ABOUT THE FILMS - 2016

7 Layers of Ply

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:29:44
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Jake Roth - Director, Writer, Producer
Resistant Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Skateboarding has been one of the most misunderstood pastimes of society for decades, with many negative connotations surrounding the activity. '7 Layers of Ply' is documentary film about skateboarders and the unbreakable bond they share, with the focus shined upon the skateboarding community of Dubuque, IA specifically as an example, and the drive and motivation that every skateboarder throughout the world uniquely possesses.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/producer was born and raised in, and currently works and lives in Dubuque, IA. The director/producer graduated from Hempstead High School in Dubuque, IA in 2009, and Loras College in Dubuque, IA in 2014. The majority of the film was shot/set in Dubuque, IA.
 

A Conversation Between Joel and Carol

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:10:33
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Josh Fiser - Director, Writer
Christy Weeks - Producer
David Detlefs, Rebecca Masucci - Actors
HCC Studios - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A young detective, with a special gift, is summoned to solve a sensitive missing persons case involving a high profile citizen.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Josh Fiser the writer/director is from Iowa. Everyone involved in this film lives, works or goes to school in Iowa. The film was shot and filmed by students from Hawkeye Community College.
 

A World Without Teachers

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:55
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Christian Stow - Director
Cole Brandt, Lauren Hass, Christian Stow, Zack Vogt, Evan Wheeler - Writers
Cole Brandt as: Kevin Harrison - Actor

SYNOPSIS:
Facing budget cuts, a corporate board room contemplates the world if there were no teachers.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Christian Stow is a student at Hawkeye Community College
 

Any Slob can get a Job

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:11:19
RATING: R

CREDITS:
2015 Hawkeye Community College Cinematography Class - Directors
Troy McKay - Writer
Christian Stow - Producer
Floyd Bolden, Nia Wilder - Actors
HCC Studios - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A recent college graduate struggles to make his way through the job interview process while relying on advice from his roommates.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in this film is from the state of Iowa, lives in Iowa, works in Iowa. This film was produced by students that attend Hawkeye Community College. This film was shot in Waterloo, IA.
 

Between Two Farmers

Student Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:05:50
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Jordan Rottinghaus - Director, Writer, Producer
Rick Rottinghaus, Tyler Schmidt - Actors
Ro Haus Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
If you could ask a farmer anything what would it be? We interview two different types of farmers to get their views on controversial topics and specific questions that may help a future individual to pursue a life in agriculture.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone Involved in the making of this film was born and raised in Iowa. Everyone involved in the making of this film lives in Iowa. Everyone involved in the making of this film was educated in Iowa. The students at the end credits are all educated at Hawkeye Community College. The entire project was shot and edited in Iowa as a whole. The location of the footage can best be described as being shot in the Buchanan County area.
 

Brightside

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 0:24:46
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Michael P. Noens - Director
Tricia Noens, Michael P. Noens, Jonathan C. Legat - Writers
Jonathan C. Legat, Michael P. Noens - Producers
Patrick Pantelis, Becky Blomgren, Chris Weise, Tricia Noens - Actors
CNGM Pictures - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A young, callous federal agent is reassigned to work along side a celebrated interrogation specialist that can secretly read minds.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Our First Assistant Director, Morgan Gire, lived in Iowa City from 2006-2010, and attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.
 

Brown Gold

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:37
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Brad Mowrey - Director Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center and Family Folk Machine - Producer
Song performed by the Family Folk Machine

SYNOPSIS:
With the help of a grant from the Community Foundation of Johnson County (Iowa), the Iowa City Senior Center and its intergenerational folk choir, the Family Folk Machine, produced a music video for the song "Brown Gold," which celebrates the wonders of composting. Food waste in landfills produces methane gas that contributes to global warming, but more than half of the garbage we send to the landfill could be composted instead. The song “Brown Gold” promotes composting in a fun and catchy way, tracing the natural cycle of seed--plant--human consumption--compost-rich soil.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Brad Mowrey, director, was born and raised in, lives in, and works in Des Moines. Brad Mowrey, director, graduated from Hoover High School in Des Moines and the University of Iowa in Iowa City. The film was shot in Iowa City.
 

Clarity

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:07:50
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Scott Van Daalen - Director, Writer
Eric Johnson - Producer
Gabriel Rhysdahl, Emily Wrolson - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
Clarity is a story of relationship. Ryan is forced to confront Jennifer with the realization that their relationship is falling apart. We follow the couple as the story flies backwards through time, ending with the first time they meet. An unexpected turn leaves Ryan shocked and alone.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Scott Van Daalen (Writer/director) was born and raised in Waverly, Iowa. Scott Van Daalen's family still lives in Iowa. He goes to college in Minnesota. Scott Van Daalen attended Waverly Shell Rock High School.
 

