Day 3 at Tallgrass (Friday) and this is when the festival really gets into the swing of things! There are so many films to see that is can seem daunting trying to pick out what not to miss. Don’t get overwhelmed. If you do, head over to the VIP Lounge at the Lux, have a drink, and ask a Tallgrass representative to help you by making decisions based on your likes. Since there is so much going on, we’re going to break down the day into 5 smaller chunks to give an overview of what’s going on and highlight our picks in red. For full details on showtimes, locations, and film descriptions check out the official Tallgrass Schedule.
10 – Noon
- “The Great Invisible” 9:45 AM at the Garvey Theater. If you missed this yesterday, now’s your chance! Feature doc on the 2010 oil rig explosion in the Gulf.
- “The Overnighters” 10 AM at the Scottish Rite. Feature doc about job seekers in the oil boom town of Williston, ND. Also plays Sunday 2 PM at the Garvey.
- “Art and Craft” 10 AM at the Center for the Arts. Feature doc (free) about the life of Mark Landis and his work as an art forger. Also plays Sunday Noon at WAM.
- “The Burgeoning: Coming of Age Shorts” 10 AM at WSU Shift Space. 8 narrative shorts about coming of age. Also plays Sunday 9 AM at WSU Shift Space.
- “Brave New Wild” 10:15 AM at Garvey Mediterranean. Feature doc on rock climbing, the culture, and its history.
- “The Salvation” 11 AM at the Orpheum. Feature narrative Western in English and Danish (with subtitles). Also plays Sunday 11:30 AM at Bank of America Theater.
- “Maltese Falcon” 11:15 AM at the Downtown Library. Free screening of this 1931 classic crime thriller.
Noon – 2 PM
- “The Brio: Animated Shorts” noon at Garvey. A collection of 3-20 minutes animated shorts from around the world. Also plays Saturday 9:30 AM at Garvey.
- “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” noon at the Scottish Rite. Japanese/USA narrative feature (drama) with subtitles. Also plays Saturday 9 AM at Scottish Rite.
- “Oil & Water” 12:15 at Center for the Arts. Feature doc on Cajun family after the BP spill. Also plays Saturday 12:15 at the Garvey Mediterranean.
- “The Kill Team” 12:15 at WSU Shift Space. Feature doc about a soldier’s decision to pick morals over platoon. Also plays Sunday 9 AM at Scottish Rite.
- “The Bonds: Relationship Shorts” 12:30 at Garvey Mediterranean. 10 films focusing on relationships. Also plays Saturday 9:30 AM at Bank of America Theater.
- “Satan Met a Lady” 1 PM at Downtown Library. Free screening of this 1936 classic comedy.
- “The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest” 1:15 PM at Orpheum. Feature doc on man imprisoned in isolation for 30 years. Also plays Saturday noon at Garvey.
2 PM – 4 PM
- “Roundtable: Filmmakers in Their Natural Habitat” 2 PM at the Lux. Free filmmaker lab from visiting filmmakers and chance to learn about their process.
- “Limited Partnership” 2:15 at Garvey. Feature doc about gay bi-national couple and plight for rights. Also plays Saturday 4:45 PM at Garvey.
- “The Battle: A Matter of Conflict” 2:15 at Scottish Rite. 2 featurettes addressing social issues around the world. “War Against Women” & “I Married My Family’s Killer.”
- “The Supreme Price” 2:15 at Center for the Arts. Free feature doc on Hafsat Abiola and her fight for women’s rights and democracy in Nigeria.
- “Bruce Conner: The Art of the Montage” 2:15 at WSU Shift Space. 12 shorts by Bruce Connor’s iconis 1960’s films. Also plays Saturday 4:30 PM at WSU Shift Space.
- “Maltese Falcon” 2:45 at the Downtown Library. Free screening of this 1931 classic crime thriller.
- “Light Fly, Fly High” 3 PM at Garvey. Feature doc about Indian girl fighting her way out of poverty through boxing and rejecting her place in the caste system.
