With 44 features and 128 shorts, Tallgrass Film Festival is back in person after a virtual only experience in 2020. Additional online only films will be announced later. Featuring 26 Kansan films and 62% of films were created by female-identifying directors or producers.
The most important elements of any film festival are the filmmakers and the audience. Tallgrass is grateful to have such an engaged and dedicated community in these areas. Every year you help make Tallgrass an unforgettable experience,” said Programming Director Andre Seward. “With a diverse range of independent features and short films selected, we are looking forward to hosting an amazing hybrid festival this year. Thank you for your continued support and I hope you have an incredible time at the 19th annual Tallgrass Film Festival.”
Along with our traditional spotlight on Stubbornly Independent features (films created with a budget under $500,000) and DOXX (documentary features directed by female-identifying filmmakers), Tallgrass Film Festival has added a new category to our 2021 awards line-up, The Gordon Parks Award for Black Excellence in Filmmaking.
The line-up announcement includes 128 short films, with a variety of program categories including comedy, relationships, and a spotlight on Kansas filmmakers.
“If you’ve never checked out one of our short film programs before you’re going to want to check them out this year. While much of the world has paused during the pandemic, filmmaker creativity sure hasn’t, “said Short Film Programmer Hannah Bothner. “Get ready for some fun, exciting, and brilliant films that will surprise and delight you. Something particularly exciting this year was how brilliantly so many puzzle pieces fit together to create some amazing short film and feature film pairings that I am super excited for you to see!”
The in-person festival will be held October 20-24 in downtown Wichita. The virtual festival will kick off October 24 and end on October 29.
“With our procurement of a grant called Reimagined Spaces, we took the idea to heart, reimagining a lot of the festival this year as we continue in year two of the pandemic,” said Executive Director Melanie Addington. “At the core of Tallgrass, we remain a festival focused on filmmakers finding their audience and creating community around film. Movies are the great bridge-builder that unites us as people. The 19th annual Tallgrass may look different but the core remains always the same.”
Films will play virtually following the in-person festival unless denoted below. Information on visiting filmmakers and Q&As will be added to the website as they are scheduled.
Stubbornly Independent Competition Films
Stubbornly Independent Submissions must be a USA Domestic narrative feature film made for $500,000 or under. The jury-selected film will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a special Tap Handle from Van Chase Studios.
Director: Dan Mirvish
Producer: Dan Mirvish, Daniel Moya, Terry Keefe
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 27 min | 13+
Friday, Oct 22 1:15pm Orpheum
A 1970s-era Watergate conspiracy thriller/dark comedy. Regional Premiere.
Director/Producer: Kate Beacom, Louis Legge
Producer: Chris Collins, Ryan Rigley, Debbie Peiser
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 18 min | 18+
Saturday, Oct 23 11:15pm mama.film
Best friends Chloe and Domenic are growing apart, so, for their last hurrah, they kidnap their favorite celebrity, washed-up former child star Amanda Campbell.
Preceded by the short film: “Detach” | 14 mins | d. Frankie Ingrassia | USA | English
Director/Producer: Chris Chan Lee
Producer: Robert Cho, West Liang
USA | 2020 | 2 hr | 18+
Friday, Oct. 22 5:45pm mama.film
Desperate to reconcile with his estranged wife, Elliot stops at a desert motel where he encounters Greta, an uncanny woman on the run from a mysterious past.
“We Burn Like This”
Director: Alana Waksman
Producer: Neda Armian, Eleanor Nett, Jeri Rafter, Alana Waksman
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 16 min | 18+
Sunday, Oct. 24 12:30pm Wilke
When 22-year-old Rae, a descendant of Holocaust survivors, is targeted by Neo-Nazis in Billings, Montana, her ancestors’ trauma becomes real. We follow Rae on her journey to forgive herself, her mother, and the broken world.
