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The 15th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival presented by Consolidated Equities Trust (October 18-22) today announced the full schedule for this year’s edition with an impressive roster of Gala selections including; Quentin Krog’s FOR THE BIRDS (Opening Night Gala), Byron Davis’s HUNTING EMMA (Centerpiece Gala), and Lysa Heslov’s SERVED LIKE A GIRL (Closing Night Gala). Those films are joined by Robin Berghaus’s STUMPED, which is Talgrass’s first DOX Spotlight winner, and Dustin Cook’s I HATE THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT, which is this year’s Stubbornly Independent Gala Selection.

FOR THE BIRDS

FOR THE BIRDS

Tallgrass’s burgeoning slate for it’s 15th Anniversary edition boasts 182 films (47 features, 135 short films) representing 34 countries.

Screenwriter Larry Gross will be the first recipient of the L.M. “Kit” Carson Storyteller Award following a 35th Anniversary screening of Walter Hill’s action/comedy classic, 48HRS. (which Gross co-wrote), and Rose McGowan will receive the Ad Astra Award following a screening of her critically-acclaimed short film, DAWN, and prior to a retro screening of Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse thriller, PLANET TERROR.

Ad Astra Honoree, Rose McGowan

Ad Astra Honoree, Rose McGowan

Tallgrass Film Festival Creative Director Lela Meadow-Conner said, “Each year, the Tallgrass Film Festival wins new converts and solidifies its place within the film festival community. The ability to do that starts with the films we program, and the filmmakers that either make the trip to visit Wichita with their films – many for the very first time, or come here to rub elbows with those filmmakers from all over the world. We have pride in the fact that we have become known as a film festival that truly celebrates the work of women behind the camera – including 60 female directors represented in this year’s program alone. Innovation is also a key. The creation of the DOX Spotlight – to highlight the work of female documentarians, and the Storyteller Award – to honor the achievements of the men and women who have written the scripts that led to some of our favorite films – that is what makes Tallgrass special.”

Director of Programming and Education, Nick Pope added, “This year, the Tallgrass Film Festival received more than 2000 film submissions. The very best of those were added to some of the most acclaimed films from some of the most notable fests during the first half of 2017. It’s also important to note the international flavor of Tallgrass. Two of our gala selections hail from South Africa, more than 30 countries are represented, and 60 filmmakers are expected to attend Tallgrass with their films this year. Whether it be some very cool indies, fascinating documentaries, or some mind-blowingly creative short films, our 15th Anniversary really has a lot to offer the region’s film lovers.”

The Opening Night Gala selection and the Centerpiece Gala selection are both South African films making premieres at the Tallgrass Film Festival. Quentin Krog’s FOR THE BIRDS’s 70s tale focuses on a young nurse who ruffles feathers as she shows a small town and its golden boy, what it means to be an independent woman. The film will make its North American premiere on Wednesday, October 18 at the Scottish Rite Theatre (332 E 1st St N).

HUNTING EMMA

HUNTING EMMA

Byron Davis’s HUNTING EMMA will make its Midwest premiere as the Centerpiece Gala selection on Friday, October 20 at the Scottish Rite Theatre. The film follows a young woman who witnesses six men kill a cop out in the wild. In an effort to cover up the crime, the men hunt her like an animal in the desolate wilderness, forcing the pacifist to fight for her life.

The Closing Night Gala features Lysa Heslov’s documentary SERVED LIKE A GIRL on Sunday, October 22 at the Wichita Orpheum Theater. The film chronicles the lives of female veterans as they compete for the crown of Ms. Veteran America, raising money for their homeless sisters. While struggling with PTSD, divorce, disability, and military sexual abuse, competing in the pageant ignites an emotional roller coaster for the women.

SERVED LIKE A GIRL

SERVED LIKE A GIRL

Another first being rolled out on the occasion of the Tallgrass International Film Festival’s 15th edition is the first DOX Spotlight screening to showcase the incredible real life stories being told by women documentary filmmakers. Three finalists were chosen and an all female industry jury selected the winning film. Robin Berghaus’s STUMPED was the selection and will screen Thursday, October 19 at the Scottish Rite Theatre. The film tells the inspiring story of a filmmaker who, after a tragic personal loss, agrees to undergo an experimental double-arm transplant and turns to stand up-comedy as therapy – both in the hope of reclaiming his independence.

STUMPED

STUMPED

The winner of the Jake Euker Stubbornly Independent competition, Dustin Cook’s I HATE THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT will screen on Saturday, October 21 at the Scottish Rite Theater. The film follows the dilemma of a man, who, still grieving over the murder of his wife, finds that an unexpected budding romance adds immediacy to his plans for a problematic house “guest”.

