Alamo Drafthouse screens several gems at next week's KC FilmFest.

The Kansas City FilmFest ups its Q rating, uncovers a gem and brings home a native 

Alamo Drafthouse screens several gems at next week's KC FilmFest.

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Wiles isn't the only one fond of the Oklahoma­­-shot movie. On March 24, it won Best Narrative Feature at the L.A. Indie Film Festival. Its writer-director team, Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison, met playing fantasy football.

"I'm really excited for Casey and Jeff," says Wiles, who plans to work with them again. "Some of their other scripts are really great. There's talented people everywhere. You just have to take your shot and believe in it."


Other FilmFest Highlights
For showtimes, see kcfilmfest.org.

The Discoverers
Griffin Dunne (Martin Scorsese's After Hours) stars as a struggling history professor and single parent whose effort to pull his estranged father (Stuart Margolin) out of a catatonic state results in the two taking part in a re-enactment of Lewis and Clark's expedition. The setup sounds gloomy, but the film is clever and often quite funny. Margolin, probably best known for playing James Garner's former cellmate on The Rockford Files, is scheduled to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award at the fest.

Twenty Feet From Stardom
Morgan Neville's documentary follows a group of backup singers — mostly women — who often stole songs out from under the lead voices. Darlene Love sang lead on a record or two by the Crystals, but she, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and others did most of their work behind someone else and remain obscure. Stars such as Sting and Bruce Springsteen appear in the film to acknowledge the importance of these singers' contributions. Neville's movie is worth the time just for the chance to hear Clayton's terrifying, isolated vocal track from the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter."

A Teacher
This grim, Austin-shot drama was a hit at Sundance and South By Southwest. A lonely high school teacher (Lindsay Burdge) tries to get out of an affair with one of her students, but the crop of men her own age seems slim and less than ideal. During its short running time, the movie burns like a 10-alarm fire. It's not pretty, but it's impossible to look away. Hannah Fidell's unsentimental direction and Burdge's vulnerable performance leaven the story's sordidness.

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