Tallgrass presents scary ‘Selling’ for special film showing

07/08/2012 5:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:11 AM

Get your scary pants on, because the Tallgrass Film Association is presenting a special event on Friday (the 13th).

The organization will host a special screening of “The Selling,” a horror/comedy that has played at film festivals across the country and won several awards.

It follows a real estate agent named Richard Scarry who is too nice. He’s so nice, he tries to talk people out of buying houses they can’t afford.

When his business partner comes up with a scheme to flip an old house for profit, he agrees only because he needs to find a way to pay for his sick mother’s medical bills.

As the men start fixing up the house, they soon discover that it’s haunted. Disembodied voices tell them to leave, walls bleed, and a portal to the spirit realm opens in an upstairs closet.

So Richard enlists the aid of his intimidating old Sunday school teacher to perform an exorcism and a “Ghost Right’s Activist” to conduct a seance, each with disastrous results.

But when an evil spirit decides to move out of the house and into Richard’s body, he now has a whole new set of possession problems.

The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. Director Emily Lou will attend and talk about the making of the film after the screening.

Following that, filmgoers can participate in a short walking ghost tour of downtown.

Tickets for the event are $15. For more information and to purchase online, go to www.tallgrassfilmfest.com. To view a trailer of the film, go to www.thesellingthemovie.com.

Movie under the stars — Tallgrass and Botanica are teaming up again for another of their “Pop Up Cinema” events, this time aimed at youngsters.

“Kids Night Out,” to be held Wednesday at Botanica, will feature a screening of the 1985 comedy/adventure “The Goonies,” starring a very young Sean Astin and Josh Brolin. The film follows a group of kids who find a treasure map and go on a wild search to find the riches.

The film will be shown outside in the Downing Children’s Garden meadow, and you are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

Admission includes access to the gardens, a treasure hunt, a complimentary Freddy’s Frozen Custard sundae bar, popcorn, candy, flavored milk from Nesquik and the film. Non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie starts around 8 p.m.

Adults are free with a child 12 and under. Adults without a child pay $6 (unless you’re a Tallgrass or Botanica member, in which case you pay $4). Child admission is $6 ($4 for Tallgrass and Botanica members’ kids).

Reservations are required. Call 316-264-0448 to make reservations or go to www.botanica.org.

Upcoming indies — An update on independent films coming soon to Wichita:

•  “The Intouchables” (opening Friday at Warren Theatre east) has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. It follows the unlikely friendship between a disabled millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street-smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy). The film was nominated for nine 2012 Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, including best picture.
•  “Safety Not Guaranteed” (opening July 20 at Warren Theatre east) is a comedy about three magazine employees who head out to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. The film was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival (winning its Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award).

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