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Highlights In Brief
April 7-8, 2006
Collins Road Theatres, Marion

  • 102 entries
  • 55 Official Selections
  • 8 Gold and 8 Silver Eddys awarded, plus Audience Choice and Cinequipt Iowa Connection Eddys. Prizes were trophies, software, scholarships and other valuable prizes
  • Expanded to 3 screens
  • Special Events: Nick Bertelsen of Cinequipt and DP John Houghton presented Independent Filmmaking on a Budget; John Reasoner presented Creating Great Sound; recently signed by MTV Films, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods presented a look back and forward at the work of Bluebox Limited.
  • 1 marriage proposal

2009 Cedar Rapids Independent
Film Festival

April 3-4, 2009
Collins Road Theatres
Marion, Iowa 52402
319-377-4555

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2006 CRI Film Festival

2004 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival
April 7-8, 2006
Collins Road Theatres
1462 Twixt Town Road, Marion, IA 52302

The Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival was held Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, at the Collins Road Theatres, Marion, Iowa. The festival featured 55 films from local, regional and national filmmakers, as well three filmmaking seminars. Nick Bertelsen from Cinequipt, and award-winning Director of Photography John Houghton discussed low-budget techniques, John Reasoner showed how to get the best sound for your independent film, and Scott Beck and Bryan Woods discussed their past work as well as upcoming developments with MTV Films.

Eddy Awards were presented at the Saturday evening ceremony. Student Gold Eddy winners received a $200 scholarship. Non-student Gold Eddy winners received Gorilla Pro production management software from Jungle Software.

Student Documentary
Gold Eddy – “C.H.I.L.D.,” Mika Kiburz, Ariana Gum

Documentary
Gold Eddy - “Villisca, Living With a Mystery,” Kelly Rundle, Tammy Rundle
Silver Eddy - “Tracing a Journey,” Craig Schaefer, Chris Lenart, Paul Kohl

Student Freestyle
Gold Eddy - “They’re Coming,” Ben Hill
Silver Eddy - “Deserted,” Nathan Matta

Freestyle
Gold Eddy - “Northern Exposures,” Kevin J. Railsback
Silver Eddy - “Time; Misstated…,” Alex Skitolsky

Student Narrative Short Film
Gold Eddy - “The Girls of Elizabeth Street,” Tad Davis
Silver Eddy - “Lemonade,” Brad Hansen

Narrative Short Film
Gold Eddy - “Aimée Price,” Joel Sadilek, Julen Roussel, Anastasia Drake
Silver Eddy - “Stolen Poem,” Mike Green, Austin Grady

Student Narrative Long Form
Gold Eddy - “Six Feet Frozen,” Joe Boyle, Lemonus Productions
Silver Eddy - “Where’s Waldo,” Sam Caster, Patrick Crumley, Ben Thompson, Magee John, Tim Hau

Narrative Feature
Gold Eddy - “Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life,” Max Allan Collins, Phillip W. Dingeldein, Michael Cornelison
Silver Eddy - “Two Harbors,” James Vculek

Audience Choice Eddy
“Generation Mason,” Tommy Haines and Uptown Media Inc.

Cinequipt Iowa Connection Eddy Award (winner of $500 credit toward equipment rental at Cinequipt):
“The Assassinator,” the Cousins Brother


For 2006, 102 entries were received, and 55 were screened as Official Selections. The Festival expanded to 3 screens and featured 4 restructured sessions with one-price admission.

Special Attractions

  • Nick Bertelsen from Cinequipt, and Award-winning Director of Photography John Houghton presented Independent Filmmaking on a Budget
  • John Reasoner presented Creating Great Sound
  • Recently signed by MTV Films, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods presented a look back and forward at the work of Bluebox Limited.

Eddy Awards

For us, Eddy has dual meaning. First, it pays tribute to Thomas Alva Edison who, among other things, was a pioneer in motion pictures. Second, the noun eddy is defined as “a current moving contrary to the direction of the main current.” Independent filmmakers often go against the “current” of trends in mainstream cinema.

Gold and Silver Eddy Awards are presented in regular and student categories for Features, Shorts, Documentaries, and Freestyle Films, and Audience Choice. Among the prizes this year will be software from Jungle Software and Cedar Rapids Indpendent Filmmaker Scholarships.

New in 2006 is the Iowa Connection Eddy Award, which goes to the film that best says “Iowa.” The winner is a film that if someone asked, “What’s Iowa Filmmaking about?”, it would answer that question.


Sponsors

Cinequipt


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 Filmmaking Industry.

Each year’s work has covered many genres and skill levels, including comedies, dramas, and documentaries by amateur, professional and student filmmakers. To help filmmakers improve their craft, industry experts judge the films, then later meet with the contestants for individual critiquing.

For full results of each year, see the Festival Archives Menu in the sidebar.

 

 


 

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