ABOUT THE FILMS - 2019

Aging In America

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:30:40
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Kirk Monson - Director
Jacob Spiekermeier - Producer

SYNOPSIS:
Aging in America begins by looking at the origins of an accelerated composition course that focuses on oral history and, specifically, ageism. "The way I pitch it to my students is 'You'll have to deal with old people'." This poignant statement from the English professor to her writing students serves as a call to action. The students embark on a moving and heartfelt interview/writing project with older adults, encountering social injustice, cultural differences and ageism. This leads them to meaningful introspection about their own biases and misconceptions, and ultimately provides powerful insights for both student and senior.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Kirk Monson, born in Estherville, IA. Kirk Monson, Director, Urbana, IA. Jacob Spiekermeier, Producer, Cedar Rapids, IA. Film was shot in Cedar Rapids. Film's story takes place in Iowa City.

Amazing Grace Lemonade Race

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:31:21
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Eric Smidt - Director, Writer
Jenny Risner - Producer
Actors - Grace McCunn as Herself, Mary Jane McCunn as Herself, Brenna Finnerty as Herself

SYNOPSIS:
Grace McCunn, at age 10, was diagnosed with chronic daily migraines and spent several days at a children’s hospital. When she left, she was determined to give back. What started as a lemonade stand, turned into thousands of dollars in philanthropy. This is her story.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Born and/or raised in Iowa: Eric Smidt, Director, Ames, IA. The film was primarily shot in Ames, Iowa. Story is set in central Iowa.

The Amish Incident

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:25:49
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Kelly Rundle - Director
Tammy Rundle - Producer
Kelly & Tammy Rundle - Writers
Fourth Wall Films - Production Company
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
When local school officials decide to bus Amish children into town schools in November of 1965, a newspaper reporter photographs an iconic image of the Amish students fleeing from authorities into a nearby cornfield. The incident and the photograph ignite a firestorm of arrests, fines, and national controversy leading to a unique precedent-setting covenant between the "Plain People" and the State of Iowa.

"The Amish Incident", a new film by award-winning historical documentary filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, blends interviews with an influential journalist and key local officials with newly discovered archival materials and period photographs to tell a fascinating and memorable true tale of rural conflict and compromise.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Tammy Rundle, Producer, Waterloo, Iowa. Kelly Rundle, Director and Tammy Rundle, Producer lived in Bettendorf, Iowa. Producer Tammy Rundle, graduated from West High School in Waterloo, Iowa. The film was shot, produced and takes place in Iowa.

The Art of Living

Student Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:15:26
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Brody Kuhar, John Spencer, Jack Sarcone - Directors, Writers
Brody Kuhar - Producer
John Spencer, Jack Sarcone - Director of Photography & Post-Production, Director of Art

SYNOPSIS:
In the present day, artists and creators feel the need to move to a big city to be able to truly "make it." Digging intimately into the lives of three small town Iowan artists, they share the ideology that you don't have to be anywhere but where you are to be a successful artist. Art isn't always about creating masterpieces, it can be as simple as inspiring a community around you.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Born and/or raised in Iowa: John Spencer Woerdehoff (Director of Photography/Post-Production) - Dubuque, IA. Jack Sarcone (Director of Art) - West Des Moines, IA. Brody Kuhar (Director/Producer) Lived in Dubuque 4 years to attend Loras College. John Spencer Woerdehoff (Director of Photography/Post-Production) - Dubuque, IA. Jack Sarcone (Director of Art) - West Des Moines, IA. Brody Kuhar, John Spencer Woerdehoff, Jack Sarcone - All attended and recently graduated from Loras College in 2018. The entire film was shot in Iowa: Dubuque, Maquoketa, and Keokuk. Film takes place in Eastern Iowa: Dubuque, Maquoketa, and Keokuk.

