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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjQYsoMADqs)… 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
Other highlights for the weekend:
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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