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Tallgrass Film Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization which fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film. Recently named one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by MovieMaker Magazine, the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival will take place October 15-19, 2004 in and around Wichita, Kansas.
Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about our 2014 Special Screenings and Events!
What is #GivingTuesday?
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back. On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.
Tallgrass Voted One of MovieMaker Magazine's Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2013
Over the last four months, film fans from around the world voted on their favorite festivals at MoviemakerMagazine.com and Talgrass has been named one of the top 25 coolest film festivals on the planet!
We're honored to be counted among such a wonderful list of festivals which also includes the Austin Film Festival, the San Fransisco International Film Festival, and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Click here to visit MovieMaker Magazine and peruse the list of winners. Congratualtions to everyone who works so hard to bring independent cinema to their communities. We're proud to be Stubbornly Independent.
Tallgrass Partners with Cine to Give Festival Winners a Chance At The Golden Eagle
Tallgrass is pleased to partner with CINE, a nonprofit film organization that honors emerging and established filmmakers through their prestigious Golden Eagle Award.
The Vimeo Audience Award winners for Narrative & Documentary Feature, Short Film and the Stubbornly Independent Gala winner will receive waived submission fees for the Spring 2014 Golden Eagle Awards. All participating Tallgrass filmmakers with 2013 official selections will receive a 20% discount off of the regular submission price.
The CINE Golden Eagle Film and Video Competitions, held each Spring and Fall, involve hundreds of volunteer media and content specialists who judge entries in several moving-image genres. Over the years, the judging procedure has evolved into an efficient multi-stage jury process to determine which productions are deserving of the coveted CINE Golden Eagle Award.
The CINE Golden Eagle Award acknowledges high quality production in a variety of content categories for professional, independent and student filmmakers. Each year, hundreds of jurors judge nearly 1,000 entries in 27 categories.
CINE has a remarkable track record for rewarding excellence, particularly among new and emerging filmmakers. Many prominent members of the film and television industry have received the CINE Golden Eagle Award, and for some – such as Ken Burns and Steven Spielberg – it was their first major award. Ron Howard was a teenager, Robert Zemeckis a college student, and Mike Nichols a young comic when each won his Golden Eagle, and hundreds of other distinguished filmmakers, producers and journalists have since followed in their footsteps, some in CINE’s early years (Mel Brooks, 1963) and others in the present day (Martin Scorsese, 2006). For members of the film and television industry, the CINE Golden Eagle Award is an acknowledgment of excellence and validation by their peers.
Tallgrass Partners with Museums to Present Special Film Collections SMALLGRASS and GREENGRASS to Fest
Smallgrass Returns to Exploration Place During the 11th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival
Tallgrass Film Association and Exploration Place are joining forces once again to present Smallgrass, a children’s film program to be shown at Exploration Place (300 N. McLean Blvd), the Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center, on Saturday, October 19th in conjunction with the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival.
Cost of admission per person is $7, or $5 for members of TFA and Exploration Place, , and includes three film programs plus admission to Exploration Place exhibits.
Smallgrass begins at 11:00 a.m. and is specifically curated for families with children ages 3 and up – and for the young at heart. In a nod to the festival’s “flight” theme, the first program features Classic Cartoons in Flight while the second program, Smallgrass Shorts, consists of family-friendly live action and animated short films from around the world. The afternoon concludes with the critically-acclaimed animated feature film FROM UP ON POPPY HILL.
There will be activities between each film program and refreshments will be for sale in the Exploration Place snack bar.
“We had a wonderful response to Smallgrass last year from festival-goers and we’re sure that the program will grow more this year,” said Jan Luth, Exploration Place president. “A love of films starts early and we welcome the opportunity to introduce such a creative art form to young ones and their families.”
