Making movies broke the fourth wall

Make movies. // Photo by Luis Cantillo

This month we published The Pitch’s annual Best of Kansas City publish. You can browse reader poll results here. The issue also included a list, compiled and curated by our editorial team, of some of our current favorite things about Kansas City in 2022. We’ll be posting these articles online throughout November.

Our August cover featured one of the metro’s greatest exports: the group Make movies. Since 2009, the group has toured the world, been nominated for a Latin Grammy, and been featured on NPR several times. Their mix of cumbia, psychedelia, American roots, Son Cubano and spoken word – all passed through a heavy rock and roll filter – is so singular that it becomes its own genre.

The band has spent the year supporting the release of their latest album (blistering) and pushing the boundaries for a new level of adoration and success around the world.

But calling Making Movies just a band is reductionist. The guys tasked with making sure this party never stops also kept their fingers firmly planted on the pulse of KC’s musical future.

Their Arts as Mentorship group offers free music lessons and recording studio time to kids across the city, especially those who otherwise would never be able to access it, while pairing them with hugely famous music mentors. Ameri’kana, their live festival, helps raise money to support kids, up-and-coming bands, and even helped fund a brand new recording location/business office this year as the Chi brothers invest more plus to make sure that the next generation of Citian rockers have all the advantages that Making Movies never had on their coming.

Supporting Making Movies means supporting the future of mental health, moral support and musical fluency on the subway. You are basically obligated to grab a copy of the 2022 album ameri’kana at present. Well, what are you waiting for? Open that phone and start blasting those leads.

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