Student Filmmaker Award - Bob Hope by Careen Ingle
Iowa Filmmaker Award - Around Crab Orchard by Sarah Kanouse
Professional Filmmaker Award - Me vs. The Tooth Fairy by Gregory D. Dixon
The Interrobang Film Festival combines a traditional film production festival with a public screening. Accepted films were screened at various times throughout the three days of the Des Moines Arts Festival® on June 28-30, 2013 in downtown Des Moines. Check back for an updated schedule for the 2014 Interrobang Film Festival.
2013 INTERROBANG FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Friday, June 28- Room A
|11:00am||Bob Hope||Careen Ingle|
|11:15am||Me vs. The Tooth Fairy||Gregory D. Dixon|
|11:30am||Around Crab Orchard||Sarah Kanouse|
|1:00pm||Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds||Daniel Schmidt|
|3:15pm||War on Health, FDA's Cult of Tyranny||Valerie Van Cleve|
|5:00pm||Chasing Clouds||Gaelle Mourre|
|5:15pm||The Office One||Jinyoup Kim|
|5:30pm||Jodi Orton: Fostering Change||Jodi Orton|
|6:10pm||Sun Flower||Taeho Kang|
|6:45pm||The Derby Girls||Jennifer M. Crandell|
|7:00pm||Time Out of Mind||Addie Manis|
|7:15pm||Crossing the River||Emilie McDonald|
|7:30pm||The Gentleman||Cj. Mackey|
|8:30pm||American Discord||Jacob Hart|
|9:00pm||Flick||Lauren K. Hickman|
Friday, June 28- Room C
|12:00pm||One More Night||Jeff Woodward|
|12:15pm||The House With Noboby In It||David Carnegie|
|12:25pm||Manfred and the Waiting Room||Joel Breitman|
|12:35pm||DANS L'OEIL DE LA FORGERONNE||Guy Pelletier|
|1:15pm||BISHTAR AZ DO SAAT||Ali Asgari|
|1:30pm||Daddy Became the Wind||Hiromi Takagi|
|2:10pm||Montezuma's Treasure; The Quest for Quetzacotl's Gold||Scott Unruh|
|4:00pm||'Bible Storyland'||Harvey Jordan|
|5:30pm||Family Shorts||Casey Neistat|
|6:00pm||PARADISO||Paul David Benedict|
|7:00pm||Oscar V||Jonathan Albert Murphy|
|7:15pm||Visitors||Alyssa Rallo Bennett|
|7:30pm||The Painted Girl||Ben Kadie|
|7:45pm||30 Miles||Ronnie Cramer|
|8:00pm||CODA: A Sneak Peak||Paul David Benedict|
|9:45pm||Penny Candy Shop||Ryan Nanni|
Saturday, June 29- Room A
|10:10am||Montezuma's Treasure: The Quest for Quetzacotl's Gold||Scott Unruh|
|12:00pm||Oscar V||Jonathan Albert Murphy|
|12:15pm||Visitors||Alyssa Rallo Bennett|
|12:30pm||The Painted Girl||Ben Kadie|
|12:45pm||30 Miles||Ronnie Cramer|
|1:00pm||Something Blue||Sean Gannon|
|2:45pm||Something Blue Q&A|
|3:30pm||Lost Cinemas of Greater Des Moines||Mark Haggen|
|4:30pm||Lost Cinemas Q&A|
|5:20pm||Parameter House||Alex Mechlin|
|5:45pm||King Tigermore In Strawberry Fields||Tunde Reid-Kapo|
|7:00pm||The Burlesque Assassins||Jonathan Joffe|
|8:45pm||DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till||Rob Underhill|
Saturday, June 29- Room C
|10:15am||Bob Hope||Careen Ingle|
|10:30am||Me vs. The Tooth Fairy||Gregory D. Dixon|
|10:45am||Parameter House||Alex Mechlin|
|11:00am||Indy Filmmaking||Kristian Day|
|12:00pm||'Bible Storyland'||Harvey Jordan|
|1:30pm||War on Health, FDA's Cult of Tyranny||Valerie Van Cleve|
|3:15pm||Around Crab Orchard||Rob Underhill|
|4:50pm||Sun Flower||Taeho Kang|
|5:15pm||Time Out of Mind||Addie Manis|
|5:30pm||The Derby Girls||Jennifer M. Crandell|
|6:00pm||REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home||Ethan Bensinger|
|7:00pm||Crossing the River||Emilie McDonald|
|7:15pm||Flick||Lauren K. Hickman|
|8:00pm||Get Better||Chris White|