Come and See

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:07:32
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Jon Dziuk - Director, Writer
Trevor Coberly - Producer
Jon Dziuk, Tyler Paulson - Actors
Jon Dziuk Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A Film about the End.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Jon Dziuk (Writer/Director) born in Bettendorf, Iowa and lives in Iowa City and is a Cinema major at the University of Iowa. This film was shot in Bettendor, Iowa and Iowa City, Iowa.

 

Cycle

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:00
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Matthew Birks - Director, Writer, Producer
Audyn Hoffman, Landon Sheetz, Anna Lee - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
When a young girl's attempt to ride her bike for the first time are hindered by her mother and father’s ruthless arguing, the challenge becomes one that she will have to face on her own.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the film is from Iowa. This film was produced in whole in the state of Iowa. The film was shot in DeWitt, IA and was edited in Iowa City, IA. The story is set in DeWitt, IA.
 

Deja Vecu

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:10:00
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Christopher Metz - Director, Writer, Producer
Nathalie Tondeur, Kaylee Hibbard - Actors
Phased Out Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A woman young begins to suspect she has lived these events before...

IOWA CONNECTION:
Christopher Metz was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for 27 years, and worked at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids for 11 years, before coming to North Carolina for graduate school in film production.
 

Eviction Problem

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:27
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Derek Phelps - Director, Producer
Zach Kneese, Derek Phelps - Writers, Actors

SYNOPSIS:
Two slackers, financially inclined, must come up with a quick scheme for cash to avoid eviction from their apartment.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Derek Phelps - The writer, actor, editor, and director was born and raised in Muscatine, Iowa, and attends Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa.
 

Film #984

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:05:17
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Jacqui Fashimpaur - Director, Writer, Producer
Melissa Tormene, Chris Kroeger - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
In a world of conformity and rules, there is only one right way to behave. How far will two free-thinkers go to win each other's love?

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the production of Film #984 lives in or around Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Film #984 was shot and produced entirely in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

Four

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:05:43
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Finnegan Pilcher - Director
Brock Stillmunks Brock Stillmunks - Producer
Joshua Shreves, Austin Mays - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
A car crash victim searches for help while a paranoid figure stalks him from the shadows.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the film is from Iowa. The film was shot in Altoona Iowa, and produced primarily in Des Moines, Iowa. The story is primarily set in Altoona Iowa.
 

Fuel

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:03:13
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Tristan Bennett - Director, Producer, Actor

SYNOPSIS:
"Fuel" is a short interpretive abstract film that seeks to comment on our use and abuse of fuel in the world, among other substances, all through the simple medium of a plain old cup of coffee.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Tristan Bennett was born in Marion, Iowa and have lived there all his life. Tristan Bennett currently attends the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and is a member of the Electronic Media Program there. The film was shot and produced in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
 

Gratuity (Appreciated)

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:07:00
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Caroline Taylor - Director
Tony Perkins - Writer
Vanessa Magowan Horrocks - Producer
Kurt Peterson, Ethan Davenport - Actors
MCTC Cinema Division - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A father is caught playing for tips on the street by his son, who is skipping school with his boyfriend. Having been laid off from his job, he puts on a façade for his family in order to hide his secret. The family sits down for an awkward dinner. Each member is hiding something from one another, yet by the end they can still laugh and love like a family does.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Brian Wagner was born and raised in, and lived in the Cedar Rapids metro area for 18 years. Brian Wagner did freelance video production when he resided in the Cedar Rapids area, and graduated from Linn-Mar high school in Marion, Iowa.
 

Guss Royall Live

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:08:51
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Christian Stow - Director Producer
CHS Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A short, two-song clip from Guss Royall Live, the band's first concert video. Filmed at Spicoli's Bar and Grill in Waterloo in August, 2015.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Christian Stow is a student at Hawkeye Community College.
 

How to Not Love a Ghost

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:14
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Wonil Kang - Director, Writer, Producer
Lauren Miller, Juan Gomez - Actors
Kohawk Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A girl struggles with the passing of her ex-boyfriend as he silently lingers in her home.

IOWA CONNECTION:
All members of this production attend Coe College, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

Inference

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:09:24
RATING: NR

CREDITS:
Mathew Townsley - Director, Writer, Producer
Zach Lively, Sarah Courtney - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
A glimpse at the lives to two teens in love, or more so the lack there of. Understanding their present state can only be done when looking through their storied past. Just as Mark thinks he can control Michelle, he discovers why she will never stay be his side.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Many of the people who worked on the film were born in Iowa, while all were raised in, and currently live in Iowa. Many involved with the film work in, and were educated in Iowa.
 

