Tallgrass Film Festival Rising Popularity

Every year the Tallgrass Film Festival takes place in Whichita, Kansas, United States. This year is not an exception and this film festival brings five days of parties, VIP events, educational opportunities and, of course, film screening. As a matter of fact, more than 200 indie movies will be screened in this festival. For that reason, if you are near Kansas and you consider yourself as an indie movie lover, we recommend you to go to the Tallgrass Film Festival.

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Half Brother is one of the movies that will be screened in the Tallgrass Film Festival

Richie and Sophia Christian Lovera

Before I Disappear

The Tallgrass Film Festival was founded in 2003 by filmmaker and former student from Brigham Young University, Timothy Gruver. Since 2003 this festival has increased its popularity. According to the festival’s statistics, in 2013, more than 10,000 people attended to the Tallgrass Film Festival, including 34 visiting filmmakers and this year is expected more attendance that the previous years.

As a matter of fact, 206 movies will be screened in this festival, including 49 movies and 157 shorts. In addition, there are opportunities not only to watch American or Kansas-related indie movies, but there are movies that represent other countries, such as:

  • Nigeria
  • Sudan
  • Bulgaria
  • Iraq
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Morocco

According to director, Anthony Grippa, he heard from a friend that the Tallgrass Film Festival was an excellent event to submit his movie. Grippa stated that his friend told him that everyone that worked at Tallgrass were really nice and were very interested in movies. Thus, Grippa knew that this would be the perfect place to present his new movie called Half Brother. This movie follows a man on his thirties that is dumped by his girlfriend and has to move back with his parents. When the man comes back to his parent’s house, he notices that his mom and dad are facing a difficult situation in their marriage and probably they will divorce.

Some other movies that will be present at the Tallgrass Film Festival are:

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    Gone Doggy Gone

    Before I Disappear: this movie follows the life of Richie, an irresponsible man, who receives a call from his sister to take care of his niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

  • Life Itself: this documentary follows the life and career of popular film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.
  • Gone Doggy Gone: it follows the life of a married couple who treat their dog as a baby. Suddenly, the dog disappears and the couple begins a journey to look for the dog. At the end, they found the dog’s kidnapper and the couple renews the love of each other while defeat their fear of becoming parents.
  • The Living: a man wakes up with a terrible hangover and realizes that he has severely beaten his wife. Now, he has to redeem with her while her mother-in-law disapproves his actions and his brother-in-law hires an ex-con to kill him.

These are some of the movie that will be presented in the Tallgrass Film Festival, you must watch them all. For that reason, if you live or you currently are in Kansas, this film festival is a must, especially if you are a movie lover.



Dear White People: Living in Two Different Worlds, According to Christian Lovera

Racism has been a very controversial topic throughout the years and we have watched a lot of movies about racismin the United States in the 20th century such as The Help, 12 Years a Slave, and more. However, nowadays, racism still exists and that is what Dear White People is about.

The story follows the lives of several African-American students attending to the fictional Ivy League college Winchester University. Troy is a boy that wants to make his father proud and in order to do that he has to live in different worlds, the white one and the black one. In addition, there is Lionel, a gay student that wants to find his place in the world. Also, there is Coco, a girl that has identity issues since she wants to be famous without embracing her blackness. Lastly, there is Sam, a student who is in charge of demonstrating that racism still exists in the university.

Dear White People, new movie Christian Lovera

Dear White People

The purpose of the movie Dear White People is to present the lives of African-American teenagers and how they face their identity issues in a college that is surrounded with white people, that is to say, they are a minority.

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Dear White People

The idea of the movie came from new director Justin Simien. Simien began to write the first draft of the script in 2006 while he was studying at Chapman University in Orange, California. The movie reflects the life of Simien during college, where he was one of the few black people at a university filled with white people. Justin Simien states that during his stay at Chapman University he had to live in two different worlds, the black one and the white one and, of course, it was not easy.

For Simien, it was very important to find his identity, the type of black that he represents. For that reason, Simien wanted to reflect his point of view in an indie movie while creating a discussion about the state of racism in America, especially at the universities.

Increasing the Audience for Dear White People

New Indie Movie Christian Lovera

Dear White People

It was not an easy task to carry on with the movie. Since Simien is new in the movie industry, many Hollywood establishments rejected the project stating that it was too personal. However, Justin Simien did not give up and continue looking for options to produce his movie.

