ABOUT THE FILMS - 2015

117 Franklin

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:10:48
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Kyle Rausch - Director, Writer, Producer
Conner Messershcmidt, Mackenzie Carslilse - Actors
K J Rausch Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Couple moves into a new house and strange things start to happen.
IOWA CONNECTION:
People involved with the film were born, raised, live or has lived, work or worked, and/or attended school in Iowa. The story takes place, and was filmed in Iowa.
 

15 Rounds

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:06:56
RATING: PG-13

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

SYNOPSIS:
A lone survivor in a zombie apocalypse barricades himself in a building and contemplates the road that he took that lead him there.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/writer/actor was born and raised in Dubuque, IA.
 

A Key Mistake

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:14
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Jordan Rottinghaus - Director, Writer, Producer
Donald Halbmaier - Actor

SYNOPSIS:
A man goes to shoot landscape photography and ends up taking a turn for the worse.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved with the film was born and educated in Iowa. The film was shot and produced in Jesup, Iowa.
 

A PLACE FOR HEROES

Professional Feature
RUN TIME: 1:45:00
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Scott Thompson - Director, Writer
My Town Pictures - Production Company

Sam Borowski and Scott Thompson - Producers
Actors - Paul Sorvino as Vincent, Sally Kellerman as Maureen

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Ellen Dolan as Lillian
Norman Lloyd as Robert (older)
Ben Easter as Robert (younger)
Salome Jens as Lily (older)
Kiera Morrill as Lily (younger)
Rachel Storey as Chelsea
Daniel Roebuck as Lloyd
Robert Pralgo as Charlie
Bill Sorvino as Glenn
Gary Kroeger as Jake
Kim Grimaldi as Sarah
Jay Villwock as Howard
Samantha Tuffarelli as Nola
Gretchen Skellenger as Pearl
Justin Marxen as Paul
Harold Sylvester as Mitch

SYNOPSIS:
After a respected WWII veteran passes away at home, his estranged daughter Lillian discovers that he may not have been who he said he was. Not only was he not a veteran, he may have been wanted for murder in 1943. Determined to learn the truth, his daughter returns to his hometown and discovers a secret which had not been revealed in seventy years. A story about love, courage, and what it means to be a hero.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Many involved in the film were born/raised/lived, work or has worked, and/or were educated in Iowa. The entire film was produced in Tama County, Iowa.
 

A Quiet Day

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:03:21
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Joshua Fiser - Director, Writer, Producer, Actor

SYNOPSIS:
A mild mannered dope wakes up one day to find that his world has become a silent film from yesteryear. He must navigate through the annoyances of title cards and zany slapstick until he finds out the reason for this.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/writer/producer/actor was born in Osage, IA and raised in Charles City, IA.
 

AFTER LIFE

Professional Feature
RUN TIME: 1:44:57
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Scott Thompson - Director, Writer, Producer
Actors - Gretchen Joy as Mara, Ellen Dolan as Louise
My Town Pictures - Production Company

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Ben Easter as Rudy
Daniel Roebuck as Garrett
Gary Kroeger as Tony
Michael Learned as Gloria
Liza Weil as Megan
Ashlee Hewitt as Tanya
Catherine Penning as Amy
Samantha Tuffarelli as Loni
Matt Eastvold as Kyle

SYNOPSIS:
A cynical young woman named Mara learns how to deceive people into believing she can speak with their dead loves ones. The daughter of a TV psychic medium, she learns the "tricks" of the trade to have some fun and make a few bucks. When a man asks her to communicate with his wife Louise, who has been missing and presumed dead for 20 years, Mara plays along. Until she meets "dead Louise", who is very much alive.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Many crew and several cast were born, raised and live or have lived, work or have worked, and were educated in Iowa. The production takes place and was filmed entirely in Lake Mills, Buffalo Center, and Forest City, Iowa.
 

An Evening With Frank Lloyd Wright

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:07:23
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Rosemarie Petzold - Director, Writer, Producer
Rob Dietrich - narrator, Jon Renard - music
Senior Center Television - Production Company

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Rob Dietrich - narrator
Jon Renard - music

SYNOPSIS:
A short history and tour of the restored Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa, the last standing hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Brad Mowrey, editor, was raised in Iowa. Rosemarie Petzold, producer, lives in Iowa City. Brad Mowrey, editor, works in Iowa City and attended Hillis Elementary, Franklin Jr. High, and Hoover High School in Des Moines, and graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. The film was produced in Mason City and Iowa City, Iowa and takes place in Mason City, Iowa.
 

An Iowa Morning

Pro-Am Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:04:03
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Kevin J Railsback - Director, Producer
Filmmaking Naturally - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
As a nature cinematographer I always felt that I had to travel out of Iowa to locations like Yellowstone National Park to find natural beauty. That all changed on an Iowa morning when I discovered that beauty is everywhere if you take the time to look for it.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/producer has resided in Iowa since 1976. The entire film was shot in Eastern Iowa and a majority of the scenes were shot around Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

Anonymous.