Invisible Threads

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 1:25:40
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Gary Ewing - Director, Writer
Dave Beck - Producer
Dress Casual Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Filmmaker, Gary Ewing follows the Mason City High School Concert Choir on a ten month journey that culminates with the choir's 2013 performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Among many others , Invisible Threads features interviews with professional artists Tanna Frederick, Alison Ewing and Tait Moline, all MCHS Concert Choir alumnus.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Many involved with the film were born and/or raised in, live, or has lived in, work, or has worked in, and were educated in the state of Iowa. All but two interviews were shot in Mason City, Iowa. Several performances were shot in, and takes place in Mason City, Iowa.
 

Iowa Harvest

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:03:06
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Jordan Rottinghaus - Director, Writer, Producer
Ro Haus Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A candid short film of an Iowa harvest on my Uncles farm. Shot in a documentary style fashion.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the creation of this short film was born and raised in Iowa and has lived for many years, worked, and was educated in Iowa. All content involved in the making of this short film was created in Iowa. The location can be described as Buchanan County or between Waterloo and Jesup Iowa. The setting of the short film (as a whole) takes place in Iowa.
 

Irish Legend

Pro-Am Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:06:23
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Laura Johnson - Director, Writer
The Johnson Strings - Producer
Abigail Johnson, Karen Johnson - Actors
Laura Christine Portraits - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Experience the open beauty of the windswept Loess Hills as a band of musicians journey through rolling hills, prairie grasslands, and lush forests, converging in a race against time. The Johnson Strings is a family of passionate musicians that tours the US, leading thousands of people in worship every year and entertaining countless crowds.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The Johnson Strings live in Iowa near Cedar Falls. The Johnson Family appearing in the music video lives in New Hartford. Laura Johnson - director, camera operator. Works at Laura Christine Portraits in New Hartford. The Johnson Strings have been taught by string professors and doctors at Coe College, The University of Northern Iowa, and Wartburg College. The film was produced in New Hartford. Filmed in Cedar Rapids, New Hartford, Waterloo, and Pisgah, Iowa. Irish Legend primarily takes place in the Loess Hills near Pisgah, Iowa and George Wyth State Park in Waterloo, Iowa.
 

Killer's Revenge

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:08:50
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
David Nemeth - Director, Writer
David Nemeth, Andrew Owens, Broderick Whittier - Producers
Andrew Hall, John Stewart - Actors
Aurora Entertainment Studio - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Two law officers are in hot pursuit of a rampant serial killer known only as The Whisperer, who seems to be luring them into the woods for a grudge match.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Writer/director/producer David Nemeth was raised in Fairfax, IA for 14 years of his life, and works in Iowa. Music composer Dillon Rairdin lives and works in Marion, IA. Dillon Rairdin and David Nemeth both attended Cedar Valley Christian School and Kirkwood Community College. The music, which was produced in Marion, IA.
 

Lennis Moore: Woodcut Print Artist

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:08:03
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Derek Nelson - Director, Writer
Lennis Moore - Actor

SYNOPSIS:
A documentary about more than an artist, reflecting on bygone farming days, rural landscapes, and inspirations, Lennis Moore lets us into his life and his truly Iowan persona: "It's just a lot of hard work and you keep doing the craft and the more you do the better hopefully you become.". Filled with Lennis' woodcut prints, archival photographs, and Iowa landscapes, this film is a departure into a beautiful geography few of us know.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Many involved in the production were born and/or raised in, live, or has lived in, and educated in the state of Iowa. The film was shot in and takes place in Mt. Pleasant Iowa, and scenery shot in surrounding communities.
 

Let's Do This: Facing Hodgkin Lymphoma

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 1:15:52
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Nathan Matta - Director, Writer
Nathan Matta, Jake Bouma, Libby Bouma - Producers
Jake Bouma, Libby Bouma - Actors
Garbage Band Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
'Let's Do This: Facing Hodgkin Lymphoma' is the journey of Jake Bouma, recently diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. From the beginning, he documented the process of his treatment as a testament of hope for the almost 200,000 people diagnosed with the disease each year. Thousands around the world followed Jake through blog articles and YouTube videos. 'Let's Do This: Facing Hodgkin Lymphoma' tells the whole story from diagnosis through recovery, highlighted by Jake's humor through treatment and the immeasurable support of friends and family.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Director Nathan Matta and Jake Bouma were both born and raised in the Des Moines area. Libby Bouma was born in Sioux City. Everyone involved in the production lives in the Des Moines Metro. Nathan Matta has worked in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and West Des Moines. Jake Bouma and Libby Bouma work in Clive and Des Moines. Brian Freeman works in Clive. Nathan Matta earned his degree at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Jake Bouma graduated from Luther College in Decorah. Libby Bouma graduated from University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and Drake University in Des Moines. The film was produced and set entirely in the Des Moines metro area.
 

