Wichita, KAN. – The Tallgrass Film Association and Uncheckable Films will present the Midwest premiere of Wichita-native Lee Whitman’s feature film debut WAR STORIES. The film will screen 7 p.m., Saturday, June 26, at the Wichita Orpheum Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door and filmmaker Lee Whitman will be in attendance, along with cast and crew members, for a question and answer session following the screening.
“After screening the film at various locales across the country, we are very excited to finally be screening WAR STORIES in Wichita,” said writer/director/producer Whitman. “The Wichita community was so instrumental in helping us to produce this film, we’re extremely excited to have the Midwest premiere here!” Shot on-location in Wichita, Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2006, WAR STORIES features 30 actors, 200 extras, and more than 35 locations.
The film tells the story of Tim Curtright (played by Wichita-based theater veteran Michael Brenton Gordon), a teen who discovers after living his entire life believing that his father died in the Gulf War, that he may still be alive. With the help of his gay best-friend, Austin (Mark Ayesh), and girlfriend, Laura (Sara Hammond), Tim seeks to break through a generation of lies and secrets and discover what really happened to his dad.
“War Stories was just such a fun film to work on,” Gordon said, “The cast, crew, and community all just kinda came together and made it work. It was a great experience.”
The cast and crew are excited by the final cut of the film. “I think audiences will be really impressed, engrossed and entertained by WAR STORIES,” said actor Tom Mason (Logo’s “Coming Out Stories”), “While the budget wasn’t huge, some of the shots just take your breath away. What’s been achieved is just really fantastic.”
WAR STORIES is the first feature film by Washington DC-based and Emmy Award winning Lee Whitman, whose resume also includes five years with Wichita’s Tallgrass Film Festival. Whitman’s Uncheckable Films has also produced four short films and numerous corporate image pieces. In addition to Gordon, Hammond and Ayesh, the film also stars Danielle Wolverton, and Jay Sanderson. For more information please visit www.uncheckablefilms.com.