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15th Annual Tallgrass Festival Honors Women In Film

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Director Robin Berghaus will receive an award at the festival for her film "Stumped," which focuses on a filmmaker/teacher who turns to comedy after losing his limbs.

Hundreds of filmmakers from the U.S., South Africa, and even Poland will be in Wichita to take part in the 15th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, which runs through Sunday. This year, more than half of the filmmakers are women.

A new feature this year is the Dox Spotlight Competition, which honors women documentarians. Film director Robin Berghaus will receive an award for her movie "Stumped," about a filmmaker/teacher who turns to standup comedy after losing his limbs.

Lela Meadow-Conner, creative director of the Tallgrass Film Association, says it's timely to be honoring women in film.

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The 1936 Summer Games in Berlin is the focus of director Deborah Riley Draper's film "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice." More than half of the filmmakers featured in this year's Tallgrass Film Festival are women.

"The cool thing about it is that it just all came about organically," she says. "We didn’t set out this year with the theme of featuring women so prominently. It just so happened that we received so many films that it all came together to build this beautiful tribute to women filmmakers."

Director Deborah Riley Draper will also present her film "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice," which explores the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin.

The full festival lineup can be found here.


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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.