theatres presents Kansas City FilmFest April 6-10


AMC Theatres to Celebrate Independent Films at AMC Mainstreet 6, April 6-10

Kansas City, Mo. (Feb. 24, 2011) – AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company headquartered in Kansas City, and the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee proudly announce a partnership to honor independent filmmaking at the AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest from April 6-10.'

“The partnership with AMC Theatres is a big step in expanding the visibility of the Kansas City FilmFest as well as the importance of independent film and the local and regional film community,” said Fred Andrews, president and founder of the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee. “We appreciate AMC’s willingness to share its historical gem of a theatre downtown and its expertise in marketing and programming to obtain films that might otherwise not be available to us.”

AMC will host the AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest at the AMC Mainstreet 6, located at 14th and Main Streets in the heart of downtown Kansas City. The theatre will be the primary screening venue for short and feature dramas, comedies, documentaries, animated and experimental works and foreign films.

“AMC has long supported independent filmmaking and regularly provides guests with the best independent films through AMC independentTM, our renewed commitment to providing quality content to our increasingly diverse audience,” said Rodi Vehr, general manager of AMC Mainstreet 6. “Participating in film festivals such as this one in our hometown of Kansas City is just one way we bring great films to our guests through direct partnerships with independent filmmakers.”

The AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest will be a feast of films for five days, starting on opening night, Wednesday, April 6 and culminating with an awards gala that will honor filmmakers for their art and craft on Sunday, April 10. This year, the Award for Outstanding Service to the Kansas City Film Community will be renamed in honor of the late Karen McCarthy, a former U.S. Representative of Congress from Missouri who loved film and was a champion for community service. McCarthy served on the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee board and received the award in 2005.

The Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee will also celebrate 15 years as Kansas City’s premiere showcase of independent films at the AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest.

About the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee
The mission of the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee is to unite Kansas City area educational, cultural and film organizations in a celebration of local independent filmmaking, enhance opportunities for the filmmaker to develop their craft and art, and increase the public’s awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset. The Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization as a partnership with UMKC, the Kansas City Art Institute, the Independent Filmmakers Coalition, and the Film Society of Greater Kansas City.

About AMC Entertainment Inc.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., AMC Entertainment Inc. is a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company. With a history of industry leadership and innovation dating back to 1920, the company today serves hundreds of millions of guests annually through interests in 361 theatres with 5,203 screens in five countries.

“Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.”

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