"Pep Squad," a black comedy written and directed by Manhattan resident Steven Balderson, will make its Kansas premiere at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Hall Cinemas, 644 Mass.
The film was shot in the Wamego area during the summer of 1997 and was completed in March. The movie has been shown at the Cannes Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival in London and the Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden.
"Pep Squad" chronicles the lives of a handful of students during the 10 days leading up to the prom at the fictional Oak Hill Kansas High School. The film addresses such social issues of school violence, sexual abuse of students by teachers, the abuse of power by authorities and middle-class greed.
Tickets will be available the night of the screening at the Liberty Hall Box Office. The doors will open at 9 p.m.