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:09:33
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Landon Sheetz - Director, Writer, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
Follow Andy Moss, a unique actor-for-hire that lends his image to any and all news outlets, artists, and others that need a face to put to a name. Only, this face is entirely blank. Andy is the anonymous interviewee you've seen on the news, the man behind the silhouette: a person like any other, but entirely different.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The writer/editor/director, was born and raised in Cedar Rapids and now lives in Iowa City and attends the University of Iowa. The film was shot in Iowa City.
 

Any Kid Anywhere: Sex Trafficking Survivor Stories

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:15:00
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Kelly Rundle - Director
Tammy Rundle - Writer
Cathy O'Keeffe - Producer
Braking Traffik, Inc. - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
"Any Kid Anywhere: Sex Trafficking Survivor Stories" shatters the myth that sex trafficking is just a big city or developing nation crime. Produced by Braking Traffik and Emmy nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle, the film reveals the reality of sex trafficking in small Midwestern communities through the dramatic and harrowing stories of three brave young women. Their true accounts of survival send a message of hope to those already "in the life" and provide a sobering cautionary tale that may help other young people avoid victimization.

IOWA CONNECTION:
All three survivors interviewed for our film were raised in and attended school in Iowa while growing up. All three survivors were trafficked out of Iowa cities.
The writer was born and raised in Waterloo, IA and attended school there. The writer and director are former residents of Bettendorf, IA. The producer works in Davenport, Iowa as the Executive Director of Braking Traffik.
Our film was set in and shot in Cedar Rapids, IA; Dubuque, IA; and the Quad Cities, IA. Part of the B roll was shot in the Quad Cities, IL.
 

Auction Insider: The John Zimmer Collection

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:25:55
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Eric Benson - Director
Eric Benson and Beau Batterson - Producers
Rich Penn - Executive Producer
Bus-Stop Productions - Production Company

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Rich Penn, Executive Producer

SYNOPSIS:
After 60+ years of collecting, an Illinois man auctions off his barn full of rare antiques, including a pristine Ford Model T and a rare 1914 Sears motorcycle.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The editor was born and raised in Iowa. The director, editor and executive produce all reside in Waterloo, IA. Bus-Stop Productions is based out of Waterloo, IA. The editor graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2012.The director is currently attending UNI for graduate school. The documentary was produced out of Waterloo, IA. The auction for our subject's vast collection was held on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
 

Behind the Black "Drink the Pain"

Pro-Am Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:04:36
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Andrew Wood - Director
Behind the Black - Writer, Producer
Pandamonium Pictures - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Music Video

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved with the film was born, raised, live or have lived, and work or has worked in Iowa. The video was filmed in Iowa City, Iowa.
 

Black Hawk's Final Resting Place

Pro-Am Dcoumentary
RUN TIME: 0:30:24
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Russ Fry - Director, Writer, Producer

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Narrator - K. C. Fleming
Document Narrator - Steve Hexom
Black Hawk - Conrad Brown
Singing Bird - Glendora Mauskemo
James Jordan - Mad Hatter
Sarah Welch Nossaman - Sally Price
Robert Lucas - Jerry Rigdon
Loud As Thunder - Wayne Pushetonequa

SYNOPSIS:
The Sauk War Chief Black Hawk fought and lost a war in 1832 as he tried to retake his homeland. He died in 1838. His grave was robbed the following year. The history books say his remains were destroyed in 1853 in a fire at Burlington, Iowa. The history books are wrong.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/writer/producer was born and raised, lives, was educated and works in Iowa. The film was shot in Burlington, Iowa. The State of Iowa was won from the Saux after the Black Hawk War. Black Hawk's final resting place is in Burlington, Iowa.
 

Blackbird

Studen Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:02:29
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Anna Steenson - Director, Writer, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
Four years after the civil rights act was passed, The Beatles wrote the legendary song "Blackbird". The meaning aims to exemplify the true emotion behind freedom. Set in a simple whiteboard drawing, the setting changes to show slavery, captivity, and pain of injustice. Song Blackbird by The Beatles.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/writer/producer is from Iowa.
 

Christopher's Champions

Student Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:08:54
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Laura Bohorquez and Trey Davis - Directors, Writers, Producers

SYNOPSIS:
This documentary tells the story of Christopher Turnis, a 10-year-old boy whose spirit outshines his illnesses.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Our documentary subject was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. Both student filmmakers live in Dubuque, Iowa during the academic year, have student employment with, and are currently enrolled at Loras College. The documentary was primarily filmed in, and takes place in Dubuque and Iowa City.
 

Coffee Shop

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:05:20
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Michael Bowman - Directer, Writer, Producer
Adam Risse and Katie Dexter - Actors

SYNOPSIS:
An encounter at a coffee shop leads up to a first date.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved with the film was born and raised in, lives or has lived in, works or has worked in, and was educated in Iowa. The whole film was shot and produced in, and takes place in Iowa.
 

Connetion

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:16
RATING: N/A

CREDITS:
Christy Ebert Vrtis - Director
J. Onalee Ebert & Christy Ebert Vrtis - Writers
Actors - Emily Ebertz, Tim Komatsu, James Mueller, and Cydney Roelandt

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Kyle Rausch, Jonathon Dexter

SYNOPSIS:
Four strangers. One conversation. Unexpected moments of connection.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Writer/Director/Producer lives in Decorah, Iowa. At the time of filming, the actors are/were students at Luther College and lived in Decorah. The film was shot in March 2014, and takes place in Decorah, Iowa.
 

