April 6, 2004

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Contact: Matthew Jacobson, Department of Theatre and Film, (785) 864-1348.

KC film festival to show student videos, 'CSA' by KU film professor

LAWRENCE -- The eighth annual KC Filmmakers Jubilee, April 16 through 22, will feature the film "CSA: The Confederate States of America" on Friday, April 16. Kevin Willmott, University of Kansas associate professor of theatre and film, directed the film.

In addition, the 2004 film festival will screen several film and video projects created by KU faculty, students and alumni.

The festival will open with two back-to-back benefit screenings of "CSA: The Confederate States of America" at the Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Mo., at 7 and 9:30 p.m. April 16. Tickets will be $25 for the first screening (which includes a reception and a question-and-answer session) and $7 for the second screening.

Willmott wrote and directed the film, which was selected for showing at the January 2004 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. During the festival, IFC Films purchased the film and Hollywood filmmaker Spike Lee agreed to lend his name as an executive producer with Marvin Voth of Lawrence.

KU professor Matt Jacobson was the film cinematographer, and Rick Cowan of Kansas City, Mo., was a producer.

Jacobson said, "This will be the first local Kansas City-area screenings of this film since its sold-out success at the Sundance Film Festival."

Willmott, Jacobson and Cowan will discuss the film at the Westport Coffee House, 4010 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Mo., at 6 p.m. April 16. Willmott also will take part in a panel discussion on "Writing/Directing/Acting" at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Tivoli Cinemas. Both discussions are free and open to the general public.

In addition to "CSA," Jacobson's work will be represented in the festival with his experimental video short, "Rain," during the "War: Honor, Dishonor, Renewal" Shorts Program at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Screenland, 1656 Washington, Kansas City, Mo., and at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19, at the Westport Coffee House.

Jacobson also was the cinematographer for KU graduate student Mark Vonschlemmer's music video, "The Shadow of the Czar," which screens at 3:30 p.m. April 16 at the Tivoli Cinemas.

KU students and alumni screening video projects at the festival include:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Baldwin City
Mark Vonschlemmer, graduate student in theatre and film, whose music video, "The Shadow of the Czar," screens as part of the "Time and Space" Shorts Program at 3:30 p.m. April 16 at the Tivoli Cinemas.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Overland Park
Melissa Mairs, senior in theatre and film, whose video documentary, "The Nuts and Bolts of Whips and Chains: A Conversation with Contra Naturum," screens as part of the "I'm Too Sexy" Shorts Program at 10:30 p.m. April 17 at the Tivoli Cinemas and at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at the Westport Coffee House. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Patricia Mairs of Overland Park and is a Blue Valley High School graduate.

From Stilwell
Katherine "Katie" McRoberts, sophomore in design, whose short video, "Monkey Brains" screens as part of the "Re: Telling Stories" Student Shorts Program at 5 p.m. April 16 at the Tivoli Cinemas. She is the daughter of Pat and Nancy McRoberts of Stilwell and is a Blue Valley High School graduate.

SUMNER COUNTY
From Mulvane
Jacob Weller, senior in theatre and film, whose video documentary, "Citizen Soldiers: 129th Transportation Company," screens as part of the "Aggressive Tendencies" Student Shorts Program at 4 p.m. April 17 at Screenland. He is the son of James and Karolee Weller, Mulvane. He is a Mulvane High School graduate and attended Cowley County Community College and Wichita State University before enrolling at KU.

MINNESOTA
From Minneapolis
Jeff Hopkins, 1993 KU theatre and film graduate, whose short comedy, "Draw the Pirate," screens as part of the "Artist's Eye" Shorts Program at 3:30 p.m. April 17 at the Westport Coffee House and at 5 p.m. April 22 at the Tivoli Cinemas.

TEXAS
From Austin
Ben Steinbauer, 2001 theatre and film graduate, whose video documentary, "Renaissance Men," screens as part of the "Life in America" Shorts Program at 4 p.m. April 19 at the Tivoli Cinemas.

Ticket prices for all of the shorts programs are $7 per screening, or a "Pick 4" package is available for $20. A full festival pass is $40. The "Pick 4" and festival pass packages do not include the opening-night benefit screenings of "CSA."

For more information on the eighth annual KC Filmmakers Jubilee, visit www.kcjubilee.org.

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