Volunteer Opportunities Abound at this Open House!

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Look no further!

The Millwork Collective will host a Volunteer Fair and Open House 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Schmid Innovation Center, 900 Jackson St.

More than 10 non-profit organizations will be represented, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, ARK Advocates, Junior Achievement of the Heartland, Dubuque Chorale, Presentation Lantern Center, HEART (Housing Education and Rehabilitation and Training), Four Mounds Foundation, Irish Hooley, Studio Works, Habitat for Humanity, Compass to Care, and Gallery C.

Each are in need of volunteers for various tasks, many of which are short-term commitments. Some of their needs are: a CPA to help with taxes and accounting, a graphic artist, help with marketing, writers for newsletters, photographers, answering phones, grant writing, mentoring, and website design/upkeep.

Light refreshments will be provided and more than $600 in door prizes will be awarded. For more information about the Millwork Collective, visit www.dubuquemillworkcollective.org.

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Runde’s: The Driving Force Behind JDIFF… From the Start!

JDIFF Teal Logo

The fourth annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is just a couple weeks away!

We are proud to say that Runde Auto Group has been a major sponsor from the start of the festival back in 2012.

More than 35 films will be screened Thursday-Sunday, April 23-26.

Venues include Stan’s Coffeehouse, Vinny Vannuchi’s, Holiday Inn Rooms 1, 2, and 3, Five Flags Orpheum, Five Flags Majestic, Dubuque Museum of Art, National Mississippi River Museum, Eronel, and Platinum Insurance.

There will be fewer films and venues than there were in previous years – a decision that first-year executive director Susan Gorrell said will improve the festival experience, making it easier for attendees to plan a festival viewing schedule.

Susan Gorrell

Susan Gorrell

Another major change in this year’s festival regards ticketing. Rather than purchasing a ticket for a specific showing of a certain film, this year’s attendees may purchase general tickets for any film. They also have the choice of buying a day or weekend pass.

“This year, a ticket is a ticket,” Gorrell said. “You can buy five tickets, and then go to any five films at any time. This makes it more flexible for attendees.”

Tickets for events and film screenings are all on sale now at http://www.julienfilmfest.com.

This year, Runde Auto Group is sponsoring a free festival day on Thursday, April 23. All film screenings that day, along with the Opening Night event (7 p.m. at Five Flags), and the screening of Louie Psihoyos’ film “Racing Extinction” at Mindframe Theaters will be free. Psihoyos will host a question-and-answer session following his film.

For a guaranteed seat, please visit www.julienfilmfest.com to RSVP for your free ticket.  Otherwise, first come, first serve. 

Guests will include bands such as BEATLEMANIA, TR3N, Di Sheldon, and FUSION, and comedians including Rell Battle, Andy Sipes, and Guy Hutchison.Kate Mulgrew Book

Actress Kate Mulgrew, who was the honorary chair of the inaugural festival in 2011, will introduce the Silent Film Showcase on Friday, April 24. She also will host a book signing at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, in the Grand Ballroom at Hotel Julien.

More than 400 films from over 50 countries were submitted this year, nearly doubling last year’s submissions. For a list of this year’s Official Selections, click here.

“We have been blown away by the quality of the films that are submitted each year,” Gorrell said. “We are so excited to have these films screening in Dubuque and to host filmmakers from all over the world.”

For continuously updated information, visit www.julienfilmfest.com.

THE SCHEDULE

**A Festival Sneak Peek will be hosted by the Galena Center for the Arts on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 21-21. They will show a feature and two shorts each night.
**Festival film screenings will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.

Thursday, April 23:
7 p.m.: Opening Night Event at Five Flags Theater

Guests will be able to meet filmmakers, celebrity guests, and jurors, as well as see film trailers.

Nenad Bach

Nenad Bach

The MC will be Andy Sipes, writer/producer of Triptank, an animated series in its second season on Comedy Central.

There will be a musical performance by Croation composer Nenad Bach with Caroline Curtis, of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, as well as a Michael Jackson medley with Curtis on violin. Bach, who visited Dubuque last year with his documentary “Everything is Forever,” will perform a song he wrote about Dubuque. He has performed with artists like Bono & The Edge, Vince Welnick of Grateful Dead, Luciano Pavarotti, and more.

An after party will be at the Riverboat Lounge at Hotel Julien with entertainment by pop/rock/latin band TR3N.

Friday, April 24:
7 p.m.: Silent Film Showcase at Five Flags Theater

Courtesy of Ron Tigges, Digital Dubuque

Courtesy of Ron Tigges, Digital Dubuque

The event will feature “The Kid Brother” by Harold Lloyd. The film was played during the first Silent Film Showcase, and is back by popular demand! The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will perform the original score under Maestro Rob Tomaro, conductor of the Beloit Janesville Symphony.

