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Tallgrass Film Festival


10:00AM – KITCHEN SINK SHORT FILM PROGRAM

– Ang Motel
– Convection
– “””jokes”””
– North Star
– Riskfalling
– Three Points of Suspension

1:00PM – THAT THING | THAT SOUND

That Thing | That Sound explores the uncertain future of the steel guitar, an instrument primarily played by older, white men. Because it’s an expensive and challenging instrument, most young and diverse musicians do not have access to steel guitars or instructors. The film follows a man’s journey to pass on his knowledge and keep the steel guitar alive. His inspirational story is a model for anyone looking to make a difference in the world.

Short: Opera for Earth Presents: the Arts Earth Festival

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3:30PM – THE CIVIL DEAD

A misanthropic, struggling photographer just wants to watch TV and eat candy while his wife is out of town, but when a desperate old pal resurfaces, his plans are thwarted, with spooky consequences.

Short: Mickey Dogface

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6:00PM – WE WERE FAMOUS, YOU DON’T REMEMBER
THE EMBARASSMENT FILM, REUNION CONCERT & GALA

It was the end of the seventies. Surrounded by wheat fields, cowboys, and cars, four bespectacled misfits in Kansas — Bill Goffrier, Brent Giessmann, John Nichols, and Ron Klaus — grabbed instruments and blasted out “a ravenous strain of rock ‘n’ roll” as tuneful, brainy, and enthralling as anything coming from the coasts. They worshipped the Stooges and witnessed the Sex Pistols bring punk to the Great Plains, igniting an uncontrolled prairie fire to do-it-themselves within them. As the Embarrassment, they threw a house-wrecking party and invited “a thousand loving friends” into their secret world of “weirdo new wave freaks” in Wichita and beyond. They played Chicago, D.C., and New York, drawing the attention of influential figures like Allen Ginsberg, John Cale, and Jonathan Demme — but their independence and refusal to sell out sparked tension within the group and kept mainstream success at bay. Through original interviews, restored concert footage, and appearances by fans including Evan Dando, Freedy Johnston, Grant Hart, and Thomas Frank, this documentary shows how the Embarrassment rose out of nowhere to become a post-punk legend that’s almost been forgotten — until now.

Join us for the Embarrassment reunion concert after the screening of the world premiere of this documentary inside the Orpheum with a street party to follow.

Short: Case of the Mondays

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