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Films & Events

Galas & Special Presentations


Opening Night Gala: Bathtubs Over Broadway
Wednesday, October 17, 7:00pm, Scottish Rite
Sponsored by Steve Anderson

DIRECTOR: Dava Whisenant
Documentary | USA | 2018 | 1 hr 27 min

BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY follows Steve Young on his quest to find out all he can about this hidden world. While tracking down rare albums, unseen footage, composers and performers, Steve forms unlikely friendships and discovers that this discarded musical genre starring tractors and bathtubs was bigger than Broadway.

Opening Night Gala Party immediately following Q&A | Candela at The Lux | 120 E. First Street
Celebrate the first night of Tallgrass in style at the VIP Lounge with food, drink and music spun by DJ Carbon.


Ad Astra Presentation with Pam Grier & Screening of Jackie Brown
Thursday, October 18, 6:30pm, Orpheum

Join us at the Orpheum Theatre for the presentation of our 2018 Ad Astra Award to film legend Pam Grier, followed by a "Conversation on Film" moderated by BlackKlansman co-writer and University of Kansas film professor Kevin Willmott.

The ceremony and discussion will be followed by a screening of Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown".

Jackie Brown
DIRECTOR: Quentin Tarantino
Narrative | USA | 1997 | 2 hr 34 min

A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life. Community Partner: Wichita Big Screen


Centerpiece Gala: This is Love
Friday, October 19, 7:30pm, Orpheum
Sponsored by Scholfield Honda

DIRECTOR: John Alexander
Documentary | USA | 2018 | 1 hr 21 min


Despite finding success alongside legends like Little Richard and Ray Charles, Rudy Love's experience in the music industry over the decades encapsulates an all-too-familiar struggle for African American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Lauded by musicians worldwide, this biography lovingly celebrates the Wichitans life and music.

* Director John Alexander, Producer JC Guest and Subject Rudy Love scheduled to attend

Centerpiece Gala Party immediately following Q&A​ | 115 N. Mead
Join us for a blast-from-the past party as we groove through the ’60s and ’70s. Music performed live by Rudy Love and the Love Family.


Stubbornly Independent Gala: Eleven Hundred to Lubbock
Saturday, October 20, 8:00pm, Scottish Rite
Sponsored by Rick & Monica Nutt

Director: Sara Radle USA | 2018 | 1 hr 39 m

2018 Stubbornly Independent Award Winner. A group of unlikely friends pay tribute to their recently deceased loved one by relay-running his ashes across the country.

* Director Sara Radle and additional film crew scheduled to attend.

Stubbornly Independent Gala Party immediately following Q&A ​| 125 N. Market
A cosmic celebration of Stubborn Independence--come celebrate with fellow festivalgoers after the screening. Enjoy live music and libations as we party through the night.


2018 Soaring Talent Award Presentation with Martin Starr

Sunday, October 21, 3:45pm, Scottish Rite

Sponsored by the Bonavia Family Charitable Trust.

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.

Silver Lake
DIRECTOR: Sean McGinly
Narrative | USA | 20181 hr 35 min

Silver Lake is a story set in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles about Nathan, a writer, who is caught between the odd world  of  his  eccentric  friends  and  the  more  stable  world  of  his  girlfriend and her young children.

* Producer/Actor Martin Starr scheduled to attend


Closing Night Gala: White Tide: The Legend of Culebra
Sunday, October 21, 7:00pm, Orpheum
Sponsored by Butler Community College

Documentary | USA | 2018 | 1 hr 23 min

A desperate man goes on a buried treasure hunt for $2 million worth of cocaine.

* Director Theo Love and Producer Bryan Storkel scheduled to attend.

Closing Night Party immediately following Q&A​ | Wichita Art Museum
The grand finale of a wild week of films, parties, panels and more. Say farewell to the festival in style as we celebrate closing night at the WAM. Live music by Stranded in the City.