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At the Kansas City Underground Film Festival, independent and inventive movies take center stage

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Carlos Moreno
KCUR 89.3
Willy Evans talks about listening to the hundreds of entries submitted to the Kansas City Underground Film Festival.

The Kansas City Underground Film Festival kicks off this week, offering an opportunity for movies produced locally and around the world to be screened in front of a Kansas City audience. "[We] really love independent, low-budget movies, especially ones that really highlight ingenuity and inventiveness," said co-founder Willy Evans.

Willy Evans co-founded the Kansas City Underground Film Festival in 2020, in an effort to revive what he felt was a dying film scene after theclosing of the Tivoli Cinemas.

The festival is inclusive to film makers with varying skillsets and budgets, and this year has received more than 800 submissions from around the globe.

"It gives people the opportunity to experiment and to find new ways of making films. And ultimately, it's all still storytelling," said Evans. "It's a little bit of inventive and unique, but it at the core, it's still the same idea."

The free festival runs from Sept. 7-16 atCharlotte Street.

Evans and Abby Olcese, film editor for The Pitch, shared some of the films they think are must-sees out of this years entries.

Willy Evans' recommendations:

Abby Olcese's recommendations:

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