ABOUT THE FILMS - 2018

¿Cómo Fue? A Cuban Journey

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:42:314
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Meg Moritz - Director, Writer
Jeff Browne - Producer
Emilie Johnson - Director of Photography
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
This is the story of Guillermo "Bill" Vidal, former mayor Denver, and the first immigrant to become a mayor of a major American city. Vidal was airlifted from his home in Cuba after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, and mistakenly placed in an orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado. He waited for years before being reunited with his parents.

Our crew of student-journalists and professional documentarians went to the island nation on a mission to travel back in time through Vidals' life, forever changed because of what has been called the largest exodus of unaccompanied minors in the history of the Western Hemisphere: Operation Peter Pan (in Spanish, Operación Pedro Pan).

Vidal went on to work for more than 20 years with the Colorado Department of Transportation, where he spent five years as executive director. He later worked as the public works manager for the City and County of Denver, negotiating a 20-year franchise agreement with Xcel Energy, introducing the city's first storm and sewer and sanitary sewer master plans, and developing Denver's first strategic transportation plan.

In his time with the City of Denver, Vidal became deputy mayor under Gov. John Hickenlooper. When Hickenlooper resigned to run for governor in 2011, Vidal became mayor pro-tem, but chose to serve only until the new mayor could be elected.

Vidal serves as not only a model immigrant but as a model citizen, someone who has dedicated his life to public service.

And it all started in Cuba.

IOWA CONNECTION:
CU News Corps founder Sandra Fish is a native of Iowa who earned her bachelor's degree in journalism at Iowa State University. Producer Jeff Browne lives in Iowa City. CU News Corps founder Sandra Fish lived the first 26 years of her life in Iowa. Producer Jeff Browne is the executive director of Quill and Scroll, a national journalism honor society housed in the School of Journalism at the University of Iowa. He also teaches journalism courses at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City. CU News Corps founder Sandra Fish went to high school in Iowa and earned her BA in journalism from Iowa State University.
 

A Different Script

Student Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:30:03
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Eva Andersen - Director, Producer
Francesca Carter - Director, Producer
Isaac Brockshus - Composer
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
Twenty-year-old Chris Lopes is finally on the pathway to his dream of becoming a professional actor, but as a young man with Down syndrome, he is still struggling to achieve independence in his personal life. Chris lands a Hollywood agent and auditions for one big role that he hopes will be his big ticket to fame. All the while, his family worries about the practicality of his dreams and his desire to move to LA and live on his own.

This documentary captures the heart of a young man who never gives up and reveals how acting has not only changed Chris' life but is giving him an unexpected path toward independence. Through Chris' story, A Different Script explores the global disability rights movement by focusing on the fair representation of people with developmental disabilities in the entertainment industry and the unique challenges they face in their careers and personal lives.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Co-director and producer Eva Andersen is from Iowa, where she currently lives and works. Composer Isaac Brockshus is also from and went to school in Iowa.
 

A Spectrum of Faith

Student Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:16:00
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Anna Steenson - Director

SYNOPSIS:
"A Spectrum of Faith" showcases diverse religious communities of greater Des Moines. Whether they arrived before last century or just last decade, these Iowans who practice the world's major faith traditions- Sikhism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam-extend the state's proud history of welcome to readers of all faith backgrounds. This documentary explores Drake University students' and faculty's journey of researching and writing the book that encapsulates Iowa’s diversity.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Anna Steenson, the director was born and raised in Iowa. The documentary involves Drake University students who live in Iowa during the year as well as diverse religious groups found in the greater Des Moines area. Anna Steenson, the director went to Theodore Roosevelt High School, Central Academy/Central Campus, and is currently enrolled at Drake University. The whole film was produced in Iowa. (Particularly in the greater Des Moines area).
 

