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TFA Searches for New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Tallgrass Film Association has started a search for a new Executive Director, with a focus on fundraising and business management skills.  The organization has grown immensely over the past decade and as it transitions into its 15th year, current Executive Director and co-founder, Lela Meadow-Conner, realized the opportunity for organizational restructuring and strong financial leadership and vision as Tallgrass continues to thrive.

Meadow-Conner has led the organization since 2005, when founder Timothy Gruver passed away unexpectedly. She has grown the position of Executive Director into one wearing multiple hats, including that of fundraiser and developer, artistic and creative directors, marketing, branding, public relations and social media management. She will continue as part of the Tallgrass team and is excited to pass on the governing leadership and financial development to an enthusiastic, smart and visionary person.

“It is with sheer enthusiasm that I have decided to retire the Executive Director position and hand the reigns to an individual who can continue to enhance the organization’s growth and potential,” said Meadow-Conner. “I absolutely remain committed to the prosperity of TFA.” She remains in her current position through the end of the year will transition to a new role in 2017.  The 14th annual Tallgrass Film Festival takes place October 12-16 in and around downtown Wichita, Kansas.

A search committee has been formed and will begin interviewing candidates as early as next month. It is expected the new Executive Director will begin in 2017. Potential candidates can review the complete job description here and submit resumes and cover letters to resumes@tallgrassfilmfest.com.

DTTW:KC Showcase > You Choose!


TFA & CreativeRush are giving 2016 DTTW Film Racers another chance at a big screen showcase and grand prize. Five of this year’s 34 films will go on to compete in this Top 5 Showcase at AMC Theatres Ward Parkway 14 (KC, MO) on Saturday, August 27th. Films will be live critiqued by a VIP Panel of Kansas-City based entertainment industry professionals.

Two of the films from this year's Top 10 Showcase gained automatic entry - Team 18 (Vimeo Grand Prize Winner/Audience Award) and Team 7 (Student Spotlight Winner.) The rest of the 32 films are all eligible to fill the three remaining spots. The winner of the DTTW:KC Showcase will be featured prior to  the monthly New York Film Critics National Screening in approximately 55 theaters and seen by more than 7,000 audience members. NYFCS® has engaged the nation’s leading independent cinemas to present live, in-theater events. The evenings are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine and ABC’s Popcorn.

Watch & Vote

Follow this link to view all 32 eligible films, then cast your vote for the one you think deserves a chance in the national spotlight. You may only vote once per device. Voting ends August 7th at 7 am. Winners, VIP Judges and screening details will be announced on August 8th. Spread the wealth - the worldwide audience now has a say in Wichita’s Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race! ICT > KC > NYC > USA

A Second Take

Once selected, the winning teams will also be allowed to update their films with minor edit including audio fixes or specific camera shots. You must alert the DTTW staff that the film is being edited and the final cut is due by August 15th (DTTW staff will screen all edited films to approve these minor alterations, if necessary.)

About Down to the Wire

Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race is presented by Tallgrass Film Association and CreativeRush, in Wichita, Kansas. Supporters of the 5th annual race, which attracted 34 filmmaking teams and more than 300 filmmakers, included presenting sponsor Fidelity Bank, Vimeo, Wichita Orpheum Theatre, The Arts Council and KMUW, Wichita Public Radio. Nearly 1,000 audience members attended the Top Ten Showcase at the conclusion of the race.

#DTTW on Social Media

Check out the live feed from TFA, Filmmakers & others over the 5th annual #DTTW weekend!

5th annual Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race Winners & Awards

  • GRAND PRIZE: THE FIFTH SENSE, Team #18. Director Landon Barton, Producer Jake Fisher
  • 2nd Place: FAST & DELIRIOUS, Team #12, Directors Kelly Johnson & Jake Trease, Producer Taylor Dietterich
  • 3rd Place: INVITATION TO BURN, Team #7,  Producer/Director Levi Feil (student)
  • Student Spotlight Award: INVITATION TO BURN, Team #7,  Producer/Director Levi Feil
  • Audience Award: THE FIFTH SENSE, Team #18. Director Landon Barton, Producer Jake Fisher


  • Best Use of Visual Effect: TEAM #5: PUZZLED
  • Best Use of Action: Eating A Fancy Meal: TEAM #21: LARP
  • Best Use of Location: TEAM #33: TABLE FOR TWO (Pop Up Park)
  • Best Use of Prop in A Box: TEAM #28: FRESH START (Midnight Cool Car Freshener)
  • Best Production Design: TEAM #22: SOFT IMPRESSIONS
  • Best Costumes: TEAM #9: PUZZLED
  • Best Editing: TEAM #12: FAST & DELIRIOUS
  • Best Cinematography: TEAM #32: CLIPPED
  • Best Ensemble Cast: TEAM #23: PETAL PUSHERS
  • Emerging Student Directors (Elementary/Middle/High School): TEAM #13: ELEMENTAL (5th grade)


  • WAKE, Team #3. Directors Jon & Hailey Treas, Producer Hailey Treas
  • INVITATION TO BURN, Team #7,  Producer/Director Levi Feil (student)
  • NO MESS TOO BIG, TEAM #11, Producer/Director Kevin Keplar (student)
  • PETAL PUSHER, Team #23, Director Alex Thomas, Producer Brooke Russell
  • UBERMUNCH from Team #27, Director Dan Overholt, Producer Kris Broadley
  • HIGH LOW SPLIT, Team #4. Directors Nate Jones & Roy Nugen, Producer Nate Jones
  • FAST & DELIRIOUS, Team #12, Directors Kelly Johnson & Jake Trease, Producer Taylor Dietterich
  • PUZZLED, Team #9, Director Ian Blume, Producer Jessica Wasson
  • ECHOES OF SORROW, Team #17, Producer/Director Naythan Smith
  • THE FIFTH SENSE, Team #18. Director Landon Barton, Producer Jake Fisher


  • LARP, Team #21, Producer/Director Shane Konicki
  • CLIPPED, Team #32, Producer/Director Colin Wassinger

DTTW: KC Winner to Screen in NYC & 55 Theatres Across Country

The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®), has partnered with Tallgrass & CreativeRush to feature the winning film of their Down to the Wire 24-Hour Film Race KC Showcase in August. The film will be featured prior to the monthly NYFCS® National Screening in approximately 55 theaters and seen by more than 7,000 audience members.

NYFCS® has engaged the nation’s leading independent cinemas to present live, in-theater events. The evenings are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine and ABC’s Popcorn, along with additional coverage by Alison Bailes of BBC.com and WOR Radio. NYFCS offers screenings of movies before their theatrical release and presents interactive, big-screen HD simulcast with the stars and filmmakers.

NYFCS® takes place exclusively in theaters and is never available on TV or the Internet. NYFCS® is dedicated to producing inspiring events in a collaborative environment and to nurturing the long-term success of movies. Featuring an energetic, creative, and experienced team, the NYFCS® exhibits socially and culturally relevant films with live, world-class talent in the best independent theaters throughout the U.S. NYFCS will entertain, educate, surprise and invigorate film-loving audiences across the nation.

Citi® is the Official Card of this event.  www.citiprivatepass.com.  This relationship was arranged by The Erlick Group (http://www.erlick-group.com), a leading NYC-based entertainment sponsorship agency that has represented  leading properties in film, music, theatre and venues for the past 22 years.

About The New York Film Critics Series®:

Peter Travers, Host: Peter is an American film critic, who has written for, in turn, People and Rolling Stone. Travers also hosts a celebrity interview show called Popcorn on ABC News Now and ABCNews.com. Travers joined Rolling Stone in 1989 after a four-year stint with People. He's best known for his basic writing style that eschews a more sophisticated analysis for an easy-to-read and often very opinionated form. According to efilmcritic.com, Travers is the nation's most blurbed film critic. Peter has hosted the NYFCS for over 10 years. In addition to Rolling Stone Magazine, ABC-TV, Peter appears regularly on Newsweek & The Daily Beast, The Soho Apple Store, and CNN.

Alison Bailes, Co-Host: Alison is the film critic for WOR radio and www.fiftyisthenewfifty.com. She produces and hosts a series for BBC.com and guest hosts the New York Film Critics Series® and maintains her own film website: www.alisonbailes.com. From 2005-2009 Alison co-hosted the NBC Universal weekly movie review show  "Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk". Prior to joining WNBC, Alison created "At The Angelika" for the Independent Film Channel. 

Independent Theaters: The NYFCS® network of U.S. theaters are independent partners dedicated to presenting the finest films available. These are exhibitors who take great pride in their shows and provide patrons with state-of-the-art, live HD experiences in the comfort of their convenient locations. Each location has been carefully chosen to ensure the best possible experience that is available in domestic, independent cinema today. 

Invest in Your Fest with the TALLPass Payment 

Fear not, ‘Grassers, the TALLPass Payment Plan has arrived. We’ve removed the FOMO so now you can experience ALL FIVE DAYS of the 14th annual Tallgrass Film Festival. With just 5 installments of $44, you’ll get VIP access to EVERY film, EVERY VIP event, EVERY Gala, and the epic VIP Filmmakers Lounge. Legit: more than 200 films, live music, food, booze, visiting filmmakers and the raddest cats in the 316.

Email: Payplan@tallgrassfilmfest.com to start your investment now!

Monthly payments due by:

  • June 15: $44
  • July 13: $44
  • August 10: $44
  • September 14: $44
  • October 10: $44 

For the Love of Wichita, Indie Film & Hummus, Oh My.

Click HERE to donate to Tallgrass via ArtDog now!

We're excited to reveal the artwork for the 14th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, created by Howerton + White Interactive, on Wichita's 3rd annual Art Day of Giving.

Thank you to everyone near & far who has supported TFA for the last 14 years. From attendees, to sponsors, volunteers, and filmmakers - you've all played a role in building the world's most Stubbornly Independent film festival. Your support allows us to:

  • Bring 200 of the best independent films from around to the 14th annual Tallgrass Film Festival
  • Fly more than 60 visiting filmmakers from across North America to Wichita
  • Transform Downtown parking garages into unforgettable party venues
  • Offer you one-of-a-kind Wichita-themed experiences like the first-ever Blind Hummus Tasting in the Tallgrass Film Festival VIP Lounge (Winner receives the Tallgrass Grand Garbanzo Trophy)
  • Curate year-round educational programming including the Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Present unique year-round Special Screenings with some of our favorite Wichita arts & cultural organizations including Music Theatre Wichita, the Wichita Art Museum, Exploration Place & more
  • Produce the 5th annual Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race this June 17-19th
  • Provide you the nihilist celebration you deserve -  6th annual Dudegrass coming August 20th

Between now and 11:59pm on Friday, April 29th, please consider a tax-deductible gift to the Tallgrass Film Association. Stretch your dollars by donating during the next 24 hours when TFA is eligible for amplified funds!

