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Oct 5-8 – Tallgrass Film Festival – Wichita, KS locales – Feat’g: Opening Night + Spotlights and Narrative + Doc Feature & Shorts Competitions


First Release: 21st Annual Film Festival First Look Ahead! – Tallgrass Film Association

Jury and Panels: https://tallgrassfilm.org/tallgrass-21st-announces-jury-and-panels/

Tallgrass Film Association Hosts the 21st Annual Film Festival Downtown Wichita October 5-8, in Several Venues, Including the Historic Orpheum Theatre

The Festival announces the big Opening Night Film, The People’s Joker; Saturday gala film, the world premiere of TOKYO COWBOY; as well as Narrative,  Documentary Feature; shorts competition programs; spotlight events


Wichita, KS (August 30, 2023) – The remainder of the offerings of the 21st annual Tallgrass Film Festival presented by Archer Hotels, were announced today. The festival will be held October 5-8, in downtown Wichita. With a mix of free and paid events and extensive educational programming, the Festival brings thousands of visitors to the city annually. Tickets and Tallpasses are on sale now at https://TallgrassFilm.org/ for all events. All films at the Advanced Learning Library are presented fee with support of Evergy.

The Festival hosts more than 184 films for this 21st edition. Continued partnerships with the Orpheum Theatre, Temple Live (Scottish Rite), Exploration Place, the Advanced Learning Library (all downtown on 1st Street), and Ulrich Museum (on WSU campus) as host venues will be joined by WSU TECH: Niche (124 S. Broadway) as a new venue with a welcome return to the Wichita Art Museum (1400 Museum Blvd.) this year. The Festival is also partnering with the Prairie Fire Race Marathon on Sunday to support runners and to make for a lively downtown weekend. 


Among this announcement’s highlights are the opening night film THE PEOPLE’S JOKER with special guest, director Vera Drew. Filmmaker, Sav Rodgers, returns to Kansas with CHASING CHASING AMY as well as the Kansas films NIGHT SCREAMS and LETTERS FROM HOME. Other highlights include Stubbornly Independent Winner HP Mendoza’s latest, THE SECRET ART OF HUMAN FLIGHT, and festival favorite KAREN CARPENTER: STARVING FOR PERFECTION.

Short film highlights include 7 Minutes from comedian Ricky Gervais (“The Office”), Robert & Billie, a love story set in Nicodemus, Kansas; Mahogany Drive, a short film created by from the Astronomy Club sketch group and produced by Academy Award-winner Andrew Carlberg. Closing Time has Demi Adejuyigbe, known for his “September 21” videos. And Geoff Ross, a comedian, who writes, directs and stars in This is About the Census.

“The spotlight films are a collection of movies that reflect the multifaceted nature of the Tallgrass Film Festival. From a Midwest-grown film years in the making such as LETTERS HOME, to an amazing biopic about artist Joan Miró, MIRÓ, which details the artist´s life whose art is anchored in Wichita´s history. The documentary CHASING CHASING AMY, which debuted at Tribeca, explores pop culture inside self-discovery by an alum and friend of the Festival, Sav Rodgers. We also have a lovely documentary FAR FROM HOME that tackles identity through dance made by members of the local Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, and our opening night film, THE PEOPLE´S JOKER, a story that is both in front of the camera and behind the scenes an example of the Stubbornly Independent spirit that Tallgrass continues to champion,” Head Programmer Andre Seward said.


Nationally, the Festival has focused on the important issues that the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are raising and supporting the filmmakers during this time. Panels on the issues and other topics were announced on the website along with the jury (https://tallgrassfilm.org/tallgrass-21st-announces-jury-and-panels/).  Any SAG-AFTRA card members in Kansas can also receive complimentary passes or tickets if they reach out to the Festival this year. 



Director: Sav Rodgers 
Producers: Sav Rodgers, Alex Schmider, Carrie Radigan, Lela Meadow-Conner, Matthew C. Mills
Kansas Premiere. RT: 95m/USA

For young Sav Rodgers, the Kevin Smith cult classic, CHASING AMY, became a life raft. As Rodgers examines the film and its making as a cornerstone of LGBTQ+ cinema, he finds himself at a complicated crossroads.

En El Limbo Nos Encontramos (short) plays with CHASING CHASING AMY
Director: Daniel DuBoulay
World Premiere. RT: 5/USA

The film follows a lonely, estranged protagonist as they become obsessed with wanting to become part of their favorite TV show. 

These films play at TempleLive (Scottish Rite) on Friday, October 6 at 4:30 pm.

LETTERS HOME (Narrative)
Director: Scott Roberts
Producers: Scott Roberts, Paul Roberts
World Premiere. RT: 76m/USA

Newly arrived with his family in a small Midwestern town, a smart but hopelessly awkward boy despairs that he will never truly fit in. 

