A Brush With Death
Dir. Yuval Sol Boker | Short
An Israeli mossad agents goes to a funeral and finds out he's dead.
Baseball with Dad
Dir. Cody McHan | Short
A misguided father forces his unwilling son to spend a day with him learning to play the family pastime of baseball. A tradition that goes back further than he could ever imagine. With the help of an old family bat, both sides learn more about each other and what a relationship means between a father and son.
Bopper and Me
1 hr 35 mins
Dir. David Taylor | Feature
A film of a man’s journey to right a wrong, getting The Big Bopper inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of fame, filmed in the USA, the events in Iowa in February 1959 are central to the story of the film, The Surf Ballroom an iconic venue in ClearLake plays a big part as John Cumberland a scrap metal dealer from the North East of England sets out his goal, that is to get the Big Bopper recognised like his fellow musicians Buddy Holly & Richie Valens. With testimony from people who were there at the time,relatives & friends of those killed on that fateful day. Music from the 50’s & 60’s also featuring new compositions, it is foot tapping entertainment. An emotional trip into the past.
Built to Last
Dir. Pete Brown & Alayna Kustka | Music Video
A cinematic music video that watches a young man deal with the pain of loss, and navigate his journey of healing.
Burst the Silence
1 hr 42 mins
Dir. Eric D. Schaeffer | Feature
Burst The Silence is a musical fable about a father and son and a gift that gives voice to a haunted past. Robbie is a precocious kid growing up with his father, Konnie. A charismatic and irrepressible storyteller, Konnie is also shadowed by a memory that has remained hidden in the woods of his childhood: how he, as a young boy, survived the Holocaust. A turn in both their lives comes when Konnie gives seven-year-old Robbie a guitar, neither of them yet realizing that it will allow Robbie to tell the only story his father never could. Burst The Silence is an elegiac memoir about forgetting and remembering and being lost. And being found.
Combined Efforts: Changing
Perspectived of Disabilites
Dir. Jake Daniels | Documentary
Combined Efforts is a documentary about a community theater company called Combined Eforts in Iowa City, Iowa that seeks to include people with disabilities into the creative arts via stage performances. This documentary follows the cast and crew of Combined Efforts' production of The Beggar's Musical, as well as current and former members of Combined Efforts to highlight their history and mission in the artistic community. It also serves to inform the audience about the importance of inclusivity in all artistic endeavors.
Dir. Adam Yuster | Student
A shy teen attempts to woo his first crush with the help of Cupid's brash son.
Dir. Darren Miller | Short
After a near-fatal skateboarding accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury, he was driven to get back on his skateboard against all odds. Based on a true story.
Dir. Jake Roth | Iowa
A twisted story of witchcraft & revenge.
How do you like your eggs?
Dir. Wilder Troxell | Short
“How do you like your eggs?” is a short comedic film about a South Asian woman who drags her reluctant mother to a fertility clinic to learn more about freezing eggs, only to discover the doctor is a handsome Indian man the mother is suddenly interested in setting her up with!
Ice Cream. Sladoled.
Dir. Steve Spremo | Short
A Day in the Life of a recent immigrant, where no one understands anyone else, and a trip to buy ice cream triggers a series of absurd misadventures.
Interception: Jayne Kennedy American Sportscaster
Dir. Safiya Songhai | Documentary
A bronze-skin bombshell rocks the world of Sunday Morning Football ---millions tune in, but few know the tumultuous story of Jayne Kennedy, the first Black woman to boldly run interception on the racial lines of American sportscasting.
Dir. Mackenzie Ramsey | Student
A young couple's argument during the intermission of a high school play forces them to relive their relationship from the moment they met to their biggest fights, making them rethink their idea of love.
Dir. Kevin Issacson | Local
Two sisters struggle with death, religion, forgiveness, and retribution in very different ways.
Into the Lions Den
Dir. Quinn Early | Short
A Marine turned football coach creates a winning tradition wherever he goes. He builds character, and is a mentor to young men. His courage is tested in 1965 when he gives a scholarship to a high school football star who happens to be Black. Together, the two would help reshape the landscape of college football history in the south.
Dir. Hannah Meyer | Local
A maintenance man must revisit his past and use his skills as a former CIA operative in order to survive a another night shift.
Jerry's Last Mission
Dir. Louisa Merino | Documentary
P-51 fighter pilot Jerry Yellin flew combat missions on Iwo Jima and over Japan, including the last combat mission of World War II. He returned home with PTSD, suffering with survivor's guilt and daily thoughts of suicide, and with a deep hatred for the Japanese. This is the story of how Yellin overcame PTSD and how he was forced to face his enemy once again when his youngest son moved to Japan and married the daughter of a Kamikaze pilot.
