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11th annual Tallgrass Film Fest in the Can

That' a wrap, Wichita!

The 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival wrapped at Sunday's Closing Night Gala sponsored by Heroes Sports Bar and Grill with a wonderful screening of Brad Bernstein's FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY (now available on itunes and online) and after party at the Scottish Rite.

Attendance and ticket sales for this year's festival were at an all time high (while final attendance numbers are still being tallied, TFA can report that ticket sales were up 50% from 2012). In a shocking twist, the festival experienced its first snow fall, only to be followed by two days of 70-degree weather, so visiting guests truly got a taste of  Kansas weather.

Pictured at right: Director Brad Bernstein and Tallgrass Director of Acquisitions Shan Jabara at the Closing Night Gala. (Photo by David Quick)

We'd Like To Thank...

More than 160 corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations and individual donors are to be thanked for supporting Tallgrass and its year round events. On behalf of everyone at the Tallgrass Film Association, we extend the deepest gratitude to our sponsors for being Stubbornly Independent. We'd also like to thank The Lux for hosting the Consolidated Equities Trust VIP Lounge where we're pretty confident that a good time was had by all. Click here for a full list of 2013 supporters.

Tallgrass would especially like to thank our hundreds of volunteers who put in many, many, many hours of blood, sweat, tears and love to make this event possible. Thanks to We Know Motion for putting together these lovely spots featuring just a few of our dedicated crew. Thanks for helping the Tallgrass grow!

Pictured at right: Top: VIP Lounge Fare sponsored by The Anchore. Bottom: Volunteers get into the spirit of fligt at the Stubbornly Independent Pan-Am themed party at 125 N. Market. (Photos by Tallgrass Press Corps)

The Filmmakers

Filmmakers from across North America, and Kansas, descended on Wichita for 5 days of movies, educational events and parties. They participated in Q&A's, explored the city and made new friends. (We wouldn't be surprised if a few movie collaborations arise as a result of the confluence of such wonderful talent.) TFA would also like to extend special thanks to the Hotel at Waterwalk, the official hotel of the Tallgrass Film Association and to All Class Limo, for taking such wonderful care of our visiting filmmakers.

Here's what some of the filmmakers had to say about their Tallgrass experience:

"I just want to let you know what a fantastic experience Tallgrass was, and to thank you all for your hospitality and professionalism.  You guys really know how to do it! It was such an honor to have Doris screen at the opening gala and as she continues her festival run I will be singing the praises of TallGrass and its friendly and welcoming team of staff and volunteers with other filmmakers along the way."  - Matthew Pond, Co-Director, THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE

"Just wanted to say thanks again for making Far Out the closing night Gala film. The film has been on a wild ride the last 13 months but ending our festival and theatrical run in Wichita will forever be special." - Brad Bernstein, Director, FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY

"Not only was participating in Tallgrass a total blast, it was a genuinely rewarding experience from beginning to end. The movies were great, the events were planned so well, and those old theaters are intimidatingly beautiful, but more than anything we appreciate the atmosphere you guys created...and we got the feeling that the whole city was happy to have us". - James Leffler, Co-Director, FOREV

"Tallgrass Film Festival was a remarkable experience from beginning to end. A diverse program of excellent films, a weekend of kick-ass parties, deeply engaged audiences and humbling Kansan hospitality all combines to make it one of the best experiences I've had a festival. Can't recommend it enough!" - Sarah Stuteville, Producer, BARZAN

Pictured at right: Top: Blue Caprice Screenwriter R.F.I. Porto at a Q&A; Bottom: Filmmaker Kelley Baker leads a Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab Workshop on Sound Design for Indie Film (Photo Credit: Tallgrass Press Corps/My Eye on Photography)

Vimeo Audience & Award Winning Films

Vimeo Audience Awards - as voted on by the Tallgrass movie-goers:

Vimeo Audience Award Narrative Feature ($1,000): FOREV (d. James Leffler, Molly Green)
Runner Up: THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE (d. Josh Barrett, Marc Menchaca)

Vimeo Audience Award Documentary Feature ($1,000): BLACKFISH (d. Gabriela Cowperthwaite)
Runner Up: A LOVELY DAY (d. Kerri Gawryn)

Vimeo Audience Award Short Film ($500): DOTTY (d. Mick Andrews and Brett O'Gorman)

