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Cool film events this weekend: Tallgrass at Final Friday, a 40th anniversary screening of ‘Phantasm’

Angus Scrimm stars as the Tall Man in the classic horror film “Phantasm,” which will have a 40th anniversary fundraiser screening this weekned.
Angus Scrimm stars as the Tall Man in the classic horror film “Phantasm,” which will have a 40th anniversary fundraiser screening this weekned. Courtesy

More cool movie events are happening in Wichita this weekend. Here’s a look:

Final Friday: Taste of Tallgrass — The Tallgrass Film Association is presenting this special Final Friday event that will show all films submitted to the Take 36: A 36-Hour Film Competition. Films will be shown in a loop so come and go as you please.

TALLPasses for the 17th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival will be on sale for $165 - the lowest price of the year, and Lamphouse Photo Booth Co. will be on site as well. Light refreshments will be served. 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, Candela at the Lux, 120 E. First St. Free.

Party Like it’s 1999 series: “Election” Alexander Payne’s wicked sharp satire follows a high school teacher (Matthew Broderick) whose personal life becomes unraveled when an obsessive overachiever (Reese Witherspoon, also wicked sharp) becomes obsessed with winning the student body president election. 7 p.m. Friday, July 26, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. $7, $6 for students, seniors and military.

“Family” at Mamafilm series — This is a double coming-of-age tale, of sorts, about a workaholic mess (Taylor Schilling from Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”) and the awkward pre-teen niece (Bryn Vale) she ends up baby-sitting. As the niece reveals stories of being bullied and wanting to run away and be an Insane Clown Posse Juggalo, the two form a unique bond. 3 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, Microcinema at Revolutsia, 2721 E. Central. $10, advance purchase required at due to limited seating.

Double feature: 40th anniversary screening of “Phantasm” and “Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things”This special event is a fundraiser for the Augusta Historic Theatre and Wichitan Leif Jonker’s Wichita Big Screen group, which regularly hosts and promotes cult-classic screenings.

“Phantasm” (rated R) follows a teenage boy and his friends as they face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps an arsenal of lethal weapons with him. “Children Shouldn’t” (rated PG) is a 1972 comedy/horror cult film that follows six friends who dig up a corpse on an abandoned island to use in a mock Satanic ritual. Uh, naturally that backfires. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28, Augusta Historic Theatre, 523 State St., Augusta. $5 for both films; concession stand will have hot dogs for sale for $2. There will be a 20-minute intermission between films.

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.