August 2014 e-News
Abide with Special Guest Peter Exline at Dudegrass Next Weekend
TFA presents the 4th annual Dudegrass: A Big Lebowski Extravaganza on Saturday, August 16th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Northrock Lanes. The evening features a Q&A with Special Guest Peter Exline (inspiration for Walter), unlimited bowling/shoe rental, screening of the cult classic THE BIG LEBOWSKI, the live music stylings of DJ Carbon and J Skratch, costume contest, Cards Against Nihilism, Briefcase Roulette, the "Bunny Lebowski Manicure" by Eric Fisher Academy, food specials from AJ’s Sports Grill and other whatnots. Admission is $15 and costumes are encouraged. Dudegrass is sponsored by Northrock Lanes, Tallgrass Brewing Company, 107.3 The Brew and KMUW. Click to read more & to purchase tickets.
Tallgrass Filmmaker Lab Presents "Movie Openings: Getting Things Started Right," with Peter Exline
Join our Special Guest and Industry Professional and Professor at USC School of Cinema Peter Exline for a Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab, "Movie Openings: Getting Things Started Right." The class takes place from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at House of Schwan (3232 N. Comotara) on Saturday, August 16th. The opening sequence of a film (the first 10-15 minutes) tells an audience what to expect and establishes just about everything an audience needs to know. The class will explore the importance of the beginning of movies by examining the opening sequences of six different films, some dramatic and some comedic, to see how much information an audience gleams from those pivotal scenes. Read more about Mr. Exline's filmmaking career. Space is limited and advanced registration required ($20.)
Six Films Nominated for 2014 Vimeo Stubbornly Independent Gala
The 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival announces the first of its official selections with the six films nominated for the Vimeo Stubbornly Independent Gala. Over 100 eligible films were submitted and the six contenders were selected by the Tallgrass Programming Committee. A jury of industry professionals will select the winner. To be eligible, films had to be a US production made for under $750,000 with no traditional theatrical distribution at the time of the festival. In addition to the Gala screening, the winner will a receive $2,500 cash prize from Vimeo, a one night theater rental from AMC Theatres, and the Stubbornly Independent Tallgrass Tap Handle Award. And the 2014 Stubbornly Independent nominees are: A IS FOR ALEX, FIVE STAR, HALF BROTHER, MAN FROM RENO, PRETTY ROSEBUD, and THE LIVING. The winning film will be announced in early September.
VIP TALLPass Sale Continues in August for $175
Bethany College @ Mindfire Academy Open House This Saturday, August 9th
Visit the Bethany College @ Mindfire Academy Open House (3805 E. Harry) this weekend from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. An education from Bethany College @ MindFire will give you the tools you need to get a career in the digital arts started. Offering a variety of tracks towards graduation, by attending Bethany College @ MindFire, you can learn 3D animation, filmmaking, video game design or audio recording arts and all instructors are industry professionals. Students are able to earn either a certificate in any of the four focus areas or a bachelor of arts degree with a focus in either 3D animation or digital filmmaking. Even if you’re still in high school, students can get a head start on their collegiate careers and graduate with transferable college credit! Juniors and seniors are welcome to apply for classes while they continue to finish their high school curriculum. Bethany College @ MindFire is home to the region’s only motion capture stage, a studio with a dedicated green screen, two audio recording studios equipped with Pro-Tools and studios for traditional art classes. Bethany College @ Mindfire Academy is the presenting sponsor for the Tallgrass Film Festival's Timothy Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers.
June 2014 e-News
Submit Your Film to one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee!” The Regular Deadline is June 17th!
Grab Your Lawn Chair and Head to WAM for Tunes + Tallgrass
Spend your Friday the 13th with TFA & WAM at Tunes + Tallgrass on the Terrace featuring a 45th anniversary screening of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID preceded by live music from the Tusla-based The Whiskey Misters. The evening will also feature some of ICT’s favorite food trucks including The Flying Stove and Let’m Eat Brats, a cash bar and the world premiere of the 2014 Tallgrass Film Festival trailer, featuring some of our finest filmmaking talent. Bring your lawn chairs and settle in for a memorable – and free – evening on the river. Many thanks to LivingSound Custom Home Automation for screening support.
Can You Make A Movie in 24 Hours? Down to the Wire is 10 Days Away
Assemble your teams and lace up your running shoes. TFA & CreativeRush’s Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race is happening next weekend! This year’s race includes some new and surprise elements like a $500 cash prize for Best Emerging Student Film (elementary, middle or high school,) new race hours (morning to morning) a $15,000 prize package from Mindfire Academy and a few other things that we just can’t reveal. For more information and to register your team today visit dttwfilmrace.com. The Top 10 Showcase is open to the public on Sunday, June 22 at 7pm the Orpheum. (Advanced ticket purchase recommended.) DTTW is presented by Blacktop Nationals.
Volunteers Keep Us Out of the Weeds and Get Extra Perks
Here at TFA, we know we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our hundreds of volunteers who spend hours helping us in every way. We also know that while you are working at all these events, you don’t always have time to enjoy all the fun. So to help say “thank you” and to increase the fun factor in your lives, we’re partnering with area venues, businesses and organizations to offer FREE opportunities for Tallgrass volunteers, including The Orpheum’s Emerging Artist Series and more. Look for details in the volunteer email and join our Tallgrass Film Fest Volunteers facebook page to stay up to date. Haven’t signed up to volunteer yet? Learn more by emailing Gay@tallgrassfilmfest.com.
