ABOUT THE FILMS - 2014

A Young Man - Morphine

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 2:35:00
RATING: PG-13
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2014

CREDITS:
Sean Prior - Director

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director lives in Iowa.
 

Annexation

Student Long
RUN TIME: 0:28:08
RATING: PG-13
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Jake Roth - Writer, Actor

IOWA CONNECTION:
The writer/actor lives in Iowa.
 

Baking Alaska Trailer Website

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:30:05
RATING: PG
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Kristi Barber - Assistant Producer

SYNOPSIS:
Baking Alaska is an award-winning documentary film about two Southern sisters who pursue a dream of opening a bakery all the way to Homer, Alaska. Amid fishermen and outdoorsy adventurers they'€™ll face the challenges of an extreme environment and working with family.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The Assistant Producer lives in Iowa.
 

Best Mistake

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:03:15
RATING: G
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2014

CREDITS:
Kyle Decker - Project Lead

SYNOPSIS:
A girl and a boy get ready for a big date.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The project lead lives in Iowa.
 

Burning

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:08:22
RATING: PG
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Ben Sulzberger - Director, Writer, Editor

SYNOPSIS:
Momma was rage-crying like she did a lot that summer, communists, women doctors, Baptists all evil. It's time to burn the Baptist Church she said. Sounded bad to my little sister and me. This is how Dennis Ross' poem 'Burn the Church', which this film is adapted from, begins. Set in 1958 during a period of rapid change and perfect families, one boy, in the face of the complexities of his mother's 'rage-crying' must step up and protect his sister from the brunt of her ferocity, safeguard the church from his mother's clutches and save his 'momma' from herself.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/writer/editor lives in Iowa.
 

Calendars Trailer

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 0:03:06
RATING: n/a
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2014

CREDITS:
Bryan Butt - Cinematographer, Editor

SYNOPSIS:
This short spoken word piece takes an insightful look inside the mind of a 25-year old filmmaker.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The cinematographer/editor lives in Iowa.
 

Caught in Condiments

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:05:00
RATING: PG
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2014

CREDITS:
Brian Wagner - Co-Director, Co-Writer, Co-Producer, Co-Editor, Actor

SYNOPSIS:
After a new tax law is passed, a group of young adults carry out a special heist.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Brian Wagner- co-director/co-writer/co-producer/co-editor/actor - was raised in Marion, Iowa.
 

Dark Blue

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:04:08
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Kelby Halfpop

SYNOPSIS:
A music video about my grandma who has Alzheimer's Disease.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone in the film was raised in Belmond, Iowa.
 

Demetrius Harris' Random Shorts

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 0:36:53
RATING: G
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2014

CREDITS:
Demetrius Harris - Film Maker, Director, Music Producer

SYNOPSIS:
Demetrius Harris's Random shorts is about things that we humans some times do that tell us to laugh at our selves more and see the more funny side of life that we often do not see. We all just need a good laugh. This film is about the most random funny ideas that enter our minds... but what if they became real!

IOWA CONNECTION:
The film maker/director/music producer lives in Iowa.
 

Demonica

Pro-Am Feature
RUN TIME: 1:25:00
RATING: R
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2012

CREDITS:
Jason Bolinger - Actor, Producer; Insane Mike Saunders - Director

SYNOPSIS:
In 1986 a group a group of teens decides to have one hell of an after hours party at the local skating rink. Little do they know their party is going to be crashed by hellish creatures; released from a necklace possessed by an ancient evil.

Now the kids must choose between saving themselves and risking certain death in a human versus demon roller derby battle royale to save the world. They're about to find out that the only thing worse than demons is demons on skates!

IOWA CONNECTION:
The film was shot in Iowa. The director/editor lives in Iowa.
 

Guilt Free Shopping

Student Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:07:18
RATING: G
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
William Pierce - Filmmaker

SYNOPSIS:
A documentary about a local fair trade store and the employees who make a difference in so many people's lives.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The filmmaker was born in, and lives in Iowa.
 