Conceived and sponsored by filmmaker Hunter Carson, the son of film legends L.M. Kit Carson and Karen Black, the Storyteller Award recognizes the contributions to cinema by a screenwriter(s) who exemplifies a unique voice. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary screening of Walter Hill’s 48 HRS., Tallgrass will honor that film’s co-writer Larry Gross, whose career spans more than four decades as a screenwriter, producer, and film journalist, as the inaugural recipient of the Storyteller Award. The tribute includes a screening of the iconic buddy cop movie, starring Nick Note and featuring the film debut of Eddie Murphy, followed by a candid conversation with Gross on the art of writing for the screen.

L.M. "Kit" Carson Storyteller Award Honoree, Larry Gross

L.M. “Kit” Carson Storyteller Award Honoree, Larry Gross

Perhaps best known for his work with writer/director Walter Hill, their screenwriting collaboration resulted in four films: 48 HRS. (1983), STREETS OF FIRE (1984), ANOTHER 48 HRS. (1990) and GERONIMO (1993). He also adapted VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE (2009) from the best selling novel by Paulo Coehlo, and WE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (2004) for which he won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Other works include BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY (2004), PROZAC NATION (2001) CHINESE BOX (1997) and TRUE CRIME (l999) starring and directed by Clint Eastwood. Last year, Gross co-wrote the script for Gabe Klinger’s PORTO.

The 2017 Ad Astra Award will be presented to actress, director, and activist Rose McGowan at the Scottish Rite Theatre prior to a screening of her critically acclaimed short film, DAWN on Thursday, October 19. The evening is sponsored by Bree & Jason Cox. 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, including an introduction by McGowan.

PLANET TERROR

PLANET TERROR

Other highlights include Military Day on Thursday, October 19, sponsored by Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. All films are free to active and retired military with valid ID. Northrock Lanes also presents Free Films Friday, where a selection of festival movies will be free to the public.

VIP TALLPasses for the Tallgrass Film Festival are available for purchase now, as are general admission tickets. Please visit tallgrassfilmfest.com for more information.

 

THE 2017 TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

OPENING NIGHT GALA SELECTION

(Presented by Steve Anderson)

 

FOR THE BIRDS (VIR DE VOËLS)                      North American Premiere

Director: Quentin Krog

Country: South Africa, Running Time: 124min

It’s the 70’s and Irma Humpel, an independent-thinking young woman, finds herself in front of the minister with Sampie de Klerk. How did she get here?
Is she ready for this kind of commitment?

Preceded by

FIDGET SINNER

Country: USA, Running Time: 7min

 

 

CENTERPIECE GALA SELECTION

(Presented by Grumpy Old Men)

 

HUNTING EMMA (JAGVELD)                              Midwest Premiere

Director: Byron Davis

Country: South Africa, Running Time: 103min

Emma le Roux just wants to go home for the holidays. Gentle, beautiful, pacifist Emma. She’s made the trip to her father’s farm a thousand times. Piece of cake. But not today…

 

 

DOX SPOTLIGHT SELECTION

(Presented by Greteman Group)

 

STUMPED

Director: Robin Berghaus

Country: USA, Running Time: 72min

When filmmaker Will Lautzenheiser’s limbs are amputated, his life is derailed and he turns to stand-up comedy as a therapeutic and creative outlet. Meanwhile, a world-famous medical team is performing transplants that restore bodies to unprecedented levels. Despite grave risks, Will agrees to undergo an experimental double-arm transplant in the hope of reclaiming his independence.

 

 

JAKE EUKER STUBBORNLY INDEPENDENT GALA SELECTION

(Presented by Rick & Monica Nutt)

I HATE THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT

I HATE THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT

I HATE THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT

Director: Dustin Cook

Country: USA, Running Time: 92min

Lonely and isolated, and still grieving for his murdered wife, Claude develops an unexpected crush for salsa instructor Kyra. Unfortunately, he’s not sure how to move forward since he still has this… situation…in the basement.

 

 

CLOSING NIGHT GALA SELECTION

(Presented by Emprise Bank)

 

SERVED LIKE A GIRL

Director: Lysa Heslov

Country: USA, Running Time: 90min

SERVED LIKE A GIRL chronicles the lives of female veterans as they compete for the crown of Ms. Veteran America, raising funds and awareness for their homeless sisters.

 

 

Narrative Features

20 WEEKS                                                    Stubbornly Independent Nominee

Director: Leena Pendharkar

Country: USA, Running Time: 89min

20 WEEKS is a romantic drama about love, science and how prenatal and genetic testing impacts everyday people. Against the backdrop of modern-day Los Angeles, the story follows Maya and Ronan’s journey – interweaving their past and present – after learning that their baby has a serious health issue at their 20-week scan. Inspired, in part, by writer/director Leena’s Pendharkar’s real life experiences with her second daughter, the film seeks to explore an intimate issue that isn’t often talked about.

