2006 CRI 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.
Gold Eddy – “C.H.I.L.D.,” Mika Kiburz, Ariana
Gold Eddy - “Villisca, Living With a Mystery,” Kelly
Rundle, Tammy Rundle
Silver Eddy - “Tracing a Journey,” Craig Schaefer,
Chris Lenart, Paul Kohl
Gold Eddy - “They’re Coming,” Ben Hill
Silver Eddy - “Deserted,” Nathan Matta
Gold Eddy - “Northern Exposures,” Kevin J. Railsback
Silver Eddy - “Time; Misstated…,” Alex Skitolsky
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
Gold Eddy - “Six Feet Frozen,” Joe Boyle, Lemonus
Silver Eddy - “Where’s Waldo,” Sam Caster, Patrick
Crumley, Ben Thompson, Magee John, Tim Hau
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
Cinequipt Iowa Connection
Eddy Award (winner of $500 credit toward equipment rental
“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
- 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
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.
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
For full results of each year,
see the Festival Archives Menu in the sidebar.