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REVIEW: Comfort movie ‘Hudson’ is just fine

REVIEW: Comfort movie ‘Hudson’ is just fine

Becca Yenser, Movie Critic

October 21, 2019

“Hudson” is a Sunday road-trip through upstate New York in the fall, taking place in a perpetual sunny afternoon. It’s minimally cast and simply shot.  It’s a film with low expectations of itself, which turns out to be incredibly refreshing.  The 75-minute film, which premiered at Tallg...

REVIEW: ‘Give Me Liberty’ provides glimpse at fragmentation in the Midwest

REVIEW: ‘Give Me Liberty’ provides glimpse at fragmentation in the Midwest

Reid Kurkerewicz, Movie Critic

October 21, 2019

Milwaukee is quietly one of the most segregated cities in the United States, and director Kiril Mikhavonksy has produced a film that reflects and challenges that depressing history. The plot structure of "Give Me Liberty" itself confronts that segregation, as three distinct families and their stories...

Making a movie in three weeks: An interview with the producer of ‘Once Upon a River’

Making a movie in three weeks: An interview with the producer of ‘Once Upon a River’

Becca Yenser, Movie Critic

October 21, 2019

Grace Hahn, the producer of indie film, “Once Upon a River,” which showed at the Tallgrass Film Festival in downtown Wichita sat down with The Sunflower for an interview. Set in 1978, Margo Crane, a 15-year-old part Native teen, is forced to journey up the Stark River. The feature, which is directed...

REVIEW: ‘I Am Human’ asks what it means to be human

REVIEW: ‘I Am Human’  asks what it means to be human

Becca Yenser, Movie Critic

October 21, 2019

“Are we about to change what it means to be human? If so, are we okay with that?” So begins “I Am Human,” an unsettling and fascinating film about brain implant technology and the future implications of artificial intelligence. An independent film that premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca...

Female relationships and filming in Oregon: an interview with Barneburg and Gallagher on their film ‘Clementine’

Female relationships and filming in Oregon: an interview with Barneburg and Gallagher on their film ‘Clementine’

Becca Yenser, Writer

October 19, 2019

Producer Aimee Lynn Barneburg and Director Lara Jean Gallagher sat down with The Sunflower to discuss the Tallgrass Film Festival premiere of their film, “Clementine.” The film, set in the Pacific Northwest, explores the complex relationship between two women. Part psychological drama and part se...

Nyle DiMarco inspires the deaf and hearing alike during ‘Living Out Loud’

Nyle DiMarco inspires the deaf and hearing alike during ‘Living Out Loud’

Ella Dominguez, Writer

October 17, 2019

Nyle DiMarco shared his experience as a deaf man rising through the ranks of Hollywood during "Living Out Loud" at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex on Thursday.  DiMarco, a world-renowned model and reality TV star, was born deaf. Through his experience on “America’s Next Top Model,”...

REVIEW: ‘CATS’ is the musical spectacular that we all know it to be

REVIEW: ‘CATS’ is the musical spectacular that we all know it to be

Karen Galindo, Show Critic

October 15, 2019

World-wide spectacular and musical classic, “CATS,” had its Wichita premiere at Century II Monday. The show, composed by Andrew Lloyd Weber, centers around a tribe of cats, known as the Jellicle Cats, who have gathered for their annual ball to decide which cat will journey to the Heaviside Layer ...

David Parks, son of Gordon Parks, talks film and literature at WSU

David Parks, son of Gordon Parks, talks film and literature at WSU

Nathan Schale, Reporter

October 12, 2019

Marking the 50th anniversary of Gordon Parks’ film “The Learning Tree,” Gordon’s son David Parks visited Wichita State Thursday to speak about his experiences in film and literature.   David Parks was born in Minneapolis but moved to New York City, where he lived throughout his life. He fir...

Weekend preview – Fall Break edition

Weekend preview – Fall Break edition

Olivia Babin, Columnist

October 10, 2019

Looking for something to do in Wichita over fall break? Here are some of the events going on this weekend. Thursday -Food Truck Festival Aloft 4 p.m. Who doesn’t love food trucks on a crisp fall afternoon? -'Young Frankenstein’ Orpheum 7 p.m. One of the funniest Halloween movies is playi...

The new ‘Harlequeen’: A childhood obsession with clowns informs art professor’s practice

The new ‘Harlequeen’: A childhood obsession with clowns informs art professor’s practice

Karen Galindo, Reporter

October 10, 2019

One particular piece of art on the second floor of the Ulrich Museum of Art stands out — a bright, colorful piece that stands proudly by itself. It’s a life-size clown. A clown without a face, but with little clown-dolls sitting on its entire body and with mirrors at every angle. It seems to mock ...

Walter’s Pumpkin Patch is every fall lover’s dream

Walter’s Pumpkin Patch is every fall lover’s dream

Lindsay Smith, Columnist

October 10, 2019

It’s fall. It’s time for pumpkin spice lattes, scary movies, big scarves, oversized sweaters, and my personal favorite: pumpkin patches.   When it comes to choosing what pumpkin patch to go to every year, it’s always the same for me. Walter’s Pumpkin Patch is my do or die. When I was in ...