Wichita’s Tallgrass Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 18-21, has announced some highlights of this year’s 10th anniversary program.
The opening-night film will be the U.S. premiere of the documentary “Pablo.” The film is narrated by Jeff Bridges and blends animation, motion graphics and film clips to tell the story of visual artist and designer Pablo Ferro, who created groundbreaking title design sequences for such films as “Dr. Strangelove,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Men in Black,” “Good Will Hunting” and many others.
And a new gala event replaces the festival’s Ad Astra event of years past.
The Stubbornly Independent Gala will be held Oct. 20 at the Orpheum Theatre and will feature a film screening, Q&A with the filmmakers, and an after-party with open bar, food and entertainment.
Six films have been chosen as finalists for the gala. Programmers will select a winner — to be awarded the Jake Euker Stubbornly Independent Award, named for the late Wichitan who was a longtime supporter of the festival — from these contenders:
The complete festival lineup will be announced in a news conference during the Final Friday gallery crawl at 8 p.m. Friday at Commerce Street’s art district downtown.
The program is culled from submissions from around the world and has been narrowed to 10 finalists. Audiences will be handed a voting card to pick one short film as their favorite. After all the votes are tallied from all the venues, the winner will be announced Oct. 7 in New York City and online.
The program will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 7 at the Murdock. Tickets are $9.
For more information on the festival, go to www.manhattanshort.com.