DOXX Spotlight Competition Films
DOXX Spotlight Submissions must be a female-directed documentary feature without traditional, theatrical, domestic distribution at the time of the festival screening. The jury-selected film will receive a $5,000 cash prize. The films also compete in the traditional documentary feature category.
Director: Mye Hoang
Producer: Dave Boyle, Nobu Nagatsuma, Robert Bennett
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 29 min | All Ages
Sunday, Oct. 24 2:45pm Wilke – In person only
The film is a refreshing and timely exploration of modern masculinity and the unlikely bond between man and cat.
Preceded by short film: “Bulldog” | 7 mins | d. Kieran Stringfellow | UK
Director: Tamara Dawit
Producer: Isabelle Couture
Ethiopia | 2020 | 1 hr 18 min | 13+
Sunday, Oct. 24 2:30pm mama.film – In person only
Sally was an aristocrat and then became a communist rebel with the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party. Four decades after Sally’s disappearance, Tamara Dawit pieces together the mysterious life of her aunt Sally. This film is also in competition for the Gordon Parks Award for Black Excellence in Filmmaking.
Preceded by short film: “Finding Tyler” | 20 mins | d. Chris Brannan, Diana Reichenbach | USA | English
Director: Christina Antonakos-Wallace
Producer: Theresa Navarro, Canan Turan, Amy Benson
Germany, India, United States | 2021 | 1 hr 29 min | English, German, Panjabi, Spanish, Vietnamese | 13+
Friday, Oct. 22 12:30pm mama.film
A hopeful story of artists and activists based in Berlin and New York whose lives hang in the balance of immigration and integration debates. This sensitive and nuanced documentary captures their journeys to define what it means to belong in societies that are increasingly hostile to their existence.
Director: Ida Joglar
Producer: Ida Joglar, Sam Kretchmar
Tanzania, United States | 2021 | 1 hr 30 min | 13+
Friday, Oct. 22 12:45pm Wilke
A group of plus-sized women from around the world attempt to climb the tallest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.
“Queens Of Pain”
Director: Cassie Hay, Amy Winston
Producer: Nathan Folbrecht
USA | 2020 | 1 hr 14 min | 13+
Friday, Oct. 22 3:15pm Wilke
The film follows three roller derby skaters as they battle the constraints of being a woman in America while fighting for the coveted Golden Skate.
Preceded by short film: “The Dangerous Type” |12 min | d. Tipper Newton | USA | English
Gordon Parks Award for Black Excellence in Filmmaking, sponsored by Cargill
To be awarded to a feature-length film of any production budget from any country from any genre with a director that self-identifies as Black, African-American, or part of the African-Diaspora. The award winner receives Panavision $15,000 camera rental package and $5,000 from Cargill. The films also compete in the documentary category.
Director: Mobolaji Olambiwonnu
Producer: Tanayi Seabrook, TJ Odebunmi, Lisa Smithline, David Oyelowo, Jessica Oyelowo, Nick Moon, Daisy Mo, Tamika Lamison, Kai Bowe
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 23 min | 13+
Saturday, Oct. 23 12:45pm Wilke
Before an explosive global uprising condemned the murder of George Floyd, there was a small town in Missouri that erupted in protest after the murder of Mike Brown Jr. Ferguson Rises highlights varied perspectives with an intimate portrayal of Michael’s father’s grief to help us understand why Ferguson is the Selma of our times.
Preceded by short film: “An Artist’s Duty” | 5 mins | d. Elyssa Walsh | USA | English
“Many Fires This Time: We the 100 Million”
Director/Producer: Jason R.A. Foster
Producer: Michael “Quess?” Moore, Jeremy Liu
Mexico, USA | 2021 | 1 hr 9 min | 13+
Friday, Oct. 22 10:30am Wilke
“Many Fires This Time: We the 100 Million” is a poetic docudrama about the 1 in 3 Americans and counting, living in economic insecurity. It follows the journey of poet and activist A Scribe Called Quess? as he connects with fellow activist poets and the communities they represent from Oakland to Chicago to Kentucky to his hometown of New Orleans.
