Doc Sunback Film Festival

Promoting All Genres of Independent Film

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This year's film festival will take place in Mulvane, KS on June 21st, 22nd, 23rd, & 24th, 2018.

‚ÄčThe 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.  The 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 brought more fun and films your way.  The organizers planned 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 was held on April 22nd, at 8pm in Cobb Park and had about an hour's worth of independent short films.  

Our 3rd Annual Doc Sunback Film Festival & Art Crawl was June 22nd to June 25th.  Our general film schedule is listed in a tab above.  The details of the groups/bundles/blocks or feature films are listed on the details tab.  Each block on the film schedule represents a feature film or about an hour of short films.  We had over 90 different films, more than 15 Kansas films, and showed more than 175 films at the festival.  Our 3 theaters were the Pix (101 E Main St), the Museum (300 W Main St), and the Sunflower (211 W Main St).

We had 10 different artists all over the downtown Mulvane area in the various participating retail shops.   These artists displayed their work Friday and Saturday during the festival.

On Saturday of the festival, we showed films after dark in Cobb Park (near the museum) and we hosted our awards show on Saturday Night at 8pm in the Pix Community Center.

Our box office was located near the Pix Community Center and was the place to stop first to pick up tickets, T-shirts, and all the information people needed about the festival.  The box office opened 30 minutes before show time and closed 15 minutes after the last block of films begins.  

The VIP & Filmmaker's Lounge was once again located at Luciano's.  This lounge was stocked with drinks & snacks as well as other Doc Sunback memorabilia but could only be accessed by passholders. 

We'd like to say an extra special Thank You to the City of Mulvane, Luciano's, Sumner County Community College, Standard Beverage Corporation, Diane Paul - Suburbia Real Estate, Sumner County Economic Development Office & Quality Body Shop for their support of the 2017 Doc Sunback Film Festival & Art Crawl, as well as all the volunteers who help make this event possible.