Hollywood Troka - Entering The Exit

Pro-Am Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:03:50
RATING: PG-13
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2014

CREDITS:
James Hoff - Director, Actor, Editor

SYNOPSIS:
A psychedelic music video about moving on.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/actor lives in Iowa.
 

Horror Love

Pro-Am Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:03:38
RATING: PG
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Jason Bolinger - Actor, Producer; Insane Mike Saunders - Director

SYNOPSIS:
This is a music video for the song "Horror Love" by The PBJs. It's definitely a love song to Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, and Jason Voorhees.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The film was shot in Iowa. The actor/producer and director lives in Iowa.
 

I Never Said I Wasn't Happy Trailer Website

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:38:02
RATING: PG
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Sara Peak Convery - Director, Editor, Producer, Cinematographer

SYNOPSIS:
Happiness doesn't always make a good story. Before and after the death of her father, Sara Peak Convery (filmmaker and artist) obsessively examines her parents' conflicted relationship through the lens of her own paintings, family photography, and revealing interviews. The film observes how her mother finally claims her own identity as a widow.
 
IOWA CONNECTION:
Film was shot in Iowa. Filmmaker and subjects are all native Iowans. Filmmaker attended University of Iowa.
 

Justice for Eunice

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:44:07
RATING: G
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Russ Fry - Writer, Director

SYNOPSIS:
On May 12, 1864, Edward Rockefeller returned to Keokuk, Iowa from a nine-month trip down South. Two days later, Eunice Rockefeller was dead from a gunshot wound. The family story includes jealousy, murder, wounded confederate soldiers, and the richest man in US history. Justice for Eunice provides an historical account of these events, as well as a unique look at justice and the status of women when Iowa was on America'€™s frontier.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The writer/director lives in Iowa.
 

Kings - LIGHTHOUSES

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:32
RATING: PG-13
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2014

CREDITS:
Sean Prior - Director

SYNOPSIS:
Official Music Video for Kings "Lighthouses"

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director lives in Iowa.
 

Legos

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:02:16
RATING: PG-13
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Blake Lybbart - Producer

SYNOPSIS:
A grown man speculates why Legos are so wonderful.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The producer lives in Iowa.
 

Lenore Feldon

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:06:40
RATING: G
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Kathy Mitchell - Producer

SYNOPSIS:
A short film about my mother - A dancer

IOWA CONNECTION:
The producer lives in Iowa.
 

No One's Laughing

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:03:22
RATING: PG-13
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Connor Stickney  - Writer

SYNOPSIS:
Male College returns home from stressful day and turns to drinking. His friends call & invite him to a beer party and he decides to drive. Drunk, he runs over his friend who was walking home from the library. The female was walking home instead of going to the party.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The writer attends school in Iowa.
 

Off Speed Holidays

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 0:14:28
RATING: G
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Channing Whitaker - Writer, Director

SYNOPSIS:
Sadie, a neighbor girl, trick-or-treats every holiday, not just Halloween at a couples home, and in unusually obscure costumes.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The writer/director is a University of Iowa alum.
 

Pretty In Pink Covered In Dirt

Student Doc
RUN TIME: 0:13:11
RATING: PG
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2014

CREDITS:
Makaila Haase - Director

SYNOPSIS:
Makaila Haase jumped in the drivers seat for the first time at the age of 12. Since then, she's revved her way to the top of the racing circuit. As one of the few females on the track she has worked hard to advance her career and continues to compete with some of the best drivers in the country. This is only the Start for Makaila. She may not know where she is going but she sure is enjoying the ride.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director lives in Iowa.
 

Proof

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:12:47
RATING: PG-13
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Scott Strosahl - Writer, Director, Editor

SYNOPSIS:
One man fights to prove his innocence in the face of a governmental conspiracy.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The writer/director/editor lives in Iowa.
 

Red i Trailer

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 0:15:57
RATING: PG-13
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Ryan Brown - Director, Writer

SYNOPSIS:
A British space company seeks it's final applicant for the "Red i" mission to mars. The film follows Thomas Greene as he applies to fill the last spot on the shuttle and the reason he is so eager to leave.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/writer/producer lives in Iowa.
 

