A Leavenworth High School and University of Kansas graduate is one of several local filmmakers featured in this week’s second-annual First City Film Festival.
Ben Schatzel’s film,“Sample Size,” is a four-minute comedy that tells the tale of two slackers causing trouble in an ice cream shop.
Schatzel’s film was shown Friday night and will be shown again twice Saturday.
The festival was moved to the Heritage Center because the Riverfront Community Center was closed Saturday and Sunday due to the flooding.
“Really, we just did it for fun and to support the film festival,” he said.
Schatzel said the show was filmed in about four hours at the Westport Ice Cream Bakery in Kansas City, Missouri.
Schatzel, 24, is employed as a behavioral therapist for children in Leavenworth but also has done work as an actor and model.
This is the second year he has submitted a film at the festival.
“The film festival is a great way to shine some light on independent films in this area,” he said.
The festival opened Thursday night with student short films.
Leavenworth High School student Griffin Rogers won first place with his film, “Date.”
“It went really well,” said festival director Tisha Swart-Entwistle.
A VIP soiree was held Friday night. Six locally produced films were shown.
The festival continues Saturday and Sunday at the Heritage Center.
On Saturday, films will be shown on three screens from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Sunday, films will be shown on three screens from noon to 7 p.m.
The festival features 62 independent films of many genres, including drama, science fiction, documentary, comedy and more.
The films run anywhere from two minutes to 90 minutes, said Swart-Entwistle.
A schedule for the films and a link to purchase tickets online can be found at www.firstcityfilm.com
Tickets can also be obtained at the door. Individual block tickets are $6 each.
For the first time this year, the First City Film Festival is partnering with the Leavenworth County Humane Society, Inc., to host the Bow Wow Film Festival, featuring several short films celebrating the human-animal bond.
The Bow Wow Film Festival will feature films Saturday and Sunday at the Heritage Center.
All proceeds from the BWFF go to the LCHS, Inc.
The BWFF was also held last summer in Lansing as a fundraiser for the LCHS, Inc.