Creature Hunt

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:35
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Tyler Stone and Charlotte Hilker - Directors
Tyler Stone - Writer
Charlotte Hilker - Producer
Actors - Keegan Walpole as Cliff Moneymaker, Andrew Jones as James Radford

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Laura Brightman as Paris Fox, Greer Coffman as Kathy Williams, Tyler Stone as Eric Gullible, Music by Chris Zabrishie, Ben Stone - Boom Operator

SYNOPSIS:
Three intrepid idiots wander the Iowa wilderness in search of an imaginary creature.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone except Charlotte is an Iowa native. Everyone involved in the film lives in Des Moines. Tyler works at Smokey Row and Laura at Gusto Pizza, both in Des Moines. Everyone involved is a student at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. The entire film was created in, and takes place in Iowa.
 

Death to the West

Student Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:08:24
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Michael Bowman - Director, Writer, Producer
Actors - Ian Marlow, Tyler Chrusciel

SYNOPSIS:
A couple of friends meet up in the woods to goof around and play guitar.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the film lives in, works in, and was educated in the state of Iowa. The enitre film was shot in and takes place in Iowa.
 

Diary of a Terrorist

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:22:12
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Atiq Rahman - Director, Writer
Paco Freeman - Producer
Oasis Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Ali Akkad (35 yo) is a single, loving father to his six-year-old son. They go swimming, visit the park, and offer devotional prayers together. On the surface, he doesn't appear to be an 'extremist'. However, as we hear his thoughts develop, it becomes quite obvious that he may be up to something nefarious. He begins to take notice of a particular house, all the while covertly associating with cohorts who work under cover of night. This leads to an explosive denouement where we learn that who we have been listening to is not who we have been watching. Mr. Akkad was actually a benign professor advocating the true, harmonious message of the Qura'n.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Joe Boyle was a key production member of our crew. In addition to cinematographer, he was the editor, sound mixer, and sound editor. He was born and raised in Davenport, IA.
 

"Distraction" - Angels and Airwaves

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:06:14
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Christy Weeks - Director, Writer, Producer
Actors - Michael Bowman, Christy Weeks

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Kyle Rausch - Director of Photography, Jonny Dexter - Assistant Director of Photography

SYNOPSIS:
Fan made music video for the Angels and Airwaves song "Distraction". A girl loses her father when he gets attacked while over seas at war.

IOWA CONNECTION:
All the actors were born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa and Independence, Iowa. All involved with the film lives in or has lived in, works or has worked in, and was educated in the state of Iowa. The film was shot in Cedar Falls, Independence, and Waterloo and takes place in Iowa.
 

I Love The Movies

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:07:04
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Kyle Rausch - Director
Troy McKay - Writer, Actor
Josh Fiser - Actor

SYNOPSIS:
One man deals with an annoying costumer as he trys to enjoy an afternoon matinee.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the film was born and raised in, lives or has lived in, works or has worked in, and was educated in the state of Iowa. The enitre film was shot in and takes place in Iowa.
 

Images

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:35:36
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Michelle Buhman, Emily Light - Producers

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Andy Kromphardt - Camera, Ashley Vreugdenhill - Production Assistance
Senior Center Television - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
During the spring of 2012, Peter Feldstein photographed two dozen Iowa City Senior Center members. Nearly two years later, the members were invited back to view their portraits.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Nick Thornburg, editor, was born and raised in, lives or has lived in, works or has worked in, and was educated in the state of Iowa. The enitre film was shot in and takes place in Iowa City, Iowa.
 

INNOCENCE

Professional Feature
RUN TIME: 1:36:00
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Hilary Bougher - Director
Jane Mendelshon - Writer
Declan Baldwin - Producer
Actors - Sophie Curtis as Beckett, Kelly Reilly as Pamela
Scion Pictures / Killer Films - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
A young woman discovers her elite Manhattan preparatory school harbors a dark secret.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Jon Merrifield Visual Effects Supervisor/Designer 150 VFX shots, color correction for many scenes as well was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

Introducing Rad Rascal

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:02:45
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Lars Lee - Director, Writer, Producer, Actor

SYNOPSIS:
Music Video

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the film was born and raised in, lives in or has lived in, works or has worked in, and was educated in the state of Iowa. The enitre film was shot in and takes place in Cedar Falls and Waterloo (Blackhawk county) Iowa.
 

KARL

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:06:13
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Jonny Dexter - Director, Writer, Producer
Actors - Patrick Sullivan, Ashley Anderson

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Michael Bowman - Producer , Kyle Rausch - Producer

SYNOPSIS:
A lonely guy finds a statue in a pile of garbage on the side of the road. How far will he go to make the statue the woman of his dreams?

IOWA CONNECTION:
All the actors were born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa. All involved with the film lives in or has lived in, works or has worked in, and was educated in the state of Iowa. The film was shot in Cedar Falls and takes place in Iowa.
 