ArtDOG is a project of the Wichita Community Foundation and is designed to raise awareness and funds for organizations that provide education and artistic leadership to the public. Now entering its 14th year, TFA is committed to creating communal experiences around the international medium of film.

TFA Receives a Grant From Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences

Tallgrass Film Association is honored to be selected as one of 37 film organizations to receive funding from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2016. Tallgrass is in great company with prestigous organizations including the American Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Film Independent, Toronoto International Film Fesitval, Telluride Film Festival and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, amongst others.

FilmWatch grants support curated screening programs at North America-based film festivals, film societies and other film related organizations.

Funds will be used in support of TFA's Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship, which allows Wichita-area youth comprehensive exposure to the motion picture industry and those who work in it, and provides a foundation for a future career in the film industry.

Tallgrass Named Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee

For the second year in a row, Tallgrass Film Festival has been named one of the Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine.

“Tallgrass might not be the biggest fest, but it’s scrappy and warm and inventive,” says Kevin Pang, co-director of For Grace.

Filmmakers: submit your film for a chance at $11,000 worth of cash prizes sponsored by Vimeo. Regular deadline is May 25th. Submit Your Film Today! >

Do You Have Mad Cocktail Skills? Become a Judge for Shaken Not Stirred!

Tweeps: do you fancy yourself a cocktail connoisseur, a bad-ass mixologist, a tasting virtuoso? You can join our team of esteemed judges at the 4th annual Shaken Not Stirred fundraiser on April 6th at Abode Venue.

  • Tweet us @tallgrass & tell us why we should pick YOU to join our celebrity judges. Use #SNS16
  • Winner will be chosen based on the best answer, number of likes & retweets
  • Enter as many times as you'd like
  • Winner will be selected on February 23 & gets a free ticket to Shaken Not Stirred ($65)

Particpiating bars include Mort's, Larkspur, Public, The Anchor and Harvest Kitchen & Bar. Sponsored by Rick & Monica Nutt, New Belgium Brewery, Wheat State Wine Co., The Humidor East and Abode Venue; food from The Flying Stove, One-Night only $150 TALLPass & much, much, more...

LIVE ICT: Project Nano with Filmmaker-in-Residence Mark Covino

Under the mentorship of award-winning documentarian Mark Covino (A BAND CALLED DEATH,) eight area students created the short film LIVE ICT. The film highlights the entrepreneurial spirit, art and culture that are thriving in Wichita, Kansas.

Watch the film below.

2015 Tallgrass Film Festival Award Winners

Vimeo Audience Awards

Audience Award Winning Narrative Film: ($1,000) ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG, Directed by Emily Ting

Vimeo Audience Award Winning Documentary Film: ($1,000) UNBRANDED, Directed by Phillip Barbeau

Vimeo Audience Award winning Short Film: ($500)
BIS GLIECH (Germany), directed Benjamin Wolff

Golden Strands & Programming Awards

Best Emerging Student Award: THE GIRL, WHOSE SHADOW REFLECTS THE MOON, Directed by Walaa Al Alawi (Syria)

Best Kansas Short Film Award: EPIC OF HERSHEY, Douglas McGinness, New York/Wichita, KS

Golden Strands Award, Outstanding Female Filmmaker: Emily Ting, ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG (Ting was awarded the Venus Award which is designed by Glass Artist Claire Anderson and is a representation of a Paleolithic Era Venus de Lespugue)

Golden Strands Award for Courage in Filmmaking: PERVERT PARK, Directed by Frida & Lasse Barkfors of Sweden
Golden Strands Award, Outstanding Cinematography: OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH, Sebastian Humphreys
Golden Strands Award, Outstanding Ensemble Cast: TANGERINE
Golden Strands Vanguard Award for Dedication to the Craft Of Filmmaking: R.G. Miller, THE SHADOW PEOPLE (Award designed by Fisch Haus)

Golden Strands Award, Best First Feature: DOUBLE DIGITS: THE STORY OF A NEIGHBORHOOD MOVIE STAR, Directed by Justin Johnson
Golden Strands Award, Outstanding Documentary Short Film: LAST DAY OF FREEDOM, Directors Dee Hibbert-Jones/Nomi Talisman
Golden Strands Award, Outstanding Narrative Short Film: GUEST ROOM, Directed by Joshua Tate
Golden Strands Award, Outstanding Documentary Feature: THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, Abigail Disney & Kathleen Hughes
Golden Strands Award, Outstanding Narrative Feature: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, Directed by Matt Sobel

Meet the 2105 Stubbornly Independent Jury

The 13th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival, presented by Consolidated Equities Trust, announced the five official selections for this year’s Stubbornly Independent competition representing the ongoing theme of the film festival. The winner of the competition is featured at the Vimeo Stubbornly Independent Gala on Saturday, October 17, as well as receiving a $2,500 cash prize from Vimeo, one night theater rental from AMC Theaters ($5400), one Annual AMC Movie Pass ($1250), and the presentation of the one-of-a-kind Stubbornly Independent Tap Handle Award from VanChase Studios. The winning film is selected by a jury comprised of industry professionals, who are all scheduled to attend the festival, and will be announced on September 24th.

The 2015 Stubbornly Independent Jury:

Andrea Allen - Director of Production, Vimeo.com
Since 2008 Andrea has overseen and has produced content such as Vimeo HQ videos, Vimeo Video School Lessons, and on-site reporting from events such as the X Games, SXSW Interactive, and the NAB Show.

James Choi - Educator/Filmmaker
James Choi is a prolific, award-winning filmmaker with over a decade of film industry experience in Los Angeles having worked in representation, production and digital media. Mr. Choi’s first film as a producer, MADE IN CHINA, written and directed by Judi Krant, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival and is currently being distributed by IFC Films. In 2011, James produced his second feature film, JOINT BODY, written and directed by Brian Jun which stars Mark Pellegrino and Alicia Witt.

Kristen Fitzpatrick - Director of Acquisitions & Exhibition, Women Make Movies
Kristen programs the global exhibition of WMM's collection of over 500 films, and is responsible for the acquisition of the organization's new releases as well as managing their festival, marketing and outreach plans. Her involvement in film has spanned participating in film festival juries around the world. Kristen serves annually as a judge for the Student Academy Awards (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and was recognized as an Emerging Leader by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC).

Scott Mansfield - Managing Partner, monterey media inc.
Scott Mansfield founded monterey media and has been distributing acclaimed Independent films for over 30 years and, among other honors, was the first distributor chosen by the American Film Institute to distribute its films into home entertainment. Recent monterey media films, many starring award-winning actors such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Susan Sarandon, William H. Macy, and David Strathairn have garnered a Golden Globe nomination, Indie Spirit nominations, and multiple NAACP Spirit Award nominations.

Kate McEdwards - Head of Non-Theatrical, Oscilloscope Laboratories
Kate McEdwards is the VP of getting freaky on the dance floor at Oscilloscope. She also helps release indie feature films. Oscilloscope's prior releases have included Lynne Ramsay's WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, Kelly Reichardt's WENDY AND LUCY and MEEK’S CUTOFF, Lana Wilson and Martha Shane's AFTER TILLER, and Andrea Arnold’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Current and upcoming releases include prize-winners Anna Muylaert’s THE SECOND MOTHER, Alice Rohrwacher’s THE WONDERS.

First Four 2015 Tallgrass Film Fest Official Selections Announced!

TFA's Programming Directors are excited to announce the first four official selections of the 13th annual Tallgrass Film Festival whose subjects truly embody the Stubbornly Independent spirit. These acclaimed documentaries recount engaging stories from around the world, and right here in Wichita. Tallgrass strives to showcase films that are smart and unique, while telling new stories to our audience. These film embody that goal. The first three feature humanitarians, adventurists and innovators in the compelling stories of their trials, tribulations and the up-hill battles they face.

The fourth is a sweet and surprising gem that speaks volumes to the talent and perseverance of a local filmmaker with an unconventional and unbending will for the craft of moviemaking.

The 13th annual Tallgrass Film Festival takes place in and around downtown Wichita this October 14-18th.


In his tiny "studio" apartment in Wichita, Kansas, inspiring 50-year-old filmmaker Richard 'R.G.' Miller directs his cast of dolls and action figures in the weirdest "blockbuster"-style feature films you've never seen. His dream audience? More than 9 people.  Double Digits explores what it means to be a DIY artist in the 21st century, while delving into the life and creative process of a gifted and truly unique talent.  (Johnson and Miller scheduled to attend.) This film will screen as part of the Wichita State University Thursday Night Spotlight and will include the World Premiere of Mr. Miller's newest short film commissioned for the Tallgrass Film Festival. Watch the trailer >

ANGEL OF NANJING, USA/China, 2015, Dir. Jordan Horowitz and Frank L. Ferendo

The Yangtze River Bridge in Nanjing is one of the most famous bridges in China. It is also the most popular place in the world to commit suicide. For the past 11 years Chen Si has been patrolling this bridge, looking to provide aid for those who have gone there to end their lives. Incredibly, he has saved over 300 people since he began - nearly one every two weeks.  Winner, Best Documentary at Phoenix Film Festival (Filmmaker(s) scheduled to attend.) Watch the trailer >

UNBRANDED, USA, 2015, Dir. Phillip Baribeau

Four young men take an unprecedented journey on adopted wild mustangs from the Mexican to the Canadian borders through the backccountry of deserts and mountains. Their goal: To prove the worth of the iconic horses that are the subject of often bitter controversy, as well as their own ability to complete the challenge. As they cover the 3000 miles of often unforgiving landscapes, the riders succumb to the contradictory tensions of camaraderie and rivalry. Winner, Audience Award at 2015 HotDocs Film Festival and 2015 Telluride MountainFilm Festival. Director scheduled to attend. Watch the trailer >

THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, USA, 2015, Dir. Abigail E. Disney and Kathleen Hughes

Abigail Disney's directorial debut, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. The film tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. A courageous look at our fractured political culture, and an assertion that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground. Watch the trailer >

2014 Tallgrass Film Festival Trailer Nominated for Golden Trailer Award

The 2014 Tallgrass Film Festival trailer has been nominated in the Best Film Festival Trailer category for the 16th annual Golden Trailer Awards.