Preceded by the short film: “Unemployment Hotline” | 11 mins | d. Nikos Campbel | USA | English
“One Pint at a Time”
Director: Aaron Hosé
Producer: Brigitte Hosé, Aaron Hosé, Jonathan Vieira (Exec/Co), Jason Gregory (Co)
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 28 min | 13+
Saturday, Oct. 23 3:15pm Wilke
Black-owned breweries share less than 1% of craft beer revenues in America. This has inspired Black brewers, beer brand owners, and influencers across the country to reshape the future of this multi-billion-dollar industry.
Preceded by short film: “The Little Tea Shop” | 17 mins | d. Molly J. Wexler, Matteo Servente | English | USA
“Subjects of Desire”
Director/Producer: Jennifer Holness
Producer: Sudz Sutherland
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 43 min | All Ages
Saturday, Oct. 23 1:45pm mama.film
“Subjects of Desire” is a thought-provoking feature documentary that examines the cultural shift in beauty standards towards embracing Black aesthetics and features. This film is also in competition for the DOXX Award.
Director: Khadifa Wong
Producer: Lisa Donmall-Reeve / Associate Producer – Kimberley Browning
USA | 2020 | 1 hr 34 min | All Ages
Saturday, Oct. 23 10am Wilke
Sponsored by Friends University
A film celebrating the history, lineage and future progressions of jazz dance. This film is also in competition for the DOXX Award.
Fiction feature films may be narrative, animation, experimental, domestic, or foreign film. Films entered in this category are eligible to be in competition audience and juried awards.
“Adventures in Success”
Director: Jay Buim
Producer: Susan Juvet, Kate Rauber
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 34 min | 18+
Saturday, Oct. 23 6:45pm mama.film
A wellness startup settles in the Catskills to spread their knowledge through the power of Jilling Off, a mission to prioritize female pleasure, which they believe will heal Mother Earth.
Preceded by short film: “PUSS” | 9 mins | d. Leah Shore | USA | English
“Keeping Company” Sponsored by Bree and Jason Cox
Director: Josh Wallace
Producer: Devin Das, Sara Jane Bowers, Josh Wallace, Adam Maffei, Zach Wanerman
USA | 2021| 1 hr 22 min | 18+
Friday, Oct. 22 11:15pm mama.film – In person only
A fateful chain of events begins to unravel after two brash insurance salesmen go knocking on the wrong door and find themselves trapped inside a serial killer’s basement, putting their lives and their jobs on the line.
Preceded by short film: “Una vida asegurada” (An insured life) | 13 mins | d. Jesús Martínez “Nota” | Spain | Spanish w/ English subtitles.
Director/Producer: Erin Granat, Machete Bang Bang
Producer: Bay Dariz, John Humber
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 42 min | 18+
Saturday, Oct. 23 12:45pm Groover Labs
In his last day on Earth, Jimmy will show an obituary writer, his death doula, his estranged brother, his caretaker, a surreal being, and the guests at his fabulous FUN-eral, that perhaps the art of living is actually the art of dying.
Preceded by short film: “Numb” | 11 mins | d. Natasha Jatania | UK | English
“This Is Not A War Story”
Director: Talia Lugacy
Producer: Noah Lang, Rosario Dawson
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 51 min | 18+
Friday, Oct. 22 10:15am Orpheum
The film tracks a ragtag group of combat veterans in New York whose anti-war art, poetry and papermaking keep them together, despite the spectre of their friend’s suicide and that healing from war is sometimes an impossible mission.
Documentary feature films may be a foreign or domestic feature. Films entered in this category are eligible to be in competition audience and juried awards.
“A Machine To Live In”
Director: Yoni Goldstein
Producer: Sebastian Alvarez
Brazil | 2021 | 1 hr 20 min | 13+
Saturday, Oct. 23 7:30pm Wilke
“A Machine to Live In” is a hybrid documentary linking the cosmic power structures of the state to the mystical architecture of cults and utopian cities in the distant hinterlands of Brazil.
