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Nov. 3, 2006

Photo: (left to right) Travis Shepherd, Scott Beck, Shane Simmons, Bryan Woods. (Photo credit: Andrew Edmark)

University of Iowa Seniors Premiere New Film Nov. 11 In Davenport

Iowa-based filmmakers and University of Iowa seniors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, will premiere their latest film, "The Bride Wore Blood: A Contemporary Western," at the Putnam IMAX Theatre in Davenport, Iowa at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.

The film was produced by Beck and Woods' production company, Bluebox Limited Films. In December 2005, Beck and Woods received a development deal from MTV Films, a division of Paramount Pictures.

The "Bride Wore Blood" is a contemporary Western about a bounty hunter who is hired to protect a bride-to-be. When secrets reveal the past, blood is shed and a deadly mystery unfolds. The film has a suggested rating of PG-13.

The production grew from Beck and Woods' desire to start a smaller project while they were negotiating contract terms with MTV Films. The film was financed by a 42 Plasma HDTV that Beck and Woods won for mtvU's Best Film on Campus contest and which they later sold on eBay. The pair shot "The Bride Wore Blood" in Summer 2006, alongside a documentary about prominent Italian director Pupi Avati, who was filming a feature in the Quad Cities.

The "Bride Wore Blood" was produced entirely in the Quad Cities with local talent, both onscreen and behind-the-scenes. The film includes an original score, which was composed by Scott Morschhauser, performed by the Metrolites, and produced by Mark Johnson and Brass Sail Recordings in Rock Island, Ill.

"The Bride Wore Blood" won five awards from the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, which was held Oct. 18-22 in Des Moines. The awards included Best Feature, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Student Film. Christy Sullivan, a UI theater alumna, was nominated for an award at the festival for her role as The Bride.

Beck and Woods, both 22, are from Bettendorf and are currently seniors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the UI. To date, they have produced 18 shorts and four feature-length films. The pair has been writing, directing, and producing films together since 1996, and formed their production company, Bluebox Limited, in 2001. They also placed in the Top 50 in the Project Greenlight contest, created by Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and sponsored by Miramax Studios and the Bravo Channel.

Several actors in the film are also UI students or alumni. Shane Simmons (The Groom) is a senior at the UI, where he is pursuing a degree in cinema and comparative literature. Shepherd (The Hired Gun) is a lifelong Iowan who has been featured in several films and did his undergraduate work in history, geography and theater at the UI.

The Putnam IMAX Theatre is located at 1717 West 12th St., Davenport, Iowa 52804. Tickets are $7 and are available in advance by calling (563) 324-1933.

For more information and a movie trailer, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Scott Beck, 563-370-1806, Writers: George McCrory, Scott Beck.