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The Wizard of Oz, considered one of the most viewed films of all time, turns 80 this year.

For the last 16 years, a tiny town in northeast Kansas has embraced the appeal of the MGM classic.

The Oz Museum, located downtown Wamego, draws 35,000 fans annually from all 50 states and 45 countries. It’s filled with all things Oz.

In the early 1990s, local filmmaker Leif Jonker made "Darkness," which has been called the "goriest vampire film of all time." Through international screenings and word-of-mouth, "Darkness" developed a global following due to its manic energy and high-level special effects and makeup. 

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John Cusack visits Wichita on Thursday, June 13, for a screening of the 1989 film Say Anything in which he co-starred with John Mahoney and Ione Skye. The screening is at Wichita's Orpheum Theatre.

The Chicago native will participate in a question and answer following the film, moderated by Lela Meadow-Connor of mamafilm.

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Lela Meadow-Conner has been a major part of the Wichita film scene for years, having, among other things, helped found the Tallgrass Film Festival and serving as its executive director. She's now starting a "microcinema" in the Revolutsia development at Central and Volutsia, screening a series of movies from now through October that she's calling "Mamafilm."

Lela Meadow-Conner

On Saturday at Fisch Haus is Femme Fest ICT, a new film festival promoting gender equality and women in film.

KMUW’s Fletcher Powell sat down with the festival’s organizers, Wichita East High School juniors Lauren Zoller and Julia Fetters, to talk about what festival goers can look forward to, and their broader thoughts on the representation of women in filmmaking.

Tallgrass Film Festival

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.

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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The Last Unicorn

April 11, 11:00 a.m.

B&B Hutchinson Mall 8

The Last Unicorn Screening Tour

 

 

    

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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Flash Gordon

March 27 & 28; 6:30, 9:00 & 11:30

Wichita Big Screen

Palace Theatre

 

'Big Eyes' Is Excellent, With One Big Exception

Jan 8, 2015

Before saying anything about Big Eyes, the new Amy Adams movie, let me say something about her co-star, Christoph Waltz.

I can barely tolerate him.

I'll give him his Academy Awards for Django Unchained, in a part obviously tailored for him, but his other Oscar, for Inglourious Basterds, will ever be a mystery to me because he seemed like a pure slice of Teutonic ham, completely out of touch with everything else in the film.

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