2020 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival Announces

The Official Film Selections

Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers bring you the 2020 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, 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 36 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:

"Ag Awareness Day Spotlight" Director - Krista Styer (St. Paul, MN)

"Barbershops in the Cedar Valley" Director - Lauren Weber (Gilbertville, IA)

"The Burial" Writer/Director - Jack Meggers (West Des Moines, IA)

"Cedar Creek" Director - Dick DeAngelis (Fairfield, IA)

"Chance" Director/Videographer/Editor - Alisabeth Von Presley (Cedar Falls, IA)

"The Collins Story - Connecting the Moon to the Earth: Live from the Moon" Executive Producer/Writer - Annette Juergens Busbee (Cedar Rapids, IA)

"A Dead Dame in Hollywood" Writer/Director - Shawn Schminke (Van Nuys, CA)

"Down" Writer/Director/Producer - David Nemeth (Hartselle, AL)

"Finding a Forever Home" Director/Producer/Editor - Jacob Ruth (Cedar Falls, IA)

"FLAVA" Director - Tarrell Christie (West Des Moines, IA)

"The Foursome" Director/Producer - Zack McTee (New York City, NY)

"Friendly Faces (Pilot)" Writer/Director - Keaton Fuller (Cedar Rapids, IA)

"Gnats! [Trailer]" Directors - Insane Mike Saunders & Jason Bolinger (Ottumwa, IA)

"Happy Birthday" Director - Joseph Belez (Marengo, IA)

"Held Over" Writer/Director - Mark Woodhouse (Iowa City, IA)

"The Idea List (of how to get my purse back)" Writer/Director - Kazek Israni-Winger (Grimes, IA)

"ink" Animator/Illustrator/Writer/Score Composer - Anna Steenson (Des Moines, IA)

"Journey of a Bean" Producer - David Geiger (Cedar Rapids, IA)

"The Last Minute till Midnight" Director - Adam Orton (Cedar Rapids)

"Leslie's Gift" Director/Writer - Charles Cunliffe (Dubuque, IA)

"Love is a Flame" Director - Matt Tribble (Marion, IA)

"My Dad’s Working Hands" Director/Producer - Lauren Weber (Gilbertville, IA)

"Nocturnal" Director - Benjamin Schmidt (Dubuque, IA)

"A Place to Grow" Director - Dick DeAngelis (Fairfield, IA)

"The Rocket" Director - Abraham Schaecher (Des Moines, IA)

"Saturday with a Scientist" Director - Kayla Leiding (St. Paul, MN)

"The Seagull" Director - Carol MacVey (Iowa City, IA)

"Sons & Daughters of Thunder" Director - Kelly Rundle (Moline, IL)

"The Story of Vermeer Strong: Remembering the Events of July 19, 2018" Director - Aaron Riggs (Oskaloosa, IA)

"STOUT HEARTED: George Stout and the Guardians of Art" Director - Kevin Kelley (Iowa City, IA)

"Swipe Right" Director - Ale Diaz (Des Moines, IA)

"This is For Her" Director - Jasmine Aquino (Marion, IA)

"Ticks" Director - Jenna Wilson (Cedar Falls, IA)

"Two Ways Home" Director - Ron Vignone (Los Angeles, CA)

"Unintended; Unlocking a Nation's Pregnancy Secrets" Director/Producer/Writer - Colleen Bradford Krantz (Adel, IA)

"Weeds in the Garden" Director - Quinn Rauchenecker (Cedar Falls, IA)

Collins Road Theatres Produce Iowa