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:
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!
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
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!
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.
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
This GivingTuesday, you can support Tallgrass by:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.