Mar 19, 2012    #032
Contact: John Martellaro

Red Carpet Premiere Event to Benefit LGBT Scholarships at UMKC

Director and stars of award-winning independent film 'In the Family' to appear at reception, dinner and screening

Director/star Patrick Wang and actress Kelly McAndrew, a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Theatre, will be the featured guests at a gala red carpet premiere screening of the award-winning independent film "In the Family."

The event, a benefit for the LGBTQIA Scholarship at UMKC, includes a reception and dinner at Californos in Westport, followed by a "red carpet walk" to the Kansas City premiere of the film at the nearby Tivoli Cinemas theater. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. on April 17. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students, and include dinner, two drink tickets and film admission; tickets can be purchased online.

"In the Family," described as "a remarkably fresh and unpredictable drama" in a New York Times review, follows a custody battle over the six-year-old son of a gay man killed in a car accident, waged between his sister (McAndrew) and his partner (Wang). The film, "too carefully distanced to be a melodrama" according to the Times review, "is structured less by story events than whisper-soft subtleties of characterization and unspoken social subtexts."

All proceeds from the event benefit the UMKC LGBTQIA Scholarship.. McAndrew, currently based in New York, earned a master's degree from UMKC Theatre in 1998. Following the premiere event, "In the Family" will open at the Tivoli for a special one-week-only engagement April 20-26. Show times will be available at the Tivoli website.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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