Last Bird

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:02:18
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Anna Steenson - Director, Writer, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
With inspiration from Maya Angelou's "Caged Bird", this experimental piece shows the arduous road to achieving freedom. Music by Zoe Keating.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Anna Steenson is from Iowa.
 

Letters Home to Hero Street

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:25:00
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Kelly Rundle - Director
Tammy and Kelly Rundle - Writers
Lora Adams and Tammy Rundle - Producers
Actors - Eric Juarez as Frank Sandoval, Maya Chavez as Sis
Fourth Wall Films/WQPT-PBS - Production Company

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Cindy Ramos as Mother; Josh Wielenga as Western Union Man; Cinematographer/Effects - Chris Ryder of LeClaire, IA; Production Assistant - Melinda Carriker of Des Moines, IA.

SYNOPSIS:
"Letters Home to Hero Street" focuses on a young Mexican-American veteran's personal view of World War II as told through the letters he sent home to his family in Silvis, Illinois. He becomes one of eight veterans of WWII and the Korean War killed in combat from the same block-and-a half long neighborhood now called Hero Street, USA. Frank Sandoval was just beginning a new job at the Rock Island Arsenal when he was drafted in 1942. He sent hundreds of letters to family and friends during the two years he was in the service and the 130 letters that remain tell the story of one man's dramatic and epic journey from Illinois to India. Killed on the bank of the Irrawaddy River in Burma on June 1944, Frank was one of the first of the Hero Street Eight to fall in combat. "Letters Home to Hero Street" features Eric Juarez, Maya Chavez, Cindy Ramos and Josh Wielenga. The film is a co-production between Fourth Wall Films and WQPT-PBS. "Letters Home" was produced by Lora Adams, produced and written by Tammy Rundle (formerly of Waterloo, IA), and directed by Kelly Rundle. With Cinematography/Effect by Chris Ryder of LeClaire, IA; Melinda Carriker of Des Moines, IA served as Production Assistant. The film was partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Writer/Producer Tammy Rundle was born and raised in Waterloo, IA. Director/Writer Kelly Rundle and Producer/Writer Tammy Rundle were former residents of Bettendorf, Iowa; Cinematographer/Effects Chris Ryder resides in LeClaire, IA; Production Assistant Melinda Carriker resides in Des Moines, IA. Production Assistant Melinda Carriker works at Living History Farms in Des Moines, IA.
 

Masks

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:05:14
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Jacqui Fashimpaur - Director, Writer, Producer
Actors - Jackson Smith as Boy, Emilee Pettit as Stranger

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Alice Tosi as Girl.
Josiah Lydon and Bronwyn May as Trekkies.
Everett DeVaux, Faith Riedesel, and Mark Williams as Pokemon Trainers.
Andrew Bauer, Elizabeth Child, Tristan Maynard, Jacqui Fashimpaur, Sadé Butler, Colin Glandon, Julia Robinson, Audrey Fashimpaur, Bridget DeVaureax, and Molly Hunter as Ensemble.
Josiah Lydon and Jacqui Fashimpaur as Crew/Editors.
Alice Tosi as Assistant Director.

SYNOPSIS:
Based on the poem by Shel Silverstein: In a world where the personas people adopt are physical masks that they wear, a poet with blue skin wears a mask whenever he goes out in public. But after watching several groups of friends who are happy together without wearing masks, he takes a risk to chase after a girl who may be the blue-skinned one he needs to get rid of his mask forever.

IOWA CONNECTION:
All involved were born and raised in, and live or have lived in Iowa. The entire film was produced in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

 

MINDSHIT

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:00:41
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
James Hoff - Director, Writer, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
A psychedelic music video.
IOWA CONNECTION:
James Hoff was born and raised in Dubuque, IA. He went to the school in Iowa. University of Northern Iowa. Some of the filming was done in Dubuque, IA.

 

Musickland

Student Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:34:27
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Jacob Rosdail and Cameron Bargerstock - Directors, Producers
Middle West Productions - Production Company

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Music by Adam Musick and Southern Bitch

SYNOPSIS:
Adam Musick had two dreams in life: to make a living playing music professionally and to live off the land. In the early 2000's, Adam found some success in the Athens, Georgia rock scene with his band Southern Bitch. After a decade of chasing the rock n' roll dream, Adam and his band mate wife Wendy escaped to the Virginia countryside to begin farming the land Adam's family has owned since 1971. Adam raises hogs on Musickland Farm and delivers his pork to prominent restaurants across the south. The demanding lifestyle as a farmer has taken him away from music. He hasn't written a song in years. "MUSICKLAND" is a 33-minute documentary film about Adam's one-year journey to return to music on his own terms and finish the solo album he left behind.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Both directors were raised in Iowa. Jacob Rosdail was born in Dewitt, IA and raised in Knoxville, IA. Cameron Bargerstock was raised in Fairfield, IA. They bonded over their Iowa connections while attending Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Jacob lived in Iowa from 1983-2011. Cameron lived in Fairfield from 1990-2005 and her parents still live there. Jacob worked in Cedar Falls, IA for Mudd Advertising from 2005-2008; Communication Research Institute in Oskaloosa from 2008-2011. Jacob also graduated from Wartburg College.
 