Better

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:05:18
RATING: G

CREDITS:
David Nemeth - Director, Producer, Writer
Serena Collins - Director of Photography
Seventh Summit Productions - Production Company
Actors - Darrin Crow as Businessman, Nate Collins as Coworker
Additional Credits - Ruth Barnett - Assistant Director; Megan Flemming - Assistant Camera; Patrick Davis - Sound Record Artist; Shiloh Crow - Assistant to Darrin Crow

SYNOPSIS:
A down-on-his-luck business man comes to work one day to find a strange button sitting on his desk and only marked with the word "Better". Curious, he pushes the button to find some surprising results.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the film was born and/or raised in, live, or has lived in, work, or has worked in, and educated in the state of Iowa. The entire film was shot in, and takes place in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Born to Love You

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:02:47
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Nicole Embree - Director, Editor, Writer

SYNOPSIS:
A stop-motion project where our two main characters search the ocean blue to find one another.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Nicole is a Broadcasting and Film student at Central Campus in Des Moines.

The Collins Story: Connecting the Moon to the Earth - Moon Talk

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:35:14
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Annette Juergens Busbee - Writer, Producer
Eric Dean Freese - Editor
Wired Production Group - Production Company
Original Music by Gerard Estella
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
A half century ago, men on board the Apollo space capsules talked to earth, navigated in space and to the moon and back, and exchanged critical data with mission control. How was this accomplished five decades ago? Through the ingenuity and dedication of the people who designed the space communication systems, at the Collins Radio Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. These systems were technical feats that had never been done before, and played a crucial role in America's race to be first to land a man on the moon.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Eric Freese was born in Cedar Rapids, raised in Clarence and lives in Marion, most of the contributors live or lived in Iowa. Eric Freese works in Cedar Rapids, and went to school at the University of Iowa. The subject of the story is Collins Radio, which is based in Cedar Rapids.

Come Explore Central Campus

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 00:02:20
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Antonesia Williams, Cade Pahl and Dustin Hagler - Directors
Antonesia Williams - Editor
Cade Pahl and Dustin Hagler - Co-Director/Videographer

SYNOPSIS:
A commercial/promo on Central Campus from the student perspective.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Antonesia, Cade and Dustin are Broadcasting and Film students at Central Campus in Des Moines.

Crave

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:23:17
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Micah Versemann - Director, Writer
Matthew Versemann and Kathleen Franck - Producers
Brothers in Christ Productions - Production Company
Actors - Elaina Hagstrom as: Oliva, Jonathan Bocinsky as: Dustin
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
Crave follows the story of Olivia(Elaina Hagstrom), who's first year of college has been far from pleasant. Between her boyfriend Dustin(Jonathan Bocinsky) stationed overseas, failing grades in class and dreams that keep plaguing her sleep, she finds herself empty and searching. Now when tragedy strikes she is sent spiraling questioning everything she was rooted in.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Micah Versemann, Elizabeth Versemann, Matthew Versemann, Anna Versemann, Rachel Versemann, Kathleen Franck, Jamin Wass, John Wegener, Kris Rogahn, Rodney Perry live or has lived in Iowa. The film was shot and/or produced in Shell Rock, Cedar Falls and Waterloo, IA.

Cultivation: Writing and Wrestling in Iowa City

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:23:13
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Nathan McNurlen - Director, Editor
Nick Pfeiffer - Producer
Trilix - Production Company
Produced by Think Iowa City
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
This documentary short captures the week in April 2018 that Iowa City simultaneously hosted two very different international events - the UWW Freestyle Wrestling World Cup and the UNESCO Cities of Literature Annual Meeting. It explores the uniqueness of what makes Iowa City the only city in the world where this could occur.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Born and/or raised in Iowa - Nathan McNurlen, Director/Editor, Waterloo; Nick Pfeiffer, Producer, Washington (IA). All involved with production live in Iowa. Des Moines, West Des Moines, Tiffin, Coralville. All involved with production work in Iowa - Des Moines, Coralville, and Iowa City. Nathan McNurlen, Director/Editor; Chad Adams, Videographer; James Drescher, Videographer - all graduates of the University of Iowa; Nick Pfeiffer, Producer - University of Northern Iowa. 100% produced and filmed in Iowa City/Coralville, Iowa.

