Filmmaker Gary Huggins is approaching the deadline for his Kickstarter campaign, set up to fund his latest film, Kick Me. The project is an action comedy that's slated to start filming this summer in KC. Just over the halfway point of reaching his monetary goal, Huggins still needs about $34,000 in the next 10 days.
Don't worry — he has a plan to get your money and show you some sick, sick shit tomorrow at Screenland Crossroads (1656 Washington, 816-421-9700).
Huggins is hosting the Flesh and Blood Show, a 10-hour event Saturday with what he's calling "five of the most blatantly mind-abasing, soul-knifing exploitation films of all time. Films so wild, they should be kept in cages!"
"The Flesh and Blood Show is an original, ambitious and unrepeatable event that has never been attempted in KC," Huggins says. "It's 10 hours long. I'm shipping in ultra-rare 35 mm prints from the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas. These films are not available on DVD."
Here's the catch: It's free to get in, but one must arrive by noon. After that, if you want to leave, there is an "escape fee, staggered like so:
Between noon and 2 p.m., pay $100.
Between 2 and 3 p.m., pay $75.
Between 3 and 4 p.m., pay $50.
Between 4 and 5 p.m., pay $40.
Between 5 and 6 p.m., pay $30.
Between 6 and 7 p.m., pay $20.
Between 7 and 8 p.m., pay $15.
Leaving after 8 p.m. is free. If you enter after noon, you will be asked to pay that hour's escape fee. You can also purchase a $50 "come and go" pass.
Huggins has not revealed which "gloriously scuzzbucket 16 and 35 mm, straight from the movie dump" films are on the bill, but we do know that the 8 p.m. showpiece is Battle Royale, the highly lauded, futuristic Japanese thriller about kids forced by the government to kill each other. Sound familiar?
Not enough to get you to Screenland Crossroads? There's more.
"We've got $1,000 in prizes to give away," Huggins says. "We're flying in special guests, including 30 Rock's Josh Fadem. Plus, it's for a good cause - helping a local Sundance filmmaker get his first feature off the ground."
So help a brother out in the name of local filmmaking. And even if you aren't down with an all-day stint in the Crossroads, you can still throw Huggins a few bones in his Kickstarter.