Notes

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:05:19
RATING: PG

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

SYNOPSIS:
A man wanders aimlessly through a dark, alternate reality and struggles to cope with the world around him.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The director/writer/actor was born and raised in Dubuque, IA.
 

Nothing Here But Love

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:03:27
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Anna Steenson - Director, Writer, Producer
Actors - Elaina Steenson, Andrew Thai

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Scarlett Keller, Isiah Keller

SYNOPSIS:
In a fairy tale setting, two young characters explore diferent interpretations of love. Love can be friendly, romantic, and abstract. Music by Lenka "Nothing Here But Love (Twice As Nice Remix)"

IOWA CONNECTION:
The actors and filmmaker are from Iowa.
 

Of The Night - Bastille

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:02:47
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Helena Gruensteidl - Director, Writer, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
A dark and exciting beat-edited portrayal of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the form of a young woman's fight for sanity.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Helena Gruensteidl was born and raised in, and lives or has lived in, works or has worked in, and was educated in Iowa. The entire film was shot in and takes place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

Oh Mama

Professional Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:04:56
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Michael P. Noens - Director
Dennis Florine - Writer, Actor
Michael P. Noens, Dennis Florine, Tony Schiavone - Producers
CNGM Pictures NFP - Production Company

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Director of Photography - Tony Schiavone

SYNOPSIS:
Featured in his album "O' World, What a Beautiful Tragedy", singer-songwriter Dennis Florine shares the struggles he faces being away from family and friends as a touring musician in his song, "Oh Mama".

IOWA CONNECTION:
Singer-songwriter Dennis Florine (featured artist in the music video) lived in Iowa City for two and a half months in May-July 2010 and worked for the Riverside Theater Company, an equity theatre that runs the Riverside Shakespeare Festival every summer. He has also worked for Iowa City playing music for their farmers market and summer musical events for the past three years.
 

Perspectives: The Dream Center

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:10:42
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Bryan Butt - Director, Written
Diversity Focus & PATV - Producer
Actors - Frederick Newell (Himself), Darin Kriener (Himself)

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Written and directed by BRYAN BUTT , produced by DIVERSITY FOCUS & PATV, Executive Producer - JOSH GODING , Production Coordinator - GABE ERIKSON , camera operators - JOSHUA EDMONDS, BRYAN BUTT , editor - BRYAN BUTT, special thanks to FREDERICK NEWELL, CHAD SIMMONS, CALLIE MAE BOWEN, SARA TATE, JAMES MIMS

SYNOPSIS:
PATV has teamed up with Diversity Focus to bring you "Perspectives," a series highlighting local residents and their experiences in the Iowa City area. In this short, we here from Frederick Newell, Executive Director, and other volunteers and members of The Dream Center; a non-profit organization that works to strengthen and empower families, with a particular focus on fathers and youth, through support, advocacy, lifelong education, and community connections.

IOWA CONNECTION:
All Crew lives in Iowa. Diversity Focus: Cedar Rapids. PATV: Iowa City. The Dream Center: Iowa City. The film was shot, and took place in Iowa City.
 

Road Trip

Pro-Am Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:04:9
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Insane Mike Saunders - Director, Writer
Prescribed Films - Production Company
Actors - Nalani Proctor: Self, Jason Bolinger: Self

SYNOPSIS:
This is the music video for the song "Road Trip" by The PBJs.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the film is from Iowa where it was filmed.
 

Shadow of the Sun

Student Long
RUN TIME: 0:27:38
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Mason Greer - Director, Writer
Mason Greer and Michaela Leinen - Producers
Actors - Zach Kelchan (Kenny), Chance Ingles (Vincent)

SYNOPSIS:
Sean Thomas feels as though he has a story to tell; a story that connects the most random assortment of people by the slightest of events. As the story begins to unfold so does the truth about everyone involved who decided to ignore their predisposition.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Mason Greer - writer/director was born in Iowa City . Zach Kelchen - actor was born in Cedar Rapids . Michaela Leinen - producer was born in Portsmouth, IA. Crew that lives in Iowa:
Mason Greer--Cedar Falls, Zach Kelchen--Cedar Falls, Chance Ingles--Cedar Falls , Bryce Taylor--Cedar Falls, Hunter Quint--Cedar Falls, Sean Dengler--Cedar Falls, Devon Mettlin--Cedar Falls, Lauren Van Speybroeck.
Joey Gast works in Iowa as founder of Normandie Productions, Cedar Falls.
All participants are students at the University of Northern Iowa. The film was shot in Iowa, and although it does not make direct reference to the state of Iowa but it is implied by scenery.
 

Skateboard Montage 16

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:11:48
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Trevor Spidle - Director, Writer, Producer

SYNOPSIS:
N/A

IOWA CONNECTION:
Trevor was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He was the shooter and editor of the film. Everyone involved in the film lives or has lived in, works or has worked in, and was educated in Iowa. Everything in this video was shot around the entire Des Moines metro area. It is never fully specified but it could very well take place in Iowa.
 

