OUR TEAM

These Professionals are passionate about bringing the best sport and competition stories to the screen.

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LELA MEADOW-CONNER

Lela Meadow-Conner is a Founder of the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, KS and since 2003 has served as Festival Producer, and most recently as the Executive Director of the Tallgrass Film Association, the Festival’s Parent 501C(3) Organization, wherein she oversaw Development, Fundraising, Board Management, Staff, Marketing & Communications, Social Media, Publicity & Vacuuming the office floor.

In 2017, she transitioned into a new role as the Creative Director, maximizing her passion for the Organization’s brand and her strengths as an Organizer & Collaborator. Lela brings much experience for arts advocacy & a deep understanding of the cultural importance that a cinematic arts can bring to a Community.

Along with her work with the TFA, she most recently was honored with the position of acting Executive Director of the Film Festival Alliance. The Film Festival Alliance fosters collaboration among Mission-Driven Film Festivals to develop sustainable events that educate & entertain audiences.

A bit of a vagabond, over the last 10 years Lela has lived in Los Angeles, Chicago & Denver before landing in Wichita in 2011.

Her favorite films are just as varied and include Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Muppet Movie & The Godfather Part II. In addition to 10+ years of experience in the entertainment industry in Hollywood, including Marketing & Publicity, she also holds a Degree in the Culinary Arts. In her spare time, she can often be found in her kitchen producing, marketing & publicizing her culinary creations for her Film Festival Compadre's. How do you like them apples?

 

Honors & Awards

  • "40 Under 40" 2017

  • Women in Business

  • Short Film Juror - Narrative Shorts

  • Short Film Jury, 2016 Oxford Film Festival

  • Short Film Jury - Narrative Shorts

  • Short Film Jury - Narrative Shorts

  • "40 Under 40" 2014

  • Short Film Juy, 2013 Seattle International Film Festival

 

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TYLER EMERSON

Tyler is an Associate Counsel at the Law Firm of Conlee, Schmidt & Emerson, LLP. He specializes in Entertainment, intellectual Property & Criminal Law. His Entertainment/IP experience extends to both Transactional & Conflict work for Producers, Directors, Actors, Musicians & Film Festivals in a variety of areas including Intellectual Property, Distribution & Licensing Deals, Services Agreement Negotiations as well as Business & Financing issues. He has extensive Criminal Law experience in Federal Defense work from District Court, Appellate Court, and federal Habeas work. He is licensed to practice law in California and Kansas.

Tyler was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Wichita State University in 2010 (B.A. Political Science - Honors). In 2013, he graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law (J.D.) with his Certificate in Media, Law and Technology.

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We are currently recruiting additional creatives and executives to our team.

We would love for you to join us!