Cedar Rapids Independent Film Makers

Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers Announce 2022 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival Award Winners

Cedar Rapids, IA, April 2, 2022 – Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers hosted the 2022 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 at the Collins Road Theatres in Marion, Iowa. This is the first time the festival has been held in two years following the 2020 event's postponement due to the pandemic. The Festival showcased the work of filmmakers from across the state and around the world. In accordance with CRIFM's stated mission, all the films screened featured stories or filmmakers with strong connections to the Hawkeye State.

CRIFM's Executive Director Scott Chrisman was impressed with this year's slate of films. “Iowa’s filmmakers continue to showcase the talent in our state,” he said. "The films this year show Iowans at the forefront of many pivotal events both in our nation’s history and actively participating and engaging on present day issues. Filmmaking is a great way to discuss and comment upon who we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going as a state, a nation, and human beings."

Gold and Silver Eddy Awards were presented to Professional, Professional-Amateur and Student filmmakers in Feature, Short Form, Documentary, and Freestyle categories.

And the Eddys went to. . .

Professional Short Form

Gold Eddy:

THE BURIAL
Written and Directed by Jack Meggers (West Des Moines, IA)
Anatomical Heart Films

Silver Eddy:

THE LAST MINUTE TILL MIDNIGHT
Directed by Adam Orton (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Written and Produced by Beau Batterson (Waterloo, IA)
Flow Media and Bus-Stop Productions



Professional Feature

Gold Eddy:

TWO WAYS HOME
Produced by Tanna Frederick (Los Angeles, CA)
Directed by Ron Vignone (Los Angeles, CA)

Silver Eddy:

A Dead Dame in Hollywood
Written and Directed by Shawn Schminke (Van Nuys, CA)
Produced by Alicia Schminke (Van Nuys, CA)
Schminke Studios



Professional Documentary

Gold Eddy:

THE COLLINS STORY - CONNECTING THE MOON TO EARTH: LIVE FROM THE MOON
Executive Produced and Written by Annette Juergens Busbee (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Edited by Eric Dean Freese (Marion, IA)
Busbee Communications/Wired Production Group/AACLA

Silver Eddy:

STOUT HEARTED: GEORGE STOUT AND THE GUARDIANS OF ART
Produced by Marie Wilkes (Iowa City, IA)
Directed by Kevin Kelley (Iowa City, IA)
Vibrant Image Productions and New Mile Media Arts



Pro-Am Feature

Gold Eddy:

THE SEAGULL
Directed by Carol MacVey (Iowa City, IA)
Composed by Gary Monheit (El Cerrito, CA)



Pro-Am Short Form

Gold Eddy:

FRIENDLY FACES (PILOT)
Written and Directed by Keaton Fuller (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Silver Eddy:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Directed by Joseph Belez (Marengo, IA)



Pro-Am Documentary

Gold Eddy:

A PLACE TO GROW
Directed by Dick DeAngelis (Fairfield, IA)
Fair Field Productions

Silver Eddy:

THE STORY OF VERMEER STRONG:
REMEMBERING THE EVENTS OF JULY 19, 2018
Directed by Aaron Riggs (Oskaloosa, IA)
Vermeer Corporation Visual Content Studio



Pro-Am Freestyle

Gold Eddy:

CHANCE
Directed, Edited and Videography by Alisabeth Von Presley (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Videography by Rob Merritt (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Silver Eddy:

GNATS! [TRAILER]
Written and Directed by Insane Mike Saunders (Ottumwa, IA)
Directed by Jason Bolinger (Ottumwa, IA)
Prescribed Films



Student Short Form

Gold Eddy:

INK
Written, Illustrated, Animated and Composed by Anna Steenson (Des Moines, IA)

Silver Eddy:

THE IDEA LIST (OF HOW TO GET MY PURSE BACK)
Written and Directed by Kazek Israni-Winger (Grimes, IA)
Produced by David Hindman (Johnston, IA)



Student Long Form

Gold Eddy:

FLAVA
Directed by Tarrell Christie (West Des Moines, IA)
Lost Utopia Films



Student Documentary

Gold Eddy:

MY DAD'S WORKING HANDS
Directed and Produced by Lauren Weber (Gilbertville, IA)

Silver Eddy:

BARBERSHOPS IN THE CEDAR VALLEY
Directed by Lauren Weber (Gilbertville, IA)



Student Freestyle

Gold Eddy:

THE ROCKET
Directed by Abraham Schaecher (Des Moines, IA)

Silver Eddy:

TICKS
Directed by Jenna Wilson (Cedar Falls, IA)



Special Awards and Scholarships

In addition to the competitive awards, Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers, their sponsors and fans honored three films with special distinctions:

The Collins Road Theatres Scholarship is awarded each year to a student filmmaker in order to further the recipient's filmmaking education and career. This year's $1,000 scholarship went to Lauren Weber (Director) of Gilbertville, IA in recognition of her film My Dad's Working Hands. To find out more about Collins Road Theatres, please visit www.collinsroadtheatres.com

The Iowa Connection Award (Sponsored by Produce Iowa) is given each year to the film that best represents the state and the heart of Iowa filmmaking. This year's award was given to Jenifer Westphal and Zack McTee for their film The Foursome.

The Audience Choice Award is announced each year at the close of the Festival and is given to the film the Festival attendees have acclaimed as their favorite. The award is determined by secret ballot. This year's popular choice was Friendly Faces (Pilot) written and produced by Keaton Fuller from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.



About the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival

The Eddy Awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison who, among many other pursuits, was a pioneer in motion picture technology. The term eddy is also defined as "a current moving contrary to the direction of the main current," which is a suitable description for independent filmmakers, who often go against the current trends in mainstream cinema.

For additional information about Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers, please visit www.crifm.org, e-mail Scott Chrisman at scott@crifm.org, or call (319) 431-1320.

The Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival was created to provide a venue for Iowa filmmakers to screen their work for peers and general audiences. The organization's primary goals are to encourage Iowa independent filmmakers to continue improving their craft, to provide a place to specifically showcase Iowa-connected films, present a unique cultural event to the community, and to offer networking opportunities for the purpose of building the Iowa film industry.

Collins Road Theatres Produce Iowa