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

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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.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Announces Official Selections, Nominees, & Special Screenings

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Runde Auto Group is proud to be a driving force behind the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The seventh annual festival is set for April 26-29, 2018 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 has announced 115 films were chosen as Official Selections and will be screened at the seventh annual festival, April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. View films and trailers

More than 700 features, shorts, and documentaries were submitted from over 40 countries.

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“We have a large team of film reviewers who spend months watching submissions,” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the film festival. “We are astounded at the quality of the films that are submitted to our festival and we can’t wait to share them with everyone.”

The four-day festival will include seven World Premieres and four U.S. Premieres. Filmmakers from all over the United States and countries including Czech Republic, Germany, France, Mexico, Australia, and more, will be in attendance.

All films on the opening day of the festival – Thursday, April 26 – are free, courtesy of Runde Auto Group! 

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival will award more than $30,000 in cash and prizes to winning filmmakers this year. The winning films in each category, along with the winning student film, will be announced at JDIFF Awards Night, 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Five Flags Theater, 405 Main St.

Tickets to the event are $25 per person and will include admission to the after party in the Five Flags Arena featuring music by Ceili Rain. View festival eventsS1 - The Driver Is Red

This year’s nominees include:

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    • Robin (Germany)
    • Tatterdemalion (USA)
    • Touched (Canada)
  • Best Documentary
    • Aldabra: Once Upon an Island (Czech Republic)
    • Liyana (USA)
    • Skid Row Marathon (USA)S2 - bullies
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    • Dylan (USA)
    • Ernie (USA)
    • The Driver is Red (USA)
  • Best Short II (21-49 min)
    • Bullies (USA)
    • Szamota’s Mistress (Poland)
    • The Peculiar Abilities of Mr. Mahler (Germany)

In addition to the festival’s official selections, some films will be shown as special screenings during the festival.

Special Screenings include:

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  • Harold Buttleman: Daredevil Stuntman, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, Phoenix Theatres 1
    • Synopsis: A small town tuxedo salesman thinks he is the next great daredevil. Comedy/94 min/USA
  • Saving Brinton, 3 p.m., Thursday, April 26, Dubuque Museum of Art  FREE for Runde Free Day!
    • Synopsis: Iowa history teacher Michael Zahs uncovers century-old reels of America’s first motion picture and sets out to premiere the films at the world’s oldest continuously operating movie theater. Documentary/90 min/USA
  • High & Outside: A Baseball Noir, JDIFF Closing Film, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, April 29, Phoenix Theatres 2
    • Synopsis: A minor league baseball player desperately tries to keep his big league dreams alive. Drama/98 min/USA
  • Los Lecheros and Joy, films begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Appetizers and cash bar precede the screenings at noon.S2 - los lecheros A Q&A session will follow the screenings.
    • Sponsored by The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Inclusive Dubuque, and Humanities Iowa, this screening is free.
    • Los Lecheros synopsis: The fates of undocumented immigrant workers and Wisconsin’s $43 billion dairy industry are closely intertwined, and both are grappling with their options for survival as fears of ICE raids and deportations under the Trump administration grow. Documentary short/21 min/USA
    • Joy synopsis: The film deals with the distress of being an immigrant woman in America, contrasted against the courteousness one must always present. Drama short/3 min/USA
    • The Q&A panel will 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.
  • Student Film Nominees, Curdled and Broken, 6 p.m., Saturday, April 28, Dubuque Museum of Art. The winning film will be announced at JDIFF Awards night.

The JDIFF Box Office at Hotel Julien opens on April 25, but you can purchase tickets online before then. Film tickets are $10 each (or $5 for students). Buy Tickets

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. For updates and more information, visit julienfilmfest.com or download the Julien Dubuque Film Festival app.

Voices Mural Project Update: All Done For This Year!

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The Voices Mural Project artists have all headed home, leaving an abundance of colorful scenery in their wake.

There are now 18 murals in downtown Dubuque, created by artists from all over the country. The works of art are drawing attention from locals and tourists alike.

“It’s been an honor to bring to muralists with such international acclaim to Dubuque,” said Sam Mulgrew, president of Humanities Iowa and one of the five directors of Voices Productions. “The work of these artists will be sure to transform the urban experience in downtown Dubuque.”

Voices Productions suspended its 11-year tradition of the Millwork District gallery shows this year to embark on this public art project.

Runde Auto Group is proud to be a major sponsor of the Voices Mural Project, along with Humanities Iowa.

Here are the murals:

  • 1st and Locust Street, by ARCY from Connecticut
    • “My pieces showcase the freedom of what can be achieved with a spray paint can. Many of my works contain photo realism, while others are purely abstract. In the end, no matter what I create, I strive to make an impact on this world.” -ARCY

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  • 1st and Main Street, by Zore from Chicago
    • Current and upcoming exhibitions of Zore’s work include Art Basel Miami and Italia Arte’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Italy, and solo exhibitions at the Zhou B Art Center, Dorothea Thiel Gallery of South Suburban College, 33 Contemporary Gallery, and the Torres Gallery of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

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  • The Smokestack (east & west walls), 62 E. 7th St., by Cold (Corbin Lundborg) from Minneapolis
    • “At The Smokestack building, I aimed to make something organic, inspired by nature and the Native American burial grounds the building lies on. The second garage side wall I painted was inspired by the motorcycles inside and my childhood graffiti roots.” -Lundborg
    • Lundborg moved back to Minnesota after four years in the United States Air Force. He now serves as a Staff Sergeant in the Public Affairs office, working as a photojournalist.
    • Corban also works part time at Richard Green Central Park Community School in South Minneapolis teaching art to inner city seventh and eighth grade students.