Death in Lavender (Short) plays with LETTERS HOME
Director: Tyler W. Moore
World Premiere. RT: 10m/USA

Secrets begin to unravel after the untimely passing of the patriarch of the Pennington family.

These films play at The Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, October 7 at 12:30 p.m.

MIRÓ (Narrative)
Director: Oriol Ferrer
Producers: Oriol Marcos, Oriol Sala-Patau, Esther Dueñas, Tiffany Ruoz
Regional Premiere. RT: 84m/Spain 

MIRÓ is the story of a discreet and tenacious young man; who had to emigrate from a gray and conservative Barcelona to Paris in full cultural effervescence to make himself known.

He ran alongside his comrade (short) plays with MIRÓ
Director: Genís Rigol Alzola
Regional Premiere. RT: 14/Spain

The story of an elderly businessman in search of popularity. He evades taxes but practices philanthropy, understanding solidarity in a personal way. Thus, the protagonist will dedicate himself to generating problems for people with the aim of being able to help them.

These films play at the CAC Theatre (Wichita State) on Sunday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m. 

NIGHT SCREAMS  (Narrative)
Director: Allen Plone
Producer: Dillis L. Hart
World Premiere of Director’s/Producer’s Final Cut. RT: 74m/USA

A late-entry slasher gem that offers up an embarrassment of inventive kills…alongside more “standard” methods of hacking and slashing.

Dead Enders (short) plays with NIGHT SCREAMS
Director: Fidel Ruiz-Healy & Tyler Walker
Regional Premiere. RT: 12m/USA

Disaffected, young gas-station clerk Maya doesn’t care about much besides messing with her manager and getting her beer discount at the end of the midnight shift. But after a sinister race of mind-controlling parasites are set loose by irresponsible oil drillers, Maya realizes that there might be more to life than spending all your waking hours stacking shelves for a corporate overlord. 

These films play at The Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, October 7 at 3 p.m.

Director: Vera Drew
Producer: Joey Lyons
RT: 92m/USA

An unfunny clown with a Smylex addiction grapples with gender identity, love, and foes while founding an illegal comedy theater in Gotham City.

Krush The Wrestler (short) plays with The People’s Joker
Director: Alex Megaro
Kansas Premiere. RT:14m/USA

Exploring the innate intimacy of submission wrestling, a lifelong wrestler turns his talents into an on-demand fetish video service.

These films play opening night at the Crown Uptown Theatre on Thursday, October 5 at 7 pm as the Opening Night Gala Film.



Directors: Amanda Mustard, Rachel Beth Anderson
Producers: Amanda Mustard, Rachel Beth Anderson, Luke Malone
Regional Premiere. RT: 112m/USA

Photojournalist Amanda Mustard returns to her hometown to investigate the decades of sexual abuse her family and community experienced at the hands of her grandfather.

This film plays at the Advanced Learning Library on Saturday October 7 at 11 a.m. 

Directors: Eric Axelman, Sam Eilertsen
Producers: Eric Axelman, Daniel J. Chalfen, Nadia Saah
Regional Premiere. RT: 84m/USA, Israel, Palestine

When two young American Jews raised to unconditionally love Israel witness the brutal way Israel treats Palestinians, their lives take sharp left turns.

This film plays at Kemper Theatre in Exploration Place on Sunday, October 8 at 1 p.m.

Directors/Producers: Rebecca Davis & Pete Davis
Kansas Premiere. RT: 99m/USA & Italy

JOIN OR DIE is a film about why you should join a club—and why the fate of America depends on it. 

Balloon Boy (short) plays with JOIN OR DIE 
Directors: Brian Gersten, Arlin Golden
Regional Premiere. RT: 17m/USA

America watched with rapt attention a large balloon float through the skies of Colorado.     

These films play at the Tallgrass Film Center on Friday, October 6 at 11 a.m.

Director: Randy Martin
Producers: Andy Streitfeld, Randy Schmidt
Kansas Premiere. RT: 97m/USA

A captivating, revealing, and unvarnished documentary providing astounding new insight into the singer’s tragically short life and enduring musical legacy. 

Director: Kenya Gillespie
Regional Premiere. RT: 16/USA

A composer attempts to unravel the memories of his relationship with his classical singer ex-boyfriend.

These films play at The Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, October 8 at 1 p.m.

Director: Liz Lachman
Producer: Lisa Donmall-Reeve
Kansas Premiere. RT: 93m/USA, China, Vietnam 

A verite film following award-winning celebrity chef Susan Feniger on her first solo restaurant; it’s a story about starting over and about not IF one fails… but HOW.”

There Are Things To Do (short) plays with SUSAN FENIGER. FORKED
Director: Mike Syers
Regional Premiere. RT: 18/USA

Urvashi Vaid, an outspoken immigrant, lesbian and woman of color was an LGBTQ+ superhero helped shape the modern day gay rights movement. Her vision for the movement serves as a roadmap of initiatives & tools for generations of activist as they face anti-LGBTQ+ backlash. 

