Tallgrass Film Festival

11:30AM – Timothy Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers

All short films in this program are made by former or current Sunflower State filmmakers. 

  • Come on, Shake Your Body Baby, Do the Conga! | Tom Hipp | Kansas City | 2m
  • MicroKansas – Tribulation | Bobby Obermite | Hutchinson, KS | 5m
  • RIDE | Sam Findlay | Kansas City | 13m
  • Start Small | Alexis Cruz | Hutchinson, KS | 4m
  • A Beautiful and Violent Place | Sam T McFarland | Emporia, KS/UK | 10m
  • In-Somnia | Benjamin Cleveland | Paxico, KS | 2m
  • My Family Trees | Roshi Givechi | New York/Wichita, KS | 18m
  • Waste My Time | James Nioce | Wichita, KS | 13m
  • Now What? | La’Ron Cooper, DeVonte Brown | Kansas City | 4m
  • Friends of Dorothy | Brydie O’Connor | Kansas City/NY | 11m
  • The Breakdown | Robert Thomas, Quinlan Roth | Wichita, KS | 10m

2:45PM – POSER

Lennon Gates is a quiet and observant podcaster, but when she meets the charismatic musician Bobbi Kitten, her deceptive intentions surface. Producer(s): Drew Johnson, Juli Sasaki, Brett Reiter. Preceded by short film: “An Opening”.


A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks explores the power of images in advancing racial, economic, and social equality as seen through the lens of Gordon Parks, one of America’s most trailblazing artists, and the generation of young photographers, filmmakers, and activists he inspired. Directed and Produced by: John Maggio



Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Gala party to follow the films at Wave 650 E. 2nd St N.


The Orpheum Theatre now offers cashless concessions, a cash-free experience where only card and mobile payments are accepted. This allows for limited direct contact between guests and employees and expedites the purchasing process for all guests. For guests who prefer to pay in cash, a Cash-To-Card option will be available to exchange cash for a loaded Visa card (currently available in increments of $25 and $50). The prepaid Visa cards are available at no extra cost and can be used at all Orpheum concessions and bars. Any remaining balance left on the card can be used anywhere that Visa is accepted worldwide.


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