SEASON ONE SELECTIONS
WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS | Saturday, October 26, 3:00pm & 6:30pm
Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, USA, 2019, 95m.
Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color on the front lines of social justice, started by two fierce, queer women of color. Set in Oakland, CA, a city with a deep history of social-justice movements, the film documents the journey of the group as they earn badges for completing units such as being an LGBTQ ally, preserving the environment, and promoting disability justice. Filmed over three years, WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS follows this mission-driven troop as they face the challenge of growing their organization, both before and after the 2016 election.
GREENER GRASS | Wednesday, October 23, 6:30pm
Directed by Jocelyn DeBoer &Dawn Luebbe, USA, 2019, 111m.
In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of suburbia where adults wear braces on their already-straight teeth, everyone drives golf carts, and children magically turn into golden retrievers, soccer moms and best friends Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) and Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) are locked in a passive aggressive battle-of-the-wills that takes a turn into the sinister when Lisa begins systematically taking over every aspect of Jill’s life–starting with her newborn daughter. Meanwhile, a psycho yoga teacher killer is on the loose, Jill’s husband (Beck Bennett) has developed a curious taste for pool water, and Lisa is pregnant with a soccer ball. That’s just the tip of the gloriously weird iceberg that is the feature debut from writers-directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, a hilariously demented, Stepford Wives-on-acid satire destined to be an instant cult classic.
Cinema Culture Club: THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN
Friday, October 19, 10:00am
Directed by Jim Henson, USA, 2010, 1984
Tickets include Cereal Bar
Post-Screening Conversation Hosted by Eric Moore, Programmer American Film Institute and Kid at Heart
Sponsored by Courtney and Will Darrah
In this colorful tale about friendship, Jim Henson’s Muppets find themselves in Manhattan yearning to get a musical on Broadway. Kermit the Frog has just put together a successful variety show at Danhurst College and although he would like to mount it on Broadway so he would have a hit and be able to marry Miss Piggy, he encounters muppetational obstacles!
The Cinema Culture Club gets kids (& the young at heart) excited about *watching* movies with peers & *talking* about the media they’re consuming – creating community around movies & cultivating cinema culture for the next generation!
Cinema Culture Club: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
Friday, October 18, 6:00pm
Directed by Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders, USA, 2010, 98m.
Tickets include pizza and juice boxes, Adults may BYOB
Post-Screening Conversation Hosted by Eric Moore, Programmer American Film Institute and Kid at Heart & Jamie Reed, Starkey, Inc.
Sponsored by Courtney & Will Darrah
The son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe in directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois’ adaptation of Cressida Cowell’s popular children’s book.
The Cinema Culture Club gets kids (& the young at heart) excited about *watching* movies with peers & *talking* about the media they’re consuming – creating community around movies & cultivating cinema culture for the next generation!
LUCE | Sunday, October 13, 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Directed by Julius Onah, USA, 2019, 109m.
It’s been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea, and they thought the worst was behind them. Luce Edgar (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has become an all-star student beloved by his community in Arlington, Virginia. His African American teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), believes he is a symbol of black excellence that sets a positive example for his peers. But when he is assigned to write an essay in the voice of a historical twentieth-century figure, Luce turns in a paper that makes an alarming statement about political violence. Worried about how this assignment reflects upon her star pupil, Harriet searches his locker and finds something that confirms her worst fears.
ALICE | October 12, 5:00pm
Directed by Josephine Mackerras, 2019, France , 103m.
After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child.
Winner, Grand Jury Prize, 2019 SXSW
FRANCES FERGUSON | Saturday, October 12, 3:00pm
Directed by Bob Byington, USA, 2019, 74m.
Frances Ferguson, the eponymous character at the center of Bob Byington’s new film, is discontent. Like a lot of us, she does a bit of “acting out” and pays the price–an arrest, a trial, incarceration. And then a new identity, one that’s not terribly comfortable. Nick Offerman narrates this deviant comedy, based on actual events.
XANDU SING-A-LONG | Wednesday, October 9, 6:30pm
Directed by Robert Greenwald, USA, 1980, 96 m.
Struggling artist Sonny Malone (Michael Beck) is trapped in a dull job painting album covers. He is instantly attracted to Kira (Olivia Newton-John), an anonymous woman randomly photographed in the background of one of his assignments, but no one is able to identify her. Visiting the auditorium where the cover was shot, Sonny finds the mysterious beauty, an ageless Greek muse, who encourages him to team up with old-fashioned Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly) to build a roller-skating disco.
ASK DR. RUTH | Sunday October 6, 4:00pm
Directed by Ryan White, USA, 2019, 100 m.
YOU & ME | Saturday October 5, 3:00pm
Directed by Alexander Baack USA, 2018, 86 m.
FOR SAMA | Wednesday, October 2, 7:00pm / Saturday June 15, 3:00pm and 6:30pm
Directed by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts, UK, 2019, 95 m.
Special Encore Presentation
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.
THE GUYS NEXT DOOR | Wednesday, September 25, 6:30pm
Directed by Amy Geller Allie Humenuk, 2016, USA , 74m.
THE GUYS NEXT DOOR is an intimate portrait of a real “Modern Family:” Meet Erik and Sandro, a gay married couple whose friend Rachel is a surrogate for their two daughters. Rachel, who is in her 40s, is married to Tony and they have three children. Together, they form a unique extended family. Spanning over three years, this lyrical documentary tackles some of the most pertinent issues of our time: gay marriage and parenting, surrogacy as a path to having children, and the extension and redefinition of what it means to be “an American family.”