|9:45pm||Paper People||Luke Schuetzle|
Sunday, June 30- Room A
|10:30am||Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds||Daniel Schmidt|
|12:40pm||Le Train Bleu||Stephanie Assimacopoulo|
|1:00pm||Bob Hope||Careen Ingle|
|1:15pm||Me vs. The Tooth Fairy||Gregory D. Dixon|
|1:30pm||Around Crab Orchard||Sarah Kanouse|
|2:45pm||Interrobang Film Festival Awards Ceremony|
|3:00pm||Bob Hope||Careen Ingle|
|3:15pm||Me vs. The Tooth Fairy||Gregory D. Dixon|
|3:30pm||Around Crab Orchard||Sarah Kanouse|
Sunday, June 30- Room C
REFUGE: Stories of a Selfhelp Home
|12:00pm||One More Night||Jeff Woodward|
|12:15pm||The House With Nobody In It||David Carnegie|
|12:25pm||Manfred and the Waiting Room||Joel Breitman|
|12:35pm||DANS L'OEIL DE LA FORGERONNE||Guy Pelletier|
|1:15pm||BISHTAR AZ DO SAAT||ali asgari|
|1:30pm||Daddy Became the Wind||Hiromi Takagi|
|2:10pm||COLD TURKEY||Fannar Thor Arnasson|
|2:25pm||One Way Ticket to Paradise||Fannar Thor Arnasson|
|2:35pm||Conversation: Richard||Reid Bangert|
|3:00pm||King Tigemore In Strawberry Fields||Tunde Reid-Kapo|
|3:05pm||Thursday's Speaker||Gary Hebert|
The Painted Girl
by Ben Kadie 9 minutes
The story of Megan, a closeted gay 15 year old, who runs away from her mother's expectations. Hiding in an abandoned subway tunnel, she uses spray paint to create art for her mother. Megan hopes that through this gallery of graffiti she can help her mother understand who she is.Director Ben Kadie (age 17) filmed in downtown Seattle and in the 100-year-old underground bunkers of Fort Casey State Park. Ben, a high schooler, turned these locations into graffiti-covered subway tunnels using visual effects including motion tracking and 3D modeling. Emma Rae Johnson leads a cast that includes Seattle-area actors Molly Berg, Andrew Tribolini, Rex Davidson, and Victoria Puckett. The film features licensed songs by Now, Now and Bethurum.
by Gary Hebert 1 hour 24 minutes
Rodrigo Orieta is a brilliant, charismatic, twelve-step motivational speaker. He's also a drunk whose world is a web of lies. Thursday's Speaker is a dark comedy dealing with unplanned pregnancy, used car scams, twelve step programs, and family.
Time Out of Mind
by Addie Manis 15 minutes
Sarah is determined to handle her dying father's end-of-life care on her own, but her resilience and her grasp on reality break down as his physical and mental deterioration reaches disturbing new levels.
by Alyssa Rallo Bennett 15 minutes
Things go awry when Holly's friend, Olivia and her boyfriend, Richard come home early from a trip.
Warn on Health, FDA’s Cult of Tyranny
by Valerie Van Cleve 1 hour 38 minutes
The film War on Health, explores the position of the FDA and it's role in the current medical paradigm, the current health crisis, and looks at possibilities for a healthier, more holistic health system. Statistical evidence documents hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths due to conventional medicine due to the lack of oversight by the FDA. The FDA is currently trying to remove all of our important supplements, foods and herbs from the market and the public, claiming they are drugs, simply because they have healing effects. The FDA has begun a War on our Health. The American medical system is broken and this film points the way to a new direction that has democracy and the rights of the people at it's heart.
