2019 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival Announces

The Official Film Selections

Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers bring you the 2019 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, 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:

"Aging In America" Director - Kirk Monson (Urbana, IA); Producer - Jacob Spiekermeier (Cedar Rapids, IA)

"Amazing Grace Lemonade Race" Director - Eric Smidt (Ames, IA); Producer - Jenny Risner

"The Amish Incident" Director - Kelly Rundle (Moline, IL); Producer - Tammy Rundle (Moline, IL)

"The Art of Living" Director, Producer - Brody Kuhar (Dubuque, IA)

"Better" Director, Producer - David Nemeth (Hartselle, AL)

"Born to Love You" Director - Nicole Embree (West Des Moines, IA)

"The Collins Story: Connecting the Moon to the Earth - Moon Talk" Editor - Eric Dean Freese (Marion, IA)

"Come Explore Central Campus" Director - Antonesia Williams (Des Moines, IA); Co-Directors - Cade Pahl and Dustin Haglerr (Des Moines, IA)

"Crave" Director - Micah Versemann (Waverly, IA); Co-Producer - Matthew Versemann (Decatur, IL)

"Cultivation: Writing and Wrestling in Iowa City" Director - Nathan McNurlen (Des Moines, IA); Producer - Nick Pfeiffer (Tiffin, IA)

"Dating Mr. Fox" Director - Sonja Strathearn (Iowa City, IA); Sound/Assitant Camera - Destiny Benson (Cedar Rapids, IA)

"E for Edwin" Director - Allyn Oxley (Cedar Falls, IA); Director - Kazek Israni-Winger (Cedar Falls, IA)

"Enemy Territory" Director, Producer - Matt Wagner (Oskaloosa, IA)

"The English Assignment" Director - Sydnie Sanford (Des Moines, IA)

"Getting Over It" Director - Mason Shrader (Oskaloosa, IA); Producer - Cheyenne Jaquez (Oskaloosa, IA)

"The High School" Director - Jed Russell Wyse (Center Point, IA); Producer - Ryan David Kapfer (Center Point, IA)

"The Holy and the Profane" Director - Alexandra Moad (Iowa City, IA); Writer - Evan Runkle (Iowa City, IA)

"In the House of Paper Flowers" Director - Anita George (Altadena, CA)

"Knee High" Director - Marissa Vonn ( Indianapolis, IN); Director of Photography - Bruce James Balesr (Des Moines, IA)

"Livin' the Dream" Director - Michael Allen (Earlham)

"Lost Myself" Director - Cade Murphy (Des Moines, IA); Co-Director - Luke Cipale (Des Moines, IA)

"Lucid Webs" Director - Jake Roth (Dubuque, IA)

"The Mall Walker" Director - Amy Hummel (Waterloo, IA)

"The Masochism Tango" Director - Geneva Klein ( Des Moines, IA)

"The Merge" Director - Laney Kraus-Taddeo (Cedar Falls, IA); Cinematographer - Kevin Thorn (Cedar Rapids, IA)

"Monster Under the Bed" Director - Insane Mike Saunders (Ottumwa, IA); Director - Jason Bolinger (Ottumwa, IA)

"Overdue" Director - Stephen Folker (Davenport, IA); Producer - Beth Hinde (Cedar Rapids, IA)

"Peregrination" Director - Lewayne L. White (Grimes, IA); Producer - Gary DeSomber (West Des Moines, IA)

"The Pocket Protector" Director of Photography - Charlie Balsar (Eldridge, IA)

"Revenge of the Blind Dead" Director - Insane Mike Saunders (Ottumwa, IA); Director - Jason Bolinger (Ottumwa, IA)

"Role Model" Director - David Nemeth (Hartselle, AL); Director of Photography - Josh Harbin

"The Romance Language" Director - Mitchell D Keeran (Mason City, IA); Assistant Director - Bela Ruiz (Forest City, IA)

"Rose is a Rose is a Rose" Director - Ron King (Culver City, CA); Co-Writer - Daniel Hagen (Studio City, CA)

"Seeds of Technology: The Minnesota Model for AgriScience Communication and Education " Director - Troy McKay (Mounds View, MN)

"Skip Day" Director - Matthew Tribble (Marion, IA); Producer - Marc Bauer (Cedar Rapids, IA)

"Through My Eyes" Director - Sujit Singh (Iowa City, IA); Producer - Keaton Fuller (Cedar Rapids, IA)

"Top Secret!" Director - Tarrell Christie (Cedar Falls, IA); Actor - Lakin Mims (Cedar Falls, IA)

"VAVAV" Director, Producer - David Gleason (Waverly, IA)

"Wine Diamonds" Producer - Kirk Monson (Urbana, IA); Producer - Jeff Zahrt (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Collins Road Theatres Produce Iowa