2007 CRI Film Festival
Collins Road Theatres
1462 Twixt Town Road, Marion, IA 52302
The Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival was
held Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, at the Collins Road Theatres,
Marion, Iowa. The festival featured 55 films from local, regional
and national filmmakers, as well three filmmaking seminars. Nick
Bertelsen from Cinequipt, and award-winning Director of Photography
John Houghton discussed low-budget techniques, John Reasoner showed
how to get the best sound for your independent film, and Scott
Beck and Bryan Woods discussed their past work as well as upcoming
developments with MTV Films.
Eddy Awards Results
Eddy Awards were presented at the Saturday
evening ceremony. Student Gold Eddy winners received an Iowa Motion
Picture Association $250 scholarship. Pro-Am Gold Eddy winners
received Gorilla Pro 4 production management software from Jungle
Software. Professional Gold Eddy winners received previsualization
software FrameForge 3D Studio
Silver: “Mite” - Vanessa Vobis
Gold: “eaten” - Anne Haydock
Silver: “Notes: A Noteworthy Story of Music” - Adam
Thompson, Matt Clark
Gold: “Me & Mom” - Mark Huelsbeck
Student Short Form
Silver: “Count on Me: First Name, Last Name” - Josh
Gold: “Working Title” - James Niebuhr
Student Long Form
Silver: “Fate Twisted Simply” - Steven Coulter, Michael
P. Noens, Brian Wohl
Gold: “The Bride Wore Blood: A Contemporary Western”
- Scott Beck, Bryan Woods
Gold: “The ReBirth of Lucretia” - Robert Monson
Pro-Am Short Form
Silver: “Date Rape” - Mike Saunders, Jason Bolinger
Gold: “Later Than it Seems” - Jared Vincenti
Silver: “Through the Night” - Mike Saunders, Jason
Gold: “The Chemistry of Dating” - Jenny Stolte, Matt
Silver: “Stop the Violence” - Nathan Stoll
Gold: “Destrophy: This is Not My Life” - Ben Hill
Silver: “Una Promesa De Salud” - Ty Clancey
Gold: “A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character
of Perry, Iowa” - Kent Newman, Jody Swilky
Professional Short Form
Silver: “Genesis Antipode” - John Robinson
Gold: “Skippy Love Chicago” - Dan Hale, Joseph Zerull
Silver: “Almost Destiny” - Ben Swan
Gold: “Indelible” - Rick Amundson
“The Chemistry of Dating” - Jenny Stolte, Matt Olson
Iowa Film Office Iowa Connection Eddy
“The Bride Wore Blood: A Contemporary Western” - Scott
Beck, Bryan Woods. The winner receives a $500 rebate, from the
Iowa Film Office, on production goods and services purchased in
Special Guest Seminars
Music and the Mix, Gerard Estella: Estella will lead a seminar on using music to set the
mood, and achieving an ideal final audio mix. He is an audio expert,
having spent several years producing recordings, playing with
major recording artists and designing soundscapes for commercial
and entertainment film and video productions. Estella owns North
Filmmaking on Every Scale, Max
Allan Collins: The mulitple Eddy Award winner returns
to the Festival to talk about his experiences working on films
ranging from small independent productions, to big-budget Hollywood
movies. Collins wrote and directed the Lifetime movie "Mommy"
(1996) and a 1997 sequel, "Mommy's Day." He wrote "The
Expert," a 1995 HBO World Premiere, and wrote and directed
the innovative made-for-DVD feature, "Real Time: Siege at
Lucas Street Market" (2000). "Shades of Noir" (2004),
an anthology of his short films, includes his award-winning documentary,
"Mike Hammer's Mickey Spillane." Collins' graphic novel
"Road to Perdition" was the basis of the Academy Award-winning
film starring Tom Hanks, directed by Sam Mendes. Shooting on a
feature film based on his acclaimed novel, The Last Quarry, began
in January 2007 from the author's screenplay.
Behind "The Final Season,"
Tony Wilson, Steve Schott and Kent Stock: Take a unique
look at the movie that started as one man's vision 15 years ago,
and became a major Iowa film event that impacted thousands statewide
in summer 2006. Hear tales of production from the visionary Tony
Wilson, veteran producer Steve Schott, and the real-life inspiration
for the story, Kent Stock. Topics of discussion will include,
acquiring rights to a true story, working with local communities'
support, the pros and cons of producing in Iowa, tax incentive
legislation, independent filmmaking dos and don'ts, and more.
This seminar will also include a special screening of selected
scenes of the "Final Season."
For us, Eddy has dual meaning.
First, it pays tribute to Thomas Alva Edison who, among other
things, was a pioneer in motion pictures. Second, the noun eddy
is defined as “a current moving contrary to the direction
of the main current.” Independent filmmakers often go against
the “current” of trends in mainstream cinema.
Silver Eddy Awards were presented in Professional, Pro-Am (new
in 2007) and Student categories for features, shorts, documentaries,
experimental films, and audience choice. Professional Gold winners
received FrameForge3D Studio 2, Pro-Am Gold winners got Gorilla
4, and Student Gold winners received a $250 Iowa Motion Picture
Association Scholarship. We also presented the Iowa Film Office
Iowa Connection Eddy for the film that best represented"Iowa."
This winner received a certificate good for $500 worth of filmmaking
goods and services purchased in Iowa.
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 Filmmaking Industry.
Each year’s work has covered
many genres and skill levels, including comedies, dramas, and
documentaries by amateur, professional and student filmmakers.
To help filmmakers improve their craft, industry experts judge
the films, then later meet with the contestants for individual
For full results of each year,
see the Festival Archives Menu in the sidebar.