If you have been dreaming about a time when independent film features will return and make their presence known again in the Quad Cities, your dream just came true.   Backdoor Independent Film Café is new in town and will bring to the Quad Cities award winning independent feature films that represent leading filmmakers from around the world. 
Backdoor Independent Film Café is driven by a desire to provide diverse, inspirational and relevant entertainment.  We plan to give our audience a fresh experience and join the major players in the Iowa motion picture arena.

On Saturday July 3, 2010 Backdoor Independent Film Café will begin a series of Independent film screenings.  The first event will be hosted at the River Music Experience in downtown Davenport.   The second event in the series will be at the Figge Art Museum auditorium on Saturday July 31, 2010. 
Through events like the Backdoor Independent Film Series, Quad City residents will enjoy excellent, relevant storytelling in motion picture. 
Five feature films have been chosen for Saturday July 3, 2010:

Beneath Clouds - Australia (90 min)
Helen - UK (79 min)
2 p.m.
35 Shots of Rum - France (102 Min)
Beneath Clouds - Australia (90 min)
4 p.m.
35 Shots of Rum - France (102 Min)
Helen - UK (79 min)
6 p.m.
Beeswax - US (100 min)
Dear Lemon Lima - US (87 min)
8 p.m.
Beeswax - US (100 min)
Dear Lemon Lima - US (87 min)

Each feature has been especially picked for our local market and should leave everyone inspired to identify with a story or remember their own story. 
Life as we see it!

Tsitsi Bergman
Backdoor Independent Film Cafe
24041 183rd Street
Bettendorf Iowa 52722

Living Lands & Waters' 1 Hour Pilot Episode

Dear Friends & Supporters,

I have some great news...

For the past 2 ½ years, I have been working with the Discovery Channel on a pilot episode called River Warriors. The 1 hour show will air on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (ct) on the Discovery Channel. Check your local TV, Cable, Dish network listing for the correct air time for your time zone.

The show depicts life on the river aboard LL&W's cleanup barges, and the crew's hard work to help clean America's rivers. I think you will find the show memorable, funny, suspenseful and entertaining.

Please let your friends and colleagues know about the airing of this pilot in hopes that as many people as possible will learn about the importance of clean rivers. If you enjoy the show please let the Discovery Channel know. Positive feedback will help the pilot go to series.

Thank you for your past, present and future support which gives us the opportunity and means to help clean up America's rivers.

Best Regards,

Chad Pregracke

Founder & President of Living Lands & Waters



Come join LL&W's team to view the premier showing of River Warriors!

Thursday, June 10th
Doors at 7:00 pm - Show Starts at 8:00 pm (ct)
The Capitol Theater,311 Ripley Street,Davenport, IA
Living Lands & Waters17624 Route 84 N
East Moline, IL  61244


Washington, DC - Congressman Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) will travel to the Gulf Coast Sunday to tour affected areas and participate in a Congressional field hearing on the BP oil spill. The hearing, entitled "Local Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill" will examine the effects of the disaster on communities and the environment in the Gulf Coast region.

"The oil spill in the Gulf Coast has had a tragic and disastrous impact on people's lives, the environment and the economy," Braley said. "As we work to learn more about what caused this, the worst environmental disaster in American history, and to develop preventive measures, it's important we see the damage firsthand to learn the full extent of this crisis."

The hearing will take place in Chalmette, Louisiana on Monday morning. Members will hear testimonies from witnesses including the President of the Institute of Marine Mammal Services, Vice President of the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce, and the President of the Louisiana Shrimp Association.

Prior to the hearing, Braley will tour local beaches that have been impacted by the oil spill and view the clean-up efforts. After the hearing, Braley will fly over the well site with the United States Coast Guard and view the impacted area from above.

Braley discussed his trip with WQAD on Thursday. View the interview here.

