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KC FilmFest kicks off Wednesday on The Plaza

Posted: 1:56 PM, Apr 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-13 22:25:30Z
KC FilmFest kicks off Wednesday on The Plaza
KC FilmFest kicks off Wednesday on The Plaza

A little Hollywood comes to KC this week as the Kansas City FilmFest returns for its 20th year.

Many films will play over the next few days at the Cinemark theater on The Plaza with the people who made the movies often taking questions after the credits roll.

"Not many times do you have the filmmaker, or the director or the actors in the screening. And that's where a lot of people love it because they're in the theater with them," said FilmFest board member Dennis Fallon.

One of the big names coming in for this year's FilmFest is actor Don Cheadle. His new movie, "Miles Ahead," will play on Friday night.

"It's already got Oscar buzz this year," said Fallon.

KC FilmFest also features movies made in Kansas City, including "Normandy Is My Name."

"We love working in Kansas City. We're from Kansas City," said the film's writer and director, Jim Russell.  

But FilmFest also hopes to shine the spotlight on a big hurdle for those who want to make movies in Missouri.

Unlike some other states, Missouri offers no tax incentives to film makers, preventing some of them from coming here.

"It's called show business not show art, so for us to continue to do things at that level, we need the incentives," said Fallon.

"Normandy Is My Name" will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The filmmakers will take questions after the movie. For the rest of the FilmFest schedule, click here.

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