All the Things I Haven't Seen

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:13:40
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Ben Sulzberger - Writer, Director, Producer
Keegon Jackson, Mat Wymore - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
Two men meet under unusual circumstances that foster a unique intimacy betwen them.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Ben Sulzberger was born and raised in Ames, Iowa. He is currently a student at the University of Iowa. Ben is the director and writer of this film. "All the Things I Haven't Seen" was shot in Ames, Iowa  

Amelia 2.0

Professional Feature
RUN TIME: 01:29:20
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Adam Orton - Director
Rob Merritt - Writer
Enrico Natale - Producer
Angela Billman, Ben Whitehair, Eddie Jemison, Kamar de los Reyes, Kate Vernon, Debra Wilson, Chris Ellis, Ed Begley Jr. - Actors
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
When his wife Amelia suffers an aneurysm that leaves her bedridden and slowly dying, police officer Carter Summerland searches for a way to revive her. He's approached by Wesley Enterprises about allowing Amelia to be the test subject for an experimental program that will place her mind in a new, artificial body - and out of desperation, Carter agrees. But is the result really Amelia Summerland? Or is it something else entirely? Set in the very near future, AMELIA 2.0 uses current, existing technology as a launchpad for a story about where the line truly is between life and death, and to ask the question: What is is that makes us human?. It explores the motivations behind the team that creates Amelia, from genius but standoffish Dr. Ellen Beckett to the kind yet arrogant industrialist Paul Wesley, who funds the work. It explores the fallout in the scientific, legal and religious community, with opposition to the project spearheaded by the passionate Senator Williams. But most importantly, it explores the struggle of Amelia herself, who tries to understand what's happened to her, whether she is still human, and whether she'll ever be able to return to the life she once knew - even as those around her question whether she has a right to that life at all.

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. Filmed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Film takes place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

Angel Oscuro

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:03:52
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Wesley Methfessel - Director, Editor, Writer

SYNOPSIS:
This is the opening/credit scene of a full length feature which is in the process of being filmed. The purpose is to give a background on the Dark Angel. Set in 1865, a runaway slave is being chased down by a mean, bad colonist. The chase gets interrupted by a sinister figure whose purpose is to collect evil souls.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Wesley Methfessel was born and raised in Des Moines, IA. His role in the film was writing it, director, camera man, and editor.
 

August In Berlin

Professional Feature
RUN TIME: 01:15:00
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Becky Smith - Director, Writer Olivia Charamsa - Producer
Max Von Puffender, Mariah Katharina Friedrich - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
Strangers meet in a Berlin coffee house, take an immediate dislike to one another, and find that their forced intimacy disrupts their carefully constructed lives.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Becky Smith, Writer/Director, was born and raised in Okoboji, Iowa, where she has a cottage and returns a number of times every year. She has shot a feature film on location in Iowa, done numerous workshops with filmmakers in Iowa, and intends to shoot another feature in Iowa. The screenplay was worked on in Iowa.
 

The Barn Raisers

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:54:26
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Kelly Rundle - Director, Writer
Tammy Rundle - Producer, Writer
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
Produced by MidAmerica-Emmy nominated Kelly and Tammy Rundle, "The Barn Raisers" tells the fascinating and true story of vintage barns and the mysterious men who built them. Barns were constructed by farmer-craftsmen, professional builders who traveled from job to job and even architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Benton Steele and African American round barn builder Alga Shivers. "The Barn Raisers" examines barns through the lens of architecture and paints a cinematic portrait of an enduring cultural icon.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Producer Tammy Rundle was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. Producers Tammy and Kelly Rundle lived in Bettendorf, Iowa at one time. Production Assistant Melinda Carriker lives in Des Moines, Iowa, and Production Assistant Caroline Bredekamp lives in Spragueville, Iowa. Producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle film most of their subjects in the state of Iowa. PAs Melinda Carriker and Caroline Bredekamp both work in Iowa. "The Barn Raisers" was filmed in Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan. The film features numerous barns throughout the state of Iowa, and includes interviews with Iowa barn owners and scholars.
 

