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Films & Events

Festival Awards

The Vimeo Audience Awards & Golden Strands Programming Awards will be presented at the Closing Night Gala on Sunday, October 18th, at 6:30 pm at The Orpheum.

Ad Astra Award

Tallgrass Film Association is honored to present the 2018 Ad Astra award to film legend and cinema icon Pam Grier. Tallgrass will present the award to Grier in person at the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Grier is an incredible actress and activist who encapsulates the phrase stubbornly independent.

Grier was discovered by director Jack Hill, who cast her in his women in prison films The Big Doll House (1971), and The Big Bird Cage (1972). While under contract at AIP, she became a staple of early 1970s Blaxploitation movies, playing big, bold, assertive women, beginning with Jack Hill’s Coffy (1973), in which she plays a nurse who seeks revenge on drug dealers.

Her character was advertised in the trailer as the “baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town!” The film was a box- office hit, and Grier was noted as the first African-American female to headline an action film, as protagonists of previous Blaxploitation films were males. In his review of Coffy, film critic Roger Ebert noted that Grier was an actress of “beautiful face and astonishing form” and that she possessed a kind of “physical life” missing from other actresses. Grier subsequently played similar characters in the AIP films Foxy Brown (1974), Friday Foster and Sheba, Baby (both 1975).

In the late 1990s Grier was a cast member of the Showtime series Linc’s. She starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, a film that overtly paid homage to her ‘70s Blaxploitation movies. In 1997 Grier was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress and by the Screen Actors Guild for Best Actress in a Performance for Jackie Brown.

Between 2004-2009, Pam appeared in the Showtime series The L Word as Kit Porter and guest-stars as recurring characters in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and on the hit science fiction series Smallville. She played character Deja’s great- grandmother this year in the NBC’s hit drama This Is Us.

Award presentation begins at 6:30 PM at the Orpheum Theatre. Including: A Conversation on Film with Blackkklansman co- writer & University of Kansas film professor Kevin Willmott.

Followed by screening of JACKIE BROWN.


Soaring Talent Award

Tallgrass FIlm Association is honored to present the 2018 Soaring Talent award to actor and filmmaker Martin Starr. Starr currently stars as ‘Gilfoyle’ on the HBO hit series Silicon Valley. Starr is also known for his roles in Freaks and Geeks, Party Down, and Veronica Mars. Martin appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts. Starr’s other film credits include Lemon, This Is the End, Adventureland, Knocked Up, and Superbad.

Starr will be presented with the 2018 Soaring Talent Award on Sunday, October 21st at 3:45 PM at the Scottish Rite Theatre.

The ceremony will begin with the award presentation, leading into a Conversation on Film and directly followed by a screening of Silver Lake.


2018 Festival Awards

Tallgrass Film Festival will grant cash awards in the following categories: Jake Euker Stubbornly Independent Gala Winner: $5,000, one-of-a-kind Tallgrass tap handle DOX Spotlight: $1,500, Tallgrass DOX custom Lucite award.

Silver Ribbon

Audience Award Winning Documentary Feature: $2,500

Audience Award Winning Narrative Feature: $2,500

Audience Award Winning Short Documentary Film: $1,000

Audience Award Winning Short Narrative Film: $1,000

Green Ribbon

Best Kansas Short Film Award - Documentary: $500

Best Kansas Short Film Award - Narrative: $500

Non-cash special recognition awards include Honorary, Best and Golden Strands Awards (awarded by Tallgrass Programming) for Outstanding Documentary, Narrative Feature, Short Films and more.

Honorary awards

Ad Astra Award Sculpture

Venus Award for the Teddie Barlow Outstanding Female Filmmaker

Soaring Talent Award

Golden Strands awards

Excellence in the Art of Filmmaking

Outstanding Courage in Filmmaking

Outstanding Female Filmmaker

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Screenplay

Outstanding Editing

Outstanding Film Animation

Outstanding Rising Star

Outstanding Male Actor

Outstanding Female Actor

Outstanding Ensemble Cast

Outstanding First Feature

Outstanding Documentary Short Film

Outstanding Narrative Short Film

Outstanding Documentary Feature

Outstanding Narrative Feature