Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: Different Flowers Filmed in Baldwin City and Kansas City

Kevin Surbaugh 

I have long been a fan of locally filmed movies and shows. It was a locally filmed television show when I lived elsewhere that I had the opportunity to work as an extra in.  Today, I would like to tell you about Different Flowers, an independent film that was filmed in part here in the Baldwin City area. The farm which served as Grandmas house is located on North 650 Road.
Different Flowers is the first film written and directed by Kansas City area native, Morgan Dameron. The film follows uptight Millie Haven (Emma Bell), who according to the synopsis, has always followed the rules, but when she has doubts before her big Kansas City wedding, her attitude-prone little sister Emma (Hope Lauren), the least likely of heroes, comes to the rescue. Leaving her fiance at the altar of a Kansas City church, the duo embarks on a spontaneous road trip, which takes them past several Kansas landmarks such as the "World's Largest Ball of Twine," to grandmother's house. There Grandma Mildred (Shelley Long), helps them rediscover their bond.
In one scene in a downtown cafe in the imaginary town of Marcy, KS the duo talks about their uncertainties. Millie asks her sister, "Should I call Charlie?" To which her  free-spirit sister Emma tells her, "You don't leave a man at the altar and then grovel at his feet."
The owners of the farm, Craig and Heather Roeder, where the film was centered told the Gazette that the film was shot on the farm last August. The film crew spent six days of shooting at the farm. They commented that the crew was young and energetic and great to be around.
When I spoke with the Roeder's I asked them what they thought was the most important impressions the public can receive from this film.
"We had a lot of respect for our grandparents and thought there was a lot of parallels that we wanted to support." - Craig
His wife Heather added that she thought it was,
"a great family film."
 Sentiments I would concur with. I believe the film is worthy of going to see. It kept my wife and I enthralled as we watched the full 99-minute film. The acting was good and has some of Hollywoods best.  The Grandmother is played by Shelley Long, best known for her role on Cheers as Diane Chambers.
The film will be playing at Kansas City AMC Barrywoods 24 & AMC Town Center 20, the week of September 29 – October 5.

Theatrical Release Date: September 29, 2017
Distributor: Different Flowers, LLC
Director: Morgan Dameron
Writer: Morgan Dameron
Cast: Emma Bell, Hope Lauren, Shelley Long, Romy Rosemont, Rob Mayes, Sterling Knight, Steve Agee, Sean Gunn, Frank Drank, and Cecelia Antoinette.
Producers: Shelley Long, David Karp, Morgan Dameron
Runtime: 99 minutes

Twitter: @DiffrentFlowers    #DifferentFlowersMovie
Facebook/Instagram: @DifferentFlowersMovie   #DifferentFlowersMovie

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