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Iowa Independent Film Festival

The Iowa Independent Film Festival is proud to announce that this year's festival will be held Friday, August 18 and Saturday August 19th!

The festival is partnering with Waldorf University to present a student film showcase at the Mason City Room at the Mason City Public Library.

The major venue will be The Main Event located at 112 2nd Street Southeast in downtown Mason City.

Martin Gooch

Chad Kroeger

Martin is a BBC trained Director. He directed the BAFTA award winning and EMMY nominated Spooks Interactive (BBC/Kudos) and was a two time BBC New Director of the Year winner. He has a Masters Degree in screenwriting and over 1000 days on set experience.

Harry Potter, Judge Dredd and the Muppets taught me how to make movies. I spent 15 years in the camera department on 200 TV shows and 13 feature films (more than 1000 days on set) including a year in Australia and two feature films in Tunisia, as a training ground to become a director.

I learnt on set from the best people in the business. I wrote/produced and directed more than 20 short films, two of which were winners with BBC Best New Director (2001/2002). I directed Doctors (BBC), Hollyoaks (C4) and Spooks Interactive, which won a BAFTA and was nominated for an EMMY.

I wrote/produced/directed and raised the finance for my first feature film DEATH (2012) and immediately followed it up with The Search for Simon, (2013) between them they have won or been nominated for 27 awards including 4 x Best Director and 6 x Best Movie and even 1 x best screenplay.
In the last year I have written and directed my third feature film The Gatehouse, a gothic horror, which is currently in post production.

I wanted to be a director who a) knew his camerawork, b) wrote and understood scripts and c) could get the absolute best out of his actors, and had travelled and seen the world: as a result of this desire at the age of 19 I went to work for the US Forest Service Archeological Department, in Modoc County, California, on Native American remains to see the world, then I returned to England, to study Film and Fine Art in Canterbury, and spent five years (part time) working with actors at East 15 Drama School as a on camera director, and finally I have a Masters Degree in Screenwriting from The University of the Arts, London, which I believe gave me the complete set of tools to be a director who truly understands all aspects of the film making process.

I also spent a year as an Eagle above Mount Shasta, north california, but no one believes me about that.

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Gary Kroeger

Chad Kroeger

Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Kroeger attended Northern University High School and graduated from Northwestern University in 1981. He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live during Lorne Michaels' hiatus from the show, under the direction of Dick Ebersol. During his tenure, Kroeger, who also wrote for the show, was frequently cast as young teenage kids and impersonated Walter Mondale when he was the Democratic candidate for US President in 1984. He is probably best remembered today for a Christmas sketch in which he and fellow cast member Julia Louis-Dreyfus perform "Blue Christmas" as Donny and Marie Osmond. The sketch culminates with the supposed brother and sister making out with each other.

Kroeger left the show after the summer of 1985 when Lorne Michaels returned to the show and the entire cast was replaced. In the time since he has kept a fairly low profile, appearing in only a handful of movies, including roles as a producer in Christopher Guest's 1989 Hollywood send-up The Big Picture; as Reggie Mantle on 1990s Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again; and in the lead and title role on the spoof film A Man Called Sarge.

He has enjoyed some success as a host of television game shows, most notably revivals of The Newlywed Game and Beat the Clock. He was also the announcer for the 2001 revival of Card Sharks and the 2002 revival of Press Your Luck called Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck. He hosted a revival of the game show Beat the Clock in 2002 on PAX TV. In addition, he appeared on the sitcom Hidden Hills and as a weatherman in an episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. From 1990 to 1991, he was host of Fox's Comic Strip Live.

Kroeger also made a guest appearance in the episode Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot (1991). In 2000, he hosted an infomercial for DirecTV, which played in-store at many Best Buy locations. In 2002, he hosted the 26th annual Mrs. America pageant.

Kroeger gave up ownership of the restaurant Figaro Figaro in Simi Valley, California. He has relocated to his hometown in Iowa and can still be seen in local theater, as well as the occasional infomercial. Kroeger is currently a weekly columnist for the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier and also runs an occasional blog called, "Gary Has Issues".