NOVEMBER 8TH-14TH, 2019

2019 FESTIVAL WINNERS

JURY AWARD
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Best Documentary:
Right To Harm

Best Narrative:
Postal

Best Animation:
Two Balloons

KIFF AWARD
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Best Documentary Short:
Indivisible

Best Narrative Short:
Homecoming

Best International Short: 
The Visitor

KIFF LOCAL
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Best Narrative Short:
Safe States - Anthony Ladesich

Best Documentary Short: Discovering Tommie Atkins: The Revelation Of His Creek Nation Legacy-Lyle Gibson

Best Comedy:
Age Of Bryce - Brian Elliott & David Feagan

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NOVEMBER 7th, 2019

Directed by Brian Rose, In November 2006, Jesse Ross traveled Chicago to participate in an academic conference. While attending a meeting, he rose from his chair and walked out of the room. He has not been seen or heard from since. “When I Last Saw Jesse” is the story of what happened in Chicago that night, and the impact of his sudden and mysterious absence on his family and friends. Filmmaker in attendance.

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November 2019

The Children of Maria

November 13 @ 5:30 pm
Glenwood Arts Theater, 3707 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66206 United States
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In September of 2017 Hurricane Maria passed through the island destroying everything in its path. These are the stories of the children of Puerto Rico about the consequences of a natural disaster of this magnitude. What they did, the lesson they had to overcome, the pain and destruction that their people were going through. Adaptation to this new life, challenges, family relationships, economic and social consequences, emigration and the impact on their lives, but most of all their concern about…

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Blood Memory

November 13 @ 7:25 pm
Glenwood Arts Theater, 3707 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66206 United States
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Battles over blood quantum and ‘best interests’ resurface the untold history of America’s Indian Adoption Era - a time when nearly one-third of children were removed from tribal communities nationwide. As a child welfare attorney challenges tribal sovereignty, an adoption survivor helps others find their way home through song and ceremony. https://www.kansasfilm.com/artists/blood-memory/

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Union Station Shorts

November 13 @ 7:30 pm
Glenwood Arts Theater, 3707 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66206 United States
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Artemis & the Astronaut Haunting the Haunted If Only You Were Free (shorter) Kansas Ice Storm My Name is Zula The Last Intimate Thing The Path The Sound Trapped

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The Ordinance Project

November 13 @ 7:35 pm
Glenwood Arts Theater, 3707 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66206 United States
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Directed by Austin R. Williams, this film explains how a human rights ordinance protecting gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and people with HIV/AIDS from discrimination became one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in Kansas City's history. https://www.kansasfilm.com/artists/the-ordinance-project/

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Tivoli Shorts

November 14 @ 5:15 pm
Glenwood Arts Theater, 3707 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66206 United States
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Knee High Incandescent My Florida Home The Liberation of Harold Kvist Wavering Swung Three Sacks Full of Hats The Visitor

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The Wake of Light

November 14 @ 5:20 pm
Glenwood Arts Theater, 3707 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66206 United States
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Directed by Renji Philip, The Wake of Light is a romantic drama about a young woman slowly losing hope while caring for her elderly father and their broken down farm. One day she meets a charismatic young man on a cross country road trip, who falls for her and asks her to come with him on his journey. Now she has a choice to make.... https://www.kansasfilm.com/artists/the-wake-of-light-2/

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Catnip Nation

November 14 @ 5:25 pm
Glenwood Arts Theater, 3707 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66206 United States
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Catnip Nation explores Good Samaritans, who risk hostility, political persecution, and legal prosecution to care for feral cats living in colonies. https://www.kansasfilm.com/artists/catnip-nation/

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Animation 2

November 14 @ 7:25 pm
Glenwood Arts Theater, 3707 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66206 United States
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KIFF Local 2

November 14 @ 7:30 pm
Glenwood Arts Theater, 3707 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66206 United States
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Buck Run

November 14 @ 7:35 pm
Glenwood Arts Theater, 3707 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66206 United States
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Upon the death of his mother, Karen (Amy Hargreaves), 15-year-old Shaw Templeton (Nolan Lyons) is forced into the care of his estranged, shame-addled father, William (James Le Gros), who lives modestly in a hunting cabin far outside town. As Shaw struggles to find a father in William, he seeks a funeral for his mother. Set in small town Pennsylvania, 'Buck Run' is an atmospheric, insightful drama about the tumult of teen grief and the fallibility of parental love. It is…

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