Sleight of Hand

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:07:27
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Caleb Davis and Josh Gingerich - Directors, Producers
Caleb Davis - Writer
Actors - Ben Stone as: Cole, Levi Runciman as: Nate
Cranarke Productions - Production Company

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Nolan Faselt as: Leland, Alex Vilovchik as: Collin, Eric Knebel as: Robert

SYNOPSIS:
Five teenagers participate in their annual poker game, using their "allowance" from their wealthy parents as the winner's prize. The game unfolds and it becomes clear that other tactics to win the prize money are being used.

IOWA CONNECTION:
The cast and crew were born and raised in, lives or has lived in, works or has worked in, and was educated in Kalona and Wellman, Iowa. The film was shot in Kalona and Wellman, Iowa. It is never fully specified but it could very well take place in Iowa.
 

So Happy To Be Here

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:04:14
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Jonathon Dexter - Director, Producer
Jonathon Dexter and Michael Bowman - Writers

SYNOPSIS:
Official Video for the song Origin by So Happy To Be Here.

IOWA CONNECTION:
All members who helped with this project or were featured in the music video are from the Cedar Falls and Waterloo area. Everyone in the video lives in Iowa. Most roles other then the members of the bands were extras for the video. All have worked in the state of Iowa. Other than the members of the band, everyone in the video attends Hawkeye Community College. It was all shot and produced in a house located on 1928 Walnut St. Cedar Falls, IA.
 

Southland

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:14:51
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Adam Burke - Director, Writer
Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility - Producer
Atom Burke Productions - Production Company

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Steve Kenevan (Narrator)

SYNOPSIS:
This video depicts an ecological ghetto known as Southend in Muscatine where residents face daily assault from airborne chemical pollutants.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Director Adam Burke lives in Iowa City. Producer Maureen McCue lives in Iowa City. Co-producer Jessica Brackett lives in Des Moines. Adam Burke attended University of Iowa. The film was shot in Muscatine, produced in Iowa City, and takes place in Muscatine.
 

Sticks and Stones

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:59
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Jacqui Fashimpaur - Director, Writer, Producer
Actors - Josiah Lydon as Boy, Alice Tosi as Girl

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Taylor Luke as Stranger , Sierra Sheets as Other Girl, Christopher Kroeger as Other Boy , Jacqui Fashimpaur, Bronwyn May, Dorothy Jacobs, Rielle Jones-Teske, Audrey Fashimpaur, Austin Wake, and Emma Nassif as Ensemble. Zachary Nading and Rowan Meyer as Camera Crew.

SYNOPSIS:
In a world where hurtful words physically cause others injury, a lonely high school boy observes the experiences of several classmates, including a superficial girl obsessed with covering her wounds up, a boy afraid to tell his friends when they have hurt him, and a girl who is able to brush off her injuries. Although a history of bullying has left him heavily scarred, the boy learns through observing these people that he needs to change himself before he can begin to heal.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Born and raised in Iowa:
Josiah Lydon (Cedar Rapids) as Boy.
Taylor Luke (Cedar Rapids) as Stranger.
Sierra Sheets (Cedar Rapids) as Other Girl.
Christopher Kroeger (Cedar Rapids) as Other Boy.
Jacqui Fashimpaur (Cedar Rapids), Bronwyn May, (Cedar Rapids), Dorothy Jacobs (Cedar Rapids), Rielle Jones-Teske (Cedar Rapids), Audrey Fashimpaur, (Cedar Rapids), Austin Wake (Cedar Rapids), and Emma Nassif (Cedar Rapids) as Ensemble.
Zachary Nading (Cedar Rapids) and Rowan Meyer (Cedar Rapids) as Camera Crew.
Lives or has lived in Iowa:
Josiah Lydon (Cedar Rapids) as Boy.
Alice Tosi (Cedar Rapids) as Girl.
Taylor Luke (Cedar Rapids) as Stranger.
Sierra Sheets (Cedar Rapids) as Other Girl.
Christopher Kroeger (Cedar Rapids) as Other Boy.
Jacqui Fashimpaur (Cedar Rapids), Bronwyn May, (Cedar Rapids), Dorothy Jacobs (Cedar Rapids), Rielle Jones-Teske (Cedar Rapids), Audrey Fashimpaur, (Cedar Rapids), Austin Wake (Cedar Rapids), and Emma Nassif (Cedar Rapids) as Ensemble.
Zachary Nading (Cedar Rapids) and Rowan Meyer (Cedar Rapids) as Camera Crew.
The entire film was produced in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

Thank You

Pro-Am Short
RUN TIME: 0:15:00
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Micah Versemann - Director, Writer
Micah, Matthew and Elizabeth Versemann - Producers
Actors - Jonathan Bocinsky: Mark White, Laura Potter: Woman
Brothers in Christ Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Mark White is a former U.S. Solider that is dealing with regrets from his time in the service. That is, until a mysterious woman comes into the picture.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Several of the cast members were born and raised, and still live in Iowa. The entire film was shot in Iowa.
 

