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FAVOR Selected for 2013 Stubbornly Independent Gala

The Tallgrass Programming Committee has spoken and FAVOR (Dir. Paul Osbourne) will screen as the Vimeo Stubbornly Independent Gala film on Saturday, October 19th at 7:30 pm at the Scottish Rite Theatre. The film's star, Blayne Weaver, will attend. FAVOR will be preceded by UNMASKED, the winning Down to the Wire:24 Hour Film Race.

The screening will be followed by an after-party with open bar, food & live music from The Boomers at 125 N. Market. Tickets are $25.

All Stubbornly Independent nominees will screen throughout the weekend and will be followed by Q&A's with filmmakers. They also all qualify for the Vimeo Audience Award for Narrative Feature and a $1,000 cash prize.

About FAVOR:

Kip Desmond has gotten everything he's ever wanted: a thriving career, beautiful wife and an affluent lifestyle, all of which is put in jeopardy when Abby, the waitress with whom he's having a casual fling, is accidentally killed.

Desperate, he ends up on the doorstep of childhood friend Marvin Croat and asks him for a huge favor: help get rid of the body. This gruesome circumstance begins a series of events which unravels Kip and Marvin’s lifelong friendship, leading both men to murderous acts neither had ever suspected themselves capable of.

Special Guest: Blayne Weaver (Star)

Blayne recently starred in the acclaimed romantic comedy 6 MONTH RULE (alongside Martin Starr, Natalie Morales and John Michael Higgins) which he also wrote and directed. Previous films he’s written and directed include WEATHER GIRL (with Tricia O’Kelley, Mark Harmon, Jon Cryer and Jane Lynch) and OUTSIDE SALES. He also co-wrote and acted in MANIC (Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordon- Levitt and Zooey Deschanel), directed by Jordan Melamed, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Blayne will next be seen starring in writer/director Paul Osborne’s psychological thriller FAVOR and has previously appeared in such films as Austin Film Festival Audience Award Winner JUNK, DEEP DARK CANYON, OFFICIAL REJECTION and THE GOOD OLD BOYS opposite Tommy Lee Jones. His numerous episodic television credits include ER, NCIS, and THE MIDDLEMAN. He also provided the voice of Peter Pan in the Disney animated feature RETURN TO NEVERLAND.

A native of Bossier City, Louisiana, Blayne has studied acting in New York, Los Angeles and Oxford University. He also graduated from UCLA with a degree in English Literature. Blayne has recently moved to New York City where he works as an actor, writer and director.


Seven Titles Selected for 2013 Vimeo Stubbornly Independent Gala

For the second year in a row, Tallgrass features the Stubbornly Independent Gala sponsored by Vimeo. The SI Gala takes place on Saturday, October 19th at the Scottish Rite Theater, and includes a film screening, Q&A with filmmakers and after-party with open bar/food/entertainment. The feature film will be preceded by the First Place winning short UNMASKED from this year's Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race.

The twist? Eligible SI Gala films are required to be a domestic narrative feature, made for less than $750,000 USD, and have no traditional theatrical distribution at the time of their Tallgrass screening. Of the 35 qualifying films submitted, 7 were selected and will compete for the Gala spot and cash prize from Vimeo: FAVOR, FOREV, HOW TO MAKE MOVIES AT HOME, LOST ON PURPOSE, SAKE-BOMB, THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE and WORM.

The winning film will be chosen by the Tallgrass Film Festival Programming Committee and will be announced on October 5th when the full program lineup is announced.

In addition to the Gala screening, the filmmakers will receive a $2,500 cash prize from Vimeo, and the coveted Jake Euker Stubbornly Independent Tallgrass Tap Handle Award (created by VanChase), named for longtime friend and supporter of the festival, and given to someone who inspires future generations of filmmakers and encourages them to follow their dreams. 

One or more filmmakers from each nominated film will attend the festival and the nominess include one alumni filmmaker, Morgan Nichols (THE LITTLE DEATH, JESUS FREAK.) All runners-up will receive general admission screenings on Saturday or Sunday during the festival and will be eligible for the Vimeo Audience Award for Narrative Feature Film ($1,000 cash prize.)

