COMPETITION FILMS & VIDEOS

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Script Category Finalists & Semi-finalists

Iowa Showcase

The Big Schedule

Screening Times by Title


Ratings: Independently created movies that are not routinely distributed to commercial theaters are not rated by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). Please assume these films are meant for a mature audience (with an R rating) unless marked with FF for Family Friendly. In general, FF will mean the equivalent of G, PG or PG-13 rating.

20Q
Director: Benjamin Keith
35 min; USA
Category: Student
Web site

Victoria Jackson stars in this mockumentary about a local chapter of the Association of Competitive Questioning in their bid to become the national champions.

41 Sekunden (41 Seconds)
Directors: Rodney Sewell & Tobias Martin
4 min; Germany
Category: Narrative Short
Web site

What do you do when your girlfriend tells you that your best friend kisses better than you?

Absolute Zero
Director: Alan Woodruff
23 min; Australia
Category: Documentary Short

A railroad worker keeps a log on the wall of a refrigeration car as he freezes to death, unaware that the refrigeration unit is broken.

Achilles & Adam Join the Secret Service
Director: Benton Stephens
15 min; USA
Category: Student

This documentary explores our most prevalent stories and the lengths to which we go to protect them, in hopes that we don't destroy ourselves and the natural world.

Agnieszka: A Dark Symphony of 2039
Director: Martin Gauvreau
12 min; UK
Category: Narrative Short

Beautiful imagery and special effects combine in this short film about a young woman who finds a mysterious and dangerous box.

American Meth
Director: Justin Hunt
1 hr 15 min; USA
Category: Documentary Feature

Val Kilmer narrates this documentary of the tragedy and triumph of blue-collar Americans devastated by the methamphetamine epidemic.

A.W.O.L.
Director: Jack Swanstrom
22 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

David Morse stars as an American soldier who finds himself trapped between torture in a prison camp and an idyllic life with a family he’s never met.

Bill’s Big Pumpkins
Director: Ryan Foss
1 hr 27 min; USA
Category: Documentary Feature

Follow Bill Foss and other charmingly nutty people as he tries to grow the biggest pumpkin in Minnesota history. FF

The Body in Pain
Director: Randall Hamilton
6 min; USA
Category: Student

A young woman, portrayed by a Dorothy Gale Barbie doll, suffers a traumatic injury and loses her leg during the Civil War in this unusual animated tale.

The Bride Wore Blood: A Contemporary Western
Directors: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods
1 hr; USA
Category: Student

A hired gun’s mission of protection turns to vengeance in a place where death is currency and justice is a thing of the past.

Carny
Director: Karen Taulelle
49 min; USA
Category: Documentary Short

This portrait of a traveling carnival family follows them through one season and illuminates their personal lives in a changing world. FF

The Clinton 12
Director: Keith McDaniel
1 hr 28 min; USA
Category: Documentary Feature

Narrated by James Earl Jones, this documentary focuses on the integration of the first public high school after Brown vs. the Board of Education.

The Coffee Shop
Director: Nick Bertelsen
7 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short
Web site

Bob’s request for “just coffee” brings him unwanted attention from The Coffee Shop staff, customers and three mysterious strangers. FF

Count on Me
Director: Josh Guffey
17 min; USA
Category: Student

Veteran narcotics officer Matt must come to terms with the pressures of his job as the biggest and most dangerous bust of his life approaches.

Dance at Redrocks
Director: Chris Liles
4 min; USA
Category: Animation

Kokopelli is taught an important lesson by an enthusiastic, flute-stealing, dancing goat in this short animated film. FF

Deconstructing the Family
Directors: Kyle Hasday & Matt Stewart
23 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

A father is forced to decide which of his own sons he must shoot and kill when a grief-stricken man breaks into their house in search of retribution.

Die Flugbegleiterin (The Stewardess)
Director: Marcin Glowacki
11 min; Germany
Category: Narrative Short

Where desire ends and addiction begins, this film looks at the amount of food consumed in a society which has lost its sense of proportion.

