2018 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival Announces

The Official Film Selections

Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers bring you the 2018 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, at the Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Road, Marion, Iowa. The festival will showcase the work of filmmakers from across the state and around the country, all with strong connections to Iowa.

Many films were submitted for consideration. A panel of judges awarded 39 with Official Selection status. These films will go on to compete for Gold and Silver Eddy Awards and the Audience Choice and Iowa Connection Eddys, which will be presented at a Saturday night ceremony.

“It’s another fine crop of films this year. We are proud to showcase some great Iowa filmmakers,” said festival founder and director Scott Chrisman.

The Official Selections represent a wide variety of features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, and experimental films at Student, Pro-Am and Professional levels.

Films to be screened are:

"¿Cómo Fue? A Cuban Journey" Director, Writer - Meg Moritz (Boulder, CO); Producer - Jeff Browne (Iowa City, IA)
"A Different Script" Directors, Producers - Eva Andersen (Center Point, IA), Francesca Carter (Cambridge, UK)
"A Spectrum of Faith" Director - Anna Steenson (Des Moines, IA)
"All the Things I Haven't Seen" Writer, Director, Producer - Ben Sulzberger (Ames, IA)
"Amelia 2.0" Director - Adam Orton; Producer - Enrico Natale; Writer - Rob Merritt (Cedar Rapids, IA)
"Angel Oscuro" Director, Editor, Writer - Wesley Methfessel (Des Moines, IA)
"August In Berlin" Director, Writer - Becky Smith; Producer - Olivia Charamsa (Los Angeles, CA)
"The Barn Raisers" Director, Writer - Kelly Rundle, Producer, Writer - Tammy Rundle (Moline, IL)
"Beautiful Brooke" Director, Writer - Michael P. Noens, Producers - Becky Blomgren, Marc Muszynski, Michael P. Noens (Arlington Heights)
"Camp Algona" Director, Writer - Gary W. Ewing (Mason City, IA); Producer - Camp Algona POW Museum
"Cicada " Director, Producer - Paul Meyer; Writer - Hannah Gansen
"Continuing a Legacy" Director, Writer - Micah Versemann (Waverly, IA); Producer - Shell Rock Karate Club
"Cry Like a Ghost" Director, Animator, Producer - Ben Kuhlmann (Peosta, IA)
"Dead Air" Director, Writer - Matt Tribble, Producer, Writer - Marc Bauer (Marion, IA)
"Dear Barbara Park" Director, Producer, Writer - Aaron Olson (Carlisle, IA)
"Depression! The Musical" Director, Producer, Writer - Keaton Fuller (Iowa City, IA)
"dissociate" Director, Producer, Writer - Rachel Renes (Cedar Falls, IA)
"Dyslexia - Vibrant Diversity" Animator - Anna Steenson
"East Meets West: The First Railroad Bridge to Cross the Mississippi River" Editor, Videographer - Denise Hollmer (Blue Grass, IA); Director, Writer - Julie Johnston (Davenport, IA)
"Follow You" Director, Producer, Writer - Tarrell Christie (Cedar Falls, IA); Producer - Luke Kreger
"The Fourth Wall" Director, Writer - Jake Roth (Dubuque, IA)
"The Gap" Director, Producer, Writer - Luke Kreger (Cedar Falls, IA)
"The Gift of the Magpie" Director, Producer, Writer - Anita George (Altadena, CA)
"The Helpers" Director, Writer - Christopher Metz (Kansas City, MO)
"Knocked Down" Director, Producer, Writer - Scott Van Daalen (Minneapolis, MN)
"Lament of the Milky Way" Director - Kevin J Railsback (Cedar Rapids, IA); Writer - Mary Blake; Producer - Karina O'Leary
"Leftovers" Directors - Insane Mike Saunders, Jason Bolinger (Ottumwa, IA); Writer - Insane Mike Saunders; Producer - Prescribed Films
"Live to Dream" Director, Writer - Sydnie Sanford (Des Moines, IA)
"Malheur" Director - Abdul Mokhtar; Assistant Director - Ezra Halter (Des Moines, IA)
"Man vs. Clay" Director, Editor - Oliver Carrell (Des Moines, IA)
"Morris" Director, Writer - Michael R. Helgens (Cedar Rapids, IA); Producers - Kevin & Deb Brubaker
"The Murder of William Martin" Director, Writer, Producer - Russ Fry (Burlington, IA)
"Skull of Elvis" Director, Writer - Insane Mike Saunders (Ottumwa, IA); Producer - Prescribed Films
"SNAPSHOTS" Director - Melanie Mayron; Writer, Producer - Jan Miller Corran (Oakland, CA); Producer - LeeAnne Matusek
"Someone Else's Hero" Director - Stephen Folker; Writer, Producer - Beth Hinde (Cedar Rapids, IA)
"The Spaceman" Director, Writer, Producer - Tarrell Christie (Cedar Falls, IA); Producer - Luke Kreger
"Tom, the Knife Salesman" Director, Writer - Ryan Brown (Brooklyn); Producers - Casey Denaro & David Morales
"THE VISION" Director, Producer - Lightning N Mitchell; Writer - Laura Allen (Independence, MO)
Collins Road Theatres Produce Iowa