Screenings + Events

mamafilm’s screening series takes a six-month residency at our microcinema in Revolutsia (2721 E. Central, 2nd floor.) Thank you to our presenting sponsor Fidelity Bank. Additional support comes from Not Dead Yet Vintage, KMUW and Wichita Mom’s Blog. Read the full mamafilm press release.

Important Information:

  • Due to limited seating, Advanced Purchase is REQUIRED
  • Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime, seating is first-come, first-served.
  • Attendees may BYO drink and food. We recommend patroning our neighbors at  Revolutsia including Boards, Prost and Little Lion Cafe, who can offer food and beverage to go.
  • Screenings will be followed by connective and engaging discussions designed to build community amongst nurturers, caregivers and cinema lovers. See below for films on sale now!
  • Parking is available in the Revolutsia parking lot behind the building, on the street or across Central to the North
  • Some of our films may not yet be rated by the MPAA. Parental discretion is advised. Please, no babes in arms
  • Interested in renting the microcinema for a private screening or event? Click here and scroll to the contact me form.

 

 

 

SOUFRA | Thursday July 18, 6:30pm, Saturday July 20, 3:00pm & 6:30pm
Directed by Thomas A, Morgan, 2017, USA/LEBANON, 73 m.

Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food while taking their future into their own hands through an unrelenting belief in Mariam, and in each other. In the process, Mariam is breaking barriers, pulling together Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese women to work side by side and form beautiful friendships while running this thriving business.

 

FAMILY | Saturday July 27, 3:00pm & 6:30pm
Directed by Laura Steinel , 2018, USA, 85 m.

Kate Stone (Taylor Schilling) is career-focused, and enjoys her life that way. Her brash attitude keeps relationships at arm’s length, making her an outcast in her own right. When her estranged brother calls asking her to babysit her tween niece Maddie, Kate reluctantly agrees to help. But babysitting overnight unexpectedly turns into a week, and Kate’s life spins into chaos. As Maddie reveals stories of being bullied and of wanting to run away and be a Juggalo, the two form a unique bond. In FAMILY, Schilling delivers a delightful and layered comedic performance. Laura Steinel’s debut feature has heart, reminding us that family can be found in all different forms.

 

THE R WORD | Saturday August 10, 3:00pm & 6:30pm
Directed by Amanda Lukoff , 2019, USA, 66 m.
Sponsored by: Starkey

The r-word is everywhere – in TV, movies, music, and all over social media, on playgrounds and public transportation, and in schools, offices, and homes. Do you cringe every time you hear the word retard(ed)? Why is a word that was once used as a medical description so pervasive in our language and culture? Could its continued relevance be connected to the stigma that still surrounds the disability community? The R-Word is a purposeful look into the long-reaching history and lasting implications of the word retard(ed) and current attitudes and perceptions about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through the personal narrative of four sibling stories and the first-person accounts of self-advocates, we get an intimate and nuanced perspective of the challenges and triumphs of people living with an intellectual disability. The R-Word is an unflinching, heartwarming, humorous, and hopeful journey through our shared human experience.

 

MOMMIE DEAREST (& MIMOSAS) | Sunday August 11, 2:00pm
Directed by Frank Perry , 1981, USA, 129 m.
(You bring the bubbly, we’ll provide a juice bar!)

In this biographical cult classic film, glamorous yet lonely star Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) takes in two orphans, and at first their unconventional family seems happy. But after Joan’s attempts at romantic fulfillment go sour and she is fired from her contract with MGM studios, her callous and abusive behavior towards her daughter Christina (Diana Scarwid) becomes even more pronounced. Christina leaves home and takes her first acting role, only to find her mother’s presence still overshadowing her.

 

WILD ROSE | Saturday August 17, 3:00pm, 6:30pm
Directed by Tom Harper , 2018, UK , 100 m.
Media Sponsor: Today’s KFDI

Jessie Buckley delivers an unforgettable, star-making performance as Rose-Lynn Harlan, a rebellious country singer who dreams of trading the working-class streets of Glasgow for the Grand Ole Opry of Nashville. Fresh out of prison, Rose-Lynn juggles her menial job, two children, and committed mother, expertly portrayed by Oscar-nominee Julie Walters, as she pursues her bold ambition of a one-way ticket to musical stardom. With the support of her boss (Sophie Okonedo), Rose-Lynn embarks on a life-changing journey that challenges her sense of self and helps her discover her true voice.