Beautiful Brooke

Professional Feature
RUN TIME: 01:32:33
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Michael P. Noens - Director, Writer
Becky Blomgren, Marc Muszynski, Michael P. Noens - Producers
Annie Rix, Caty Gordon - Actors
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
Brooke finds herself miserable and alone after her boyfriend discovers she cheated on him. With the encouragement and guidance of Helen, her long-time best friend, Brooke sets out on a journey to find out why she cannot stop betraying those who get close to her. Taking several twists and turns through highs and lows, Brooke digs up her past in hopes to find the key to a better future.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Cast member Steve Coulter lived in Iowa City, IA from 2003-2007 while attending University of Iowa. Production Manager Erica Lynn Schmeck worked in Cedar Rapids, IA as the Production Manager on "Amelia 2.0" (formerly "The Summerland Project"). Additionally, cast member Dennis Florine has worked for the Riverside Theater Company in Iowa City, IA for several seasons since 2010. Cast member Steve Coulter attended University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA from 2003-2007 where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Business Management.
 

Camp Algona

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:56:58
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Gary W. Ewing - Director, Writer
Camp Algona POW Museum - Producer

SYNOPSIS:
When WW II starting turning in favor of the Allies in late 1943 and 44 Great Britain could not handle the overflow of captured German soldiers. It became necessary to step forward with the construction of POW camps around the United States. One such camp was located in the rural community of Algona, Iowa. The POW camp became a boon to the local economy bringing jobs and providing the local farmers a source of cheap manual labor for working on the farms as most of the work force was off fighting the war. Today nothing remains of the camp as it was almost immediately sold or dismantled when the war ended and the prisoners were repatriated.This is where the Camp Algona POW Museum comes in. The museum serves as a learning center for the curious for what life might have been like in a prison camp. The museum abounds with memorabilia from that era. Also featured in the film is the famous nativity scene the prisoners built and left behind as a gift to the city of Algona.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Director Gary Ewing is from Iowa. Director Gary Ewing lives in, works in and was educated in Iowa. This film was produced in whole in the state of Iowa. The film was shot in and takes place in Iowa.
 

Cicada

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:02:48
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Paul Meyer - Director, Producer
Hannah Gansen - Writer
Hannah Gansen, Brendan Collins - Actors
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
Gansen searches for a love that's found once every seventeen years.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Hannah Gansen was born in Cedar Rapids, IA, and grew up in Toddville. She is the writer and lead actress in this short film. Gansen is a Kirkwood Community College and Cornell College graduate.
 

Continuing a Legacy

Pro-Am Freestyle
RUN TIME: 00:02:15
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Micah Versemann - Director, Writer
Shell Rock Karate Club - Producer
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
For 30 years the Shell Rock Karate Club has been continuing the legacy of martial arts. Now learn about the heart behind the club.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the film is from Iowa, lives, works and was educated in Iowa. The film was shot and produced entirely in Iowa.
 

Cry Like a Ghost

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:02:18
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Ben Kuhlmann - Director, Animator, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
An elderly man is haunted by the memory of his loved one who left this world too soon.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Ben Kuhlmann was born in Davenport, Iowa and grew up in Peosta, a small town just west of Dubuque.
 

Dead Air

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:03:23
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Matt Tribble - Director, Writer
Marc Bauer - Producer, Writer
Rob Merritt - Actor

SYNOPSIS:
A rock radio DJ must fight against his station's corporate interest when they force changes to his show.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Matthew Tribble (Director) grew up in Marion, Iowa. Several other members of the crew and cast were as well. All of the actors in this film live in the state of Iowa. All of the crew have gone to/are going to college at a school in Iowa. Everyone in this movie is currently working in the state of Iowa. Marc Bauer (Producer) graduated a few years ago from the University of Iowa. The film was shot entirely in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area. The film takes place in the eastern Iowa area, although no specific city is ever named in the movie.
 

Dear Barbara Park

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 00:06:40
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Aaron Olson - Director, Producer, Writer

SYNOPSIS:
Years after his mother was diagnosed with cancer, Aaron reflects on how that experience changed him. "Dear Barbara Park" is a poetic letter about how to deal with life's twists and turns.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Aaron Olson, the film's director and writer was born and raised in Iowa. He grew up in Carlisle, IA, ten minutes outside Des Moines. Aaron Olson, the film's director and writer, attended the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls.
 

