PANEL #1 – “FILM FESTIVALS – Whowhatwhenwherewhy&how?”

Friday, November 3rd at 7-8pm
MTH Theater, 3rd Floor Crown Center


“FILM FESTIVALS – Whowhatwhenwherewhy&how?” – Friday night’s panel is geared towards festival-goers and filmmakers alike and will look to answer every question you’ve ever had about how film festivals function, what they’re looking to program and how to get the most out of your festival-going experience. Film festivals are truly unique in their ability to offer attendees an exciting collection of works not yet available to the public at-large. Our panel of directors and programmers from area film festivals and filmmakers who are regularly have their work screened and attend different festivals across the country, will look at ways in which festivals can grow to become forces of inspiration and change in the community, and how you can learn to love your favorite festivals even harder! Stay on after the panel discussion for the November edition of the First Friday Film Festival, a recurring monthly, FREE to the public short film festival, programmed with some of the best in local and international short film work!


Kevin Mullin teaches Film & Media Arts and Electronic Journalism classes at UMKC’s Communication Studies Department. Mullin is the department’s Studio Manager overseeing the production & post-production facilities utilized by over 100 students and faculty every semester. In addition working over a decade at an NBC affiliate on both news and commercial programming, Mullin spent several years as Vice President of RMI Media Productions, a commercial and educational video production firm, and continues to work freelance production, winning several Telly Awards.
Mullin has served on the board of directors of the Kansas City Film Festival since 2010. For the last several years, he has chaired the AV Operations committee, overseeing over 65 separate screenings during the fest. Mullin’s first involvement with KC Filmfest was in 2004, when he worked as the 2nd Unit Camera Operator in Rob Nilsson’s Direct Action Cinema workshop, which produced the narrative feature, “Opening”, premiering at the KC Filmfest in 2006.


Barbie Banks is the director of the Citizen Jane Film Festival in Columbia Missouri. Originally from Pevely, Missouri, Banks moved to Columbia in 2005 after completing her undergraduate degree in social science education at William Woods University in Fulton. She worked as a residence hall coordinator at MU, and in 2007, she began her master’s degree in social work in policy, planning and administration at the university. In 2010, she began working at Columbia Public Schools and entered the world of film festivals as a volunteer for True/False Film Fest. After a stint as the festival’s travel and hospitality coordinator in 2012, she was hired by Citizen Jane for the same role.



Shan has spent her working life in the fields of international education and the arts – both in the U.S. and abroad. Upon returning to Wichita, she joined the first Tallgrass programming committee in 2003 and has been with Tallgrass ever since in various leadership positions in programming. Currently, as Director of Acquisitions, Shan’s focus is on researching, reviewing and booking films for the annual festival and year-round screenings. As Director of Community Engagement, she enjoys coordinating Tallgrass’ Kansas state Road Show and partnering with a variety of local nonprofit organizations in conjunction with particular films and events.



Patrick Rea is a prolific, award-winning independent filmmaker recognized for his innovative storytelling and creative directing style in horror and suspense. His feature film, “Nailbiter” was released on May 28, 2013 through Lionsgate Home Entertainment on DVD/VOD, Redbox and Digital Downloads. It has since aired on FearNet, NBC/Universal’s Chiller Network and The Horror Channel UK. Rea’s stylized short films have screened in over a hundred film festivals around the world. In the summer of 2008, Rea’s short film “Woman’s Intuition” won a Heartland Emmy Award. In 2009, Rea was co-director on the “Jake Johanssen, I Love You” comedy special, which aired on Showtime throughout 2010. Rea won his second Heartland Emmy Award with the short “Get Off My Porch”. He has also been nominated for two Mid-America Emmy Awards. Other directorial efforts include the recent 6 part docu-series on Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital titled “Inside Pediatrics” narrated by Paul Rudd, which received a 2015 Mid-America Emmy Award. His 2010 short film “Do Not Disturb” was featured in the “The Invoking 2” which was released in the Redbox on Oct 6th, 2015 through Image Entertainment. Rea’s latest horror feature “Arbor Demon” (formally “Enclosure”) starring Fiona Dourif and Jake Busey had its World Premiere at FrightFest in the UK and was released on February 3rd, 2017 in North America through Gravitas Ventures. Rea has also completed directing principal photography on the family drama titled “Belong to Us” due for completion in 2017.