Bringing the best of documentary to Iowa City
By Emily Drummer, M.F.A. graduate student in Film and Video production and director of IC DOCS Festival
The Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival returned to Iowa City this spring with 70 films and videos from across the globe screened between FilmScene, Adler Journalism Building, and RADInc, April 20-22. The Festival, now entering its fifteenth year, is committed to screening shortform nonfiction films that pose radical alternatives to conventional approaches to documentary filmmaking. The festivities included 7 competitive programs; 4 non-competitive programs including programs with films by jurors David Dinnell and Azadeh Navai, Film & Video Production alumnus Rebecca Meyers, and filmmaker Brett Story; and after-parties at RADInc. Motley Cow, and Trumpet Blossom.
IC DOCS was made possible by the hard work of a group of thirteen undergraduate students in the Film Programming for Festivals and Microcinemas course offered by The Department of Cinematic Arts this spring. The students spearheaded every element of the festival--from programming to community outreach to graphic design to film trafficking--and worked tirelessly to guarantee its resounding success. The festival's 2017 winning films were Se Shin Sa, dir. Eunhye Hong Kim, Visions of An Island, dir. Sky Hopinka, and Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week, dir. Steve Reinke.
Honorable mentions included Baba Dana Talks to the Wolves, dir. Ralitsa Doncheva, Old Hat, dir. Zach Iannazzi, and What Happened to Her, dir. Kristy Guevara-Flanagan.