The Burlesque Assassins
by Jonathan Joffe 1 hour 34 minutes
The Burlesque Assassins. Beautiful, deadly, and a vital weapon in the war on communism that threatens the free world. Set in the 1950s, this tale of cold war espionage and intrigue follows Johnny Valentine, Katarina Molotov, and a trio of sexy super-spies as they seduce their way within killing distance of a trio of villainy hell bent on global domination. WITNESS the fatal fan dance of Koko La Douce! BEHOLD the brutal boa striptease of Bombshell Belle! SEE Bourbon Sue, a bad girl with a taste for booze, boys and Rock & Roll. Experience the carnage and the cleavage as the enemies of The Burlesque Assassins discover that when it comes to these women, LOOKS CAN KILL!
The Derby Girls
by Jennifer M. Crandall 9 minutes
Some girls were meant to be princesses, and some girls were meant to knock princesses on their ass and skate away laughing.
by C.J. Mackey 21 minutes
'A man struggles with his Love for his wife and his lust for other woman. During this struggle he finds his Karma.' - The Gentleman
The House With Nobody In It
by David Carnegie 4 minutes
To most people, it's just a house with nobody in it.
The Office One
by Jinyoup Kim 10 minutes
An office worker, who calculates mathematical formulas, is given a short question; how are you? However, he doesn't know how to answer to it.
REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp Home
by Ethan Bensinger 1 hour
REFUGE' is a one-hour documentary that reaches back over 70 years to give a voice to the last generation of victims of Nazi persecution. The film weaves together historical narrative, archival footage and deeply personal testimony to explore the lives of six Chicagoans against the context of the Nazi cataclysm and tell the story of a singular community that has given refuge to more than 1,000 Central European Jewish refugees and survivors.
by Eric Patrick 18 minutes
A dystopian sitcom reanimated from the narrative residue of Golden Age radio dramas.
by Adam Hirsch 15 minutes
An identity thief must weave his way out of an impossible situation at a small motel when he accidentally steals the identity of a murderer.
by Sean Gannon 1 hour 34 minutes
Michael and Jackie met at my party eight years ago—it was caught on tape. I filmed him proposing to her, and they asked me to tape their wedding. So they had an idea—let's have Sean (me) videotape all the fun moments as they plan their wedding. I agreed, and tagged along for almost a year to document their great adventure.The story that emerged was not what I bargained for. This is the first found footage romantic comedy.
by Jane Morson 25 minutes
Stiletto, a tale of vengeance, love, and decay breathes new life into a classic genre by blending contemporary themes with the visual style, narrative conventions, and character archetype of film noir. The film's achievement in lighting cinematography are matched by riveting direction, powerful performances and a suspenseful story that keeps the audience guessing until the final frames.
by Taeho Kang 16 minutes
Single, pregnant Young-Hwa Kim just moved in a sanatorium. She has lost her sense of reality, doesn't care about herself and lives with various addictions until she feels the baby move for the first time.
One More Night
by Jeff Woodward 10 minutes
We all have that one person that we can't get over, can't get out of our minds. If you could have one last night with them, would you?
One Way Ticket to Paradise
by Fannar Thor Arnarsson 6 minutes
A young woman is forced into the dangerous world of prostitution.
by Jonathan Albert Murphy 14 minutes
Oscar V discovers a way to view the web-cam on one of his customer's laptop, without her knowing. The police get involved. What will become of him?
by Jonathan Albert Murphy 14 minutes
Akin to 'Crash', the lives of a suicidal U.S. Marine, a single mother and her precocious daughter collide with incendiary results.
by Alessandro Negrini 1 hour
After forty years, Roy Arbuckle wants to reunite his former show-band, The Signetts and his formers musicians, nowadays in their seventies in a high-risk effort to bring together divided Protestant and Catholic communities for a major dance night in celebration of The Fountain, the last Protestant enclave on the west bank of Derry, Northern Ireland. A colorful, melancholic and ironic musical journey through a ghetto that, even if finding itself in its last dance, it doesn't wan to miss a single step.
by Alex Mechlin 5 minutes
A Realtor shows an illogical house to a young couple.