4 PM – 6 PM
- “The Dark Valley” 3:45 at the Orpheum. Narrative Western feature from Germany with English subtitles. Also plays Saturday 9:30 AM at the Orpheum.
- “Self Medicated: A Film About Art” 4:15 at Center for the Arts. Feature doc about the Antagonist Movement. Also plays Saturday 3:30 PM at WAM.
- “Little Hope Was Arson” 4:30 at Garvey. Feature doc on church burnings in East Texas, 2010 with Satan as a suspect. Also plays Saturday 2:30 at Garvey.
- “Stray Dog” 4:30 at Scottish Rite. Feature doc about human nature as seen through the eyes of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall. Directed by Debra Granik, “Winter’s Bone”
- “Metro Manila” 4:45 at WSU Shift Space. Narrative Feature Action from the Philippines with English subtitles. Crime thriller.
- “Mood Indigo” 5 PM at Garvey. Narrative feature comedy from France with English subtitles. Also plays Sunday 2 PM at WAM.
- “Tallgrass Brewing Co. VIP Shindig” 5 PM at the Great Plains Transportation Museum. Party on the tracks and live music by Aaron Lee Martin.
The Main Event!
- “Yojimbo” 7:30 PM at the Orpheum. Feature narrative action. It’s no secret that Kurosawa is one of my great influences in becoming a filmmaker and there is no way I’m missing seeing this 1961 classic shown on original 35mm film. Yes…35mm film. There is something inherently different about seeing something through film than a digital representation. Its Kurosawa! In 35mm! Samurais! This is a must see even if you don’t like samurai films if only for the 35mm experience!
- “Traitors” 7:45 PM at the Scottish Rite. If you don’t care to see Yohimbo on 35mm but are up for the gala party that night, head across the street for this dramatic narrative feature from Morocco with English subtitles. Malika is the leader of the all-female punk rock band Traitors, with a strong vision of the world, her hometown of Tangier, and her place in it. When she needs money to save her family from eviction, and to realize her dreams for the band, Malika agrees to a fast cash proposition: a smuggling run over the mountains for a dangerous drug dealer. The challenge will put Malika’s rebel ethos to the test, and to survive she will have to call on all her instincts and nerve.
- “Child of God” 9:45 PM at the Scottish Rite. Director James Franco brings us a narrative crime feature set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee, in the 1960s. It tells the story of Lester Ballard, whose life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Based on Cormac McCarthy’s book of the same name.
- “Return of the Reels Gala Event” 10 PM at Cowtown. The after party from the 35mm screening of Yohimbo that is sure to have references to both Yohimbo and A Fistful of Dollars!
- “A Fistful of Dollars” Midnight at the Orpheum. Yojimbo and Kurosawa fans will be going nuts that they get to watch this movies directly after seeing Yohimbo on 35mm! A Fistful of Dollars was filmed on a low-budget (reported to be $200,000), and Clint Eastwood was paid $15,000 for his role. Released in Italy in 1964 and then in the US in 1967, it initiated the popularity of the spaghetti western film genre. It was followed by For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, also starring Eastwood. Collectively, the films are known as the “Dollars Trilogy”, or “The Man With No Name Trilogy”. The film has been identified as an unofficial remake of the Kurosawa film Yojimbo, which resulted in a successful lawsuit by Toho. In the United States, the United Artists publicity campaign referred to Eastwood’s character in all three films as the “Man With no Name”.
So there you have it! This is the kind of day that is a blast if you have an all access VIP TALLPass which you can still get! Go to the Orpheum box office or flag down a Tallgrass volunteer. With you TALLPass make sure you spend your downtime between movies at the VIP Lounge in the Lux with tons of food, drinks, entertainment, massages, and more!
For full details and the Tallgrass schedule CLICK HERE.
This Tallgrass Film Festival update is brought to you by Ryan W. Gates. Ryan is a filmmaker, author, marketing director, business owner, family-man, and active member in the Wichita community with deep ties to the arts.