These films play at NICHE on Saturday, October 7 at 10 a.m. 

Director/Producer: Alex Rappoport
Kansas Premiere.  RT: 86m/USA

At 79 years old and overlooked since the 1970s, abstract painter Peter Bradley reflects on life and shares his artistic process on the cusp of his rediscovery.

Charles Gaines: Systems & Structures (shorts) plays with WITH PETER BRADLEY
Director: Ian Forster, Sue Ding
RT: 11/USA

A pivotal figure in the field of conceptual art, Charles Gaines investigates the production of knowledge and culture by using rule-based systems to create paintings, drawings, musical compositions, and sculptures. Culminating in the completion of Moving Chains (2022), a 100-foot-long public sculpture on Governors Island in New York City, this film traces the connections Gaines makes between our lived experiences and the systems that shape them.

These films play at the Wichita Art Museum on Saturday, October 7 at 10 a.m.



Producers: Camila Jimenez. Silvana Aguirre, Alejandro Duran
Director:  Sofía Auza
USA Premiere. RT: 70m/Mexico

After his father’s death, Hugo misses the last bus home and meets Momo, who turns his night into an adventure.

This film plays at the Tallgrass Film Center on Sunday, October 8 at 2 p.m.

Director: Justin Geldzahler
Producers: Christopher Fox, Justin Geldzahler, Norris Guncheon, Sara McFarlane
Regional Premiere. RT: 89m/USA

A good couple in a bad place plans a last-ditch cabin trip, but when an obnoxious third wheel arrives, they worry more that their relationship may be in danger.

Are You Awake? (short) plays with GLUE TRAP
Director: Gabriel Caste
Regional Premiere. RT: 12/USA

In this psychological thriller, a detached woman working as a door-to-door wake-up caller encounters a client refusing to leave his bed, who recounts his terrible nightmares.

Second Harvest (short) plays with GLUE TRAP
Director: Victoria Gayer, Naythan Smith

A grieving widow attempts to renegotiate a corporate contract that set the terms of her husband’s burial.

These films will play at NICHE on Friday, October 6 at 5 p.m.

Director: Ahmed Al Daradji
Producer: Ishtar Film Production
Kansas Premiere. RT: 102m/Iraq

When a young Iraqi rubbish picker rescues an American sex doll from the Baghdad dumps, he crosses into a perilous red zone.  

The Red Ball (short) will play with HANGING GARDENS
Director: George Morgan
Kansas Premiere. RT: 7/UK

Clinging onto his red ball, Bamike leaves the big city of London for a small town where his family can get a fresh start after a family tragedy.

These films play at the Tallgrass Film Center on Saturday, October 7 at 11 a.m. 

Directors/Producers: Soda Jerk
Kansas Premiere. RT: 70m/Australia 

Comprised entirely of hundreds of film samples, Hello Dankness is a political fable that bears witness to the psychotropic spectacle of American politics from 2016 to 2021, and the mythologies and lore that took root around it.  

A.V. Van (short) will play with HELLO DANKNESS
Director: Morayo Akandé
USA Premiere. RT: 12/UK

Two film-fanatic sisters try to reconnect with their estranged deceased father by selling his vintage porn collection.

Tulipomania: You Had to be There (short) will play with HELLO DANKNESS
Director: Cheryl Gelover, Tom Murray (Tulipomania)
North American Premiere. RT: 4/USA

Magnification doesn’t always yield detail. Maybe you had to be there… When the observer and the observed exchange places – at what point do we hold ourselves accountable? You Had to Be There is the first music video for Tulipomania’s soon to be released new album Dreaming of Sleep.

These films play at the Wichita Art Museum on Saturday, October 7 at 3 p.m.

Director: Marwan Mokbel
Producer: Omar Said
Kansas Premiere. RT: 111m/Lebanon & Egypt

THE JUDGEMENT follows a gay couple returning from the US to Egypt for a family emergency, which forces them back into the closet and to attempt to pass as just friends.

This film will be shown at NICHE on Sunday, October 8 at 5 p.m.

Director: Leah Bleich
Producer: Tessa Byford
Kansas Premiere. RT: 74m/USA

One year after her father’s death, high school senior Lydia Gilbert feels completely lost…until she discovers something unexpected: a space opera screenplay needing a blockbuster-sized budget – written by her dad.

A Relationship with a Camera (short) plays with THE MOON & BACK
Director: Tony King
USA Premiere. RT: 6/USA

An introspective documentary about Tony King’s journey grieving his father’s death with photography.

Rosemary A.D. (After Dad) (short) plays with THE MOON & BACK
Director: Ethan Barrett
Kansas Premiere. RT: 10/USA

As he cradles his newborn, a father wonders if his daughter would be better off without him and imagines her life once he is gone. Completely hand-drawn with crayons.

