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Talking Movies: Finding America at Hardacre

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17th Annual Hardacre Film Festival Tipton High School Auditorium — Saturday, Aug. 2 This year the Hardacre Film Festival will not be located in the lovely Hardacre Theater, which is currently undergoing renovation. Instead, three feature-length docs and various shorts will play on Aug. 2 at a one-day event in the newly renovated Tipton High […]

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HARDACRE FILM FESTIVAL – Tipton, Iowa August 2-4

Let’s start with the bad news. Most movies have become too market-tested to really please their markets. Most movie theaters, especially in Iowa, are run by distant executives who see us as statistics. Even film festivals are schmoozy, overly-commercialized affairs. Now, the good news! Every summer there’s the Hardacre Film Festival in Tipton, Iowa. This […]

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Talking Movies: Score One for Skin

If you like sex and art (especially in that order of enthusiasm), then you should definitely make a point of getting to the Englert on Friday, May 18, to see the Iowa premiere of Frederick Wiseman’s Crazy Horse, a documentary about Paris’s legendary cabaret. To sweeten the deal, FilmScene, the host of the event, has […]

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Talking Movies: Film Fests 2011

Is this heaven? No, it’s the Hardacre Film Festival, every bit as magical as a diamond in a cornfield where the ghosts of old baseball players congregate. Every August, in the town of Tipton, Iowa (population 3,155), great movies, filmmakers from all over the country and interesting Iowans magically appear in a gorgeous old movie […]

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Iowa City Weekender: August 6-10

Greetings Weekenders! Welcome to the calm before the storm.  As Iowa City waits with open arms for her many thousands of children to return, there are but 2 weekends left to enjoy the peace, quiet and parking spaces of Iowa City in the Summer time. So, what to do, what to do? Friday Deathships w/ […]

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Landlocked Film Festival

Editor’s Note: A summer full of festivals winds down this week with the second annual Landlocked Film Festival. This year, Iowa City’s umbrella organization Summer of the Arts wove Landlocked into the fold, giving the fledgling festival a bigger profile than last year’s inaugural event. In our August issue, we previewed two Iowa Film Festivals, […]

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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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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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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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