One of the director’s best ideas was to create social media accounts in order to increase the audience of the project and know the opinions of people regarding the movie. For example, Simien created a Twitter account impersonating one of the characters of the movie, Samantha White. The Twitter feed is @DeerWhitePeople and is fill with controversial commentaries about racism in order to get the attention of people.

The Twitter account increased the popularity of the movie and people were anxious to watch it. According to Justin Simien, the Twitter feed was useful to create lines in the movie and to develop Sam’s character and the reactions of people towards her comments.

Dear White People is a movie that you must watch because it is funny and explores racism in a different and humorous way.


Which Are the Best Indie Movies of 2014?

Although 2014 has not ended yet, we can choose our favorite independent movies from January 1st to June 30th. We recommend you to watch these movies and see why we have chosen them as the best indie films of this year so far. In this top 4 we will see from an animated movie, comedy, science fiction, suspense, to a strange love, and more. This is the top 4 of indie movies that you must watch:

  • The Lego Movie
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Under the Skin
  • Only Lovers left Alive

The Incredible Family Movie

The animated film The Lego Movie is on the top 4 of the best indie movies of 2014. You may think that this is a weird decision, but really you have to watch this movie. The Lego Movie features Emmet, voice of Chris Pratt, a common Lego construction worker who has to stop an evil tyrant from harming the Lego world. This movie is not only great for kids, but for adults too, so do not think that you are too old. This is the perfect movie to watch with the whole family. In addition, the film is funny, and the cast is excellent. Some of the cast includes:

  • Will Arnett
  • Elizabeth Banks
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Jonah Hill
  • Will Ferrell

Welcome to the Best Budapest Hotel

One of Ralph Fiennes’ best performances is in the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel. Fiennes plays M. Gustave, the concierge of the hotel. The movie focuses on the adventures of Gustave and his friend loyal lobby boy Zero, interpreted by Tony Revolori. The movie is set in 1930s in the fake Republic of Zubrowka. The story of the movie is about friendship despite the situations. The Grand Budapest Hotel is great to watch when you want relax and laugh. The cast includes great names such as:

  • Mathieu Amalric
  • Adrien Brody
  • William Dafoe
  • Jude Law
  • Bill Murray
  • Tilda Swinton

The Mixture of Genres

Modern sci-fi independent movie Under the Skin is considered one of the greatest of this year. Featuring famous actress Scarlett Johansson, the movie has a complicated but well-developed story. A beautiful alien (Johansson) is on a mission to trap men, by seducing them, and steal their essence. Johansson’s performance in this film is considered one of the greatest of her career. The visual effects of this movie are amazing, and one of the main features of this film is that although it is regarded as a modern sci-fi movie, it is also a mixture between horror and science fiction.

A Different Vampire Love

Only Lovers left Alive is one of the best vampire movies. Tom Hiddlestone and Tilda Swinton’s performances are excellent. They play Adam and Eve, a vampire couple that have different opinions on humans. Only Lovers left Aliveis not only about vampires, but about immortality and relationships, that though are not human, they pretty look like human relationships. In this movie we will watch that though love can endure centuries, the arrival of someone unexpected can change everything. The rest of the cast includes:

  • Anton Yelchin
  • Mia Wasikowska
  • John Hurt
  • Jeffrey Wright

Arthouse Movies of this Year 2014 (Video)

If you like the arthouse cinema, there are many great options to watch this year. Forget about commercial movies and give a chance to independent films that portray different stories from several perspectivesLaugh and cry with arthouse films that reflect life and its problemshumans and their interactions. This year you have to watch Palo Alto and Alone Yet Not Alone.

Palo Alto

This  is a drama about teenagers and their problems. Although many people think that being young is the greatest part of our lives, teenagers have their own problems and issues and this movie reflects them.

Palo Alto is based on a book of short stories written by James Franco. In this movies stars:

  • Emma Roberts,
  • Nat Wolff,
  • Jack Kilmer,
  • and Zoe Levin.

Alone Yet Not Alone 

This is an arthouse film set in the 18th century during the colonial time. The story is about a forced marriage during this hard period of time and how faith can help humans to overcome adverse circumstances. The movie involves a family separation and how the members of the family manage to survive.

These movies are highly recommended if you want to enjoy a different time alone or with your family. There is always a good excuse to watch arthouse movies.