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Filmmakers and buffs will find plenty of events, workshops

Local film news —There are several upcoming events and workshops that will appeal to filmmakers and film buffs in the area.

* First, the Tallgrass Film Festival, to be held Oct. 22-24, is finalizing details for its lineup, with films being unveiled in the next few weeks.

It's already been announced that film composer Rolfe Kent will be present to accept the festival's Ad Astra Award. Kent most recently scored the Zac Efron weepie "Charlie St. Cloud." His other credits include scores for the George Clooney-starring "Up in the Air" and Alexander Payne's "Sideways," for which Kent received a Golden Globe Award nomination.

The festival also announced that this year it is collaborating with the Cotillion to present " Grasscendo," a program of music-themed films that include "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" and "Do It Again," which chronicles Boston Globe reporter Geoff Edger's personal quest to reunite his favorite rock band, The Kinks.

* The Tallgrass Filmmaker's Lab (the education arm of the festival) will present a Bluecat Screenwriting Workshop with Gordy Hoffman, a University of Kansas graduate and award-winning writer/director (his script for "Love Liza" won the Waldo Salt screenwriting award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002). Hoffman is the founder of the renowned BlueCat Screenplay Competition online. And he also happens to be the brother of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Hoffman's presentation is being billed as "The First Ten Pages Workshop," which will consist of 12 writers each submitting 10 pages of a screenplay-in-progress. The group will go over each work, read it aloud and then discuss specific challenges each writer is facing, and how to further develop their characters.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at Rock Island Studios, 338 N. Mead, in Old Town.

Enrollment is $95 with the submission of 10 pages of a screenplay. If you don't have any work to submit, you can still attend and participate for $45. There are some discounts available.

To register and for more information, go to For questions specific to the workshop, e-mail bluecatworkshop

* The Filmmaker Coop of South Central Kansas, a group of local filmmakers who regularly meet to discuss the aspects of production, will have its next meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mosaic, 902 George Washington Blvd. All levels of interest and experience are welcome. For more information, call Ginger Bynorth at 316-644-2457.

* Local public TV station KPTS' Community Cinema program will present a special screening of the documentary " Reel Injun," which looks at the evolution of the image of American Indian people in Hollywood movies, from the silent era to today. It starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Orpheum Theatre, First and Broadway, and is to be followed by a panel discussion (I will be one of the speakers). The event is free and open to the public.