Via Film Society of KC – The legendary Fred G. Andrews passed yesterday, February 24, 2016, on the very day that Kansas City and Mayor Sly James proclaimed to be officially and forever “Fred Andrews Day.”
In 1996, as a member of the Film Society of Greater Kansas City, Fred recognized that independent filmmaking needed a broader platform, so he created the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee. The first year, 1997, ten short films were selected for a single screening at Royall Hall on campus of UMKC. Through word of mouth and an article by Robert Butler, 500 people packed the screening and the KC filmmaking scene was truly jump-started.
In 2008, the Jubilee merged with FilmFest KC, a film festival organized by the Film Society of Greater Kansas City, and became the Kansas City FilmFest. It continues to this day, and is widely regarded as the marquee film festival in the Kansas City area.
Read more about Fred on the Facebook Page and leave a memory for everyone. Services Saturday, details in the same post.