Depression! The Musical

Pro-Am Feature
RUN TIME: 01:30:40
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Keaton Fuller - Director, Producer, Writer
Julia-Kaye Rohlf, Skyler Matthias - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
Amy Borders has ended up back home after a failed suicide attempt. As she tries to rebuild her life, she takes to using musical fantasies to combat her depression.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Most, if not all, involved with the film live, work and were educated in Iowa. The entire film was shot in Iowa. Filming cities included Iowa City, Clinton, and Marion. The film takes place in Clinton, IA.
 

dissociate

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 00:02:25
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Rachel Renes - Director, Producer, Writer
Jessica Perez, Sarah Sandbulte - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
We all go through different experiences in our life, and unfortunately some people are given the experience of having a harder time with mental health. For someone on the outside, it seems almost impossible to fully conceptualize what someone with mental health problems is going through. This video aims to capture some of the thoughts and the experience of someone going through by capturing both an auditory and visual experience, usually an experience that is not congruent with each other.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Rachel Renes, Jessica Perez, Sarah Sandbulte, Donna Renes, and Brian Renes were all raised in Sioux Center, Iowa. Jessica Perez, Sarah Sandbulte, Donna Renes, and Brian Renes are all educated in Iowa. Donna and Brian Renes were educated at Northwestern Iowa in Orange City. Jessica Perez and Sarah Sandbulte were educated at Sioux Center High School. Rachel Renes was educated at the University of Northern Iowa. The film was shot in Sioux Center, Iowa.
 

Dyslexia - Vibrant Diversity

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 00:05:04
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Anna Steenson - Animator

SYNOPSIS:
"Dyslexia: Vibrant Diversity" encompasses the challenges and gifts of dyslexia. The animation depicts what it can be like to be dyslexic through scientifically-informed simulations as well as visual representation of cognition pathways that demonstrate methods of dyslexic thinking and processing. One in five people struggle with dyslexia.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Anna Steenson, animator, was born in raised in Des Moines, Iowa. Anna Steenson, animator, was educated in Des Moines, Iowa (Theodore Roosevelt High School, Central Academy/Central Campus, and is currently studying at Drake University).
 

East Meets West: The First Railroad Bridge to Cross the Mississippi River

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:42:55
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Denise Hollmer - Editor, Videographer
Julie Johnston - Director, Writer

SYNOPSIS:
Produced by Heritage Documentaries, a local non-profit organization, it is written/directed by Julie Wine Johnston with videography and editing by Denise Hollmer.

The documentary tells the story of the bridge that first connected Rock Island to Davenport in 1856, including how Henry Farnam led the effort to build the railroad and the bridge; the dramatic collision with the steamboat Effie Afton just two weeks after the bridge was completed; and Abraham Lincoln's successful defense of the railroad's right to cross the river in the trial that followed. The bridge was not only a symbol of conflict but a crucial link to the transcontinental railroad and settlement of the West. Both locally and nationally, its historic importance cannot be overstated.

The doc features interviews with Lincoln historian Douglas Wilson and esteemed historian and author Douglas Brinkley as well as bridge engineer and historian Bill Ashton, and Rock Island Arsenal historians George Eaton and Paul-Thomas Ferguson, intertwined with stories from local residents with family connections to this significant site of U.S. westward settlement that came almost 20 years before the bridge in St. Louis.

Douglas Brinkley said, "If I were to pick the symbol, to put my thumb on a map of where that connection between East and West began, it was not at the arch in St. Louis (that's for Lewis and Clark history). The real beginning of connection east and west was the bridge that connected Rock Island, Illinois, with Davenport, Iowa."

IOWA CONNECTION:
Writer/Director Julie Wine Johnston was born and raised in Davenport. Videographer/Editor Denise Hollmer currently lives in Blue Grass, Iowa, and has lived in Iowa since 1985. Parts of the documentary were shot in Davenport, LeClaire, and Muscatine, Iowa. Film takes place in Davenport, IA.
 

Follow You

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:05:15
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Tarrell Christie - Director, Producer, Writer
Luke Kreger - Producer
Nikyah Christie, Skyler Ferguson - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
After an alien creature seemingly wipes out humanity, a lone survivor reminisces on the event while searching for their fiancé throughout the wasteland.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the production was born and raised in Cedar Falls Iowa. Everyone in the production currently lives in Iowa. Writer/Director Tarrell Christie and Production Assistant/Producer Luke Kreger both graduated from Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. Tarrell Christie currently studies at Universality of Northern Iowa. The film was shot mainly in Cedar Falls, with some additional forest footage shot in Waterloo.
 

