FRIDAY MARCH 31, 2023, 7PM - SCREENINGS
Puzzle Pieces by Kylee Faulk - University of Missouri-KC - PG - 4:39 min.
Filmed in Oklahoma by Kaden Wittig - Tulsa Technology - G - 9:16 min.
The King of Berry by Nathan Gusman - Wayne State College - PG-13 - 13:47 min.
Reminiscence by Mason Vietti - Wichita State University - PG-13 - 10:34 min.
Antics by Michael Campbell - University of Missouri-KC - PG-13 - 3:52 min.
It’s the Journey by Joseph Merkel - Wayne State College - R - 14:46 min.
Filmmaker Q & A
Intermission - 15:00 min.
Sacrament by Josh Eliot - Oklahoma City University - PG - 22:18 min.
Flight of Trouser Snake by Park Zebley - University of Missouri-KC - G - 2:30 min.
Exodus by Nathan Blizzard - Wayne State College - R - 28:02 min.
Filmmaker Q & A
SATURDAY APRIL 1, 2023, BEGINNING AT 10AM - WORKSHOPS
all workshops are free and open to the public
10:00 am - Costuming for Film presented by Gina Bryant-Nugen
11:00 am - Current Camera Technology presented by Jason Cantu
12:00 pm - Lunch Break
1:00 pm - Open Panel Discussion with 2023 Festival Jurors: Darryl Cox, Lazara Gonzales, and Melanie Addington
2:30 pm - Acting for Film presented by Darryl Cox
4:00pm-5:00pm - Tour of Etzanoa Conservancy
SATURDAY APRIL 1, 2023, 7PM - SCREENINGS
Strawberry Toast by Edje Perezantolo - Oklahoma City Community College - PG - 4:37 min.
I Seem to be Stuck by Abi Gaylord - University of Missouri-KC - PG - 6:11 min.
Girl by Emma Franco - Wayne State College - PG - 13:38 min.
The Scuffle by Caz Cherepak - University of Missouri-KC - PG-13 - 2:19 min.
Step One by Nathan Kampe - Wichita State University - PG-13 - 8:49 min.
Gills by Griffin Presnell - Wayne State College - PG-13 - 22:00 min. Filmmaker Q & A
Intermission - 15:00
April Fools Gag Reel
All films and workshops will be at the Burford Theatre, 118 S. Summit, Arkansas City, KS All times and events are subject to change without notice.
Announcing Juror for 2023 Festival!
LAZARA GONZALEZ is a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. With a degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta, she wasted no time in making a name for herself. As a student, Lazara created and produced KT2 News, a groundbreaking news show for kids. She also wrote a script for a PSA called "Death of the Arts," which not only won a contest but was used as the premise for the ending of the hit show Seinfeld.
After graduation, Lazara went on to produce and direct "DEATH OF THE ARTS" in Atlanta, solidifying her position as a talented and innovative producer. She then began working as a Line Producer for major studios like CBS Radcliff, Paramount, Sony, Gower Studios, and Culver City Studio. Her contributions to hit shows like The Big Bang Theory, Grimm, Modern Family, and Enders Game have helped to shape the landscape of modern television.
In addition to her impressive work in television, Lazara has also made a name for herself in film. She has worked on movies like The Blind Side and Get Low, helping to bring talented actors and crew members into the industry.
But Lazara's accomplishments don't end there. She is a member of numerous organizations, including Women In Film/Latina's In Film, Script Writer Guild, LP Guild, George Lucas Producers Circle, and the Academy. Lazara's passion for mentoring and encouraging others is evident in the work she has done to help actors and crew members break into the industry.
Today, Lazara is in pre-production for three unique films. Two of these films, SEPARATE BUT EQUAL - THE ADA LOIS SIPUEL FISHER STORY and Hood Chameleon, are based on true-life events, while the third, CPS, is a groundbreaking storyline that has never been brought to the screen.
As Julian Fellowes once said, in Los Angeles, being a producer may not mean much more than being a member of the human race. But for Lazara Gonzalez, being a producer means making a difference, breaking down barriers, and helping others achieve their dreams.
Announcing Current Camera Technology Workshop Presenter!
JASON CANTU is a working Cinematographer in the Midwest. Jason has 30 years of production experience and has worked almost every job in production. Jason is most noticed for his work in the music video genre, working for the likes of Tech N9ne, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, T-Pain, T.I., and many more. In the music video genre, Jason's videos has eclipsed over 2 billion views, cumulatively, on YouTube. Jason is also recognized for his work in agency commercial cinematography, Jason's worked for brands such as: Wendy's, Quicktrip, EASports Madden, Hard Rock, Holiday Inn, Nestle, and many many more. Jason has also worked on television dramas and theatrical releases. These shows and films have grossed millions of dollars and are available to view nationwide. In addition to the many music videos, television shows, independent films, and commercials, Jason has also had the honor of filming installations for many museums, including the Chickamauga Civil War Museum, Mt. Vernon, and the National Civil War Museum in Richmond Virginia; with local production partner Shane Seley and Wide Awake Films. Jason continues his work to this day and doesn't plan on quitting anytime soon!
Announcing Juror for 2023 Festival!
MELANIE ADDINGTON has worked in the film festival world since 2006, first as a volunteer, and then eventually becoming the Oxford Film Festival Executive Director in August 2015. She used to be a reporter for the Oxford Eagle (a community newspaper) and then Pizza Magazine Quarterly (Global trade magazine). She still loves pizza. She is from Southern California originally but lived in the South for 20 years. She joined Tallgrass Film Festival in May 2021 as Executive Director. She has family in Wichita and considers it a great new home. She also writes, directs, and produces films. She is married and has one son.