About Exploration Place
Exploration Place offers visitors of all ages eleven hands-on exhibit galleries, Kansas’ largest domed theater – the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium – imaginative spaces, and outdoor recreation, all located on a 20-acre site along the scenic Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, Kansas. www.facebook.com/ExplorationPlace www.twitter.com/DiscoverAtEP
Ulrich Museum of Art and Backwoods Bring Greengrass Environmental Films to Fest
The Greengrass program of environmentally-themed films returns to the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival in partnership with the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University and its current exhibit Nature’s Toolbox, and Backwoods Wichita. Films will screen on the evening of Thursday, October 17th and the afternoon of Friday, October 18th at the C.A.C. Theater (times TBA), with a picnic lunch to be served at noon on the patio of the Ulrich to kick off the Friday program. The films and lunch are free and open to the public.
BRINGING IT HOME, tells the story of hemp’s past, present and future through interviews with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the globe, historical images and media clips, and footage filmed in the U.K, Spain, Washington D.C., California and North Carolina. The documentary aims to magnify dialogue about hemp in order to facilitate America’s transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future.
MORE THAN HONEY features some of the most spectacular footage of bees ever put on film. But this is not just a picturesque nature documentary. It’s also an investigation into a mystery. What is killing off the world’s bee populations at an alarming rate? This dire situation is devastating to the human species, too; without bees, one-third of the world’s food would not exist. To find answers, Academy Award®-nominated director Markus Imhoof travels the world, talking to and observing the inner-workings of beekeepers, farmers, and scientists. (SIFF)
TINY is a documentary about home, and how we find it.The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.
The Ulrich Museum will also host the VIP Mayor’s Reception on Thursday, October 17th for festival VIP’s including sponsors, filmmakers and TALLPass holders.
About Nature’s Toolbox
Harnessing technology and inspired by nature’s amazing design concepts, Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention features the works of more than 40 artists in a range of media that includes 3D animation, video sculpture, and an installation of more than 90,000 wooden chopsticks. The exhibition’s innovative, thought-provoking works encourage us to explore and appreciate the life-or-death interdependence between the 10-20 million species on earth —including humans—and the quality of the environment we share. The exhibition premiered at The Field Museum in Chicago in 2012 and was organized by the nonprofit organization Art Works for Change.
Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention was organized by Art Works for Change, Inc., with generous support from The Nathan Cummings Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Adobe Foundation;and the Sprint Foundation. The Wichita presentation of this exhibition is generously supported by the S.M. and Laura H. Brown Trust; Spirit AeroSystems; Richard D. Smith and Sondra M. Langel; William T. Kemper Foundation–Commerce Bank, Trustee; Commerce Bancshares Foundation; Emprise Bank; and Lee and Ron Starkel. All Ulrich Museum programs and exhibitions are made possible in part by Wichita State University and the City of Wichita.
About Ulrich Museum of Art
Established in 1974 to enhance and support Wichita State University's educational and service mission, the Ulrich Museum of Art seeks to expand human experience through encounters with the art of our time. The Ulrich is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday – Sunday; the museum is closed Mondays and major/university holidays. Admission to the galleries is free. To learn more about the programs, events and exhibitions at the Ulrich, visit www.ulrich.wichita.edu.
popchips and Tallgrass Team Up for #crunchtime at Down to the Wire
popchips and Tallgrass Film Festival are stacking our chips high and anteing up the competition at this weekend's Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race.
Participating filmmaking teams will be given another opportunity to win, by showcasing how popchips come to their rescue when it comes down to crunch time over the weekend as they write, produce and edit an original 6-minute short film. Teams will receive a limited supply of popchips and then must tweet photos of popchips fueling their filmmaking fire to @popchips with the hashtags #crunchtime and #DTTW between 7 pm on Friday, August 9 and 7 pm on Sunday, August 11. The most creative photograph (keep it PG-13 folks!) will win 2 VIP TALLPasses to the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival in October and a month's supply of popchips.
Down to the Wire is presented in association with CreativeRush, and sponsored by Bombardier Learjet, Vimeo, Mindfire Academy, The Wichita Orpheum, Monster Energy Drink and KMUW.
Agile Ticketing Solutions Welcomes Tallgrass Film Festival
Nashville, Tennessee (March 13, 2013) – Agile Ticketing Solutions is excited to welcome our newest film festival partner, Tallgrass Film Association. Agile Ticketing Solutions will provide Wichita, Kansas based Tallgrass Film Association’s annual film festival, known as the Tallgrass Film Festival (TFF), with ticketing, membership and event management services during its next festival scheduled October 16th through the 20th 2013. Read more...
