SCHEDULE OF THE 2006 WILD ROSE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
IMPORTANT REMINDER: All films are intended for MATURE AUDIENCES! and many contain profanity, nudity and/or other mature material. Parental guidance and discretion are strongly advised! All films were and are considered in competition for all possible awards, unless otherwise designated.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2006 - OPENING NIGHT

6:30 pm. DOORS OPEN at the Fleur Cinema and Cafe, 4545 Fleur Drive. Appetizers provided; beer, wine and soft drinks available at the counter!

7:00 pm. WELCOME AND OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL by the Festival Directors.

7:15 pm. PROGRAM OF SHORT FILMS
Mimes of the Prairie (Iowa) – 5 minutes. Mockumentary. Des Moines-area filmmakers John Hansen and Todd Niccum claimed a national 48-Hour Film Festival prize (besting a field of 800 films) with this hilarious parody of a Ken Burns documentary, chronicling the contribution of mimes to the history of the burgeoning West. Contains very little nudity. Actually, none. Still, it’s not to be missed.

Transcendence (Iowa) – 5 minutes. Alternative Music Video. Joe Boyle returns to the Wild Rose with this compelling voyage into the mind of a man seeking escape from a dead zone of negativity, and searching for what is truly important.

The Retreat (Iowa/California) – 33 minutes. Comedy. By turns sly, gentle and outrageous, Zachary Sluser’s impressive debut film offers a comedic, meditative fable about how one man’s self-proclaimed unattachment to material possessions, relationships and philosophies is put to the test when he is stranded on desolate Iowa back roads.

8:15 pm ADDRESS from the Iowa Motion Picture Association.

8:20 pm FEATURE
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (California) – 71 minutes. Documentary. Winner of multiple awards, both domestic and international (including the Robert Altman Award) Plagues and Pleasures chronicles the descent of a once-charmed resort town into one stinky man-made disaster. Narrated by John Waters and including appearances by Sonny Bono and – yes, believe it – “Hunky Daddy.”
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2006

6:30 pm. RECEPTION FOR ACTOR BEN EASTER!

7:25 pm. WELCOME by the Festival Programmers.

7:30 pm. SHORTS – Be Very Afraid. . . .Halloween at the Wild Rose!
Hotel Casey (Minnesota) – 2 minutes. Suspense. Adam Davis directs this eerie depiction of an urban legend.

The Rebirth of Lucretia (Iowa) – 20 minutes. Horror. With a name that is both beauty and curse, young Lucretia finds herself on the edge of insanity in this film by Robert and Melissa Monson.

The Mad Doctor Eriam (Iowa) – 6 minutes. Horror-Parody. In this clever film by Sean Studer, the mad Doctor Eriam is up to no good. With the help of his sidekick Mort, of course.

Recently Deceased (Texas) – 11 minutes. Horror-Parody. One of our favorite filmmakers, Chris McInroy out of Austin, Texas, returns with another cockeyed comedy. This spoof manages to parody both Memento and Night of the Living Dead. . .and still make it home with the groceries.

8:25 pm ADDRESS from Chuck Hughes of the Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance.

8:30 pm FEATURED FILMS
Las Cruces (Iowa) – 17 minutes. Drama. A civil servant must face his macabre career – timing the removal of roadside crosses – when personal tragedy strikes. Tom Haggas directs, from his own screenplay.

Lucid (California) – 14 minutes. Suspense-Drama. A man begins to experiment with his dreams...only to discover that they may be real. Sam Friedlander returns to the Wild Rose with this impressive follow-up project.

Generation Mason (Minnesota) – 81 minutes. Comedy-Drama. “When you’re pulled in every direction, sometimes there’s nowhere to go but forward.” Shot in cinema verite style, Generation Mason provides an intimate portrait of four young Minneapolis bachelors facing modern life’s breakneck speed, endless possibilities. . . and the pressures that come with them.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2006

4:30 pm. DOORS OPEN. Drinks available at the bar.

5:15 pm. HAPPY HOUR FLICKAGE! 80 MINUTES OF LAUGHTER, THRILLS…AND SOME OF THE WEIRDEST STUFF….
My Starship (Iowa) – 2 minutes. Comedy. From Mimes of the Prairie’s John Hansen comes this follow-up project – the charming story of a man and (note the title) his starship.

Dudley’s Revenge (Iowa) – 9 minutes. Comedy. Arie Hovenkamp’s tale of a sad-sack who goes from zero to hero. . . .and then some.

Homage to a Catalonian Christmas (Catalonia/Iowa) – 17 minutes. Documentary. Catalonia is an autonomous region in Northeast Spain. This documentary chronicles the scatological nature of some of its holiday festivities.

The Persecution of Al Kida (Iowa) – 5 minutes. Comedy. Al used to lead a normal life. Now he causes a scene everywhere he goes. . . .

The Jorge Gaze (Iowa) – 20 minutes. Psycho-drama. Deeply disturbing, this film probes unflinchingly into the Culture of Narcissism as it depicts a young man’s rise to the heights of self-love. And what goes up, must come down. . . .

