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TFA Presents the Wichita Premiere of ALONG FOR THE RIDE

“An idiosyncratic documentary about an authentic wild man of Hollywood, who probably would have approved.” - The Hollywood Reporter

Tallgrass Film Association presents the exclusive Wichita premiere of Nick Ebeling's critically acclaimed documentary ALONG FOR THE RIDE, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Friday, November 17 at 6:30pm at the Crown Uptown Theatre (3207 E. Douglas.) A Q&A will follow with Ebeling and Satya de la Manitou, Hopper’s long-time assistant and life best friend, hosted by KMUW's Fletcher Powell.

ALONG FOR THE RIDE is a film that explores the highs, lows and ultimately - the phoenix-like ascension of iconic Hollywood maverick Dennis Hopper - all as seen through the eyes of his mysterious longtime "right-hand man" - Satya de la Manitou. Filmmaker NICK EBELING chronicles the unlikely duo's incredible 40+ year journey, an enduring and intense brotherhood, as complex as Hopper's own legendary career. 

A reception, beginning at 6:30pm with complimentary beer, wine and a signature cocktail, and hors d'oeuvres, is open to everyone with a ticket. The film follows at 7:30pm.

Tickets are avaialable online for General Admission: $25 or VIP $75*
*(V.I.P. ticket holders receive a limited edition ALONG FOR THE RIDE tote bag, t-shirt & mug.)

Tunes + Tallgrass returns to WAM

WAM and Tallgrass Film Association celebrate five years together with this annual, outdoor live music and film night.

Beware the danger of spying on your neighbors in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece Rear Window, featuring the gallant James Stewart and beauty Grace Kelly. This thriller takes place in the heat of summer in a Greenwich Village apartment complex. During a powerful heat wave, the mystery ensues with neighbors and a dose of voyeurism. The film is considered to be one of Hitchcock’s best and is included in the American Film Institute list of 100 Years—100 Movies, a reflection of the very best American films.

Bring your camp chairs, picnic blankets, and Frisbees as we frolic during one of Kansas’ sultry, summer evenings. The Flying Stove and Funky Monkey Munchies will be on site, cash bar, and more. Free admission.

6:30 pm | Event begins

7 pm | Live Jazz by William Flynn Quintet

9 pm | Screening of Rear Window

Shaken Not Stirred: The Martini Shot

Annual Shaken Not Stirred Fundraiser to Benefit TFA's Youth Educational Programs

Tallgrass Film Association presents Shaken Not Stirred: The Martini Shot, with a twist. This year’s event takes place on April 5th, from 6:00-9:00pm at Abode Venue and is hosted by Tallgrass Film Festival alumni filmmaker Blayne Weaver (Favor, Cut to the Chase.) Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online or at the door.

"The Martini Shot" is Hollywood lingo for the last shot of the day on a film set. Guests will create a "Martini Shot" set from start to finish for the TFA Emerging Programmer Apprentices group filmmaking project.

This summer, the EPA Class of 2017 will work together to write, produce, direct and edit a short movie, and the"Martini Shot" will be filmed on the set created for them at Shaken Not Stirred.

The film, created by a talented group of Wichita-are students, will premiere at the 15th annual Tallgrass Film Festival in October.

  • Get Your Name in The Credits: Visit the Actors Studio, Wardrobe, Prop Shop and Camera Department, to purchase items & be prepared for some special surprises...
  • Sip craft martinis created by ICT’s top mixologists from The Anchor, Monarch, Mort’s and Public
  • Enjoy New Belgium beer and wine from Wheat State Wine Co.
  • Savor whimsical bites
  • Get your discounted festival TALLPass for ONE NIGHT ONLY for $165 ($85 savings)
  • Groove to the stylings of DJ Carbon
  • Puff away at the Humidor East Cigar Bar
  • Dress up, dress down or dress like your favorite celebrity 
  • Support Wichita’s future creative class

Shaken Not Stirred is presented by Rick & Monica Nutt, with additional support from Abode Venue, New Belgium Brewing, Wheat State Wine Co., The Humidor, B98FM, KMUW and Wichita Magazine.

About the Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship

In 2017, TFA will offer it's 5th year of the Emerging Programmer Apprenticeship Program, offering Wichita area students, ages 13 to 18, young people exclusive access to the filmmaking industry through TFA's resources and connections.

The EPA Program provides selected students a comprehensive look at filmmaking, affording young people the opportunity to connect with industry professionals across all facets of the industry, and preparing them for a career in the international medium of visual storytelling.

The 2016 program was supported by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Participants included students from Allison Traditional Magnet School, Trinity Academy, The Independent School, Rose Hill High School, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Wichita Collegiate School, Brooks Middle School, Wichita Southeast High School, Wichita East High School, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Wichita Northwest High School.

Program applications will be available in March 2017. Learn more about the curriculum, requirements and getting involved >

Meet our Host: Blayne Weaver

Blayne Weaver wrote, directed and starred in the Southern Film Noir thriller CUT TO THE CHASE (nominated for the 2016 Tallgrass Stubbornly Independent Award.) Previously he starred in writer/director Paul Osborne’s psychological thriller FAVOR (which won the Tallgrass Stubbornly Independent Award) and the acclaimed romantic comedy 6 MONTH RULE (alongside Martin Starr, Natalie Morales and John Michael Higgins) which he also wrote and directed. Previous films he’s written and directed include WEATHER GIRL (with Tricia O’Kelley, Mark Harmon, Jon Cryer and Jane Lynch) and OUTSIDE SALES. He also co-wrote and acted in MANIC (Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordon- Levitt and Zooey Deschanel), directed by Jordan Melamed, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. To date he has written 8 produced feature films.
He has appeared in films such as WHERE WE’RE MEANT TO BE, JUNK, DEEP DARK CANYON, OFFICIAL REJECTION and THE GOOD OLD BOYS opposite Tommy Lee Jones. His numerous episodic television credits include ER, NCIS, and THE MIDDLEMAN. He also provided the voice of Peter Pan in the Disney animated feature RETURN TO NEVERLAND.
Originally from Louisiana, Weaver currently resides in New York City and Los Angeles. Read more from a recent interview with Blayne on the making of CUT TO THE CHASE here and pre-order the film before his Wichita appearance!


This organization received funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita