Jennifer Friend, Ph.D. and associate professor in the UMKC School of Education, received a grand prize from AMC Theatres and Kansas City Women in Film & Television for the short screenplay “The Rest of Her” during the April 15 Kansas City FilmFest Award ceremony.
The short screenplay contest included a staged reading by professional actors at the Nelson Atkins Art Museum for the five finalists’ screenplays, with some of the authors in attendance from Texas, California, Canada and Kansas City. The $1,000 prize money will be used to fund the filming of the short screenplay in Kansas City during the summer.
Friend has been a member of the Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations division for seven years and has produced and directed two short documentary films related to urban education. She has written, produced and acted in narrative short and feature films. She is a co-founder of Big Atom Productions in Kansas City, whose award-winning feature film ”Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula” is available on DVD.
“The Rest of Her” uses magical realism to explore the relationship between a beautiful, intelligent, and sensitive woman and a man who finds it impossible to overlook her one imperfection. This will be Friend’s first time to direct a narrative film.
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