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2013 Tallgrass Special Screenings & Events

TFA Presents Screening of AFTER TILLER, with Directors and Panel Discussion

The movie takes a calm and intellectual approach to an inflammatory subject, elevating what could have easily come off as propaganda into a reasoned and thoughtful work of journalism. – Miami Herald

They’re not heroes and they’re not demons. AFTER TILLER is an important reminder of the personal stories of doctors and mothers that can get lost in an issue as divisive as abortion.  – Film Threat

The Tallgrass Film Association presents a special screening of the acclaimed documentary AFTER TILLER, with Co-Directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:30 pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $10 GA/$8 students/teachers/seniors/TFA members and are available online by clicking here, or at the door. (Advanced purchase is recommended.)

The film will be followed by a discussion featuring the Directors, as well as panelists Julie Burkhart (Founder & Director, South Winds Women’s Center) and Scott Stringfield, MD (Associate Director, Via Christi Family Medicine Residency, Associate Clinical Professor, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Board Chairman and Medical Director, Choices Medical Clinic, Inc.)

"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."

AFTER TILLER, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, has gone on to play at film festivals around the world, and is now enjoying a theatrical run around the country. It is TFA’s mission to provide an opportunity for audiences in south central Kansas to see important, authentic films that are being shared with festival and theatrical audiences across the globe but which would not otherwise screen in Wichita. These include films with a building momentum such as AFTER TILLER, as well as hidden gems too significant to ignore, which need an audience. TFA strives to present a neutral, sensitive and discerning look at a side to this issue rarely seen.

About the Film

In 2009, Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas- one of the only doctors in the US who performed third-trimester abortions-was assassinated inside his church. He was the eighth abortion clinic worker to be assassinated since the Supreme Court passed the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, in 1973. There are now only four doctors in the country-all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller-who openly provide late abortions, a procedure considered highly controversial even among those who consider themselves pro-choice. AFTER TILLER weaves together revealing interviews with the doctors that include intimate scenes from their private lives and inside their clinics, where they counsel and care for their patients. The personal and moral struggles of several of these women are revealed, forcing us to step into the shoes of both patient and practitioner as they confront the full complexity of each decision. (c) – Oscilloscope


The 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, 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.

Dudegrass is sponsored by Northrock Lanes, Stella Artois, 107.3 The Brew and KMUW.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) is a cult classic film directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen, and starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, Sam Elliott and Julianne Moore. (Rated R)

Shaken Not Stirred: A 007 Affair

SAVE THE DATE for Shaken Not Stirred: April 11, 2014 at Abode Venue!

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 Tallgrass Film Association, which fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film.

The evening 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 winning mixologist, as voted on by attendees and a team of celebrity tasters (including Joe Schlimm of The Bar’s Open, Barry Schwan of House of Schwan and Denise Neil of The Wichita Eagle) will win an esteemed trophy, cash prize and their cocktail will be featured as the signature martini during the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival in October.

Other highlights include premium cigars served at the cigar tent by Humidor East, food by Larkspur, and of course live-action entertainment featuring Bond – with a twist. Casual dress, Bond-attire welcome.

Proceeds from the event will support TFA, a 501(c)3 arts organization, which relies on corporate sponsorship and individual donations to provide funding for year-round cinematic programming, educational events and the annual Tallgrass Film Festival.

“Shaken Not Stirred” is sponsored by Leopold Brothers Small Batch Distillery, FIAT of Wichita, Abode Venue, Aces Estate Winery, B98 FMHowerton + White, Larkspur and The Humidor East. The evening is hosted by Susan Bowers and Keith Boscher, Stephanie Galichia and Theodore Troth and Sue Pearce.

Tickets are $77 and quantity is limited. 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.

About Tallgrass Film Association

TFA was founded in 2003 by Timothy Gruver, a Wichita native who studied filmmaking at Brigham Young University (often sneaking into Sundance Film Festival parties in Park City to mingle with the stars) before moving to Los Angeles for his first job with Dreamworks Animation, followed by Outfest and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Gruver returned to Wichita in 2002 to found Tallgrass Film Association (known originally as the Wichita Association for Motion Picture Arts.) In January of 2003, he told the Wichita Eagle, “There are extraordinary possibilities here…When I heard Wichita did not have a major film festival, I set out to change that.”

