Here we go! Day 4 of the festival and its a doozy because its Saturday and there is so much to see! The weather is slightly cooler today with a high around 67 so bring a jacket for the early morning and late night festivities. Just like yesterday we’re going to break out the day into time slots and highlight a few films we feel are do not miss movies. For full details, times. descriptions and tickets please visit the Tallgrass Film Festival website. Here we go!
9 AM – Noon
- “The Bright: Comedic Shorts” 9 AM at WSU Shift Space. 8 comedic shorts from around the world ranging in duration from 7-17 minutes. Plays again Sunday 9:30 AM at Garvey.
- “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” 9 AM at the Scottish Rite. Japanese/USA narrative feature (drama) with subtitles. If you missed this film on Friday, here’s you last chance!
- “The Bonds: Relationship Shorts” 9:30 at Bank of America Theater. 10 films focusing on relationships. If you missed these films on Friday, here’s you last chance!
- “The Brio: Animated Shorts” 9:30 at Garvey. A collection of 3-20 minutes animated shorts from around the world. If you missed these films on Friday, here’s you last chance!
- “The Dark Valley” 9:30 at the Orpheum. Narrative Western feature from Germany with English subtitles. If you missed this film on Friday, here’s you last chance!
- “Filmmaker Lab: Acting for Indie Film” 10 AM at the Lux. Alumni Filmmaker and Actor/Writer/Director Blayne Weaver (FAVOR) will discuss the challenges, benefits and tricks to working with actors in independent film.
- “The Burden: The Wounds of Conflict” 10 AM at Garvey. 4 short docs and docudramas with various themes that emphasize the damage and oppression of war.
- “A is for Alex” 11:15 at the Scottish Rite. Narrative feature comedy about real husband/wife coming of age to parenthood. Stubbornly Independent Nominee. Only runtime so see while you can!
- “The Bold: Dramatic Shorts” 11:30 AM at WSU Shift Space. 7 dramatic shorts from around the world ranging in duration from 12-21 minutes. Only runtime so see while you can!
Noon – 2 PM
- “Tallgrass Talk: Kurosawa and the Western” noon at the Lux. Continue the conversation from last night’s gala on how Kurosawa’s samurai and the American gunfighter are similar figures of myth and legend.
- “The David Dance” noon at Bank of America Theater. Narrative feature about man who escapes his shy life & insecurities on the radio in Buffalo, NY. Plays again Sunday 4 PM at Garvey.
- “The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest” noon at Garvey. Feature doc on man imprisoned in isolation for 30 years. If you missed this film on Friday, here’s you last chance!
- “Bruce Conner: Crossroads & Experimental Shorts” noon at the Orpheum. Connor’s iconic 1946 film shown on 35 mm film along with 5 complimentary experimental shorts.
- “Oil & Water” 12:15 at Garvey. Feature doc on Cajun family after the BP spill. Greengrass. If you missed this film on Friday, here’s you last chance!
- “Growing Cities” 1:15 PM at WAM. Greengrass feature doc about how the US grows and distributes food and alternative options. Only runtime so see while you can!
- “Keep On Keepin’ On” 1:30 at Scottish Rite. Grasscendo feature doc filmed over 5 years about jazz legend Clark Terry, mentor to Miles Davis and member of Duke Ellington’s band.
2 PM – 4 PM
- “Roundtable: Meet The Distributors” 2 at the Lux. Visiting filmmakers discuss the current state of independent film distribution and the many platforms available today.
- “The Bizarre: Sci-Fi & Strange Shorts” 2 PM WSU Shift Space. 11 sci-fi, strange and odd shorts from around the world ranging in runtimes from 3-11 minutes. Only runtime so see while you can!
- “Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year On the Gay Rodeo” 2:15 PM at Garvey. Feature doc about the International Gay Rodeo Association. Plays again Sunday 9 AM at Garvey.
- “Silenced” 2:20 PM at Bank of America Theater. Feature doc about whistleblowers and the extreme repercussions they then face. Plays again Sunday 11 AM at the Scottish Rite.
- “Little Hope Was Arson” 2:30 at Garvey. Feature doc on church burnings in East Texas, 2010 with Satan as a suspect. If you missed this film on Friday, here’s you last chance!
