Jackie Brown in town

Actress Pam Grier will receive the Ad Astra Award when the Tallgrass Film Festival returns for its 16th year this month.

“Pam Grier   is someone that Tallgrass has sought to bring to Wichita and honor for the longest time,” festival executive director Nick Pope said, calling her the “iconic feminine face of urban cinema in the ‘70s.”

Held Oct. 17-21 at various locations around Wichita, the festival will present more than 200 films from around the world, talks with filmmakers, educational workshops, parties and more. Grier will be presented with the award at the Orpheum Theater at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, followed by a “conversation on film” and screening of Jackie Brown, one of her best-known films. At 11:15 p.m. that night, there will be a showing of another Grier hit, Coffy, at Roxy’s Downtown. TALLPass owners have access to both events. Individual tickets are $10. 

For tickets and more information about the festival, visit tallgrassfilmfest.com.

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