This weekend I was lucky/nerdy enough to attend the Kansas International Film Festival. What’s that, you say? You didn’t realize Kansas had a film festival? Why, neither did I until I saw a rather silly but endearing TV ad for it. I was like, “Huh, I wasn’t aware Kansas City had any sort of film culture worth mentioning.” My interest was piqued for a few seconds, but it was quickly distracted by watching a bunch of catty women fighting over a bloated 80s hair metal rock star on VH1. Weeks pass and I say to myself, “Hey, wasn’t there going to be some kind of film festival?” So I google it and lo, information that would change my life appears on the screen. Guy Maddin is going to be a guest of honor.
YES. THAT Guy Maddin!
Needless to say that by itself sold me. I made plans to attend to see his new film he was shopping around the festival circuit, Brand Upon the Brain. I had no idea what it was supposed to be about. Who cared? Guy Maddin!
So that Thursday before the festival, like always, the local paper’s “Enjoy” section came out with an entire section on the film festival and what was going on with it. Of course it listed Guy Maddin (why wouldn’t it? It’s Guy Maddin!), but along with him was 24‘s Louis Lombardi and Troma auteur Lloyd Kaufman. Needless to say I squealed and looked for someone to high-five, but no one was around. Now I HAD to go to this festival and meet these people. But did I have… the right stuff?