The 4th R: the aRt of Education

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:57:45
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Kyrl Henderson - Director, Writer, Producer

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Allen Hamilton, Narrator

SYNOPSIS:
How do you solve a problem, when the problem is you don't know how to solve problems? With all the problems in the world today, how are we teaching our children to solve these problems they will face for the rest of their lives? Problem solving is learned. It is learned by students who consistently have the experience of art in their lives. Problem solving is a function of creativity. There is a crisis of creativity in our country today, if not in the world. The only real advantage America has ever had is our ability to innovate. It is often called "Yankee ingenuity". The creativity that is at the core of that ingenuity is being crushed by how we are teaching in our schools. By cutting funding for arts in our schools, we are stealing the tools for problem solving, and cutting off our childrens' path to success. The 4th R presents the problem, offers data from research by experts to prove the point, then offers some solutions from noted international experts in creativity. Could it be that art is the key to learning how to solve problems?

IOWA CONNECTION:
Many in the film, including Tom Harkin, were born and raised in Iowa. Most live, work and were educated in Iowa. The film was shot in Decorah (and other locations around the US) and the filmmaker was a resident of Decorah during the production phase. The "skeleton" of the film is a concert by the Unified Jazz Ensemble shot in Carrie Lee Middle School in Decorah.
 

The Battle Continues: The Story of James Stephenson

Student Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:07:53
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Mariah Duran - Director
Mariah Duran and Samantha Reyes - Producers

SYNOPSIS:
A documentary following WWII veteran James Stephenson as he fights the battle of dementia and the burden of carrying the memory of war.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Mariah Duran and Samantha Reyes are educated at Loras College in Dubuque, IA. The film was produced and edited in Dubuque, IA while shooting took place in Hazel Green, WI to accommodate the disabilities of the subject, James Stephenson.
 

The Blazing Saddle Project

Pro-Am Documentary
RUN TIME: 1:11:00
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Shawn June - Director, Writer, Producer
Actors - Robert "Mongo" Eikleberry, Bryan "Stinky" Smith
Shawn June Productions - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
The Blazing Saddle Project focuses on The Blazing Saddle - a gay bar that first opened October 23, 1983. This project captures the history and current events of the bar. Additionally, this project follows the employees working there capturing their own history alongside the bar's history giving their perspective.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Born and Raised in Iowa:
Shawn June, producer, director, writer of Ottumwa, IA. Trevor Zuck, camera operator and editor of Altoona, IA. Mike Kieler camera operator and lighting of Norwalk, IA. Chris Wallace camera operator of Altoona, IA.
Lives in Iowa:
Shawn June Des Moines, IA. Trevor Zuck West Des Moines, IA. Mike Kieler Norwalk, IA. Chris Wallace Altoona, IA.
Works in Iowa:
Trevor Zuck Screenscape Studios West Des Moines, IA. Mike Kieler South Siders Studios Altoona, IA.
Educated in Iowa:
Shawn June Drake University Des Moines, IA.
The film was shot in Des Moines, Iowa and takes place in East Village Des Moines.
 

The Captain

Student Long
RUN TIME: 0:27:10
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Catherine Wolf - Director
Adam Gonshorowski and Catherine Wolf - Writers, Producers
Actors - Nicolas Charles (James), Josh Eichenbaum (Claw)

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
All credits can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3092142/ Gonshorowski

SYNOPSIS:
Smee and the rest of the crew of the legendary Queen Anne's Revenge have grown restless, and look to James to lead them in their plan to mutiny. James rebukes them, arguing honor is the way to go. After losing his prized pocket watch in a bad game of poker to the cheating first mate Claw, James returns to the ship, unsure of his position. Feeling responsible for the loss of the watch, young pirate thief Sly sneaks up to the Captain quarters to retrieve it. He is caught and killed by Claw at the Captain's request. When James learns of this, he rallies the crew to mutiny, only to discover the Captain has sailed the ship into cursed waters. The crew goes to battle. After a strange series of events, James and company soon find themselves shipwrecked on a mysterious and fantastical island where time stands still.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Adam Gonshorowski (Writer/Producer/Production Designer) - Works in and attended Morngingside College in Sioux City, IA
 

The Last Payphone on Earth

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:05:00
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Alex Gibney - Director
Austin Andries - Writer
Shenita - Producer

SYNOPSIS:
N/A

IOWA CONNECTION:
The Director/Cinematographer, Alex Gibney, was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He lived there until age 20, where he graduated from Kirkwood Community College and then moved to Chicago to pursue a degree a Columbia College Chicago.
 

The Passing

Pro-Am Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:04:26
RATING: R

CREDITS:
Sean Prior - Director, Writer
Andrew Wood, Josh Roman, and Sean Prior - Producers
Actors - Doug Hartley as Ben, Kyle James McFadden as Zombie
Pandamonium Pictures - Production Company

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Edited by Andrew Wood. Special Thanks: Aj Vens, Will Musser, Jamie Thompson, Dane Larson, and Nick Wood.

SYNOPSIS:
It's the zombie apocalypse and Ben has to take a long awaited poop. Luckily one of the undead slips into Bens house wanting to consume every inch of him. Little by little the zombie gets closer, will Ben be able to pass this poop or become a zombies next meal?