Programming Awards (given by Tallgrass Programming Directors):

Golden Strands Documentary Feature: I WILL BE MURDERED (d. Justin Weber)

Golden Strands Narrative Feature: BLUE CAPRICE (d. Alexandre Moors)

Golden Strands Directing Recognition: Andrew Bowser, WORM (d. Andrew Bowser)

Golden Strands Acting Recognition: Golshifteh Farahani, THE PATIENCE STONE (Atiq Rahimi)

Golden Strands Short Film: THE BUTCHER'S DOZEN (d. Eirin Strickland)

Kansas Short Film: FULL SERVICE (d. Erich Rumback)

Emerging Student Short Film: WHY NOT? (D. Mariah Hall)

Vimeo Stubbornly Independent Winner ($2,500): FAVOR


Spread the Word About these Official Selections

The following #tallgrass11 selections are currently available on itunes, VOD and other online platforms. If you saw them at Tallgrass, spread the word! Help these indie filmmakers make a buck or two so we can bring them back to Wichita with their next films.

FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY
MUSCLE SHOALS
A BAND CALLED DEATH
BLUE CAPRICE
and premiering on Thursday, October 24 is the Audience Award winning documentary BLACKFISH.

Check out Flavorwire Film Editor Jason Bailey's piece on the Centerpiece Gala screening of PULP FICTION with Music Supervisor Karyn Rachtman and Casting Director Ronnie Yeskel - "10 Things You Didn't Know About Pulp Fiction."

Hundreds of festival photos are available on flickr and facebook - tag yourself and relive the fun and stay tuned for an announcement of our November 20th Special Screening at the Orpheum Theatre.

Sunday, October 20 - Day 5

Crowds packed the Scottish Rite Theatre last night for the Vimeo Stubbornly Independent Gala which included a screening of FAVOR with its star Blayne Weaver.

The screening was followed by a retro "Pan-Am" themed an after party at 125 N. Market, replete with stewardesses, in-flight meals and live music from The Boomers.

An impromptu karaoke session and late-night breakfast with the filmmakers followed at the Hotel at Waterwalk where Weaver brought down the house with his rendition of "I'll Be There For You."

A big thank you to all of the evening's sponsors including Vimeo, House of Schwan, Aces Wine and 125 N. Market.

On behalf of the staff and board of directors of the Tallgrass Film Association, we hope that everyone is enjoying their cinematic journey at the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival!

Pictured at right top: Worm's Andrew Bowser, Tallgrass Programming Director Gretchen Mitchell and Blayne Weaver.

Pictured at right bottom: Tallgrass volunteers get into character at the Pan Am party. (Photos by Jennifer Pritchard)

TODAY

Films continue to screen all day today at most Tallgrass venues including The Orpheum, the Scottish Rite Theatre, The Garvey Center, The Hotel at Old Town and the Historical Museum.

Two visual art-themed films will screen today at the Wichita Art Museum:

12:00 pm: HER AIM IS TRUE with Director Karen Whitehead
2:30 pm: CUTIE AND THE BOXER

The Joel Fein Emerging Filmmaker Program takes place at 11:45 am at the Garvey Center while the Timothy Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers happens at 2:00 pm at the same venue. Both shorts programs feature many films made by Wichitans and are free for students with valid ID.

Two more Stubbornly Independent nominees screen today as well at the Scottish Rite Theatre:

1:45 pm: SAKE-BOMB with co-Producer Hiram Chan
4:15 pm: FOREV with co-Director James Leffler and Producer Stephanie Dziczek

Pictured at right: Vimeo's Andrea Allen presents Blayne Weaver with a $2,500 cash prize. (Photo by Tallgrass Pres Corps)

Tallgrass Filmmaker Lab Workshops conclude today with "From Story to Storyverse: A Crash Course in Transmedia Storytelling" with Eric Moore at The Lux at 3:30 pm. ($10 GA/$8 discounted, free for Passholders.)

CLOSING NIGHT GALA, 7:00 pm at the Orpheum

FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY with Director Brad Bernstein will close the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Fest. The movie will be followed by a Q&A with Bernstein and the Closing Night Gala party at the Scottish Rite with open bar, food and live music from Metro Jazz Orchestra. The evening is sponsored by Heroes, Old Town's Original Sports Bar & Grill. Tickets are $25.

