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More Real Than a Photograph: Writer-Director David Riker PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 10 January 2006 18:00

Years before he became a filmmaker, writer-director David Riker worked as a photojournalist, and found himself especially haunted and moved by the plight of immigrants in Manhattan’s Latin American neighborhoods.

 
Mike Schulz Toasts 2005's Great Movies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 27 December 2005 18:00
My annual challenge in composing a list of the year’s best movies almost never lies in deciding what to list. It lies in deciding when to list. As every movie fan knows, film studios – both majors and independents – generally unleash their most prominent Academy Award hopefuls (and, oftentimes, most interesting works) at the end of December, giving these films their best chance at being remembered, and potentially embraced, by the notoriously forgetful Academy.

 
Contest Nets Bluebox Filmmakers New Laurels, Development Deal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 20 December 2005 18:00
Technically, Scott Beck won mtvU’s “Best Film on Campus” contest earlier this month. You’d just never know it from talking to him. Beck’s trailer for his feature film University Heights won the competition – he wrote and directed the movie – but he never claims the project exclusively as his.

 
Closing Out of Town PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 25 October 2005 18:00

Citing “the cost of film rentals and insurance” and “really low” attendance, Mike Reid, director of the Open Cities Film Society, announced that the organization was discontinuing its New York City Film Series at Davenport’s Figge Art Museum, nine weeks and eight films ahead of schedule.

 
A Momentary Fix for the Film-Fest Deprived PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 27 September 2005 18:00
For die-hard movie fans in the Quad Cities, film festivals are always around. And therein lies the disappointment. They’re around, they’re just not here. In April, Cedar Rapids presented an independent film festival.

 
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