The Stubbornly Independent Gala Contenders:


(Dir: Molly Green & James Leffler, Cast: Noel Wells, Matt Mider, USA, 2013)

Sophie and Pete are kind of friends, but mostly they're just neighbors. On their way to pick up Pete’s sister Jess from her sorority house, a joke about getting married escalates and their car stalls out. Before they know it, they're engaged... and stranded in the middle of the desert. Things only get more problematic when Jess disappears with a bearded drifter. FOREV is a romantic comedy about how far you can go without saying what you mean.

How to Make Movies At Home

(Dir: Morgan Nichols, Cast: Ellen Soderberg, Erik Moody, USA, 2013)

Are you and your friends making movies? If not, are you crazy? The wall between "pro" and "am" has crumbled to the ground and a new wave of folk cinema is rolling in, big time! But don't worry, it's never too late to start! See "How to Make Movies at Home", and be peppered with lessons on the craft of filmmaking both subtle and overt! Marvel at the mysteries of Screen Direction! Gasp and the wonders of Lighting! Delve into the inner workings of a new-wave folk cinema band at their hour of greatest challenge... Walk in an absolute neophyte, walk out with a gleam in your eye! Ten real substantial lessons woven through the story, and untold others lurking in the subtext!

Lost on Purpose

(Dir: Ian Nelms, Cast: Jane Kaczmarek, C. Thomas Howell, Octavia Spencer, USA, 2013)

Our story takes place in the fertile, San Joaquin Valley. Fueled by gin and sheer determination, Elizabeth James operates her third generation dairy farm outside the region's domineering co-ops. To help keep the place afloat, she's employed five renegade ranch hands. Together they fight for love, pride and a vanashing way of life.


(Dir. Junya Sakino, Cast: Gaku Hamada, Eugene Kim, USA, 2013)

A ʻʻSake-Bombʼʼ is a cocktail created by dropping a shot of sake into a pint of beer. It’s also a comedic road movie about a sarcastic Asian American and his Japanese cousin. Sebastian is a bitter, self-deprecating wannabe Internet star from Los Angeles. He has recently been dumped by his girlfriend and on the look-out for someone new. When his cousin Naoto, a naive sake maker from Japan, shows up to find his own ex-girlfriend, Sebastian takes him to north California to find her. They are a clash of cultures waiting to happen. Someone has to break first. Together they meet a colorful group of characters as they come to grips with who they are and the true nature of the girlfriends they are pursuing.

This is Where We Live

(Dir. Josh Barrett & Marc Menchaca, Cast: Barry Corbin, Marc Menchaca, Tobias Segal, USA, 2013)

Set in the Texas Hill Country, THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE is a portrait of the Sutton family: Diane, while ignoring her own health issues, is caregiver to her son August, who has cerebral palsy, and her husband, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Overburdened, she hires Noah, a local handyman, to build a wheelchair ramp up the front steps to the family home. August observes Noah working, and Diane notices their connection. The friendship that Noah and August forge has a ripple effect; life makes unexpected turns for those around them, and forces Noah to confront his past.


(Dir. Andrew Bowser, Cast: Andrew Bowser, Duncan Barrett Brown, USA, 2013)

"Worm" was shot entirely using the GoPro Hero 2 camera. It is also told from an uncut "Snorricam" perspective in one 90 min. take. It tells the story of a man wanted for a double homicide in the small town of Guthrie, OK. Jason "Worm" Truitt has a young daughter that he loves dearly - and a beautiful girlfriend that he feels is out of his league. Worm is always caught doing the wrong thing at the wrong time, taking odd jobs for shady men, and even breaking the law from time to time. He is constantly tailed by the local Sheriff, and constantly berated by his own Father and his friends. The film plays out as a Southern Neo-Noir of sorts. A modern day "Whodunit" tale told using a chest- mounted Snorricam. The audience journeys with Worm as he tries to clear his name and make safe the ones he loves. Along the way, he is entangled in a small town crime syndicate and nearly loses the people that mean the most to him. Did he commit this heinous crime? Will his past sins catch up to him? Only God knows.