Cedar Rapids Independent Film Makers  

Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers Announces
The 16th Annual Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival Award Winners

Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers hosted the 16th Annual Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 at the Collins Road Theatres in Marion, Iowa. 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 Director Scott Chrisman was impressed with this year’s slate of films. “Iowa’s filmmakers continue to tell engaging stories,” he said. “Even in challenging times, they still manage to bring the Iowa spirit to the screen.”

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 . . .

Student Short

Silver: "Cycle" produced by Matthew Birks
Gold: "Gratuity (Appreciated)" produced by Vanessa Magowan Horrocks

Student Long

Gold: "Remember Me Not" produced by Mason Greer & Taylor Bluemel

Student Freestyle

Silver: "The Remnants of An Electrician" produced by Dacia Carter
Gold: "Fuel" produced by Tristan Bennett

Student Documentary

Silver: "True/False" produced by Alex Gibney
Gold: "The Lumiere Brothers: a legacy set in motion" produced by Anna Steenso

Pro-Am Short

Silver: "Urgent" written and directed by Nathan Willits
Gold: "Killer's Revenge" produced by David Nemeth, Andrew Owens, and Broderick Whittier

Pro-Am Freestyle

Silver: "We Three Kings" The Johnson Strings , written by Laura Johnson
Gold: "Irish Legend" The Johnson Strings, written by Laura Johnson

Pro-Am Documentary

Silver: "The Cantor of Swabia" produced by Sabine Gölz
Gold: "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg" produced by Garry McGee, Tammy Rundle, Kelly Rundle

Pro Short

Silver: "Brightside" produced by Jonathan C. Legat, and Michael P. Noens
Gold: "The Gurgle" produced by Paul Huenemann

Pro Documentary

Silver: "Lennis Moore: Woodcut Print Artist" written and directed by Derek Nelson
Gold: "River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6" produced by Tammy Rundle

Pro Feature

Silver: "The Orange Man" produced by Stephen Folker
Gold: "Road to the Open" produced by Troy McKay

Collins Road Theatres Scholarship

"Gratuity Appreciated" Caroline Taylor, Brian Wagner

Iowa Connection Award

"River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6" Kelly and Terry Rundle

Audience Choice Award

"The Orange Man" produced by Stephen Folker

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 About CRIFM, or e-mail Scott Chrisman at scott@crifm.org.

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.
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