Resurrecting The Wetlands: The Story of Nahant Marsh Trailer

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:27:25
RATING: G
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Harry Walker - Filmmaker

SYNOPSIS:
Resurrecting the Wetlands: The Story of Nahant Marsh, is a film about the largest urban wetland on the Upper Mississippi River. The story started long before humankind set foot on this soil, when only the wind, the rain and the sun dictated the formation of the land. The view of wetlands as wastelands led to the destruction of 90 percent of these places in Iowa alone. Wetlands act as sponge, soaking up excess water and reducing the impact of flooding. They are the most biologically diverse habitats on the planet, supporting thousands of species of flora and fauna. Wetlands also provide great opportunities for scientific research and environmental education.  Nahant Marsh is a magnificent ecological treasure that could have been lost if it weren't for a few dedicated, creative individuals within governmental and private organizations. The film inspires folks to truly appreciate the value of the natural world. Full of rich history and fascinating tales, Resurrecting the Wetlands takes you on a journey to discover the past, present and future of Nahant Marsh.

Nahant Marsh on WQAD
Nahant on PSL

IOWA CONNECTION:
The film is shot in Iowa.
 

Reverie

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:14:20
RATING: PG-13
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2014

CREDITS:
Sean Prior - Director

SYNOPSIS:
Paul, a man dealing with a sudden death in the family and sleeplessness quits his job, packs up his car and heads to his secluded family cabin to clear his head. Once there Paul starts seeing and hearing weird things around the cabin. Are these things real? Or just the effects of grief and insomnia.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director lives in Iowa.
 

Rising Above: The National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:27:30
RATING: G
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2012

CREDITS:
Kent Newman - Writer, Producer, Director

SYNOPSIS:
The challenges presented to the museum by the Flood of 2008, and the people who worked to save it once the waters receded.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The writer/producer/director lives in Iowa.
 

Skindiana Gones and the Concrete Jungle

Student Long
RUN TIME: 0:37:00
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Landon Sheetz - Director, Writer, Editor, Actor

SYNOPSIS:
In a postmodern world of remakes, pastiche, and parody, we need, nay, deserve an action adventure story that is all of these things in one. Skindiana Gones and the Concrete Jungle follows our intrepid hero Skindy through a silly, sensationalistic, thrilling adventure to find some form of closure after his best friend is killed, to unlock the secrets of an ancient power, and to, ya know, save the world. Will he uncover the mystery behind the sacred Chamber of Hearts? Will his continuous battle with a sinister clone army get the best of him? Will he make bad one-liners and silly puns? Will there be a token foreign character that somehow knows a lot about the ancient mysteries? We've all been trained by popular culture to know the answers to all of these questions, and that's exactly why it's so much fun.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/writer/editor/actor lives in Iowa.
 

Tall Grass

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:23
RATING: PG
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Will Lenzen Jr. - Director, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
Bored on a Saturday, Emma takes her father up on his offer to go for a walk on a nearby trail. But curiosity puts Emma in a suspenseful situation with the unknown.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/producer lives in Iowa.
 

The Organizer

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:10:38
RATING: PG
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Susan Hippen - Director

SYNOPSIS:
Shirleen lives in a van, but convinces her brother she lives in the apartment she cleans. When he insists on staying overnight, she must force him out before the owner returns.

IOWA CONNECTION:
From Decorah, Iowa.
 

The Shower Trailer Website

Pro-Am Feature
RUN TIME: 1:18:02
RATING: R
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Drew Benda - Producer, Actor

SYNOPSIS:
Nick and Mary are your typical Hollywood couple. He's an unemployed waiter/screenwriter. She's a waitress and has appeared in four national commercials. Today is Mary's baby shower and they're happy to get out and catch up with all of their friends before the stork arrives. As the party winds down, a neighbor frantically knocks on the door. He's hurt, soaked in blood and carrying a big knife. He just stabbed his wife in self-defense after she inexplicably attacked him. And then the trouble really begins... Phones stop working. Water and power are shut off. Roads are closed. An infection is spreading across the city and turning people into homicidal maniacs. Nick, Mary and their friends hunker down, hoping to hang on until help arrives, but there's one big problem: They don't know who's been infected. One moment, you're talking to a friend. The next thing you know, she's trying to rip your face off. Day turns to night and there's no escape. Crazy killers roam the streets like buffalo, and it becomes clear that they're on their own. No one is coming to save them. In order to protect his family, Nick must rise to the occasion and become a leader, a warrior. It's their only hope for survival.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Producer and actor, was born and raised in Cedar Rapids. Associate producers are also Cedar Rapids natives.
 

