Many local film events take place in May and offer quite an eclectic selection. Here is an overview:
BLACK LENS FILM SERIES
Orpheum Theater, 200 N. Broadway, https://selectaseat.com
“Black Panther” After the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” Prince T’Challa (the late, great Chadwick Boseman) returns home to the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new king. But he soon discovers that he is being challenged for the throne by factions in his own country.
Rise Up for Youth (RU4Y), founded by Lynn and David Gilkey, is partnering with the Orpheum for this event. RU4Y promotes the values of this film by coaching young people with the tools to face life’s difficulties and succeed in adulthood.
Presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6. Tickets are $8, $7 for students, seniors, and military.
“Love and Basketball” Two people love and play basketball together through life’s many challenges, from childhood to adulthood.
Presented at 7 p.m. on May 26. Tickets are $8, $7 for students, seniors, and military.
MAMA.FILM AND REPRO FILM
Wichita Museum of Art, 1400 Museum Blvd., https://www.goelevent.com/mamafilm/e/happening
“Event” An adaptation of the eponymous novel by Annie Ernaux, looking back on her experience of abortion when it was still illegal in France in the 1960s. Presented in partnership with Trust Women and the Wichita Art Museum.
Exhibition at 7 p.m. on May 11. Doors open and cash bar at 6:15 p.m. Post-screening discussion. Tickets are $15.
TALLGRASS FILM ASSOCIATION
Tallgrass Film Center, 120 E. First St. Suite 100, https://tallgrassfc.eventive.org/schedule
“Memory” A Scottish orchid farmer visiting her ailing sister in Bogota, Colombia, befriends a young musician and a French archaeologist overseeing a century-long construction project to dig a tunnel through the mountain range of the Andes. Every night, she is bothered by louder and louder detonations that prevent her from sleeping. Tilda Swinton is the star.
Presentation at 6 p.m. on Friday May 6, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday May 7 and at 1 p.m. on Sunday May 8. Tickets are $12.
“Already tomorrow in Hong Kong” In this romance, a Chinese-American toy designer from Los Angeles travels to Hong Kong for the first time on business. Finding herself stranded, she meets an American expatriate who introduces her to the city.
Presented at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 6 and at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Tickets are $12.
Mississippi Masala After an Indian family is expelled from Uganda during Idi Amin’s takeover, they move to Mississippi and time flies. The Indian girl falls in love with a black man and the respective families have to come to terms with it.
Presented at 7 p.m. from May 12 to 14 and at 3 p.m. on May 15. Tickets are $12.
“Out of the Blue” This 1980 film is presented by Wichita Big Screen and presented in honor of the birthday of Dodge City native Dennis Hopper. It’s about a young girl – whose father is an ex-con and mother is a junkie – who struggles to conform and tries to find solace in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene.
Presentation at 8 p.m. on May 17 and 19 and at 7 p.m. on May 18, 20 and 21. Tickets are $12.
“Drama Drama” In 1994, a closeted teenager struggles to separate himself from his four high school drama friends on their last murder mystery night before they leave for college.
Presented at 7 p.m. on May 27 and at 1 p.m. on May 28 and 29. Tickets are $12.
2022 ANNIVERSARY FILM SERIES
Orpheum Theater, 200 N. Broadway, https://selectaseat.com/graduate
“The graduation” This 1967 romantic comedy-drama follows 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a recent college graduate who is seduced by an older married woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and then becomes obsessed with her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).
Presented at 7 p.m. on May 19. Tickets are $8, $7 for students, seniors, and military.
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