Gruver believed Wichita could be the next Telluride — obvious geographical issues aside. “Film as an art form is so accessible. It’s such an easy thing for people to get into. Yes, the audience is here,” he said. “I want it to be done for the love of film, for the audience.” He amassed a dedicated board of directors and staff, many of whom remain with the organization today, and the country's most Stubbornly Independent film festival was born in October of 2003.

Tragically, Tim passed away suddenly at the age of 33, just prior the third festival. The board, staff and community united, determined that the show must go on. The group produced Shortgrass, a 24-hour celebration of his vision.

Since then, the festival has returned to its original 4-day format (the 11th edition will span 5 days) and has become a hallmark of Wichita's fall event calendar. TFA has formed lasting partnerships with many of the city’s cultural attractions, arts and non-profit organizations and educational institutions; and activities have expanded to include year-round screenings and events, educational workshops, and a road show of Tallgrass films that travels the state of Kansas. 



Cinema Alfredo: Reservoir Dogs + Cask Ale + Cheese Pairing

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Please note: this event is SOLD OUT!

On 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.

Can’t afford diamonds for your loved one this year? Share 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.

Advanced purchase recommended as seating is limited.

Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut is raw, violent, often mimicked -- and unforgettable. A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors unravel. Starring Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi and Chris Penn. (Rated R)

Tallgrass Uncorked: Documentary SOMM with Wine Tasting - SOLD OUT!

Tallgrass presents the celebrated documentary SOMM on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 pm at Botanica. The film will be paired with a wine tasting by Jacob Liquor and hors d'oeuvres from Chapada Chophouse and Churrascaria. The evening is also sponsored by Botanica and LivingSound Home. Tickets are $30.  Advanced purchase is highly recommended as tickets are limited.

SOMM (slang for “sommelier”) follows four talented young sommeliers as they cram for the grueling, notoriously difficult Master Sommelier exam.  The exam – a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world – covers everything to do with the pairing of wine and food on a global level. In addition to its four engaging subjects, SOMM also includes appearances and enlightening commentary from a who’s who of top food and wine personalities, including sommelier Rajat Parr, chef Michael Mina, winemaker Bo Barrett, wine legend Fred Dame, and many others.

Access to the Court Of Master Sommeliers has always been strictly regulated and cameras have never been allowed anywhere near the exam.... Until now. The film world premiered at the 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival, to a standing ovation. SOMM is directed by Jason Wise and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

"The Master Sommelier exam is the hardest exam you've never heard of!," said Whitney Post of Jacob Liquor.  "Join the wine guys of Jacob Liquor as they lead you through the intensive wine evaluation process used to determine the climate, grape varietal, vintage, region, country and quality for the blind tasting portion of the exam."


Smallgrass Family Friendly Films at Riverfest

SMALLGRASS family-friendly film programming from the Tallgrass Film Festival will screen at Exploration Place during the 2013 Riverfest.

With your Riverfest button, you'll get a special $5 admission to Exploration Place’s exhibits and $2.50 admission to the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium.

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 Tuesday, June 4, Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday June 6 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm in the Kemper Auditorium. 

For more information visit exploration.org. Additional support provided by KPTS, with special thanks to Jim and Shari Hand.

And save the date for SMALLGRASS when it returns during the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, on Saturday, October 19 at Exploration Place, feauturing a collection of family-friendly films from around the world.


Kick off Summer with Tunes + Tallgrass on the Terrace

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 with Tunes+Tallgrass on the 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 Wichita’s food trucks, which will 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.

The event is generously supported by the Bombardier Learjet Employees Care Fund and Bob and Martha Buford. LivingSound and KMUW are event sponsors.


THE ENDLESS SUMMER is a groundbreaking film with a unique Wichita connection. In the film, world-class surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August traveled the globe seeking the perfect wave. Filmmaker Bruce Brown tagged along to document their epic maneuvers.

His movie, THE ENDLESS SUMMER, is now celebrated as one of the best surfing movies ever created. Brown premiered the film in 1964 to a sold-out theater. However, movie distributors were convinced that anyone ten miles from the ocean’s coastline wouldn’t pay to see a feature on surfing. Brown disagreed, which led him to landlocked Wichita.

In February 1966, he rented the Sunset Theatre for a week. (At the same time Beach Blanket Bingo was playing at the Orpheum.) The Endless Summer was such a hit in Wichita that the engagement was extended for another sell-out week - proving Brown’s point.

Brown got his distribution contract, and Wichita played an integral part in the movie’s history. Brown was a pioneer, ahead of his time in both independent filmmaking and the distribution game - and Wichita audiences displayed their proclivity for quality cinematic programming .