Mary's Sister Margaret

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:04:09
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Devin Ferguson - Director, Writer, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
Avid bassist and TWINS fanboy finds an audition flyer and gets abducted by the band. He is then taken to an out of town gig where he is forced to play a show.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Devin Ferguson born and/or raised in, lives in, works in, and was educated in Waterloo, Iowa. The film was shot in, and takes place in Waterloo, Iowa.
 

Masterpiece

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:03:08
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Meagan Flynn and Amber Rapp - Directors, Producers
Kristina Baker Smith - Writer
Meagan Flynn, Amber Rapp - Actors
Smart Mouth Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A comedy about the talents of an artistic youth.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Kristina Baker Smith WAS Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and lives in Alburnett, Iowa. Kristina Baker Smith works in Iowa and attended Kirkwood Community College. The film is based on personal experience.
 

Messing with Joe

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:01:18
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Derek Phelps - Director, Writer, Producer
Troy Mckay, Johnny Dexter - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
Joe, an unassuming coworker is subject to some break room hazing.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Derek Phelps was born and raised in Muscatine, Iowa, and attends Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa.
 

Morgan and Kershaw

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:06:41
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Sean Prior - Director
Team F.I.I.P - Writer, Producer
Lauren Hall, Riley Taylor - Actors
Team F.I.I.P - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Morgan and Kershaw, two CRPD detectives are given a case by their boss that if they mess up in any way, just might cost them their jobs. With the help of Kevin an unwanted shadow of Morgan and Kershaw, they are tasked with the most important job of the day and...their lives.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved with the film was born and/or raised in, lives or has lived in, work or has worked in, and educated in Iowa. The entire film film was shot and edited in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and takes place in the state of Iowa.
 

Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 1:30:00
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Garry McGee, Kelly Rundle - Directors
Garry McGee, Kelly Rundle, Tammy Rundle - Writers, Producers
McMarr, Ltd. - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
"Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg" is the first documentary film to focus on the private side of the famous film actress from Marshalltown, Iowa. "Movie Star" examines Seberg’s very public American and international film career, civil rights era activism, and her mysterious, untimely death in Paris. The film by Emmy® nominated filmmakers Garry McGee and Kelly & Tammy Rundle, features exclusive on-camera interviews with Jean’s family, including her sister Mary Ann Seberg and former husband Francois Moreuil (Playtime); friends and film colleagues, including actress Mylene Demongeot (Bonjour Tristesse), film producer/director Nicolas Gessner (Diamonds are Brittle), former Black Panther Party leader Elaine Brown; film historian Rich Ness, civil rights scholars Horace Porter, and Jane Simonsen; as well as never-before-seen private photographs, home movie footage and rare movie and behind-the-scenes film clips.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Garry McGee was born and raised in, and lives in Elma, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University. Tammy Rundle was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. Kelly Rundle and Tammy Rundle resided in Bettendorf, Iowa for a year. "Movie Star" was shot in Marshalltown and Tama, Iowa; also Los Angeles, Minnesota and France. Jean Seberg was born and raised in Marshalltown, Iowa and much of her story is told as it relates to her life-long experiences in her hometown.
 

Pillow Talk

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:12:02
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Keaton Fuller - Director, Writer
Keaton Fuller, Peder Goodman - Producers
Julia-Kaye Rohlf - Actor

SYNOPSIS:
A series of post-sex conversations tracks one girl as she loses her virginity, goes on various hookups, falls in and out of love, and slowly begins to lose herself.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Peder Goodman born in Dubuque, IA, raised in Strawberry Point, IA. Peder Goodman and Keaton Fuller live, work and were educated in Iowa. The film was shot and edited in Iowa.
 

Punctual Paul

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:02:48
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Floyd Boldon - Director
Floyd, Nia, and Evan - Writers
Nia Wilder - Producer
Evan Wheeler, Troy McKay - Actors
ShootingStarStudios - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Paul is a college student who does every thing by the book and is never late for anything. One morning he is getting prepared to go to class when he is suddenly behind time. Even though he locked his garage opener in his car which is locked in the garage, he is still determined to get there on time!

IOWA CONNECTION:
Floyd Boldon, Nia Wilder, and Evan Wheeler are currently Digital Mass Media students at Hawkeye Community College. They are located in Waterloo, Iowa.
 

Putting in Work

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:01:00
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Miguel Reyes - Director, Writer, Producer, Actor
HCC Studios - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A young athlete, motivated by recent failure, puts in the extra work needed for his next shot at glory.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Miguel Reyes was born and raised in, lives in, and works in Iowa. Miguel Reyes is a student at Hawkeye Community College in the state of Iowa. The film was shot in Waterloo, Iowa.
 