Each year through an open competition judged by film industry notables, the Golden Trailer Awards recognize the creative people who make movie trailers, and the best examples of their unique art, in a gala award show.

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 6th at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

Nick Pope Visits August Middle School To Talk Docs

On Friday, February 20, Programming & Operations Director Nick Pope had the pleasure of speaking to two of Mrs. Smith's Visual Arts classes at Augusta Middle School. 

The students have been assigned to make a two-minute documentary about a visual artist of their choice.  Their ideas ranged from Claude Monet to Charlie Chaplin.  Looking at iconic films that included NANOOK OF THE NORTH and HOOP DREAMS, they discussed an array of subjects such as a brief history of the genre to editing choices to director's intent. 

The students were engaged and enthusiastic, with some even familiar with the documentaries Pope referenced. "It was encouraging to see students at this age exploring what could have been an unfamiliar movie genre and I look forward to seeing some of the project they create," said Pope.

For students interested in film and film criticism, be on the look for a forthcoming announcement about the 2015 Emergining Programmer Apprenticeship.

Tallgrass Film Festival Welcomes Presenting Sponsor Consolidated Equities Trust for 2015 & 2016

The Tallgrass Film Festival is delighted to announce Consolidated Equities Trust as its new presenting sponsor for the upcoming 13th and 14th festivals. For the first time in its 12-year history, the festival has acquired the presenting sponsorship through 2016. This notable donation represents the impact that individual families who are passionate about the arts can have on a community.

“The Tallgrass Film Festival is a local gem for cinema-lovers and the Wichita community,” explains a family spokesperson for Consolidated Equities Trust. "We absolutely fell in love with the event from its beginning and five years ago started supporting it financially – initially with smaller gifts that have grown over time. It was exciting and gratifying to see the impact of our support and watch others discover amazing independent films. Many private donors, volunteers and staff do so much to make this a world-class event, we are simply pleased to play a part and turn the spotlight to them.”

“The generosity of Consolidated Equities Trust’s donation brings to mind the epic quote from Margaret Mead, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has,’ said Tallgrass Film Association Executive Director Lela Meadow-Conner. “While Tallgrass relies on financial support and in-kind contributions from businesses and corporations, as well as grants, we can’t discount the major effect that personal contributions have had on our success. Many donors have been with us from the beginning and each year we add more names to the list of staunch supporters who recognize the power of the arts. We are grateful to each of them.”

2014 Stubbornly Independent Gala Winner THE LIVING Receives Distribution at Tallgrass

2014 Stubbornly Independent Gala winning film THE LIVING has been acquired by Monterey Media and will see an early 2015 theatrical release.

Per Indiewire, Scott Mansfield, Managing Partner at Monterey Media was excited to announce the acquisition. Said Mansfield: "I was fortunate to serve on the Jury at Tallgrass where I encountered this wonderfully created thriller full of surprises and compelling performances."

The psychological thriller beat five contenders for the gala spotlight at the Tallgrass Film Festival and played to a sold-out house. "We had three of our biggest wins at Tallgrass. We showed to our biggest audience, we got to meet really cool filmmakers and we got a distribution offer… in addition to all that, Tallgrass was also the most fun I had at any festival I've been to," said Director Jack Bryan. Producer John Snyder also attended the festival where the filmmakers were awarded a $2,500 cash prize from Vimeo, a theater rental from AMC Theatres and the one-of-a-kind Tallgrass Tap Handle Award. (From left: Snyder, Bryan and Vimeo's Andrea Allen.)

Eligible SI films must be a domestic narrative feature, made for less than $750,000 USD, and have no traditional theatrical distribution at the time of their Tallgrass screening. Click to submit your film.

TFA Ups Pope to Full Time Director of Operations & Programming

Fresh off the success of its 2014 season, and the momentum created and sustained over the last dozen years, the Tallgrass Film Association's (TFA) Board of Directors announced the hiring of an additional full-time position. Nick Pope, who has been with the festival since it’s inception, has been tapped as the organization’s Director of Operations and Programming, marking TFA’s second full-time consultant. The organization will continue to be lead by Executive Director Lela Meadow-Conner, who along with Pope will oversee a seasonal/part-time consulting staff of approximately 16.

Pope, a KU graduate with a degree in film studies, started with the organization as Print Traffic Assistant in 2003. He’s worked as a part-time consultant for the last 11 years, most recently as Co-Director of Programming. He’ll assume responsibilities after the first of the year. “Tallgrass has been a love and a passion of mine for more than twelve years,” said Pope.  “Tim’s (Gruver) vision has grown into more than he could have ever imagined and I can easily say that Tallgrass’ reputation stretches well beyond our community to literally, around the world.  From the number of film submissions to the number of attendees, everything about Tallgrass is getting bigger and better. I could not be more thrilled with what we have done and with where we will go.”

The organization will also hire Kathy Siebert, of KMS Consulting, as part-time Director of Finance. The Board also announced the recent addition of 4 new Directors, including Jeff Deitchler (Prairie Fire Coffee Roasters), Ruthie Gillespie (Community Volunteer), April Johnson (Community Volunteer) and Marcie Zwygart (Copp Media Services.)

“From community and business leaders to student volunteers, it’s with the support of the Wichita community that TFA is able to make these strides to build and strengthen our organization,” said Board President Paul Witte and Meadow-Conner in a joint statement. “Tallgrass is proud of the part it plays in putting Wichita on the map within the filmmaking community. Being able to create another full time job within that industry here in Kansas is the icing on the cake and what we will hope will be the first of many.”

12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival Award Winners

Vimeo Audience Awards

Vimeo Audience Award Short ($500): FOOLS DAY, Dir. Cody Blue Snider
Runner Up: THE PHONE CALL, Dir. Matt Kirby

Vimeo Audience Award Documentary Feature ($1,000): KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON, Dir. Al Hicks
Runner Up: THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST, Dir. Gabriel London

Vimeo Audience Award Narrative Feature:($1,000): THE DAVID DANCE, Dir. Aprill Winney
Runner Up: A IS FOR ALEX, Dir. Alex Orr

Programming Awards

Best Emerging Filmmaker Short: LAUNDRY DAY, Dir. Michael Stevantoni

Best Kansas Short: GOOD CONDUCT, Dir. Patrick Rea

Golden Strand Awards

Golden Strand Special Recognition Award: Joe & Peggy Sarno (pictured at right)
Recognizing Joe & Peggy Sarno for their significant influence and contribution to the history of film.  (This award was designed by Glass Artist Claire Anderson and is a representation of a Paleolithic Era Venus de Lespugue.)

Golden Strands Documentary Awards

Outstanding Documentary for Cinematic Legacy: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES, Dir. Wiktor Ericsson

Outstanding Documentary in Recognition of Social Action: SILENCED, Dir. James Spione

Outstanding Documentary: THE OVERNIGHTERS, Dir. Jesse Moss

Outstanding Documentary Short: I MARRIED MY FAMILY'S KILLER, Dir. Emily Kassie

Golden Strands Narrative Awards

Outstanding New Talent: John Diaz, FIVE STAR (pictured at right)

Outstanding Ensemble Cast: The Cast of LOVE LAND, Dir. Joshua Tate

Outstanding Cinematography: Sean Porter, KUMIKO: THE TREASURE HUNTER

Outstanding Narrative: MAN FROM RENO, Dir. David Boyle

12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival: Programmer's Picks

“Old theatres are irreplaceable. They could never be duplicated at today’s costs – but more importantly, their spirit could not be duplicated because they remind us of a day when going to the show was a more glorious and escapist experience. I think a town’s old theatres are the sanctuary of its dreams.” - Roger Ebert

With so many film choices, it can be daunting to decide just what to see at the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival. Fortunately, our Programmers are here to help! After sifting through more than 1400 submissions over the last year, we asked a few of them for their valuable insight. (*Denotes film with a guest.)

Tickets to all shows are available online or at the Tallgrass Box Office (Tues: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm & Weds: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm at the Oprheum; Thurs-Sun all venues.)

Name: Nick
Age: 30-35
Occupation: Design Engineer
Three Films To See at Tallgrass: YOJIMBO*, LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON*(at right), HALF BROTHER*

Name: Tina
Age: 45-50
Occupation: Marketing Manager
Three Films to See at Tallgrass: THE LIVING*, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP*, A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES* (at right)

Name: Shannon
Age: 40-45
Occupation: Writer
Three Films to See at Tallgrass: LIFE ITSELF*, THE LIVING*, SELF MEDICATED: A FILM ABOUT ART* (at right)

Name: Jeremy
Age: 35-40
Job: Project Engineer
Three Films to see at Tallgrass: WETLANDS, MOOD INDIGO (at right), A IS FOR ALEX*

Name: Charity
Age: 30-35
Occupation: Student; Part-time Crisis Case Manager
3 Films To See at Tallgrass: WETLANDS, THE LADIES OF THE HOUSE*, PRETTY ROSEBUD* (at right)

Name: Marcia
Age: 60-65
Occupation: Visual Arts Specialist
Three Films to See at Tallgrass: ART AND CRAFT, SUN BELT EXPRESS*, LONGWAVE (at right)

Name: Vaughn
Age: 25-30
Occupation: Self-Employed
Three Films I Love: Anything that is not a remake

Name: Gretchen
Age: 45-50
Occupation: Technical Writer / Marketing
Three Films to See at Tallgrass: GONE DOGGY GONE*, LOVE LAND* (at right), SILENCED*

Name: Art
Age: 65-70
Occupation: Retired
Three Films to See at Tallgrass: THE DARK VALLEY, KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER (at right), MAN FROM RENO*

Name: Lela
Age: 35-40
Occupation: Executive Director
Three Films to See at Tallgrass: BEFORE I DISAPPEAR*, MAD AS HELL*, THE DAVID DANCE* (at right)

Name: Shan
Age: 50-55
Occupation: Study Abroad Coordinator
Three Films to See at Tallgrass: FIVE STAR*, THE GREAT INVISIBLE (at right), BRAVE NEW WILD*

Let Your Voice Be Heard: Cast Your Vote for the Vimeo Audience Awards

Don’t forget to cast your vote after every in competition film. At Sunday night’s Closing Night Gala we’ll announce the Vimeo Audience Award Winning Documentary and Narrative films ($1,000 cash prize) and the Vimeo Audience Award winning Short Film ($500 cash prize.) Plus, fill out the ballot completely and you’ll be entered to win a 2015 TALLPass every time you vote.