 

48 HRS.

48 HRS.

48 HRS. (1982)

Director: Walter Hill

Country: USA, Running Time: 96min

A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily

paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.

 

ALASKA IS A DRAG

Director: Shaz Bennett

Country: USA, Running Time: 83min

Leo, an aspiring drag superstar, and his twin sister are trapped in the monotony of fish guts and fist fights. He fights back out of necessity which catches the local boxing coach’s attention. Leo has to face the real reason he’s stuck in Alaska.

Preceded by

DRAGTAVISTS

Director: Savannah Rodgers

Country: USA, Running Time: 7min

 

BADSVILLE

BADSVILLE

BADSVILLE

Director: April Mullen

Country: USA, Running Time: 97min

A violent greaser gang is ripped apart when their leader finds love and is determined to leave Badsville – a town where love doesn’t exist.

 

BLACK COP

BLACK COP

BLACK COP

Director: Cory Bowles

Country: Canada, Running Time: 91min

A black cop is pushed to the edge, after his colleagues profile him while off-duty. In this hyper-active satire, he figures out a way to take out his frustration… at work.

Preceded by

GOODBYE, OLD GLORY

Director: Jordan Haro

Country: USA, Running Time: 17min

 

BLUR CIRCLE                                             Stubbornly Independent Nominee

Director: Chris Hansen

Country: USA, Running Time: 92min

Jill Temple is a single mother still grieving the loss of her young son after he disappeared two years ago. Unable to face the possibility that she has lost him forever, she pursues every lead and meets Burton Rose, a man with a mysterious past. The details of that past – and how Burton has responded to it – force Jill to look at her life in a completely new way.

 

BOMB CITY                                                  Stubbornly Independent Nominee

Director, Jameson Brooks

Country: USA, Running Time: 95min

Based on the true story of Brian Deneke. BOMB CITY is a crime-drama about the cultural aversion of teenage punks in a conservative Texas town. Their ongoing battle with a rival, more-affluent group of jocks, leads to a controversial hate crime that questions the morality of American justice.

 

DAVE MADE A MAZE

Director: Bill Watterson

Country: USA, Running Time: 80min

Dave, an unrealized artist, builds a fort in his living room, only to wind up trapped by his own creation.

Preceded by

THE DAY BEFORE

Director: Geoff Marslett

Country: USA, Running Time: 16min

 

THE DIVINE ORDER

THE DIVINE ORDER

THE DIVINE ORDER

Director: Petra Volpe

Country: Switzerland, Running Time: 96min

A young and dutiful housewife challenges the status quo by fighting for women’s right to vote in 1971 Switzerland. Her new found celebrity brings humiliation
and threats, but also a few startling discoveries about her own liberation. Switzerland’s Submission for the Academy Awards – Best Foreign Language Film.

 

THE FEELS

THE FEELS

THE FEELS

Director: Jenée LaMarque

Country: USA, Running Time: 90min

Andi and Lu are excited to celebrate their upcoming wedding with a joint bachelorette weekend in wine country. On the first night, Lu reveals a secret that derails the weekend in unexpected and poignant ways.

 

GOOK

Director: Justin Chon

Country: USA, Running Time: 94min

In 1992, two Korean-American brothers strike up an unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African-American girl, while racial tensions build to a breaking point as the L.A. riots break out.

Preceded by

IT’S JUST A GUN

Director: Brian Robau

Country: USA, Running Time: 15min

 

IN LOVE WITH LOU

Director: Cordula Kablitz-Post

Country: Germany, Running Time: 113min

Legendary 18th century writer, Lou Andreas-Salomé, vows never to fall in love and to pursue philosophical and intellectual perfection with her contemporaries Paul Rée, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Rainer Maria Rilke.

 

THE KING'S CHOICE

THE KING’S CHOICE

THE KING’S CHOICE (KONGENS NEI)

Director: Erik Poppe

Country: Norway, Running Time: 130min

Based on the true the story about three dramatic days in April 1940, when the King of Norway is presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German armed forces: surrender or die.

 

LAND OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE

Director: Yaniv Berman

Country: Israel, Running Time: 83min

Four teenagers who live in an Israeli military town, fight with two deserters over control of their territory.

 

LAURA GETS A CAT

LAURA GETS A CAT

LAURA GETS A CAT

Director: Michael Ferrell

Country: USA, Running Time: 83min

Laura, an unemployed writer in New York City, tries to juggle an unexciting boyfriend, an affair with a performance artist, and a vivid imaginary life.

 

LUCKY

Director: John Carroll Lynch

Country: USA, Running Time: 88min

Having outlived and out-smoked his contemporaries, Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards the often unattainable — enlightenment.

 

PLANET TERROR (2007)

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Country: USA, Running Time: 105min

After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it’s up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.

