Cedar Rapids Independent Film Makers  

Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers Announces
The 18th Annual Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival Award Winners

Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers hosted the 18th Annual Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13 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 Executive Director Scott Chrisman was impressed with this year's slate of films. "Iowa's filmmakers continue to tell engaging stories," he said. "The films this year covered the gamut of the human experience and represented Iowa in some very heartfelt ways. A theme this year was characters trying to be the best version of themselves or reaching out to improve their local world."

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 . . .


Professional Short Form

Gold: "KNEE HIGH"

Written and Directed by Marissa Vonn (Indianapolis, IN)

Director of Photography, Bruce James Bales (Des Moines, IA)

Deft Productions - https://www.facebook.com/KneeHighShortFilm


Silver: "ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE"

Directed and Co-Written by Ronald King (Culver City, CA)

Co-Written by Daniel Hagen (Studio City, CA)

RMK Films - http://roseisaroseisarose.com/


Professional Documentary

Gold: "WINE DIAMONDS"

Produced by Kirk Monson (Urbana, IA)

Producer by Jeff Zahrt (Cedar Rapids, IA)

JMZ Productions - https://www.winediamondsfilm.com/


Silver: "THE AMISH INCIDENT"

Produced by Kelly & Tammy Rundle (Moline, IL)

Fourth Wall Films - amishmovie.com


Pro-Am Feature

Gold: "OVERDUE"

Directed - Written - Cinematography by Stephen Folker (Davenport, IA)

Produced by Beth Hinde (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Folker Films - http://overduemovie.com/


Pro-Am Short Form

Gold: "IN THE HOUSE OF PAPER FLOWERS"

Writer-Director-Co-Executive Producer Anita George (Altadena, CA)

WikWanWo Films


Silver: "SKIP DAY"

Directed by Matthew Tribble (Marion, IA)

Produced by Marc Bauer (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Fake News Productions


Pro-Am Documentary

Gold: "CULTIVATION: WRITING AND WRESTLING IN IOWA CITY"

Directed by Nathan McNurlen (Des Moines, IA

Produced by Nick Pfeiffer (Tiffin, IA)

Trilix - https://www.thinkiowacity.com/cultivation/


Silver: "AMAZING GRACE LEMONADE RACE"

Directed by Eric Smidt (Ames, IA)


Student Short Form

Gold: "THE MERGE"

Written, Directed and Edited by Laney Kraus-Taddeo (Cedar Falls, IA)

Cinematopgraphy by Kevin Thorn (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Smart Cookie Films - https://laneykt.weebly.com/short-film.html


Silver: "THE POCKET PROTECTOR"

Director of Photography Charlie Balsar (Eldridge, IA)


Student Documentary

Gold: "THE ART OF LIVING"

Directed and Produced by Brody Kuhar (Dubuque, IA)

Director of Photography by John Spencer (Dubuque, IA)

Art Direction by Jack Sarcone (Dubuque, IA)


Silver: "COME EXPLORE CENTRAL CAMPUS"

Directed and Edited by Antonesia Williams (Des Moines, IA)

Co-Direction by Cade Pahl (Des Moines, IA)

Videography by Dustin Hagler (Des Moines, IA)


Professional Freestyle

Gold: "LUCID WEBS"

Directed by Jake Roth (Dubuque, IA)

Resistant Productions


Student Freestyle

Gold: "BORN TO LOVE YOU"

Directed and Edited by Nicole Embree (West Des Moines, IA)


Silver: "TOP SECRET!"

Directed by Tarrell Christie (Cedar Falls, IA)

Actor - Lakin Mims (Cedar Falls, IA)

Lost Utopia Films - https://topsecretfilm.weebly.com/


Special Awards and Scholarships

In addition to the competitive awards, Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers, their sponsors and fans honored three films with special distinctions:

The Collins Road Theatres Scholarship is awarded each year to a student filmmaker in order to further the recipient's filmmaking education and career. This year's $1,000 scholarship went to Mitchell D. Keeran (Director) of Mason City, IA and Bela Ruiz (Lead Actress) of Forest City, IA in recognition of their work on the film The Romance Language. To find out more about Collins Road Theatres, please visit www.collinsroadtheatres.com

The Produce Iowa - Iowa Connection Award is given each year to the film that best represents the state and the heart of Iowa filmmaking. This year's award was given to Marissa Vonn and Bruce James Bales for their film Knee High.

Audience Choice Award: Announced each year at the close of the Festival and is given to the film the Festival attendees have acclaimed as their favorite. The award is determined by secret ballot.


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 www.crifm.org 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.

Collins Road Theatres Produce Iowa