The film depicts one man's wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. This 98-minute film combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation from over 70 years worth of art from the renegade children's book author and illustrator. Using a historical palette of 20th century events to paint an artist's epic yet controversial life story, this HD documentary film offers a feature-length retrospective of Ungerer's life and art, pondering the complexities and contradictions of a man who, armed with an acerbic wit, an accusing finger and a razor sharp pencil, gave visual representation to the revolutionary voices during one of the most tantalizing and dramatic periods in American history. Far Out Isn't Far Enough explores the circumstances of his meteoric rise and fall on American soil, but also delves into Ungerer's formative years leading up to, and prolific years since, his time in America.

Sound Design with Kelley Baker

A wonderful crowd gathered for Kelley Baker's Filmmaker Lab Workshop It's The Sound Stupid: Sound Design for Indie Films.

Saturday, October 19: Day 4

More than 500 film fans enjoyed the Centerpiece Gla screening of PULP FICTION on glorious 35mm film at the Orpheum Theatre.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion with the film's Music Supervisor Karyn Rachtman and Casting Director Ronnie Yeskel, and moderated by Wichita native and Flavorwire film editor Jason Bailey, whose new book "Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece" is available now.

The film was followed by an after party at Abode Venue with live music from Seven Nation Army. Thanks to Steve Anderson for sponsoring a wonderful evening!

Picture at right: Karyn Rachtman and Ronnie Yeskel.

HAPPENING TODAY:

SMALLGRASS ARRIVES AT EXPLORATION PLACE!

A specially-curated film program for families with children ages 3 and up – and for the young at heart, Smallgrass takes place today at Exploration Place beginning at 11:00 am. 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. (Admission is free for TALLPass holders.)

Tickets for Smallgrass will be sold exclusively at Exploration Place today.

Schedule of Films:

11:00 am: Tail Spin: Aviation in Animation: Presented by Lamphouse Entertainment, this shorts program features a collection of classic cartoons.

1:00 pm: Earning Wings: A collection of short films from around the world, including animation and narrative films.

3:00 pm: FROM UP ON POPPY HILL: The critically-acclaimed animated feature film from the famed Japanese Director Goro Miyazaki tells the story of a group of Yokohama teens who look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Plus, enjoy these flight-inspired activities between films:

Up and Away
How many helium balloons would it take to lift you off the ground? Find out with our Balloonometer!

Leaf Blower Magic
Watch a beach ball float in the air, and how to make toilet paper fly without touching it!

FEATURE FILMS WITH GUESTS

Don't miss these feature presentations with special guests:

Pictured at right: Favor's Blayne Weaver, A Band Called Death's Mark Covino, Forev's James Leffler.

EDUCATION

1:00 pm: Filmmaker Roundtable: The Present & Future - Online & Non-traditional Distribution Join participating filmmakers to talk about the new era of online distribution platforms. What are the pros and cons for independent filmmakers? The panel will be moderated by Andrea Allen, Director Production + Community at Vimeo, and Wichita native. (The Lux, Free and open to the public.)

Filmmaker Lab: It's the Sound Stupid: Sound Design for Indie Film  As the Sound Designer on Gus Van Sant's film (MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, GOOD WILL HUNTING, FINDING FORRESTER), as well as animated features, network television specials and his own features, Kelley Baker has a unique approach to the Art of Sound Design. Whether you're working with a huge budget, or a non-existent one, sound is the one area of filmmaking that always gets little attention, until the very end. "We'll fix it in the mix..." is an often heard expression, but what does that mean? As a sound designer it usually means you're in trouble. There's never enough money or time to do sound right. So what do you do? Do you mix in digital? Dolby? How many formats are there and which one is going to give you the most options? Kelley will share his insights, and show you creative solutions to many sound problems. He'll also discuss what to do when you have no budget, and how to blow a lot of money when you do have it. ($10 GA/$8 students/seniors.)

Pictured at right: Big Deal Branding's Krysta Masciale leading this morning's Filmmaker Lab.