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  • Capri (upper wall), 398 Main St., by Didi (Diana Contreras) from Miami
    • “‘Wild Rose’ was inspired by Iowa’s national flower.  I wanted the colors to compliment the cityscape with the reds, purples, and pinks.  ‘Wild Rose’ is a beautiful confident woman who is not afraid to stand out.  As she turns around, her vibrant hair flips as she looks at the viewer in the eyes. The same beauty that was offered to me during my stay in Dubuque, I wanted to leave behind something just as beautiful!  This is my largest and most ambitious mural to date.” -Didi
    • “Women are the primary subject matter in my work. Emotions or intuitively is how I begin a piece, as a result, creating provides a sense of healing.  I aim to find beauty even in the darkest emotions. The reoccurring themes in my art are love, beauty, and empowerment.  My works are a combination of classical realistic rendering with a personal element of distortion and street flavor. The figures are a reflection of myself, thus, every painting is a self-portrait.” -Didi

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  • Capri (lower wall), 398 Main St., by Amanda Valdes from Florida
    • Valdes’ art focuses on the female identity, primarily drawing inspiration from the dolls in her head. The sirens who fill her works are typically manufactured with acrylic paint, at times deconstructed with peroxide or embellished with pieces of broken mirror. She often uses spray paint, colored pencils, ink, and watercolor as well.

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  • Shamrock Imports (back wall), 391 Bluff St. (you can view from the back of Monk’s Kaffee Pub) by Andonia Giannakouros, of Dubuque
    • Her work focuses on the human figure making use of repetition to symbolize disruption, vibration, and to mimic images from her childhood.
    • “This exhibit focuses on the events following the economic collapse of 2008. The images are frozen moments of fading summers which, having been acted upon by memory, represent a changed reality. Even that which has been constant is changed forever the moment it slips through our fingers.” -Giannakouros

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  • 231 W. 2nd St., by Nate Dee from Florida
    • The mural features a barn owl, which is an endangered species in Iowa. It includes the letters WSDM, shorthand for the word Wisdom along the side of the painting.
    • The painter has been featured in magazines such as Delve, Making Waves, WeMerge, DUO, and the Miami New Times.
    • “I want the viewer to find his or her own meaning and relationship to the artwork. At first glance there is a sense of whimsy in my work that is grounded by its urban visual elements.” -Nate Dee

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  • 233 Main St., by Gaia, from New York
    • Gaia was just listed in the Forbes “30 Under 30” list in Art and Style and was a Fullbright recipient to study and paint in New Delhi on behalf of the State Dept.
    • “The flower arrangement seeks to celebrate the accomplishments of Ada Hayden as a preservationist and botanist in the state of Iowa.” -Gaia
    • Ada Hayden is the woman featured on the mural. The flower is the wild rose, Iowa’s state flower. The eye in upper right corner is Father Mazzuchelli, who helped establish St. Raphael’s Cathedral, which is near the building.

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  • Fresh Take (south wall), 345 Main St., by Christina Angelina, of Los Angeles
    • Angelina is internationally renowned for her public art and large-scale figurative murals. She was a featured artist in the Google Art Project’s Street Art Collection launched in 2016, and was highlighted as among the most innovative artists to watch in Sleek Magazine in 2016.
    • She will be back in Dubuque at the end of September to put finishing touches on her pieces.

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  • Fresh Take (north wall), by Christina Angelina, from Los Angeles
    • She will be back in Dubuque at the end of September to put finishing touches on her pieces.

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  • 197 Main St. by Gaia, from New York
    • This piece “seeks to interrogate the mythology of labor in the United States and who has traditionally been allowed into the ranks of ‘the productive.’ How will our nation transition into the 21st century as our economy becomes increasingly more automated?” -Gaia

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  • Capri (back alley), 398 Main St. by Gera Lozano, from Brooklyn
    • “This mural is inspired by the historical roots of the local area. The design comes from a place of admiration and appreciation for the minimal abstract patterns of the native peoples that inhabited the region. … ‘Pattern Revival’ aims to resonate with the fresh and vibrant vibe of the Capri Cosmetology College.” -Lozano

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  • 487 Locust St. by Werc
    • Werc was born in Ciudad Juarez, but grew up in El Paso, Texas, where he spent 20 years mastering his craft. Werc paints, collages, and designs based on inspirations that come from symbols, urbanization, letters, language, graffiti, border culture, and the nostalgic humor among immigrant cultures.

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  • The Dungeon (east wall brick and stucco), 302 Locust St by Werc

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  • The Dungeon (east wall cinder block), 302 Locust St by Gera Lozano
    • “The design is inspired by the Mississippi River, and the captivating movement of water. The mural captures a moment of water waves dancing with the current.” -Lozano

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  • 231 W. 2nd St. by Werc and Gera

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  • Back wall of Capri, by Wendy Mulgrew
    • “The mural  is called the ‘Hush Of Heaven.’ It is about the ‘space’ of peace that is ours.  It is about the decision for quiet and rest despite the clamoring noise of fear, apprehension and insistence control.” -Mulgrew

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See bios of the artists here.

See all the murals here.

Here’s a walking route so you can see all the murals in 3/4 of a mile.

Check out these videos to see time-lapse videos of the creation of the Dubuque murals. Videos courtesy of Digital Dubuque.

Learn more at the Voices Productions website.