Friday, March 28, 2008

Borat comes to Wichita?

In "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" comedian Sacha Baron Cohen played a fake journalist learning more about American culture. A sequel is said to be in the works, leaving some to wonder if Wichita may make the big screen in coming months.

I'm not sure if I've told you that Wichita has lots of churches - I have heard from many residents that Wichita has more churches per capita than any other city. I haven't found proof for this assertion - but there are many churches. This is a socially conservative State and if I was Sacha Baron Cohen (who created the character of Borat) and I wanted to film in a conservative locale, then I would come to Kansas. It appears that Cohen (in his new persona as Bruno) did come to Kansas on the weekend.

A local TV station here reports that several locations in Kansas were targeted last week by a film crew claiming to be making a film about culture in America. Their actions have people across the state wondering whether they've been part of a "Borat"-like prank.

The Central Community Church was contacted by a film crew for permission to film the Easter Play being performed at the Church for a film to be shown in Europe. However, at some point, the church elders realized something was not right. In security camera footage from the church, crew members made preparations to cover the security cameras before attempting to pull off their prank. One of the crew members was dressed "biblically" and covered with chains. The Pastor believes the crew members were going to disrupt the Easter Play going on inside the church at the time. (ya think?)

The film crew also visited the Wichita Airport. The film crew made a scene inside the main terminal on Friday. In the middle of the terminal, the film crew began stripping down. They were escorted out of the airport by police, and told to leave.

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