1 hr 1 min
Dir. Hilary Klotz Steinman | Documentary
In the shadow of the fifth year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, this intimate, personal film following a sexual assault survivor and her family explores and reflects the Herculean effort still required in America for a survivor of sexual violence and their loved ones to hold an attacker and the judicial system accountable. Loud Enough is empowering and inspiring to people everywhere, not just sexual assault survivors, to understand concretely how criminal justice systems can and must change for there to be accountability and justice.
Dir. Verlisha Thomas & Frank Boyd | Iowa
A stranger on a mission to restore hope and spark faith, finds it in others...
Dir. Taylor Young & Grace Bales | Student
Three young mutants discover a vat of radioactive waste in the ruins of the Midwest and decide to sell it as a new beauty product in the nearby town of Overpass. But when their fresh new product draws too much attention from the grotesque locals, chaos ensues.ly manages to handle the situation, Martin is forced to do what it takes to keep the family together. Hush is a short about loyalty, fear and about growing up way too fast.
Dir. Jake Armstrong | Music Video
Take a trip into this music video for 2 time Grammy nominee Jay Watson (of Tame Impala) and Ambrose Kenny-Smiths (of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard) song "Minor Setback" through a world of hand painted 35mm film and 3D animation.
Dir. CJ Santo | Student
A girl looks uses a program on futuristic computer-like mirror called "Mirror Me" where she is able to see what she would look like with different features. While customizing herself, her mirror counterpart comes to life and sabotages the transfer process.
Dir. Ellie Pink | Student
A young queer girl is entered into an eerie beauty pageant, of unknown stakes, that ultimately turns against her.
Dir. Luke James Bell | Local
In a story told with no dialog, Kelly and Dustin attempt to begin a new relationship. This is made difficult when both struggle to move on from their past. This film was shot in the Iowa counties of Cerro Gordo and Hancock.
Ms. Rossi 2: Ms. Rossi Takes
Dir. Pat Battistini | Short
While on her travels as a Loan Officer for the bank, Ms. Rossi encounters some obstacles along the way while just trying to do her job.
Night Drives: The Human
Dir. Jono Hunter | Animation
In an episode of this yet-to-be-released web series, video game executives discuss the new DLC for one of the best city simulation games of all time.
Nitrate and Water Quality
Dir. Nick Ohde| Iowa
How does nitrate get into our water? How can we keep it in our farm fields where it can do the most good? This animated video explains how nitrate affects water quality and how farming practices can help.
Not Just Deliveries
Dir. Andrew William Paulson | Animation
An anthropomorphic bat works at a retail job, delivering online orders to customers. However, one of his runs to deliver to a customer is severely hindered, racing against the time limit his boss has set him.
One Second at a Time:
Battling the Monster of Addiction
1 hr 27 mins
Dir. Tim Searfoss | Documentary
Embark on a transformative journey with "One Second at a Time." This extraordinary documentary follows Christine Ortoll's battle against mental illness, addiction, and the deadly presence of fentanyl. This gripping film captivates and ignites vital conversations, and inspires positive change. Shedding light on urgent societal issues, it goes beyond personal struggles to uncover the broader challenges surrounding mental health and addiction. Join the movement towards a more compassionate and supportive world with One Second at a Time.
Dir. Mitch Daniel McCallson | Short
Issac tries to login to his computer
Dir. Zijiang Yang | Animation
A lovely bear is sniffing a flower in the woods. It sees a hiker walking by. So, the bear approaches the hiker and tries to make friends with him! However, this hiker doesn’t want to be friends with a beast. Frightened, he collapses and plays dead. The friendly bear panicked when his human friend suddenly collapsed. It’s trying to save the person in front of it. So, it began to use various methods to awaken the human in front of
Dir. Tanner Beard | Short
Set in 1984, a former NASA Scientist and his young son make a discovery in his make-shift laboratory located in the garage.
Dir. Joe Garcia | Student
A Midwest story. Part of living is losing.
Jonah, a depressed college student, has drifted away from his passion of songwriting. After meeting someone new, Jonah is forced to choose between a relationship and rekindling his relationship with music.
Dir. Kristopher Gathercoal | Music Video
The best man at a private wedding is distracted when a childhood friend shows up. When the old friend awkwardly runs from the party, the best man chases after her to see if she's okay. Away from the larger group, they realize where they belong.