Tallgrass Film Festival


2:30 PM | 17 BLOCKS

Growing up just 17 blocks from the U.S. Capitol, however, proved more difficult than expected. Filmmaker, journalist, and frequent This American Life contributor Davy Rothbart befriended the Sanford family as they continued to document their daily life over a 20-year period in a city plagued by poverty, addiction, and gun violence.

What resulted from this uniquely collaborative effort between Rothbart and the family is a transcendent portrait of the unwavering strength of familial bonds. The film follows the characters through periods of joy and sadness, all captured on tape with stunning intimacy. This incredibly touching non-fiction odyssey offers a remarkable look into the lives of one family who was brave enough to share their story with the world.

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5:15 PM | SAINT FRANCES

At the start of the summer, Bridget has an abortion just as she lands a much-needed job in an affluent Chicago suburb – nannying a six-year old.

With no time to recover, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’ moms.

As her personal relationships suffer, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else’s family.

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8 PM | INMATE #1 THE RISE OF DANNY TREJO

74 years in the making, “Inmate #1: The Rise Of Danny Trejo” is the feature documentary experience revealing the extraordinary life journey of Hollywood’s most unlikely hero, Danny Trejo.

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