A Driving Lesson
Director: C. Fraser Press
22 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short
Web site

You're 16, your mom is teaching you to drive, and you hit a furry little nature critter. Hey, life is a crash course. FF

Dzisiaj jest piatek (It's Friday)
Director: Pawel Naroznik
1 hr 24 min; Poland
Category: Narrative Feature

A man's normal Friday plans are thrown askew by his boss, his ex-lover's desires and a meeting with his girlfriend's parents.

The Ecstasy of Truckin’ with Tom
Director: Robert Ostheimer
6 min; USA
Category: Documentary Short

This portrait of Tom Wiles, driver of a semi, is crafted through a collage of audio and video pod casts.

Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life
Director: Max Allan Collins
1 hr 40 min; USA
Category: Narrative Feature

Crime fighter Eliot Ness reflects on his life and accomplishments as a “new breed of cop” in this biography by Iowa director Max Allan Collins.

Facing Sudan
Director: Bruce Janu
1 hr 30 min; USA
Category: Documentary Feature

Suffering, death, strength, courage and hope collide as this documentary shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things in war-torn Sudan.

The Father, Unblinking
Director: Ziggy Attias
24 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short
Web site

A quiet, deeply felt story of how two people deal with the death of their child and their inability to communicate their feelings to one another.

Fish, but No Cigar
Director: Tara White and Lyn Elliot
4 min; USA
Category: Animation

An animated movie about a woman who has bigger fish to fry. Literally.

The Garage
Director: Carl Thibault
1 hr 34 min; USA
Category: Narrative Feature
Web site

A young man, while trying to escape a future of working at his father’s garage, must find his true direction in life after a devastating incident. Guest starring Martin Donovan.

Genesis Antipode
Director: John Robinson
15 min; New Zealand
Category: Narrative Short

Jeffrey and Rebecca, two polar opposites, are forced to come to terms with each other amidst the desolation of a post-apocalyptic landscape. FF

Glimpse
Director: Dustin Grella
9 min; USA
Category: Student

An experimental stop-motion animated film that moves from a study of painter Willem de Kooning into stream-of-consciousness exploration of freedom from imprisonment.

Góðir Gestir (Family Reunion)
Director: Isold Uggadottir
19 min; Iceland
Category: Narrative Short

A New Yorker returns to her native Iceland for her grandfather’s 70th birthday and discovers that she is not the only one in the family with secrets.

Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own
Director: Gary Null
1 hr 53 min; USA
Category: Documentary Feature

This controversial documentary seeks to expose the truth about the war in Iraq, Gulf War Syndrome, and the secrets the government is hiding from its soldiers and the world at large.

The Half Life of Mason Lake
Director: Tim Lotesto
1 hr 26 min; USA
Category: Narrative Feature

After Mason is reduced to little more than a child by a brain injury, his family and friends are unable to cope and his life is not what it seems.

The Hope of Nine Mile Creek
Director: Becky McMillen
23 min; USA
Category: Documentary Short

Once a premier trout stream and haven for wildlife, Nebraska's Nine Mile Creek began drying up. The restoration efforts to save it are chronicled in this documentary. FF

Indelible
Director: Rick Amundson
1 hr 48 min; USA
Category: Narrative Feature
Web site

Returning home after eight years in prison, Donnie tries to reconnect with his twelve-year-old daughter. In his efforts to protect her, he becomes drawn into violence.

Introduction to Lucid Dream Exploration
Director: John Grigsby
4 min; USA
Category: Animation

A journey through the depths of the subconscious in search of self-realization, the animated portion was created by hand, frame by frame on an Etch-A-Sketch. FF

Janis: A Daughter’s Portrait
Director: Sara Peak Convery
7 min; USA
Category: Documentary Short

Drawing upon old photographs, Super-8 film and the Iowa landscape, this portrait documents the life and travels of the filmmaker’s mother. FF

Last Days of Kodachrome Super-8 Movie Film
Director: David Sawatzki
1 hr; USA
Category: Narrative Short

Using the last remaining batch of Kodachrome Super-8 movie film, the filmmakers set out to capture the medium's independent spirit in this experimental film.