Dating Mr. Fox

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

CREDITS:
Sonja Strathearn - Director, Producer, Writer
Destiny Benson - Sound/Assitant Camera
Actors - Joseph Thorin, Abby Thorin
Additional Credits - Hayley Buettell, Jan Jackson, Olivia Welch

SYNOPSIS:
A man searching for love, wears a fox mask to date women he meets online.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Born and/or raised in Iowa - Destiny Benson - Sound/Camera Assistant, Cedar Rapids, IA; Abby Thorin - Actor, Iowa City, IA; Hayley Buettell - Actor, Morning Sun, IA. Lives or has lived in Iowa - Sonja Strathearn - Writer/Director, Iowa City, IA, Joseph Thorin - North English, IA; Jan Jackson - Actor, Iowa City, IA; Olivia Welch - Actor. Works or has worked in Iowa - Sonja Strathearn - Writer/Director, Iowa City, IA; Destiny Benson - Sound/Camera Assistant, Cedar Rapids, IA ; Joseph Thorin - Actor, Iowa City, IA; Hayley Buettell - Actor, Iowa City, IA; Jan Jackson - Actor, Iowa City, IA; Olivia Welch - Actor, Iowa City, IA; Abby Thorin - Actor, Iowa City, IA. Educated in Iowa - Abby Thorin - City High, Iowa City, IA; Destiny Benson - Kirkwood Community College; Sonja Strathearn - Kirkwood Community College. Film was shot and/or produced in, and takes place in Iowa City, IA.

E for Edwin

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:04:55
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Allyn Oxley and Kazek israni-Winger - Directors
Allyn Oxley, Kazek Israni-Winger, and Rachel Renes - Producers
Allyn Oxley - Writer
Actors - Patrick Towne as: Edwin, Emily Eisenman as: Sierra

SYNOPSIS:
An introvert finds love in an unexpected place.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The two directors and one was born in Davenport and the other in Ames. Both actors live in Iowa - one in Cedar Falls and the other Fairfield. The film takes place in Cedar Falls.

Enemy Territory

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:08:23
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Matt Wagner - Director, Producer, Writer
Adam Chown - Videographer
Actors - Owen Wagner,Kris Perla
Additiona Credits - Olivia Wagner, Alex Perla, Cordelia Wagner

SYNOPSIS:
Two friends go on an epic adventure behind enemy lines.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Matt Wagner: Dyersville, IA (born and raised) - Writer, Producer, Director, Editor; Owen Wagner: Storm Lake, IA (born) Oskaloosa, IA (raised) - Actor; Olivia Wagner: Storm Lake, IA (born) Oskaloosa, IA (raised) - audio; Cordelia Wagner: Oskaloosa, IA (born and raised) - actor. Adam Chown lives in Oskaloosa, IA - Videographer. Works or has worked in Iowa - Matt Wagner: Oskaloosa, IA - Writer, Producer, Director, Editor; Adam Chown: Oskaloosa, IA - Videographer. Educated in Iowa - Matt Wagner: Beckman High School (Dyersville) and Buena Vista University Storm Lake)- Writer, Producer, Director, Editor; Adam Chown: Buena Vista University (Storm Lake) - Videographer; Owen Wagner: Oskaloosa Elementary School (Oskaloosa) - Actor; Olivia Wagner: Oskaloosa Elementary School - Audio; Kris Perla: Oskaloosa Elementary School (Oskaloosa) - Actor. Film was shot and/or produced in Oskaloosa, IA (Mahaska).

The English Assignment

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

CREDITS:
Sydnie Sanford - Director, Editor, Writer

SYNOPSIS:
This short film goes through a day in the life of a high school girl name Callie. Callie is trying to deal with a change in her life and starts to find closure through writing an essay assigned by her English Teacher.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Sydnie is a Broadcasting and Film student at Central Campus in Des Moines.