Tower (Iowa). 1 minute. Experimental. Andrew Roger’s video explores aspirations and hope, centering around the image of a tower.

Mimes of the Prairie (Iowa) – 5 minutes. Comedy. Re-screening. See description under Wednesday schedule.

Personal (Iowa) – 5 minutes. Romantic Comedy. George reaches out via the personal ads. But when a woman literally shows up on his doorstep, he must really put himself on the line.

The Buddy Folly Story (Iowa) – 12 minutes. Comedy. Not screening in competition. JEK Films entry in the recent 48-Hour Film Festival is shown here in its “Director’s Cut.” A zoo employee must face life without a job – and finds what he’s been looking for in a kooky acting class.

The Coffee Shop (Iowa) – 6 minutes. Comedy. All Bob wanted was a simple cup of coffee. His request, however, brings him unwanted attention from the coffee shop staff, customers – and three mysterious strangers.

7:15 pm. FEATURED FILMS
Choices. (Iowa) – 11 minutes. Drama. Travis Schott’s affecting drama about a couple grieving the loss of their child.

Lucid (California) – 14 minutes. Suspense Drama. Re-screening. See description in Thursday schedule.

Sleep Under the Sea: John Robert Weaver, American Artist (Nebraska) – 70 minutes. Documentary. From meager beginnings on a poor Missouri dirt farm, through troubled adolescence and prison time, this film offers a rare glimpse into the life of John Robert Weaver, a reclusive American artist whose prodigious talent seems equaled only by an abrasive personality and obsessive determination to resist the compromise of his art for commercial or critical success.
Special Guests Filmmaker Robert Starck and artist John Robert Weaver will be in attendance at this screening!

9:00 pm. JOIN US FOR A RECEPTION FOR BOB STARCK AND JOHN ROBERT WEAVER!


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2006

8:30 am. DOORS OPEN at the Fleur Cinema and Café.

9:00-10:30 am. WORKSHOP - "From the Heartland to LA - Networking and Self-Marketing for the Actor" by BEN EASTER – originally from West Des Moines, and most recently appearing in I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer.

10:45 am. PANEL DISCUSSION – Reel vs. Real: Cinema’s Role in Presenting Fact and Fiction. Kimberly Busbee and James Serpento (Haunting Villisca), along with Bob Starck (Sleep Under the Sea) and others, lead a discussion of theory and practice in turning real life into a movie.

11:30 am. LUNCH BREAK

1:00 pm. FEATURED FILMS –
Haunting Villisca. (Iowa) – 150 minutes. Drama. Not screening in competition. Cast, crew and their guests are invited to one of three special sneak preview/fundraiser screenings of the long-awaited new film by AriesWorks Entertainment. Inspired by the infamous 1912 unsolved axe-murders in the small southwest Iowa town of Villisca, Haunting Villisca follows Professor David Salt as his guilty secrets draw him to the fabled town of Villisca and the house where eight unspeakable murders occurred. Past and present collide as he is driven to help trapped spirits, and to seek his own redemption by facing the darkness harbored in the small white house.

A Ghost of a Chance: The Making of Haunting Villisca. (Iowa) – 60 minutes. Documentary. Not screening in competition. JEK Films – in the persons of Jill Jones, Elizabeth Hixenbaugh and Kaitlyn Busbee – presents the latest in an ever-expanding list of projects. Here, they chronicle the behind-the-scenes story of the production of Haunting Villisca.

4:45 pm. PROGRAM OF SHORT FILMS
Lemonade (Iowa) – 5 minutes. Animation. Brad Hansen’s charming animated short about dueling lemonade stands. This rotoscoped production was a year in the making.

Caller (Iowa) – 15 minutes. Drama. Nathan Matta’s story of a late-night DJ tormented by a caller who claims to be holding his wife and son hostage.

Liberating Dawn. (Iowa) – 10 minutes. Drama. The debut film of actress and dancer Kristina Moseley, this short drama illuminates the inner life still being lived by a woman left nearly catatonic by a car accident.

Sylvia (Iowa) – 4 minutes. Animation. Andrew Bouska’s offbeat animated short about a first-grader struggling not only with the death of her baby brother. . .but also with the various solutions being offered her from the adult world.

The Bitter End (Iowa) – 7 minutes. Drama. High-school student Andrew Gans’ film about the difficulty of going separate ways.

The Locker (Iowa) – 5 minutes. Suspense. Lindsay Washburn’s stark and impressive debut about a very bad day at school.

Glimpses (Illinois) – 5 minutes. Experimental. Tyler Willhite explores the relationship of past to present, with “The Home” as the central context.

Chapter 4 (Iowa) – 10 minutes. Experimental-Animation. Squid Varilekova, paranoid schizophrenic, guides the audience through her discoveries – and the loss of her mind – as visualized by her best friend, Syniva Whitney

6:06 PM. (Iowa/New York) – 39 minutes. Drama. David T. Ketterer's debut film tells the story of a 16-year-old girl’s odyssey through a world of teenage vice.

