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Noteworthy Cinematic Happenings Around Town

Check here for noteworthy film screenings around town, presented by Tallgrass Partners & Friends. Click here to submit your cinematic event or screening to our calendar.

Friday, March 11, 2016, 7pm
The Kansas African American Museum

Written by Ernest Kinoy, Leadbelly was directed by Gordon Parks and released in 1976. The film chronicles the life of folk singer Huddie William Ledbetter (better known as “Lead Belly”) from his time on Texas chain-gangs to a performance cheered at Carnegie Hall in 1949.

Roger Ebert wrote of the move, “Parks handles the scene, and the whole movie, with an attention to visual detail that tells us all we need to know. And the many Lead Belly songs aren’t excuses to stop the movie; they’re comments on the narrative, and grow out of it as organically as they seem to grow from Lead Belly’s life.”

Although the film was seen by Parks as a companion film to The Learning Tree, Parks was disappointed with the reception of Leadbelly.

2016 FLY FISHING FILM FESTIVAL, directed by Renard Cohen
Saturday, March 5th, 7:00pm
Great Plains Nature Center

The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade.

2016 marks The F3T’s 10th lap around North America and this year’s lineup of films is without question the best the Tour has ever presented. From Bolivia to the Seychelles, British Columbia and Patagonia, from Saskatchewan to Zambia and Virginia to Montana, the notable characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing in these films will lead you on an adventure around the globe!

In addition to showcasing world-class fly fishing films, The F3T is dedicated to supporting the local fly shops and conservation groups that form the backbone of our sport’s educational and environmental efforts. Discount F3T tickets are available at more than 150 fly shops across the country. A portion of those ticket sales go directly to support fishing and habitat-related conservation groups. In 2015 we raised over $300,000 for our conservation partners and have used our voice to bring greater attention and support to groups like Trout Unlimited, Wild Steelhead Coalition, Bonefish Tarpon Trust, Utah Stream Access Coalition, Stop Pebble Mine and many more.