Do Everything with the TALLPass

Just can't decide what movie to see? See as many as you want with the VIP TALLPass and do everything -  including all GA films, Gala Parties, Filmmaker Labs,  VIP Receptions and the legendary VIP Filmmaker Lounge. TALLPasses may be purchased online or at the box office (Tues: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm at the Orpheum; Weds: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm at the Orpheum.)


Countdown to the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Fest in 3...2...1

12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival Opens Wednesday

“Life Itself” is a work of deftness and delicacy, by turns a film about illness and death, about writing, about cinema and, finally, and very movingly a film about love." - New York Times

The 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival rides into town on Wednesday and kicks off with the Opening Night Screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary LIFE ITSELF with the film's Producer Zak Piper. From Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert.

The Opening Night Gala Party follows at Union Station, with food, drink & live music from the Cherokee Maidens. Tickets are $25 in advance and at the door.

Box Office & Parking

The in-person box office opens on Monday, October 13th at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office (200 N. Broadway). You can pre-purchase all TALLPasses, festival tickets here, pick up online TALLPass orders and Sponsor Ticket Packets. 

Pre-Festival Box Office Hours
Mon. Oct. 13 & Tues. Oct. 14: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed. Oct. 15: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

When parking for the box office, please remember there is no parking in the Orpheum Theatre Parking Lot except in designated visitor spaces during regular business hours. Violators may be ticketed and towed. Metered parking is available on both Broadway and 1st Streets. Click here for more detailed box office information.

Festival parking is available at the Scottish Rite Theatre for $3/Day or $10/5 Days.

What’s Happening Thursday: Highlights

VIP Filmmaker Lounge
VIP Passholders (TALLPass, Sponsor, Filmmaker) can enjoy the Consolidated Equities Trust VIP Filmmaker Lounge beginning on Thursday morning at 9:00 am. Click here to see the daily schedule of amenities.

Home on the Range: Kansas Featurette Program
Kansas Filmmaker Ed Shank returns to Wichita for a screening of his film COWBOYS, which plays with Conrad Weaver’s GREAT AMERICAN WHEAT HARVEST. Both filmmakers will attend the screening which takes place at the Sedgewick County Historical Museum at 11:45 am ($5 Matinee.)

$5 Matinees
All films beginning before 5:00 pm on Thursday and Friday are $5 GA. Thursday’s selections include: METRO MANILA, HOME ON THE RANGE (with guest), JOHNNY WINTER: DOWN & DIRTY, BONA FIDE SHORTS PROGRAM (with guest) and FIGHT CHURCH (with guest.)

Go Wichita VIP Shindig
Passholders will celebrate at a rooftop cocktail reception sponsored by Go Wichita at one of the city’s newest venues, Penthouse at the Mayflower (209 E. William) with drinks, eats from Truffles Catering and live music from the Jim Vegas Band.

WSU Thursday Night Spotlight
Wichita State University presents two Thursday Night Spotlight Films with filmmakers. Tickets are $10 GA/$8 discounted for the WSU Community with valid ID.

From Lawrence-native and KU alumn Kasi Brown, GONE DOGGY GONE is a comedic feature film about a couple who treats their dog like a baby... and then it gets kidnapped. The film screens at 7:00 pm at the Orpheum.

The U.S. Festival Premiere of MAD AS HELL tells the story of The Young Turks, one of the most popular online news shows in the world, that’s amassed a YouTube network of over 2.4 million subscribers and 2 billion views. But that wasn't always the case. Director Andrew Napier will attend. The film screens at 7:30 pm at the Scottish Rite.

For the Late Night Set
THE LADIES OF THE HOUSE follows the events surrounding a birthday outing with two brothers and a friend which turns into a horrific fight for survival after they become trapped in a house with a "family" of malevolent women who enjoy a pin-up lifestyle and a special diet. Director John Wildman will attend the screening at 9:45 pm at the Orpheum. (The film screens again on Saturday at 9:15 pm.)

Find Out What The Weekend Holds!

After Wednesday & Thursday, there's 3 more full days of indie film. Get the full scoop on all festival films & events by picking up a hard copy of the Official Festival Program Guide (available at various businesses downtown,) download the Festival Grid, a PDF of the Official Festival Program Guide for digital & mobile perusal or call the Tallgrass Movie Hotline: 844-ICT-FILM and search for movies by title and venue.

Questions? For the fastest response, email info@tallgrassfilmfest.com or leave a message on the festival hotlie, 844-ICT-FILM and it will be returned by a festival staff member as soon as possible.

12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival Announces Over 150 Short Film Selections

The 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival will screen 156 short films, bringing the total number of 2014 Official Selections to 204. In total, 34 countries will be represented - including Iraq, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Sudan and Bulgaria and 32 of the films have Kansas connections.

In addition to the previously announced Bruce Conner Short Film Programs, selections include:

Opening Night: The Gunfighter (w.Life Itself) d. Eric Kissack (USA, 2014, 9m)
Return of the Reels: Hide and Seek (w.Yojimbo) d. Kayoko Asakura (Japan, 2013, 11m)
Return of the Reels - Midnight: Drunker Than A Skunk (w.Fist Full of Dollars) d. Bill Plympton (USA, 2013, 4m)
Stubbornly Independent: Copy Cat (w.The Living) d. Shane Konicki (USA/Kansas, 2014, 6m)
Closing Night: Grandma’s Not A Toaster (w.Before I Disappear) d. Andrew Napier (USA, 2013, 10m)

HOME ON THE RANGE: Kansas Documentary Featurette Program (105m)
Cowboys d. Ed Shank (USA/Greenwood County, Kan., 2014, 45m)
Great American Wheat Harvest d. Conrad Weaver (USA/Colby, Kan., 2014, 60m)

THE BATTLE: A Matter of Conflict, Featurette Program (102m)
I Married My Family’s Killer d. Emily Kassie (Canada, 2014, 40m)
War Against Women (La Guerra Contra Las Mujeres) d. Hernan Zin (Spain/USA, 2013, 62m)

THE BURDEN: Wounds of Conflict Featurette Program (100m)
Children of War (Atfal al harb) d. Meedo Ali (Iraq, 2013, 10m) Iraqi Independent Film Center
With Time d. Malak Quota (United Arab Emirates, 2014, 14m)
Aban + Khorshid d. Darwin Serink (USA, 2013, 14m)
We Are The Ones d. Jon Michael Shink, Michael Skinner (Sudan/USA, 2014, 62m)

The Struggle of Libations (w.Gone Doggy Gone) d. Erin Mullally (Ireland, 2014, 8m)
The Missing Scarf (w.Mad As Hell) d. Eoin Duffy (Ireland, 2013, 7m)
Lomax (w.Johnny WInter) d. Jesse Kreitzer (USA, 2013, 12m)
Meet My Rapist (w.Wetlands) d. Jessie Kahnweiler (USA, 2013, 7m)
Hoover Road (w.Queens & Cowboys) d. Jonathan Pope Evans (USA/Kansas, 2014, 16m)
Monotony (w.The Overnighters) d. Joanne Postlewaite (UK, 2013, 3m)
Democracy (Democracia) (w.Longwave) d. Borja Cobeaga (Spain, 2013, 10m)
Nesma’s Birds (w.Light Fly, Fly High) (Iraq, 2013, 7m) Iraqi Independent Film Center
Isle de Jean Charles (w.Oil & Water) d. Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee (USA, 2014, 10m)
Bloodhounds (w.Child of God) d. Alan Scott Neal (USA, 2014, 15m)
Little Shadow (w.The Kill Team) d. Toby Fell-Holden (USA, 2013, 18m)
Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution (w.The Supreme Price) d. Matthew VanDyke (USA, 2013, 15m)
Directors on Directing (w.A Life in Dirty Movies) d. Damien Patrik (USA, 2013, 5m)
Tinker (w.Art & Craft) d. Lou Ward (USA, 2014, 5m)
Claire (w.Traitors) d. Cate Smierciak (Germany, 2014, 14m)

THE BRIGHT (102m) A collection of shorts on the lighter side.
Sheltered Love d. Alex Italics (USA, 2014, 10m)
We Are Friends (Somos Amigos) d. Carlos Solano Perez (Spain, 2014, 13m)
What Cheer d. Michael Slavens (USA, 2014, 17m)
Tape Recorder d. Douglas Horn (USA, 2014, 7m)
Failure Groupies d. Mandira Chauhan (USA, 2014, 13m)
Bingo Night! d. Jordan Liebowitz (USA, 2014, 15m)
The Moped Diaries d. Tyler Nilson, Nick Vitale (USA, 2013, 10m)
Dad in Mum (Papa dans Maman)  d. Fabrice Bracq (France, 2014, 7m.)

THE BOLD (108m) A collection of dramatic shorts.
The Followed d. Zak Klein (UK, 2013, 13m)
From the Sky d. Ian Ebright (USA, 2013, 18m)
Righteous d. Cory Bowles (Canada, 2014, 12m)
Krisha d. Trey Edward Shults (USA, 2013, 15m)
Stop Traffik d. Wes Halula (USA/Kansas City, 2013, 14m)
The Phone Call d. Mat Kirkby (UK, 2013, 21m)
Lambing Season d. Jeannie Donohoe (USA, 2013, 15m)

THE BONA FIDE (108m) A Collection of True Stories
Font Man d. Dress Code (USA, 2013, 6m)
Families Are Forever d. Caitlin Ryan (USA, 2013, 21m)
Maikaru d. Amanda Harryman (USA, 2014, 8m)
The Last Days of Peter Bergmann d. Ciaran Cassidy (Ireland, 2013, 20m)
Running Blind d. Ryan Suffern (USA, 2013, 32m)*
Find Me a Man d. John Sebelius (USA/Kansas, 2014, 8m)
Dwayne’s Photo d. Sarah George (USA/Kansas, 2014, 7m)
Blind Guy d. Kyle Pugh, Evan Senn (USA/Kansas, 2014, 6m)
*Sponsored by Envision. Subject E.J. Scott scheduled to attend.

