THE BEST FESTIVAL YET!
Well, a lot of us thought so, anyway. Our new home at the Historic Park Inn- proved to be a great fit and a big hit with festival attendees and guests, alike. We had our usual great line-up of documentary and feature films, and the special guests made it a memorable affair.
Things kicked off on Friday night with the rough-cut preview of the home-grown Garner, Iowa, and the audience loved it. The following Q. and A. with director Ron Vignone and producer/star Tanna Frederick went on for a long time.
Judd Nelson flew in from L.A. to share a couple of his films and a number of stories about the movie business. His acceptance speech for the festival's Excellence in Craft award was a big hit on Saturday night.
The indefatigable Ralph Senensky came from Carmel, California to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and to talk about making all of those 60's and 70's TV shows. He even brought a black and white episode of Dr. Kildare, the first that Ralph directed.
Marlyn Mason joined him on the stage to talk about The Right Regrets, the short feature they made together that won the award for Best Short Feature. On Friday evening Marlyn talked about co-starring with Elvis in his next to last film, The Trouble With Girls.
The acceptance of the Best Documentary Film, The Ioway 2, by Tammy and Kelly Rundle was made especially memorable by the attendance of three members of the tribe who flew from Oklahoma to attend the festival.
These ingredients and the presence of numerous other filmmakers synergized a wonderful energy. We're already excited about next year when Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss will be our special guests!