These films will play at the Tallgrass Film Center on Thursday, October 5 at 3 p.m.

Director: H.P. Mendoza
Producers: Grant Rosenmeyer, Tina Carbone, Benjamin Wiessner, Jonathan Lim
Kansas Premiere. RT: 107m/USA

A grieving widower turns to a mysterious self-help book from the dark web written by an eccentric guru, which promises to unlock the power to fly.

This film plays at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, October 6 at 1 p.m.

Director: Marc Marriott
Producers: Brigham Taylor, Marc Marriott
World Premiere. RT: 118m/USA

A Japanese businessman goes on an unwitting journey of self-discovery when he takes a company trip from Tokyo to a Montana cattle ranch.

Bull Rider (short) plays with TOKYO COWBOY
Director: Steven Gray
Kansas Premiere. RT: 2/USA

This experimental documentary short merges meditations on dance from choreographer Martha Graham with music by composer Philip Glass and video featuring Professional Bull Rider/Modern Dancer Ouncie Mitchell, at the 2022 Oakley Rodeo in Oakley, UT.

These films play at The Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, October 7 at 6 p.m. as the Centerpiece Gala Film.



Looking for something fun and light? We’ve got funny stories, laughs, and good times from all over the world in this program! 

This short film program plays at the Tallgrass Film Center on Friday, October 6 at 2 p.m.

Farmers Dating-Rencontres Paysannes
Director: Alexandra “Alle” Hsu 
Regional Premiere. RT: 11m/France

In rural France, a young farmer’s heart is broken. Struggling to understand the new world of dating via technology, she’s not sure her tomatoes are ripe for anyone.

Director: Taietsarón:sere “Tai” Leclaire 
Regional Premiere. RT: 10m/USA

When a Queer Native is confronted by a non-Native wearing a ceremonial headdress at a music festival, he retreats into his mind to find the perfect response from various versions of his own identity.

Only Worn Once
Directors: Claire Downs and Brenden Gallagher 
World Premiere. RT: 9m/USA

A recent divorcee and her daughter sell Darcy’s used wedding dress on the internet to an 18-year-old marrying a much older man. A drag queen unexpectedly saves the day.

Somewhere In Between
Director: Kyle Vorbach 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 15m/USA

Two will-they-won’t-they friends are keeping it simple this New Year’s Eve – until their house is crashed by a man from the future who tells them that the fate of the universe rests in their hands.

The Car Spotter
Director: Martin Sandin  
Regional Premiere. RT: 14m/Sweden

The Car Spotter is a film about the small things in life that can have big consequences. 

This is About the Census
Director: Geoff Ross 
World Premiere. RT: 5m/USA

A loyal citizen is called into a government office to answer a life-or-death question: Why does the census only have one person?

Vance and the Afterlife
Director: Sam Kimbrell 
Regional Premiere. RT 10m/USA

Vance and the Afterlife is a short film about a corporate stiff named Vance who dies and ends up in his imagination… or lack thereof.

Voice Activated
Director: Steve Anthopoulos 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 12m/Australia

A florist with a stutter is forced to cooperate with a voice-activated car on the way to an important delivery.

What to Watch
Director: Clarence Williams IV  
USA Premiere. RT:10m/USA

Two friends have a hard time deciding what movie to watch together.

Director: Honora Talbott 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 10m/USA

A casting director gets hit with some bad news while helping her eccentric neighbor tape a “Wheel of Fortune” audition.



Brave, bold, and inspiring true stories from the world around us. This program has stories of amazing sacrifices, people putting in hard work to help others, showing the world who you are, love, and much more. 

This short film program plays at the Advanced Learning Library on Thursday, October 5 at 11 a.m.

A Clean Slate
Director: Trần Hoàng Calvin 
Kansas Premiere. RT:14m/USA

This uplifting documentary follows Shanyeill McCloud’s work helping the formerly incarcerated expunge their records and start their lives again.

Directors: Destyn Fuller-Hope & Andrew Wonder 
Regional Premiere. RT: 5m/USA

Two Lives. One Gift. A post-kidney transplant memoir told as a dream-like prayer to Mom.

Directors: Ryan Westra and Vishavjit Singh 
RT: 10m/USA

The animated true story of a turban-wearing American who overcomes a lifetime of hate by becoming a new superhero: Sikh Captain America. 

Black People Surf?
Directors: Bailey Williams & swim-team 
USA Premiere. RT: 12m/USA

A documentary that chronicles the renaissance of Black surf culture in Southern California.

Director: Tiffany Jiang
Kansas Premiere. RT: 16m/USA

Galvanized by devastating events early on in their lives, two New Yorkers find ways to channel their grief into acts of kindness that serve others. The film invites viewers to reflect on what it means to live with and find comfort in grief, in all its different forms.

