The 2016 Tallgrass Film Festival kicks off this week, running from Wed., Oct.12 –Sun., Oct. 16.
Returning to Wichita for the 14th year, the independent film festival will screen 50 features and 144 shorts, for a total of 194 films.
This year’s lineup features films from 33 countries, including the United States, Belgium, Canada, China, Estonia, France, Germany Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden, U.K., Venezuela and more.
This year, Heather Matarazzo will attend the festival’s 20th anniversary screening of “Welcome to the Dollhouse”, in which Matarazzo Dawn Wiener. Matarazzo is also known for her role as Lilly Moscovits in “The Princess Diaries”. Fans of the Fox television series are also in luck, as Heather Morris, who portrays Brittany S. Pierce on the show will attend the festival.
Among the Festival’s most attended events are the galas. Featuring an Opening Night Gala, a Centerpiece Gala, a Stubbornly Independent Gala and a closing Night Gala, there’s a party almost every night of the event. Each of the Tallgrass galas features a film screening.
Opening Night Gala – Oct. 12, 7 p.m., The Orpheum – “Folk Hero and Funny Guy” followed by Gala Party at the Wichita Boathouse
Centerpiece Gala – Oct. 14, 8 p.m., The Orpheum – “Old Stone”, filmmaker Q&A and Gala Party at Union Station
Stubbornly Independent Gala – Oct. 15, 8 p.m., Scottish Rite Center – “Delinquent”, filmmaker Q&A, and Gala Party at Pop-up Park
Closing Night Gala and Awards Ceremony– Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m., The Orpheum – “Girl Flu”, filmmaker Q&A and party at Wichita Art Museum.
See other Tallgrass events here.
Tallgrass Film Festival screenings, galas, educational opportunities and events will be held in a variety of Wichita venues. Participating locations include the Orpheum Theatre, Scottish Rite Center, Roxy’s Downtown, Garvey Center, Awakening, Botanica, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Wichita Public Library, Great Plains Nature Center, Classroom at the Lux, Transportation Museum, Wichita Art Museum, Exploration Place, and the Monarch.