Remember Me Not

Student Long
RUN TIME: 0:21:34
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Mason Greer - Writer, Producer
Mason Greer, Taylor Bluemel - Directors
Chance Ingles, Madison Fairbanks - Actors
Blockhead Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Mark believes his dementia stricken father is better off in a home, his sister Erin believes other wise. When the two siblings collide for the first time in years it raises the most important question, "What would dad have wanted?"

IOWA CONNECTION:
Mason Greer was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa. Taylor Bluemel has a permanent home in Iowa City, Iowa. All cast and crew natives of Iowa and are students at the University of Northern Iowa. The older actor (Doug Shaw) is a professor at the University of Northern Iowa. The film was shot and produced in Cedar Falls Iowa and takes place in Iowa.
 

River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:54:00
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Kelly Rundle - Director
Kelly and Tammy Rundle - Writers
Tammy Rundle - Producer
Fourth Wall Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
What do Bonnie & Clyde, Jesse James, Nancy Drew and Jack Kerouac have in common? U.S. Route 6 in Iowa takes two-lane motorists from Davenport on the Mississippi River to Council Bluffs on the Missouri River. Built in one hour by 10,000 farmers and businesses across the state, Iowa’s Route 6 is part of the longest transcontinental highway in America. "River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6" guides viewers on a nostalgic classic car journey through yesterday’s soda shops, filling stations, general stores, drive-ins, and roadside attractions. Experience the sights and sounds, the people and the places that the four-lanes have forgotten...before they are gone forever. "River to River" is a documentary from Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle. They are the producers of the award-winning films "Villisca: Living with a Mystery", "Country School: One Room - One Nation" and "Lost Nation: The Ioway", among others. "River to River" was inspired by the Historic Highway 6 research and photography of David W. Darby.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Tammy Rundle was born and raised in, and attended West High School in Waterloo, Iowa. Kelly Rundle was a former resident of Bettendorf, Iowa. David Darby (Historical Highway 6 consultant) lives in Davenport, Iowa and is the president of the Iowa-Route 6 Tourist Association. The entire film was shot in Iowa in towns along historic Route 6 and on Route 6. Towns in the film include: Davenport, Wilton, West Branch, Iowa City, Coralville, Tiffin, the Amanas, Marengo, Ladora, Brooklyn, Grinnell, Newton, Des Moines, Dexter, Stuart, Adair, Atlantic, Lewis, Council Bluffs, as well as other towns along Highway 6. "River to River" takes place in whole in the state of Iowa.
 

Road to the Open

Professional Feature
RUN TIME: 1:30:42
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Cole Claassen - Director, Writer
Troy McKay - Producer
Eric Roberts, John Schneider - Actors
Agape Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A man helps his best friend and tennis partner out of a desperate rut in life through a long shot attempt at an international tennis tournament, The Open.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Troy McKay, producer and actor, was raised in Iowa, and graduated from UNI and currently attends Iowa State University.
 

Shadow

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:01:23
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Lauren Hass - Director, Writer, Producer
Jennie Swalve, David Swalve - Actors
LaHa Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A teenage girl comes from work to discover she may not be the only one that is home…

IOWA CONNECTION:
Lauren Hass is a student at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. It was produced in Waterloo, Iowa. The story takes place in Waterloo, Iowa.
 

Shattered Hopes

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:03:04
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Finnegan Pilcher, Helena Gruensteidl - Directors, Writers, Producers
Addison Williamson, Sylvia Visser - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
A short student film about lost love.

IOWA CONNECTION:
All of the cast and crew were either born or raised in, currently lives in, has worked in, and was educated in Iowa. The film was completely produced and shot in Iowa.
 

The Adventure Brothers

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:08:25
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Daniel Rairdin-Hale - Director
Linus Rairdin-Hale, Crosby Rairdin-Hale - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
The Adventure Brothers is a short film about two brothers on an epic adventure through the vast wilderness of their imaginations...along the way they encounter waterfalls, mountains, and monsters, all without ever leaving their backyard.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the production were born and/or raised in, and lives, or has lived in the state of Iowa. The film was shot or otherwise produced in, and takes place in the state of Iowa.
 

The Call

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:03:20
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Rachel Chow, Abdul Mokhtar- Directors, Writers, Producers
Abdul Mokhtar - Actor
Above Average Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A worn janitor goes to the basement of a school to drop off garbage, when he arrives he receives multiple mysterious calls from an old wall telephone, which leads to a fate he cannot foresee.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the production born and/or raised in, lives or has lived in, and was educated in the state of Iowa. The film was shot in Des Moines, Iowa.
 

