'CSA' to headline 8th Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee

Ten years after Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" revolutionized the independent film world, the repercussions are still being felt ... especially this week in Kansas City, Mo.

The eighth annual Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee begins today in a program that extols the power and diversity of independent cinema. More than 150 short films and 11 features screen throughout the next week.

"This is really an aggressive schedule and we've got top people coming in this year," says Fred G. Andrews, president of the KC Filmmakers Jubilee.

The festival kicks off tonight with the Kansas City premiere of "CSA: The Confederate States of America" in two screenings at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Tivoli Cinemas in Westport (4050 Pennsylvania St.). Lawrence-based director Kevin Willmott's faux documentary imagines an America in which the South won the Civil War. Willmott, cinematographer Matt Jacobson and producer Rick Cowan will discuss the controversial picture before the screenings at 6 p.m. at The Westport Coffee House (4010 Pennsylvania St.).

Other highlights include an "Inside the Actors Studio"-style treatment with Keith Gordon. The actor-turned-director presents two of his early works: a tale of rebellion at a private school called "The Chocolate War" (8 p.m. Saturday, Tivoli Cinemas) and the revered anti-war drama "A Midnight Clear" (3:15 p.m. Sunday, Tivoli Cinemas).

Also appearing is director Rob Nilsson, who presides over a retrospective of four of his latest movies ("Noise," "Singing," "Scheme C6" and "Stroke"). All were shot in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco.

"He's one of the godfathers of independent film," says Andrews.

Nilsson will lead a three-day workshop beginning April 23 during which a film will be shot in Kansas City.

Returning this year is "Crosscut: Women Making Movies," which starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at The Villa (4120 Baltimore Ave.). The series features top female media professionals who share their views on working within a male-dominated industry. The filmmakers' focus this year is on how they choose to portray sex and sexuality.

"Something that is new to the festival that I'm particularly proud of is the directed reading we're having of a new script," says Andrews.

This involves the feature-length screenplay "Let Yourself Go" by K.C. native George Langworthy. Area filmmaker Dave Hodes directs local actors at 7 p.m. Monday at Bar Natasha (1911 Main St.). The process allows the writer to hear for the first time how his words on the page come across in front of an audience.

For ticket prices and a comprehensive schedule visit www.kcjubilee.org.

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