5:30 – 7:00 pm. DINNER BREAK

7:00 pm. RECEPTION FOR THE RODRIGUEZ BROTHERS AND BLUEBOX LTD!

7:55 pm. ADDRESS by Tom Wheeler of the Iowa Film Office

8:00 pm. FEATURED FILMS
The Passover. (Iowa) – 10 minutes. Drama, screening in competition. Perennially fascinated with the thematic collisions between love and loss, beauty and physical decay, the latest from the Rodriguez Brothers tells the story of a man grieving the murder of his beloved wife, and facing the uncertainty of his own mortality.

Recently Deceased. (Texas) - Re-screening. See description under Thursday's schedule.

The Bride Wore Blood. (Iowa) – 51 minutes. Drama, screening in competition. Deftly weaving a sophisticated understanding of the use of the widescreen frame, with unabashed homages to Sergio Leone, Sam Shepard and Harold Pinter, the young “Bluebox guys,” Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, offer their newest film as a world premiere at the Wild Rose. Bounty hunters stalk prey along vast, dusty roads, urban jungles and antiseptic suburbia, franticly crafting myths while the bridges of truth disintegrate behind them.

9:30 pm. KEYNOTE AND AWARDS PRESENTATION
Join us for a KEYNOTE ADDRESS by actor Ben Easter, followed immediately by presentation of the 2006 WILD ROSE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2006

12:45 pm - DOORS OPEN at the Fleur Cinema and Café.

1:30 pm - MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT by Bowman and Brown, presenting original songs inspired by the events and town of Villisca, Iowa. (Tentative, depending upon schedules.)

1:55 pm - WELCOME by the Festival Programmers.

2:00 pm - FEATURED FILMS
Haunting Villisca (Iowa). 150 minutes. Not screening in competition. Re-screening. See description under Saturday’s schedule.

A Ghost of a Chance (Iowa). 60 minutes. Not screening in competition. Re-screening. See description under Saturday’s schedule.

5:30 pm - QUESTION/ANSWER with filmmakers Kimberly Busbee and James Serpento, Darwin and Martha Linn (owners of the J.B. Moore Home, the Villisca Axe Murder House), and members of the cast and crew.

6:30 pm – RECEPTION for the Haunting Villisca cast and crew.

7:00 pm – FEATURED FILMS
Haunting Villisca (Iowa). 150 minutes. Not screening in competition. Re-screening. See description under Saturday’s schedule.

A Ghost of a Chance (Iowa). 60 minutes. Not screening in competition. Re-screening. See description under Saturday’s schedule.
ADMISSION PRICING OF THE 2006 WILD ROSE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Generally, what follow are prices for passes to more than one event on a specific day. Individual motion picture tickets will run from $3-8, depending on the piece (length, student vs. professional, etc.) Individual panel and seminar prices range from $5, up to $35 for the Ben Easter Seminar for Working Actors.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
WED-1 Full Wednesday Evening Pass: $15.00
Includes appetizers and all movies (3 shorts and a feature).

WED-2 Plagues and Pleasures only: $7.00.


Thursday, October 19, 2006
THU-1 Full Thursday Evening Pass: $12.00
Includes all movies (6 shorts and a feature)

THU-2 2nd Film program (Featured selections only): $8.00
Includes Las Cruces, Lucid and Generation Mason.


Friday, October 20, 2006
FRI-1 Full Friday Evening Pass: $18.00
Includes all movies (Happy Hour Flickage, 2 shorts and feature), and reception for Bob Starck and John Robert Weaver.

FRI-2 Happy Hour Flickage Only: $10.00
Includes 9 short films.

FRI-3 Evening Program Only: $12.00
Includes 2 shorts, feature (Sleep Under the Sea) and reception.


Saturday, October 21, 2006
SORRY – NO FULL DAY PASSES AVAILABLE FOR SATURDAY

SAT-1 Workshop for Actors with Ben Easter: $35.00

SAT-2 Panel Discussion - "Reel vs. Real": $5.00

SAT-3 Screening Haunting Villisca and A Ghost of a Chance: $12.00
Open to members of the cast and crew and their guests only. Not available to the general public.

SAT-4 Saturday Afternoon Short Film Program (4:45 pm): $7.00
Includes 9 short films.

SAT-5 All Evening Screenings, and Awards Ceremony: $15.00
Includes The Passover, Recently Deceased, The Bride Wore Blood and Awards Ceremony.

SAT-6 Award Ceremony Only: $5.00
Free to all festival filmmakers (producers, directors and screenwriters) and nominated persons.


Sunday, October 22, 2006
SUN-1 2:00 Screening Haunting Villisca and A Ghost of a Chance: $12.00
Open to members of the cast and crew and their guests only. Not available to the general public.

SUN-2 7:00 Screening Haunting Villisca and A Ghost of a Chance: $12.00
Open to members of the cast and crew and their guests only. Not available to the general public.


THE BIG ONE – Wild Rose Film Festival Pass: $75.00
Admission to ALL films, workshops, seminars and events EXCEPT Haunting Villisca and A Ghost of a Chance. Significant savings on individual event prices!



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