Reverie Coffeehouse Celebrates One Year Anniversary With CONNECTED BY COFFEE Screening
Reverie Coffee Roasters (2611 E. Douglas) celebrates its first anniversary with a screening of the documentary CONNECTED BY COFFEE on Saturday, June 21st. Coffee is a multi-billion dollar industry yet most coffee farmers live in poverty. The film follows two North American coffee roasters on a 1,000 mile journey across Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua to listen to the stories of the people who grow their coffee. The screening begins at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a discussion. Tickets are free and the film is appropriate for all ages.
Projecting Process: Final Friday Event in Collaboration with Cinema 1 Film & FX and Fisch Haus
On June 27th, Fisch Bowl is proud to present their first video art and experimental film exhibition, in collaboration with Cinema 1 Film & FX and the Tallgrass Film Festival. 'Projecting Process' is a multimedia exploration of the transformation from conception to finished product, highlighting elements of the creative flow unique to video art and experimental filmmaking. The event includes interactive projections by Curt Rierson and Aaron Wirtz; the world premiere of Cinema 1's newest music video, String Theory, starring Alexander Matthew Schneider and Amanda Blackmon; live music by Uche and the Crash and Lancelot Ponder, aka electronica artist Fox; and various process/product demonstrations and documentaries of several works in the exhibition. Click here for more information.
Cinema About Town
Save the date for these upcoming cinematic happenings in ICT:
June 19: THE TERMINATOR at the Orpheum
June 27: GREASE Sing-A-Long at the Orpheum
July 10: CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in 3-D at the Orpheum
July 14 & 15: William Friedkin’s SORCERER at Warren Oldtown
May 2014 e-News
Submit Your Film to one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” The regular deadline is June 17th!
Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship applications are due June 1!
DTTW: 24 Hour Film Race = One Month Away!
Assemble your teams and lace up your running shoes. TFA & CreativeRush’s Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race is happening in just one month and will feature some new and surprise elements like a $500 cash prize for Best Emerging Student Film (elementary, middle or high school,) new race hours (morning to morning) a $15,000 prize package from Mindfire Academy and a few other things that we just can’t reveal yet. For all the info and to register your team today visit dttwfilmrace.com. And save the date for the Top 10 Showcase, open to the public, on Sunday, June 22 at the Orpheum. DTTW is presented by Blacktop Nationals, Vimeo, Mindfire Academy, KMUW, Orpheum Theatre and Monster Energy Drink.
Tallgrass & WAM present Tunes + Tallgrass on the Terrace
Spend Friday the 13th with Redford, Newman, TFA & WAM at Tunes + Tallgrass on the Terrace featuring a 45th anniversary screening of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID and live music from Tusla-based The Whiskey Misters. The evening will also feature some of ICT’s favorite food trucks including The Flying Stove and Let’m Eat Brats, a cash bar and the premiere of the 2014 Tallgrass Film Festival trailer, featuring some of our finest filmmaking talent. Festivities kick off at 7 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and settle in for a memorable – and free – evening on the river. Generously supported by IMA with additional event support from LivingSound Home.
“Local art-driven events like the Tallgrass Film Festival not only have a positive impact on Wichita’s economy but also add to the quality of life in this city, ” proclaimed Robert Redford in 2008. Just sayin’.
Tallgrass Films in the News
There’s still time to support the Kickstarter campaign for the 2013 Official Selection HER AIM IS TRUE, directed by the extraordinary Karen Whitehead who said of Tallgrass, "It's not just a festival...it's a way of life." Click here to see TFA Director of Acquisitions Shan Jabara talking about the film and the importance of preserving stories like rock photographer Jini Dellaccio.
2013 Stubbornly Independent nominee and Audience Award winner FOREV - starring SNL's Noel Wells - is now available for purchase/rental on on DVD, Blu-ray, iTunes, Cable and VOD. Here’s Director James Leffler explaining the inspiration for the film at #tallgrass11.
2013 Official Selection THE BIG ASK (formerly Teddy Bears), starring Tallgrass favorite Jason Ritter, is now available online and On Demand! Film Threat says, “A beautiful portrait of how grief can erode relationships…It sure feels awesome to watch such a good movie.” Click here to watch the trailer.
Cinema About Town
Save the date for these upcoming cinematic happenings in ICT:
April 2014 e-News
TFA & MTWichita Celebrate South Pacific with Screening & Soiree
Just a Few Spots Remain for Project Nano with Filmmaker in Residence Morgan Nichols
Tallgrass is among "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" - Submit Your Film Today!