The Fourth Wall

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 00:36:30
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Jake Roth - Director, Writer, Actor

SYNOPSIS:
A struggling private investigator follows a trail of disturbing video tapes left behind by a masked psychopath in order to track down a missing girl.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The entire cast has lived in Dubuque, IA the majority of their lives. The film was primarily filmed in Dubuque, IA.
 

The Gap

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:07:25
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Luke Kreger - Director, Producer, Writer
Sam Tansey - Actor

SYNOPSIS:
A writer with the worst writers block is given inspiration by the being in the gap in exchange for human sacrifice.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Sam Tansey, Tarrell Christie, and Luke Kreger were raised in Iowa. Sam Tansey was raised in Brandon, IA. Tarrell and Luke were raised in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. Tarrell was the sound recordist. Luke Kreger was the writer, director, and editor. Sam Tansey played the main role of Arthur Tate. Everyone involved in the production lives in the Cedar Valley area. Sam Tansey lives in Waterloo. Tarrell Christie and Luke Kreger live in Cedar Falls. Tarrell was the sound recordist. Luke Kreger was the writer, director, and editor. Sam Tansey played the main role of Arthur Tate. Everyone involved in the production works in Iowa. Tarrell was the sound recordist. Luke Kreger was the writer, director, and editor. Sam Tansey played the main role of Arthur Tate. Luke Kreger and Tarrell Christie went to Cedar Falls High School. Both studied at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. Tarrell Christie is now attending UNI. Sam Tansey went to school in Independence. The film was shot in Cedar Falls.
 

The Gift of the Magpie

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:10:45
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Anita George - Director, Producer, Writer
Helen Slayton-Hughes, Milton Severe - Actor
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
It's carpe diem for a couple of small-time grifters on Christmas Eve, 1934.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Most, if not all, involved in the film lives or has lived in Iowa, was educated in Iowa, and works in Iowa. Filmed entirely in Mount Pleasant and Burlington. The film does not specifically state that it takes place in Iowa, but the look and feel suggest that it must be the Midwest in the 1930s.
 

The Helpers

Student Long
RUN TIME: 00:28:05
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Christopher Metz - Director, Writer
Will Brewster, Emily Radford - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
Two "helpers", beings who are responsible for what we recognize as fate or chance, attempt to help a man overcome the scars a traumatic event has left in his life.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director and writer Christopher Metz was raised in the state of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. The writer and director Christopher Metz lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for 25 years and later Montour Iowa for a few years. The writer and director Christopher Metz worked in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at Kirkwood Community College doing video production and photography for almost 12 years. The writer and director Christopher Metz went to elementary, middle school and high school in Cedar Rapids, and went to college at Kirkwood Community College and later the University of Iowa.
 

Knocked Down

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:07:54
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Scott Van Daalen - Director, Producer, Writer
Andrew Stecker, John Edel - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
Miles (Andrew Stecker), an up and coming local boxer, is set to fight in his next match. His opponent, Byron Lynwood (Demi Adediran), is the one thing standing between Miles and the chance to fight for a championship. However, Miles is faced with the decision of choosing what is most important to him: his career or his family.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Scott Van Daalen was born and raised through High school in Waverly, IA. Scott Van Daalen was born and raised through High school in Waverly, IA.
 

Lament of the Milky Way

Pro-Am Freestyle
RUN TIME: 00:04:30
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Kevin J Railsback - Director
Mary Blake - Writer
Karina O'Leary - Producer

SYNOPSIS:
Lament of the Milky Way is both a celebration of the visual evidence of our galaxy and a call for the preservation of darkness in the night (that the milky way and all of our stars and planets may be seen.)