Getting Over It

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:12:34
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Mason Shrader - Director, Writer
Cheyenne Jaquez - Producer
Actors - John Smith as: Issac, Eddie Pierson as: Demon

SYNOPSIS:
N/A

IOWA CONNECTION:
Mason Shrader - Writer, Director : Born and raised in Oskaloosa, IA, Cheyenne Jaquez - Producer : Raised in Oskaloosa, IA. All members were living in Oskaloosa Iowa at the time of production. Most still are. Mason Shrader - Oskaloosa High School, William Penn University (In Oskaloosa), Cheyenne Jaquez - Oskaloosa High School, William Penn University (In Oskaloosa). Whole film shot in Oskaloosa, Iowa

The High School

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:04:56
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Jed Russell Wyse - Director
Tristan Miller, Ryan Kapfer - Producers
Jed Wyse, Ryan Kapfer - Writers
Ground Time - Production Company
Actors - Jed Wyse, Brandon Drier, Ryan Kapfer, Austin Brubaker, Mr. Tjayden, Mrs. Dinger, Mrs. Larson, Mr. Chamberlin, Mr. Libolt, Carsten Zange

SYNOPSIS:
In the fall of 2018, Center Point Urbana High School received the Blue Ribbon award from the Department of Education. The short film depicts a day in the life of the school showing how even the best high schools are still just a bunch of guys being dudes, but when reflected, there is something about it that makes it a great place to go. The footage is filmed in an exaggerated documentary style.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Jed Wyse, the director, was born and raised in the Cedar Rapids area, specifically Center Point Iowa all his life. He was the director and co writer, and co actor of the film. Tristan Miller, the Lead producer, and co cameraman, was born and raised in Center Point Iowa as well. Brandon Drier, the co camera man, and co actor was also born and raised in Center Point Iowa. Many of the teachers and staff members of our school were also born and raised in Iowa and some even came back to work at the very same school they were originally taught in. Ryan Kapfer, the co writer and co editor, was born in New York, but at the age of 3 moved to Center Point and was raised in Center Point Iowa since 2003. ll of the staff members in the film have lived in Iowa for at least 30 years. All of the staff members, actors, currently work in the Center Point Urbana High School located in Center Point Iowa. Jed Wyse, the director has worked in several companies the are located in Center Point and Cedar Rapids. Ryan Kapfer, the co writer and co editor, has also worked in several companies that are located in Center Point and Cedar Rapids. Tristan Miller, the Lead producer, and co cameraman, has also worked in several companies in Cedar Rapids. Brandon Drier, the co camera man, and co actor, has had one job in Center Point Iowa. All of the Students have been educated at Center Point Urbana High School in Center Point Iowa. All of the staff members have been educated at an Iowa College. Mrs Larson attended Central College in Pella. Mr. Tjayden attended Wart burg College in Waverly.
The entire film was shot in Center Point Urbana High School located in Center Point Iowa and takes place in Center Point Urbana High School located in Center Point Iowa.

The Holy and the Profane

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:12:44
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Alexandra Moad and Evan Runkle - Directors
Evan Runkle - Writer
Actors - Shannon Mulligan as: Lily, Jarrett Johnson as: Jesus, Rj Hornback as: Damien

SYNOPSIS:
After the Second Coming of Christ, hip 22-year-old Lily finds herself involved with Jesus and the Anti-Christ. What could go wrong?

IOWA CONNECTION:
Alexandra Moad (director) and Evan Runkle (director and writer) were raised in Iowa - Alexandra in West Burlington and Evan in Ottumwa. All of our cast and crew currently live in Iowa City, IA. All of our cast and crew currently work in Iowa. All of our cast and crew were educated in the state of Iowa. Alexandra Moad (director), Evan Runkle (writer and director), Shannon Mulligan (actress), Jarrett Johnson (actor), and James Canny (actor) have attended the University of Iowa. Rj Hornback (actor) attended Davis County High School and Jeff Wheaton (actor) attended Ottumwa High School. The entirety of the film was shot and produced in Iowa City, IA.

