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Art Day of Giving: Fist Full of Fives

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Tallgrass Founder Tim Gruver with longtime Board Member Emily Bonavia (October, 2004)

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Tallgrass at the Wichita Orpheum

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Tallgrass Filmmakers Lab Roundtable

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Visting Guest James Klinkenberg (of Boston, MA) and Patrcia McDonnell of the Wichita Art Museum

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Wichita native Jason Bailey (Flavorwire film editor/author) and B98's Kathy Deane

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VIPs in the Filmmaker Lounge

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Live music at the Tallgrass Film Festival

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2013 Visting Filmmakers (Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride, God Loves Uganda)

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Visting filmmakers with Tallgrass Programming Director Gretchen Mitchell

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Wichita native/Vimeo sponsor Andrea Allen

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Stubbornly Independent winner Blayne Weave of Favor

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Parties, Tallgras-style

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Gala Q&A with Pulp Fiction Music Supervisor and Casting Director

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2013 Visting Filmmaker (Merete Mueller, Tiny: A Story About Living Small)

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2013 Visting Filmmaker (R.F.I. Porto, Blue Caprice)

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2013 Sponsors in the VIP Lounge

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2013 Volunteers in the VIP Lounge

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2013 Visiting filmmaker (Brad Bernstein, Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story)

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Tallgras Film Festival staff

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Tallgrass Film Assoc. fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film.

TFA Presents FIST FULL OF FIVES: Progressive Movie Screening & Happy Hour, An Art Day of Giving Event

Tip your hat to Wichita as Tallgrass presents FIST FULL OF FIVES - a progressive movie screening and happy hour - on Friday, February 28th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Pony up your donation of $15 to TFA for the official Tallgrass button* to catch a progressive screening of the classic western WICHITA (1955) and belly up at The Monarch, The Anchor and Public to whet your whistle with $1.50 draws of craft beer from local breweries River City Brewery, Wichita Brewing Company and Walnut River Brewery. A complimentary stagecoach will transport you (courtesy of Spot's Party Bus) and you'll enjoy some Wild West hijinx (courtesy of Old Cowtown Museum.)

Once you've made your charitable donation (by clicking on any of the donation buttons to the right) pick up your Tallgrass button at the door of any of the participating establishments starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 28th. (Buttons may be available at the door, but advanced purchase is recommended as quantities are limited.)

The film will screen twice, and to watch it in its entirety, begin at the Monarch at 5:30 or 6:00 pm; catch the stagecoach to the Anchor for the next act and then to the Public where the film concludes. The stagecoach returns to the Monarch at the conclusion of the event. Each bar will serve a signature local craft beer draw for $1.50/pint as well as food specials.

Happy trails!

PLUS: Everyone who donates via razoo will be entered to win a VIP TALLPass ($195) to the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival!

*Only those who've purchased the official button will receive the beer specials.


TFA was founded in 2003 by Timothy Gruver, a Wichita native who studied filmmaking at Brigham Young University (often sneaking into Sundance Film Festival parties in Park City to mingle with the stars) before moving to Los Angeles for his first job with Dreamworks Animation, followed by Outfest and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Tim returned to Wichita in 2002 to found Tallgrass Film Association (known originally as the Wichita Association for Motion Picture Arts.) Tim believed Wichita could be the next Telluride — obvious geographical issues aside — and created the city's first annual Tallgrass Film Festival, held in October of 2003. Tim amassed a dedicated board of directors and staff, many of whom remain with the organization today, and North America's most Stubbornly Independent film festival was born.

Tragically, Tim passed away suddenly at the age of 33, just prior the third festival. The board, staff and community united, determined that the show must go on. The group produced Shortgrass, a 24-hour celebration of his vision.

Since then, the festival has expanded to a 5-day format and has become a hallmark of Wichita's fall event calendar. 12,000 people attended the 11th annual festival, which screened over 180 films from 32 countries around the world. TFA emphasizes community partnerships and in 2013 collaborated with the Wichita Art Museum, Botanica, Ulrich Museum of Art, Exploration Place, Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Orpheum Theatre, CityArts and Wichita Symphony Orchestra to name just a few, as well as tens of other non-profit organizations throughout the region.

TFA's activities have expanded to also host year-round screenings and events, as well as educational workshops, and a traveling road show.

If you're unable to attend FIST FULL OF FIVES, please consider donating any amount - every dollar helps TFA to bring the best of independent film to Wichita.

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146 WICHITA, KS 67206

Tallgrass Film Assoc. fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film.

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