Love & Music
Directors: Ryan Pattan & Jason Pattan
7 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

Two Old West cowboys wander off their treasure map and head for a showdown of a different sort on the main street at high noon. FF

Millions (a lottery story)
Director: Paul La Blanc
1 hr 41 min; USA
Category: Documentary Feature

Ever wondered what it would be like to win big at the lottery? This film follows the lives of six big-money winners through luck, loss and redemption. FF

Moustache Moustache Moustache Moustache
Director: John Moroso
5 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

This wacky, crazy, hilarious short asks and answers the vital question: What does it take to be a manly man? A Moustache!

Mr. Extion
Directors: Barry Battles & Griffin Hood
11 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

Two lifelong friends and aspiring filmmakers find that developing an original idea, with no budget, is hard to pull off.

Nellie's Adventures
Director: Shelley Blanchette
10 min; USA
Category: Animation

Nellie, a curious dog, takes you along on her adventures that include a boat trip on Long Island Sound and a camping trip with her favorite humans. FF

Not That Kind of Christian!!
Director: Andrew Grossman
1 hr 20 min; USA
Category: Documentary Feature

Openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson and others are interviewed in this documentary that explores gay and lesbian Christians’ struggle for acceptance in the Episcopal Church.

Notes from the Rogues Gallery
Director: Joseph M. Petrick
52 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

A student escapes the pain of high school by becoming the superhero Dojo, fighting injustice, and trying to win the girl. Will he succeed? Watch and find out! FF

The Passover
Directors: Francisco & José Rodriguez
18 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

A married couple on the way home from a costume party is targeted by a lethal mugger. The husband must make sense of the ensuing tragedy that haunts him.

Pillow Girl
Director: Ronnie Cramer
8 min; USA
Category: Animation

The illustrated covers of over 200 lurid, vintage paperbacks morph in an almost hypnotic fashion from one to the next in this short artistic film.

PlaybyPlayMen and the Art of the Perfect Call
Director: Ziad Hamzeh
1 hr 10 min; USA
Category: Documentary Feature
Web site

They’re the storytellers of those warm summer nights, for kids of all ages who never had the chance to get near a major league ballpark, but instead cradled radios against their ears to hear the calls of America’s favorite pastime – baseball. FF

Pocket Pair
Director: Mojisola Shabi
9 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

Sara, who had everything, is now on the verge of eviction. Expecting yet another visit from a collection agent, she instead gets a surprising birthday present.

 

Project Greenhouse
Director: John Wyatt
28 min; UK
Category: Narrative Short

Jack, an inventive tinkerer, finds that his latest project - building Britain’s cheapest octagonal house - is not what it seems. FF

Recently Deceased
Director: Chris McInroy
12 min; USA
Category: Student

Jim doesn’t know why he’s dead or why he’s back from the grave, but fortunately he’s got a to-do list to keep him on track, because being undead is kind of distracting.

Resist Evil Part One: Dropping Evil
Director: Adam Protextor
30 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

A little acid in a juice box goes a long way in this short that is part zombie film, part live-action Tex Avery cartoon.

Rick Speed: Private Shrink
Directors: Ty Clancey & Mac Hedges
8 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

Film noir meets slapstick when private shrink Rick Speed meets an array of therapeutically challenged clients in this hilarious spoof. FF

Rommel and the Plot to Kill Hitler
Director: Nicholas Natteau
1 hr 8 min; USA
Category: Documentary Feature

Field Marshal Rommel became implicated in the 1944 officers' plot against Hitler, illuminating the excruciating dilemma of the modern soldier forced to choose between obeying orders and following his conscience.

Room 314
Director: Michael Knowles
1 hr 40 min; USA
Category: Narrative Feature
Web site

Five different stories about five couples in various stages of their relationships, and their desires to connect, play out in a single hotel room.

Samsara
Directors: Roshan Murthy & Sam Copeland
14 min; USA
Category: Student

A wryly comedic look at a young man who must figure out if love is as untamable as nature while he struggles to cope with the loss of his girlfriend.

The Scientist
Director: Matt Munstermann
4 min; USA
Category: Student

The Scientist constructs his disappearance; love discovers the clues he left behind. FF

See Rock City
Director: Doug Osman
30 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

Annie’s friends must come to terms with each other if they are to help her give what may be her last stage performance in this short film.

