The Tallgrass Film Festival recently announced its full lineup, and it looks to be a strong program.
I'm particularly intrigued by the German film " The Sandman," which kicks things off opening night on Oct. 20. It tells the unusual story about a man who wakes up one day to realize he is made of sand. Great, now I can't get the Metallica song "Enter Sandman" out of my head.
Actor Elliott Gould is this year's Ad Astra Award recipient, and the festival will have a screening of his Oscar-nominated performance in 1969's " Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," with Gould attending Oct. 21.
The festival's centerpiece gala Oct. 22 will be a screening of the documentary " Never Make it Home," which chronicles the plight of the late Kirk Rundstrom, of local music act Split Lip Rayfield.
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The festival continues with screenings and parties through Oct. 23. For more information, go to www.tallgrassfilmfest.com.
Also look for a special-section guide to the festival in Friday's Eagle.
Food for thought — The documentary " Forks Over Knives" examines the claim that degenerative diseases can be controlled with the right diet, namely no animal-based or processed foods — which is pretty much all I eat. Maybe I should see this.
The film follows doctors doing groundbreaking research with patients who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. They learn how to adopt a plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments.
The film will be shown at 4 p.m. today at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita, 7202 E. 21st St. Admission is free (though donations are welcome), and the doors open at 3:30. Refreshments will be served after the film.
Gordon-Levitt soars — It's too bad " 50/50" only opened last week in fifth place at the box office (taking in about $8 million), because it's a terrific film.
But it's understandably a hard sell: A young man (played by Joseph Gordon- Levitt) learns he has cancer and tries to beat it.
While it sounds like a downer, it's really not. Actually, it's funny and life affirming.
And it boasts a finely detailed, knock-out performance by Gordon-Levitt, who is fast becoming one of his generation's finest actors. I think his performance is worthy of an Oscar nomination. Let me know what you think.
Zombie zone — I will present my zombie film " The Dead Can't Dance" with a live commentary about the making of it with cast members Wade Hampton, Randall Aviks and T.J. Williams. It starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Alibi Room, 919 E. Douglas, and admission is free (though you must be 21).