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2015 Tallgrass Road Show highlights Kansas Filmmaker Patrick Rea

The 2015 Tallgrass Film Festival Road Show hits the trail for its first stop at the C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City, Kansas on March 8 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5. The screening series is a program of the Tallgrass Film Association and the Kansas Historic Theatre Association. The road show is designed to give the people of Kansas a look at the current landscape of independent film and a preview of festivals to come and each screening serves as a fundraiser for the presenting historical theater.

“Now in its fourth season, this year’s film line up includes a retrospective of one of our most prolific Kansas filmmaker contributors, Patrick Rea,” said Gretchen Mitchell, Tallgrass Film Festival Programming Director. “We wanted to showcase Rea because he has been a collaborative force among Kansas filmmakers.”

Since Rea began submitting to Tallgrass, he has screened a film in almost every Tallgrass Film Festival. He also has served on the teams of many top Kansas short films submitted at the festival setting the record for the most films (12*) screened at Tallgrass by any one filmmaker. Rea has spent his formative film career in Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Film Studies and co-founded the company SenoReality Pictures with Ryan Jones (Coffeyville, KS). Rea resides in Kansas City, where he continues to collaborate with many KU colleagues. Rea’s retrospective includes three films: WRONG NUMBER, GET OFF MY PORCH and GOOD CONDUCT. Both GET OFF MY PORCH and GOOD CONDUCT were winners of the Best Kansas Short at past Tallgrass Film Festivals.

The rest of the short subject films span all genres and include 10 films: two animated, six live action and two documentaries including one that features Kansas Drive-in Theaters. The international short selections are from Spain, France, Argentina and the UK.

* includes films with crew credits

About Patrick Rea

Patrick Rea is a prolific, award-winning independent filmmaker recognized for his innovative storytelling and creative directing style in horror and suspense. His latest feature film, NAILBITER, won Best Director and/or Best Feature Film awards in several film festivals in 2012 including Shriekfest, Chicago Fear Fest, and AMC Theatres KC FilmFest. NAILBITER was released on May 28, 2013 through Lionsgate Home Entertainment on DVD/VOD and Digital Downloads. It has since aired on FearNet and the Chiller Network.

Rea’s stylized short films have screened in over a hundred film festivals around the world. In the summer of 2008, Rea's short film WOMAN’S INTUITION won a Heartland Emmy Award. In 2009, Rea was co-director on the JAKE JOHANSSEN, I LOVE YOU comedy special, which aired on SHOWTIME throughout 2010. SenoReality Pictures won its second Heartland Emmy Award with their short GET OFF MY PORCH. He has also been nominated for two Mid-America Emmy Awards.

Currently, Rea has several short films in post-production, including HOWL OF A GOOD TIME starring Tamara Glynn and Leslie Easterbrook. Other directorial efforts include the recent six part docu-series on Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital titled INSIDE PEDIATRICS which was narrated by Paul Rudd. In December 2014, Rea wrapped his latest feature film ENCLOSURE starring Fiona Dourif and Jake Busey. It is set to be released in late 2015.

"I attended the Road Show in Junction City last month.  It was a wonderful evening!  Wonderful!  Thank you so much for bringing it to us".- Mickey Bergsten, Junction City, KS

2015 Tallgrass Road Show Dates:

March 8: C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City

September 4: Colonial Fox Theatre, Pittsburg, KS

2014 Tallgrass Road Show Dates:

March 7: C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City

August 15: Colonial Fox Theatre, Pittsburg, KS

August 16: Historic Fox Theatre, Hutchinson, KS

September 20: Paola Community Center, Paola, KS

November 20: McPherson Opera House, McPherson, KS

2013 Roadshow Dates:

March 1: 7:30 pm: CL Hoover Opera House, Junction City, KS

August 10: Historic Fox Theatre, Hutchinson, KS

August 25: 2:00 pm: Blair Theatre, Belleville, KS

August 30: Colonial Fox Theatre, Pittsburg, KS 

September 14: 7:00 pm, Paola Community Center, Paola, KS

2012 Road Show Dates:

January 12: 7:00 pm: McPherson Opera House, McPherson, KS

March 16, 7:00 pm: CL Hoover Opera House, Junction City, KS

March 31, 3:00 pm: Paola Community Center, Paola, KS

April 10, 7:00 pm: Brown Grand Theatre, Concordia, KS

April 15, 2:00 pm: Blair Theater, Belleville, KS

June 14, 7:00 pm: Stiefel Theatre, Salina, KS

August 18, 7:30 pm: Fox Theatre, Hutchinson, KS

August 31, Colonial Fox Theatre, Pittsburg, KS (Please note, due to rain, this Roadshow has been postponed. New date TBA)

September 6: Augusta Historic Theatre, Augusta,KS

September 20, 7:00 pm : Midland Alamo Theater, Coffeyville, KS

November 3, 3:00 pm: To Benefit the Jayhawk Theatre, Topeka, KS

December 6, 7:00 pm: TBA: McPherson Opera House, McPherson, KS