IOWA CONNECTION:
All the cast and crew were born and raised in, lives in, works in, and have either gone to high school and/or college in the state of Iowa. The entire production was written, shot, and edited in the state of Iowa. This film takes place in Cedar Rapids Iowa.
 

The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove

Professional Documentary
RUN TIME: 0:17:58
RATING: G

CREDITS:
John Richard - Director, Writer, Producer
Actor - Walter Hansen
Bocce Ball Studio - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove is a short film about the life of an early 20th century Danish immigrant named Hans Hansen, as told by his son, 96 year old Walter Hansen. Hans emigrated from Denmark to the United States in 1899 and built a farm out of the native timber he found alongside a marginal piece of land on the Cedar River near West Branch, Iowa. The farm has been in continuous operation for over a hundred year weathering both the Great Depression of the 1930's and the farm crisis of the 1980's. Within this historical narrative, emerges themes of masculinity and the dynamics of a father-son relationship forged under the harsh conditions of the early Midwestern settlement and the American immigrant experience.

IOWA CONNECTION:
John Richard, as well as the subject of the film, were born and raised in and lives in Iowa. The enitre film was shot in and takes place in Iowa. John Richard was educated in Iowa at the University of Iowa. The story takes place in West Branch, Iowa.
 

The Standing People

Pro-Am Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:04:11
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Kevin J Railsback - Director, Writer, Producer
Actor - Ed Warrior Bear
Filmmaking Naturally - Production Company

SYNOPSIS:
Every year I enter a charity film challenge. On the day the challenge begins we are given a theme and have four weeks to make a four minute film. The theme for this charity challenge was "Trees". This was my entry that won in the name of Last Hope Animal Rescue here in Cedar Rapids.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Kevin J Railsback has lived in Iowa since 1976. The entire film was shot in and around, and takes place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 

The Suit

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:01:00
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Lars Lee - Director, Writer, Producer, Actor

SYNOPSIS:
A man's quest to transform himself takes an unexpected turn when he discovers a suit the enables him to realize his inner most desires.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Everyone involved in the film was born and raised in Iowa, lives in Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa, works in Iowa at HCC, and attends Hawkeye Community College in Iowa. The enitre film was shot in Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa and takes place in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
 

The Villian

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:03:34
RATING: G

CREDITS:
Jonah Kruse - Director, Writer
Lori Glawe - Producer
Actors - Bryan Nauman as The Villian, Taran Christensen as The Hero
JKruse Films - Production Company

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Anders Titus as Brute Gabby, Leonard as Girl, Keegan Walpole as background boy, Laura Diaz as background girl.

SYNOPSIS:
A classic showdown between The Villian and The Hero over a girl.

IOWA CONNECTION:
Bryan, Taran, Gabby, Anders, Keegan and Laura as well as Villian, Hero, girl, brute, BB and BG live in Des Moines. Bryan works in Des Moines. Bryan, Taran, Ander, Gabby, Keegan, and Laura all go to Roosevelt High in Des Moines. The film was shot in Des Moines and takes place in Iowa.
 

THEM

Student Long
RUN TIME: 0:16:01
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Davis Evans - Director, Writer
Cameron Nash/Rachel Augustine - Producers
Actors - Asa Sharkey as Tyler, Rachel Augustine as Emily

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
Tyler Stone as Josh, Kara Richards as Aliens, Paker Caples as Chris

SYNOPSIS:
After an Ivasion, the United States Military struggles to maintain control of the borders that divide the two factions. After being stranded in the wasteland of former Western Iowa, Josh and his team must go unnoticed in enemy territory. They are in violation fo a truce that's divided America for a matter of years.

IOWA CONNECTION:
"THEM" was produced in Polk County Iowa, the story takes place in Des Moines.
 

"To Be Or Not To Be"

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:00:44
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Jack Chassé - Director, Producer
Actor - Jack Chassé as unnamed Lego minifigure head.

SYNOPSIS:
N/A

IOWA CONNECTION:
Jack Chassé was the voice actor, production designer, producer, and director and was raised in Coralville and Des Moines and lives in, and goes to Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. The film was shot in Des Moines.
 

Windows

Student Short
RUN TIME: 0:04:33
RATING: PG

CREDITS:
Anna Steenson - Director, Writer, Producer
Actors - Andrew Thai, Elaina Steenson

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:
David Steenson, Blaise Rothwell

SYNOPSIS:
Just as stained glass is created from many pieces to make a beautiful whole, this story can be translated into many different colors. Windows can show either a reflection of who you are, or give you a glimpse of the future music is the force that can bring a soul out of depression and reflect the true emotions that were hidden. Music by Vox Angel "Chanter"

IOWA CONNECTION:
The actors and filmmaker are from Iowa.
 

Young Purpose - Ignorance Is Bliss

Student Freestyle
RUN TIME: 0:03:05
RATING: PG-13

CREDITS:
Trevor Spidle - Director
Michael Webster - Writer, Producer

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:


SYNOPSIS:
N/A

IOWA CONNECTION:
Michael Webster was born and raised in Iowa. Everyone involved in the film lives in or has lived in, works or has worked in, and was educated at Lincoln High School in Des Mones Iowa. The enitre film was shot and produced in, and takes place in the Des Moines area.
 
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