Opening comments will be made by actress and Screen Actors Guild award winner Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black). Tickets are $25.

An after party will be at Eronel ($10 cover charge). It will feature a live show of the podcast “Drunk On Disney,” with comedians Guy Hutchison, Zak Knutson, and Andy Sipes. Two Disney specialty drinks (1 free with admittance) will be crafted.


Saturday, April 25:

7 p.m.: Awards Night Red Carpet Gala at Five Flags Theater

More than $35,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winning filmmakers in categories including:

Courtesy of Ron Tigges, Digital Dubuque

Courtesy of Ron Tigges, Digital Dubuque

Grand Jury, Best Documentary, Best Feature, Best Short, and Best of Iowa. For a list of this year’s nominees, click here.

There will be musical performances by BEATLEMANIA, pop/rock/latin band TR3N, Di Sheldon, and pop artist FUSION. The event is hosted by Los Angeles comedian Rell Battle.

An after party will follow at Five Flags Arena with entertainment by BEATLEMANIA. Tickets are $45.

Sunday, April 26:

Closing Day, sponsored by Irish Hooley
Courtesy of General Bob Photography

Courtesy of General Bob Photography

3 p.m.: Screening of the short “A Proper Pint” at Five Flags

4 p.m.: Special Screening of “The O’Briens” with cast in attendance ($10 for the short and Irish film) at Five Flags

6 p.m.: Closing Party at Stone Cliff Winery. The event is free and no ticket is required.

Moonshiner Tyler Wood Got His Truck at Runde’s!

Tyler Wood

Tyler Wood, who stars on the show “Moonshiners” on Discover Channel, drove all the way from Kentucky for a truck from Runde Auto Group on Monday!

Tyler, who stopped in with his father Galen, traded in his blue 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500 4WD Crew Cab with a custom grill. He wasn’t planning to get a newer truck until Galen got a 2015 Silverado and he drove it.

Moonshiners “You know what they say, once you get in a new truck, you gotta stay in one so you gotta upgrade every once in a while,”  he said. “I’m a big fan of Chevrolet.”

The reason he ended up in East Dubuque for the 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 LTZ 4WD Z71 Crew Cab is that it was rare to find the truck with all the specifications he wanted.

“I wanted the blue and I wanted the LTZ and you know, you have certain things you want,” he said. “I wanted the cab lights, I wanted the sunroof, navigation, Z71 package. There’s only like two of those trucks in the United States just like that … I don’t mind driving all day to get a good deal.”

Jake and Tyler WoodHis salesperson was Jake Meyer at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL.

“I liked him,” Tyler said and then joked:  “I didn’t have to get physical with him so that’s good. He was professional and nice.”

Tyler and his father live in a small town near Bowling Green, Kentucky. They drove back the same day they arrived.

Their show, “Moonshiners,” follows the lives of people who produce moonshine in the Appalachian Mountains of North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky.

According to the Discovery Channel, Tyler comes from a long line of Kentucky moonshiners and bootleggers. For more than three generations, his family has made liquor in the forests of Kentucky – even his grandmother was a moonshiner. Tyler has been building his own stills and making liquor for about nine years.

“It’s fun to make moonshine because I care a lot about it,” Tyler said. “I like to see how much better I can make it each time.”

Before he was in the moonshine business, Tyler was a civilian contractor based in Iraq, providing logistics support for American forces and maintaining armored convoys, as well as supplying food and ammunition.

Tyler Wood MoonshinersTyler recently released a country EP called “Outlaw Soul,” as well as a video for his single, “Still Ridin’ Shotgun.”

“I always liked to sing and I got on the TV show and I thought ‘Well if I’m ever gonna do this, I might as well do it now because I got something to promote it,’” he said. “I flew to Orlando, I went to Starlight Studios, saved up some money and made an album and it turned out pretty good. I didn’t know what to think because I didn’t know how to judge my own voice. A lot of people that heard it were like, ‘Man, why didn’t you do this before?’”

Tyler’s 2013 Silverado made several appearances on the show, so we will have to watch and see if this one shows up on TV!

“We don’t know what they’re gonna show,” Tyler said.

He said he is getting used to being recognized in public.

“I don’t go many places where people don’t stop me and say, ‘Hey can we take a picture,’” Tyler said. “Everywhere I go. We can be sitting somewhere eating and somebody will stop and say, ‘Are you that guy from Moonshiners?’ I like it, I like to meet new people and I’m working on building a brand and hopefully one day with some legal moonshine.”

Enjoy your new Silverado, Tyler!

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