Penny Candy Shop
by Ryan Nanni 8 minutes
In order to spite his drill sergeant boss, Weston smokes a joint for the first time with his coworker Ben and is inspired to seduce a cute customer, until he finds out she is the sergeant's daughter.
Lost Cinemas of Greater Des Moines
by Mark Haggen 22 minutes
Lost Cinemas of Greater Des Moines covers the rise and fall of the great movie theatre exhibition period of approximately 1905 to 1980 in the capital city. The narrative begins with the rise of nickelodeons amidst the proliferation of vaudeville houses around the turn of the century—including the fifth theatre in the nation to show only movies—through the golden age of moviegoing during the 1940s, drawing movie stars and world premieres to the area—and into the decline of the 1950s and 1960s, when an inordinate number of movie theatres were razed. Only two of the original theatres remain, and a large chunk of architectural splendor became lost to this midwestern city. Downtown Des Moines often became neglected as a result, and many more historic structures—not just movie theatres—have been destroyed since. Lost Cinemas reminds us of a beautiful history that deserves preservation, in the hopes that what’s left can be rescued, restored, and enjoyed by current and future generations.
Manfred and the Waiting Room
by Joel Breitman 9 minutes
In a doctor's waiting room a frantic Manfred is thrown into a truly bizarre power struggle with a mysterious sociopath.
by Seth Myers 6 minutes
A disoriented young man, barefooted and dressed in an over-sized suit, finds himself drawn to an old abandoned barn. As the man slowly passes through, he becomes aware that he must surrender control to a force larger than himself.
Me vs. The Tooth Fairy
by Gregory D. Dixon 8 minutes
After first hearing of the Tooth Fairy, our young protagonist stays up all night to protect his sister from this molar-stealing monster.
Montezuma’s Treasure: The Quest for Quetzacotl’s Gold
by Scott Unruh 1 hour 30 minutes
The search for Montezuma's Treasure began in Kane County, Utah in 1914. Caves and underwater caverns have been searched by treasure hunters. Many have witness fantasic phenomena in their endeavor to uncover the lost horde. Our film makers use new technology, (an ROV) into a haunted underwater Aztec water trap attempting to bypass the evil spirits that have stopped previous divers. The search for Montezuma's Gold in Kanab, Utah is unveiled in a 90 minute historical documentary of this search.
Jodi Orton: Fostering Change
by Jodi Orton 25 minutes
Each and every day we have the chance to make a difference in the life of another person. I believe it; my husband believes it; my children believe it.'Jodi Orton and her husband Bret have done just that. In this beautifully filmed short, Jodi candidly shares her story with the world. She talks about her personal transformational change, and her turbulent transition from high powered senior paralegal to devoted foster and adoptive parent. In this thought provoking film, Jodi speaks to us all in the wider world about our love of materialism and the importance placed on personal gain. She describes her own journey into wealth and personal gain, through a difficult period of conflict, to find at the end of it the things that really matter. Through Jodi's story we can all reflect on how finding ones own purpose in life can lead to a deeper sense of happiness.Jodi opens up her home and her family of ten foster and adopted children, all of whom have special needs commonly associated with children in care. Shot on location in Warsaw, Missouri, against the backdrop of the beautiful lakes region and autumnal colour of the Fall, this film touches the heart of anyone that watches it!
by Mete Sozer 15 minutes
After a painful breakup with the love of his life, a man waits at a cafe for a lifetime, hoping she would walk in again.
