All About Us....
The Doc Sunback Film Festival began in 2015 with three founding members,
Nancy Farber Mottola, Kenneth Linn, & Sheri Kaufman-Marsh. This small band of
over-achievers screened 500+ films and with the help of volunteers put together a film festival & art crawl that spanned 2 days, in 3 theaters, 2 art venues, and featured over 100 films and 12 local artists.
2016 brought a lot more volunteers and the group took things to the next level by screening more than 500 films & selecting 156 films for entry including 14 films from Kansas Filmmakers. This year's 4 day event included 10 local artists, an Opening Night Party, a Friday Night Patio Party, a Masquerade Ball, 4 Theaters, 3 Art Venues, and an Award's Ceremony.
The festival is named after the local pioneer veterinarian, Dr. Willis O. "Doc" Sunback, who was born in 1879. He was a good doctor & was even trusted to help people with their ailments when a medical doctor wasn't available. He lived to be 81 and is still personally remembered by some of the folks from Mulvane.
2017 promises to bring more fun and films your way. The organizers are planning some special pre-festival events and community screenings. The first event of the season was our first ever Doc Sunback Kansas Shorts Contest and featured new short (7 min. or less) films relating to Kansas. These films were shown to the public on Kansas' Birthday, January 29th. Our free Community Screening Event will be held on April 22nd, at 8pm in Cobb Park and will show about an hour's worth of independent short films. Our 3rd Annual Doc Sunback Film Festival & Art Crawl is set for this summer and will be ready to show films beginning June 22nd, finishing up the festival on June 25th.
Hope to see you there!