Cedar Rapids Independent Film Makers

Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers Announce 14th Annual Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival Award Winners

Cedar Rapids, IA, April 12, 2014 – Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers hosted the 14th Annual Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12 at the Collins Road Theatres in Marion, Iowa. The Festival showcased the work of filmmakers from across the state and around the world. In accordance with CRIFM's stated mission, all the films screened featured stories or filmmakers with strong connections to the Hawkeye State.

CRIFM’s Director Scott Chrisman was impressed with this year’s slate of films. “Iowa’s filmmakers continue to tell engaging stories,” he said. “Even in challenging times, they still manage to bring the Iowa spirit to the screen.”

Gold and Silver Eddy Awards were presented to Professional, Professional-Amateur and Student filmmakers in Feature, Short Form, Documentary, and Freestyle categories.

And the Eddys went to . . .

Pro-Am Documentary

Gold Eddy: Baking Alaska
Kari Barber
Kristi Barber

Silver Eddy: We Will Be Back "The Lake Delhi Story"
Charles Cunliffe
Mary Cunliffe

Pro-Am Feature

Gold Eddy: The Shower
Alex Drummond
Drew Benda

Silver Eddy: Demonica
Jason Bolinger
Insane Mike Saunders

Pro-Am Freestyle

Gold Eddy: Horror Love
Jason Bolinger
Insane Mike Saunders

Silver Eddy: Hollywood Troka - Entering the Exit
James Hoff

Pro-Am Short

Gold Eddy: The Organizer
Susan Hippen

Silver Eddy: Proof
Scott Strosahl

Professional Documentary

Gold Eddy: Rising Above: The National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library
Kent Newman

Silver Eddy: West Union A Deeply Connected Sustainability In A Small Rural Community
Kent Newman

Professional Short

Gold Eddy: We Could Be Your Parents
Charlie Anderson
Dave Wells

Silver Eddy: Red i
Ryan Brown
Sara Riley

Student Documentary

Gold Eddy: Pretty In Pink - Covered In Dirt
Makaila Haase

Silver Eddy: Werner
Kylie Clark
Matt Resnick

Student Freestyle

Gold Eddy: You and I
Helena Gruensteidl

Silver Eddy: No One's Laughing
Thomas Graziano
Francesca Mosca

Student Long

Gold Eddy: Annexation
Jake Roth

Silver Eddy: Skindiana Gones and the Concrete Jungle
Landon Sheetz
Joey Loboda

Student Short

Gold Eddy: Best Mistake
Kyle Decker

Silver Eddy: Burning
Ben Sulzberger

Iowa Connection

Best Mistake
Kyle Decker

indiSystem Gear Award

Caught In Condiments
Brian Wagner
Nick Lee

Collins Road Theatres Scholarship

Ben Sulzberger

Audience Choice

Red i
Ryan Brown
Sara Riley

About the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival

The Eddy Awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison who, among many other pursuits, was a pioneer in motion picture technology. The term eddy is also defined as "a current moving contrary to the direction of the main current," which is a suitable description for independent filmmakers, who often go against the current trends in mainstream cinema.

For additional information about Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers, please visit www.crifm.org, e-mail Scott Chrisman at scott@crifm.org, or call (319) 431-1320.

The Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival was created to provide a venue for Iowa filmmakers to screen their work for peers and general audiences. The organization's primary goals are to encourage Iowa independent filmmakers to continue improving their craft, to provide a place to specifically showcase Iowa-connected films, present a unique cultural event to the community, and to offer networking opportunities for the purpose of building the Iowa film industry.

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