Kevin's stunning photography captures the awe-inspiring beauty of the night sky – where it can yet be found – creating a captivating and memorable appeal.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Kevin J Railsback lived in Iowa since 1976. Kevin lives in Cedar Rapids and filmed and edited all the footage in the film. Kevin worked with several other production companies here in Iowa in various roles from Production Assistant to Director of Photography and everything in between. Kevin attended Shellsburg High School and attended Kirkwood Community College. Producer Karina also attended high school here in Iowa. Some sequences were shot in Cedar Rapids, Volga River State Recreation Area, Shimek State Forest near Donnilson as well as Otter Creek Marsh near Tama, Iowa. The film really covers a global scale since light pollution occurs around the world but there are several spots in Iowa where you can not only see the Milky Way in all it's glory but also the problem with light pollution as well.
 

Leftovers

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:00
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Insane Mike Saunders, Jason Bolinger - Directors
Insane Mike Saunders - Writer
Prescribed Films - Production Company
Jill Emmert, Ben Canny - Actors
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
You've left them in the back of the fridge far too long. Now those moldy remains of meals gone by have spawned more than mere mold. Those leftovers want YOU for dinner!

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the production is from Iowa. Prescribed Films production company is based in Ottumwa Iowa. The film was entirely shot and takes place in Ottumwa, Iowa.
 

Live to Dream

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

CREDITS:
Sydnie Sanford - Director, Writer

SYNOPSIS:
Teenage girl who aspires to make a dream world for herself by lucid dreaming. She quickly realizes that creating the world is a lot easier then leaving it.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Sydnie Sanford - Director/Editor was born and raised, lives, works and was educated in Des Moines, IA. The film was shot and takes place in Des Moines, IA.
 

Malheur

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:06:17
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Abdul Mokhtar - Director
Ezra Halter - Assistant Director

SYNOPSIS:
After a wealthy man (Augustine LeMaire) dies, four people plot to steal the inheritance.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Abdul Mokhtar lives in, and was educated in Des Moines, Iowa.
 

Man vs. Clay

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:02:08
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Oliver Carrell - Director, Editor

SYNOPSIS:
A fast paced duel between a highly trained assassin and a sentient ball of clay. Only one will be victorious.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Oliver Carrell - Director/Editor, was born and raised, and educated in Des Moines, IA. The film was shot and takes place in Des Moines, IA.
 

Morris

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:12:45
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Michael R. Helgens - Director, Writer
Kevin & Deb Brubaker - Producers
Dylan Jaeger, Scott Blow - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
A troubled young man is confronted with the long term effects of sexual abuse and learns that his abuser has a new victim.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved with the production born and/or raised, lives or has lived, works and was educated in the state of Iowa. The film was shot primarily in Cedar Rapids, IA. The film takes place in Cedar Rapids, IA and Monticello, IA
 

The Murder of William Martin

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:21:44
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Russ Fry - Director, Producer, Writer

SYNOPSIS:
The Murder of William Martin: On August 9, 1832, several Meskwaki, in retaliation for an attempt by drunken militia men to kill the peaceful Chief Tama, shot and scalped 23 year-old William Martin near Little York, Illinois in Warren County. This is a true story of prejudice, revenge, compassion, and justice.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Writer/director/producer Russ Fry was born and raised, lives, works and was educated in Iowa. The whole film was done in Iowa except for Illinois historic sites. Part of the events took place near Iowa. Many of the events were across the river in Illinois.
 

Skull of Elvis

Pro-Am Freestyle
RUN TIME: 00:02:20
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Insane Mike Saunders - Director, Writer
Prescribed Films - Production Company
The band X-Ray Mary, Heather Johnson - Actors
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
Music video for the band X-Ray Mary where aliens use Elvis' skull to take over the world.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved with the production is from Iowa. Everyone in the band is from Iowa. Everyone involved with the production works and was educated in Iowa. The video was shot in Ottumwa, Iowa and Fairfield, Iowa.
 