AFTERLIFE | Friday, September 20, 7:00pm
Directed by Willem Bosch , 2019, USA , 93m.
What if we could live our life again? After her mother has an accident and dies, young Sam is left to care for her father and two young brothers. Barely 16, she, too, suffers a fatal accident and finds herself under the care of Martin, a scruffy angel (called a “civil servant”) who presents her with a choice: go to the hereafter and join her mother or reincarnate elsewhere. Sam chooses the hereafter, but her mother is not pleased. Sam is too young. She should live. Plus, there is a forbidden “option”—Sam can live her entire life again. She decides to do so, determined this time to make everything better and save her mom. Sam tries hard to remember her first life but the details fade. Now she again faces life itself, full of imperfect people and hard choices. AFTERLIFE is a magical and touching film about grief and loss that tempers the fantasy with bittersweet and sometimes gritty reality. A thoughtful and engaging film, it challenges us to appreciate the life we have. (Cleveland Film Festival)
A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown–which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path.
THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO | Sunday, September 15, 1:00pm, 4:00pm
Directed by Joe Talbot, 2019, USA , 120m.
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.
ONE CHILD NATION | Saturday, September 14, 3:00pm
Directed by Nanfu Wang, 2019, USA , 89m.
China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. From award-winning documentarian Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow, I Am Another You) and Jialing Zhang, the sweeping One Child Nation explores the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment, uncovering one shocking human rights violation after another — from abandoned newborns, to forced sterilizations and abortions, and government abductions. Wang digs fearlessly into her own personal life, weaving her experience as a new mother and the firsthand accounts of her family members into archival propaganda material and testimony from victims and perpetrators alike, yielding a revelatory and essential record of this chilling, unprecedented moment in human civilization.
306 HOLLYWOOD | Wednesday September 11, 6:30pm
Directed by Elan Bogarin, Jonathan Bogarin, 2018, USA , 94 m.
Conversation Hosted by Ksenya Gurshtein, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Ulrich Museum of Art
When Elan and Jonathan lose their beloved grandmother, Annette, they face a profound question: When a loved one dies, what do we do with the things they leave behind? Turning documentary on its head, the Bogaríns embark on a magical-realist journey to discover who their grandmother really was, transforming her cluttered New Jersey home of 71 years into a visually exquisite ruin where tchotchkes become artifacts, and the siblings become archaeologists. With help from physicists, curators and archivists-and the added inspiration of a decade of interviews with the vivacious octogenarian herself-they excavate the extraordinary universe contained in Annette’s home. The film playfully transforms the dusty fragments of an unassuming life into an epic metaphor for the nature of time, memory and history.
ALIEN 40th Anniversary Screening | Monday September 1, 4:00pm
Directed by Ridley Scott , 1979, USA , 117 m.
Community Partner: Wichita Big Screen
It’s time to revisit the MU-TH-UR of all horror movies…
The time is the future. The crew aboard a massive commercial space vehicle is enroute to earth with a load of extraterrestrial ore when they are sidetracked by mysterious signals from a nearby planet. The signals seem to be calls for help and when the space ship arrives they find a ruined, moldering spacecraft and within it egg-like living organisms.
SAINT FRANCES | Saturday August 31, 3:00pm, 6:30pm
Directed by Alex Thompson , 2019, USA , 106 m.
2019 Audience Award Winner: SXSW, Outfest
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.”
FOOTLOOSE DANCE – A – LONG | Wednesday, August 28, 7:00pm
Directed by Herbert Ross , 1984, USA , 107 m.
80’s attire encourage, Dancing Shoes Required!
Moving in from Chicago, newcomer Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) is in shock when he discovers the small Midwestern town he now calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal. As he struggles to fit in, Ren faces an uphill battle to change things. With the help of his new friend, Willard Hewitt (Christopher Penn), and defiant teen Ariel Moore (Lori Singer), he might loosen up this conservative town. But Ariel’s influential father, Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow), stands in the way.
WILD ROSE | Saturday August 17, 3:00pm, 6:30pm
Directed by Tom Harper , 2018, UK , 100 m.
Media Sponsor: Today’s KFDI, Conversation hosted by Carol Hughes
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.
SPECIAL SCREENING: PHOENIX, OREGON | Sunday August 11, 5:30pm
Directed by Gary Lundgren, 2019, USA, 112 m.
Followed by Filmmaker Q&A
Sponsored by Shattered Glass Films
Defying the haze of mid-life, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.” Phoenix, Oregon stars James Le Gros (Drugstore Cowboy, Living in Oblivion), Lisa Edelstein (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, House), Jesse Borrego (Fame, Blood In Blood Out), Diedrich Bader (Napoleon Dynamite, Office Space, Veep), and Kevin Corrigan (The Departed, Pineapple Express, True Romance).The film takes a comedic look at the existential crisis many face when trying to find meaning and relevancy at mid-life. Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads must awaken hibernating courage and resilience in order to take new risks and keep dreams alive.
Join “Phoenix, Oregon” writer/director Gary Lundgren, producers Annie Lundgren and Luis Rodriguez, and executive producers Kim and Ben Piper for Q&As after screenings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.