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Appeal Beyond History: Filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle Document Iowa’s Forgotten Past PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 03 October 2007 02:34

Reader issue #653 In 1989, area natives Kelly and Tammy Rundle moved to Los Angeles in the hopes of jump-starting their movie-making careers, armed with little more than a title for their nascent production company: Fourth Wall Films.

And in the spring of 2007, after the release of their first, mostly self-financed feature, and with a second film nearing completion, the married couple took the next logical step.

They moved back here.

 
Blather, Wince, Repeat: Few Moments of Levity in 2007's Dull, Embarrassing Oscarcast PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 27 February 2007 05:26

Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast began spectacularly, with a priceless montage by documentarian Errol Morris, and ended even more spectacularly, with richly-merited awards bestowed upon Martin Scorsese and his film, The Departed.

So what the hell happened in the middle?

 
Oscar Wild: Random Wackiness – and Historic Achievements – in 2007’s Academy Awards Race PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:39

Reader issue #622What, exactly, is going on this year?

When the Academy Award nominations were announced in January and Dreamgirls found itself shut out of the Best Picture race, the news was something of a surprise, as the film was widely considered a shoo-in. The bigger shock, though, came from realizing that the snubbed musical still received more nominations than any other film - eight in all - and the last time a film led in Oscar nominations without a corresponding Best Picture nod was ... well, never.

But the Oscar weirdness didn't end there.

 
You Are Their "Sunshine": 2007 Oscar Predictions PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:36

The following are the nominations for the 2007 Academy Awards, scheduled to air on ABC affiliate WQAD-TV at 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 25. If all goes the way I think it will (ha ha!), the winner of the most Oscars - a whopping three - will, for the first time ever, be a foreign-language film, and the Best Picture winner will have received the same amount of Oscars as the Best Documentary Feature winner. (That this is even a possibility marks this as a zany-ass year.)

 
Even the Choir Has Something to Learn: Environmental Film Festival on February 24 PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:28

Most people think that documentaries are dull. And when they're environmental documentaries? Forget it.

That perception changed a lot last summer, when An Inconvenient Truth showed that even a lecture delivered by Al Gore can be compelling and urgent.

The box-office and critical success of An Inconvenient Truth provided a lot of guidance to the organizers of the second Environmental Film Festival, which will run from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, at Davenport's Unitarian Church (3707 Eastern Avenue). The free event is co-sponsored by the church and the Eagle View Group of the Sierra Club. Food will be available from Greatest Grains.

 
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