In the House of Paper Flowers

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:07:27
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Anita George - Writer, Director. Co-Executive Producer
Evan Fellers - Producer
WikWanWo Films - Production Company
Actor - Marty McCambridge as (The Voice)

SYNOPSIS:
In a house covered with papery flowers a woman with white hair, two cats and a tiny wolf songstress learns a valuable lesson about the enduring power of love.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Writer-Director-Co-Executive producer, Anita George, was born and raised in Grinnell. Writer-Director-Co-Executive producer, Anita George, was born and raised in Grinnell. Writer-Director-Co-Executive producer, Anita George, is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa.

Knee High

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 00:13:50
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Marissa Vonn - Director, Writer
Alex Joss - Producer
Bruce James Bales - Director of Photography
Deft Productions - Production Company
Actors - Michael Ridley as Cal, Ben Bergthold as Avery, Arlen Daleske as Mel, Patty Dunning Risinger as Mamie, Emily Solo as Kelsey
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
Set against the Iowa farmlands, Calvin Melbourne struggles to take the reins to the family farm while making time for his young son, Avery.

IOWA CONNECTION:
We are all Iowa natives from across the state. All crew members (minus writer-director) currently live in Iowa. Most are based in Des Moines. Our whole crew work in Iowa and most are associated with Deft Productions in Des Moines. The film was completely shot in Madrid, Iowa and Ames, Iowa and is set in rural Iowa.

Livin' the Dream

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:02:03
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Michael Allen - Director

SYNOPSIS:
Student stop-motion music video showing the life of a guy livin' the dream in his world. This video consists of 1,920 Photos.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Michael Allen, the director/editor is a Broadcasting and Film student at Central Campus in Des Moines.

Lost Myself

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:03:05
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Cade Murphy - Director, Editor
Luke Cipale - Writer

SYNOPSIS:
Student music video and original song in memory of the loss of a father.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Cade and Luke are both Broadcasting and Film students at Central Campus in Des Moines.

Lucid Webs

Professional Freestyle
RUN TIME: 00:03:29
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Jake Roth - Director, Producer, Writer
Resistant Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Music video for "Riff Worm", a one-man 'doom blues' band out of Dubuque, IA. A classic love story for the ages (with beer!)

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director and musician are both from & currently live in Dubuque, IA. The director was educated at Loras College (Media Studies '14) in Dubuque,IA. The entire film was shot in Dubuque, IA.

The Mall Walker

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:09:30
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Amy Hummel - Director, Producer
Amy and Matt Hummel - Writers
Actor - Kris Reed as: The Mall Walker

SYNOPSIS:
A man lives his life passion for mall walking, while trying to cope with the realization that malls are on the decline.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Born and/or raised in Iowa: Amy Hummel - Director - Independence IA, Matt Hummel - Writer - Waterloo IA, Kris Reed - Actor - Center Point IA
Lives or has lived in Iowa: Amy Hummel - Writer / Director - Waterloo IA, Matt Hummel - Writer - Waterloo IA, Kris Reed - Actor - Swisher IA Works or has worked in Iowa: Amy Hummel - Writer / Director - Urbana IA, Matt Hummel - Writer - Cedar Falls IA, Kris Reed - Actor - Urbana IA Educated in Iowa: Amy Hummel - Writer / Director - University of Northern Iowa - Cedar Falls, Matt Hummel - Writer - University of Northern Iowa - Cedar Falls, Kris Reed - Actor - Mt Mercy - Cedar Rapids
Film was shot in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City

The Masochism Tango

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:01:15
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Geneva Klein - Director, Writer

SYNOPSIS:
A Student stop-motion music video depicting a dramatic dance and relationship between our two main characters. It is comprised of over 800 photos and 30 clay and wire structures.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Geneva is a Broadcasting and Film student at Central Campus in Des Moines.

