Immigration Documentaries to be Featured at Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Special Screening

Lecheros and Joy films

Runde Auto Group is proud to be a driving force behind the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The 2018 festival is set for April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. All films are FREE on Runde Free Day, Thursday, April 26. See you at the fest!

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s film Los Lecheros will be featured with a special screening at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.

 The film will be shown at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Before the film at noon, there will be a chance for mingling with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The event is free.

HI_logo_sized epsThe 21-min documentary short explores how the fates of undocumented immigrant workers and Wisconsin’s $43 billion dairy industry are intertwined. Both are grappling with their options for survival as fears of  ICE raids and deportations under the Trump administration grow. Watch Trailer

The film is sponsored by The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Inclusive Dubuque, and Humanities Iowa.

CFGD_2016-purple-01_200px“We are proud to support the screening of Los Lecheros,” said Nancy Van Milligan, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. “This film’s message, which highlights the plight of immigrant workers on a Midwest dairy farm, closely aligns with our foundation’s key values – building awareness around the importance of ensuring equity and promoting economic opportunity for all people.  Film is a wonderful medium for community members to learn together about life experiences different than our own. The more we understand, the greater the opportunities we have to build a stronger, more vibrant community.”

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Another short film, Joy, will also be shown at the special screening. The three-minute drama deals with the distress of being an immigrant woman in America, contrasted against the courteousness one must always present.

“I’m honored to have the support of our sponsors to bring these important films to Dubuque,” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the film festival.

There will be a Q&A panel after the films. Participants include:

  • Coburn Dukehart, digital and multimedia director for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Dukhart previously was a senior photo editor at National Geographic.
  • John Rosenow, lead subject and farmer in the documentary Los Lecheros
  • Lorena Lourenco, director of the film Joy
  • Joy Okon, actress from the film Joy
  • Sister Mary McCauley, BVM, is a member of the Sisters of Charity, BVM of Dubuque. She offered pastoral presence and support to over 400 people after the immigration raid in 2008 at Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa. Now retired from active ministry, she educates and advocates for comprehensive immigration reform.

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque, attracts filmmakers from all over the United States and countries including Czech Republic, Germany, France, Mexico, Australia, and more. For updates and more information, visit julienfilmfest.com or download the Julien Dubuque Film Festival app.

Baseball Drama with Special Guests Announced as Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Closing Film

Runde Auto Group is proud to be a driving force behind the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The 2018 festival is set for April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. All films are free on Runde Free Day, Thursday, April 26. See you at the fest!

A red carpet screening of the film High & Outside: A Baseball Noir, starring Ernie Hudson, Phil Donlon, and Geoffrey Lewis will close the seventh annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.

High & Outside MovieThe event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at Phoenix Theatres, 555 John F. Kennedy Rd. Tickets are $10 per person.

Director Evald Johnson and lead actor Phil Donlon will be in attendance to discuss the film and answer audience questions following the screening.

“Events like this are what make film festivals such a great experience – you get a chance to watch a film and then talk to the people who played a part in making it,” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.

Phil Donlon

Phil Donlon

 

High & Outside: A Baseball Noir follows Phil Harding (played by Donlon), a minor league baseball player who is desperately trying to keep his big league dreams alive. The 98-minute sports drama was an official selection of the Austin Film Festival and nominated for Best Film and Best

Screenplay at the Raindance Film Festival. It was Geoffrey’s Lewis’ last film before he passed away.

“This film is an emotional take on baseball and life, and I think its themes are relate-able for many people,” Gorrell said.

The film is rated Mature so it may not be suitable for younger

Geoffrey Lewis

The late Geoffrey Lewis

audiences. Tickets can be purchased at julienfilmfest.com, at the JDIFF box office in the lobby of Hotel Julien starting April 25, or at the door.

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque, will feature about 115 documentaries, features, and shorts that were selected from more than 700 submissions from over 40 countries. Filmmakers will be in attendance from all over the United States and countries including Czech Republic, Germany, France, Mexico, Australia, and more.

For updates and more information, visit julienfilmfest.com or download the Julien Dubuque Film Festival app on your iPhone or Android.

Emmy Winners & Directors Included in the Women in Entertainment Panel at Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

Runde Auto Group is proud to be a driving force behind the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The 2018 festival is set for April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. All films are free on Runde Free Day, Thursday, April 26. See you at the fest!

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival will bring together several women in the entertainment industry for a panel to discuss their experiences.

The free event will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, in the Hotel Julien ballroom.

Jenelle Riley

Jenelle Riley

“The entertainment industry is still a male-dominated field, so it is refreshing to hear perspectives from women involved in the business,” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. “We hope this panel will provide an interesting look at the industry and help to encourage women to get involved in filmmaking.”

 

Panelists include:

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  • Jenelle Riley, Deputy Awards and Features Editor at Variety Magazine, and two-time Emmy Award-winner for her role as host of Variety Studio: Actors on Actors on PBS.
  • Jamie Babbit, Director of television shows including Silicon Valley, GIRLS, and Looking, all on HBO. She has also directed several films that have premiered and won jury prizes at the South by Southwest Film Festival and Sundance.
  • Heather Edwards: Director/Producer. She re-located to Los Angeles and started directing and producing later in life. She spent 20 years behind-
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    Heather Edwards

    the-scenes on film sets and used that knowledge for her first project, Strayed, a short film about an unusual family, messed-up priorities, and cats. She is also the author of a picture book.

  • Mary Lou Belli: Director/Author/Teacher. A two-time Emmy Award-winner, she has been directing television shows, including Monk, Wizards of Waverly Place, Hart of Dixie, NCIS New Orleans, Sister Sister, and Girlfriends, for more than 20 years.

The panelists will discuss their experiences in the industry, provide advice for those looking to get into the business, and answer audience questions.

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Mary Lou Belli

The panel will be hosted by Michael Dunaway, who is the Editor of the Film Section for Paste Magazine and Creative Director for the Sarasota Film Festival.

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque, will feature about 115 documentaries, features, and shorts that were selected from more than 700 submissions from over 40 countries. Filmmakers will be in attendance from all over the United States and countries including Czech Republic, Germany, France, Mexico, Australia, and more.

For updates and more information, visit julienfilmfest.com or download the Julien Dubuque Film Festival app on your Android or iPhone.