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Putting Kansas 'on the map': University alumna brings major film and TV projects to the Midwest

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Audiences all over the world saw the Kansas City skyline last year in “American Honey.” The film, which received six nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards — including Best Feature and Female Lead — stars actor Shia LaBeouf. It was filmed in Kansas City, mostly on the Missouri side, in 2015.

Kansas City Film Commissioner Stephane Scupham, a 1999 graduate and University alumna, worked with the crew of “American Honey” for the duration of its stay in Kansas City. As film commissioner, Scupham said she ensures that productions that choose to film in one of the office’s municipalities run smoothly. The production may need a hotel recommendation, information on state child labor laws or film permits, or help finding a location to film. Location scouting was most of Scupham’s job when “American Honey” was in town.

“When you get a good film like that, it has life, so we keep being seen,” Scupham said.  The Kansas City Film Office, which is part of the Visit KC tourism organization, is the primary point of contact for film projects coming to the area. It is one of more than... Read more.



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