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Reviewed on 2008-09-11

Your chance to see premieres of 50 films Sept. 19-25th 2008 exclusively at the Glenwood Arts Theatre.

Some of the standout titles include:

- "Choke," in which a sex-addicted con man pays for his mother’s hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death. This opening night film stars Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston and Kelly Macdonald;

- "Rigged," in which a corrupt boxing promoter is embroiled in a dangerous fight-fixing scheme with his female prizefighter. Overland Park native Jonathan Dillon directed this action drama. This closing night film was primarily shot in and around metropolitan Kansas City with local actors; and

- "Flash of Genius," a David vs. Goliath tale based on the true story of college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns’ long battle with the U.S. auto industry to receive recognition for his ingenuity in creating the intermittent windshield wiper. Greg Kinnear heads a cast list that includes Dermot Mulroney, Lauren Graham and Alan Alda. This should draw the biggest crowd with its prime Saturday night positioning.

My personal favorite and the sleeper hit of the festival is "A Friend Indeed – The Bill Sackter Story." This inspiring documentary is about hope, compassion and the power of friendship. With a harmonica, a cup of coffee and an upbeat personality, this remarkable human being changed the way the world views people with disabilities. Sackter was the subject of the Emmy Award-winning film "Bill" starring Mickey Rooney. This Tuesday night offering was honored as best documentary, best Iowa film and audience No. 1 favorite at 2008 Hardacre Film Festival. It will touch your heart and bring you to tears.

For the complete schedule and more information, call 913-642-4404 or visit

Keith Cohen, "The Movie Guy"

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