This Balanced Breakfast

Student Long
RUN TIME: 0:33:37
RATING: PG-13
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Jake Roth - Director, Writer, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
Gerald had the perfect day planned.  However, one thing not onhis agenda was a good breakfast. especially a glass of orange juice.  He soon discovers why it's called the most important meal of the day as every aspect of his perfect day begins to fall apart.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/writer/producer attends school in Iowa.
 

Tick

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:08:10
RATING: G
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2014

CREDITS:
Eric Osborn - Director, Producer, Writer

SYNOPSIS:
A young writer is shown a new part of herself by a stranger outside her door.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director is from Iowa.
 

Valentimes Day

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 0:05:24
RATING: PG-13
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Paul Martin - Director

SYNOPSIS:
A time-traveling documentarian discovers love when a colleague accidentally joins him on a botched trip to the past.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director is from Iowa.
 

We Could Be Your Parents

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 0:18:00
RATING: PG-13
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Charlie Anderson - Director

SYNOPSIS:
Sue wants to have a baby, but first she needs her husband to quit smoking. Bob has been trying and failing for months now, so Sue gives him some added incentive: no sex until he successfully quits.
 

We Will Be Back - The Lake Delhi Story Website

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 1:00:26
RATING: G
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Charles Cunliffe - Director

SYNOPSIS:
On July 23rd 2010 more than 10 inches of rain fell on the Lake Delhi Watershed in a matter of hours, overflowing the lake and breaching the dam. Residents boats, docks, personal property and a way of life loved by generations were all swept away. This film is a brief history of the lake and a testament to the determination the people of the lake have to get their way of life back.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director lives in Iowa.
 

Werner

Student Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:11:12
RATING: R
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Matt Resnick - Director

SYNOPSIS:
Following the life of a young lunch-server-bar-worker-band-member-writer, we examine the struggle to be noticed in a world where everyone is special.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director lives and works in Iowa.
 

West Union A Deeply Connected: Sustainability in a Small Rural Community

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:26:30
RATING: G
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Kent Newman - Writer, Producer, Director

SYNOPSIS:
West Union (population 2,500), the county seat of Fayette County, was facing the need to replace its nearly 100 year-old water and sewer mains as well as other aging infrastructure around the Courthouse Square. Rather than proceeding with a traditional streetscape project, Main Street West Union engaged in a planning process that led to the community being selected by the Iowa Economic Development Authority as a Pilot Green Streets community. Timing was good for community development and infrastructure funding due to the federal stimulus program and the community ended up with not only new water and sewer mains but 6 blocks of pervious paving, a large geothermal energy district, LED street lighting, a public plaza, and ancillary energy efficiency programs for all main street businesses. The city's leadership has created a new, sustainable approach to updating and improving their infrastructure in a way that will provide a range of benefits to the economy, environment, and society, and serve the community of West Union for many years to come.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The writer/producer/director lives in Iowa.
 

What A Wonderful World

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:02:30
RATING:G

CREDITS:
Anna Steenson - Producer, Director, Creator

SYNOPSIS:
A stop-animation production with clay. The movie is set to the song "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director was born and raised in Iowa and attends school in Des Moines.
 

When Amy Came Home

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:08:07
RATING: PG
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Travis Reinders - Director, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
When their stepsister Amy comes home from camp, Sam and Conner's competitive nature gets the best of them.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The cast and crew live in Iowa.
 

You and I

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:02:27
RATING: G
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2013

CREDITS:
Helena Gruensteidl - Editor, Writer, Camera, Director

SYNOPSIS:
Stop-motion animation music video for "You and I"

IOWA CONNECTION:
Director lives and goes to school in Iowa.
 
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