Friday Night Blind
Directors: Scott Krahn, Robb Fischer 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 14m/USA

The Milwaukee Beer Barrels Blind Bowling League is an eclectic mix of visually impaired and sighted bowlers with a simple focus. 

Robert & Billie
Director: Robert Brogden III 
RT: 9m/USA

A generational love story set in the historic town of Nicodemus, Kansas, the only remaining western settlement founded by formerly enslaved Black Americans following the Civil War. 

Director: John Haley, Julia Szromba 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 16m/USA 

In the first city to ban abortion in Ohio, a lifelong resident grapples with the transformation of her hometown.

The Script
Directors: Brit Fryer, Noah Schamus 
Regional Premiere. RT:15m/USA

Blending personal interviews with dramatized genre recreations, THE SCRIPT explores the complicated relationship between trans and nonbinary communities and medical providers regarding gender-affirming care.



Beautiful stories from the more dramatic side of things. This program explores topics like family, grief, loss, identity, and much more. 

This short film program plays at the Advanced Learning Library on Friday, October 6 at 11:30 a.m.

A Mother is Born
Director: Sarah Moshman 
Regional Premiere. RT:12m/USA

In the first three months of the sleep-deprived, surreal, and emotional haze of being postpartum, a writer tries to make sense of her new identity as a mother.

Director: Sophie Rose Worger 
USA Premiere. RT: 10m/Wales

A father-daughter relationship is tested as Dad drives Lucy to an appointment and the two dance around what her future might hold.

Cottage Grove
Director: George Ellzey Jr. 
North American Premiere. RT: 14m/USA

A young man struggles to communicate with his stroke-afflicted father, and at the same time, stay true to himself.

Director: Tessa Slovis 
World Premiere. RT: 14m/USA

Interwoven stories of the same day preceding a racially motivated act of violence. 

Director: Tathagata Ghosh 
Regional Premiere. RT: 23m/India

Pampa, a single mother, and a lower-caste slum dweller, works as domestic help for a dysfunctional middle-class family. As her world comes crashing down at work one day, Pampa must stand up for herself by blurring the lines between the master and the maid.

October Mourning
Director: Frederick Thornton 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 18m/USA

Grieving the unexpected loss of his father, Henry Sims gets a chance to have one more conversation with Dad.

Director: David Fortune
Regional Premiere. RT: 15m/USA

After sweeping hair at a local barbershop, a 12-year-old boy hopes to make a purchase that will bring honor and healing to his loved ones.



In between the worlds of comedy and drama lies a whole different category: the dramedy. We’ve got some dark comedies, some dramas with a touch of comedy, and some that just exist in the middle.

This short film program plays at the Advanced Learning Library on Saturday, October 7 at 2:30 p.m.

7 Minutes
Director: Ricky Gervais  
Regional Premiere. RT: 10m/UK

A desolate train track seems the perfect spot to end it all until someone else turns up with the same idea. Awkward.

A Few Days Home In Johnson County
Director: Ryan Beck 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 14m/USA

When a son returns to his Midwestern childhood home, he finds his parents downsizing their belongings and that his father has put together a “death binder” containing his exact plans for the end of his life. Everything must go in a box, and his dad wants to be next.

Closing Time
Director: Russell Goldman 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 17m/USA

An estranged friend surprises his old college buddies with an unusual reunion.

Director: Megan Brotherton 
Regional Premiere. RT: 15m/USA

A recently widowed woman works through the complexities of grief with the help of friends, strangers, and Tupperware.

Passing Through
Director: Erica Alexandria Silverman 
Regional Premiere. RT: 19m/USA

A young woman connects with her hedonistic father in the most unlikely of places – A hospice facility in trashy paradise, South Florida.

Director: Zoe Eisenberg
Regional Premiere. RT: 13m/USA

When professional circus clown Lo rage-dumps her performing partner moments before a packed show, she finds herself suddenly forced to improvise a solo act with a tennis racket.

Run Amok
Director: Nitzan Mager 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 13m/USA

A teenage girl decides to stage a musical reenactment of the shooting that took place at her high school ten years ago.

Director: Jarreau Carrillo 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 10m/USA

A Black man attempts to take a vacation.


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. And programmed by our Emerging Filmmaker Apprentices with the help of staff. 

This short film program plays at the Tallgrass Film Center on Saturday, October 7 at 2 p.m.

A Prayer for My Mother: The Eva Brettler Story
Directors: Ruben Barrett, Raisa Effress, Sophia Evans, Lauren Fuchs, Katie Hadsock-Longarzo, Ian Kim, Eve Levy, Timothy Lim, Asher Meron, Marion Ochoa, Isabella Rahi, Hank Schoen, and Olivia Uzielli
Regional Premiere. RT: 10m/USA

A Prayer For My Mother: The Eva Brettler Story is an animated film that chronicles the extraordinary saga of Holocaust survivor Eva Brettler – a child facing brutality and profound loss who finds sustenance in faith and her dreams for the future. 