VIMEO STUBBORNLY INDEPENDENT GALA: FAVOR with Star Blayne Weaver

Tonight, FAVOR (Dir. Paul Osbourne) screens at the Vimeo Stubbornly Independent Gala film at 7:30 pm at the Scottish Rite Theatre. The film's star, Blayne Weaver, will attend and the feature will be preceded by UNMASKED, the winning Down to the Wire:24 Hour Film Race. The Q&A will be followed by a "Pan-Am" themed after-party with open bar, food & live music from The Boomers at 125 N. Market. Tickets are $25.

MIDNIGHT

And don't miss the classic film AIRPLANE!, screening on 35mm film at the Orpheum Theatre at midnight!


TOMORROW

Joel Fein Emerging Filmmaker Program sponsored by The Independent School. Named for Tallgrass mentor Joel Fein, this program features the best short films from high school students and younger from around the world. (Free for students with valid ID.)

Timothy Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers sponsored by Mindfire Academy. Named for late festival founder Timothy Gruver, this program features the best short films from Kansans and filmmakers with Kansas connections. (Free for students with valid ID.)

Pictured at right: Young Wichita filmmakers at Opening Night Gala.

Closing Night Gala: FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY sponsored by Heroes, Old Town's Original Sports Bar & Grill, with Director Brad Bernstein. Followed by the Closing Night Gala party at the Scottish Rite with open bar, food and live music from Metro Jazz Orchestra. ($25)

The film depicts one man's wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art. This 98-minute film combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation from over 70 years worth of art from the renegade children's book author and illustrator. Using a historical palette of 20th century events to paint an artist's epic yet controversial life story, this HD documentary film offers a feature-length retrospective of Ungerer's life and art, pondering the complexities and contradictions of a man who, armed with an acerbic wit, an accusing finger and a razor sharp pencil, gave visual representation to the revolutionary voices during one of the most tantalizing and dramatic periods in American history. Far Out Isn't Far Enough explores the circumstances of his meteoric rise and fall on American soil, but also delves into Ungerer's formative years leading up to, and prolific years since, his time in America.

Why Volunteer for Tallgrass? You Might Fall in Love!

Filmmakers Talk Shop at Roundtables

Visting filmmakers gather at The Lux to talk about what "Lights their Filmmaking Fire." Roundtables are free and open to the public and very informative. Two more are planned throughou the weekend.

Friday, October 18: Day 3

VIPs enjoyed a wonderful reception at the Ulrich Museum of Art last night before the Greengrass Spotlight Screening of MORE THAN HONEY at the C.A.C. Theatre.

On hand were Ulrich Museum Director Bob Workman and Vice Mayor Lavonta Williams. Tonight, VIPs will toast the filmmakers at a private reception at the Wichita Art Museum.

The festival gets into full swing today with screenings at the Orpheum, Scottish Rite, Garvey Center, Hotel at Old Town, Historical Museum, Central Library and C.A.C. Theatre. All screenings at library and C.A.C. are free.

Pictured at right: Guests enjoy the festivities at the Ulrich Museum.

Free Greengrass Films at Wichita State University (sponsored by the Ulrich Museum and Backwoods Wichita)

1:15 pm: TINY A STORY ABOUT LIVING SMALL with Director Merete Meuller

3:15 pm: BRINGING IT HOME with Director Linda Booker

Be sure to check out these films with Special Guests:

Tonight:

Centerpiece Gala: PULP FICTION: The Making of an Indie Masterpiece

The Centerpiece Gala features a screening of Quentin Tarantino's indie classic PULP FICTION (1994), on 35 millimeter film, on Friday, October 18 at 7:00 pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Arguably best known for its stellar cast and music, the movie will be followed by a conversation with the film's Casting Director Ronnie Yeskel and Music Supervisor Karyn Rachtman. The discussion will be moderated by Jason Bailey, Wichita native, Flavorwire Film Editor and author of the upcoming book Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece.

Nearly twenty years later, we'll explore how and why PULP FICTION became such an inspirational and transformative film in the industry and artistry of independent cinema. Arguably best known for its stellar cast and music,  Yeskel and Rachtman will share their experiences of working on the film and collaborating with Tarantino. The discussion will be followed by the Centerpiece Gala Party at Abode Venue with open bar/food and live music from Seven Nation Army.

Tickets are $25, include screening and after-party at Abode Venue, and will be available October 5. The Centerpiece Gala is sponsored by Steve Anderson.

