Kansas City Motion

That the design and filmmaking collective MK12 hails from the Show-Me State seems entirely appropriate. The Kansas City-based crew collaborates often with musicians and major studio film directors to turn their ideas into exciting visuals. AIGA Arizona, the local branch of the national association of design professionals, brings MK12 and its work to the Valley on Thursday, August 22.

MK12 has racked up accolades from around the world, but its versatility and expertise in visual storytelling might be best encapsulated in their 2011 award-winning short Follow the Sun. What starts as a jauntily-scored, nostalgic stroll to the movie house snack bar takes a dark turn toward damnation. MK12’s mastery comes not in merely subverting '50s-style advertising but doing it with a playful sense of the bizarre that is eminently engaging and delightful to watch.

AIGA Arizona presents MK12 at the ASU Marston Exploration Theater, 850 South McAllister Avenue in Tempe, at 7 p.m. The theater is located in Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV. General public admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Visit to purchase tickets or for more info.

Thu., Aug. 22, 7 p.m., 2013