The ninth annual Tallgrass Film Festival wrapped Oct. 23 with a sold-out screening of Anne Buford’s “Elevate” and the Closing Night Gala party at the Ulrich Museum of Art.
Festival officials reported that this year’s event attracted 9,500 attendees – Tallgrass’ biggest numbers to date.
Some of my favorite films included the hilarious “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil,” which found two bumbling hillbilly-types finding themselves accused of killing a bunch of teens in the woods, and the documentaries “Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure” and “Project Nim.”
Here are the results of the festival’s awards:
(Runner-up: “The Encore of Tony Duran,” directed by Fred Sayeg)
(Runner-up: “The Clean Bin Project,” directed Grant Baldwin)
Sheen plays Tom, who has just learned that his estranged son (played by Estevez) has died while traveling the “El camino de Santiago” (also known as “The Way of Saint James”) – a Christian pilgrimage in northwestern Spain that has existed for centuries.
Tom is overcome with grief, but he’s also inspired by his son’s task and takes it upon himself to walk the long route of the pilgrimage, spreading his son’s ashes along the way.
He meets several fellow travelers on his journey, including a kooky Irish writer and sullen, angry Canadian woman. Eventually, they take on the elements and the miles together.
It’s a tender, intimate story told against a backdrop of beautiful scenery. The film at times inches toward touchy-feely and overly sentimental, but it’s ultimately a feel-good experience.