Carrie Rengers

Wichita and its businesses star in short Tallgrass Film Festival film (+video)

Tallgrass Film Festival on Thursday is announcing its lineup of more than 200 films that will be shown at the 13th annual festival in October.

One of them happens to star Wichita.

“We thought it would be really cool to make a film that showcased the spirit of Wichita,” says Lela Meadow-Conner, executive director of the Tallgrass Film Association.

The six-minute short film, titled “LIVE ICT,” is the product of the Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab’s third Project Nano filmmaking workshop, which was led by well-known documentarian Mark Covino.

The eight filmmaking students who produced the film ranged from high school students to a retired cinematographer.

Meadow-Conner says “some really excellent people” at local businesses such as Central Standard Brewing, Chiquita’s Corner and the Anchor were featured.

“Essentially, we wanted to use it to be able to show visiting filmmakers what they could expect when they came here,” Meadow-Conner says.

“One thing that came out of it was the entrepreneurial spirit is really still alive here,” she says. “There’s this, like, whole cultural renaissance happening.”

The film will debut at the festival’s opening gala on Oct. 14.

Meadow-Conner says that although the film was meant for visitors, she thinks Wichitans will be interested in it, too.

“It really actually will speak to the whole community.”

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