The Merge

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:12:03
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Laney Kraus-Taddeo - Director, Writer, Editor
Francesca Soans & Laney Kraus-Taddeo - Producer
Kevin Thorn - Cinematographer
Smart Cookie Films - Production Company
Actors - Hannah, Day

SYNOPSIS:
Hannah, a writer in high school, tries to find her voice with the help of her story's narrator, Day, as she navigates the choppy waters of family and school pressures. Hannah's math teacher, Ms. Betty, who sees the talent and potential of Hannah as a budding writer, offers an opportunity to join a writer's group, straining Hannah and Day's relationship.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Callie Baack, actress: Day, born and raised in Carroll, Iowa, Tristan Bennett, crew: sound, born in Cedar Rapids, raised in Marion, Robin Kim, actress: Hannah, born and raised in Waucoma, Kevin Thorn, crew: cinematographer, born and raised in Fairfield. Laney Kraus-Taddeo, crew: writer, director, editor, living in Cedar Falls, Joe Vizzini, crew: production assistant, living in Cedar Falls. Andrew Ravera, crew: boom operator, worked in the state of Iowa at Copyworks in Cedar Falls. Tarrell Christie, crew: artistic director, graduated from Cedar Falls high school. The entire film was shot, and takes place in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Monster Under the Bed

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:09:35
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Insane Mike Saunders - Director, Writer
Jason Bolinger - Director
Actors - Heather Johnson as babysitter, Abigail Canny as little girl, Benny Canny as The monster
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
Legends and lore of monsters under the bed and creatures in the closest have been keeping frightened children awake at night for years. This time there is something more terrifying than what lurks under the bed.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Most of the cast and crew were born in Iowa, the cast and crew were all from Iowa at the time, the cast and crew all work in the state of Iowa, most of the cast and crew went to school in Iowa. The film was produced and filmed in Ottumwa, Iowa. The story takes place in Iowa.

Overdue

Pro-Am Feature
RUN TIME: 01:51:44
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Stephen Folker - Director, Producer, Writer
Beth Hinde - Producer
Folker Films - Production Company
Actors - Les Best (Carl), Robert Kemp (Dean), Noelle Lake (Janet), Dick LaFrenz (Cadillac Jones), Chuck Dorsey (Don Stipples, Andrew Folker (Bradley) Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
A film about Carl, a mild mannered custodian at the Jamestown Library by day...a self appointed overdue book collector by night. Follow him as he makes his list and hunts down his prey, exacting literary justice in a most unique and gruesome manner. No one should ever be allowed to forget to return their books on time.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director - born, lives and works in Davenport. Film was shot in Iowa - Davenport, IA, one scene in Cedar Rapids. Some in Illinois. Film takes place around Davenport/Quad Cities.

Peregrination

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:06:30
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Lewayne L. White - Director, Writer
Gary DeSomber - Producer
Gladhouse Studio - Production Company
Actors - Ken Reams, John Reynolds

SYNOPSIS:
A couple friends, a stolen car, hot pursuit, and pudding...

IOWA CONNECTION:
Most of the cast and crew have spent most of their lives in Iowa. Everyone in the cast and crew currently live in Iowa. Aside from Gary, who is retired, and Kauai, who is a minor, we all work in IA. Gary was educated at at Drake. Lewayne was educated at DMACC and Drake. The film was shot entirely in West Des Moines, IA.

The Pocket Protector

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:04:00
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Sasha Kuznetsov - Director
Lukas Lane - Producer, Writer
Charlie Balsar - Director of Photography
Actor - Noah Smith as: The Pocket Protector
Additiona Credits - Production & Costume Design: Leor Szleifer, Sound Department: Justin McGregor

SYNOPSIS:
A dead-inside office worker becomes inspired to leap into his fantasies and become a hero.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Charlie Balsar, Director of Photography, Eldridge - born and/or raised, and lives or has lived in Iowa. Charlie Balsar, Director of Photography, North Scott Senior High School (Eldridge), The Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities (Davenport) - educated in Iowa.

