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New Mamafilm screening series kicks off with sold-out shows. Here’s the rest of the lineup for the summer.

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The Revolutsia shipping container mall on east Central is planning to start a second phase of construction now that the original design is complete
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The Revolutsia shipping container mall on east Central is planning to start a second phase of construction now that the original design is complete

It’s probably safe to say that the new Mamafilm screening series is off to a good start, since the first film in the program, “Chef Flynn,” had sold-out showings last weekend.

The series is being held at a “microcinema” at Revolutsia, 2721 E. Central (2nd floor), the new shipping container mall, and is being organized by Lela Meadow-Conner, former executive director of the Tallgrass Film Festival.

She now serves as the executive director of Film Festival Alliance, a national non-profit organization that supports more than 170 film festivals and festival professionals across North America.

“I thought to myself, ‘What do I spend most of my time doing? Parenting and film festivals,” Meadow-Conner said. “So why not combine the two?”

She says the reception for “Chef Flynn” was “fantastic.”

“Audiences enjoyed the film and stayed for a conversation afterwards,” she said. “Both screenings were sold out and it was great to see attendees supporting the other businesses in Revolutsia, which is a big goal of the project. I was overwhelmed by the reception and I think the intimate nature of the venue just adds to the already unique experience of seeing films in a shipping container.”

But things are just getting started. Here’s a look at the rest of the films in the series:

“Quality Problems,” directed by Brooke Purdy and Doug Purdy — 3 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

This comedy/drama follows a 40-something couple (played by the directors) who struggle to manage two kids, their jobs, a dad with Alzheimer’s and her breast cancer diagnosis. (106 minutes)

“Becoming Astrid,” directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen — 3 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

This biopic from Sweden/Denmark follows the life of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, who would become the author of numerous children’s books and the creator of the Pippi Longstocking series. (English subtitles; 123 minutes)

“For Sama,” directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts — 3 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

This documentary is the winner of the 2019 grand jury prize at the SXSW Film Festival and an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, and follows the story of 26-year old female Syrian filmmaker Waad al-Kateab, who filmed her life in rebel-held Aleppo through five years of the Syrian uprising. She fell in love, got married and had a daughter all while filming the violence raging around her, and in particular documented the challenges the conflict imposed on women and children. (95 minutes)

“For the Birds,” directed by Richard Miron — 3 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

This documentary explores a woman’s love for her pet ducks, chickens, geese, and turkeys — 200 of them — which ignites a battle with local animal rescuers and puts her marriage in jeopardy. (92 minutes)

The Mamafilm series is sponsored by Fidelity Bank, Not Dead Yet Vintage, KMUW and Wichita Mom’s Blog.

Tickets to screenings are $10, and due to limited seating, advance purchase is required at http://mama.film/screenings-events.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime and seating is first-come, first-served.

Attendees may bring in their own drink and food, and are encouraged to visit eateries at Revolutsia, including Boards, Prost and Little Lion Cafe, which can offer food and beverage for carryout.

Screenings will be followed by discussions designed to build community amongst nurturers, caregivers and cinema lovers.

Parking is available in the Revolutsia parking lot behind the building, on the street or across Central to the north of the mall. Some films are unrated and parental discretion is advised. No babies in arms are allowed.

For more information, go to http://mama.film.

Rod Pocowatchit is an award-winning independent filmmaker and SAG/AFTRA-eligible actor who has written and directed four feature-length films, all made in Kansas. He has been a journalist for 29 years and is also an internationally award-winning page designer.


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