Ready for my close-up, Mr. Pruitt

UMKC professor produces, directs critically acclaimed feature film

The feature film, Works in Progress, by UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management Professor Stephen Pruitt, made its theatrical debut at Kansas City's Screenland Crown Center on December 10.

A romantic comedy set in Kansas City’s Crossroads District, the film was written, produced, and directed by Pruitt and his wife, Mary Pruitt. It has received local and national attention.

Works in Progress, which stars Greg Brostrom, Ben Jeffrey, Christina Blodgett, and Kate Bartholomew, follows the lives of two recent small-town art school graduates and two successful, but unfulfilled urban professionals during the course of one summer. The film will run through December 16 at the Screenland.

Prof. Pruitt is the Arvin Gottlieb/Missouri Endowed Chair of Business Economics and Finance and has served as the Bloch School’s Chair of Business Economics and Finance.


More about Works in Progress

Works in Progress on IMDB

Works in Progress Facebook page

Stephen Pruitt profile in University News

Hollywood Comes to Kansas - IUPUI Magazine

Couple plunges into first film - Wednesday Sun

Dynamic Duo - 435 South Magazine

“Works in Progress” Theatrical Run Begins - CinemaKC

Works in Progress - WORLD Magazine



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The Pruitts are proof that slick filmmaking needn’t require a multimillion-dollar budget.

Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star Film Critic

"Works in Progress," the debut feature film by UMKC Professor Stephen Pruitt and his wife, Mary, plays through Dec. 16 at Kansas City's Screenland Theater.

The production crew sets up a shot in Western Kansas.

Mary Pruitt, director; Sam Kane, actor; and Steve Pruitt, director observe a scene.