Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers Announces
The 15th Annual Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival Award Winners
Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers hosted the 15th Annual Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival on Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18 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 . . .
Student ShortSilver: "I Love The Movies" edited and mixed by Kyle Rausch
Gold: "Masks" produced by Jacqueline Fashimpaur
Student LongSilver: "Them" directed by Kara Richards and Davis Evans
Gold: "The Captain" directed, produced, and written by Adam Gonshorowski and Catherine Wolf
Student FreestyleSilver: "Blackbird" filmed by Anna Steenson
Gold: "Skateboard Montage 16" directed and edited by Trevor Spidle
Student DocumentarySilver: "The Battle Continues: The Story of James Stephenson" directed, produced, and edited by Samantha Reyes and Mariah Duran
Gold: "Musickland" directed by Cameron Bargerstock and Jacob Rosdail
Pro-Am ShortSilver: "Diary of a Terrorist" written and directed Atiq Rahman
Gold: "15 Rounds" directed and written by Jake Roth
Pro-Am FreestyleSilver: "The Standing People" cinematography by Kevin Railsback
Gold: "An Iowa Morning" cinematography by Kevin Railsback
Pro-Am DocumentarySilver: "Black Hawk's Final Resting Place" written and directed by Russ Fry
Gold: "Any Kid Anywhere: Sex Trafficking Survivor Stories" produced by Cathy O’Keeffe
Pro FreestyleGold: "Oh Mama" directed by Dennis Florine and Michael Noens
Pro DocumentarySilver: "Letters Home to Hero Street" produced by Lora Adams, and Kelly and Tammy Rundle
Gold: "The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove" directed by John Richard
Pro FeatureSilver: "A Place for Heroes" directed by Cecilia Podhajsky and Scott Thompson
Gold: "After Life" directed by Gretchen Joy and Scott Thompson
Collins Road Theatres Scholarship"I Love The Movies" edited and mixed by Kyle Rausch
Iowa Connection Award"After Life" directed by Gretchen Joy and Scott Thompson
Audience Choice Award"Letters Home to Hero Street" produced by Lora Adams, and Kelly and Tammy Rundle
About the Cedar Rapids Independent Film FestivalThe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.