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Visit by ‘Batman’ producer a highlight of ‘Hero Week’

Tom Hulce stars in “Amadeus,” screening this week for its 30th anniversary.
Tom Hulce stars in “Amadeus,” screening this week for its 30th anniversary. Courtesy photo

Fans of the “Batman” movies get a special treat this week.

Butler Community College Foundation is presenting a talk by film producer Michael Uslan titled “From Fan to Filmmaker: The Journey to Bring Batman to the Silver Screen.”

Uslan was the executive producer of the Batman films, starting with Tim Burton’s 1989 film and continuing through Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy. He most recently produced “The Lego Movie” and Zack Snyder’s forthcoming “Superman vs. Batman,” due in summer 2016.

Uslan’s appearance is part of Butler’s Harold C. Smith Cultural Series. It will be held on the Butler Community College El Dorado campus in the Hubbard Welcome Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The event is open to the public and admission is free. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation.

In celebration of Uslan’s visit, Butler is hosting “Hero Week” with several Butler groups organizing various service projects, including a hat, scarf, glove and sock drive, anti-bullying programs, a blood drive and financial workshops.

For more information, contact Mary Moon at 316-218-6338 or

“Amadeus” collaboration — Tallgrass Film Association and the Wichita Symphony are partnering to present a special 30th anniversary screening of the Oscar-winning “Amadeus.”

The 1984 film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. Tickets are $10.

“Amadeus” is the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) and his rival Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham, who won a best actor Oscar for his performance). The film won a total of eight Oscars, including best picture.

The screening advances the Wichita Symphony Orchestra’s performances of “Mozart & Salieri” on Nov. 15 and 16 at the Century II Concert Hall. To purchase tickets, go to

Kansans in California — Several Wichitans are making splashes at the Red Nation Film Festival, which promotes Native American and indigenous cinema, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

First, the documentary “The Life, Blood and Rhythm of Randy Castillo,” produced by Wichita video production company Cinema 1 Film & FX, will have its world premiere at the festival on Tuesday.

“Randy Castillo,” directed by Wichitan Wynn Ponder, is a 60-minute film that tells the story of Castillo, the late drummer who played with Ozzy Osborne, Motley Crue, Lita Ford and other rock icons of the 1980s and ’90s. Castillo was a member of the Apache nation.

The film is narrated by Lita Ford and features interviews with such rock heavies as Slash, Lemmy, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Kip Winger and others.

Ponder and several other crew members will attend the festival for the premiere.

For more information on the film, go to

Also showing at the Red Nation festival is “Indians in Aviation,” directed by Douglas M. Robertson for the Mid-America All-Indian Center. An early version of the film was shown in May at the center in conjunction with its “Indians in Aviation” exhibit.

The film chronicles how Native Americans migrated to Wichita from their tribal territories to work in the wartime aviation industries. In doing so, they created a new urban tribal community that is still evolving today.

“Indians in Aviation” will screen at the festival on Nov. 10. Robertson will attend and participate in a Q&A session after the screening. For more information on the festival, go to

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