ACES California Wine Antes Up for Tallgrass11
“ACES Wine is very happy with our new relationship with House of Schwan. We mirror Barry Schwan’s philosophy about supporting the community and the local arts and are proud to be the official wine of the 2013 Tallgrass Film Festival. We offer the consumer an affordable everyday wine that will please even the most sophisticated palate,” said LeRoy Aday, Director of Operations, Napa Sonoma Trading Company.
The wines are currently available at most liquor stores throughout Wichita.
It's In (On) The Can
Purchase a 4-pack of Tallgrass Brewing Company’s delicious Belgian style Tripel Velvet Rooster on your next trip to the liquor store and look for the Tallgrass Film Festival logo on the can.
Tallgrass Film Festival is pretty proud to be representin' on a can, so please support our official beer sponsor, Manhattan, Kansas-based Tallgrass Brewing Company.
About Velvet Rooster
This beer is a Belgian Tripel that lives up to its name. Smooth and carefully crafted like a fine velvet painting, but with an 8.5% ABV this bird has some spurs! The beer pours a golden straw color with brilliant clarity. Topped with a lofty pure white head the beer has a wonderful floral nose, with subtle fruit notes.
The taste is clean and crisp, with subtle fruit notes and a touch of candy like sweetness. The beer has a Champagne-like effervescent that provides a crisp offset to its sweet finish. While a pint glass is always nice, Velvet Rooster would also be at home in a tulip glass or Champagne flute.
That's A Wrap!
Wichita’s 10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival proved an enormous success, with not only a record number of films (180) and visiting filmmakers (34+), but also attendance, which was at an all-time high of 11,223!
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended, and especially our sponsors and volunteers. Your continued support and hard work makes Tallgrass possible year after year, as evidenced by Flavorwire naming the Tallgrass Film Festival in the top 10 of under-the-radar film festivals in the U.S. Plus, take your pass or ticket stub to any of these local establishments for some Audience Appreciation through the end of October.
TFA is so thrilled by the success of TallgrassX that we’ll be spending the next few months focusing our energy on building a great program for 2013, which will include Filmmaker Labs, Down to the Wire: A 24-Hour Film Race, Road Shows, Special Screenings, a “007”-themed affair and an extra day to the 11th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, October 16-20, 2013.
So while we’re on hiatus from programming through the rest of the year, please stay tuned to the website, and our facebook and twitter pages for information on cinematic events throughout the city, Road Shows around the state, updates on festival films and filmmakers, TFA membership specials and more. And now, we’re ready to “go to eleven!”
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Tallgrass Announces Official Lineup for 10th Festival
Kansas movie lovers will have plenty to watch, learn and talk about at the 10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, taking place in and around downtown Wichita from October 18-21. Over 700 films were submitted to this year’s festival, including 307 features, 48 of which were selected by the Tallgrass Programming Committee to screen at the festival. The festival features 1 World Premiere, 2 U.S. premieres and several Midwest and Regional Premieres. More than 30 filmmakers will be flying in from all over the country to attend, with many regional and local filmmakers also participating in the festivities. Check out TFF’s online Film Guide for more information about each film. A full lineup of short films will be announced on October 5.
Highlights of this year’s festival include a few new additions and special programs: Smallgrass - a children’s film program at Exploration Place, sponsored in part by KPTS; Grassroots: Spotlight on Civil Rights films and reception sponsored by the Ulrich Museum of Art, and a Spotlight on Scandinavian Cinema, sponsored by the City of Lindsborg/Lindsborg Arts Council.
FIAT of Wichita is the presenting sponsor for World Cinema selections, while LIV Music & Arts Fest will sponsor the Grasscendo Music Films, Liberty Press presents the Spotlight on LGBT Films, Aspen Boutique presents the Spotlight on Women Filmmakers, media sponsor for that program is Women’s Focus Magazine.
Consolidated Equities Trust will present the Filmmaker Lounge for the festival’s VIP guests while Clear Channel Outdoor presents the Volunteer Lounge, for more than 100 volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours year-round to the Tallgrass Film Association.
