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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

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 I Love: THE GRADUATE, FARGO, PARADISE LOST: THE CHILD MURDERS AT ROBIN HOOD HILLS
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 I Love: REAR WINDOW, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE SOUND OF MUSIC
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 I Love: ROSEMARY'S BABY, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, AMERICAN BEAUTY
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 I Love: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, MALLRATS
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
Three Films I Love: THE DESCENT, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON
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 I Love: MOONRISE KINGDOM, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (2005)
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
Three Films to See at Tallgrass: THE LIFE AND MIND OF MARK DEFRIEST* (at right), MAN FROM RENO*, THE OVERNIGHTERS

Name: Gretchen
Age: 45-50
Occupation: Technical Writer / Marketing
Three Films I Love: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, MOMMY'S AT THE HAIRDRESSER, EDGE OF HEAVEN
Three Films to See at Tallgrass: GONE DOGGY GONE*, LOVE LAND* (at right), SILENCED*

Name: Art
Age: 65-70
Occupation: Retired
Three Films I Love:  MY DINNER WITH ANDRE, THE THING, THE MALTESE FALCON
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 I Love: THE GODFATHER II, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, TOOTSIE
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 I Love: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, HERO
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:

SHORTS BEFORE GALAS
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)

SHORTS BEFORE FEATURES
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)

TIMOTHY GRUVER SPOTLIGHT ON KANSAS FILMMAKERS PROGRAM (97m)
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
BRUCE CONNER: THE ART OF THE MONTAGE

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)
QUEENS AND COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO d. Matt Livadary (USA, 2014, 92m)
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

WANTED

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.

2012 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
 
GALA SCREENINGS:

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


SPECIAL SCREENINGS:

Smallgrass at Exploration Place: (Media Sponsor KPTS)
IRA FINKELSTEIN’S CHRISTMAS
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):
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (USA, 1968)
THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST

Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab: Film School 101:
TITICUT FOLLIES (USA, 1967)

Athletic Showcase: (sponsored by Maximum Outdoor Equipment)
FREE THROW
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)
SWITCH
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):
DEAD DAD*
FAITH IN DESTINY* (World Premiere)
PETUNIA*
SHOUTING SECRETS*
THE KITCHEN*
THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND*

U.S. Narratives:
CALIFORNIA SOLO
COMPLIANCE
FAT KID RULES THE WORLD
KEEP THE LIGHTS ON
THE DYNAMITER
 
World Narratives:
CITADEL (Ireland)
COMBAT GIRLS (Germany)
KISS ME (Sweden)
SALT (Spain/Chile)
STARBUCK (Canada)
TEDDY BEAR (Denmark)
THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART (France)
VALLEY OF SAINTS (India)
 
IN COMPETITION: DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
 
U.S. Documentaries:  
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING*
BOOKER’S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY*
BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
DETROPIA
OXYGEN FOR THE EARS: LIVING JAZZ*
PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE*
THE RIGHT TO LOVE: AN AMERICAN FAMILY*
SIDE BY SIDE
SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH*
THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA*
THE INVISIBLE WAR
YEAR OF THE LIVING DEAD* (U.S. Premiere)
 
World Documentaries:

5 BROKEN CAMERAS (Palestinian Territories/Israel/France)
CALL ME KUCHU (Uganda/USA)
HITLER’S CHILDREN (Germany/Israel/USA)
JUSTICE FOR SALE (Netherlands/Congo)
MEET THE FOKKENS (Netherlands)
PORTRAIT OF WALLY (Austria/USA)
SCARLET ROAD (Australia)

SPECIAL INTEREST PROGRAMS

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
 
LIV Music & Arts Festival presents the Grasscendo Music Program: CALIFORNIA SOLO, THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST, OXYGEN FOR THE EARS: LIVING JAZZ, PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE
 
Aspen Boutique Spotlight on Women Filmmakers (Media sponsor Women’s Focus): THE STANDBYS, IRA FINKELSTEIN'S CHRISTMAS, SHOUTING SECRETS, KISS ME, THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, DETROPIA, THE RIGHT TO LOVE: AN AMERICAN FAMILY, CALL ME KUCHU, JUSTICE FOR SALE, SCARLET ROAD, MEET THE FOKKENS
 
Liberty Press LGBT Spotlight:  KISS ME, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, PETUNIA, CALL ME KUCHU, THE RIGHT TO LOVE: AN AMERICAN STORY

Smallgrass Family Programming: THE BEST OF THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL: KID FLIX MIX; THE BEST OF THE NYICFF: PARTY MIX;  IRA FINKELSTEIN'S CHRISTMAS
 
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.

 

AMADEUS (30th Anniversary Screening, presented with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra)
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Nov 15
Tallgrass Volunteer Appreciation Party
Jan 11
Indie At the Orpheum
Jan 17
Smallgrass Film Festival (A Family-Friendly Film Festival presented with Exploration Place)