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Kiowa County Signal - Kiowa County, KS
  • Local film to screen at historic Chief Theatre

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  • A local film set in the small town of Protection Kansas will have it’s local premiere next week in Coldwater.
    “Somewhere Between Freedom and Protection, Kansas,” a short film about a young girl living with her grandmother in a small rural Kansas community will screen at the Historic Chief Theatre on Main Street in Coldwater.
    Though the film is set in Protection, many of the film’s scenes were shot in Coldwater. Writer and director Patrick Clement filmed inside the Western Star Newspaper offices, in front of a small church on Main Street and in front of The Chief.
    “This might be the first and only time people will be in The Chief Theatre watching a movie featuring The Chief Theatre,” laughed Clement. “It’s so neat we will screen the film in Coldwater at a historic theater like The Chief. Rural movie theaters have always been such a big part of life in a small town.”
    Other scenes were filmed in Bucklin, Greensburg, Haviland, Belvidere, Wellsford and Protection.
    The film will screen twice on Friday August 8th at 7 and 8:15 p.m. Local cowboy storyteller David Johnson, who also contributed to the film’s soundtrack, will play live guitar for the extended program which will include the complete film, behind the scenes footage and appearances from local cast and crew.
    A number of locals also make cameos in the film, including Western Star owner and editor Dennies Andersen, local farmer Delbert Ross, Haviland librarian Chuck Townsend and others.   
    While the film is unrated, it contains no adult language, no violence, no nudity and no adult situations and is family friendly.
    Tickets will be for sale at the box office for $5, with a portion of ticket sales benefiting the Prairie Plaza Senior Resident fund.
    Last month the film won the Best Short Audience Award at the Free State Film Festival and earned a cinematography award at the Harvard Film Festival in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    “I hope people in the community will come out, support a local film and support a local charity,” added Clement. “The Chief is absolutely stunning and if you’ve never been inside, I can’t think of a better excuse.”

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