Preceded by short film: “The Acolyte” | 14 mins | d. Sammy James, Jr. | USA | English
Director: Alex Liu
Producer: Steven Flynn, Leonardo Neri
Canada, USA | 2021 | 1 hr 16 min | 18+
Sunday, Oct. 24 4:30pm Orpheum
To right the wrongs of his all-American sex education, 36-year-old Alex Liu goes on a quest to uncover naked truths and hard facts—no matter how awkward it gets.
Preceded by short film: “Three Triple A’s” | 8 mins | d.Lexy Anderson| UK | English
Director/Producer: Jerry Redfern, Karen Coates
Lao People’s Democratic Republic, United States | 2021 | 1 hr 11 min | 18+
Friday, Oct. 22 10:30am mama.film
Half a century after the US waged history, an estimated 80 million unexploded bombs remain in Laotian soil today. Eternal Harvest traces the failures of US foreign policy to clean up America’s postwar mess in Laos, and it underscores the urgent need for more funding.
Director/Producer: Thomas Verrette
Producer: Haller Rice
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 15 min | All Ages
Saturday, Oct. 23 11:30am mama.film
Sponsored by NetApp
ZERO GRAVITY follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
Preceded by short film: “Jim of Earth” | 13 mins | d. Justin Arwood | Wichita, KS | English
Spotlight Feature Films
Spotlight films are not juried but are open for audience award including a $2,500 cash prize.
Director: Jessica Kingdon
Producer: Kira Simon-Kennedy, Jessica Kingdon, Nathan Truesdell
China | 2021 | 1 hr 39 min | 13+
Thursday, Oct. 21, 5:15pm mama.film – In Person Only
This observational documentary delivers a nuanced understanding of the growing behemoth that is the nominally communist yet hyper-capitalist the People’s Republic of China.
“Father of the Cyborgs” Sponsored by Cognitive Performance & Health
Director/Producer: David Burke
Producer: Sean O’Cualain
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 15 | 13+
Saturday, Oct. 23 9pm mama.film
Famed neurologist Phil Kennedy made global headlines in the late 90’s for connecting the brain of a paralyzed man to a computer. But now, the controversial inventor is concerned that the field he helped pioneer may lead to unintended consequences in a future where technology and human brains combine.
Preceded by short film: “Florence” | 14 mins | d. Florian Thess | UK | English
“I’m Fine (Thanks for Asking)”
Director/Producer: Kelley Kali & Angelique Molina
Producer: Deon Cole, Roma Kong & Capella Fahoome
USA | 1 hr 30 min | 13+
Sunday, Oct. 24 5pm Wilke – In Person Only
When a recently widowed mother becomes houseless, she convinces her 8-year-old daughter that they are only camping for fun while working to get them off of the streets.
Preceded by short film: “Missing First Period” | 16m| d. Chassidy David | USA | English
Director: Alex Camilleri
Producer: Rebecca Anastasi, Ramin Bahrani, Alex Camilleri and Oliver Mallia
Narrative | Malta | 2021 | 1 hr 34 min | 18+
Sunday, Oct. 24 10:45am mama.film
Maltese fisherman sees his livelihood – and a family tradition from generations before him – imperiled by diminishing harvests, a ruthless fishing industry, and a stagnating ecosystem.
Preceded by short film: “What Remains” | 14 mins | d. Paavo Hanninen | USA | English
“Not Going Quietly”
Director: Nicholas Bruckman
Producer: Amanda Roddy
Documentary | USA | 2020 | 1 hr 33 min | 13+
Thursday, Oct. 21 10am (with audio description) mama.film
Sunday, Oct. 24 10am Wilke
When a young father with ALS chances to meet a powerful senator on an airplane, their filmed
exchange goes viral and sparks one of the most powerful political movements in a
Preceded by short film: “Feeling Through” |19 mins | d. Doug Roland | USA | English
“On The Divide”
Director: Leah Galant, Maya Cueva
Producer: Diane Becker, Melanie Miller, Amanda Spain, Elizabeth Woodward
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 20 min | 13+
Friday, Oct. 22 3pm mama.film
This documentary follows the story of three Latinx people living in McAllen, Texas who, despite their views, are connected by the most unexpected of places: the last abortion clinic on the U.S./Mexico border.
Preceded by short film: “Burros” | 15 mins | d. Jefferson Stein | USA | English, Spanish, O’odham w/ subtitles
Director: Ori Segev, Noah Dixon
Producer: Drew Johnson, Juli Sasaki, Brett Reiter
USA| 2021 | 1 hr 23 min | 18+
Saturday, Oct. 23 2:45pm Orpheum
Lennon Gates is a quiet and observant podcaster, but when she meets the charismatic musician Bobbi Kitten, her deceptive intentions surface.
Preceded by short film: “An Opening” | 16 mins | d. Collin Davis | USA | English
“Potato Dreams of America”
Director/Producer: Wes Hurley
Producer: Mischa Jakupcak
USA | 2021| 1 hr 35 min | 13+
Sunday, Oct. 24 1:15pm Groover – In person only
An autobiographical dark comedy about a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union, his mail-order bride mother and their adventurous escape to America.
Preceded by short film: “In France Michelle is a Man’s Name” | 13 mins | d. Em A Weinstein | USA | English
Director: Veronica Andersson , Filip Hillesland, Mateusz Motyka, Maciejölesicki
Poland | 2021 | 1 hr 43 min | 13+
Saturday, Oct. 23 4pm mama.film – In person only
Six stories. Twelve angry people. An infinite number of explosions. A film composed of six separate dark comedy-dramas showing contemporary Poland in a humorous way.
Preceded by short film: “Sonrisas” (Smiles) | 14 mins | d. Javier Chavanel | Spain | Spanish w/ subtitles
“The Neutral Ground”
Director: CJ Hunt
Producer: Darcy McKinnon
USA | 2021 | 1 hr 33 min | 13+
Sunday, Oct. 24 12:15pm mama.film
A feature-length documentary about New Orleans’ fight over monuments and America’s centuries-long relationship with the Lost Cause.
“The Return: Life After ISIS”
Director/Producer: Alba Sotorra Clua
Spain, USA | 2021 | 1 hr 30 min | 18+
Thursday, Oct. 21 3pm mama.film – In person only
A unique access portrait of a group of Western women who devoted their young lives to ISIS, but who now want to be given the chance to start over, back home in the West.
Art & Animation
From animation to artists to art therapy this program has everything you need to get those creative juices flowing.
1 hr 45 min | All Ages
Friday, Oct. 22 11am Groover Labs
“Don’t Touch Your Face” by Leah Shore
“Llaves (Keys) “ by Mayra A. Flores, Nicholas Manting Brewer
“Luv U Cuz” by Eric Pumphrey
“Miss Alma Thomas: A Life in Color” by Cheri Gaulke
“SHE DREAMS AT SUNRISE” by Camrus Johnson
“The Exhibition (or) how to have an art opening during a pandemic” by Elizabeth Stevenson, Patrick Duegaw
“The Farmer and the Lightning Storm” by Danielle Browne
“The Summer Of Snakes” by Lara Panah-Izadi
“Train of Thought” by Katharine Stocker
“WHERE ARE YOU REALLY FROM?” Steven Lee
“YO (ME)” Begoña Arostegui
Get ready to have some fun, laugh a lot and maybe even learn something!
1 hr 45 min | 13+
Thursday, Oct. 21 12:30pm mama.film
“1-800-D-Direct” by Clare Macdonald
“Brief Survey” by Dava Whisenant
“Bufflehead” by Steve Brett
“Don vs Lightning” by Big Red Button
“Hanging With Doctor Z” by Robert Cohen
“My First Native American Boyfriend” by Joey Clift
“Oxtail” by Joshua Reeves
“Stand Up Stand Out: The Making of a Comedy Movement” by David Pavlosky
“Survivers” Carlos Gómez-Trigo
Let’s get lost in the inspirational, heartwarming, and eye-opening stories of real people.
1 hr 38 min | All Ages
Saturday, Oct. 23 10:15am Groover Labs
“Águilas” (Eagles) by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
“Bug Farm” by Lydia Cornett
“Caro Comes Out” by Brit Fryer, Caro Hernandez
“Fast & Left – A Flat Track Film” by Evan H. Senn
“FULL PICTURE” by Jacob Reed
“Pane of Separation” by Michelle Pomeroy
Experience something deep and, of course, dramatic with these beautiful stories.
1 hr 47 min | 18+
Sunday, Oct 24 10:30am Orpheum
“Eureka” by Mida Chu
“Gabriela” by Natalia Kaniasty
“Hawaiian Soul” by ʻĀina Paikai
“I AM NORMAL” by Olia Oparina
“Myrtle”by Patricia McCormack
“Pizza Party” Tessa Hope Slovis
“The Wound” Sahar Nourmonavar
Horror & Bloody
Get in the holiday spirit with something scary, something gory, something spine tingling!
1 hr 33 min | 18+
Saturday, Oct. 23 5:45pm Groover Labs
“Apocalypse … Then” by Rodrick Pocowatchit
“Aria” Christopher Poole
“Beats” Sara Lattis
“BOSSBABES “ Corey Clifford, Ryan Lagod
“First Date” Meredith Alloway
“Junk Drawer” Nate Jones
“Litany for Mister President” Christopher Meyers
“Prudence” R.D. Womack II
“Scratches Barn” Adler Moss
“The Occult Son” Patrick Murphy
I LOVE ICT
The past, present and future of the 316, the Doo-Dah, the Air Capital, whatever you call it we’re so proud to call it our home!
1 hr 38 min | All ages
Sunday, Oct. 24 1:30pm Orpheum
“Welcome Home, Wichita” by Julian Liby
“Who Scammed Rajah Rabbit?” By Sara Joy Harmon, Charity Elizabeth Harmon
“Wichita Baseball: Past, Present, and Future” by Nathan Light
Joel Fein Spotlight on Emerging Filmmakers Program
Short films from the next generation of great filmmakers! All films are made by filmmakers 18 or younger.
1 hr 39 min | All Ages
Saturday, Oct. 23 3pm Groover Labs
Join us for the Industry Mixer at 2 pm at Groover Labs to celebrate young filmmakers and meet the Emerging Programmer Apprentices. Sponsored by Dave and DJ Burk and Groover Labs.
“21st” by Brendan Egan
“Bad Bugs” by Bryn Wright
“Boogie Ghost” by Kate Saltel
“CAPTIVITY (اسارت)” by Mehrnoush Rahmanian
“CAVITY” by Spencer Nicklaus
“Cereal” by Dusan Brown
“Cocinando (Cooking)” by Marco Araujo
“Distortion (Verzerrung)” by Samuel J Punto
“Escape From The Garden or A Tapestry In Three Acts” by Gabrielle Adair
“Flat Line” by Abby Estrada
“HELLO FRISCO” by Ava Bounds
“Helper Chef 777” by Sabrina Wilson
“Love of a Horse and a Whale (Любов Конячки та Кита)” by Anastasia Shinkarenko
“Material Girl” by Lillian Dight
“Omega & Sparks” by Ani Eagan
“Perennial” by Grace Shao, Shailee Sankhala
“Spud” by Will McDonald, Gavin Bell
“The Gull’s Shriek (جیغ مرغ دریایی)” by Ava Ghahremanifar
“The Puppet” by Will Nordstrom
“Through Their Eyes” by Alisha Heng
Let’s Get Weird
Weird, strange, peculiar, eccentric, funky: this program is a mysterious grab bag of interesting shorts!
