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Lawrence Stories: Short Documentary Virtual Screenings

KU William Allen White Journalism School students, under direction of instructor Rebekka Schlichting, honed their documentary filmmaking skills to capture stories happening in Lawrence during this school year. The Free State Festival is proud to showcase their work on the virtual screen as a snapshot of time and place. These short films will be embedded … [more]


Experimental Film Showcase

Lawrence Arts Center 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence

Screening venue: Lawrence Arts Center (940 New Hampshire St.) Films will be screened on a loop in the Lawrence Arts Center's front gallery for the entire week of the Free State Festival. Please come and go at your leisure (masks required).   Midden – Adriana Gramly (4 minutes) Scraps and trash are brought together through animation … [more]



Lawrence Public Library 707 Vermont Street, Lawrence

Screening Venue: Lawrence Public Library Lawn (707 Vermont St.) Director: Brett Leonard Writer & a Producer: Michael D. Coffey Narrative feature. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes. Special Guest: Writer/Producer Michael D. Coffey Inspired by a true story, a bright and determined high school senior strives one last time to be a wrestler despite having cerebral … [more]


Philosophers at the Cinema Podcast: Hairspray

Lawrence Talks presents an all new podcast, Philosophers at the Cinema! In this very special Free State Festival edition, host David Tamez is joined by Kansas City film critic Lonita Cook for a deep dive into John Waters' Hairspray and an exploration into the philosophical ponderings of the movie-going experience. Podcast will be available at this link starting … [more]


Hairspray (1988)

Theatre Lawrence 4660 Bauer Farm Dr., Lawrence

Screening Venue: Theatre Lawrence (4660 Bauer Farm Dr.) Director: John Waters Narrative feature. Running Time: 1 hour 32 minutes 1960s Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) finally gets her big break and lands on an American Bandstand-inspired TV show. Tracy soon forces the issue of integrated dancing on the previously all white program, much to the horror … [more]


The 24th

The Dole Institute of Politics 2350 Petefish Dr., Lawrence

Screening Venue: Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics (2350 Petefish Dr.) Director: Kevin Willmott Narrative Feature. Running Time: 1 hour 53 minutes   America has just entered the Great War, but is refusing to send black troops into combat. Instead of heading to the front lines, the Twenty-Fourth Infantry is sent to Houston, Texas to … [more]