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Filmmaker Advisory Board

Every year, TFA gathers a group of alumni filmmakers from the previous year's festival to join the Filmmaker Advisory Board. This group of individuals possesses years of professional experience in the film industry, insight into the craft of filmmaking and all made very impactful visits to Wichita with their films.

The filmmakers help us to amplify our regional filmmaking community, as well as improve the festival experience for both the audience and the visiting filmmakers while expanding the Tallgrass reach beyond our region. Their input and participation helps to shape the Tallgrass Film Festival experience for years to come.

At the 2019 Tallgrass Film Festival, these filmmakers will participate in a special educational programming celebrating Tallgrass' 17th anniversary and Wichita's entrepreneurial spirit.

Meet the Filmmakers

Yasmin Mistry

Yasmin Mistry is an Emmy-nominated animator, and filmmaker. Her work has been displayed worldwide including showings at the United Nations and White House as well as at film festivals such as SXSW, Tribeca and DOC NYC. She is the recipient of grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, Riverside Sharing Fund, Artists Volunteer Center and Harnisch Foundation and was a finalist for funding from the 2018 ITVS Diversity Development Fund. Films from her documentary shorts series about foster care have been featured in over 100 film festivals and won more than 25 awards. She is currently in production on a feature documentary about family separation and the quest for reunification.

Kendall Goldberg

Originally from Chicago, 23-year-old Kendall Goldberg is an LA-based writer/director/producer. Kendall is fresh off the release of her debut feature, Tallgrass 2018 official selection WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD, starring Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Jim O’Heir (Parks & Recreation). It was awarded the International Film Critics’ (FIPRESCI) Prize for Best Directorial Debut at the 2018 Heartland Film Festival and the Indie Vision Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2018 Twin Cities Film Festival. The film is available on all VOD platforms via Gunpowder & Sky. Kendall graduated with a B.F.A. in Film Production from Chapman University. While there she was selected as aMarion Knott Scholar and was mentored by Producer Richard Gladstein (Pulp Fiction). She was honored with the Women of Chapman Endowed Filmmaker Grant andZonta Award for her thesis film GLORIA TALKS FUNNY, starring Candi Milo (Dexter’s Laboratory). GLORIA screened at over 50 festivals and won several awards, including a $60,000 Panavision Filmmaker Grant. Her doc short DEMPSEY THE DIABETIC SUPERHERO was a Student Academy Awards Semifinalist. Kendall is signed with Chicago-based commercial/music video production company Strange Loop, and most recently directed a series of six videos for Walgreens and Second City Works. She was selected as a mentee for the 2019 Women In Film Mentoring Program.

Kyle Solomon

Kyle Solomon is a musical artist and film composer, whose DIY attitude towards scoring film has lead him to write, direct, and score two short films of his own (“THE VOICEMAIL” and “HUSH-HUSH” respectively), as well as provide film music for several other independent filmmakers.

David J. Phillips

This will be David's third consecutive year at The Tallgrass Film Festival. Last year David's film "The Maestro" won the Audience Award for Best Picture, as well as the Best Actor Award for Xander Berkeley. The year before, his dramatic greaser gang film "Badsville" won the Best Ensemble Cast Award. David has 13 feature films and 2 shorts under his producing belt in the past 8 years. This year, in addition to releasing "The Maestro" to rave reviews, he's currently in post-production on a film starring Tony Hale with Elisha Cuthbert, Alan Tudyk and Sarah Chalke - and also filmed "Mighty Oak" in San Diego with Janel Parrish, Alexa PenaVega, and Rayven Simone. In years before, he was an Executive Producer on Rick Alverson's "Entertainment" which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and starred Gregg Turkington, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, & Tye Sheridan. In 2016 he produced the sex comedy "Amateur Night" with Jason Biggs & Ashley Tisdale as well as "Moments Of Clarity" - a female road trip comedy starring Lyndsy Fonseca, Jon Lajoie & Eric Roberts. Prior to that, David produced "Line Of Duty", a Latino crime-thriller acquired by Lionsgate that featured Sean Patrick Flanery, Vivica A. Fox & Will Estes. Though most of David’s experience is in film, in 2013 he also helped produce the reality show pilot “Covert Kitchens” with master-chef Graham Elliot for Spike TV. After an acting career in Canada that included three years performing classical theatre at the esteemed Stratford Festival, hosting popular kid's gameshow "Video and Arcade Top Ten", and also hosting the Miss World Canada Pageant - David J. Phillips moved to Los Angeles and began producing in 2010 with three films: "L!fe Happens", a well-received hit starring Kristen Ritter, Kate Bosworth, and Rachel Bilson that was distributed domestically by Universal and Lionsgate for foreign after opening in theaters across the USA, as well as the Christmas movie, "A Holiday Heist" with Lacey Chabert, Vivica A. Fox, and Chris Kattan; and lastly the comedy "Boy Toy" starring Morgan Fairchild and distributed by Alliance Atlantis & Lionsgate. @dj_phlips @phillmprods