1 hr 35 min | 18+
Sunday, Oct 24 4pm Groover Labs
“EL JOVEN DIEGO (YOUNG DIEGO)” by Osama Chami, Enrique Gimeno Pedrós
“El Triste” by Manuel Del Valle
“Everything I Learned Came From the Television” by Jeremy Stewart
“In Hollywoodland” by Jessica Sherif
“Polvotrón 500 (Shagomatic 500)” by Silvia Conesa
“Standing Woman” by Tony Hipwell
“The Projector” by Shane Wallace
“ZER0 0NE ZER0” by Graham High
Stories from all of the colors of the rainbow! Love, acceptance, identity and just being yourself is what this program is about.
1 hr 37 min } 18+
Friday, Oct. 22 4pm Groover Labs
“2 Weeks” by Victoria Negri
“And Then” by Jenn Ravenna Tran
“Frankie” by James Kautz
“My Own” by Courtney Hope Thérond
“PEACE” Adomako Aman
“Smoke, Lilies and Jade” by Deondray and Quincy LeNear Gossfield
“To the Future, with Love” by Shaleece Haas
It’s not just romance in this film block! We’ve got sibling relationships, parents and children, friendship and of course some romance too cause the world needs plenty of love.
1 hr 45 min | 13+
Friday, Oct. 22 1:30pm Groover Labs
“Al-Si” by Suzannah Mirghani
“Denzel” by Michael Gamarano Singleton
“Faith” by Matteo Mosterts
“Miss Fortunate” by Ella Jones
“My Dear God” by Tara Sheffer
“Pink & Blue” by Carmen LoBue
“SHiFT” by Chad Crenshaw, Davis DeRock
“The Divorce” by Jackson Tozer
“Wedlock” by Stephen Ashwell
Timothy Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers Program Sponsored by Moeder and Associates
All short films in this program are made by former or current Sunflower State filmmakers.
1 hr 40 min | 13+
Saturday, Oct. 23 11:30am Orpheum
“A Beautiful and Violent Place” by Sam T McFarland
“Come on, Shake Your Body Baby, Do the Conga!” by Tom Hipp
“Friends of Dorothy” by Brydie O’Connor
“In-Somnia” by Benjamin Cleveland
“MicroKansas – Tribulation” by Bobby Obermite
“My Family Trees” by Roshi Givechi
“Now What?” by La’Ron Cooper, DeVonte Brown
“RIDE” by Sam Findlay
“Start Small” by Alexis Cruz
“The Breakdown” by Robert Thomas, Quinlan Roth
“Waste My Time” by James Nioce
Short Films playing before features previously announced
“Sisters with Transistors” is preceded by short film: “Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran” | 18 mins | d. Farbod Ardebili | Iran |Farsi w/ subtitles
“The First Step” is preceded by short film: “Generation 328” | 19 mins | d. Veranika Nikanava | Belarus | Russian w/ subtitles
“Being Bebe” is preceded by short film: “The Young King” | 5 min | d. Larin Sullivan | USA
“God Save the Wings” is preceded by short film: “Misisipi” | 6 min | d. Todd Ramsey | USA
About the Tallgrass Film Association
Tallgrass Film Association entertains, educates, and inspires audiences in the Wichita community and beyond by showcasing the best of independent films from around the world through an annual 5-day film festival, year-round special screenings, filmmaking competitions and filmmaker labs. We strive to preserve the cultural tradition of film as a communal adventure. Movies bring us together: they entertain, spark conversation, build community and forge new relationships.
The festival is sponsored by Consolidated Equities Trust, Bonavia Family Charitable Trust, Selig Polyscope Company, Panavision, Iheartmedia, Groover Labs, Greteman Group. City of Wichita, Carlos O’Kellys, Homegrown and Peace Love and Pie, National Endowment for the Arts, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, Fidelity Bank and Wave.