3rd Annual Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race Returns in June
Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab and CreativeRush reunite for DOWN TO THE WIRE: A 24 Hour Film Race, presented by Blacktop Nationals. New this year is a $500 cash prize for the Best Emerging Student Film – eligible teams will be comprised of elementary, middle and high school students and a grand prize of 15-day’s worth of studio time at Mindfire Academy (including use of cameras, green screen, iMac work stations with Adobe Master Collection and Audio Suite with Pro-Tools) valued at $15,000. The race takes place from June 20-22 and participants can enter on their own as a team of one or with up to fifteen people. Teams have 24 hours to write, produce, shoot and edit a short film that is six minutes or less. All films are required to include four elements that are randomly selected at the beginning of the race. Click here to read more about the race, the rules, prizes and registration.
Watch 2014 Stubbornly Independent Gala Winner FAVOR Today
2014 SI Gala Winner FAVOR is now available on digital platforms iTunes, Vudu, the PlayStation Network, Xbox, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video and YouTube On Demand, and as a Pay-Per- View title on all major North American cable providers making it available in over 100 million households! The film is released by Gravitas Ventures.
Cinema About Town: Fly-Fishing Film Festival Comes to Wichita
The Great Plains Nature Center, in conjunction with the Flatland Fly-Fishers, will feature the 2014 Fly-Fishing Film Festival, a series of nine short films, on Saturday, May 3, from 7 – 10 pm. Each 15-minute film showcases anglers casting for brook trout, salmon, shark, triggerfish and a host of other species in spectacular locales around the globe -- from Rocky Mountain streams to the coastal waters of Alaska, Iceland and Norway, from the flats of the Bahamas and Florida Keys to the wilds of Mongolia. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Backwoods in Bradley Fair or Ark River Anglers, 1617 S. Longfellow Circle. All films will be shown in the Great Plains Nature Center’s lecture hall at 6232 E. 29th St. N.
Happy New Year from the Tallgrass Film Association!
Fist Full of Fives: A Progressive Movie Screening & Happy Hour
Click here to make your charitable donation and pick up your Tallgrass button at the door of any of the participating establishments starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 28th. (Buttons may be available for purchase at the door, but advanced purchase is recommended as quantities are limited.)
The film will screen twice, and to watch it in its entirety, begin at the Monarch at 5:30 or 6:30 pm; catch the stagecoach to the Anchor for the next act and then to the Public where the film concludes. The stagecoach returns to the Monarch at the conclusion of the event. Each bar will serve a signature local craft beer draw for $1.50/pint as well as food specials.
*Only those who've purchased the official button will receive the beer specials.
About WICHITA (1955), "Gateway to the West...Doorway to Hell"
About Art Day of Giving
Wichita ArtDOG is a 24-hour online fundraising event created to rally community support for local arts organizations. This unique one-day fundraiser is a project of the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF), with help from its partners, The Arts Council and the Knight Foundation. The event will be on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, from midnight to midnight.
Tallgrass Talk: It's All About the Coen's
On Saturday, March 1st, TFA Co-Programming Director Nick Pope will lead a discussion all about the brothers Coen. The Tallgrass Talk is free, but attendees must RSVP to email@example.com.
Please note: The excact time will be announced as soon as possible; the talk will be scheduled around the Wichita State Men's Basketball game. The Talk will take place at House of Schwan (3636 N. Comotara.) Click here to read more about it.
Save-The-Dates (Details forthcoming!)
June 13: TFA & Wichita Art Museum present a Special Screening (WAM)
December 2013 e-News
TFA would like to extend an enormous thank you to everyone who bough a ticket, participated in a Filmmakers Lab, became a member, donated their time or gave through sponsorship this year. Your continued support allows us to to bring the best independent cinema from around the world to Wichita, and to create shared experiences for our community around the international medium of film.
Stay tuned for some fantastic events coming your way in 2014. We wish everyone a happy holiday season and best wishes for a Stubbornly Independent New Year!
Help Tallgrass Win A Spot in Superbowl XLVIII
Click here to vote for Tallgrass Film Association to win a :15 second spot during Superbowl XLVIII courtesy of FOX Kansas. Voting ends on January 6th. Help us kickoff our 12th season in a big way!
Last Minute Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Cinephile – There’s One in Every Family
Submit Your Film to the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival
Submissions are now being accepted for the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, taking place October 15-19, 2014 in and around downtown Wichita. Click here for all of the details and remember, Emerging Student Filmmakers (18 and younger) and Kansas filmmakers are eligible to submit for free.
‘Tis The Season to Support Indie Filmmakers
There’s not much we love more than our alumni filmmakers and helping support the films they brought to Wichita so that the rest of the world has a chance to see them, as well as their new projects. We’d like to big a big shout out to Denny Tedesco, Director of THE WRECKING CREW - a Tallgrass favorite that reached its kickstarter goal - and nearly 8 years after playing the festival circuit will receive distribution. Denny’s is a Stubbornly Independent success story, and here are a few more films - important stories that should be preserved - that you can consider supporting as well:
November e-News: After Tiller, Select Festival Films Now Available on VOD, Alumni Filmmakers Crowdfunding Campaings
TFA Presents a Special Screening of AFTER TILLER with Filmmakers & Panel
On Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 pm at the Orpheum Theatre, Tallgrass presents a screening of the acclaimed documentary AFTER TILLER with Co-Directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson. The film will also be followed by a panel discussion with guests Dr. Julie Burkhart of South Wind's Women's Center and Dr. Scott Stringfield of Choices Medical Clinic.
"We made AFTER TILLER to shed more light, rather than more heat, on this issue," said directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share the film with the community in Wichita, and hope that it will be a valuable contribution to their ongoing dialogue."
Thourough security measures will be in place and Wichita audiences should not hesitate to attend this thought-provoking and compelling film that documents one side of such a complex and divisive issue. Tickets are available online now. Advanced purchse is recommended. Click here to read more about the film.
Check Out These 2012 & 2013 Official Selections From The Comfort of Your Couch
LOST AND FOUND: Based on the best-selling book by OLIVER JEFFERS, this multi-award winning film, tells the unforgettable story of a little boy who one day finds a penguin on his doorstep. Although at first unsure what to do, the boy becomes determined to help the penguin find his way back home…even if that means rowing all the way to the South Pole! Buy in stores or on Amazon.
THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND: The critically acclaimed and award winning NYC indie valentine produced by Lee Gillentine & written-directed by David Spaltro has been burning through the festival circuit with over 40 official selections (including Tallgrass where it was a 2012 Stubbornly Independent nominee), 12 Best Features, 5 Audience Awards and dozens of acting honors. Download or stream the film for just $4.99.
FAITH IN DESTINY: A 2012 Stubbornly Independent nominee from James Choi, the film is a stylized neo-noir about Killian and his lover Mary, and the strange circumstances involving a mysterious woman named Faith, who stands in their way of being together. A metaphor for the choices and coincidences in life that make up your destiny.Truly independent, this feature was produced on a $4000 budget with a crew of one! Check it out on Vimeo-On Demand.
SHOTGUN WEDDING: After a mishap involving a shotgun derails Robert's impending wedding, his scheming mother will do anything to get the nuptials back on track, even if it means conspiring with her ex-husband or abducting the maid of honor. The film is Directed by Wichita-native Danny Roew and is availabe on Netflix, iTunes, XBox and Amazon.
Support Alumni Filmmakers' Crowdfunding Campaigns
From the filmmakers behind the 2011 Audience Award winner THE SELLING, comes DIANI & DEVINE MEET THE APOCALYPSE: the ultimate comedy-duo-on-the-road-at-the-end-of-the-world movie. Click here to contribute to their Kickstarter campaign.
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Tallgrass!
Hey Wichita - the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival is landing right here in ICT in just four days!
Are you interested in learning more about the filmmaking? Three Filmmaker Lab Workshops will be offered throughout the weekend and filmmakers of all skill level are encouraged to attend. Workshops are taught by experienced film professionals and are $10 GA/$8 for students/teachers/seniors/TFA members and complimentary for TALLPass holders. Space is limited.
TFA Programmer's Give Their Picks
And don't miss these Kansas Connections: DARKNESS, DOWN TO THE WIRE SHOWCASE, SHOTGUN WEDDING, TAKE US HOME, TIMOTHY GRUVER SPOTLIGHT ON KANSAS FILMMAKERS, JOEL FEIN EMERGING FILMMAKER PROGRAM, ZIPPER: CONEY ISLAND'S LAST WILD RIDE (Featuring Chance Rides), and these short films: HALEEMA, THE LANDING (U.S. Premiere), THE BUTCHER'S DOZEN, ELECTRIC THEATRE ARCADE, WRONG NUMBER
See you at the movies!
September 2013, e-News
Six Weeks Until Tallgrass Takes Off - Book your TALLPass Now For A First Class Experience
The 11th annual Tallgras Film Festival is just weeks away! Tallgrass provides a communal venues for movie-lovers, influentials and culture vultures to experience films from around the world, connect with filmmakers and fellow citizens of the world and fly high at some of Wichita's coolest spots. Book your VIP TALLPASS today and enjoy ALL of these perks over 4+ days for just $195:
Sneak Peek at Six #Tallgrass11 Official Selections
We've given our social media followers a sneak peek at some of the films that will be featured at the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival. Check our facebook page every Friday for new announcements! Coming soon: Smallgrass, & Stubbornly Independent Selections.
Click here to watch trailers!
BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD, World Premiered at 2012 Tallgrass Film Fest, Gets Theatrical Release
We're pleased to announce that BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD, from Filmmakers Rob Kuhns and Esther Cassidy, which had its world premiere at the 10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival and took the Golden Strands Programming Award for Best Documentary, is getting a theatrical release (click for dates!)
In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed “Night of the Living Dead,” a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day... Read more about the film.
And the filmmakers have this to say about their experience at Tallgrass:
We had the pleasure of having the world premiere of “Birth of the Living Dead” at the Tallgrass Film Festival last year. I can’t imagine a better place to premiere our film. The audience, programmers and staff are incredibly smart, engaged and fiercely devoted to independent filmmaking. Thank you, Tallgrass, for a wonderful experience.
Congrats to Rob & Esther!
Banff Mountain Film Festival Returns to Orpheum Sept. 10
The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Wichita on Tuesday, September 10th at the Orpheum Theatre at 7:00 pm. The event is presented by Backwoods Wichita, also a proud sponsor of the Tallgrass Film Festival.
Tickets are $15 and are available at the Backwoods store (1900 N. Rock Rd., Ste. 108) or at the door.
