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Kansas City In Gay Rights History | Film Critics: Festivals

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Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, UMKC
The Jewel Box at 3219 Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, was a nightclub known for its drag shows that began in the late 1950s

A look at LGBTQ activism in Kansas City in the 1960s. Plus, with a Kansas City indie movie getting recognition in film festivals, the Film Critics update the pandemic status of festivals.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Before there was the Stonewall Riots in 1969, a historic meeting took place in Kansas City's State Hotel that would form the foundation for the gay and lesbian rights movement.

LGBTQ historian Stuart Hinds also discusses the nightlife of the 60s and the organization that distributed information for gay men and opened the city's first gay community center, the Phoenix House.

  • Stuart Hinds, curator of Special Collections & Archives at UMKC and curator of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid America (GLAMA)

Segment 2, beginning at 25:41: Film festivals mean a lot to independent filmmakers and to the cities and towns that host them.

The pandemic saw a number of festivals cancel, postpone or go virtual in 2020. This year, many are coming back — some in person, others remaining virtual and some adopting a hybrid model. One Kansas City filmmaker talks about her recent success at film festivals and the Film Critics explain the role these events play in local economies and movie makers' careers.

  • Peregrine Honig, screenwriter and producer, "Summer in Hindsight" and senior artistic director, West 18 Street Fashion Show
  • Cynthia Haines, film critic
  • Steve Walker, film critic

The West 18th Street Fashion Show, "Summer Tableau" takes place Saturday, June 12, at West 18th Street in the Crossroads, Kansas City, Missouri at 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Tickets are available through eventbrite.