Preceded by

DAWN (2014)

Director: Rose McGowan

Country: USA, Running Time: 17min

Dawn is a quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.

SEAT 25

SEAT 25

SEAT 25

Director: Nicholas Agnew

Country: UK, Running Time: 83min

When Faye Banks secretly enters a competition to win a seat on the first manned mission to Mars, she never expects to win. But when the dangerous one-way trip becomes a reality, her life on Earth is turned upside down.

Preceded by

EVE

Director: Brittany “B.Monét” Fennell

Country: Spain, Running Time: 5min

 

THE TEACHER (UCITELKA)

Director: Jan Hřebejk

Countries: Slovakia/Czech Republic, Running Time: 103min

A middle school teacher in Communist Slovakia manipulates her student’s parents into doing favors for her.

 

 

Documentary Features

ANGELS OF THE SKY

Directors: Trent McGee, Josh Berman

Country: USA, Running Time: 90min

The true life story of WWII pilots from the 8th Air Force, who were shot down over German territory and became POWs — told through the survivors themselves.

Preceded by

ALL AMERICAN

Directors: Michael Ayjian, Stephen Skeel

Country: USA, Running Time: 9min

 

ARCTIC SUPERSTAR

ARCTIC SUPERSTAR

ARCTIC SUPERSTAR

Director: Simen Braathen

Country: Norway, Running Time: 70min

The indigenous, Samí rapper, SlinCraze, is trying to earn a living and make a name for himself — the only problem is that less than 20,000 people speak his endangered language.

Preceded by

RULE OF NATURE

Director: Dieter Primig

Country: Namibia, Running Time: 26min

 

BIG SONIA

Directors: Leah Warshawski, Todd Soliday

Country: USA, Running Time: 93min

Holocaust survivor and diva, Sonia Warshawski, has just been served an eviction notice for her popular tailor shop in suburban Kansas City. Sonia’s trauma comes to the surface as she struggles with the concept of retirement.

Preceded by

KITTY AND ELLEN

Director: Leah Galant

Country: USA, Running Time: 17min

 

CITY OF JOY                                                DOX Spotlight Nominee

Director: Madeleine Gavin

Country: USA, Running Time: 74min

In Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an area waging one of the longest conflicts in history and ravaged by sexual violence – we discover The City of Joy. This ultimately uplifting film centers around Jane, a student in the first class at a center where women who have suffered unimaginable abuse come together to create a revolutionary community of leaders.

Preceded by

CONTENDERS

Director: Divya Pathak

Countries: UK/India, Running Time: 13min

 

THE CREST

THE CREST

THE CREST

Director: Mark Covino

Country: USA, Running Time: 83min

Two descendants of an Irish king journey to an island where he once presided-not to reclaim the land, but to surf the waves. An immigrant story that reminds us how we all came from somewhere else.

Preceded by

INBOX

Director: B. Welby-Delimere

Countries: UK/Ireland, Running Time: 8min

 

DINA

Director: Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles

Country: USA, Running Time: 103min

Having grown up neurologically diverse, a buoyant suburban woman and a Walmart door-greeter face the challenges of being head-over-heels for each other in this unconventional love story. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Documentary Grand Jury Prize.

Preceded by

BLACK CAT

Director: Pascal Mercay

Country: Australia, Running Time: 14min

 

DOLORES

Director: Peter Bratt

Country: USA, Running Time: 95min

Portrait of one of the most important, yet least known, activists. Dolores Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, only to become embroiled in a battle for gender equality.

Preceded by

Preceded by

SILO: EDGE OF THE REAL WORLD

Director: Marshall Burnette

Country: USA, Running Time 10min

 

FAST BREAK: THE LEGENDARY JOHN MCLENDON

Director: Kevin Wilmott

Country: USA, Running Time: 63min

Pioneer African-American coach, McLendon not only changed the way basketball was played but who could play it as well.

Preceded by

THE GRAND ILLUSION

Director: Preston Mack

Country: USA, Running Time: 19min

 

FOR AHKEEM

FOR AHKEEM

FOR AHKEEM

Directors: Jeremy S. Levine, Landon Van Soest

Country: USA, Running Time: 90min

After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she’s determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself, despite challenges both personally and in society.

Preceded by

FAMILY REWRITTEN

Director: Yasmin Mistry

Country: USA, Running Time 14min

 

FOREVER ‘B’                                               DOX Spotlight Nominee

Director: Skye Borgman

Country: USA, Running Time: 91min

On October 17th, 1974, in the quiet town of Pocatello Idaho, 12-year-old Jan Broberg was kidnapped by her family’s best friend and neighbor. 18 months later, out on bail and awaiting trial for kidnapping, Robert Berchtold (Brother ‘B’ to Jan and her family) abducted Jan a second time, triggering a nationwide FBI manhunt. Through threats and brainwashing, Brother ‘B’ successfully turns Jan against her own family, while simultaneously manipulating her parents who paved the way for Jan’s abduction, in plain sight.