Come check out extreme filmmaking at it's finest! And make sure to sign up for the TALLPass giveaway!
Save the Date:
9/22: New Volunteer Meeting (Location TBA, check volunteer facebook page for more info)
9/28: Team Tallgrass will be participating in the Wagonmaster's Downtown Chili Cookoff. Come taste our "Alien Chili!"
10/4: Members + Sponsors: Coming Attractions Party at the Kansas Aviation Museum. Information will be mailed to you soon!
10/6: All Volunteer Meeting (Location TBA, check volunteer facebook page for more info)
August 2013 e-News
Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab & CreativeRush: 2nd annual Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race, Presented by Bombardier Learjet
For the second year in a row, Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab and CreativeRush unite for DOWN TO THE WIRE: A 24 HOUR FILM RACE, presented by Bombardier Learjet, The race takes place this weekend, August 9-11 and teams have 24 hours to write, produce, shoot and edit a short film that is six minutes or less. All films are required to include four pre-selected elements. Click here to register now.
The weekend kicks off with a Producer’s meeting on Friday, August 9 at Mindfire Academy (4031 E. Harry) at 6:00 pm. Each team may then begin the process of creating their film, which must be turned no later than 7:00 pm to the Tallgrass Film Association office (212 N. Market) on Saturday, August 10. A curated team of Tallgrass Film Association programmers and CreativeRush advisors will screen each film and select the top ten.
Attend the Top 10 Showcase on Sunday Night at the Orpheum
The top 10 films will then be showcased at the Orpheum Theatre at 7:00 pm on Sunday, August 11th. The showcase is open to the public (GA tickets: $8). A VIP Panel of judges (Kevin Keplar, Lonny Quattlebaum and Carol Hughes) will live critique each film and the choose the winners. The winning film receives a $1,000 filmmaking grant from Vimeo and a Gala screening at the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival. The audience wil also vote on an Audience Choice Award whose teams wins 2 nights at the Hotel At Waterwalk - the official hotel of Tallgrass - and VIP TALLPasses to the festival.
Follow the teams in action over the weekend on twitter with the official hashtag: #DTTW
popchips &TFA Stacking Chips High To Ante Up The #DTTW Competition
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.
Abide at the 3rd Annual DUDEGRASS - Next Weekend at Northrock Lanes
TFA's 3rd annual DUDEGRASS - A Big Lebowski Extravaganza - takes place on Saturday, August 17 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm at Northrock Lanes (3232 N. Rock).
The evening features unlimited bowling/shoe rental, movie screening with quote-a-long, White Russian specials, a Bathrobe Runway Show, a Costume Contest, The Big LeBINGO, and The Dude's Pop Up Shop by Bluebird Arthouse - it's a nihilist celebration that really ties the room together, man.
Tickets are $15 and $13 for TFA members and are available online or at the door.
July 2013 e-News
Your very own Tallgrass Film Fest has been nominated as one of the Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine. Please take a minute and click here to vote! Voting ends on Monday and remember, just 3 months until the 11th annual Tallgrass International Film Festival (Oct. 16-20)!
Catch the Indie Hit STOKER This Weekend at the Orpheum Theatre
The Orpheum presents three screenings of STOKER, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $7 at the door. After India’s (Mia Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
The Mid-America All-Indian Center is launching the first-ever American Indian Festival Film Contest this weekend. Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab is a media partner for the event. Filmmakers of all ages are invited to create a documentary-style film that best captures the spirit and excitement of the 3rd annual American Indian Festival, July 13-14 at Century II Expo Hall. The first-place award is a $500 cash prize. Entry forms and contest rules are posted online at TheIndianCenter.org. Click here for more information.
Catch Tallgrass Favorite DO IT AGAIN this weekend on KPTS
KPTS presents Tallgrass favorite DO IT AGAIN, by filmmaker Geoff Edgers, this Saturday, July 13 at 9:00 pm on Channel 8. The film premiered at the 2010 Tallgrass Film Festival and Edger's made a special return to Wichita in early 2011 to present an encore presentation. "DO IT AGAIN is a movie about extreme fandom, mid-life crisis, the joy of making music, and the madness of the Davies brothers. Geoff Edgers is compelling. (Tom Perrotta, author of Election, Little Children).” Edgers is now the star and host of Edge of America on the Travel Channel and serves on the Tallgrass Filmmaker Advisory Board.
Tallgrass & CreativeRush Present Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race, Filmmaking Workshops
On August 9-10, the second annual Down to the Wire: 24 Film Race takes place in Wichita, presented by Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab and CreativeRush and sponsored by Bombarider Learjet. Teams have 24 hours to complete a 6 minute short film using elements randomly, pre-selected elements. Click here to see last year's films and here to register for this year's race and buy tickets to the Top Ten Showcase on Sunday, July 11.
CreativeRush will also present three pre-DTTW workshops for those interested in learning more about the race and the process of filmmaking. The first, a Q&A session, takes place this Saturday, July 13 at 10:00 am at The Labor Party (216 N. Mosely.) A second Q&A session takes place on July 18 at 7:00 pm at the Labor Party, and a third Production Workshop will be held on July 27 at 1:00 pm at Mindfire Academy (3805 E. Harry.) All workshops are free.
