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Tallgrass Film Festival


The Innocents (Les Innocentes)

10:30 AM (120 min)

Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and French Red Cross doctor Mathilde (Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother. Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists and while facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their beliefs and traditions clash with harsh realities.


Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro

1:00 PM (110 min)

In 1943, with the Allied invasion of Europe imminent, a newly drafted 21-year old Tony Vaccaro applied to the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He had developed a passion for photography and knew he wanted to photograph the war. “They said I was too young to do this,” Tony says, holding his finger as if taking a photo, “but not too young to do this,” turning his finger forward, pulling a gun trigger. Not one to be denied, Tony went out and purchased a $47.00 Argus C3, and carried the camera into the war with him. He would fight with the 83rd Infantry Division for the next 272 days, playing two roles – a combat infantryman on the front lines and a photographer who would take roughly 8,000 photographs of the war.


Heroic:  Courageous Shorts

3:15 PM (100 min)

Veterans Day, 2016, Monica Lee, Cooper Hayden, Josh Jacobs, USA, 3m

The Telegram Man, 2011, James Francis Khehtie, Australia, 15m

Brave Bunch. Children of the Warsaw Uprising, 2015, Tomasz Stankiewicz, Poland, 30m

Apollo 13: The Spirit That Built America, 2015, Ron Sylvester, USA/Hutchinson, KS, 15m

The Story of Father Kapaun, 2016, Steve Hubert, USA/Wichita, KS, 30m


Later Event: October 14
Tallgrass Film Festival