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Our guide to the Tallgrass Film Festival (Oct. 22-24)

The eighth annual Tallgrass Film Festival is this weekend.

There's so much on the menu, it'll be impossible to do or see everything. But that's what makes the festival so inviting.

Tallgrass, which starts Friday morning and continues through Sunday night, will present more than 100 short and feature films this year. They are carefully selected through a rigorous judging process and curated into a program to please a wide array of tastes.

But why should you go see these films if you've never heard of them?

Well, that's exactly the point. And that's the festival's job — to show films you might not otherwise get to see. Most of them are filmmakers' passion projects — movies they have fought to get made over many years with little money and a lot of determination.

Most don't have big-name Hollywood stars in them, but they have what a lot of mainstream films don't — heart.

Read a note from the Tallgrass Film Festival president: http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/20/1549847/from-the-tallgrass-film-festival.html

Read a note from the festival director: http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/20/1549908/from-the-festival-director.html

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The films:

Free films and programs in the festival: http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/20/1549846/free-films-and-programs-in-the.html

Special Screenings: http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/20/1549778/special-screenings.html

Films of military interest: http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/20/1549903/films-of-military-interest.html

Tallgrass film programming FAQ: http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/20/1549914/tallgrass-film-programming-faq.html

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Other events and information:

Gala parties: http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/20/1549909/gala-parties.html

2010 Ad Astra Award recipient: http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/20/1549905/2010-ad-astra-award-recipient.html

Tallgrass sponsors: http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/20/1549900/sponsors.html

Participating organizations: http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/20/1549910/participating-organizations.html

Other general information: http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/20/1549912/other-general-information.html

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