The Cantor of Swabia

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 1:19:57
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Sabine Gölz, Oleg Timofeyev - Directors
Sabine Gölz - Producer
ArbatFilm - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
This documentary feature tells the story of Richard Gölz (1887-1975), German theologian and church musician, who rediscovered Reformation Music and reintroduced it to Protestant Church Services in Germany. In 1933, he started a revival of Gregorian Chant that continues until today. Towards the end of WWII, Gölz was imprisoned for hiding Jews. After the war, he became a Russian Orthodox priest and emigrated to the US. He spent the last 18 years of his life in Milwaukee, WI. Today, he is remembered in Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Museum. This film brings his story to a broader audience for the first time.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Both directors live in Iowa City. One of our cameramen (Christopher Renaud) graduated with an MFA in Film and Video production from the University of Iowa. The film was edited in Iowa City and supported by the University of Iowa.
 

The Gurgle

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 0:05:00
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Paul Huenemann - Director, Writer, Producer
Right Purdy Pictures, LLC - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A man waits for a late night bus, but something is waiting for him.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the film was born and/or raised in, lives or has lived in, works or has worked in, and was educated in the state of Iowa. The film was shot in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

The Hit

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:02:54
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Evan Wheeler - Director, Writer, Producer
Danny Hall, Tom Hall - Actors
Sound Boys Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A hit man is sent to eliminate a crime boss, at all costs.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The actors, were all born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. Evan Wheeler was raised in Dunkerton, Iowa and attends Hawkeye Community College, located in Waterloo. The film was shot in the city of Dunkerton, IA. The film takes place in a safe house located on an Iowa farm.
 

The Klostermann's Story

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:05:10
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Lauren Hass - Director, Writer, Producer
Val Klostermann - Actor
LaHa Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
This is a documentary featuring a family from the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area. Their world completely changes when the father of three is involved in a life-changing accident.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Lauren Hass is a student at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. The film was shot and takes place in Robins, Iowa.
 

The Loss

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:05:41
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Kris Wille - Director, Writer, Producer, Actor

SYNOPSIS:
When loss happens you learn that keeping memories alive is what is most important. Learn the story of a part of life few want to talk about. The death of a mother.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Kris Wille was born in Iowa City and raised in Belle Plaine, and worked in Iowa. Derek Phelps, camera operator, was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. Stephanie McKay, Narrator, lives or has lived in Des Moines, Iowa. Kris Wille, Derek Phelps, Kelsey Weber, and Isaac French were educated at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. The film was shot in Oxford, and Waterloo, Iowa.
 

The Lumiere Brothers: a legacy set in motion

Student Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:10:00
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Anna Steenson - Director, Writer, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
A short documentary on the impact and legacy of the Lumiere Brothers who brought motion picture industry to life.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Anna Steenson was born in Iowa. There are connections to Ainsworth, Iowa and Iowa State in the film.
 

The Misadventures of a Satanic Cult 6

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:03:18
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Insane Mike Saunders, Jason Bolinger- Directors
Insane Mike Saunders - Writer
Prescribed Films - Producer
Daniel Hampel, Justin Beahm - Actors
Prescribed Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
In this chapter, we expose the truth behind the ritual sacrifice of animals. Warning: content may be too awesome for some viewers.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone who worked on this film lives in Iowa. Most are from Ottumwa.
 

The Misadventures of a Satanic Cult 8

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:10:41
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Insane Mike Saunders, Jason Bolinger- Directors
Insane Mike Saunders - Writer
Prescribed Films - Producer
Tara Colby Bebber, Daniel Hampel - Actors
Prescribed Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Has the Satanic cult met its match? It's something so terrifying, so unnerving, and so...attractive? The cult faces off against its greatest fear...a woman.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone who worked on this film lives in Iowa. Most are from Ottumwa.
 

The Orange Man

Professional Feature
RUN TIME: 1:36:13
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Stephen Folker - Director, Writer, Producer
Ben Rollins, Dave Juehring - Actors
Stephen Folker Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
In 1987, Peter Walkins, a disgruntled door to door orange salesman brutally kills his first victim. Twenty-seven years later, land developer Gerald Johnson is acquiring an orange grove. Just served with divorce papers, he convinces his quirky friends (WILBUR, REGGIE, JIMMY) to join him on a fishing trip to clear his mind and finalize his business transaction. Unbeknownst to him, his soon to be ex-wife DEBORAH and her boyfriend ROGER will be vacationing in the same location. The following day, the group arrives at a quaint and secluded cabin. It's not long before strange noises in the night start to get the attention of Reggie, Gerald's wheelchair bound friend and the only one with any common sense. Gerald, thinking it's nothing, brushes his friends concerns aside. Soon, Reggie's fears are confirmed when he catches a glimpse of the 'Orange Man' while fishing. As the plot thickens, the Orange Man slowly and methodically begins picking them off one by one, utilizing his prosthetic hook hand and a sack of oranges. The Orange Man wants everyone to have a taste.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Many involved in the film were born and raised in, and lives or has lived in Iowa. The film was shot in Camanche, Iowa, Clinton, Iowa, Davenport, Iowa, and Scott County. The film takes place in Iowa.
 