 

JANE

Director: Brett Morgan

Country: USA, Running Time: 90min

Unseen footage of Jane Goodall’s early explorations, groundbreaking field work, her relationship with cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the chimpanzees she studied.

Preceded by

GARDENERS OF THE FOREST

Directors: Ceylan Carhoglu, Nicole Jordan-Webber

Country: USA/Laos, Running Time: 15min

 

 

THE LIFE, BLOOD, AND RHYTHM OF RANDY CASTILLO

THE LIFE, BLOOD, AND RHYTHM OF RANDY CASTILLO

THE LIFE, BLOOD AND RHYTHM OF RANDY CASTILLO

Director: Wynn Ponder

Country: USA, Running Time: 84min

A musical journey exploring the late, legendary drummer, Randy Castillo, who played with Ozzy Osborne, Motley Crue, Lita Ford, and other rock and roll icons of the 1980s and 1990s.

 

OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE

Director: Deborah Riley Draper

Country: USA, Running Time: 84min

17 men and women, with Jesse Owens, defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler and won hearts and medals at the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin. These trailblazers kicked open the door to a new society and are a seminal moment in the fight for equality.

ON THE SLY: IN SEARCH OF THE FAMILY STONE

Director: Michael Rubenstone

Country: USA, Running Time: 82min

Michael Rubenstone sets out to find the reclusive funk legend, Sly Stone. He manages to bring Sly out of hiding and record the history of Sly and the Family Stone band.

 

OSKARA

OSKARA

OSKARA                                                      U.S. Premiere

Directors: Pablo Iraburu, Iñaki Alforja

Country: Spain, Running Time: 72min

Oskara emerges from the meeting between Marcos Morau, an innovative Catalan choreographer, and Kukai, a group of traditional Basque dancers. Together they create a beautiful spectacle.

Preceded by

WHEEL OF LIFE

Directors: Marcia Jamel, Ken Schneider

Countries: USA/Cuba, Running Time: 16min

 

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD

Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana

Country: Canada, Running Time: 103min

The story of a profound, essential, and until now little known part of American music history: the Native musician’s influence. Featuring music from Charley Patton, Jimi Hendrix, Redbone and many more.

  

SPETTACOLO

Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen

Country: USA, Running Time: 91min

Once upon a time there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues — they turned their lives into a play.

 

TRUE CONVICTION

Director: Jamie Meltzer

Country: USA, Running Time: 84min

There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by three exonerated men, with decades in prison served between them.

Preceded by

SHOT

Director: Aemilia Scott

Country: USA, Running Time: 9min

 

TWO TRAINS RUNNING

TWO TRAINS RUNNING

TWO TRAINS RUNNING

Director: Samuel Pollard

Country: USA, Running Time: 80min

A story about the search for two forgotten blues singers, set in Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement.

Preceded by

ABBY THE SPOON LADY

Director: Justin Johnson

Country: USA, Running Time: 12min

 

WHAT LIES UPSTREAM

Director: Cullen Hoback

Country: USA, Running Time: 89min

An investigation of the largest chemical drinking water contamination in a generation and the truth about what’s really happening with drinking water in America.

Preceded by

SOARING BACK: MESSAGE TO THE FUTURE

Director: Bev Chapman

Country: USA, Running Time: 14min

 

WHOSE STREETS?

Directors: Sabaah Folayen, Damon Davis

Country: USA, Running Time: 90min

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising.

Preceded by

ONE WEEK IN APRIL

Director: Matthew Palmer

Country: USA, Running Time: 10min

 

WOMAN ON FIRE

WOMAN ON FIRE

WOMAN ON FIRE

Director: Julie Sokolow

Country: USA, Running Time: 90min

Follow Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City as she sets out to challenge perceptions of what it means to be transgender in America today.

 

THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN

Director: Jennifer M. Kroot

Country: USA, Running Time: 90min

Follow the evolution of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to reclaim their lives.

 

 

SHORTS PROGRAMS, Sponsored by Kansas Grip

ACTION | THRILLER STORIES (TRT: 101min)

When action is required, action is taken.

THE LONG ISLAND WOLF

THE LONG ISLAND WOLF

 

FROM ASHES TO IMMORTALITY | d. Eric Hyde | USA/Lawrence | 2017 | 26m

INCENDIO | d. Slater Dixon | USA | 2016 | 6m

JUST GO! | d. Pavels Gumennikovs | Latvia | 2017 | 11m

THE LONG ISLAND WOLF | d. Julien Lasseur | USA | 2017 | 8m

METICULOUS | d. Samantha Chalmers | Canada | 2017 | 3m

POTBOILER | d. Nate Jones | USA/Wichita | 2017 | 7m

ROGER | d. Ingrid Masarnau Amorós, Sonia Cendón Quireza, Sara Esteban Riera, Arnau Gòdia Montesinos, Martí Montañola Vilet | Spain | 2016 | 8m

SATORI | d. Tyler Doehring | USA/Wichita | 2017 | 13m

THE VETTING | d. Matthew Dunehoo | USA/Lawrence | 2016 | 19m

 

CHEER | COMEDY STORIES (TRT: 109min)

Stories that come from every shade of humor.