Tomorrow's Highlights

Smallgrass at Exploration Place

A film program specifically curated for families with children ages 3 and up – and for the young at heart with the film programs beginning at 11:00 am. 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. Tickets for Smallgrass will be sold exclusively at Exploration Place tomorrow.

Filmmaker Lab Workshops

9:00 - 11:00 am: Filmmaker Lab Workshop: Branding For Independent Films

Branding isn’t your logo or a fancy website. Branding is who you are, the reason behind what you do and why you do it. Our goal is to extract the pieces of you that no one else can replicate and turn them into a conversation worth remembering. It takes guts to own who you are and stand out from the crowd in this industry, but we believe in you! Krysta Masciale co-founded B!G DEAL BRANDING  in 2011 and continues to lead the agency as CEO, shaping their strategy for growth and leading the strategy team. She has a bachelor's degree from Wichita State University in Integrated Marketing and Communications and a graduate degree from Chapman University in Organizational Leadership.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Filmmaker Lab Workshop: It’s The Sound, Stupid! Sound Design for Indie Film

As the Sound Designer on Gus Van Sant's film (MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, GOOD WILL HUNTING, FINDING FORRESTER), as well as animated features,  network television specials and his own features,  Kelley Baker has a unique approach to the Art of Sound Design.  Whether you're working with a huge budget, or a non-existent one, sound is the one area of filmmaking that always gets little attention, until the very end.  "We'll fix it in the mix..." is an often heard expression, but what does that mean?  As a sound designer it usually means you're in trouble.  There's never enough money or time to do sound right.  So what do you do?  Do you mix in digital?  Dolby?  How many formats are there and which one is going to give you the most options?  Kelley will share his insights, and show you creative solutions to many sound problems.  He'll also discuss what to do when you have no budget, and how to blow a lot of money when you do have it.

Vimeo Stubbornly Independent Gala: FAVOR with Star Blayne Weaver

The Vimeo Stubbornly Independent Gala takes place on Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Scottish Rite Theatre. The film's star, Blayne Weaver, will attend. FAVOR will be preceded by UNMASKED, the winning Down to the Wire:24 Hour Film Race. The screening will be followed by an after-party with open bar, food & live music from The Boomers at 125 N. Market. Tickets are $25.

Kip Desmond has gotten everything he's ever wanted: a thriving career, beautiful wife and an affluent lifestyle, all of which is put in jeopardy when Abby, the waitress with whom he's having a casual fling, is accidentally killed. Desperate, he ends up on the doorstep of childhood friend Marvin Croat and asks him for a huge favor: help get rid of the body. This gruesome circumstance begins a series of events which unravels Kip and Marvin’s lifelong friendship, leading both men to murderous acts neither had ever suspected themselves capable of.

Filmmakers Get Tangled Up in Film

Filmmakers Blayne Weaver (Favor), James Leffler (Forev), Mark Covino (A Band Called Death) and Morgan Nichols (How to Make Movies at Home) get tangled up in a film on a visit to the Orpheum's projection booth with Lamphouse Entertainment's Chris Wren. The festival will screen 4 films on 35mm: Airplane!, Kauwboy, Pulp Fiction and The Patience Stone.

Co-Director James Leffler on FOREV

Thursday, October 17: Day 2

Thank you, Wichita for wonderul Opening Night to the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival!

Crowds turned out en masse for the fascinating documentary THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE, which was followed by a Q&A with the film's Co-Director Matthew Pond and an Alfred Hitchcok "The Birds"-themed party at Botanica with food, Open bar by Stella Artois, Aces Wine and live music from Seven Nation Army.

Pictured at right: Tallgrass Print Traffic Director Arvin Cruz, Co-Director Matthew Pond, Tallgrass Co-Director of Programming Gretchen Mitchell at Opening Night. (Photo Credit: My Eye On Photography)


RIGHT NOW

Films screen all day today at the Orpheum Theatre and two feature films with Wichita connections, SHOTGUN WEDDING and DARKNESS, will be followed by Q&A's with filmmakers.


BOX OFFICE & PARKING

The main box office is located at the BCC Box Office Tent on 1st Street between Broadway and Topeka, in between the Scottish Rite and Orpheum Theatres. You can buy tickets for any show at this location and all Will Call is also located here. Should the weather be inclement, this will be located in the lobby of the Orpheum Theatre.