THE BRIO  (100m) Animated Shorts full of vigor and vivacity.
Forward, March! d. Pierrick Barbin, Rimelle Khayat, Loic Le Goff (France, 2013, 4m)
A Tax on Bunny Rabbits, d. Nathaniel Akin (Canada, 2011, 3m)
Sebastian, d. Vlad Marsavin (USA, 2013, 19m)
One Night in Florida, d. Tess Martin (Netherlands, 2013, 1m)
Happily Ever After d. Ben Genislaw, Yonni Aroussi (Israel, 2012, 7m)
A Ride Towards The Sea, (Une balade a la mer) d. Damien Stein (France, 2013, 4m)
Eideann, d. Alvaro Granados (Spain, 2013, 5m)
School Friends, d. Johgsu Oh (Australia, 2014, 2m)
Yearbook, d. Bernardo Britto (USA, 2013, 6m)
Silent, d. Sara Hebert (USA, 2014, 3m)
Locked, d. Madaline Barwegen (USA, 2014, 5m)
Payada pa’ Satan, d. Antonio Balseiro, Carlos Balseiro (Argentina, 2013, 8m)
The Chaperone 3D, d. Fraser Munden, Neil Rathbone (Canada, 2013, 12m)
Rabbit and Deer, (Nyuszi es Oz) d. Peter Vacz (Hungary, 2013, 17m)
Humanexus, d. Ying-Fan Shen (USA, 2013, 11m)

THE BONDS (113m) Films focusing on relationships some complicated, some not at all.
Two Penny Road Kill d. Lisa Rose Snow (Canada, 2013, 7m)
Molly d. Craig Elrod (USA, 2014, 13m)
In Passing d. Alan Miller (Canada, 2013, 5m)
Tom in America d. Flavio Alves (Brazil/USA, 2014, 16m)
My Guide d. Barnabas Toth (Hungary, 2013, 13m)
Electric Indigo d. Jean-Julien Collette (Belgium/France, 2013, 24m)
Life’s A Bitch (Toutes des Connes) d. Francois Jaros (Canada, 2013, 6m)
The Proposal d. Geordie Sabbagh (Canada, 2013, 8m)
The Morning After d. David Renaud (Canada, 2013, 14m)
The Struggle of Libations d. Erin Mullally (Ireland, 2014, 8m)

THE BIZARRE (109m) A collection of sci-fi, strange and just plain odd shorts.
Leviathan Ages d. Jon Yeo (UK, 2013, 4m)
Stereo Love d. Martin Lliev (Bulgaria, 2013, 9m)
Liability d. Travis Aitken (USA, 2013, 6m)
Load d. Paul-Anthony Navarro (USA, 2013, 11m)
Project: EGO d. Angel Alvarez (Canada, 2014, 4m)
Tall Evil d. Wally Chung (USA, 2013, 3m)
The Routine d. Brian Groh (USA, 2013, 10m)
Astigmatismo d. Nicholai Troshinsky (Spain, 2013, 4m)
First Prize d. Kevin McMullin (USA, 2013, 10m)
The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger d. Michael Lukk Litwak (USA, 2013, 10m)
Total Freak d. Andrew Ellmaker (USA, 2014, 10m)

THE BLOODY (108m) A blend of dark, ruthless and somewhat bloody shorts
Last Shot, d. Greg Popp (USA, 2013, 11m)
Sibling Rivalry, d. Colin Davis (Canada, 2013, 8m)
One Armed Man, d. Tim Guinee (USA, 2014, 28m)
#twitterkills, d. Brett Sorem (USA, 2013, 11m)
Dead Hearts, d. Stephen Martin (Canada, 2014, 17m)
Counter Parts, d. Patrick Rea (USA/Kansas, 2014, 13m)
Fool’s Day, d. Cody Blue Snider (USA, 2013, 20m)

THE BURGEONING (104m) Coming-of-age shorts.
Full-Windsor, d. Faraday Okoro (USA, 2014, 6m)
Whale Valley, (Hvalfjorour) d. Guomundur Arnar Guomundsson (Iceland/Denmark, 2013, 16m)
Lipstick, d. Luay Fadhil (Iraq, 2013, 9m) Iraqi Independent Film Center
Up on the Roof, d. Nour Wazzi (UK, 2013, 17m)
Rite of Spring, d. Glen Wood (Canada, 2014, 11m)
Hero, d. Benoit Martin (France, 2013, 22m)
The Hero Pose, d. Mischa Jakupcak (USA, 2013, 13m)
Bernard The Great, d. Marie-Helene Viens, Philippe Lupien (Canada, 2013, 10m)

JOEL FEIN EMERGING FILMMAKER PROGRAM (113m) High School and Younger Shorts.
Little Kitty in the Big City d. Nick Connell (USA/Towanda, Kan., 2014, 6m)
Screenwriter’s Block d. James Tralie (USA/Pennsylvania, 2013, 3m)
King’s Cross d. Benjamin Murphy (Australia, 2014, 9m)
Breaking Point d. Samuel Gouldthorpe (USA/California, 2013, 4m)
Changing Identity d. Mary Adams (USA/Georgia, 2013, 4m)
Lunch with Yoshi d. Chaitanya Gopinath (Thailand, 2012, 5m)
Penelope’s Penguin d. Oliver Levi-Malouf (Australia, 2013, 7m)
Heavenly d. Caroline Palsi (USA/New Jersey, 2014, 12m)
James d. Jonah Haber (Canada, 2013, 4m)
Model Figure d. Isabella Olaguera (USA/New Jersey, 2014, 5m)
Connie d. Abbey Sacks (USA/Washington, 2014, 2m)
Soul’d d. Samantha Mustari (USA/New Jersey, 2013, 6m)
Inside the Ring d. Darian Henry (USA/New York, 2013, 8m)
Black Rock Creek d. Malone Lumarda (USA/California, 2013, 5m)
Your Second Self d. Anna Vosbigian (USA/California, 2m)
Violets Are Blue d. Kathryn McCarthy (USA/Florida, 2014, 7m)
Short Circuit d. Marina Bruno (Canada, 2013, 6m)
Laundry Day d. Michael Stevantoni (Canada, 2013, 3m)
Falling d. Miles Warren (USA/New York, 2014, 7m)
Timeless Solutions d. Mark Breedlove (USA/Illinois, 2014, 8m)

Knee Jerk Reflex d. Andrew Regoli (Wichita, 2014, 4m) ICTFest Visual Noise Music Video Contest Winner
The 6th Stage of Sugar, d. Emily Railsback (Chicago-Hillsboro/Peabody, 2013, 13m)
The Burden of Being, d. Rodrick Pocowatchit (Wichita, 2014, 12m)
MasterPiece, d. Meagan Flynn, Amber Rapp (Shawnee, 2014, 5m)
Drive-Ins Driven Out?, d. John Kitch (Conway Springs, 2014, 12m)
Diner Off The Highway, d. Drew Conley/p. Megan Fleming (Nebraska-Lawrence, 2014, 7m)
Mouth Breather, d. Tyler Doehring (New York-Wichita, 2013, 13m)
Last Week, d. Vaughn Fry (Wichita, 2014, 4m)
Housekeeping, d. Catherine Licata (Austin-Lenexa/Lawrence, 2014, 16 m)
Good Conduct, d. Patrick Rea (Lawrence, 2014, 8m)
Oklahoma, d. Tyler Emerson (Wichita, 2014, 3m)

DOWN TO THE WIRE SHOWCASE: (36m + Conversation) Films from the Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race...with a twist!
Cat Zero d. Lonny Quattlebaum (Creature Feature, USA/Kansas, 2014, 4m) 2nd place
One Life Left d. Kevin Wildt (Adventure, USA/Kansas, 2014, 6m) 3rd place
The Curse of the Cat d. Chris Steinert (Musical, USA/Kansas, 2014, 6m)
Catnap d. Alex Thomas (RomCom, USA/Kansas, 2014, 6m)
From Wichita With Love d. Ryan Gates (Spy, USA/Kansas, 2014, 4m)
The Good, The Bad, & The Fury d. Christopher Ary (Western, USA/Kansas, 2014, 6m) Audience Choice

SATELLITE ROAD SHOW (97m) - A collection of festival shorts screening in Augusta & McPherson, KS
Forward, March! d. Pierrick Barbin, Rimelle Khayat, Loic Le Goff (France, 2013, 4m)
Drive-Ins Driven Out? d. John Kitch (USA/Conway Springs, Kan., 2014, 12m)
Diner Off The Highway d. Drew Conley/p. Megan Fleming (USA/Lawrence, Kan., 2014, 7m)
Silent, d. Sara Hebert (USA, 2014, 3m)
Lomax d. Jesse Kreitzer (USA, 2013, 12m)
Happily Ever After d. Ben Genislaw, Yonni Aroussi (Israel, 2012, 7m)
We Are Friends (Somos Amigos) d. Carlos Solano Perez (Spain, 2014, 13m)
Find Me a Man d. John Sebelius (USA/Topeka, Kan., 2014, 8m)
Bernard The Great d. Marie-Helene Viens, Philippe Lupien (Canada, 2013, 10m)
Tinker d. Lou Ward (USA, 2014, 5m)
Bingo Night! d. Jordan Liebowitz (USA, 2014, 15m)

12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival Announces Feature Film Lineup

The 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival has revealed its entire feature film lineup. Over 1400 films were submitted to this year's festival which will screen 48 feature films (short film selections will be announced on Tuesday, September 30.) More than 30 visiting filmmakers and industry guests will attend the festival.

The festival includes several VIP Events for TALLPass and Passholders, Educational Offerings and will take place at many new venues across the city including Wichita Center for the Arts, WSU Shiftspace, Union Station and the Great Plains Transportation Museum to name a few.

Previously announced Gala Films are joined by the following features:

Spotlight on Bruce Conner (In conjunction with Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints (Sept. 5- Dec. 14, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University.)