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Auditions at WQPT

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT will be holding auditions for a special taped project on June 14 at the WQPT offices at 3400 Avenue of the Cities, Suite 101, Moline, Illinois. The auditions will take place on June 14th. WQPT is looking for a Hispanic girl between the ages of 11 and 14. This project will tape during the week of June 21st.  To schedule your audition appointment, please call WQPT at 309-764-2400.  This is a paid role.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

Legendary entertainer Bob Hope once quipped, "I love to go to Washington, if only to be near my money."  Hope's political humor, his relationship with U.S. presidents, and the interplay among the worlds of comedy, politics and civic activism are showcased in the new public exhibition, "Hope for America: Performers, Politics & Pop Culture," opening at the Library of Congress on Friday, June 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  The exhibition will be located in the Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E. in Washington, D.C.  

Focusing on the careers of Hope and other prominent entertainers, the "Hope for America" exhibit will explore the dynamics of political and social satire and will provide a unique window into the evolution of satirical humor. "This new exhibition differs significantly from the previous one, that celebrated vaudeville, because it explores the time-honored tradition of American comedians commenting on the political scene in satires that have entertained and rattled the political establishment," said William Jacobs, chief of the Library's Interpretive Programs Office.  

"Hope for America" will draw from the treasured Bob Hope Collection, which was donated to the Library by the Hope family in 1998.  On display will be Hope's personal papers, joke files, films and radio and television broadcasts, along with other materials from the Library's vast collections.

The exhibition will examine entertainers' involvement in a wide range of causes and campaigns, especially as leaders in supporting and entertaining American troops abroad.   Hope's commitment to public service for nearly 50 years on behalf of the men and women in the armed forces earned him many honors, including the U. S. Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"Bob Hope has been an inspiration to the many comedians who came after him who do topical, political humor," said contemporary satirist Stephen Colbert.  Reminiscent of his popular television show, Colbert sets up the visitors experience in an introductory video presentation that highlights Hope's USO, television and film performances, and features clips of such notables as Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Al Franken, Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Stewart, Groucho Marx, Sean Penn and Richard Pryor.

Colbert's presentation examines the reasons why Hope was a favorite of 11 presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.  While Colbert has actually considered a bid for the presidency, Hope?perhaps tongue-in-cheek?tells Johnny Carson in the presentation that his wife "wouldn't want to move to a smaller house."

By tracing the multiple facets of political humor through a wide range of photographs, film clips and original source materials that represent an array of viewpoints, the exhibition will challenge visitors to draw their own conclusions regarding the synergy between politics and entertainment in American society and its consequences for the nation's political culture.  

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library's rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.

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The Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance Announces:

Advanced Screenwriting Workshop

Saturday May 15 2010 - 10 AM to 5 PM

Downtown Des Moines Library

1000 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309

Cost: free to Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance Members (ISA)

$15.00 for Iowa Motion Picture Association Members (IMPA)

$20.00 for non-members of ISA or IMPA

Learn about action movie scripts. This course, taught by a veteran filmmaker and screenwriter will cover the basics and three-act structure, action specifics, advanced structure, sequences, and character. There will be a one hour lunch break from noon to one for lunch on your own.

For anyone working on an action script, bring a one page summary of your story to share and obtain group feedback and help on your story.

To register, mail the following:


Telephone Number

Address, City, State, Zip

Email address

Mail to: Deb O'Bryan 8918 Townsend Avenue Urbandale IA 50322

Or email information to Iowawriter@hotmail.com

For questions, contact Deb at 515-313-7866.

