Our Special Screenings as community collaborations with Wichita-area organizations. .
2020 FEMME FEST
Femme Fest ICT, a Wichita-based, independent film festival promoting intersectional feminism in our community and world, returns with a digital screening and conversation. Originally scheduled for an in-person event later in April, and heeding social responsibility, organizers have pivoted with a virtual event to gather and connect our community. Unlike an in-person screening, anyone in the world can attend this event virtually! (*Please note, all times listed are for US CDT.)
Created by Wichita East High School seniors Julia Fetters and Lauren Zoller, who will both graduate and vote in their first presidential election in 2020, this year’s event will spotlight the upcoming elections, recognize the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and highlight the importance of intersectional voting.
SLAY THE DRAGON | USA, 2020, 110m. | Saturday, April 4, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT
Directed by Barak Goodman & Chris Durrance
2:00pm CDT: Virtual Group Screening: Start the film at home at or before 2:00pm. Rent the movie here for $6.99
4:00pm CDT: Join the Conversation on Zoom: Hosted by Femme Fest Founders Julia Fetters and Lauren Zoller, with Special Guests. RSVP here. Joining the discussion is free, but you must RSVP. All registered attendees will be emailed a zoom link prior to April 3. (Donations to mama.film welcome!)
Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve the party in power, has been around for centuries. But in today’s hyperpartisan political environment it has been taken to unprecedented extremes, fueled by the elimination of corporate campaign contribution limits and the availability of vast amounts of personal information.
SLAY THE DRAGON shines a light on this timely issue and follows a handful of citizens’ groups, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally, as they battle party operatives and an entrenched political establishment to fix a broken system.
BASEBALL FILM SERIES
These screenings have been postponed. Stay tuned for updated event times.
A three part celebration of baseball on film with the Wichita Wind Surge.
SUGAR | 114m. | TBD
mama.film microcinema @ The LUX
Miguel Santos is a talented pitcher who might just have what it takes to earn a prized spot on a Major League Baseball team, but before that happens he’ll have to prove his worth in the minor leagues. Advancing into the United States’ minor league system at the tender age of 19, Miguel is warmly welcomed into the small-town Iowa home of his host family, but can’t help but struggle with language and cultural barriers despite the kindness of strangers. Subsequently forced to reevaluate his life’s ambition after his once-trusty arm becomes unreliable, the previously single-minded pitcher gradually begins to question both the world he lives in and the role he has chosen to play in it.
FIELD OF DREAMS | 106m. | TBD
Clubhouse @ Riverfront Stadium
When Iowa farmer Ray hears a mysterious voice one night in his cornfield saying “If you build it, he will come,” he feels the need to act. Despite taunts of lunacy, Ray builds a baseball diamond on his land, supported by his wife, Annie. Afterward, the ghosts of great players start emerging from the crops to play ball, led by “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. But, as Ray learns, this field of dreams is about much more than bringing former baseball greats out to play.
THE ROOKIE | 127m. | TBD
mama.film microcinema @ The LUX
Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim’s team makes a deal with him: if they win the district championship, Jim will try out with a major-league organization. The bet proves incentive enough for the team, and they go from worst to first, making it to state for the first time in the history of the school. Jim, forced to live up to his end of the deal, is nearly laughed off the try-out field–until he gets onto the mound, where he confounds the scouts (and himself) by clocking successive 98 mph fastballs, good enough for a minor-league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Jim’s still got a lot of pitches to throw before he makes it to The Show, but with his big-league dreams revived, there’s no telling where he could go.
BOMBSHELL | Saturday, January 4, 3:00pm | 108m.
Warren East (Regal), 11611 E. 13th St. N.
In partnership with the WSU Center for Combating Human Trafficking
Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow and Margot Robbie, and based on the real scandal, BOMBSHELL is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.
Join CCHT & mamafilm for a private screening of BOMBSHELL followed by a discussion with CCHT Executive Director Karen Countryman-Roswurm & mamafilm founder Lela Meadow-Conner, exploring the mechanisms of silence in place in our personal lives, work places, and with victims of all forms of violence.
All proceeds benefit CCHT.
A COLLECTION OF INDIGENOUS SHORT FILMS FROM THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL | Saturday, November 23, 1:00pm, 60m., Mid-America All-Indian Center (650 N. Seneca)
In partnership with the Mid-America All-Indian Center
**Tickets are FREE but you must RSVP at the button below**
A new collaboration between Art House Convergence and Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program brings six Indigenous short films from Sundance Institute Fellows to select art house theaters in North America during November’s annual celebration of National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
Birds in the Earth: Examining the deeper questions of the ownership of the Sami land through the ballet performances of two young dancers. Dir. Marja Helander, 2018, 11 min.
Fainting Spells: Told through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure, this is an imagined myth for the Indian pipe plant used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted. Dir. Sky Hopinka, 2018, 11 min.
Jáaji Approx.: Against landscapes that the artist and his father traversed, audio of the father in the Ho-Chunk language is transcribed using the International Phonetic Alphabet, which tapers off, narrowing the distance between recorder and recordings, new and traditional, memory and song. Dir. Sky Hopinka, 2015, 8 min.
My Father’s Tools: Stephen continues producing traditional baskets to honor his father and thus finds peace in his studio as he connects with the man who taught him the craft. Dir. Heather Condo, 2016, 7 min.
Throat Singing in Kangirsuk: Eva and Manon practice the art of throat singing in the small village of Kangirsuk, in their native Arctic land. Interspliced with footage of the four seasons of Kangirsuk by Johnny Nassak. Dirs. Eva Kaukai and Manon Chamberland, 2018, 4 min.
Shinaab, Part II: A look at Ojibwe ideas surrounding the death process as a young man strives to honor his late father. Dir. Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., 2018, 6 min.
About Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program
The Indigenous Program champions Indigenous independent storytelling artists through residency Labs, Fellowships, public programming, and a year-round continuum of creative, financial, and tactical support. The Program conducts outreach and education to identify a new generation of Indigenous voices, connecting them with opportunities to develop their storytelling projects, and bringing them and their work back to Indigenous lands. At its core, the Program seeks to inspire self-determination among Indigenous filmmakers and communities by centering Indigenous people in telling their own stories.