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Monster Camp Movie Review

Monster Camp Documentary, 90 min Directed by Cullen Hoback Hardacre: Friday, August 1, 6:00pm For all the types of two types of people in this world, this documentary highlights possibly the most psychologically fascinating. 1) Those who escape their lives by socially acceptable methods (alcohol, affairs and pornography, to name a few) and 2) those […]

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This American Gothic Movie Review

This American Gothic Documentary, 63 min Directed by Sasha Waters Freyer Hardacre: Saturday, August 2, 1:25pm; Landlocked: Friday, August 22, 5:30pm In the director’s statement for This American Gothic—a documentary about Grant Wood’s painting and the people of Eldon, Iowa, where the austere house with the lavish window still stands—Sasha Waters Freyer says that she […]

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Pond Hockey Movie Review

Pond Hockey Documentary, 79 min Directed by Tommy Haines Landlocked: Saturday, August 23, 3:00pm Pond Hockey is a documentary no hockey fan should miss. But it would be a shame if only hockey fans were to see it, because, like all good sports movies, it’s about the forces that nurture and threaten what truly brings […]

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Kings Movie Review

Kings Narrative, 90 min Directed by Tom Collins Hardacre: Saturday, August 2, 7:00pm Judging from the subtitles in Kings, words which do not translate very easily into 21st century Gaelic include: ‘fuck’, ‘global economy’, ‘Euro’, ‘foreman’, and ‘lads.’ This makes a tragic sort of sense for the characters in Tom Collins’ movie, as these are […]

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Illegal Use of Joe Zopp Movie Review

Illegal Use of Joe Zopp Narrative, 90 min Directed by Sarah Rykal Landlocked: Saturday, August 23, 9:30pm Filmmakers constrained by a cheaper-than-dirt budget often turn to horror or shoot-em-up action for their first movie foray. In these dark and gritty cinemascapes, the limits of DIY filmmaking can actually enhance a film instead of hinder it. […]

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Alicja Wonderland Movie Review

Alicja Wonderland Short Film Directed by Martin Gauvreau Landlocked: Thursday, August 21, 8:35pm Alicja Wonderland is a surreal Polish exploration of human emotions. Those emotions are a bit hard to discern, however, as the mostly linear plot is interrupted several times by Alicja, a woman who is both reading the story unfolding in a different […]

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Fix Movie Review

Fix Narrative, 90 min Directed by Tao Ruspoli Hardacre: Friday, August 1, 9pm It’s a pleasure to stand on a cliff, a Roman poet once observed, and watch a ship wreck. Leo, the central character in Tao Ruspoli’s Fix, a heroin addict who by law must either go to rehab or jail, says that his […]

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The Sit-Down with Dan Bern

Iowa-born singer-songwriter Dan Bern recently returned to Iowa to visit his mother and ended up sticking around to lend his talents to flood-relief benefits in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Little Village caught up with Bern to talk about place. Little Village: How would you describe your experience growing up in Mount Vernon, Iowa? Dan […]

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Loneliest Place on Earth Movie Review

The Loneliest Place on Earth Short Film, 13 min Directed by Cody Stokes Hardacre: Friday, August 1, 8:40pm In Cody Stokes’s The Loneliest Place on Earth, which has the elegance and mystery of a parable, a man is stabbed in a St. Louis alley. He doesn’t want to go to the hospital for fear of […]

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Moonboy Movie Review

Moonboy Short Film Directed by Adam Calfee Hardacre: Friday, August 1, 6:20 Adam Calfee’s Moonboy is an animated short about a kid, a kind of everyman, who, as his apathetic mother smokes in the dirty kitchen, flips endlessly through the channels, which show an endless catalogue of things to be depressed and then apathetic about. […]

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Iowa City Weekender: August 13-17

Wednesday, August 13 Iowa City Farmers Market Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp (lower level) 410 E. Washington St. Iowa City, Iowa 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., music by The Gilded Bats from 5-7 p.m. Free Treasures abound at the Iowa City farmers market. There’s approximately 70 vendors to choose from. Whether it’s fresh-from-the-earth produce or flowers, herbs, […]

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