BRUCE CONNER: CROSSROADS & Experimental Shorts

In Association with The Big Read:

MALTESE FALCON d. Roy Del Ruth (USA, 1931, 80m)
SATAN MET A LADY d. William Dieterie (USA, 1936, 74m)
MALTESE FALCON d. John Huston (USA, 1941, 100m)

In Competition: Narrative Features

Domestic Narratives:
A IS FOR ALEX d. Alex Orr (USA, 2014, 74m)
CHILD OF GOD d. James Franco (USA, 2013, 104m)
THE DAVID DANCE d. Aprill Winney (USA, 2014, 108m)
FIVE STAR d Keith Miller (USA, 2014, 83m)
GONE DOGGY GONE d. Kasi Brown (USA, 2014, 89m)
HALF BROTHER d. Anthony Grippa (USA, 2014, 75m
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER d. David Zellner (USA, 2014, 105m)
THE LADIES OF THE HOUSE d. John Stuart Wildman (USA, 2014, 93m)
LOVE LAND d. Joshua Tate (USA, 2014, 93m)
MAN FROM RENO d. Dave Boyle (USA, 2014, 111m)
PRETTY ROSEBUD d. Oscar Torre (USA, 2014, 82m)
SUN BELT EXPRESS d. Evan Buxbaum (USA, 2014, 91m)

World Narratives:
THE DARK VALLEY (Das finstere Tal) d. Andreas Prochaska (Austria/Germany, 2014, 115m)
LONGWAVE (Les grades ondes) d. Lionel Baler (Switzerland/France/Portugal, 2013, 85m)
METRO MANILA d. Sean Ellis (UK/Philippines, 2013, 115m)
MOOD INDIGO (L’ecume des jours) d. Michel Gondry (France/Belgium, 2013, 94m)
THE SALVATION d. Kristian Levering (Denmark/UK/South Africa, 2014, 89m)
TRAITORS d. Sean Gullette (Morocco/USA, 2013, 83m)
WETLANDS (Feuchtgebiete) d. David Wnendt (Germany, 2013, 105m)

In Competition: Documentary Features

U.S. Documentaries: 
ART AND CRAFT d. Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grossman (USA, 2014, 89m)
BRAVE NEW WILD d. Oakley Anderson-Moore (USA, 2014, 76m)
FIGHT CHURCH d. Daniel Judge, Brian Storkel (USA, 2014, 84m)
THE GREAT INVISIBLE, d. Margaret Brown (USA, 2014, 92m)
GROWING CITIES d. Daniel Sussman (USA, 2013, 97m)
JOHNNY WINTER: DOWN & DIRTY d. Greg Oliver (USA, 2014, 95m)
KEEP ON KEEPIN ON d. Alan Hicks (USA, 2014, 94m)
THE KILL TEAM d. Dan Krauss (USA, 2013, 79m)
THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST d. Gabriel London (USA, 2014, 92m)
LIMITED PARTNERSHIP d. Thomas G. Miller (USA/Australia, 2014, 74m)
LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON d. Theo Love (USA, 2013, 71m)
MAD AS HELL d. Andrew Napier (USA, 2014, 80m) - US Festival Premiere
OIL & WATER d. Alan Robert Davis (USA, 2014, 76m)
THE OVERNIGHTERS d. Jesse Moss (USA, 2014, 90m)
SELF MEDICATED: A FILM ABOUT ART* d. Ethan H. Minsker (USA, 2014, 98m)
SILENCED d. James Spione (USA, 2014, 95m)
STRAY DOG d. Debra Granik (USA, 2014, 98m)

World Documentaries:

A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES d Wiktor Ericcson (Sweden, 2013, 80m)
LIGHT FLY, FLY HIGH d. Beathe Hofseth, Susann Ostigaard (Netherlands/Norway/India, 2013, 80m)
THE SUPREME PRICE d. Joanna Lipper (Nigeria/USA, 2014, 75m)

12th annual TFF Announes Galas and Spotlight Films

The Tallgrass Film Festival is pleased to announce the feature film selected for its Gala and Thursday Night Spotlight screenings. “This year’s gala selections contain elements of deception mixed with imitation and obsession – an exciting combination of influential cinema and new voices,” said Co-Programming Director Nick Pope. “As we embark on our 12th festival, Tallgrass is privileged and thrilled to be able to curate and share these theatrical experiences with our community."

Tickets are available online beginning September 27 and in person October 13. A VIP TALLPass gains admittance to all Galas, after-parties and screenings.

  • Opening Night Gala, Sponsored by Rick & Monica Nutt
    Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 pm at Orpheum, After Party at Union Station, $25,
    LIFE ITSELF (2014), Dir. Steve James; with Special Guest Producer Zak Piper
  • Return of the Reels Gala, Sponsored by Jack Daniels
    Friday, October 17, 7:30 pm at The Orpheum, After Party at Cowtown, $25 (includes both films & party)
    YOJIMBO (1961), Dir. Akira Kursawa, with Special Guest Film Historian and Kurosawa Scholar Stephen Prince
    A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964), Dir. Sergio Leone
  • Stubbornly Independent Gala, sponsored by Vimeo
    Saturday, October 18, 7:30 pm at the Scottish Rite, After Party at Emprise Bank Parking Garage, $25
    THE LIVING (2014), Dir. Jack Bryan;  with Special Guests Director/Writer Producer Jack Bryan and Producer Laura DuBois

  • Closing Night Gala, sponsored by Steve Anderson
    Sunday, October 19, 6:45 pm at the Orpheum, After Party at Block One Parking Garage, $25
    BEFORE I DISAPPEAR (2014), Dir. Shawn Christensen, with Special Guest Editor Andrew Napier

  • Thursday Night Spotlight Films, sponsored by Wichita State University
    Thursday, October 16, Orpheum and Scottish Rite Theatres
    Tickets: $10 GA; $8 WSU Community with Valid ID
    GONE DOGGY GONE (2014), with Special Guest Writer/Director Kasi Brown (KS Filmmaker)
    MAD AS HELL (2014), with Special Guest Director/Producer Andrew Napier

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey Saddles Up to the Tallgrass Film Festival

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey takes the spotlight as the official spirit of the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, an internationally renowned celebration of cinema in Wichita, Kansas. Stubbornly Independent since 2003, the Tallgrass Film Festival showcases the best of independent film from around the world at dozens of venues in and around downtown Wichita, and also includes Galas, Panels and Filmmaker Workshops and more than 30 visiting filmmakers from across North America.

Like Tallgrass, the Jack Daniel’s Family of Fine Whiskeys celebrates the independent spirit of those who do things their own way and take pride in their craft. Just as they craft their fine whiskeys every day, independent filmmakers from around the world are crafting their films in the same fashion.

In addition to presenting the festival’s Friday night Gala which includes a screening on 35m film at the Wichita Orpheum and an after-party at Old Cowtown Museum,) look out for Jack Daniel’s at all festival VIP events, gala parties and in the famous VIP Filmmaker Lounge at Candela at The Lux. The Jack Daniel’s family of brands will make their first appearance on September 26th at Old Cowtown for the Tallgrass Film Festival Coming Attractions Preview Party for sponsors and members. 

The 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival takes place October 15-19. A full announcement of the 2014 Tallgrass Film Festival program will be coming soon. For updates, visit tallgrassfilmfest.com or facebook.com/tallgrassfilm. Your friends at Jack Daniel’s remind you to drink responsibly.

And They're Off! 3rd annual Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race is Underway

31 teams are participating in this year's Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race, presented by Tallgrass & CreativeRush and sponsored by Blacktop Nationals. That means around 300 filmmakers are gallivanting around the city this weekend writing, producing and editing a 6-minute short film. Here's the twist, the films must include the following elements:

  • Character: A Short Haired Cat Rancher
  • Action: walk like an Egyptian
  • Location: Downtown Wichita Bridge (1st/2nd St., Maple St. or Douglas Ave.)
  • Prop: A unique car for each team courtesy of Blacktop Nationals
  • Genre: Western, RomCom, Film Noir, Adventure, Coming of Age, Spy Film, Thriller, Creature Feature, Musical of Fictional Biopic (chosen randomly by each team.)

Films must be completed and submitted by 7 am on Sunday, when a team of Tallgrass and CreativeRush programmers will score the films, which will then be live-critiqued by a panel of VIP judges (Jason Opat, Anita Cochran, Shawn Rhodes) at the Top 10 Showcase on Sunday night.

You can be a part of Wichita's most creative weekend!

Additional thanks to KMUW, Mindfire Academy, Monster Energy Drink, Vimeo and Lip Shtick Productions.

Tallgrass Announces Jury for Stubbornly Independent Gala Selection

For the 3rd year in a row, the Tallgrass Film Festival will feature the Stubbornly Independent Gala. Eligible SI Gala films are required to be a domestic narrative feature, made for less than $750,000 USD, and have no traditional theatrical distribution at the time of their Tallgrass screening. The winning film will receive a Gala Screening at the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, a $2,500 cash prize and the coveted Stubbornly Independent Tap Handle Award. For the first time, this year's film will be selected by a jury whose members include Andrea Allen (Vimeo), Mia Bruno (Gravitas Ventures), Brian Flanagan (Roadside Attractions), Jenny Jacobi (Drafthouse Media), Scott Mansfield (Monterey Media). Jurors are scheduled to attend the festival. Previous SI winners include THE KITCHEN and FAVOR.

Tallgrass is among "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee"

Tallgrass Film Festival is proud to be included in MovieMaker Magazine's  2014 list of "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee."  TFF is committed to showcasing the best of independent film from around the world and in 2013 screened more than 180 films from 34 countries around the world including 52 features and 135 short films to an audience of 12,000+. Cash prizes include $1,000 each for Audience Award winning narrative and documentary feature, $2,500 for Stubbornly Independent Gala winner and $500 for Audience Award winning short. Remember, Kansas and student filmmakers submit for free! The regular submission deadline is June 17. Click here for more information.


The Hops, The Malts and The Barley Is Rolling Into Town


Cerevisaphiles, Cigar Aficionodos, Boot Addicts, Deal Seekers

Dress Up, Dress Down, Wear Your Boots

The event serves as a fundraiser for the Tallgrass Film Association, which fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film.

Show Us Your Boots & Win Tickets to The Hops, The Malts & The Barley

Want to win a pair of tix The Hops, The Malts & The Barley ($160 value)? Show us your Boots!

Simply take a photo of your cowboy best, submit via the Tallgrass facebook page, instagram (TallgrassFilmFest) or twitter (@tallgrass) with the hashtag #hopsmaltsbarley. Wear yer boots, share yer boots!

Photos must be submitted by Tuesday, April 8. Winner will be chosen by TFA's resident shoe fetishist.

Experience Beethoven's Ninth Like Never Before

It's an anthem. A battle cry, if you will. Since its premiere in 1824, Beethoven's Ninth has managed to cross time and cultural differences to refute social injustice and unite the world in solidarity.

Join TFA and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra as we explore the symphony Beethoven appropriately calls his "kiss for the whole world," in the documentary FOLLOWING THE NINTH on March 26. The film uncovers the majesty and social importance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony across five continents and will be followed by a Q&A with Director Kerry Candaele and WSO Maestro Daniel Hege. Click for tickets.

