Tallgrass Film Festival

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Craig “Twister” Steward wasn’t the first Kansas musician to play with Frank Zappa. The most popular incarnation of Zappa’s Mothers of Invention featured drummer Jimmy Carl Black, who’d worked as a gas station attendant after the leaving the Air Force. Mothers’ saxophonist James “Motorhead” Sherwood was born in Ark City, though he called California home for much of his life. Steward says that Zappa’s Kansas connections, though loose, made their impression upon him.

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The new film Service to Man is a story about Eli Rosenberg, a white Jewish student in the 1960s who is accepted at Meharry Medical School, a black college in Nashville--the only school where he was accepted. He and black student Michael Dubois eventually forge a bond.

Service to Man is playing as part of Tallgrass Film Festival. KMUW’s Carla Eckels spoke with co-director Aaron Greer, who is in Wichita to speak at the festival.

Mad Tiger is a new documentary film from directors Jonathan Yi and Michael Haertlein. The story follows the Japanese band Peelander-Z and what happens when one of the members, Red, decides he’s going to leave and how that decision changes his friendship with his bandmate, Yellow. Yi had been friendly with the band for several years before beginning work on the film and says that it was a video that Red made about his imminent departure that brought Mad Tiger to life.

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The Tallgrass Film Association has created five movie-lending libraries inspired by the Little Free Library project. The mini movie libraries, which will hit the streets of Wichita in July, were decorated by youths who participate in the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Positive Pathways Program at Harvester Arts.

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Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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In the opening moments of Meet The Patels we learn that film’s subject, Ravi Patel, has recently broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is about to embark on a family vacation to India with his parents and his sister.

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Justin Johnson is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker whose first feature, Double Digits: The Story of a Neighborhood Movie Star is showing Thursday night at the Tallgrass Film Festival. Its subject is little known Wichita filmmaker Richard “R.G.” Miller, a man who's made countless films in the area since 1979, many of them starring his closest friends and many more, it seems, featuring action figures.

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Double Digits is a new documentary film about a Wichita man who's been making films inside his studio apartment for some time now. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin caught up with the man at the center of the story recently and has more.

Richard “RG” Miller has been making films since 1979. If you haven’t heard of pictures such as The Mask Man or Rio Comanche, it’s probably because Miller’s films have been poorly distributed and mostly seen by his close friends and family.

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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