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 ENDLESS SUMMER'S WICHITA CONNECTION
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 .