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Opening Night Gala: LIFE ITSELF

“Deeply Enthralling. Documentary Master Steve James has put the pieces of Ebert's life together with extraordinary fascination and vision." - Entertainment Weekly


The Opening Night Gala at 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival features the Wichita theatrical premiere of LIFE ITSELF,  with Special Guest, Producer Zak Piper.

From critically acclaimed Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) along with executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball), this rivieting portrait recounts the inspiring, entertaining and colorful life of world-renowned film critic Roger Ebert--a story that is by turns personal, funny, moving and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores Roger Ebert's legacy--his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times, his turn as screenwriter of BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, his on and off screen relationship with Gene Siskel, all culminating in his ascension as one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

The Opening Night Gala, sponsored by Rick & Monica Nutt,  takes place on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 pm at the Orpheum Theatre and will be followed by the Opening Night Gala party at Union Station with open bar, food and music. Tickets are available online beginning September 27 and in person October 13. A VIP TALLPass gains admittance to all Galas, after-parties and screenings.