King Tigermore in Strawberry Fields
by Tunde Reid-Kapo 4 minutes
Winner of the Canada International Film Festival's The Royal Reel Award in Animation. Synchronized to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, King Tigermore In Strawberry Fields is the animated sequel to the educational math comic in the first Yamie Chess School Assistant, The Adventures of Tigermore and the Mind Angels for K-8 mathematics, logic and science learning, launching at NSSEA Ed Expo 2014 and the American International Toy Fair 2014.It all begins in Strawberry Fields, when eight-year-old Kimi, the boy who plays chess in his dreams, falls asleep during a chess match in Central Park, and imagines that the white king piece in his chess game has come to life as King Tigermore. Yamie Chess Ltd presents a delightful children's animation.
Le Train Bleu
by Stephanie Assimacopoulo 18 minutes
by Lauren K. Hickman 46 minutes
In this failed coming of age story, young artist Sonny returns home to a troubled past. A controlling, misunderstood half brother Jon, an all too obvious substance dependency and the sorrow after the sudden loss of his mother. Dealing with his difficult decision to leave home after high school - he searches for a new path after abandoning sweetheart Jade.The story unfolds in one night- a jilting evening of the past and present in cathartic collision, all catalyzed unknowingly by a violet cigarette lighter belonging to an ethereal and elusive young woman - enlightening the past and transforming the present.
by Chris White 1 hour 42 minutes
A handmade feature film by Chris White and Emily Reach White, creators of TAKEN IN (2011).
by Kristian Day 1 hour
A crash course in mobile filmmaking with an iPhone. Attendees will learn how to push the envelope of indie and media production using a minimal amount of tools that are inexpensive or free.
Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds
by Daniel Schmidt 2 hours 2 minutes
Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds creates a space of interconnection with viewers that is rarely experienced in documentary viewing. Combining breathtaking animation, scientific footage, music and narration, the film captures the threads that underlie all spiritual paths and practice. Interspersed between diverse historical perspectives, such as the ancient Vedic teachings of India, Christian mysticism, Shamanic and Taoist teachings, the film weaves extraordinary scientific examples to emphasize the film's message. The outer world is reflected in the inner world, the macrocosm reflected microcosm. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds cannot be compared to traditional documentaries and could be described as the outer manifestation of the film-maker's inner spiritual journey. It seems to have no other goal than to assist the collective consciousness in awakening.
DANS L’OEIL DE LA FORGERONNE
by Guy Pelletier 19 minutes
A FILM AND A SCULPTURE THAT UNFOLD TOGETHER, ONE INFLUENCING THE OTHER.Filmmakers Pelletier and Bundock carved their film as Canadian Sculptor Marie-Josee Roy advanced in her sculpting, her work influencing the film, the filming biasing her process. An artistic spiral where everyone had to constantly re adapt. Even though everybody was tight on following their initial concept, ideas kept popping out to a point where even the initial concept of the sculpture itself changed during the course of the shooting.
DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till
by Rob Underhill 1 hour 10 minutes
In an acting tour de force, one man performs 36 roles in the telling of the Emmett Till tragedy. In DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till (8 BEST FILM AWARDS), experience the true story, trial, and unbelievable confessions of those accused of Emmett's murder in this riveting drama. 'His death was a spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America,' Ed Bradley, Emmy Award-winning journalist. 'A masterful performance by Mike Wiley.'-20th Pan African Film Festival.
by Margaux Magis 15 minutes
The everyday inner-struggle of a man trying to be a painter.
Everything Will Be Okay
by Patrick O’Brien 1 hour 38 minutes
This is seven years in a life. A life with A.L.S. When NYC filmmaker Patrick O'Brien learned that he would slowly but certainly lose all control of his muscles, that he had 3 to 5 years left to live, he knew it was time to turn the camera on. This isn't a sad story, it's an everything story. This isn't a documentary, this is seven years in a life.
by Casey Neistat 22 minutes
Family Shorts is a short film by Casey Neistat compiling footage and photos from his own videos and family albums.
by Gaelle Mourre 10 minutes
The day starts slowly, planes are uncovered, cleaned, checked, wheeled out and lined up, ready to be launched. The methodical preparation, a prelude to the rush of speed as the plane takes off and sails the wind... without an engine. Gliding offers an exhilarating and fascinating experience, yet the sport's popularity amongst younger generations is waning. Chasing Clouds is an experiential documentary that shares the sensation of gliding with the viewer.
