Movie fans of all interests are being invited to experience the nearly 40 productions that will be screened at this year's Iowa Independent Film Festival, one of the state's most touted cultural events. Running on October 3/4/5th at the Historic Park Inn Hotel this unique presentation of new feature films, documentaries, short subjects and student projects will be open to both the general public and industry professionals from around the world.
The proceedings will be headed up by Henry Jaglom's The M Word at 7:30 on Friday night, October 3rd. Jaglom, the protege of Orson Welles and the epitome of the successful independent movie auteur, stars Tanna Frederick of Mason City in his tale of dealing with a mother's menopause. This new release also showcases a cast of numerous Hollywood notables from Corey Feldman to Frances Fisher. Afterwards, there will be a question/answer session with Ms. Frederick along with food and a cash bar.
On Saturday morning, October 4th at 10:00 the festival will present a special showing of productions made by Mason City and Charles City teen-agers. This two-hour block of time will offer free admission. It will screen some of the work done by local youth under the tutelage of the festival committee's 'Student Film Initiative'.
Saturday's many other offerings will include a screening of "Lost Nation: The Ioway 3", the moving documentary about the state's original Native Americans made by Fourth Wall Films. Last year the Best Documentary Feature award was given to "Lost Nation: The Ioway 2" with representatives of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma attending the festival.
Emmy nominated filmmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle will do a key panel discussion on documentary filmmaking Saturday afternoon.
The Emmy nominated producers, Tammy and Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, will then give one of the key speaking panels on the making of documentary movies, with a sneek peek of excerpts from their upcoming documentary feature film made with Emmy nominated writer/filmmaker Garry McGee, "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg".
The other key speaking panel will be on Sunday, October 6th about composing and scoring music for movies. It will feature Iowa's own Emmy Award composer Paul Micich of World Port Music.
Several of the screenings through-out the weekend are considered 'must see' productions for local audiences:
"Wright on the Park" - the story of how a group of determined citizens saved the Park Inn Hotel, the last remaining hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
"Whiskey Cookers" - the saga of how Templeton, IA., became the Midwest capital of rye whiskey when Iowa and the rest of the country went dry during Prohibition.
"Wontanara" - documents Clear Lake native Geoffre Delperdang's Peace Corps experiences in West Africa, and how he had to leave that country because of the Ebola epidemic.
"The Glass Armadillo" - the first feature film by Mason City resident Gary Ewing with a cast of local/regional talent and a music soundtrack by composers from the area.
"River Riders" - a documentary by Clear Lake resident Gregory Schmidt on experiencing and appreciating Iowa's rivers through a variety of floating excursions.
Filmmaker Martin Gooch will attend from London.
"The Search for Simon" - the festival's first film from England is a sci-fi comedy about a UFO hunter who's obsessively searching for his brother, believing he was abducted by aliens 30 years before. The director, Martin Gooch from London, is scheduled to attend the screening. He is a two-time winner of the BBC's 'Best New Director' award. His recent feature film has earned him 'Best Director' or 'Best Movie' awards at several festivals around the world. He has worked as cameraman or director of photography on numerous productions including HARRY POTTER, "Big Brother" and "The Muppets."
The many festival showings that will take place in three different venues inside the Park Inn Hotel at 7 W State Street, Mason City, Iowa, will include a wide variety of other informative documentaries, new regional feature films, and highly-rated short subject stories.
The center point of the proceedings will be the Saturday night awards gala, hosted by Gary Kroeger. This Cedar Falls native was a 3-year cast member on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", star of the CBS network series "Spies", has been featured in a variety of movies, was producer of the TV talk program "The George and Alana Show", was a TV game show host, an L.A. restaurateur, and starred in the Cedar Falls Playhouse production of "The Music Man."
Gary Kroeger of SNL fame will host the gala award ceremony on Saturday night.
The board of directors for the 8th annual Iowa Independent Film Fest are advising that tickets be purchased in advance or early at the festival opening because of limited seating. Tickets are $30 for all three days of screenings, speaking sessions and the awards gala. They are $15 for single day attendance. They can be purchased in advance at the CoffeeCat in Mason City, the Park Inn Hotel or on-line via the Eventbrite link on the festival's website.
A complete listing of the movie descriptions and screening times plus other event details can be found at www.iowaindie.org.