Director: Vitalii Ermakov
RT: 6m/Russia

Two silhouettes grope for grains of darkness on the small island of light. Two people look for a ray in the sea of darkness. But both only find each other.

Affirming Ourselves
Director: Aurora Sikelianos
North American Premiere. RT: 7m/USA

Affirming Ourselves is a short film that showcases Black joy, through movement and dance. 

Director: Ana Testas
USA Premiere. RT: 6m/USA

After weeks of stalking the Richmond sisters, Oliver and Thomas decide that they are finally going to pursue the beautiful and peculiar Margaret and Sally. However, by doing so, Oliver and Thomas’ lives take an unexpected turn and become far more flowery than they had anticipated.

Dry Desert Plants Warm My Heart
Director: Wyatt Johnson
Kansas Premiere. RT: 6m/USA

A man with a boring life and only an “employee of the month” certificate to be proud of soon finds a new love and pride in a mysterious pile of boxes that appear outside of his house. 

Director: Yenadi Aye
USA Premiere. RT: 2m/USA

A boy vents to his sister about life recently.

Inner Sounds
Director: Benjamin Shimwa
USA Premiere. RT: 14m/Canada

After a car accident ends his singing career, Louis rediscovers his musical passion through the keys of a piano, inspired by a heartfelt conversation with his sister.

Mirror Me
Director: CJ Santo
Kansas Premiere. RT: 2m/USA

A girl uses her technologically advanced mirror to alter her appearance

Mosquito Fish
Director: Bryn Wright
Kansas Premiere. RT: 2m/USA

What are mosquito fish? Are they fish that jump out of the water to eat mosquitos… or mosquitos that can swim? Learn more about these amazing creatures that can help keep our backyard ponds and fountains mosquito-free – without harmful pesticides.

My Friend, David
Director: Alexandra Bree Carson
Regional Premiere. RT: 6m/USA

David is my friend, my hero, my brother, and a special human with a huge heart, an infectious smile, and moderate-severe autism. 

No Dogs Allowed
Director: Kane Keenan Pilapil
Regional Premiere. RT: 4m/USA

A fun-loving dog doesn’t understand why he’s not welcome and takes a stand.

Out of Pocket
Director: Indiana Ford
Regional Premiere. RT: 3m/USA

A pickpocket realizes he’s made a grave mistake and tries to make things right with some really bad strategies.

Director: Ian Dani Kim
Kansas Premiere. RT: 9m/USA

The boy can’t get out of his psychological lockdown.

See You Yesterday
Director: Ethan Dela Cruz
Kansas Premiere. RT: 19m/Philippines

An average family is planning to have their dream trip. As Gabo adventures the reality of life with his two siblings, Ben and Yna, their trip gets pushed back.

The Shantyman
Director: Ethan Schoeppner 
RT: 3m/USA

The Shantyman can be summed up as an ode to loners. A lone sailor is found navigating the seas. Without a crew, he finds himself bored enough to sing a shanty… with himself. After fully realizing his loneliness, an uncertain future unfolds as his desperation for friendship takes an unseen turn.



This program has everything that a horror fan might want! Cool body horror, jump scares, scary creatures, and some horror comedies too! 

This short film program plays at the Tallgrass Film Center on Friday, October 6 at 10 p.m.

Director: Alex Hanno 
Regional Premiere. RT: 9m/USA

While away on a technology detox in the northern reaches of Maine, an impressionable social media addict becomes the target of an unexpected visitor.

Don’t Turn Off the Ghost Light
Director: Allisyn Snyder 
Regional Premiere. RT: 11m/USA

Every stage actor knows the old theatre lore. At night, after rehearsal, after the show, you leave the ghost light on – or else. Poor Terrence. He should have been more careful – because now he’s about to find out that some performances never die.

Florence in Customer Care
Directors: Jordan Sommerlad, Cory Stonebrook
Regional Premiere. RT: 14m/USA

A customer care representative at a furniture website begins to unravel as a mysterious rash appears on her body.

Go to Bed, Raymond
Director: Nikki Taylor Roberts 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 7m/USA

A father discovers the surprising truth about why his son won’t go to bed.

Mahogany Drive
Director: Jerah Milligan  
Kansas Premiere. RT: 13m/USA

Three Black men on vacation soon realize the house that they’re staying in is killing white women.

Our First Priority
Director: Ariel Baska 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 10m/USA

It’s all in your head. A young girl walks into a doctor’s office with a long list of symptoms. After seeming sympathetic at first, the doctor tries to convince her it’s all in her head, unleashing her avenging angel, who has her revenge.

Tough Skin
Director: Elijah Brewer
Kansas Premiere. RT: 3m/USA

After an accident in the woods, a boy discovers the strange consequences of suppressed emotion.

