Get a sneak-peek of Wichita’s Tallgrass Film Festival from right here in McPherson.

The 15th annual Tall Grass Film Festival will be held Oct. 18-22 in downtown Wichita, so to draw attendees, organizers screen road shows in surrounding communities.

"This will peak people's interest," said Shan Jabara, director of acquisitions and community engagement at Tallgrass Film Association.

The festival will host a screening of “Service to Man” at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the McPherson Opera House. Tickets are $6 at the door.

The feature film, “Service to Man,” was the audience award winner at the festival in 2016. The film takes place in 1968, where an ambitious white student from Brooklyn finds himself an outcast at Nashville’s legendary, all-black medical school. He and his peers battle the intricate mysteries of medicine, demanding professors, and each other in their quest to become healers.

The festival’s road shows began in 2010 and have been successful ever since.

"We have this road show and we're so thankful to McPherson Opera House. They're our longest and most consistent consistent friends and help us to bring more people to the festival," Jabara said. "We pride ourselves on having something for everyone.”

Jabara said they are gearing up for the festival and the road show and have been very busy these past few months.

She explained that not only are the road shows exposure for their festivals, but a great fundraiser for local theaters in smaller towns as well.

For more information, visit the McPherson Opera House website at or their Facebook page. You can also visit the Tallgrass Film Association website for more information on the festival at

Contact Brooke Haas by email at or follow her on Twitter @MacSentinel.