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The Tallgrass Film Association today announced that actress, filmmaker, and outspoken social and political activist, Rose McGowan, will be this year’s recipient of the Ad Astra Award during the 15th edition of the Tallgrass International Film Festival Presented by Consolidated Equities Trust (October 18-22) in Wichita, Kansas.

PLANET TERROR

PLANET TERROR

Regarding McGowan’s selection as the Ad Astra honoree this year, Tallgrass’s Program Director Nick Pope said, “From her debut in THE DOOM GENERATION through films like JAWBREAKER, SCREAM and PLANET TERROR, Rose McGowan has been a major indie film icon that epitomizes the phrase ‘stubbornly independent.’ However, we have all learned that as dynamic as her onscreen presence was, it was barely scratching the surface of her filmmaking vision – as demonstrated by her directorial debut, DAWN. On top of that, her brave and uncompromising voice in Hollywood speaking out on the issues that female filmmakers, actors, and frankly, anyone, in the filmmaking community faces as they attempt to create art and make a living in what can oftentimes be a brutal and unforgiving industry, has made her a leading light in the world of film.”

Rose McGowan in JAWBREAKER

Rose McGowan in JAWBREAKER

Tallgrass will present the Ad Astra Award to Rose McGowan at the Scottish Rite Theater (332 E 1st St N) prior to a screening of her critically acclaimed short film, DAWN on Thursday, October 19 at 9:00PM. A Q&A will follow with McGowan moderated by film critic and host of The Canon, Amy Nicholson, and Festworks.com’s John Wildman. The special evening will conclude with a retro screening of PLANET TERROR at 9:45PM, including an introduction by McGowan.

DAWN

DAWN

Tallgrass will kick off its tribute to Rose McGowan prior to the festival with a free screening of SCREAM, on Final Friday, September 29th in Gallery Alley, following a reel of 2017 Coming Attractions festival trailers. Sponsored by J. Andrew & Liv + Work.

SCREAM

SCREAM

McGowan has been a dynamic and provocative presence on film and television for the past two decades. A favorite of the most iconoclastic directors, she has appeared in acclaimed films by Gregg Araki, Wes Craven, Brian De Palma, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. In 2014, her directorial debut, DAWN (2014) was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. McGowan made an indelible mark on the independent film scene with her iconic debut in Araki’s THE DOOM GENERATION (1995), which earned her a Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance. She followed that success with Craven’s SCREAM (1996), which became one of the highest grossing films of the year, and launched a film franchise that arguably revived the horror genre. Additional strong performances in indie films included GOING ALL THE WAY (1997), SOUTHIE (1998), and JAWBREAKER (1999). McGowan also found great success on television, in Showtime’s “The Killing Yard” (2001), Aaron Spelling’s popular series “Charmed,” (2002-2006), and “Nip/Tuck” (2009), among others. McGowan returned to the big screen with a vengeance in the celebrated Grindhouse double-feature, including Rodriguez’s PLANET TERROR (2007) and Tarantino’s DEATH PROOF (2007). More recent appearances include CONAN THE BARBARIAN (2011), and television stints on both “Chosen” (2014) and “Once Upon a Time” (2013-2014). McGowan will next be seen in Jenna Marttison’s indie sci-fi thriller, THE SOUND.

Rose McGowan, on the set of DAWN

Rose McGowan, on the set of DAWN

The full lineup for the film festival will be announced on September 22. VIP TALLPasses for the Tallgrass Film Festival are available for purchase now with general admission tickets going on sale on September 22, coinciding with that announcement. Please visit tallgrassfilmfest.com for more information.