THE BLONDES

THE BLONDES

 

24 DAYS OF TORTURE | d. Vik & Nes Collective | USA | 2016 | 2m

ALFRED J HEMLOCK | d. Edward Lyons | Australia | 2016 | 14m

THE BLONDES | d. Carlota Martínez Pereda | Spain | 2016 | 18m

CATHERINE | d. Britt Raes | Belgium | 2016 | 12m

CLANKER MAN | d. Ben Steiner | UK | 2017 | 11m

DAYTIME NOON | d. Micah Perta | USA | 2016 | 13m

GETTING ED LAID | d. Deborah Pearl | USA | 2016 | 25m

JULY | d. Patrick Letterii | USA | 2016 | 7m

ROGER | d. Brendan Cleaves | UK | 2016 | 7m

 

CHOICES | DECISION STORIES (TRT: 114min)

Transitions, decisions and consequences along the way.

SPRING

SPRING

 

ACE | d. Morgan K Nichols | USA | 2017 | 13m

FRY DAY | d. Laura Moss | USA | 2017 | 16m

GAME | d. Jeannie Donohoe | USA | 2017 | 15m

JOY RIDE | d. Niav Conty | USA | 2017 | 16m

RETOUCH | d. Kaveh Mazaheri | Iran | 2017 | 20m

REAL ARTISTS | d. Cameo Wood | USA | 2016 | 12m

SPRING | d. Laurel Parmet | USA | 2017 | 7m

TEACHERS | d. Mark Columbus | USA | 2016 | 15m

 

COLOR | LGBTQ STORIES (TRT: 107min)

Addressing fluidity involved in all the colors of the rainbow.

WEDDING PATROL

WEDDING PATROL

 

DUSK | d. Jake Graf | UK | 2017 | 15m

MAKE IT UP | d. Courtney Hope Therond | USA | 2016 | 5m

ROSEMARY & JULIET | d. Shane Wallace | USA/Wichita | 2017 | 24m

SISSYMAN | d. Joshua Atesh Litle | USA | 2017 | 7m

SQUARE ROOT | d. Youssef Ouarak | Poland | 2016 | 15m

SUPERHEROES | d. Volker Petters | Germany | 2017 | 16m

SWIM | d. Mari Walker | USA | 2016 | 10m

WEDDING PATROL | d. Rogier Hardeman | Germany | 2016 | 15m

 

CONNECT | RELATIONSHIP STORIES (TRT: 102min)

Dating, marrying, meeting, relating and getting along.

FRANKIE KEEPS TALKING

FRANKIE KEEPS TALKING

 

ANOTHER GIRL | d. Austin Kase | USA | 2016 | 22m

FRANKIE KEEPS TALKING | d. Annabelle Attanasio | USA | 2016 | 8m

HIGHLIGHT | d. Shahrzad Dadger | Iran | 2017 | 23m

MATCH | d. Danny Muñoz | Indonesia | 2016 | 3m

NOT HERE, NOT THERE | d. Jan Wagner | Germany | 2016 | 8m

OUIJA SEX | d. Mondo Ghulam | UK | 2017 | 5m

#SELFIE | d. David Lorenz | Germany | 2016 | 8m

THE THING ABOUT THE MORNING AFTER | d. Denise Powers | USA | 2016 | 9m

VALENTIN | d. Ingrid Hübscher | Germany | 2016 | 16m

 

ENCOURAGE | SUPPORT STORIES (TRT: 99min)

OSHA'S GIFT

OSHA’S GIFT

 

29 YEARS: A Journey to Restore Hope in Myanmar | d. Hunter Buchanan

USA/Myanmar | 2017 | 26m

CIRCUS (Cabuwazi) BEYOND BORDERS | d. Gertrud Schulte Westenberg Germany | 2016 | 30m

GAME CHANGER | d. Lisa Eismen | Australia | 2017 | 17m

OSHA’S GIFT | d. Hind Abdullah | United Arab Emirates | 2016 | 9m

 

ENDURE | REFUGEE STORIES (TRT: 96min)

UNWELCOME

UNWELCOME

 

IN OUR COUNTY | d. Louisa Wagener | Austria/Eritrea | 2016 | 30m

LEFTOVERS | d. Or Carny | Israel/Sudan | 2016 | 30m

STAYING WITH FRIENDS (Zu Gast Bei Freunden) | d. Luisa Ricar | Switzerland | 2017 | 25m

UNWELCOME | d. Ida Theresa Myklebost | USA | 2017 | 16m

 

FINALE | DYING STORIES (TRT: 113min)

You never know when your time is up.