CODA: A Sneak Peak
by Paul David Benedict 1 hour
Paul David Benedict of the Iowa Filmmakers is showing a sneak peak of their new film CODA, a martial arts noir film created in Des Moines on the Red Epic. Paul will be screenig scenes and talking about the production process.
by Fannar Thor Arnarsson 14 minutes
It is hard to wake up from a nightmare when you are not asleep.
by Reid Bangert 7 minutes
A short film that portrays my Grandfather's life after retirement.
Crossing the River
by Emilie McDonald 15 minutes
Inspired by a true story, 'Crossing the River' is about a young white boy who is influenced to commit a hate crime against a biracial girl who is his friend. The film explores the points of view of both the victim and perpetrators, and seeks to reveal how someone can be influenced to do something morally unspeakable.
Daddy Became the Wind
by Hirumi Takagi 31 minutes
When signs of autumn begin to show, a mother and child follows the route to the 34 Holy Sites of Chichibu Mountains. The mother, Hiroko, makes a pilgrimage with her daughter Nana to pray for her husband, who was killed in a traffic accident a year ago. While the perpetrator Kenji spends days of remorse in a traffic prison.
by Ronnie Cramer 4 minutes
Two time-lapse accounts of the same 30-mile trip; taken 23 years apart and presented via split-screen.
by Jacob Hart 25 minutes
A new soldier arrives at his outpost during a war against a fundamentalist insurgency in rural America, and he teams up for his first patrol with soldiers who have very different views from his own. Each soldier sees the events of the patrol through the lens of their worldview.
Around Crab Orchard
by Sarah Kanouse 1 hour 10 minutes
Crab Orchard calls itself 'a unique place to experience nature.' As the only wildlife refuge in the United States whose mission includes industry and agriculture alongside conservation and recreation, Crab Orchard claims a harmonious balance between past and present, nature and culture. Assembled from documents, found footage, and conversations with activists, writers, and local residents, 'Around Crab Orchard' questions the ideal of natural harmony while meditating on the persistence of history, the creation of knowledge, the limits of representation, and the commonplace of environmental hazard. 'Around Crab Orchard' ultimately argues for forms of storytelling, image-making, and action that respond to the full complexity of the social and ecological landscape.
by Harvey Jordan 1 hour 25 minutes
This quirky documentary film follows art dealer Harvey Jordan on his obsessive quest to uncover the mysteries of 'Bible Storyland', an ill fated Bible theme park intended to compete with Disney in 1960's Southern California. Complete with animation, dream sequences and, of course, a curse, this fun film plumbs the depths of the many facets of 'Bible Storyland', and it's affects on Harvey and his family.
BISHTAR AZ DO SAAT
by ali asgari 15 minutes
it's 3 AM. a boy and a girl are wandering in the city.
by Careen Ingle 8 minutes
Whatever you do, don’t touch the floor.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Film submissions for the Interrobang Film Festival are now being accepted through WITHOUTABOX, with final date for receipt of entries on March 3, 2014. Entry fees will rise with every last friday of the month, so submit early to take advantage of early submission pricing. Public screenings of films to be screened will take place at the Des Moines Arts Festival® on June 27-29, 2014, in downtown Des Moines' Western Gateway Park.
Categories for entry in the competition include Feature, Mids, Shorts, Short Shorts, Documentary and Free Form. Entrants will have the option of applying in either the Professional or Student Competition. Feature films must be from 60-140 minutes in length, mids are films between 15-60 minutes long, shorts must not exceed 15 minutes in length, and short shorts can not exceed one minute in length.
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of local jurors, and awards will be determined based on a Best of category system. Cash prizes will be awarded in various categories. Jurors will also award an Iowa Filmmaker Award to a production company or department that is a resident of the state of Iowa. Guests will have the opportunity to view submitted films at various times throughout the three days of the Festival.
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