The Pen

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 0:06:00
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Derek Nelson - Director, Writer, Producer
Naomi Van Gulick, Grace Schulte - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
Unsure what to do with her day, imagination brings joy to a bored girl. When a peer begins to bully her fantastic antics, the girl’s joy turns to anger and focuses on the bully. Regretting her retaliation, can she find a way to rectify her actions?

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director and actors were born and/or raised in, lives or has lived in, and was educated in the state of Iowa. The film was shot and takes place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

The Pinkerton

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:19:32
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Matt Resnick - Director, Writer
Matt Resnick, Sam Cihak - Producers
Thomas Graziano, Luke Schaefer - Actors
Midwestern Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Set in the Wild West, a roguish outlaw and his gang of miscreants terrorize a town. Only one man can bring them to justice-- the Pinkerton!

IOWA CONNECTION:
Matt Resnick was born in, lives, and works in Dubuque, Iowa. Matt Resnick attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Large portions of the film were shot in the Mines of Spain Recreational Area in Dubuque, IA. The film takes place in Eastern Iowa.
 

The Remnants of An Electrician

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:03:12
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Dacia Carter - Director, Writer, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
The Remnants of an Electrician is an experimental documentary by Dacia Carter, a Senior at the University of Northern Iowa, about her father who is a third generation electrical contractor. Rather than explore the conventional aspects of his work such as fixing light bulbs or wiring a home, this piece expresses what remains after three generations have chose to undertake the same occupation. Well, what is the remainder? The remainder is a storage unit full of history, tools and equipment to say the very least. This documentary expresses that sense of history through the camera without it being said, but to do so by capturing the dust and spider webs on said equipment and accumulation of materials that have been used and/or saved from previous jobs from the past fifty plus years. This documentary is the student’s last project of her academic career at the University of Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director and cast member were both born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, and currently live in Iowa.
 

The Woods

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:09:05
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Remington Smith - Director, Writer, Producer
Kristen DeGree, David Conrads - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
The Woods is a dialogue-free horror short that follows a lone woman in a desolate snowscape on a quest to take care of an ailing relative. Shot in -30 degree weather using only natural light and no digital trickery, The Woods is a horror-meets-arthouse narrative about the lengths we will go to take care of family.

IOWA CONNECTION:
All cast and crew lived in Iowa City at the time of production. All crew members attended the University of Iowa as undergraduates for graduate students in film production. Film was shot in Solon and North Liberty Iowa.
 

Theft Auto

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:11:35
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Matt Carney - Director, Writer, Producer
Christian Poppe, Robert Sheran - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
Two young men embark on an adventurous trip after they steal a car. Student Project for University of Iowa Fall 2015 Film Production: Fiction. Music By: Skeleton Lipstick, "Twenty Something Criminal", Funkmaster Flex, "Biggie/Tupac Live Freestyle".

IOWA CONNECTION:
Matt Carneyn lives and works in Iowa City, and currently attends the University of Iowa. The film takes places in Iowa for a small portion of the movie. It is referenced a few times in the film.
 

Through the Doorway

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:18
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Alex Colby, Abdul Mokhtar - Directors
Alex Colby - Writer
Ian Shields - Producer
Alex Colby, Lexie Turner, Lily Smith - Actors
Arbitrare Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A guy who starts heading out of his house oddly returns back to his normal place. This starts sparking a plethora of weird acts/deeds in order to escape the maze he has been put into. His ultimate goal is to escape his house...but he can't.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Alex Colby was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Alex Colby and Abdul Mokhtar live in, and were educated in Des Monies, Iowa. The film was shot in, and takes place in Des Moines, Iowa.
 

True/False

Student Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:09:19
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Alex Gibney - Director, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
Three subjects were asked to tell a personal story. It is up to the audience to decide the validity of each person's story.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Alex Gibney was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and lived there from the time he was born until he was 20. The second subject of the film, Ethan Uphouse is also from Cedar Rapids. Alex Gibney worked for Blue Sky Productions out of Marion, Iowa, and attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
 

Urgent

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:03:00
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Nathan Willits - Director, Writer
David Lane, Peter Joy - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
A man short on time and in need of relief find obstacles and danger.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Nathan Willits was born in Muscatine, Iowa. Many others involved in the film live or has lived in, and work or has worked in Iowa. The film was shot on location at El Olmito in Muscatine, Iowa.
 

