LAWRENCE - A local filmmaker will host a pair of Western Kansas screenings and Q&A sessions to discuss making films in rural Kansas in September and October.
Set in a dusty and desolate rural Kansas town, Somewhere Between Freedom and Protection, Kansas, the latest film from local filmmaker and current University of Kansas Film Major Patrick Clement, presents a host of obstacles to its main character Ozzie Yost, played by former Pratt High School Senior and current ASU Freshman Brittnee Hill.
The emotional challenges borne from the clash of family tradition and youthful exploration are quite different from the blinding dust, frustrating isolation, soaring heat and drought conditions of a summer making a film in western Kansas.
"Rural Western Kansas is a wellspring of untapped stories, experiences and history," said Clement. "But while its isolation and beautiful under-explored communities can provide lots of advantages, they can also be discouraging to young filmmakers."
Clement and a skeleton crew filmed for ten days in Kiowa, Comanche and Pratt counties last summer during a stretch of 100 plus degree days and historic drought conditions.
Rural Kansas filmmaking will be the focus of two public screenings, the first on Thurs. Sept. 18 at the Ashland Public Library and the second on Tues. Oct. 21 at the Pratt Public Library.
Clement will screen Freedom and Protection and host a Q&A with members of the community and area high school and junior high school students. He will also visit classrooms at Pratt High School and Pratt Community College on Oct. 21.
"Somewhere in rural Kansas there is a kid that could revolutionize filmmaking," added Clement. "A young girl or boy who may not even have filmmaking on their radar. All it takes is one person to say 'Hey, this is possible.'"
Somewhere Between Freedom and Protection, Kansas premiered at this year's Free State Film Festival in Lawrence and won the Audience Choice Best Short Film Award. It previously won a cinematography award at the Harvard Film Festival and will be an official selection at the Big Bear Film Festival and South Dakota Film Festival in September. It will have its International Premiere in October at the 33rd Uppsala International Film Festival in Uppsala, Sweden. www.freedomandprotectionks.com