Welcome Home, Eugene
Director: Noah Jorgensen
Regional Premiere. RT: 20m/USA

After being kidnapped by a deranged couple, a young orphan must escape captivity with the help of their deceased son, Eugene.

You’re Not Home
Director: Derek Ugochukwu 
Kansas Premiere. RT:11m/Ireland

When an ominous mold appears in their room, two refugee brothers seeking asylum are faced with a dark entity lurking within their direct provision center.

Director: Ava Maria Safai RT: 16m/Canada

On her 16th birthday, singer-songwriter Melody awakens with a zipper sewn to her mouth. A story about the voiceless, who must fight to be heard.



Let’s get… sexy!? This program explores adult themes like sex work, being in control of your sexuality, and sexual relationships. It’s a late-night block for a reason! 

This short film program plays at the Tallgrass Film Center on Thursday, October 5 at 9:30 pm.

Come Correct
Director: Molly Coffee
Regional Premiere. RT: 15m/USA

Recently divorced from her husband, a woman with an unhealthy relationship with perfection explores her newfound queerness by hiring a female sex worker to teach her how to eat fruit.

Director: Johanna Steinhart 
Regional Premiere. RT: 20m/USA

An aspiring porn star spends the summer of 1980 sleeping with men who pass through her family’s dilapidated desert motel until one fateful summer night when she’s forced to contend with her father’s darkest secret.

Dick Control
Director: Shequeta L. Smith 
RT: 15m/USA

Richard Tye “Trigga” Simmons, a rich, promiscuous, jet-setting rapper, has a one-night stand with a beautiful groupie who happens to be a witch. When Tye disrespects her, she places a curse that can’t be broken until he learns how to respect women.

Give It To Me
Director: Courtney Hope Therond 
Regional Premiere. RT:9m/USA

On the advice of her therapist, a young woman hires a sex worker to help recreate — and recover from — a traumatic experience in this comedic short.

Just Lie to Me
Director: Kelly Walker
Regional Premiere. RT: 16m/USA

Just Lie to Me is a dark comedy centered around two people navigating their identities: 

Scotty’s Vag
Director: Chaconne Martin-Berkowicz 
RT: 16m/USA

The night of a sorority hazing event, a college freshman learns just how far she’s willing to go to impress an older girl. 

She’s Clean
Director: Jenn Harris 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 15m/USA

From the comfort of her bathroom, a resilient woman tries to marry her desires for sexual freedom with emotional intimacy by showering with all her dates.



If you like weird, strange, off-the-beaten-path stories this program is for you! They might have you thinking “I don’t know what’s going on here, but I like it!”

This short film program plays in the Tallgrass Film Center on Friday, October 6 at 7:30 pm.

Director: Dan Mahboubian Rosen 
World Premiere. RT: 14m/USA

Jeremy is the fortunate recipient of a heart transplant who didn’t anticipate also receiving the emotional and romantic baggage of the organ donor.

Claudio’s Song
Director: Andreas Nilsson 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 10m/Ukraine

A young man faces the wrath of criminals who target people who are famous on the internet; when their scheme fails things take an unexpected turn.

Director: Dave Paige 
Regional Premiere. RT: 12m/USA

Sam finds something in the dirt.

Dinner at the Smyths’
Director: Bex Conyngham-Hynes, Ash Hamilton  
USA Premiere. RT: 6m/United Kingdom

Human-passing Pandora introduces her boyfriend to her parents, (who, unbeknownst to him are a mermaid and a minotaur), at the dinner party from hell.

Don’t Let Kyle Sit Down
Director: Joel Jay Blacker 
Regional Premiere. RT: 9m/USA

Friends wind down around a campfire. 

Fish Bowl
Director: Rachel Sweeney 
Regional Premiere. RT: 18m/USA

At Zoe’s wedding rehearsal dinner, her mom toasts Zoe and her fiance Jude—but mostly for becoming a grandparent. Flashback to that morning—Zoe begins to have a miscarriage.

Director: Allison Torem  
Kansas Premiere. RT: 16m/USA

Stuck on the side of the road, two contact-starved millennials try not to connect on an intimate level in this surreal Reform Jewish comedy about grief, changing plans, and the lengths we’ll go to avoid direct communication with the people we love.

The Recruit
Director: Bao Truong 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 11m/USA

A chronically ill people pleaser interviews for a life-changing job at a recruiting agency, only to unravel the sinister cult that lies within. Inspired by true events.

The Sperm Bank
Director: Margaux Susi
RT: 14m/USA

Newly diagnosed with Stage 4 testicular cancer, 23-year-old Rob must now take the first big step…masturbate into a cup to protect the future he isn’t sure exists.



You can find all types of relationships in this program! We’re exploring family relationships, ride-or-die friendships, our relationships with ourselves, and of course plenty of romantic relationships too. 

