Thursday, October 7, 2010


AriesWorks Entertainment is excited to announce the innovative extension of the 8th annual international Wild Rose Independent Film Festival (WRIFF), to be held November 4-11 at the popular Fleur Cinema and Café. This year’s Wild Rose will not only screen films from around the globe competing for top awards, it will extend the WRIFF from the usual 4 days to 8 days to include a unique non-competitive screening series Showcase of well-known films shot in Iowa.

The Iowa Showcase films lineup will include the first Des Moines movie theatre screenings of the popular paranormal thriller, "Haunting Villisca," based on the true story of the Villisca Axe Murders of 1912 and the actual haunting of the house where the crime took place. On Sunday Nov. 7 following the first screening, Darwin and Martha Linn (the Villisca Axe Murder House owners who appear in the film) will attend a Q & A about the infamous haunting.  The zany comedy feature "Splatter: Love, Honor and Paintball," about a likeable loser who seeks validation playing paintball, will screen at the Wild Rose, as will the intense psychological crime drama, "Ash,' about an abducted child and the effect the crime has on the former police officer who finds him, and an exclusive Des Moines screening of the exciting and touching "RAGBRAI documentary, A Million Spokes," will also be featured.

As a Wild Rose Workshop Presenter, the 2010 WRIFF welcomes from New York well-known daytime drama star, Ellen Dolan, who played “Margo” for 21 years on As the World Turns and who recently shot the quirky indie SAG feature, "Molly’s Girl"  (produced by My Town Pictures and AriesWorks Entertainment) here in Iowa.

The WRIFF, features top quality independent features, shorts, documentaries and animated films from around the world and hosts informative filmmaking workshops with industry professionals. These films compete for awards in over 20 categories including: acting, directing, editing, cinematography, original music and others.

For more information please contact WRIFF Director, Kimberly Busbee

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