The 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival is just days away! Here's everything you need to know about this year's event. Also, click on blue links for more information.
The festival will screen more than 180 films from 32 films around the world, and will host 25+ visiting filmmakers from all over the country, plus many local and regional guests.
The festival includes feature films, short film programs, filmmaker lab workshops, gala events and more. Check out the Film Guide now or pick up a copy of the Official Festival Program at the box office starting on Monday.
The festival offers General Admission tickets to most shows (except Galas), and the VIP TALLPass that allows the bearer admission to all festival GA films, Galas, Filmmaker Labs and VIP Events.
All tickets and passes are available online or at the physical box office beginning on Monday, October 12th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Click for box office hours & location.
GALAS: MOVIE & A PARTY
The following Gala events include a film screening, Q&A with filmmaker or special guest, and after-party with live music, food and open bar. (Locals will tell you, Tallgrass is almost as well known for its epic parties as it is for its movies!) All Gala tickets are $25.
Opening Night Gala, sponsored by Rick & Monica Nutt: THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE, with Co-Director Matthew Pond. Followed by the Opening Gala Party at Botanica. Live music from Virgin Mary Satellite, open bar/food. (Wednesday at 7:30, Scottish Rite)
Centerpiece Gala, sponsored by Steve Anderson: PULP FICTION: THE MAKING OF AN INDIE MASTERPIECE, PULP FICTION on 35 mm, with Casting Director Ronnie Yeskel and Music Supervisor Karyn Rachtman. Q&A moderated byFlavorwire Film Editor and Wichita-native Jason Bailey. Followed by the Centerpiece Gala Party at Abode Venue with live music from Seven Nation Army, open bar/food. (Friday, 7:00 pm, Orpheum)
Vimeo Stubbornly Independent Gala: FAVOR with Star Blayne Weaver. The winning 2013 Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race UNMASKED precedes the film. Followed by the Stubbornly Independent Gala Party at 125 N. Market with live music from The Boomers, open bar/food. (Saturday, 7:30 pm, Scottish)
Closing Night Gala, sponsored by Heroes Sports Bar & Grill: FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY, with Director Brad Bernstein. Includes presentation of Vimeo Audience Awards. Followed by the Closing Night Party at the Scottish Rite with live music from Metro Jazz Orchestra, open bar/food. (Sunday, 7:00 pm, Orpheum)
This year's festival includes many Special Film Collections including Free Friday Films (offered for students/teachers/seniors with valid ID), Grasscendo music-themed films, LGBT-themed films, and more. Plus, be sure to check out:
Greengrass Environmental Films, sponsored by the Ulrich Museum of Art and Backwoods Wichita. All Greengrass films will screen at the CAC Theatre on the Wichita State University campus and are free and open to the public. Films take place on Thursday at 7:30 pm (MORE THAN HONEY) and Friday at 1:15 and 3:15 (TINY: A STORY ABOUT LIVING SMALL and BRINGING IT HOME, both with Directors in attendance.)
The Ulrich Museum of Art also offers a Greengrass Picnic lunch and paper airplane toss on Friday at 12:00 pm, preceding the afternoon films. The picnic is also free and open to the public.
Smallgrass family-friendly films screen at Exploration Place on Saturday beginning at 11:00 am. Smallgrass includes two short film programs and the animated feature film FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, as well as educational activities. Tickets must be purchased at Exploration Place day of show only. General Admission for all ages is $7 ($5 for EP & TFA members; TALLPass holders free) and includes access to all three film programs and museum exhibits.
Are you interested in learning more about the filmmaking? Three Filmmaker Lab Workshops will be offered throughout the weekend and filmmakers of all skill level are encouraged to attend. Workshops are taught by experienced film professionals and are $10 GA/$8 for students/teachers/seniors/TFA members and complimentary for TALLPass holders. Space is limited.
TFA PROGRAMMER'S OFFER THEIR PICKS
The Tallgrass Film Festival Programming Committee is made up of more than 30 Wichitans from all walks of life, who spend the better part of a year watching over 800 submissions. To help you compile your own list, we asked a cross-section of our festival programmers to share their "can't-miss" picks at #tallgrass11. *Denotes filmmaker/guest scheduled to attend.
Occupation: Advertising Account Executive
Years as Programmer: 6
Top 3 films you should NOT miss: KAUWBOY, FAVOR*, FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY*
Stubbornly Independent means: Going against the grain
Occupation: Design Engineer
Years as a Programmer: 11
Top 3 films you should NOT miss: BLUE CAPRICE*, I WILL BE MURDERED, PULP FICTION on 35 mm*
Stubbornly Independent means: never looking back.
Occupation: Technical Writer/Marketing
Years as a Programmer: 7
Top 3 films you should NOT miss: HER AIM IS TRUE*, I DECLARE WAR*, THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE*
Stubbornly Independent means: Our Stubbornly Independent Films and Filmmakers embody that – don't miss: FAVOR, FOREV, HOW TO MAKE MOVIES AT HOME, LOST ON PURPOSE, SAKE-BOMB, THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE, WORM
Occupation: Internet Personality
Years as Programmer: 6
Top 3 films you should NOT miss: FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY*, ZIPPER: CONEY ISLAND'S LAST WILD RIDE*, WORM*
Stubbornly Independent means: Filmmaking without the subjugation of money, for better or worse.
Occupation: International Education Advisor
Years as a Programmer: 11
Top 3 films you should NOT miss: CUTIE & THE BOXER, FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY*, THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE*
Stubbornly Independent means: Seeing the bigger picture.