SUNDOWN FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR YEAR TWO
The Sundown Film Festival returns to the Kansas Historical Society for
the second year featuring four classic movies with Kansas themes shown off the wall, under the stars. This summer’s film series follows a
sports theme in conjunction with the Kansas Museum of History’s current exhibit, /Game Faces: Kansans in Sports/.
The film series runs four consecutive Friday evenings, July 13 - August
3. Admission is free to the series and includes free admission to the
museum from 5 - 9 p.m. The Museum Store also will be open extended hours and offers gift items with a sports theme. Movie concessions will be available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or
lawn chairs. Movies begin at sundown. Drawings for prizes will be held
each evening; must be present to win.
*July 13** – /Knute Rockne: All American/ (1940)*
Starring Pat O'Brien and Ronald Reagan. Yes, it's the one with the line,
"Win just one for the Gipper. " Knute Rockne was Notre Dame's legendary
coach who died at the height of his career in a plane crash in Kansas.
(A Rockne memorial is located at the Matfield Green Service Area on the
Kansas Turnpike.) Not rated.
*July 20** - /Hoosiers/ (1986)*
Starring Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, and Barbara Hershey. Based on a
true story, this film follows a small-town team's road to victory in the
Indiana state basketball finals. Star Dennis Hopper is a native Kansan.
*July 27** – /Brian’s Song/ (1971)*
Starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. Gale Sayers, a famous
halfback from Kansas, joins the Chicago Bears in this inspiring true
story of football, friendship, and loss. Sayers (Williams) and Brian
Piccolo (Caan) were the first white and black Bears teammates to room
together on road trips. Rated G.
*August 3** – A League of Their Own (1992)*
Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Madonna. Baseball fans suffered
during World War II when the draft drained professional teams of their
male players. Then along came the All-American Professional Girls
Baseball League, on which several Kansas women played. Rated PG.
The special exhibit, /Game Faces: Kansans in Sports/, runs through December 30 at the Museum in Topeka. The exhibit examines how sports build community spirit. Items from famous Kansans featured in the exhibit include Wilt Chamberlain's basketball jersey, Lynette Woodard's basketball jersey, Jim Ryun's track shoes, footballs signed by Barry Sanders and John Riggins, and the NFL helmet and jacket worn by Jack Christiansen.
The Kansas Historical Society is located at 6425 SW Sixth Avenue,
Topeka. Museum hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday- Saturday, and 1 – 5
p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Monday and all state holidays.
Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students, $1 discount for Kansas
residents. Group rates available with prior notice. KSHS members and
children five and under admitted free.
The Kansas Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of
disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs. The
Society requests prior notification to accommodate individuals with
special needed or disabilities.