Starting Friday, tickets will be available at the Garvey Center, the Hotel at Old Town and the Historical Museum for screenings at those venues. Screenings at the Central Library and the C.A.C. Theatre are free and open to the public.

Important Parking Information: Parking is available during the festival (Wednesday - Sunday) for a one-time fee of $8. Several spaces are reserved in the lot for Distributor level sponsors (available on a first-come first-serve basis.)

Please note: There is NO parking in the Orpheum Theatre parking lot during business hours on Thursday or Friday. Violators will be ticketed or towed.


THIS EVENING

Greengrass Spotlight: More Than Honey, 7:30 at the CAC Theatre, Wichita State University

An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: billions of bees leave their hives, never to return. No bodies are found in the immediate surroundings, and no visible predators can be located. Fifty years ago, Einstein had already insisted on the symbiotic relationship binding these pollen gatherers to mankind: “If bees were to disappear from the globe,” he predicted, “mankind would only have four years left to live."

This screening is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Greengrass program is sponsored by the Ulrich Museum of Art and Backwoods Wichita. Community Partner: Botanica.


TOMORROW

Films screen all day at the Orpheum Theatre, Scottish Rite, Central Library, Historical Museum, Garvey Center, Hotel at Old Town and the C.A.C. Theatre at WSU. Click here for Friday's schedule.

Be sure to check out these films with Special Guests:

And join the visiting filmmakers for a free Filmmaker Roundtable discussion "Lighting The Fire" - to learn about what inspired their filmmaking careers. (11:00 am at The Lux.)


CENTERPIECE GALA: Pulp Fiction: The Making of an Indie Masterpiece, 7:00 pm at the Orpheum, with Special Guests Karyn Rachtman, Ronnie Yeskel and Jason Bailey

Screening on 35 mm at the Orpheum Theatre, Quentin Tarantino's epic PULP FICTION will be followed by a conversation with Casting Director Ronnie Yeskel and Music Supervisor Karyn Rachtman. The discussion will be moderated by Jason Bailey, Wichita native, Flavorwire Film Editor and author of the upcoming book Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece. Nearly twenty years later, we'll explore how and why PULP FICTION became such an inspirational and transformative film in the industry and artistry of independent cinema. Arguably best known for its stellar cast and music, Yeskel and Rachtman will share their experiences of working on the film and collaborating with Tarantino.

The film will be followed by the Centerpiece Gala party at Abode Venue with open bar, food and live music by Seven Nation Army. Tickets are $25. The evening is sponsored by Steve Anderson.

Co-Director Matthew Pond on Doris Payne

Wednesday, October 16: Day 1

The 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival arrives this evening at 7:30 pm at the Scottish Rite Theatre with an after-party at Botanica.

Tickets are still available! To avoid lines, purchase online, choose the "print at home" option and go directly to the theater.

The main box office is located at the BCC Box Office Tent on 1st Street between Broadway and Topeka, in between the Scottish Rite and Orpheum Theatres. You can buy tickets for any show at this location and all Will Call is also located here.

Important Parking Information: Parking is available during the festival (Wednesday - Sunday) for a one-time fee of $5. Several spaces are reserved in the lot for Distributor level sponsors (available on a first-come first-serve basis.)

Please note: There is NO parking in the Orpheum Theatre parking lot during business hours on Thursday or Friday. Violators will be ticketed or towed.

For a map of downtown parking spaces, visit Downtown Wichita's parking page.


TODAY at 7:30 pm

Opening Night Gala: The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, with Co-Director Matthew Pond

How does a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated 1950s America wind up as one of the world’s most notorious jewel thieves? Just ask her. A glamorous 81-year-old, Doris Payne is as unapologetic today about the nearly $2 million in jewels she’s stolen over a 60-year career as she was the day she stole her first carat. With Payne now on trial for the theft of a department store diamond ring, filmmakers Kirk Marcolina and Matthew Pond probe beneath her consummate smile to uncover the secrets of her trade and what drove her to a life of crime. Stylish recreations, an extensive archive and candid interviews reveal how Payne managed to jet-set her way into any Cartier or Tiffany’s from Monte Carlo to Japan and walk out with small fortunes. This sensational portrait exposes a rebel who defies society’s prejudices and pinches her own version of the American Dream while she steals your heart.