 

SAINT FRANCES | Saturday August 31, 3:00pm, 6:30pm
Directed by Alex Thompson , 2019, USA , 106 m.

At the start of the summer, Bridget has an abortion just as she lands a much-needed job in affluent Evanston, Illinois – nannying a six-year old. With no time to recover, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’ moms. As her personal relationships suffer, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and shit-shows of becoming a part of someone else’s family. At turns hilarious, surprising and moving, Saint Frances forges new ground in a uniquely modern take on the “Summer film.”

 

PAST SCREENINGS 

GREASE 2 SING-A-LONG | Wednesday July 17, 6:00pm
Directed by Patricia Birch, 1982, USA, 115 m.

Sing-a-long to all the classics including Cool Rider, A Girl For All Seasons, Do It For Our Country, Reproduction & more as we screen this cult classic!

It’s 1961, and Stephanie Zinone (Michelle Pfeiffer) is the tough leader of the Pink Ladies, while Michael Carrington (Maxwell Caulfield) is a clean-cut British exchange student. Michael likes Stephanie, but the Pink Ladies’ by-laws prevent her from dating guys who aren’t members of the T-Birds, their affiliated male gang. However, when a Zorro-like masked avenger on a motorcycle rescues Stephanie from a gang of ill-mannered toughs, she’s eager to get to know the hero with the cool wheels. Any guesses as to who he might be?

 

BITE ME | Tuesday July 16, 6:30pm
Directed by Meredith Edwards , 2019, USA, 83 min.
Watch Now on Seed & Spark

A subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. This whip-smart and thoroughly modern update to the rom-com genre is a laugh-out-loud hilarious comedy; a story about true outsiders aching and fighting to be seen and accepted; a film about big, timeless, and urgent themes: how to find love and hope in the face of cynicism and struggling to see past external differences to our common humanity.

Bite Me is coming to Wichita as part of the filmmaking team’s Joyful Vampire Tour of America, a 51-screening, 40-city, 3-month, RV-fueled old-school carnival-coming-to-town extravaganza, running May 6-August 4, 2019. Screenwriter and actor Naomi McDougall Jones will attend. The film is followed by the signature Joyful Vampire Ball.

 

IN SAFE HANDS (PUPILLE) | Saturday July 13, 3:00pm and 6:30pm
Directed by Jeanne Henry, 2018, FRANCE, 110 m.
Sponsored by Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law

The second feature film from actress-turned-filmmaker Jeanne Herry,  In Safe Hands throws us deep into the milieu of the French social assistance services where the fate of one baby boy exposes the conflicting conundrums faced by many women – those giving up their babies and those desperate to have their own. When baby Theo’s birth mother surrenders him to adoption, child protection services, and officers such as Karine, are called to action, and the harsh realities of the adoption process are pulled into sharp focus. Karine entrusts Theo to Jean  – no stranger to the foster system himself – who takes on the responsibility of the newborn until a suitable home can be found. Meanwhile, Alice has never given up the fight to be a mother and faces the prospect of this dream finally coming true, although nothing is certain.

 

FOR THE BIRDS | Saturday June 22, 3:00pm and 6:30pm
Directed by Richard Miron, 2018, USA, 92 m.

A woman”s love for her pet ducks, chickens, geese, and turkeys—all 200 of them—ignites a battle with local animal rescuers and puts her marriage in jeopardy. What starts as a story seemingly about Kathy’s battle with local animal advocacy groups slowly transforms into an intimate drama about her relationship with her husband Gary, and the toll the birds have taken on their marriage and her well-being. Filmed over the course of five years, this sensitive tale of one woman’s world breaking down—poignant and absorbing in equal measure—is ultimately one of hope about the possibility of regaining one’s life.

