In honor of the late Kansas City location manager and producer, Rick Cowan, KC Film Office is proud to sponsor a new category for a locally-filmed commercial. The “Cowan Award for Best Local Commercial” will be judged on how well it features Kansas City in locations and/or story. The commercial can be produced by any production company whether local or outside of Kansas City, but must have been filmed in the Kansas City/Greater Kansas City area. Please make sure the locations manager and producer(s) are named in the list of notable crew on the project in the submission.
Rick Cowan was a pillar in the Kansas City film industry. The KC Film Office said "Rick championed our film industry – he brought people up and started them in the business, when he learned someone was down on their luck – they’d wind up on Rick’s next job, and he was always willing to do anything he could to help out a person or project. Rick rallied the KC industry to support state film incentives and consulted on the new local incentive. He knew the business, called it like he saw it, shared his knowledge, led by example and always reminded people life is meant to be enjoyed. His humor is unmatched in wit and satire. He became a Facebook legend with his hilarious daily posts. He was the birthday video king – always finding just the right one to make you laugh. His legacy lives on in all of us and will always remind us to be good to each other, to keep the big picture in mind, laugh often and 'blow shit up' once in a while."