Iowa City Weekender – August 27-30

Dear Students,

I know the rain is a drag, but trust me, sunshine is not a required element in your ardent intellectual pursuit.  What you need is to complement your academic endeavors with a heaping weekendful of fine international cinema!  So I give to you, live (well, mostly prerecorded) from the greatest city in the world:

The Landlocked Film Festival

Landlocked sounds pretty close to home, and guess what?  It is!  In addition to 8 films from Denmark, one from Egypt, others from Canada, Germany, China, France, Spain, New Zealand, Tanzania and the UK, Landlocked features at least 2 movies with Iowa roots:

Awesome demonic zombie flick Resist Evil Part 1: Dropping Evil was written by former Iowa Citians Louis Doerge and Adam Protextor, and stars local performer Coolzey along with Armin Shimerman of Star Trek: DS9 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame. (Showing Friday night, 10:30 pm, at the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington)

16 to Life, filmed in McGregor, Iowa, is about a rural American teenager whose angst about sexual inexperience drives a comic quest for love and understanding on a birthday to end all birthdays. (Showing Saturday night, 7:30 pm, at the Englert)

Do you know McGregor?  Here’s a trailer (… Look familiar?

Between the screenings, workshops, panels and other special events there is a LOT to look forward to at Landlocked – too much to mention here… Please go to the festival’s site for a full list of selected shorts and features, narratives, documentaries and animations:

Official Film Selections and Programs

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Festival Schedule

Other highlights for the weekend:

The Mill has a good weekend for Iowa music.  Sam Knutson’s band Shame Train plays tonight, and local good ole boy Dave Zollo brings his eastern Iowa gospel blues to the Mill’s stage on Saturday night.

Friday night at The Picador members of The String Cheese Incident will bring their new live (not prerecorded) dub-step/electro/house project “EOTO” to Iowa City in a show with local band Johnny on Point.

There you have it folks.  Movies for your brains, blues for your soul, EOTO for your body.  Iowa City truly has it all – let’s make the most of it!

Enjoy the Weekend,


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