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A nuanced film fest completes Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest

Middle of the Map Film Fest

All films will be shown at the Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main St. the Alamo only admits patrons 18 years or older. For a complete schedule, visit the festival’s website.

Starting times

8 p.m. Wednesday (one film)

6:15 p.m. Thursday (seven films)

5:45 p.m. Friday (eight films)

11:15 a.m. Saturday (16 films)

Noon Sunday (10 films)

Tickets: $25 and available at middleofmapfest.com

Screenings generally end around midnight, except Wednesday (10:15 p.m.) and Sunday (9:45 p.m.)

Other recommendations

“I Declare War”:

Winner of Audience Award at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.

10:45 p.m. Thursday and 6:15 p.m. Friday.

“This Is Martin Bonner”:

Audience award winner for Best of Next at Sundance.

8:15 p.m. Thursday and 4:45 p.m. Friday.

“War Witch”:

Nominated for best foreign film at this year’s Academy Awards.

8:15 p.m. Friday and 11:15 a.m. Saturday.


Ink’s Middle of the Map Film Fest, which opens tonight, will feature more than 25 films and documentaries, all at the Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main St.

It’s the final event in the festival series that included a three-day music orgy in early April and a three-day art/culture/technology forum in mid-April.

Nathan Reusch, who runs the Kansas City record label the Record Machine and helps curate the Middle of the Map Fest, said the primary intent of the film festival was to feature acclaimed films or those that hadn’t been screened in Kansas City.

“We did a lot of research on film festivals that happened over the last two years and wanted to bring in a lot of those that hadn’t already shown in Kansas City,” he said. “I think we have a really great lineup.”

Ultimately and inadvertently, more than a third of the lineup includes music films and documentaries.

“We really just wanted to showcase a lot of really good films we all really liked,” said Ryan Davis, editor of the website Lost in Reviews and another festival organizer. “As it turned out, we ended up with a lot of music films.

“But I think those films, especially the documentaries, are always interesting because they give even hard-core fans some behind-the-scene insights into a band.”

The crown jewel in the list of music movies may be “Another Version of the Truth,” a concert film about the final Nine Inch Nails tour, which is Davis’ first recommendation. “I’m really looking forward to that,” Davis said. “It’s a film put together by fans from all over the world, with help from the band. And that tour was amazing. As far as I know, it hasn’t played in a theater yet.”

Reusch’s recommendation: “I’m really excited about ‘A Band Called Death,’ a documentary about a pre-punk group from Detroit.”

Browse the photo gallery for synopses of the music-related films. “Labyrinth” and “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World” screenings will feature live music.


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