SNAPSHOTS

Professional Feature
RUN TIME: 01:35:00
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Jan Miller Corran - Writer, Producer
Melanie Mayron - Director
LeeAnne Matusek - Producer
Piper Laurie, Brooke Adams - Actors
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
Love lost, love found, love betrayed. When Rose's secret past collides with her granddaughter's secret future and her daughter Patty's angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to accept decades of deceit. What happens that summer of 1960 when Louise and Zee enter the lives of Rose and Joe Muller. Fifty years at a lake home, one camera. With the discovery of a simple roll of film it begins.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The writer and producer was born in Des Moines and attended the University of Iowa. The writer and producer grew up in Des Moines and then lived 20 years in Sioux City before moving to California. The film was shot in California and Missouri but the film has numerous references to Iowa as the story is based on a true story.
 

Someone Else's Hero

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 00:17:10
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Stephen Folker - Director
Beth Hinde - Writer, Producer
Cory Kays, Lora Adams - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
A woman deals with her own guilt following the death of her only son in the Iraq war as does his best friend who also served in the military.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Beth Hinde and Stephen Folker were born and raised, and lives in Iowa. Stephen Folker works at Folker Films in Davenport, Iowa. Beth Hinde was educated at Jefferson High School in Independence, Iowa. The film was shot and takes place in Independence, Iowa.
 

The Spaceman

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:06:50
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Tarrell Christie - Director, Writer, Producer
Luke Kreger - Producer
Lakin Mims, Finch Moore - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
After a young African American astronaut is chosen to volunteer on a one man mission into a wormhole, he must confront the issues he left behind on Earth throughout the unknown parts of space.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the production is a native of Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa. Everyone involved in the production currently lives in Cedar Falls or Waterloo, Iowa. Writer/Director Tarrell Christie and Sound Recorder Luke Kreger currently co-own a freelance video production group in Cedar Falls named Lost Utopia Films. Writer/Director Tarrell Christie graduated from Hawkeye Community College (Waterloo) and currently is enrolled at University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls). Sound recorder Luke Kreger graduated from Hawkeye Community College. The film was completely shot and created in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The film takes place in a future/retro style of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
 

Tom, the Knife Salesman

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 00:10:56
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Ryan Brown - Director, Writer
Casey Denaro & David Morales - Producers
Adam Weppler, Dan Berkey - Actors
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SYNOPSIS:
A down on his luck knife salesman, Tom, is the worst sales rep in his division. While going door-to-door, Tom is kidnapped by a paranoid burglar who believes Tom’s sales pitch is just a rouse to capture him. It’s certainly no dull day for Tom, and to get out alive – he’ll need to be sharper than a knife.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Ryan Brown (Writer/Director) was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ryan's sister, Molly Brown ("Conviction", "Gone"), plays the role of the 911 Operator. Molly was also born and raised in Cedar Rapids. Ryan Brown moved to New York City for college in 2011. Before that, he lived in Iowa since 1992. During Ryan's high school years, he made a mean Turkey Tom at Jimmy John's in the south east side of Cedar Rapids. Ryan and Molly Brown both attended K-12 in Cedar Rapids. Molly also graduated from the University of Iowa. Ryan attended Kirkwood before transferring to CUNY in NYC. The inspiration for the setting was Ryan's suburban upbringing. To emulate that look, the crew had to venture outside of NYC to Long Island to get a more suburban feel. The film itself does not explicitly state a location and I like every audience to be able to feel it could take place in their own community.
 

THE VISION

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:27:15
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Lightning N Mitchell - Director, Producer
Laura Allen - Writer

SYNOPSIS:
THE VISION tells the story to give credit to the pioneers of women's professional basketball that play in the WBA. So that these women may be able to enjoy what they have achieved by having laid the foundation and paved the way for women's professional basketball here in the United States. Also so they may be able to share this story with their daughters and sons, especially their daughters, that have the same desire to play the game like their mothers, aunties or cousins had played. This story is not just about THE VISION of the Women's Basketball Association. It's much bigger than that. THE VISION is the true story of the success of the Women's Professional Basketball here in the United States. American women had to leave the country to play professional basketball, while their male counterparts had been playing in the United States for decades. With the arrival of the Women's Basketball Association (WBA) the first ever spring and summer women's professional basketball league, it finally gives the American woman an opportunity to play professional basketball here in the United States.

IOWA CONNECTION:
We Have a team in Cedar Rapids Iowa.
 
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