Save The Date for The Dude's Return to Wichita, Submit Your Original Dude Fan Art for T-Shirt Contest
Tallgrass has teamed with Bluebird Arthouse for our first-ever DUDEART T-shirt contest. Lebowski fans, artists, citizens of the world are invited to submit their original Lebowski-inspired artwork for a chance to win $400 worth of cool prizes! Click here for rules, regs and more info.
June 2013 e-News
SMALLGRASS family-friendly film programming from the Tallgrass Film Festival continues at Riverfest Wednesday and Thursday.
With your Riverfest button, you'll get a special $5 admission to Exploration Place’s exhibits and while you’re there, enjoy SMALLGRASS - a program of specially curated short movies for the young and young at heart - from the archives of the Tallgrass Film Association.
Screenings take place on at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm in the Kemper Auditorium. The Admiral Windwagon Smith will attend on Thursday for both screenings.
Groove with Tunes + Tallgrass on the Terrace at WAM on Friday June, 14
On Friday June14, WAM and the Tallgrass Film Association join forces for a hip night to celebrate summer and inaugurate the museum’s new outdoor terrace. Bring your beach chairs and blankets and hang loose for an evening of summer fun. Admission is FREE.
At 7 pm groove to the tunes of Kansas City group Sundog Surf Band, who’ll set the tone with their “reverb-drippin’, guitar-driven, surf-inspired instrumental rock.”
Feast at local food trucks including The Flying Stove, BS Sandwich Press, Hopperoni Express and Cake Face Bake Shop , who'll be parked at the curb selling their gourmet fare. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. The 1966 cult surfing classic THE ENDLESS SUMMER, follows after dusk around 9:00 pm.
Click here to read more about THE ENDLESS SUMMER's Wichita connection and to watch the trailer.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS:
Teams have 24 hours to write, produce, shoot and edit a short film that is six minutes or less. All films are required to include four pre-selected elements including a theme, a prop, a location and a line of dialogue, which are randomly selected at the beginning of the race.
April 2013, e-News
A Flight of Film Awaits You at the 11th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival
We’re excited to reveal our new artwork, created by the exceptionally talented minds at Howerton + White, and our theme for this year’s festival: flight. Flight is of course a nod to our city’s long history with the aviation industry, and the unexpected journey’s that independent film takes us on year after year.
Speaking of journeys, our Programming team is crisscrossing the globe in 2013 to scout out the best of the best for the 11th annual film festival. We’ve been to the Gothenburg Film Festival (Sweden), New Directors/New Films Festival (NYC), and will soon head to the Wisconsin Film Festival, the Nashville Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival to find great movies for Wichita audiences. Stay tuned for more!
Project Nano Short Film Workshop with James Choi Set to Roll This Weekend
Tallgrass alumnus James Choi (MADE IN CHINA, JOINT BODY, FAITH IN DESTINY) returns to Wichita at the end of the week to lead Project Nano, a four-day short filmmaking workshop. The class takes place from April 12 – April 15 at the Digital Arts Studio at CityArts and on location throughout the city. Students will learn the art of independent filmmaking from pre-production through post-production, through the lens of accomplished filmmaker and instructor, Choi.
Project Nano is open to filmmakers of all ages, with all levels of experience, who want to learn and practice the craft of filmmaking. The end result of Project Nano will include a completed short film, and more importantly, a group of students who will be possess the knowledge to go out and continue making films. Only a few spots remain – click here for more information and to register.
Special Screening of Acclaimed 7 CAJAS With Director Juan Carlos Mangelia April 20
"genre-film bliss … The storytelling confidence, unaffected acting, and, above all, a heightened grasp of plotting and logistics on display in 7 Boxes is astonishing." – Twitch
"a wild and cunningly plotted chase movie … rollicking entertainment" – Variety
On Saturday, April 20th, Tallgrass Film Association presents 7 CAJAS (7 Boxes) at 7:30 pm at the Orpheum Theatre. The film’s co-Director Juan Carlos Maneglia will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A after the film. Tickets are $10 General Admission/$8 for students/teachers, seniors, military and TFA members with valid ID. Buy online or at the door. The screening is sponsored by Kansas Paraguay Partners, the Orpheum Theatre, KMUW and Tom, Kathleen and Chris Wren.
Grade: A "'The Fast and the Furious' with wheelbarrows, Paraguayan action-thriller-romance hybrid '7 Boxes' is a rollicking good time at the movies that offers breathtaking action and suspense, humor and appealing characters all in one visually flashy package" – Indiewire
“…better [than 'Slumdog Millionaire']; it's got a better sense of real place, of action, of pacing … the same vibe from 'Reservoir Dogs' or 'El Mariachi' or 'Primer' …” - MSN
Shaken Not Stirred Martini Competition A Smashing Affair
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Tallgrass Film Association at Shaken Not Stirred: A 007 Affair. TFA’s first-ever fundraising event was a resounding success and we’re fairly certain a good time (a very good time) was had by all! (Check out the photos in our facebook galleries here.)