This short film program plays in the Tallgrass Film Center on Sunday, October 8 at 4:30 pm.

All I Ever Wanted
Director: Erin Lau 
RT: 15m/USA

Rom-com-obsessed teen Christine has always longed for the picture-perfect romance – but she’s soon confronted with the fact that her ideal prince charming might be a princess charming instead.

Bad Asian
Director: Kim Marcelino 
Regional Premiere. RT: 6m/USA

An Asian American woman’s internalized racism stands between her and a steamy one-night stand.

Director: Stephanie Kaznocha 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 11m/USA

After the death of a friend, two nuns in their golden years contemplate what their future holds.

Gold and Mud
Director: Conor Dooley
Kansas Premiere. RT: 9m/USA

A sprawling story of love and loss, as reflected on a single face.

Hit Friends
Director: Daniel Rashid
Regional Premiere. RT: 13m/USA

Alice and Paul are best friends who do everything together, but when Alice reveals that she went to Six Flags without Paul, he starts to question their friendship. Oh, and they’re hired assassins.

Inés Unfortunately
Director: Anna Salinas
Regional Premiere. RT: 9m/USA

After getting her heart broken, 16-year-old Inés attempts to end it all… until she’s interrupted by the ghost of her chatty Cuban neighbor.

Kiss ‘n’ Ride
Director: Olivia Jensen
Kansas Premiere. RT: 8m/USA

On her way home after a great first date, Ashe notices her date in everything around her, and falls in love over and over, dreaming of seeing them again.

Director: Twiggy Pucci Garçon
Regional Premiere. RT: 15m/USA

MnM is an exuberant portrait of chosen sisters, Mermaid and Milan, two emerging runway divas in the drag ballroom community. 

The 4 of Us
Director: John Tanner 
Regional Premiere. RT: 13m/USA

A rocky relationship is threatened when inner egos are personified and endanger the foundation of this unconventional couple.



In this category, you can find animation, experimental, and hybrid films. Films that might not fit in the usual boxes. From beautiful animation to eye-opening experimental, to incredible stop motion, these films will amaze you! 

This short film program plays at the Advanced Learning Library on Thursday, October 5 at 2 p.m.

Director: Molly Graham and Keith Lane  
Regional Premiere. RT: 10m/USA

Earthling is a ten-minute animated documentary about Jack Weiner, a grown man whose entire life has been shaped by being abducted by aliens when he was young, a life story nobody believes.  

Director: Nazrin Aghamaliyeva
North American Premiere. RT: 9m/Azerbaijan, USA, Czech Republic

In a world ruled by crows and discrimination, a young girl decides to fight for justice.

Llamas at the Laundromat
Director: Martha Grant 
Regional Premiere RT: 2m/Canada

Got dirty clothes? Join two stylish llamas as they dance and sing their way through the steps of doing laundry at the laundromat.

Director: Ahmad Saleh
Kansas Premiere. RT: 16m/Germany, Qatar, Palestine, Jordan

Night has to trick the mother of the missing child into sleeping to save her soul.

Directors: Anna Lena Spring, Lara Perren 
Kansas Premiere. RT:4m/Switzerland

Ava enters the Sauna for the first time. She is overwhelmed by the nudity, her thoughts, and her physical sensations.

The Bloom
Director: Jody Xiong 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 5m/China

For the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Paralympics held at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, Chinese artist Jody Xiong was invited by Chief Director Zhang Yimou to create a technologically-powered art installation called ‘The Bloom.’ 

The Discarded
Director: Ben Hahn
RT: 6m/USA

An experimental 3D animation about a broken android, an elusive junk monster, and the place where all the broken things go.

The Flying Sailor
Directors: Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis  
RT: 8m/Canada

Two ships collide in a harbor, an explosion shatters a city, and a sailor is blasted skyward. 

Thriving: A Dissociated Reverie
Director: Nicole Bazuin  
Regional Premiere. RT:10m/Canada

A surrealist exploration of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) based on the lived experience of a Black, nonbinary, disabled artist and former sex worker.

Directors: Ritchie Hemphill, Ryan Haché 
Kansas Premiere. RT: 17m/Canada 

Tiny is a contemplative stop-motion film that tells the story of ‘Nakwaxda’xw Elder Colleen Hemphill’s childhood. 

Tomato Kitchen
Director: Junyi Xiao 
Regional Premiere. RT:9m/China

An accident disrupted Lee’s dinner with his colleagues. The dark truth of the Tomato Kitchen along with Lee’s concealed past was revealed by this unexpected incident…

Welcome to 8th Street
Director: Yoo Lee 
Regional Premiere. RT: 7m/USA

As newcomers attempt to settle into their New Jersey neighborhood on 8th Street, some odd encounters make them question their decision to move. However, that changes when a wild turkey shows up on their block.