Revenge of the Blind Dead

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:04:51
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Mike Saunders - Director, Writer
Jason Bolinger - Director
Prescribed Films - Production Company
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
In 1972 Amando de Ossorio began his Blind Dead film series with Tomb of the Blind Dead. In 2018 Prescribed Films makes the end all be all Blind Dead movie with their inculpable twisted sense of humor. Where can you run? Where can you hide from the slow-moving blind zombies? Literally anywhere.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved born and/or raised, lives, and works in Iowa, most everyone involve was educated in Iowa. The film was produced, filmed, and takes place in Iowa.

Role Model

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:09:00
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
David Nemeth - Director, Writer
Josh Harbin - Producer, Director of Photography
Seventh Summit Productions - Production Company
Actors - Christian Carlson as Matt, Mark Holmes as Rick, Jonathan Nemeth as Matt's son
Additonal Credits - Noah Shumake (shoe-make) - Camera Operator; Kelly Nemeth - Production Designer; Michael Johnson - Boom Mic Operator; Savannah Segars - Makeup Artist; Joshua Gillman - Script Supervisor

SYNOPSIS:
Seemingly locked in his own mind, Matt is confronted by his late and estranged father to deal with his father's death.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Born and/or raised and lives or has lived in Iowa: David Nemeth, Writer/Director (Fairfax) and Christian Carlson, lead actor (Cedar Rapids)
Works or has worked in Iowa: David Nemeth, Writer/Director (Fairfax, Cedar Rapids)
Educated in Iowa: David Nemeth, Writer/Director (Prairie, Cedar Valley Christian School, Cedar Rapids) and Christian Carlson, lead actor (Cedar Rapids)

The Romance Language

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:06:46
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Mitchell D Keeran - Director, Writer
Bela Ruiz - Lead Actress and Assistant Director
WalTV - Production Company
Actors - Jadan Smith as "Bobbie", Bela Ruiz as "Eulaulia"

SYNOPSIS:
Bobbie is a hopeless romantic, but he tries to teach himself how to speak Spanish so he can ask out a beautiful transfer student, Eulaulia.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Born and/or raised in Iowa: Mitchell Keeran director from Clear Lake, and actors Jadan Smith from Garner, Kyle Ennis from Cedar Rapids, Nathaniel Jordon from Lake Mills, and the rest of the cast is either a student at Waldorf University or is a resident of Forest City.
Lives or has lived in Iowa: Mitchell Keeran director from Clear Lake, and actors Jadan Smith from Garner, Kyle Ennis from Cedar Rapids, Nathaniel Jordon from Lake Mills, and the rest of the cast is either a student at Waldorf University or is a resident of Forest City.
Everyone in the cast and crew is a student of Waldorf University. Our film was shot on Waldorf Universities campus in Forest City, Iowa.

Rose is a Rose is a Rose

Professional Short
RUN TIME: 00:34:07
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Ron King - Director, Co-writer
Daniel Hagen - Co-writer, Actor
Arndt Werline, Yufei Skylar Zhang - Producers
RMK Films - Production Company
Actors - Daniel Hagen as Davy Ludd, Ben Horwitz as Jake Zimmer
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
Davy Ludd, an old-fashioned outdoor expert, is being dragged into a world of new technology and social media by his millennial boss Jake when searching for his long lost high school sweetheart Rose.

Davy's odyssey forces him onto a path of both looking back and letting go. A neophyte on the internet, Davy has unexpected encounters before finally locating Rose, his Rose. As they meet, he is again shocked to learn that times have changed, and so should he.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Born and/or raised in Iowa: Daniel Hagen Co-writer, lead actor (Davy Ludd) Storm Lake, Mount Vernon, Marion
Daniel Hagen Co-writer, lead actor (Davy Ludd) Born in Storm Lake, Iowa moved to Mount Vernon, Iowa then to Marion, Iowa. Attended Linn-Mar kindergarten. Then St Joes grade school in Marion. Graduated Cedar Rapids Regis High School. Then University if Iowa in Theater. Worked as an usher at the Englert theater in Iowa City, where I lived above the box office and survived on free popcorn. Did my first Moliere 2 blocks from the Collins Road Cinema at the Long Branch dinner theater. Where the play was Tartuffe and the steaks were Too Tough. Saw my first drive in movie at the Twixt Town drive in, site of the festival locale. The movie was Patton and before the movie they showed a documentary on Auschwitz that haunts me to this day. I still eat Jolly Time Iowa popcorn. Had some last night. My best friend in high school was Phil Seidl who is still belongs to the local Kiwanis there.