We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our event Chairs, James Woods & Carol Hughes, all of the businesses and organizations who donated to our Prizes Galore wheel and the participating bars who created incredibly creative concoctions with Leopold Brothers Small Batch Distillery vodka and gin: Heroes, Mort’s, Larkspur, Public at the Brickyard, The Anchor, Taste & See, and The Monarch, whose winning martini will be served at the 11th annual festival in October. The event would not have been possible without our sponsors: Howerton + White, FIAT of Wichita, B98FM, Abode Venue, Larkspur Bistro, Aces Estate Winery, and The Humidor East. Get your game faces on, because plans are already underway for 2014’s event!
(If you purchased a ticket to Shaken Not Stirred that included a complimentary membership, your cards will be mailed out in the coming weeks. A list of all current members will be onhand at the upcoming screening of 7 CAJAS so that you may purchase discounted tickets if you have not yet received your card.)
Tallgrass Alumni Making Headlines
TFA’s first Stubbornly Independent winning film THE KITCHEN will be available on DVD/VOD tomorrow! The film will also be available on iTunes and Amazon. Congratulations to Director Ishai Setton and the cast and crew of the film.
Also available on iTunes and VOD is another 2012 Tallgrass favorite THE STORY OF LUKE. We were honored to screen the film with Director Alonso Mayo and star Lou Taylor Pucci in attendance. Rent or own these incredible indie films today!
Alumnus Christopher Metzler (PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE) is embarking on another documentary adventure in RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE. As if the name isn’t enough to pique our interest, check out their kickstarter page to learn more about this intriguing film and how you can help.
March, 2013 e-News
Free TALLGRASS FILMMAKER LAB This Saturday Explores the Work of Paul Thomas Anderson
TFA presents Cigarettes & Coffee: The Films of Paul Thomas Anderson, this Saturday from 2 – 5 pm at the House of Schwan (3636 N. Comotara). The workshop is free, though advanced RSVP is required, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Led by Co-Director of Programming Nick Pope, the class will examine the work of the acclaimed director through clips and commentary. After only six feature films and over a dozen Oscar nominations, Paul Thomas Anderson has become one of the most celebrated filmmakers of the last 20 years. With running themes of isolation and strained family relationships to filmmaking techniques such as the long-take, this workshop will examine how, in an age of remakes and sequels, PTA remains a fresh and challenging auteur.
SHAKEN NOT STIRRED Includes Martinis, Movies & Membership
TFA presents, Shaken Not Stirred, on March 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Abode Venue. The evening serves as a fundraiser for the organization and includes a martini competition featuring mixologists from some of Wichita’s favorite watering-holes: The Anchor, Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, Larkspur, The Monarch, Mort’s, Public and Taste & See. Each will create a signature “shaken not stirred” martini with spirits sponsored by Leopold Brothers small batch distillery. The affair also includes a Cigar Lounge sponsored by Humidor East, food by Larkspur, and of course live-action entertainment featuring Bond – with a twist. Casual dress, Bond-attire welcome.
Tickets are $77 and quantity is limited. Buy online by clicking here, or call 316.303.9292 to reserve your tickets via phone. Tickets also include a complimentary 2013 membership to the Tallgrass Film Association ($35 value. Cards may be picked up at event. Non-transferrable.) Click here to see all the exciting benefits of TFA membership.
Critically-Acclaimed Documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS Comes to the Orpheum
TFA is a proud media partner of the Orpheum Theatre’s presentation of WEST OF MEMPHIS, which screens Friday March 22nd, Saturday March 23rd, and Sunday March 24th at 8 pm on 35 mm film. Tickets are $7 at the door.
From director Amy Berg, in collaboration with first time Producers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis along with filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh comes WEST OF MEMPHIS, a powerful examination of a catastrophic failure of justice in Arkansas. The documentary tells the hitherto unknown story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light. Told and made by those who lived it, Berg's unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense, allows the film to show the investigation, research and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before; revealing shocking and disturbing new information about a case that still haunts the American South
Halfgrass Bluegrass Festival To Feature Grasscendo Film Program
TFA is also a proud media partner of the 5th annual Halfgrass Bluegrass Festival, which takes place on Saturday, March 30 at Abode Venue. Tickets are $15, middle and high school students are $10 with ID and children under 12 are free.
Along with a jam sessions, glass blowers and a full day of live music presented on two stages, including Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, the family-friendly festival will showcase the following Grasscendo music-themed films from past Tallgrass Film Festivals: NEVER MAKE IT HOME, THE LEGEND OF STUART MOSSMAN, WON’T LET THE ANGELS TAKE YOU AWAY and ELECTRIC REVOLUTION.
SAVE THE DATE:
April 20: TFA Presents 7 CAJAS (more information coming soon)
February, 2013 e-News
Just A Handful of Tickets Remain for Thursday’s Cinema Alfredo Cask Ale + Artisan Cheese + Reservoir Dogs Pairing
This Thursday, February 14, TFA and The Anchor present a uniquely alternative Valentine’s Day event – featuring a Cask Ale and Cheese Pairing coupled with a screening of RESERVOIR DOGS (1992)– a film Empire Magazine calls the greatest independent film ever made.
What says romance like sharing a botched diamond heist, signature Tallgrass Brewing Company craft beer and a cinematically-inspired artisan cheese plate – featuring blonde, blue, brown, orange, pink and white varieties – while Quentin Tarantino’s Directorial debut sets an unconventional backdrop for the most sentimental of holidays?