Men and women who serve within the military and have been stationed abroad often return home with post traumatic stress. Reconnecting these individuals with family and community is critical to their healing process. A forum for individuals and families to talk about their experiences, in the hopes of encouraging and inspiring a positive outcome from challenges faced, will be on air weekly.Family on the Frontline is a division of the non-profit organization Welcome Home Troops. Learn more about Welcome Home Troops at http://www.usawelcomehometroops.org/

Listen to Family on the Frontline radio show, Monday's at 4pm/EST on www.radioearnetwork.com , hosted by Angela Schaefers

ROCK ISLAND, IL - April, 8, 2010 - A crew from the PBS series "History Detectives" will be visiting the Rock Island Arsenal Museum to detail the story behind a watercolor painting of the Battle of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tenn., created by John Gisch during the time he was a Confederate prisoner of war at the Rock Island Barracks.

The watercolor is owned by an individual in Portland, Oregon.

The collection of the Rock Island Arsenal Museum includes a watercolor entitled "Main Avenue Military Prison Rock Island" that was created by John Gisch.

History Detectives will be filming Neil Dahlstrom, author of "Rock Island Prison, 1863-1865, Andersonville of the North Dispelled" (Journal of Illinois History, Winter 2001) at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the Arsenal Museum on April 8.

Davenport, IA - March 3rd, 2010 -THIS TV, the free broadcast movie network from MGM Studios and Weigel Broadcasting, is coming to the Quad Cities!  While over-the-air viewers have been able to watch THIS Quad Cities on channel 26.2 since December 10th, 2009, Muscatine Power & Water Cable subscribers were recently introduced to THIS Quad Cities on digital channel 146 while Mediacom Cable viewers were able to start enjoying the station on digital channel 113 starting March 3rd! Some of Hollywood's finest motion pictures from the treasured MGM library of over 4,100 timeless films have been blended with 10,000 hours of television's golden age to create THIS TV.

"THIS TV gives viewers in the Quad Cities area a new and free programming alternative," stated John Bryan, Executive Vice President, Broadcast Strategy, MGM. "Audiences know the MGM brand stands for quality entertainment and THIS TV delivers on that promise and more.  With blockbuster films and nostalgic television series from MGM's vast library, movie and TV buffs of all ages will find it equally entertaining."

THIS TV is a free movie and entertainment channel that airs a wide variety of films featuring first-rate star power, ranging from sweeping motion pictures such as "The Alamo" starring John Wayne, to Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland in "The Great Train Robbery" and "Moonraker" with Roger Moore as James Bond; to more contemporary fare including "At First Sight" with Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and Val Kilmer, and Mickey Rourke in "A Prayer for the Dying."

Television classics include :  "Stargate SG-1," "The Addams Family," "Mr. Ed," "Flipper," "The Outer Limits" and "Cagney & Lacey." Saturday mornings feature a children's block with such shows as the "Busy World of Richard Scary," "Wimzie's House," "The Country Mouse, City Mouse Adventures," and "The Adventures of Paddington Bear."

In addition to a great selection of iconic films and television series from the MGM library, THIS TV features original specials, Hollywood tributes and uniquely themed program nights that make the channel relevant to what's happening in today's entertainment scene. Recent specials include a behind-the-scenes look at Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds" starring Brad Pitt and tributes to such stars as Farah Fawcett and David Carradine.

"Adding THIS TV was an easy choice for us," said John Bain, Director of Programming. "THIS TV has an ability to offer an enormous amount of high quality, star-studded movies that aren't the usual oversaturated fare found on other networks and we felt that a free movie channel will have mass appeal to our viewers."

For schedule highlights, viewers may check their local listings or visit http://www.this.tv/.


THIS TV, cleared in over 80% of the United States, is a programming service for local television stations delivered over their digital platform. Created jointly by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Weigel Broadcasting, the channel leverages MGM's treasured library, which features over 4,100 films and 10,000 hours of television programming.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles.  Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co, MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit http://www.mgm.com.

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Connie (Corcoran) Wilson will be signing her new collection of short stories entitled Hellfire and Damnation (Sam's Dot Press) at Barnes & Noble bookstore at Northpark Mall in Davenport from 1 to 3 p.m. (or later) on Saturday, March 13th. Visit www.HellfireandDamnationtheBook.com to see a trailer.