On April 5th & 6th, WSO presents two performances of the Ninth Symphony with four soloists and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Bethel College Concert Choir, and Friends University Singing Quakers.

Sponsored by Fidelity Bank, The Independent School, KMUW Wichita Public Radio, KSN, LivingSound Custom Home Automation, Senseney Music, and Wichita State University, Office of International Education, Study Abroad. Special thanks to Hotel at Oldtown.

Enter to win a VIP TALLPass & Symphony Tickets by Setting Your Inner Conductor Free via Instagram!

It's time to set your inner conductor free & enter to win a VIP TALLPass to the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Fest plus tickets to next weekend's Wichita Symphony Orchestra performance of Beethoven's Ninth! In honor of the March 26th screening of Following The Ninth, submit an Instagram video YOU conducting "Ode to Joy" (start at 1:34.) Use hashtag #followthehand & tag @Tallgrassfilmfest. The winner will be announced by Maestro Daniel Hege at the screening on Wednesday night! (Should you not be an instagram user, post your video on the Tallgrass facebook page.)

#ICTArtDog is Here: Give Where You Live and Support Tallgrass!

Wichita's first Art Day of Giving has arrived!

Pony up and play with Tallgrass as we present FIST FULL OF FIVES -our first progressive movie screening & happy hour - tonight at 5:30 pm.

MAKE your donation for your official button and then:

Click here for more information.

It's GivingTuesday - Join the Momentum And Enrich our Community.

"Local art-driven events like the Tallgrass Film Festival not only have a positive imapct on Wichita's economy, but also add to the quality of life in this city." - Robert Redford

Tallgrass Film Festival is proud to be an official partner of the GivingTuesday movement! GivingTuesday is a day  for citizens of the world to come together to enrich our communities and give back. Today, we've enlist the assistance of five of our favorite movie hunks who will help us spread the word...

This GivingTuesday, you can support Tallgrass by:

  • Becoming (or renewing) a TFA member ($35/1 year, $60/2 year).
  • Making an online contribution in any dollar amount (every cent makes a difference!)
  • Lending your time to become a Tallgrass Volunteer.
  • Sharing our facebook Giving Tuesday album and retweeting our #givingtuesday tweets.

Tallgrass Film Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization which fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film. Recently named one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by MovieMaker Magazine, the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival will take place October 15-19, 2004 in and around Wichita, Kansas.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about our 2014 Special Screenings and Events!

What is #GivingTuesday?

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back.  On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

Tallgrass Voted One of MovieMaker Magazine's Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2013

Over the last four months, film fans from around the world voted on their favorite festivals at MoviemakerMagazine.com  and Talgrass has been named one of the top 25 coolest film festivals on the planet!

We're honored to be counted among such a wonderful list of festivals which also includes the Austin Film Festival, the San Fransisco International Film Festival, and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Click here to visit MovieMaker Magazine and peruse the list of winners. Congratualtions to everyone who works so hard to bring independent cinema to their communities. We're proud to be Stubbornly Independent.

Tallgrass Partners with Cine to Give Festival Winners a Chance At The Golden Eagle

Tallgrass is pleased to partner with CINE, a nonprofit film organization that honors emerging and established filmmakers through their prestigious Golden Eagle Award.

The Vimeo Audience Award winners for Narrative & Documentary Feature, Short Film and the Stubbornly Independent Gala winner will receive waived submission fees for the Spring 2014 Golden Eagle Awards. All participating Tallgrass filmmakers with 2013 official selections will receive a 20% discount off of the regular submission price.

The CINE Golden Eagle Film and Video Competitions, held each Spring and Fall, involve hundreds of volunteer media and content specialists who judge entries in several moving-image genres. Over the years, the judging procedure has evolved into an efficient multi-stage jury process to determine which productions are deserving of the coveted CINE Golden Eagle Award.

The CINE Golden Eagle Award acknowledges high quality production in a variety of content categories for professional, independent and student filmmakers. Each year, hundreds of jurors judge nearly 1,000 entries in 27 categories.

CINE has a remarkable track record for rewarding excellence, particularly among new and emerging filmmakers. Many prominent members of the film and television industry have received the CINE Golden Eagle Award, and for some – such as Ken Burns and Steven Spielberg – it was their first major award. Ron Howard was a teenager, Robert Zemeckis a college student, and Mike Nichols a young comic when each won his Golden Eagle, and hundreds of other distinguished filmmakers, producers and journalists have since followed in their footsteps, some in CINE’s early years (Mel Brooks, 1963) and others in the present day (Martin Scorsese, 2006). For members of the film and television industry, the CINE Golden Eagle Award is an acknowledgment of excellence and validation by their peers.

Tallgrass Partners with Museums to Present Special Film Collections SMALLGRASS and GREENGRASS to Fest

Smallgrass Returns to Exploration Place During the 11th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival

Tallgrass Film Association and Exploration Place are joining forces once again to present Smallgrass, a children’s film program to be shown at Exploration Place (300 N. McLean Blvd), the Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center, on Saturday, October 19th in conjunction with the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival.

Cost of admission per person is $7, or $5 for members of TFA and Exploration Place, , and includes three film programs plus admission to Exploration Place exhibits.

Smallgrass begins at 11:00 a.m. and is specifically curated for families with children ages 3 and up – and for the young at heart. In a nod to the festival’s “flight” theme, the first program features Classic Cartoons in Flight while the second program, Smallgrass Shorts, consists of family-friendly live action and animated short films from around the world. The afternoon concludes with the critically-acclaimed animated feature film FROM UP ON POPPY HILL.

There will be activities between each film program and refreshments will be for sale in the Exploration Place snack bar.

“We had a wonderful response to Smallgrass last year from festival-goers and we’re sure that the program will grow more this year,” said Jan Luth, Exploration Place president. “A love of films starts early and we welcome the opportunity to introduce such a creative art form to young ones and their families.”  

About Exploration Place

Exploration Place offers visitors of all ages eleven hands-on exhibit galleries, Kansas’ largest domed theater – the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium – imaginative spaces, and outdoor recreation, all located on a 20-acre site along the scenic Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, Kansas. www.facebook.com/ExplorationPlace www.twitter.com/DiscoverAtEP

Ulrich Museum of Art and Backwoods Bring Greengrass Environmental Films to Fest

The Greengrass program of environmentally-themed films returns to the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival in partnership with the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University and its current exhibit Nature’s Toolbox, and Backwoods Wichita. Films will screen on the evening of Thursday, October 17th and the afternoon of Friday, October 18th at the C.A.C. Theater (times TBA),  with a picnic lunch to be served at noon on the patio of the Ulrich to kick off the Friday program. The films and lunch are free and open to the public.

BRINGING IT HOME, tells the story of hemp’s past, present and future through interviews with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the globe, historical images and media clips, and footage filmed in the U.K, Spain, Washington D.C., California and North Carolina. The documentary aims to magnify dialogue about hemp in order to facilitate America’s transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future.

MORE THAN HONEY features some of the most spectacular footage of bees ever put on film. But this is not just a picturesque nature documentary. It’s also an investigation into a mystery. What is killing off the world’s bee populations at an alarming rate? This dire situation is devastating to the human species, too; without bees, one-third of the world’s food would not exist. To find answers, Academy Award®-nominated director Markus Imhoof travels the world, talking to and observing the inner-workings of beekeepers, farmers, and scientists. (SIFF)

TINY is a documentary about home, and how we find it.The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.

The Ulrich Museum will also host the VIP Mayor’s Reception on Thursday, October 17th for festival VIP’s including sponsors, filmmakers and TALLPass holders.

About Nature’s Toolbox

Harnessing technology and inspired by nature’s amazing design concepts, Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention features the works of more than 40 artists in a range of media that includes 3D animation, video sculpture, and an installation of more than 90,000 wooden chopsticks. The exhibition’s innovative, thought-provoking works encourage us to explore and appreciate the life-or-death interdependence between the 10-20 million species on earth —including humans—and the quality of the environment we share. The exhibition premiered at The Field Museum in Chicago in 2012 and was organized by the nonprofit organization Art Works for Change.

Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention was organized by Art Works for Change, Inc., with generous support from The Nathan Cummings Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Adobe Foundation;and the Sprint Foundation. The Wichita presentation of this exhibition is generously supported by the S.M. and Laura H. Brown Trust; Spirit AeroSystems; Richard D. Smith and Sondra M. Langel; William T. Kemper Foundation–Commerce Bank, Trustee; Commerce Bancshares Foundation; Emprise Bank; and Lee and Ron Starkel. All Ulrich Museum programs and exhibitions are made possible in part by Wichita State University and the City of Wichita.

About Ulrich Museum of Art

Established in 1974 to enhance and support Wichita State University's educational and service mission, the Ulrich Museum of Art seeks to expand human experience through encounters with the art of our time. The Ulrich is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday – Sunday; the museum is closed Mondays and major/university holidays. Admission to the galleries is free. To learn more about the programs, events and exhibitions at the Ulrich, visit www.ulrich.wichita.edu.

popchips and Tallgrass Team Up for #crunchtime at Down to the Wire

popchips and Tallgrass Film Festival are stacking our chips high and anteing up the competition at this weekend's Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race.

Participating filmmaking teams will be given another opportunity to win, by showcasing how popchips come to their rescue when it comes down to crunch time over the weekend as they write, produce and edit an original 6-minute short film. Teams will receive a limited supply of popchips and then must tweet photos of popchips fueling their filmmaking fire to @popchips with the hashtags #crunchtime and #DTTW between 7 pm on Friday, August 9 and 7 pm on Sunday, August 11. The most creative photograph (keep it PG-13 folks!) will win 2 VIP TALLPasses to the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival in October and a month's supply of popchips.

Down to the Wire is presented in association with CreativeRush, and sponsored by Bombardier Learjet, Vimeo, Mindfire Academy, The Wichita Orpheum, Monster Energy Drink and KMUW.

Agile Ticketing Solutions Welcomes Tallgrass Film Festival

Nashville, Tennessee (March 13, 2013) – Agile Ticketing Solutions is excited to welcome our newest film festival partner, Tallgrass Film Association. Agile Ticketing Solutions will provide Wichita, Kansas based Tallgrass Film Association’s annual film festival, known as the Tallgrass Film Festival (TFF), with ticketing, membership and event management services during its next festival scheduled October 16th through the 20th 2013. Read more...