Tickets are $25.64 (includes tax, not tip) and admission includes a one-of-a-kind pint of Tallgrass Brewing Co. Cask Ale, artisan cheese plate, logo pint glass, film screening, food, beer and wine specials, and of course, a night to remember. Tickets are available online (with no surcharge.)
Save the Date for TFA’s first-ever fundraising event, Shaken Not Stirred, coming Wednesday, March 27 at Abode Venue. The event will feature a martini competition, open bar, food, live entertainment, cigar bar, starlets, villains, and Bond. James Bond.
Ticket information, participating mixologists and more details coming soon…
The screenplay competition is open to screenwriters from all around the world and the final script will be selected by the workshop’s instructors and be produced by the film class. The screenwriter(s) will retain sole writing credit of the produced film. Screenplays may be submitted by clicking here, and will be accepted until March 1. The winning screenwriter(s) will be notified by March 15, 2013. Screenplays must be six pages or less. Submission fee is $10 for up to 3 screenplays per writer. (Visit the TFA website for official rules and fine print.)
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.
MARCH 9: Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab: Cigarettes & Coffee: The Films of Paul Thomas Anderson
January, 2013 e-News
Happy New Year!
We hope all of our Stubbornly Independent film fans enjoyed a happy and healthy holiday season and that 2013 will be a prosperous year for everyone. We have several events on the horizon this year, beginning in February with Cinema Alfredo, featuring a screening of the indie cult classic RESERVOIR DOGS accompanied by a Cask Ale + Cheese Pairing at The Anchor, a Shaken Not Stirred: A 007-themed affair, and a few Tallgrass Filmmakers Labs including Cigarettes & Coffee: The Films of Paul Thomas Anderson, Project Nano, a 5-week film production workshop and the return of Down to the Wire: A 24-Hour Film Race. All of this will be capped off with the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, October 16-20, and yes, you read that correctly, we’re adding one more day!
We’ll have more information about all of the aforementioned events coming soon, but in the meantime, two great cinematic offerings are happening in ICT this month:
JAN. 12: THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, 2:00 pm, Murdock Theater, Free
TFA and several other organizations around town have teamed up to bring you a free screening of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winner THE HOUSE I LIVE IN.
Director Eugene Jarecki shifts his focus…to the War on Drugs in this documentary exploring the risks that prohibition poses to freedom, and the tragedy of addicts being treated as criminals. In the four decades since the War on Drugs commenced, over 45 millions of addicts have been arrested - and for each one jailed, another family is destroyed. Meanwhile, the prisons in America are growing overcrowded with non-violent criminals, and illegal drugs are still being sold in schoolyards. By examining just where it all went wrong, Jarecki reveals that a solution is possible if we can just find it in ourselves to be compassionate, and see past the decades of paranoia and propaganda. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
JAN. 17: THE BIG CHILL, 7:00 PM, Orpheum, $5
The Orpheum Film series kicks off their 2013 season with a 30th anniversary screening of THE BIG CHILL – but the coolest part, film buffs – it’s a 35 mm print that will be projected on their 1949 Carbon Arc Projectors!
JAN 25: CHARLIE CHAPLIN IN BLUE JEANS, 8:00 PM, Century II Concert Hall, $20
Wichita Symphony presents a classical concert that goes horribly wrong when an annoying mime battles conductor Daniel Hege for control of the Orchestra. Then the mime unmasks to introduce two timeless Charlie Chaplin comedies, EASY STREET and THE IMMIGRANT, accompanied by terrific new symphonic scores by Grant Cooper.
There’s no better way to experience the art of Charlie Chaplin than the way his original audiences did – on the big screen with live musical accompaniment. And there’s no better person to introduce his artistry than Dan Kamin, who trained Robert Downey, Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance as the comedian, and created Johnny Depp’s comedy moves for BENNY AND JOON. It’s an uproarious evening of comedy and music! Purchase tickets here.
Screenwriters Across the Globe: Call for Short Screenplays for PROJECT NANO Extended Through March 1
The screenplay competition is open to screenwriters from all around the world and the final script will be selected by the workshop’s instructors and will be produced by the film class. The screenwriter(s) will retain sole writing credit of the produced film. Screenplays may be submitted by clicking here, and will be accepted until March 1. The winning screenwriter(s) will be notified by March 15, 2013. Screenplays must be six pages or less. Submission fee is $10 for up to 3 screenplays per writer. (Click here for official rules and fine print.)
Closing Night Gala Film THE STANDBYS Now Available on DVD
Exciting news for everyone who attended the Closing Night Gala of the 10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival and fans of Music Theatre of Wichita. Director Stephanie Riggs writes to let us know that THE STANDBYS is now available as a DVD purchase or download. Bravo!
Save the date for these upcoming TFA events:
MARCH 14: Cinema Alfredo: Movie + Cask Ale + Cheese Pairing at The Anchor (more info coming soon!)
MARCH 9: Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab: Cigarettes & Coffee: The Films of Paul Thomas Anderson
MARCH 27: Shaken Not Stirred Fundraiser Event at Abode (more info coming soon!)