Heroes Sports Bar & Grill will set up the Heroes Hospitality Tent, a mobile cafe serving food and beverage to festival goers, outside the festival’s hub, the Orpheum Theatre. The tent will also house several filmmaker panels sponsored by the Wichita Film Commission, a free-throw basketball clinic with Guinness Book of World Records free throw champ (and Kansan) Bob Fisher and the Centerpiece Gala Party.
Education & Students
In addition to the filmmaker panels, the festival offers several educational programs this year including Free Friday Films, “Free Friday Films” – specially selected educational films that are free of charge for high school and college students/teachers and the senior community (65+.); and a Tallgrass Filmmaker Lab: Documentary Production 101 with alumni filmmaker Chris Metzler. An exclusive screening of a festival film will be offered at East High School for USD259 High School students. The festival will also offer a VIP Student TALLPass for just $75. This allows students access to all festival general admission and gala films (excludes VIP events, filmmaker lounge and gala parties.) (Parental discretion is advised, most films have not yet been rated by the MPAA.)
Schedules and Tickets
Film screening times will be available on the website’s film guide on October 5, which is also when general admission tickets will go on sale. VIP TALLPasses, Gala Tickets and Filmmaker Lab tickets are on sale now.A full list of visiting filmmakers will also be announced at that time. The official festival program will be published as an insert in the Wichita Eagle on October 12, and will be available around the city.
2012 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Fidelity Bank Opening Night Gala: PABLO (USA, 2012) - with Producer Jeremy Goldscheider, Animation Design Team Freddy Morales and Marcela Perdomo. Followed by the Opening Night Party at 155 N. Market, with open bar, eats and music by DJ Carbon. ($25) Thurs., Oct. 18, 8:00 pm at Wichita Orpheum
Centerpiece Gala Screening: THE STORY OF LUKE (USA, 2012) - with Director Alonso Mayo and Star Lou Taylor Pucci at the Scottish Rite. Followed by the Centerpiece Gala Party at the Heroes Hospitality Tent with live music by Travel Guide and cash bar. ($15) Fri., Oct. 19, 8:00 pm. at the Scottish Rite Theater
Stubbornly Independent Gala: FILM TBA*, with Filmmakers - hosted by Steve Anderson Followed by the Stubbornly Independent party at 241 N. Broadway with open bar, eats and entertainment from Antimosity. ($20) Sat., Oct. 20, 8:00 pm, Wichita Orpheum (*see contenders under Official Selections)
Jean Garvey Presents the Closing Night Gala & Awards: THE STANDBYS (USA, 2012) - with Director Stephanie Riggs and star Ben Crawford, at the Orpheum Theatre, with a Q&A hosted by Music Theatre of Wichita’s Producing Artistic Director Wayne Bryan. The evening also includes the presentation of the txtwrks Audience Awards. Followed by the Closing Night Party at The Lux with open bar, eats and live entertainment. ($25) Sun., Oct. 21, 7:00 pm at the Orpheum Theatre
Smallgrass at Exploration Place: (Media Sponsor KPTS)
IRA FINKELSTEIN’S CHRISTMAS
New York International Children’s Film Festival PARTY MIX
New York International Children’s Film Festival KID’S FLIX
Midnight Screenings (sponsored by The Anchor):
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (USA, 1968)
THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST
Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab: Film School 101:
TITICUT FOLLIES (USA, 1967)
Athletic Showcase: (sponsored by Maximum Outdoor Equipment)
Special screening at East High School, and downtown on Friday, Oct. 19 followed by a free throw clinic and competition at the Heroes Hospitality Tent with Guinness Book of World Records free throw champion Bob Fisher.