GRIDLOCK

GRIDLOCK

 

GOLDFISH | d. Facundo V. Scalerandi | Germany | 2017 | 30m

GRIDLOCK | d. Ian Hunt Duffy | Ireland | 2016 | 20m

LIMBO | d. Jean-Luc Julien | Germany | 2017 | 10m

MURDER SUICIDE | d. Luke Knezevic | USA | 2017 | 7m

OVERLOVE | d. Lucas Helth | Denmark | 2017 | 22m

SPUTNIK | d. Vicente Bonet | Spain | 2016 | 24m

 

SHINE | CREATIVE STORIES (TRT: 110min)

Artful creations of animation and experiment.

MANKURT

MANKURT

 

CHIKA, THE DOG IN THE GHETTO | d. Sandra Schießl | Germany | 2017 | 17m

DARREL | d. Marc Briones Piulachs, Alan Carabantes Person | Spain | 2016 | 4m

THE EVIL | d. Carlon Hardt | Brazil | 2016 | 2m

THE FISH CURRY | d. Abhishek Verma | India | 2017 | 12m

FOREIGN LOCAL | d. Moriya Benavot | Israel | 2016 | 10m

GINEVRA | d. Tess Martin | Netherlands | 2017 | 4m

HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE PHO? | d. Carol Nguyen | Canada | 2016 | 5m

IMPENETRABLE AS NIGHT | d. Benjamin Rosenthal | USA/Lawrence | 2016 | 8m

KUKUSCHKA | d. Dina Velikovskaya | Russia | 2017 | 9m

MANKURT | d. Ermina Takenova | UK | 2017 | 7m

RAILMENT | d. Shunsaku Hayashi | Japan | 2017 | 10m

RIPRIVACY | d. Aycan Basar | Turkey | 2017 | 5m

A SUMMER’S DAY (Ein Sommertag) | d. Philipp Hester, Kira König, Janis Leonard Heller | Germany | 2017 | 4m

“THE TALK” TRUE STORIES ABOUT THE BIRDS AND THE BEES | d. Alain Delannoy | Canada | 2016 | 9m

URBAN AUDIO SPECTRUM | d. Marina Schnider | Germany | 2016 | 4m

 

TWILIGHT | AGING STORIES (TRT: 102min)

Facing challenges that arise later in life.

DIME SHORT

DIME SHORT

 

BARTLEBY | d. Laura Naylor | USA | 2016 | 12m

DIME SHORT | d. Krista Gano | USA | 2016 | 12m

DON REPERTO | d. Irma Orozco | Mexico | 2017 | 12m

EDITH + EDDIE | d. Laura Checkoway | USA | 2017 | 26m

FERRUCCIO: STORY OF (A LITTLE) ROBOT | d. Stefano De Felici | Italy | 2017 | 7m

HOLD ON | d. Christine Turner | USA | 2017 | 9m

RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE NOSE | d. Marco Arruda | Brazil | 2016 | 4m

SECOND TO NONE | d. Vincent Gallagher | Ireland | 2016 | 8m

TEN MORE | d. Brad Riddell | USA | 2016 | 12m

 

VIEWPOINT (POV) | SHORT STORIES DIRECTED BY WOMEN (99min)

Narratives covering tough topics from the XX chromosome’s POV.

62 DAYS

62 DAYS

 

62 DAYS | d. Rebecca Haimowitz | USA | 2017 | 30m

FANTASY | d. Kate Gondwe | USA/Wichita | 2017 | 6m

GIRL-HEARTED | d. Anne Scheschonk | Germany | 2016 | 37m

LIBERATION | d. Veronica Andersson | Poland | 2017 | 13m

TEMPORARY | d. Milena Govich | USA | 2017 | 13m

 

JOEL FEIN SPOTLIGHT ON EMERGING FILMMAKERS PROGRAM

(TRT: 88min)

FINISH LINE

FINISH LINE

 

BIRTH OF A FILMMAKER | d. Blaise Webster | Wichita | 2017 | 2m

CHASING FANTASY | d. Taylan Huslig | Wichita | 2017 | 6m

CYCLE | d. Caleb Wild | Florida | 2016 | 11m

FINISH LINE | d. Riley Street | California | 2016 | 9m

HEARTSTRINGS | d. Caleb Garrett | California | 2016 | 3m

THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE | d. Matthew Crawford, Jimmy Nguyen Hutchinson | 2016 | 14m