Seeds of Technology: The Minnesota Model for AgriScience Communication and Education

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:10:20
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Troy McKay - Director, Producer, Writer

SYNOPSIS:
The film spotlights an innovative educational program that is implementing digital media concepts and technology to develop agricultural communicators, educators and leaders.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Troy McKay, Director, Raised in Slater, IA, Troy McKay lived in Ames and Cedar Falls, IA for at total of 26 years. Troy McKay worked for Hawkeye Community College. Troy McKay received degrees from both UNI and ISU. Some footage was shot in rural north east Iowa.

Skip Day

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 00:06:14
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Matthew Tribble - Director
Marc Bauer, Eva Andersen - Producers
Rob Merritt - Writer
Actors - Kyle Cook. Carley Hutson
Additional Credits - Rob Merritt, Tempestt Farrar, Thomas Ely Sage
Fake News - Productin Company

SYNOPSIS:
After two students skip lunch, a bitter lunch lady and mysterious janitor enact a scheming plan for revenge.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The majority of the cast and crew were either born or raised in Iowa, all of us lived in Iowa during the making of this film. The entire film was shot in Cedar Rapids and Center Point Iowa, originally for the 48 Hr Film Challenge in Des Moines.

Through My Eyes

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 00:28:43
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Sujit Singh - Director
Keaton Fuller - Producer, Editor

SYNOPSIS:
A disability simulation documentary in which individuals with disabilities guide able-bodied people through an afternoon in their shoes to gain an understanding and appreciation for the challenges they overcome each day.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The producer was born and raised in Clinton, Iowa. Everybody involved lives and works in Iowa, mostly Iowa City/Cedar Rapids. The director (Sujit Singh) is a grad student at University of Iowa, and the producer (Keaton Fuller) is a University of Iowa graduate. The film was shot entirely, and set in Iowa City, IA.

Top Secret!

Student Short
RUN TIME: 00:04:28
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Tarrell Christie - Director, Producer, Writer
Lost Utopia Films - Production Company
Actors - Lakin Mims as Theodore, Liam Tate as Bernard
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
Classified government footage from the 1960's and 70's chronicle the friendship between an agent and his partner from out of space.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the film was born and raised in Iowa, ranging from Cedar Falls, Waterloo, and Independence. Everyone involved in the film currently lives in Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa. Director Tarrell Christie has attended Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo and currently is attending University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. The film was completely shot in Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa.

VAVAV

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 00:02:34
RATING: G

CREDITS:
David Gleason- Director, Producer, Writer, Actor(Bag Face)
Additional Credits - Music by Devin Louks, Roberto Estrella as production assistant

SYNOPSIS:
A freestyle, horror-themed experiment of placing a physical object between the viewer and the piece with composition that interacts with both and an exploration of dramatic lighting techniques intended to both reveal and conceal information.

IOWA CONNECTION:
David Gleason was born in Iowa and raised in Waverly, IA.

Wine Diamonds

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 01:05:40
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Kirk Monson, Jeff Zahrt - Producers
JMZ Productions - Production Company
Film Website

SYNOPSIS:
Forget everything you thought you knew about wine! Wine Diamonds: Uncorking America's Heartland explores the difficulties and excitement of creating a new wine region in the Heartland and rewrites winemaking history in the process.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Kirk Monson born in Estherville, IA, Jeff Zahrt born in Cedar Rapids, IA

Collins Road Theatres Produce Iowa