Natalie Cordray
Natalie is a director/producer who has spent the last 7 years working in network television, feature films, and commercials, with credits on CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0”, CMT’s “Nashville”, and NBC Universal’s “Jurassic World”. Natalie first stepped into the indie world last year, producing her first award-winning short, “Claire McKenna”, which premiered at Tallgrass. “Claire McKenna” was an artistic portrait, featuring the current crisis of opioid use in the United States, and was the recipient of the audience choice award at DC shorts fest. Natalie is currently writing her first feature film, and has a feature documentary in post!
H.P. Mendoza
H. P. Mendoza is a Filipino-American filmmaker and artist best known for his micro-budget work as screenwriter, composer and lyricist on Colma: The Musical (2007), as well as his award-winning directorial effort, I Am a Ghost (2014). Mendoza's musical films have been dubbed "mumblechoral" by Steve Seid of Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, while David Lamble of the San Francisco Bay Area Reporter dubbed Mendoza, “San Francisco’s queer cinema poet”. In 2012, Mendoza was inducted into Essential SF by San Francisco Film Society alongside Terry Zwigoff and Judy Stone. Along with his feature films, Mendoza is also known for his music in films, installations and albums, notably his second album, Nomad, re-released for its 10th anniversary in 2016. H.P. Mendoza is currently in Tokyo and the Philippines researching for his next film after finishing his theatrical release of Bitter Melon, his latest film distributed by Gravitas Ventures and ABS-CB
Emily Kincaid

Emily Kincaid is an award-winning Actor and Producer living in Los Angeles. She produced the award-winning true-crime documentary, Abducted in Plain Sight, which had its world premiere on Netflix in January of 2019 after taking the film festival circuit by storm, winning 14 awards, multiple being for Best Documentary. Abducted in Plain Sight has been called “The Craziest True-Crime Documentary,” by publications including Rolling Stone, Vice and Thrillist. Growing up, Emily was a member of The Greater Atlanta Girl’s Choir and performed at The Royal Opera House of London and Carnegie Hall. She holds a B.A from Marymount Manhattan College, and is represented theatrically by Industry Entertainment, one of the leading talent management companies in Los Angeles. She is currently a Producer on Hudson, a dramedy feature film making its way on the festival circuit, already having won multiple awards including Best Feature Film. Emily is also producing a female driven sports documentary called On The Grid, which is currently in pre-production. 


Lis Bartlett
Emmy nominated Director / Producer Lis Bartlett has long been captivated by true stories. Her first feature documentary Light in the Water had its festival debut at Tallgrass '18, where it won "Best Editing." Light in the Water tells the story of the first openly gay swim team, West Hollywood Aquatics. It has played in festivals around the world including the Palm Springs International Film Festival where it was voted "Best of Fest" by audiences. As well, a TV version premiered on Logo TV in July of 2018 and has since been nominated for a Daytime Emmy. Lis is based in Los Angeles and also works as an Editor. Credits include Kobe Bryant’s Showtime documentary MUSE, “The Pitch” for Audience Network, and work for Tastemade, Radical Media, and the Coachella 2019 Webcast.

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