Greengrass Showcase: (sponsored by WSU Student Chapter of American Association of Petroluem Geologists)
Free Screening at Wichita State University
IN COMPETITION: NARRATIVE FEATURES (*Denotes filmmaker(s) in attendance)
Stubbornly Independent Gala Contenders (made for under $750,000 USD, no traditional theatrical distribution):
FAITH IN DESTINY* (World Premiere)
THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND*
FAT KID RULES THE WORLD
KEEP THE LIGHTS ON
COMBAT GIRLS (Germany)
KISS ME (Sweden)
TEDDY BEAR (Denmark)
THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART (France)
VALLEY OF SAINTS (India)
IN COMPETITION: DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING*
BOOKER’S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY*
BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
OXYGEN FOR THE EARS: LIVING JAZZ*
PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE*
THE RIGHT TO LOVE: AN AMERICAN FAMILY*
SIDE BY SIDE
SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH*
THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA*
THE INVISIBLE WAR
YEAR OF THE LIVING DEAD* (U.S. Premiere)
5 BROKEN CAMERAS (Palestinian Territories/Israel/France)
CALL ME KUCHU (Uganda/USA)
HITLER’S CHILDREN (Germany/Israel/USA)
JUSTICE FOR SALE (Netherlands/Congo)
MEET THE FOKKENS (Netherlands)
PORTRAIT OF WALLY (Austria/USA)
SCARLET ROAD (Australia)
SPECIAL INTEREST PROGRAMS
Ulrich Museum of Art Presents Grassroots: Spotlight on Civil Rights: AI WEI WEI: NEVER SORRY BOOKER’S PLACE: A MISSISSIPPI STORY
From classics like To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and King (1978), to Malcolm X (1982) and Get on the Bus (1996), how has the social justice film genre evolved? What can audiences expect in the 21st century? The Ulrich Museum celebrates the Tallgrass Film Festival’s 10th anniversary with afternoon film screenings, directors’ talks, and a reception in conjunction with The Hard Kind of Courage. 210 McKnight West, School of Art and Design, Wichita State University (Free admission for Ulrich Museum members and WSU faculty/staff/students with current WSU ID. General admission $10; $8 for students, educators, seniors, military, and Tallgrass Film Association members. For more information, go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (316) 303-9292.)
City of Lindsborg/Lindsborg Arts Council Presents Spotlight on Scandinavian Cinema: KISS ME, TEDDY BEAR, Scandinavian Short Film Showcase
Joel Fein Emerging Filmmaker Program: This program features the best short films from high school filmmakers, and younger, from around the globe. FREE for High School Students and younger with valid school ID
Kansas Film Commission presents the Timothy Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers: This program showcases the best short films made by filmmakers from across the state of Kansas. FREE for high school students and younger with valid school ID
LIV Music & Arts Festival presents the Grasscendo Music Program: CALIFORNIA SOLO, THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST, OXYGEN FOR THE EARS: LIVING JAZZ, PAUL WILLIAMS STILL ALIVE
Aspen Boutique Spotlight on Women Filmmakers (Media sponsor Women’s Focus): THE STANDBYS, IRA FINKELSTEIN'S CHRISTMAS, SHOUTING SECRETS, KISS ME, THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, DETROPIA, THE RIGHT TO LOVE: AN AMERICAN FAMILY, CALL ME KUCHU, JUSTICE FOR SALE, SCARLET ROAD, MEET THE FOKKENS
Liberty Press LGBT Spotlight: KISS ME, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, PETUNIA, CALL ME KUCHU, THE RIGHT TO LOVE: AN AMERICAN STORY
Smallgrass Family Programming: THE BEST OF THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL: KID FLIX MIX; THE BEST OF THE NYICFF: PARTY MIX; IRA FINKELSTEIN'S CHRISTMAS
Greengrass Environmentally-themed Program: SWITCH, SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH
Tallgrass Names New Award
Select filmmakers at the 2012 Tallgrass Film Festival will be eligible for a new honor, the Jake Euker Stubbornly Independent Award.
Jake Euker was a longtime friend and supporter of the festival and a true film afficianado. The Stubbornly Independent award will be given in his honor to an independent film or filmmaker who takes risks, isn't afraid to tell important stories, demonstrates immense creativity and does all this within the confines of low or ultra-low budgets.
Most importantly the Stubbornly Independent award will be given to someone who inspires future generations of filmmakers and encourages them to follow their dreams.