- “Half Brother” Stubbornly Independent Nominated narrative feature about 30-year-old coming to terms with his place in his dysfunctional family after having to move back home.
- “Self Medicated: A Film About Art” 3 at WAM. Feature doc about the Antagonist Movement. If you missed these films on Friday, here’s you last chance!
4 PM – 6 PM
- “Man From Reno” 3:45 at Scottish Rite. Stubbornly Independent Nominated narrative feature who-done-it. Winner, Best Dramatic Feature Film, 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival.
- “A Life in Dirty Movies” 4:30 at Garvey. Feature doc about legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno. Plays again Sunday 1:45 PM at the Bank of America Theater.
- “Bruce Conner: The Art of the Montage” 4:30 at WSU Shift Space. 12 shorts by Bruce Connor’s iconis 1960’s films. If you missed this film on Friday, here’s you last chance!
- “The Bloody: Macabre Shorts” 4:45 at Bank of America Theater. 7 dark, ruthless and somewhat bloody shorts from around the world ranging in runtimes from 8-28 minutes.
- “Limited Partnership” 4:45 at Garvey. Feature doc about gay bi-national couple and plight for rights. If you missed this film on Friday, here’s you last chance!
- “Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty” 4:45 PM at the Orpheum. Feature doc about the life and career of blues legend Johnny Winter. If you missed this film on Friday, here’s you last chance!
The Main Event!
- “Longwave” 7:15 PM at the Orpheum. Narrative Feature comedy in French with English subtitles. Set in Switzerland, April 1974, Philippe de Roulet, program director of a radio station is sent a team with the mission to report on the impact of Swiss aid to the country. They comply more or less reluctantly, but the results of their investigation are so pathetic that they decide to drop the whole thing and to drive back to Lausanne. This is exactly the time when their path crosses that of a trio of Belgian journalists who tell them that a full-scale revolution is under way…
- “The Living” 7:30 PM at the Scottish Rite. Gala film, Stubbornly Independent Nominated narrative feature, and gala party to follow. After an alcohol induced blacked-out night of drinking, Teddy discovers he has severely beaten his wife, Molly. As he attempts to redeem himself to her she must decide whether or not she will take him back as her mother, Angela, continuously expresses her disapproval, all the while her brother, Gordon, falls in way over his head as he tries to hire an ex-con, Howard, to kill Teddy.
- Gala Event: Stubbornly Independent Party 10 PM at the Emprise Bank Parking Lot with with open bar, eats from Rain Cafe & Lounge and live entertainment by DJ Carbon.
- “Ladies of the House” 9:15 PM at the Orpheum. The second showing of the feature horror film with pinup girls. I like horror films and I like pinup girls…what more is there to say? This seems to be a fun way to round out the night and aimed at a younger audience who doesn’t want to go to the gala screening and party. If you don’t like horror films and pinup girls, this probably isn’t the flick for you…but who doesn’t like pinup girls?!!!
- “Wetlands” Midnight at the Orpheum. This German feature narrative with English subtitles is an unaplogetically vulgar coming-of-age tale about divorce, fist love and anal fissures. Eighteen year old Helen Memel likes to skateboard, pleasure herself with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents’ divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna. When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents and forms and unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin.
Bada bing, bada boom! There’s Saturday! There’s a lot to see today so pace yourself and remember, if you are watching a film and it isn’t speaking to you…its okay to go check out another film. The times, descriptions, and recommendations above are completely our own and you should come to your own decision about what you want to see and be sure to consult the official Tallgrass schedule because sometimes we have typos. Be sure to visit the VIP Lounge in the Lux for some pampering, libations, and vittles if you have a TALLPass. Have any questions? Flag down a Tallgrass volunteer and they will be happy to help you.
Sunday is the last day and it is much less crazy than Saturday with 10 less films showing, a morning full of films you may have missed today, and the Firkin Filmmaker Brunch at the Monarch at 10 AM. As you may or may not know, CreativeRHINO has a short film in the festival and it premieres Sunday at noon at the Garvey Forum as part of the “DTTW” Showcase.” We hope to see you there – more details when the Sunday schedule is published!
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.