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Movie to premier at the University of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Award-winning author and Iowa native Max Allan Collins will premier the movie "Mommy 2: Mommy's Day" at the University of Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 1. Filmed in and around Muscatine and Iowa City, the film will air at 7:30 p.m. in the Shambaugh Auditorium, first floor, main library.

A graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, Collins wrote, directed and produced the film as a sequel to the 1995 thriller "Mommy." Like the original, the sequel is a campy suspense film staring Patty McCormack, an Academy Award nominee in the best supporting actress category for her childhood role in the 1950's movie "The Bad Seed."

The movie was shot on campus locations such as the Samuel Becker Communications Building and used local production talent such as Steve Henke who works for the UI Audiovisual Services and is the film's assistant director.

Paula Sands, who hosts a talk show in the Quad Cities, makes an appearance as a tabloid talk show hostess. Several scenes in the film lampoon the current wave of daytime trash talk shows.

The first film ended as police apprehended the murdering Mommy (McCormack.) "Mommy's Day" opens with Mommy sitting on death row. "We have a serious theme in exploring Mommy's search for redemption, but have a lot of satirical fun with the media's obsession with, and exploitation of, notorious crimes," said Collins.
In addition to McCormack and Sands, cast members include horror movie "scream queen" Brinke Stevens; Rachel Lemieux in the role of Mommy's doted upon daughter; Gary Sandy, best know for the role of Andy Travis in the TV series '"WKRP in Cincinnati;" Paul Peterson who played Jeff on "The Donna Reed Show;" best-selling mystery author Mickey Spillane; and character actor and UI graduate Arlen Dean Snyder who has worked in Clint Eastwood films. Lemieux, Sands and Snyder will attend the premier. According to Collins, McCormack wanted to use sitcom actors to enhance the black-humor aspects of Mommy's world.

Collins lives and works in Muscatine. He is a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop and has twice been the recipient of the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. His comic strip writing credits include the Dick Tracy and Ms. Tree serials. His novel credits include "Dick Tracy," "In the Line of Fire," "Maverick," "Waterworld," and the recent release "Daylight."

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The original film was licensed to Lifetime cable network and the video tape release was picked up by the national Blockbuster chain. Lemieux won the award for best actress at the 1995 Iowa Film Festival.

Admission to the premier is $25 and includes a question and answer session with Collins and a dessert reception. A donation of $12 from each ticket sale will benefit the UI Libraries. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 319-335-5867 or 319-335-5960.

A student preview will be held the same day at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 and require a current student I.D. Any area college student may purchase a ticket at the door.