Independent film matters. Without it,
millions of creative and artistic voices would be silenced and the richness of the movie-going
experience would be lost. Over the last several decades, the folks behind The Fine Arts Group have
been honored to bring you the joy of film and the movie-going experience.
And now we're asking for your help. We consider filme to be an essential and critical part of the Kansas City and nation-wide culture. If you do too, we're asking for you to help us survive these unprecedented times. We all know art is critical and provides a much-needed escape from reality as well as acts as the vehicle for change and reason within an active society.
If you value all that film and the filmmakers and artists behind it represent, please donate today.
If you'd prefer to donate via mail, you can do by sending us a check to: 3859 W. 95th St. Overland Park, KS 66206. If you have any questions, please call us at: 913-642-1132
We at the Fine Arts theatres have enjoyed being a part of your community for nearly 40 years. We are
excited to be able to remain connected to you through our new virtual screenings as well as the
latest and finest in art/independent film that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
Partial proceeds from ticket sales for these virtual screenings will go toward operating expenses
for the Glenwood and Rio. It's just another way that we can connect remotely until we open our doors
again for our cherished guests. Be sure to check back weekly as the list of films is updated. Enjoy
the show from the comfort of the best seat in town.
--Management, The Fine Arts Group
The Dark Divide is based on the true story of renowned butterfly expert Dr. Robert Pyle's (David Cross) perilous 1995 journey across one of America’s largest undeveloped wildlands. At the urging of his dying wife Thea (Debra Messing), the shy author finds himself in over his head on an epic, life-changing expedition through Washington's Gifford Pinchot National Forest in search of new species of butterflies. Over the course of his six-week adventure Pyle battles self-doubt, the grueling trail, and the people and creatures who call this forest home. And, somewhere deep in the heart of The Dark Divide, he makes a discovery that challenges everything he knows about the natural world. With David Koechner, Cameron Esposito, Gary Farmer and Patterson Hood. Music by The Avett Brothers, Giants in the Trees featuring Krist Novoselić, The National Reserve, Samantha Crane, Bombadil, and more.
If it hadn’t been for a bottle of scotch and a late-night visit from musician Gregg Allman, Jimmy Carter might never have been elected the 39th President of the United States. The documentary charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Once Carter was elected, the musicians became frequent guests in the White House. The surprisingly significant role that music played throughout Carter’s life and in his work becomes a thread in this engaging portrait of one of the most enigmatic Presidents in American history.
From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. The series was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.
My dad once told me, when I was a young man, many years ago that as you travel down
the path of life find something you love to do and life will be a wonderful journey. Well, I hit the
jackpot with movies, as movies are my life and have been for 38 years. We have hit a major stumbling
block with this COVID-19 pandemic and the future of the Fine Arts theaters is very uncertain since
closing their doors on March 17. COVID-19 has devastated small businesses like the Fine Arts and we
would like to be one that survives. We currently are personally funding all of our expenses to
maintain our employees, utilities, etc. We are asking for financial support from you so that we can
survive this interruption in our business. It can be something small like the price of a movie
ticket or more if you can. Thank you for your help. I am looking forward to the smell of fresh
popcorn and seeing the faces of our long loyal supporters soon.
When we were children, Brian and I would make money by hunting for nightcrawlers in
our yard and selling them to the local trading post for a penny a piece. We used those earnings to
go to the movies, of course! In those early days we learned the value of hard work and the value of
a dollar. In these tough economic times, those dollars are precious commodities, and all of us are
keeping a close eye on where ours are going. But even the most dedicated worker striving to make
those dollars stretch needs help every now and then. That's why I'm asking for your assistance in
keeping our theaters open. Your monetary donation will keep the theater's lights on, its projectors
running, and its employees paid. I'd like to personally thank you for your support, and to assure
you that we will get through this together. I hope to see you at the movies soon.
I came to the Fine Arts theatres from a different background than most. I've known what living in extreme poverty is like, and I have firsthand experience with a litany of health problems, and with living as one of the many homeless people in America. Despite this, I'm blessed to also possess experience in digital media, management and leadership, all of which I've been able to use in my role as general manager of the Glenwood Arts and the Rio. Here, I've been given the tools to grow as a person and as a professional. I like to think of the Mossmans, of our employees, and of our guests as extended family members. We've all been through trying times, but none like this. I hope you'll join me in doing your part to support this wonderful business however you are able. My humble thanks in advance to you.