JIMMY THE LIMO DRIVER | d. Brenden Hickey | Washington | 2016 | 6m

LIFE’S A MURDER | d. Brett Jones | Derby | 2016 | 9m

MADOKA | d. Callahan Bracken | Canada | 2016 | 4m

REVERSE | d. Andrew Kivett | Wichita | 2016 | 4m

ROAD KILL | d. Pyoung-won Seo | South Korea | 2017 | 5m

TWO OF FIVE MILLION | d. Socs & DZ Zavitsanos | Texas/Greece | 2017 | 6m

YELLOW | d. Rowyn Mottershead | UK | 2017 | 9m

 

TIMOTHY GRUVER SPOTLIGHT ON KANSAS FILMMAKERS PROGRAM (TRT: 99min)

CECILIA

CECILIA

 

THE AFTERMATH | d. Kyle Solomon | Wichita | 2016 | 2m

BOOK CLUB — DTTW 24HR FILM RACE AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER d. Jackson Laurie | Wichita | 2017 | 7m

CECILIA | d. Jordan Horsch | Mount Hope | 2017 | 16m

CHILD LOST | d. Ellen Crispin | Wichita | 2017 | 14m

A DANGEROUS PROFESSION | d. Anita Cordell | Shawnee | 2017 | 10m

DRAGTIVISTS | d. Savannah Rodgers | Lawrence | 2017 | 7m

FIREDANCE | d. Hunter Harding | Lawrence | 2016 | 2m

FOR SALE | d. Savannah Rodgers | Lawrence | 2017 | 2m

ONE KRAZY COYOTE CALLER | d. Michael Stephan | Winchester | 2016 | 11m

RABBITS | d. Patrick Clement | Wichita | 2016 | 13m

SLEEP PARALYSIS | d. Cole Campbell, Cameron Lawrence | Wichita | 2017 | 3m

THAT SMELL | d. Kyle Lavore | Lenexa | 2017 | 12m

 

SHORTS BEFORE FEATURES

ABBY THE SPOON LADY | d. Justin Johnson | USA | 2017 | 12m (with TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’)

ALL AMERICAN | d. Michael Ayjian, Stephen Skeel | USA | 2017 | 26m (with ANGELS OF THE SKY)

ALL THE MARBLES | d. Michael Swingler | USA | 2017 | 18m (with LAND OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE)

BLACK CAT | d. Pascal Mercay | Australia | 2017 | 14m (with DINA)

CONTENDERS | d. Divya Pathak | UK/India | 2017 | 13m (with CITY OF JOY)

DRAGTIVISTS | d. Savannah Rodgers | USA/Lawrence | 2017 | 7m (with ALASKA IS A DRAG)

EVE | d. Brittany “B.Monét” Fennell | USA | 2017 | 6m (with SEAT 25)

FAMILY REWRITTEN | d. Yasmin Mistry | USA | 2017 | 14m (with AHKEEM)

GARDENERS OF THE FOREST | d. Ceylan Carhoglu, Nicole Jordan-Webber | USA | 2017 | 15m (with JANE)

GOODBYE, OLD GLORY | d. Jordan Haro | USA/ KS???? | 2017 | 17m (with BLACK COP)

IT’S JUST A GUN | d. Brian Robau | USA | 2017 | 15m (with GOOK)

JAMIE | d. Christopher Manning | USA | 2017 | 9m (with THE UNTOLD STORIES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN)

JUST GO! | d. Pavels Gumennikovs | Latvia | 2017 | 11m (with STUMPED)

KITTY AND ELLEN | d. Leah Galant | USA | 2017 | 17m (with BIG SONIA)

ONE WEEK IN APRIL | d. Matthew Palmer | USA | 2017 | 10m (with WHOSE STREETS?)

SILO: THE EDGE OF THE REAL WORLD | d. Marshall Burnette | USA | 2017 | 11m (with DOLORES)

RULE OF NATURE | d. Dieter Primig | Nambia | 2017 | 26m (with ARCTIC SUPERSTAR)

SHOT | d. Aemilia Scott | USA | 2017 | 9m (with TRUE CONVICTIONS)

SHY GUYS | d. Fredric Lehne | USA | 2017 | 9m (with LUCKY)

SOARING BACK: MESSAGE TO THE FUTURE | d. Bev Chapman | USA | 2017 | 15m  (with WHAT LIES UPSTREAM)

THE DAY BEFORE | d. Geoff Marslett | USA | 2017 | 17m (with DAVE MADE A MAZE)

THE FINAL SHOW | d. Dana Nachman | USA | 2017 | 10m (with THE FEELS)

THE GRAND ILLUSION | d. Preston Mack | USA | 2017 | 19m (with FAST BREAK)

WHEEL OF LIFE | d. Marcia Jamel, Ken Schneider | USA/Cuba | 2017 | 15m (with OSKARA)