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    2018 Tallgrass Film Festival Finalists


    Five film nominees are going head-to-head for the Jake Euker Stubbornly Independent Award. Winners may receive a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by Barry and Paula Downing, and a one-of-a-kind Stubbornly Independent Tap Handle Award from Van Chase Studios. The finalists are listed below: 


    Bitter Melon

    Directed by H.P. Mendoza

    Synopsis: Christmas takes a dark turn when a Filipino-American family decides to murder an abusive family member.


    Doubting Thomas

    Directed by: Will McFadden

    Synopsis: A white couple’s relationship is put to the test when the wife gives birth to a black child.


    Eleven Hundred to Lubbock

    Directed by: Sara Radle

    Synopsis: A group of friends pay tribute to a recently-deceased loved one by relay-running his ashes across the country.



    The Maestro

    Directed by: Adam Cushman

    Synopsis: After WWII, a film composer moves to Hollywood to study with an infamous master teacher.


    A Scientist’s Guide to Living and Dying

    Directed by: Nitzan Mager & Shachar Langlevm

    Synopsis: A scientist finds out she is pregnant is with her dead husband’s baby and becomes suddenly absorbed into a realm of mystical female consciousness.