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Screen Scene: Films not to miss this weekend at the Tallgrass Film Festival

Abraham Bobadilla stars in “I Am Gangster.” The film will have its world premiere at the Tallgrass Film Festival.
Abraham Bobadilla stars in “I Am Gangster.” The film will have its world premiere at the Tallgrass Film Festival. Courtesy photo

Tallgrass Film Festival in full swing

The 13th edition of the festival started Wednesday night and continues through Sunday at various venues around downtown Wichita. It’s impossible to do and see everything, so here are 11 films you should not miss during the remainder of the festival.

▪ “The Boatman” – As a Coyote (human smuggler) sneaks immigrants across the U.S. border, strange occurrences attempt to reveal his own truth. Showing at 12:15 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Scottish Rite, 332 E. First St. Director Greg Norman and actor Oscar Torre will attend and participate in a Q&A session after the film.

▪ “For Grace” – Documentary about renowned chef Curtis Duffy, who tries building his dream restaurant at the worst time of his personal life. Showing at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central, and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 Museum Blvd. Co-director Kevin Pang will attend Saturday’s screening.

▪ “I Am Gangster” – World premiere of a drama about a rebellious teenager, a hardcore gang member and an idealistic cop who risk everything to find their place in the crumbling fabric of modern America. Showing at 5:15 p.m. Friday at the Scottish Rite and 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Garvey Center, 250 W. Douglas. Writer/director Moritz Rechenberg and co-star Gilberto Ortiz will attend.

▪ “The Ever After” – The centerpiece gala screening is this drama about a married couple who struggle to hold onto their marriage in the midst of trauma. Showing at 8 p.m. Friday at the Orpheum Theater, 200 N. Broadway. Director/star Mark Webber will attend and is the winner of the festival’s Ad Astra Award.

▪ “It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong” – An attraction forms between a Chinese American toy designer from Los Angeles and an American expat who shows her around Hong Kong. Showing at 11:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Sunday at Scottish Rite. Director Emily Ting will attend.

▪ “They Look Like People” – Thriller about a man who suspects that those around him are actually malevolent shape-shifters. Showing at 2 p.m. Saturday at Scottish Rite and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Orpheum. Producer/co-star Evan Dumouchel will attend.

▪ “Love Between the Covers” – This documentary examines the worldwide community of women who create, consume and love romance novels. Showing at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the Orpheum. Director Laurie Kahn will attend.

▪ “A Light Beneath Their Feet” – The Stubbornly Independent Gala screening is this drama about a high school senior who grapples with leaving for college or staying near her bipolar mother. Showing at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Scottish Rite. Director Valerie Weiss will attend.

▪ “Tangerine” – Shot entirely on iPhones, this follows a “working girl” who tears through the seedy side of Los Angeles on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart. Showing at 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Orpheum. Co-writer/co-producer Chris Bergoch will attend.

▪ “Timothy Gruver Spotlight on Kansas Filmmakers” – Showing short films by directors from Kansas. Showing at 3:15 p.m. Sunday at the Garvey Center.

▪ “Waffle Street” — The closing night film is this true story of Jimmy Adams, a hedge-fund VP who loses his job and gains life lessons working at a waffle shop. Showing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Orpheum. Co-writer/co-director Ian Nelms and others will attend.

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Special screenings

▪  October at the Oldtown Horror Festival – “Scanners” will be shown at 7 and 10 p.m. Monday, and “The Howling” will be shown at 7 and 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Warren Oldtown. Tickets are $5.

▪  “Psycho” — Alfred Hitchcock’s classic will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Orpheum. Tickets are $5, $4 for students, seniors and military.

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