Followed by a Q&A with Pond and the Opening Night Part at Botanica, $25. The Opening Night Gala is sponsored by Rick & Monica Nutt.


TOMORROW

Films screen all day at the Orpheum Theater. All films starting before 5:00 pm tomorrow are $5 matinees. The schedule also includes the Greengrass Spotlight and two feature films from Wichita natives.

Greengrass Spotlight: More Than Honey, 7:30 at the CAC Theatre, Wichita State University

An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: billions of bees leave their hives, never to return. No bodies are found in the immediate surroundings, and no visible predators can be located. Fifty years ago, Einstein had already insisted on the symbiotic relationship binding these pollen gatherers to mankind: “If bees were to disappear from the globe,” he predicted, “mankind would only have four years left to live."

This screening is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Greengrass program is sponsored by the Ulrich Museum of Art and Backwoods Wichita. Community Partner: Botanica.

Shotgun Wedding, 6:30 pm at the Orpheum, with Director Danny Roew

After Robert, a marrying-up groom, 'accidentally' shoots his fiance's Maid of Honor in the face during a drunken skeet-shooting session, his meddling mother does whatever it takes to ensure the wedding takes place. She will stop at nothing to see her baby boy get married, even if it means taking the Maid of Honor hostage, brutally attacking the wedding videographers, or rekindling the flame with her co-conspiring ex-husband. As the pressure to move the wedding plans forward increases, so does the body count, making it nearly impossible to keep the whole thing a secret.

Q&A with Wichita-native Director Danny Roew to follow screening.The film also screens on Saturday, October 19 at 9:30 am at the Orpheum.

Darkness: 20th Anniversary Screening, 9:30 at the Orpheum with Director Leif Jonker

Depicting the take over of a small mid-western town by a blood-thirsty army of the undead, the no-budget, underground indy film DARKNESS was called "The goriest vampire movie yet filmed!" by HorrorHound Magazine in early 2012.  Now enjoying the 20th Anniversary of its very first VHS release back in October 1993, this project that was supposed to be the movie equivalent of a garage-band demo tape has beaten the odds living on to be discovered, reviewed and discussed over two decades later.  Shot in Wichita and the surrounding areas by local filmmaker Leif Jonker, who started filming the project when he was only 19, the original release version of the film that was seen at festivals and released on video all over the world, was produced for less than $5000 out-of-pocket, the budget largely financed by the director and crew member Gary Miller working odd jobs and selling their plasma at the local blood bank.  (Yes, they sold their blood to make a vampire movie!)

Q&A to follow with Wichitan Leif Jonker and crew. Tickets are $5. Late Night Screenings are sponsored by Douglas Avenue Chop Shop.

10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival Audience Award Winners

Congratulations to all of this year's official selections and visiting (and non-visiting) filmmakers. Thank you for making the 10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival such a wonderful and memorable experience for Wichita audiences.

We'd especially like to congratulate the following films and filmmakers for their achievements, including the txtwrks Audience Award winning films, the Golden Strands Programming Awards, and the Best Kansas and Emerging filmmaker films.

Txtwrks Audience Awards - Winners receives $1,000 cash prize

Narrative Feature: DEAD DAD, Directed by Ken J. Adachi
Runner Up: SHOUTING SECRETS, Directed by Korinna Sehringer

Documentary Feature: BEAUTY IS EMBARASSING, Directed by Neil Berkeley
Runner Up: CALL ME KUCHU, Directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Short Film: CATAPLEXY, Directed by John Salcido

Golden Strands Programming Awards - awarded by Tallgrass Programming Directors for Outstanding Documentary and Fiction Feature

Narrative: THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART, Directed Jennifer Devoldère

Documentary: YEAR OF THE LIVING DEAD, Directed by Rob Kuhns

Special Acting Recognition: Robert Carlyle, CALIFORNIA SOLO

Kansas & Emerging Filmmaker Winning Shorts (awarded by Tallgrass Programming Directors)

Kansas Filmmaker: HOUSE OF MONSTERS, Director Dawn Brown

Emerging Filmmaker:
Narrative: FRIENDS, Directed by Bunee Tomlinson
Documentary: OPENING LEVITTOWN: MOVING THE FIRST BLACK FAMILY INTO AMERICA'S SECOND SUBURB, Directed by Molly Nemer