The Tallgrass Film Festival starts this week and were I not committed to covering the New York Film Festival I’d be on a plane to Kansas to attend. I say this because Tallgrass always programs some of the most interesting films of the year. I usually miss them and have to play catch up. This year I’m going to try and cover it and NYFF at the same time because Tallgrass has so much potential good stuff I can’t miss it.
I know that Tallgrass is programming winners because I’ve seen a good number of them already:
ALL MAN THE INTERNATIONAL MAN STORY
Ariela Rubin on BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY
IT IS IN US ALL
LOWNDES COUNTRY AND THE ROAD TO BLACK POWER
BLIND MAN WHO DID NOT WANT TO SEE TITANIC
DEATH AND BOWLING
PARIS IN HARLEM
Liz Whittemore on UNKNOWN COUNTRY
A PLACE IN A FIELD
Ariela Rubin on GOD SAVE THE QUEENS
OUR FATHER THE DEVIL
Liz Whittemore on Wes Schlagenhauf Is Dying
FRANK AND EMMET (This maybe my most favorite film of 2022)
STRANGER THAN ROTTERDAM WITH SARA DRIVER
EVERYBODY GOES TO THE HOSPITAL
FUCK EM RIGHT BACK
I also recommend
NO PLACE LIKE HOME a deeply moving film about LGBT activism in Kansas. Probably the best film of Tallgrass
ATTACK DECAY RELEASE is a music album shot to be be seen on 3 screens- see it as BIG as possible
Mary DeBoutez Zellmer Fenoglio is great film about a woman who keeps going forward despite the roadblocks life toss her way. This is a woman my mom would have taken a plane to hang out with because she's a great "broad" in my mothers terms.
BLACK DADDY THE MOVIE possibly the best film I’ve ever seen on what it takes to be real father. Never mind that the film focuses on black dads, the truth is what they have to say transcends color. A must see.
LOVE, BARBARA Nominally a celebration of the life and work of lesbian filmmaker the truth is the film is a love letter between a couple of great women. Bring tissues.
I’m hoping to catch a few more before the fest starts and then to wade in once the fest is in full swing. It should be fun, so keep reading.
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