Vilaneel

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:18
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Nick Busch - Director, Writer, Producer
Bryce Taylor, Amanda Elizabeth - Actors
Team F.I.I.P. - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A man remembers his past relationship threw a series of letters.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Nick Busch was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. Bryce Taylor was raised in Muscatine, Iowa. Amanda Elizabeth was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The film takes place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

We Three Kings

Pro-Am Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:03:25
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Laura Johnson - Director, Writer
The Johnson Strings - Producer
Karen Johnson, Laura Johnson - Actors
Laura Christine Portraits - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Filmed in the grand Paramount Theatre, The Johnson Strings bring a virtuosic level of polish and sophistication to this treasured Christmas carol. The ornate molding and opulent styling of the theater mirrors the message of the song: "We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we travel afar...star with royal beauty bright, guide us to thy Perfect Light".

IOWA CONNECTION:
The youngest performer, Silas, was born in the state of Iowa. The family has lived in Iowa for more than 15 years. The Johnson Strings live in Iowa near Cedar Falls. Paul Johnson works in Waterloo. Laura Johnson works in New Hartford. The Johnson Strings has been taught by string professors and doctors at Coe College, The University of Northern Iowa, and Wartburg College. The film was produced in Iowa near Cedar Falls, filmed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We Three Kings was filmed in the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

What Happens in the Woods

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:06:47
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Adam Orton - Director
Beau Batterson - Writer
Eric Benson, Beau Batterson - Producers
Will Kisner - Actor
Bus-Stop Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A man's obsession drives him into the heart of the forest to confront the beast that dwells within.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone one involved, both cast and crew, currently lives in Iowa. Bus-Stop Productions cast and crew are active members of the Iowa film production community. Many members of the Bus-Stop Productions crew are graduates of the University of Northern Iowa. WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WOODS was shot on location at George Wyth Memorial State Park in Waterloo, IA, 10 minutes from Bus-Stop Productions.
 

What I Discovered

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 0:10:56
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Channing Whitaker - Director, Writer
Kristy Whitaker - Producer
D.C. Douglas, Brad Douglas - Actors
Off Speed Cinema - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A man finds himself in the audience of a darkly themed, midnight, magic show and knows a secret about the magician. An audio and illustrated excerpt from the mystery/thriller novel "Until the Sun Rises: One Night in Drake Mansion" by Channing Whitaker.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Channing Whitaker was born and raised in Centerville, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2005. Channing continued to live in, and work in Iowa until 2009, including working in TV news production at KGAN and KFXA in Cedar Rapids. Channing has also written a feature horror film, which is due to release in 2016 called "KILD TV," and written a novel entitled: "Until the Sun Rises - One Night in Drake Mansion," which is primarily set in Iowa.
 

Whiskey Cookers: The Amazing True Story of the Templeton Bootleggers

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:58:26
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Dan Manatt - Director
Dan Manatt, Bryce Bauer- Writers, Producers
Democracy Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Think you know the story of the Templeton rye whiskey bootleggers? Think again. Whiskey Cookers, the award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary culled from never-before seen Prohibition Bureau files, Federal court documents and secret bootlegging letters tells the incredible TRUE story of how Templeton, Iowa — population 400 — became the rye whiskey bootlegging capital of America's heartland. (Note: Whiskey Cookers is an independent production and has NO AFFILIATION with the Templeton Rye Spirits LLC).

IOWA CONNECTION:
Bryce Bauer, producer/writer of Whiskey Cookers, was born and raised in Audubon, Iowa, just south of Templeton. Based on his research for Whiskey Cookers, Bryce also wrote the spin-off book Gentlemen Bootleggers, winner of the Best Iowa History Book given by the State Historical Society of Iowa. Several Contributing Producers live in Templeton and Audubon, Iowa. The Bauers are farm operators/managers in Audubon, Iowa. Bryce Bauer attended the University of Iowa; he also has written for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids. Nearly all interviews, and all location photography, was conducted, in Iowa. The film also features several prominent Iowa scholars. The film takes place in Templeton and Carroll County.
 

Withering

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:18
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Caleb Davis - Director, Writer
Josh Gingerich - Producer
Ben Stone, Gina Waters - Actors
Cranarke Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
"Withering" is a silent film that details the collapse of a relationship in one final moment.

IOWA CONNECTION:
All persons involved in the film were born and/or raised in Iowa, near Iowa City and have always lived in Iowa. All cast and crew members of the film work or have worked in Iowa and attended Mid-Prairie High School in Wellman, Iowa. Film was shot entirely in Kalona, Iowa.
 
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