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June 4, 1998


Several Lawrence filmmakers are finalists in this year's KAN Film Festival.

Veteran Hollywood producer Vanessa Greene will be one of the guest speakers at this year's KAN Film Festival, which runs from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lied Center.

Greene, who is in Lawrence to film ``Monday After the Miracle,'' a feature film about the college years of Helen Keller, will take the podium at 4:45 p.m.

A native of London, her credits include the TV movies ``Stolen Women, Captured Hearts,'' which was filmed in Kansas and starred Janine Turner and Dennis Weaver, and ``Under the Influence,'' starring Andy Griffith and Keanu Reeves.

Lawrence filmmaker-writer Kevin Willmott also will be a featured speaker. His talk is slated at 4 p.m.

Willmott's first feature film, ``Ninth Street,'' will receive its world premiere screenings at 7 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Friday at the Gem Theatre, 18th and Vine, Kansas City, Mo. The cast includes actors Martin Sheen, Isaac Hayes and Queen Bey; Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Emanuel Cleaver; and Denver Broncos player Neil Smith.

Tickets for the screenings are available by calling (816) 333-0814.

The KAN Film Festival has five divisions -- primary, intermediate, secondary, college and open. Categories within each division are drama-comedy, documentary, music video, original and, for the open division only, industrial-educational. Awards will be given to the top three entries in each category; best of division honors will also be awarded.

Several filmmakers from the Lawrence area are finalists in the competition. They are:

Sarah Ballard-Hanson, ``Tracking for a New Life: The Orphan Trains,'' documentary, primary; Gina Lorenz, ``A Quest for Freedom: The Underground Railroad,'' documentary, primary; Kathryn Seibel, ``The Choice,'' drama-comedy, primary; Helen Teeley, ``They Were Here First,'' drama-comedy, primary; Alyssa Buecker, ``Guinea Pigs from Mars,'' drama-comedy, intermediate; Chase Santee and Tom Kagler, ``The Wish,'' drama-comedy, intermediate.

Alec Joler and Ethan Shaftel, ``The Cult,'' drama-comedy, secondary; Isa Kretschmer, ``A Lonely Empty Sparse Little World,'' drama-comedy, secondary, and ``Kopf (Head),'' original, secondary; David Gramly, ``1955,'' documentary, college; Michael Gunter, ``Lawrence: Free State Fortress,'' documentary, college; Scott Thomas and Brian Gregory, ``Self-Portrait,'' drama-comedy, college; Jason Fleisehauer, Vince Fairchild and Seth Mehl, ``Tres Dialogos,'' drama-comedy, college; Angie Bosio, ``Flying Ant,'' original, college.

Gunter, ``Lawrence: Free State Fortress,'' documentary, open; Joler and Shaftel, ``The Cult,'' drama-comedy, open; and Gunter, ``Lawrence: Free State Fortress,'' industrial-educational, open.

The KAN Film Festival, the largest student and professional film festival in Kansas and Missouri, is designed to foster future filmmakers. Works could be entered in more than one category.

The festival is free and open to the public. A schedule of films and events follows:

  • Main Auditorium, Lied Center: documentary, college, 9 a.m.; original, college, 10:20 a.m.; drama-comedy, college, 10:40 a.m.; music video, college, noon; drama-comedy, primary, 1:15 p.m.; original, primary, 1:45 p.m.; documentary, primary, 1:50 p.m.; music video, primary, 2:30 p.m.
  • Oldfather Warm-up Room, Lied Center: drama-comedy, intermediate, 9 a.m.; documentary, intermediate, 9:25 a.m.; drama-comedy, secondary, 10:05 a.m.; original, secondary, 11:45 a.m.; documentary, secondary, 1:15 p.m.; music video, secondary, 2 p.m.; industrial-educational, open, 2:40 p.m.
  • Ron Evans Apollo XVII Auditorium, Nichols Hall: drama-comedy, open, 9 a.m.; drama-comedy, open, 12:30 p.m.; original, open, 1:20 p.m.; music video, open, 1:45 p.m.; documentary, open, 2 p.m.
  • Awards ceremony: 5:30 p.m. Lied Center, followed by a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the center's lobby.

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