 

FOR SAMA | Saturday June 15, 3:00pm and 6:30pm
Directed by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts, UK, 2019, 95 m.
Community Partner: International Rescue Committee Wichita

Winner Grand Jury Prize 2019 SXSW,  Winner Grand Jury Prize 2019, HotDocs, Official Selection Cannes Film Festival

For Sama’ is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice — whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

 

CITIZEN RUTH | Wednesday June 12, 6:00pm
Directed by Alexander Payne, USA, 1996, 106 m.
Community Partner: Planned Parenthood Great Plains

In this satirical look at a controversial issue, unfit mother of four Ruth Stoops discovers while in jail that she’s pregnant again. The judge charges her with endangering the fetus, but tells her he’ll reduce the charges if she has an abortion. When word of this gets out, Ruth’s caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between anti-abortion and abortion rights activists who want to use Ruth to get their messages across.

The screening will be followed by a conversation hosted by Planned Parenthood Great Plains on the current state of reproductive healthcare in the region, and what steps can be taken to continue to protect women’s health and rights. (*Attendees will have the opportunity to make a discretionary donation to the Planned Parenthood Great Plains at the event.)

 

BECOMING ASTRID | Saturday June 8, 3:00pm and 6:30pm
Directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen, Sweden/Denmark, 2018, 123 m.

Teenaged Astrid Lindgren (Alba August), who later went on to write the Pippi Longstocking series, leads a carefree life with her family in the forests and fields of rural Sweden. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor, Blomberg (Henrik Rafaelsen).

After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves her childhood home and goes to Copenhagen to secretly give birth to a son, Lasse, whom she reluctantly leaves in the care of a foster mother, Marie (Trine Dyrholm). Astrid goes into self-imposed exile in Stockholm, refusing Blomberg’s offer of marriage and saving up her paltry salary for visits to see Lasse. When Marie falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her son. In spite of her struggles, Astrid emerges with a newfound courage that will later form the foundation of a vast and beloved body of work.

 

QUALITY PROBLEMS | Saturday May 25, 3:00pm and 6:30pm
Directed by Brooke Purdy & Doug Purdy, USA, 2017, 106 m.

Family To-Do-List: Throw perfect eight-year-old’s birthday party, find wandering grandpa, and deal with cancer in the left boob.

Bailey and Drew are a 40-something couple much like other couples: They have two kids, two jobs, one dad with Alzheimer’s, and one boob with cancer. With only two weeks until daughter Scout’s eighth birthday party, Bailey just wants to shorten her massive ‘to do’ list. Despite her condition, strong-willed Bailey shuffles through countless errands, teaches a weekly Boot Camp class, and starts a bar fight during a girls’ night out. Ever-supportive Drew works extra side jobs all while encouraging Bailey to relax and let him ‘fix’ things. But Bailey doesn’t want to be ‘fixed,’ and an eye-opening moment with her ten-year-old son makes Bailey come to life-altering changes. A brilliant blend of humor and raw emotion, directors Doug and Brooke Purdy (who also happen to be the stars) do what few films about cancer do: make us feel good about life.

 

CHEF FLYNN | Saturday May 11, 3:00pm and 6:30pm
Directed by Cameron Yates, USA, 2019, 82 m.

While many of his peers were still playing with toy cars, Flynn McGarry was creating remarkable gastronomic delights at his home in Studio City, California. Enjoying unwavering support from his mother Meg, an artist who documented every step of his distinctive journey, he devoted himself entirely to his creative passion. Flynn loved to prepare elaborate dinners for friends and family and soon became known as the “Teen Chef,” establishing his own supper club at age 12 and being featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story at age 15. Before he was 16, he had staged in top restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. But critics soon emerged who challenged Flynn’s rapid ascent in the culinary world, threatening to distract him from his dream. Pairing Meg’s exhaustive home videos with intimate vérité footage, director Cameron Yates (The Canal Street Madam) creates a collage of Flynn’s singular focus and one-of-a-kind childhood. The result is a uniquely comprehensive portrait of a young star’s rise as seen from the inside.