Film enthusiasts and professionals attended Crossroads Entertainment and Arts Experience in Des Moines on December 3. The day was packed with seminars and a showcase event in the evening.
Tom Whitus and George Maranville of Silver Hills Pictures, held an entertaining and educational workshop on their "reverse-engineering" approach to producing their films and talked about their positive experience of shooting "Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency" in Iowa. Later in day at the Des Moines Social Club, attendees enjoyed a free screening of the film which featured several high profile Des Moines locations: Des Moines Art Center, Salisbury House, Meredith Corporation, and the Des Moines Police Station.
At the showcase event, attendees recorded their Iowa Film Story at the Advocacy Booth, learned about the Iowa Motion Picture Association, had headshots taken and critiqued by the Iowa Casting Association and networked with colleagues. IMPA, along with Amy Johnson, IDED, and Becky Gruening, Greater Des Moines Film Commission, presented an update on the Film Promotion Program, the economic impact of the film industry and a collection of trailers from productions that were filmed in Iowa. To view the presentation, press the play button in the slide viewer below.
Thank you to all of the IMPA members who volunteered, Iowa Tix. 4th Street Theatre, Vaudeville Mews, West End Architectural Salvage, and the Des Moines Social Club who helped make this event such a success!