"NV in KC" screening kicks off "Performance Now" film series

27 August 2013

"NV in KC: A Story About Artists and Envy in Kansas City," is multidisciplinary artist Judith G. Levy’s humorous and probing film set in the vibrant art world of present-day Kansas City.

"NV in KC" will be screened at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the Kansas City Art Institute campus. Levy will answer questions following the screening. “NV in KC” is the first film screened as part of the H&R Block Artspaces’ current exhibition, “Performance Now,” as well as the kick-off to the college’s Current Perspectives lecture series. The “Performance Now” exhibition continues through Oct. 12. KCAI’s Current Perspectives is a free lecture series, hosting a lineup of artists, designers and scholars.
Well-known, local performers, such as Jaimie Warren, Shannon Michalski, De De DeVille and Erin McGrane appear alongside notable arts leaders, such as Julian Zugazagoitia, Raechell Smith and Sherry Leedy in this diary-like tale about fictional artist Lee J. Ross and her artist friends as they struggle with Ross’s conceptual art project about envy. Music is by Ssion, Kirstin Paludan and Jeff Freling.

Lee J.’s journey takes us into her home, her therapy sessions and into Kansas City studios, galleries and museums. Levy’s blends invented narrative with documentary-like interviews to explore a difficult subject with humor. More than 30 Kansas City and Lawrence actors and crew participated in the production of this film. Levy was awarded an Andy Warhol Foundation Rocket Grant, administered locally by the Spencer Museum of Art and the Charlotte Street Foundation, to create this film.

Pictured: Judith G. Levy and Jaimie Warren arguing in a scene from “NV in KC: A Story About Artists and Envy in Kansas City,” still from film