Private Project

The Beauty & the Grit

Directly after leaving a mental institution, a young woman stops by a coffee shop, planning to go “on the road,” like a Beat. Her boyfriend tries to convince her to stay.

  • Kevin Rabas
    Strawberry Hill Fight Club
  • Kevin Rabas
    Strawberry Hill Fight Club
  • Taylor Bisbee
    Key Cast
  • Tyler Lindquist
    Key Cast
  • Dave Leiker
    Director of Photography
  • Seth Cuppy
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  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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Director Biography - Kevin Rabas

Kevin Rabas leads the poetry and scriptwriting tracks at Emporia State. His films have shown across Kansas and Missouri, including “Strawberry Hill Fight Club,” a selection for the IFC KC film festival, the Kansas International Film Festival, and No Coast Film Festival. He has fourteen books, including Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, a Nelson Book Award Winner and Kansas Notable Book, and Sonny Kenner’s Red Guitar. His plays have been produced across Kansas and on both coasts. Rabas served as the Poet Laureate of Kansas, 2017-2019.

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Director Statement

This is a very hometown, Emporia film. Everyone involved is an Emporian. They either live here or are from here. The film was shot here at Gravel City Roasters, a local coffee shop.