The Sisterhood of Night
Director: Jeffrey Moss
17 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

Young girls of a small Midwestern town have formed a secret pact that leads to suicide and a quandary for the town’s citizens.

Skipping Stones
Director: Matthew Brown
28 min; USA
Category: Student

This beautifully imagined film explores a young boy’s mind as he teeters between reality and the imaginary world while coping with a tragedy.

Startle Pattern
Director: Eric Patrick
13 min; USA
Category: Animation

In this imaginative animated project, the interior space of a puppet becomes increasingly reflective, revealing the artifice of his own creation.

Stomp! Shout! Scream!
Director: Jay Wade Edwards
1 hr 17 min; USA
Category: Narrative Feature
Web site

This beach party rock-and-roll monster movie pits an all-girl rock band and a small town police force against the legendary Skunk Ape. Cute girls, cute boys, scary monster, and great music! What more could you ask?

The Story of Bubbleboy
Director: Sean Ascroft
6 min; Australia
Category: Narrative Short

This short fable tells the story of Bubbleboy, who is so afraid of sharp objects that he has exiled himself and surrounded his little world in bubble wrap. FF

Suffer the Children
Director: Trevor Glass
1 hr 23 min; New Zealand
Category: Documentary Feature

This documentary asks whether God wants us all to be rich as it explores the lives and teachings of some of the biggest names in modern tele-evangelism.

Super-Anon
Director: Stephen Plitt
10 min; Canada
Category: Narrative Short

Al-Anon is a support group for family members of alcoholics. But what do you do when you're related to a super-hero? Join Super-Anon! FF

Sym-Tales
Directors: Weichieh Yu & Yawen Chang
3 min; USA
Category: Student

Stories inside of stories is the subject of this 3D computer-animated short film. FF

Tree
Director: Michael Steinbeck
46 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short
Web site

The cryptic visions from an old tree are welcomed by Thomas’ wife and daughter, but he struggles with what appears to be a vision of his own demise.

Villisca: Living with a Mystery
Director: Kelly Rundle
1 hr 56 min; USA
Category: Documentary Feature
Web site

The shocking 1912 axe murders in Villisca, Iowa, and the tragedy’s after-effects on the small community are explored in this fascinating documentary.

We Are Theo
Director: Geoff Boothby
22 min; USA
Category: Student

This amusing mock-heroic epic concerns a passionate but indecisive university student pursuing "the greatest girl in the world." FF

Willow Garden
Directors: Jim Haverkamp & Don Henderson Baker
44 min; USA
Category: Narrative Short

Striking cinematography marks this historic tale about a young man in a deadly love triangle who must decide whether to follow his own heart or his father’s twisted advice.



SCRIPTS

Finalists:
Duck Farm No 13
Matri-Money
She's Got A Way

Semi-finalists:
Channel 79
Different Drummers
Golden Palm
Hat Trick
Healing Marie
Interview
Married Seeking Same
Marrying Mom
Pull
Santa Claus Goes to Pirate Island
Sixty Feet from Home
Smilers
Under the Influence
Potluck
Paper Route
That’ll Be The Day
Two Pilots
Under the Influence


IOWA SHOWCASE

In addition to the films which will be shown in the general competition, we have formally accepted a number of films in the non-competitive Iowa Showcase category. The Sheraton Ballroom screening facility will be dedicated to the Iowa Showcase.

20 Questions
The Body in Pain
The Box
The Bride Wore Blood: A Contemporary Western
Busy Day
The Chemistry of Dating
The Coffee Shop
Count on Me
Demon City
Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life
Fightin’ Iowa Style
Genesis Antipode
Ghost of a Chance: The Making of Haunted Villisca
The Headed Horseman
IDFG (Iowa Digital Filmmakers Guild) short film selection
Indelible
Later Than It Seems
A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa
Mulletitis
Notes from the Rogues Gallery
On Dasher, On Dancer
The Passover
The Rebirth of Lucretia
Recently Deceased
Remembrance
Resist Evil Part One: Dropping Evil
Shooting Scripts – short films from IMPA (Iowa Motion Picture Association)
La Sirena
Snipe Hunt
Somos Las Bolas
Stranger with a Stupid Smile
Villisca: Living with a Mystery
Willow Garden
Working Title