The Tallgrass Film Association will host two events in the coming week.
First, it will present a screening of “Chico & Rita” as this month’s Third Thursday film at 7 p.m. Thursday at Murdock Theatre, 536 N. Broadway.
The film, an Oscar nominee earlier this year for best animated feature film, takes place in 1948 Cuba and follows Chico, a young piano player with big dreams, and Rita, a beautiful singer. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey — in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero — brings heartache and torment.
“Chico & Rita” features an original soundtrack by renowned Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy-winning composer Bebo Valdes, as well as music by Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie and Woody Herman, who also make cameo animated appearances.
Tickets are $10; $8 for students, teachers, seniors, military, film association members and Wichita Jazz Festival patrons.
On Saturday, Tallgrass celebrates the 10th anniversary of its upcoming film festival with “VI to X: Six Months to Tallgrass Ten,” a one-day film festival at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway.
The event is designed to showcase independent films and introduce the “Tallgrass experience” to new audiences, with six film programs (two films will be Wichita premieres).
First Street between Broadway and Topeka will also be closed for the day to showcase vendors and attractions organized by Wichita State University’s Communication Campaigns class to add to the festival atmosphere. Arcade machines, a photo booth, casino parties, spray tattoos, a hookah lounge and a graffiti artist will be featured, as well as food by popular roaming food vendor The Flying Stove.
Some screenings will be free and require a sticker for admittance, which can be found at various locations around Wichita; check www.tallgrassfilmfest.com for locations.
Here is the lineup for Saturday (all films will be shown at the Orpheum):
The TALL Access VIX button (which costs $25) and individual screening tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at www.tallgrassfilmfest.com.