ACES California Wine Antes Up for Tallgrass11

TFA is pleased to announce a new partnership with ACES California Wine - the official wine of the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival. During the film festival and throughout the year at many of our events, we’ll proudly be serving ACES California Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot varietals.  

“ACES Wine is very happy with our new relationship with House of Schwan. We mirror Barry Schwan’s philosophy about supporting the community and the local arts and are proud to be the official wine of the 2013 Tallgrass Film Festival. We offer the consumer an affordable everyday wine that will please even the most sophisticated palate,” said LeRoy Aday, Director of Operations, Napa Sonoma Trading Company.

The wines are currently available at most liquor stores throughout Wichita.


It's In (On) The Can

Purchase a 4-pack of Tallgrass Brewing Company’s delicious Belgian style Tripel Velvet Rooster on your next trip to the liquor store and look for the Tallgrass Film Festival logo on the can.

Tallgrass Film Festival is pretty proud to be representin' on a can, so please support our official beer sponsor, Manhattan, Kansas-based Tallgrass Brewing Company.

About Velvet Rooster
This beer is a Belgian Tripel that lives up to its name. Smooth and carefully crafted like a fine velvet painting, but with an 8.5% ABV this bird has some spurs! The beer pours a golden straw color with brilliant clarity. Topped with a lofty pure white head the beer has a wonderful floral nose, with subtle fruit notes.

The taste is clean and crisp, with subtle fruit notes and a touch of candy like sweetness. The beer has a Champagne-like effervescent that provides a crisp offset to its sweet finish.  While a pint glass is always nice, Velvet Rooster would also be at home in a tulip glass or Champagne flute.

That's A Wrap!

Wichita’s 10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival proved an enormous success, with not only a record number of films (180) and visiting filmmakers (34+), but also attendance, which was at an all-time high of 11,223!

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended, and especially our sponsors and volunteers. Your continued support and hard work makes Tallgrass possible year after year, as evidenced by Flavorwire naming the Tallgrass Film Festival in the top 10 of under-the-radar film festivals in the U.S. Plus, take your pass or ticket stub to any of these local establishments for some Audience Appreciation through the end of October.

TFA is so thrilled by the success of TallgrassX that we’ll be spending the next few months focusing our energy on building a great program for 2013, which will include Filmmaker Labs, Down to the Wire: A 24-Hour Film Race, Road Shows, Special Screenings, a “007”-themed affair and an extra day to the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, October 16-20, 2013. 

So while we’re on hiatus from programming through the rest of the year, please stay tuned to the website, and our facebook and twitter pages for information on cinematic events throughout the city, Road Shows around the state, updates on festival films and filmmakers, TFA membership specials and more. And now, we’re ready to “go to eleven!”

Photo: My Eye On Photography

Tallgrass Announces Official Lineup for 10th Festival

Kansas movie lovers will have plenty to watch, learn and talk about at the 10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, taking place in and around downtown Wichita from October 18-21. Over 700 films were submitted to this year’s festival, including 307 features, 48 of which were selected by the Tallgrass Programming Committee  to screen at the festival. The festival features 1 World Premiere, 2 U.S. premieres and several Midwest and Regional Premieres. More than 30 filmmakers will be flying in from all over the country to attend, with many regional and local filmmakers also participating in the festivities. Check out TFF’s online Film Guide for more information about each film. A full lineup of short films will be announced on October 5.
Program Highlights
Highlights of this year’s festival include a few new additions and special programs: Smallgrass - a children’s film program at Exploration Place, sponsored in part by KPTS; Grassroots: Spotlight on Civil Rights films and reception sponsored by the Ulrich Museum of Art, and a Spotlight on Scandinavian Cinema, sponsored by the City of Lindsborg/Lindsborg Arts Council.

FIAT of Wichita is the presenting sponsor for World Cinema selections, while LIV Music & Arts Fest will sponsor the Grasscendo Music Films, Liberty Press presents the Spotlight on LGBT Films, Aspen Boutique presents the Spotlight on Women Filmmakers, media sponsor for that program is Women’s Focus Magazine.
For Fest-Goers

Consolidated Equities Trust will present the Filmmaker Lounge for the festival’s VIP guests while Clear Channel Outdoor presents the Volunteer Lounge, for more than 100 volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours year-round to the Tallgrass Film Association.

Heroes Sports Bar & Grill will set up the Heroes Hospitality Tent,  a mobile cafe serving food and beverage to festival goers, outside the festival’s hub, the Orpheum Theatre. The tent will also house several filmmaker panels sponsored by the Wichita Film Commission,  a free-throw basketball clinic with Guinness Book of World Records free throw champ (and Kansan) Bob Fisher and the Centerpiece Gala Party.

Education &  Students
In addition to the filmmaker panels, the festival offers several educational programs this year including Free Friday Films, “Free Friday Films” – specially selected educational films that are free of charge for high school and college students/teachers and the senior community (65+.); and a Tallgrass Filmmaker Lab: Documentary Production 101 with alumni filmmaker Chris Metzler.  An exclusive screening of a festival film will be offered at East High School for USD259 High School students. The festival will also offer a VIP Student TALLPass for just $75. This allows students access to all festival general admission and gala films (excludes VIP events, filmmaker lounge and gala parties.) (Parental discretion is advised, most films have not yet been rated by the MPAA.)

Schedules and Tickets
Film screening times will be available on the website’s film guide on October 5, which is also when general admission tickets will go on sale. VIP TALLPasses, Gala Tickets and Filmmaker Lab tickets are on sale now.A full list of visiting filmmakers will also be announced at that time. The official festival program will be published as an insert in the Wichita Eagle on October 12, and will be available around the city.


Fidelity Bank Opening Night Gala: PABLO (USA, 2012) - with Producer Jeremy Goldscheider, Animation Design Team Freddy Morales and Marcela Perdomo. Followed by the Opening Night Party at 155 N. Market, with open bar, eats and music by DJ Carbon. ($25) Thurs., Oct. 18, 8:00 pm at Wichita Orpheum

Centerpiece Gala Screening: THE STORY OF LUKE (USA, 2012) - with Director Alonso Mayo and Star Lou Taylor Pucci at the Scottish Rite. Followed by the Centerpiece Gala Party at the Heroes Hospitality Tent with live music by Travel Guide and cash bar. ($15) Fri., Oct. 19, 8:00 pm. at the Scottish Rite Theater

Stubbornly Independent Gala: FILM TBA*, with Filmmakers - hosted by Steve Anderson Followed by the Stubbornly Independent party at 241 N. Broadway with open bar, eats and entertainment from Antimosity. ($20) Sat., Oct. 20, 8:00 pm, Wichita Orpheum (*see contenders under Official Selections)

Jean Garvey Presents the Closing Night Gala & Awards: THE STANDBYS (USA, 2012) - with Director Stephanie Riggs and star Ben Crawford, at the Orpheum Theatre, with a Q&A hosted by Music Theatre of Wichita’s Producing Artistic Director Wayne Bryan. The evening also includes the presentation of the txtwrks Audience Awards. Followed by the Closing Night Party at The Lux with open bar, eats and live entertainment. ($25) Sun., Oct. 21, 7:00 pm at the Orpheum Theatre


Smallgrass at Exploration Place: (Media Sponsor KPTS)
New York International Children’s Film Festival PARTY MIX
New York International Children’s Film Festival KID’S FLIX

Midnight Screenings (sponsored by The Anchor):

Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab: Film School 101:

Athletic Showcase: (sponsored by Maximum Outdoor Equipment)
Special screening at East High School, and downtown on Friday, Oct. 19 followed by a free throw clinic and competition at the Heroes Hospitality Tent with Guinness Book of World Records free throw champion Bob Fisher.

Greengrass Showcase: (sponsored by WSU Student Chapter of American Association of Petroluem Geologists)
Free Screening at Wichita State University

IN COMPETITION: NARRATIVE FEATURES (*Denotes filmmaker(s) in attendance)

Stubbornly Independent Gala Contenders (made for under $750,000 USD, no traditional theatrical distribution):
FAITH IN DESTINY* (World Premiere)

U.S. Narratives:
World Narratives:
CITADEL (Ireland)
KISS ME (Sweden)
SALT (Spain/Chile)
TEDDY BEAR (Denmark)
U.S. Documentaries:  
World Documentaries:

5 BROKEN CAMERAS (Palestinian Territories/Israel/France)
JUSTICE FOR SALE (Netherlands/Congo)
MEET THE FOKKENS (Netherlands)
SCARLET ROAD (Australia)


Ulrich Museum of Art Presents Grassroots: Spotlight on Civil Rights: AI WEI WEI: NEVER SORRY BOOKER’S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY
From classics like To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and King (1978), to Malcolm X (1982) and Get on the Bus (1996), how has the social justice film genre evolved? What can audiences expect in the 21st century? The Ulrich Museum celebrates the Tallgrass Film Festival’s 10th anniversary with afternoon film screenings, directors’ talks, and a reception in conjunction with The Hard Kind of Courage. 210 McKnight West, School of Art and Design, Wichita State University (Free admission for Ulrich Museum members and WSU faculty/staff/students with current WSU ID. General admission $10; $8 for students, educators, seniors, military, and Tallgrass Film Association members. For more information, go to info@tallgrassfilmfest.com or call (316) 303-9292.)

City of Lindsborg/Lindsborg Arts Council Presents Spotlight on Scandinavian Cinema: KISS ME, TEDDY BEAR, Scandinavian Short Film Showcase

Joel Fein Emerging Filmmaker Program: This  program features the best short films from high school filmmakers, and younger,  from around the globe. FREE for High School Students and younger with valid school ID

Kansas Film Commission presents the Timothy Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers: This program showcases the best short films made by filmmakers from across the state of Kansas. FREE for high school students and younger with valid school ID

Greengrass Environmentally-themed Program: SWITCH, SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH

Tallgrass Names New Award

Select filmmakers at the 2012 Tallgrass Film Festival will be eligible for a new honor, the Jake Euker Stubbornly Independent Award.

Jake Euker was a longtime friend and supporter of the festival and a true film afficianado. The Stubbornly Independent award will be given in his honor to an independent film or filmmaker who takes risks, isn't afraid to tell important stories, demonstrates immense creativity and does all this within the confines of low or ultra-low budgets.

Most importantly the Stubbornly Independent award will be given to someone who inspires future generations of filmmakers and encourages them to follow their dreams.