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April 18, 2007

Documentary Film Festival Set For April 20-22 At Bijou Theater

Now in its fifth year, the Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (ICDOCS) will be held Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the University of Iowa's Bijou Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union.

The festival showcases independent, high-quality, short (under 30 minutes), nonfiction film and video from around the world. This event is free and no tickets are required.

ICDOCS is a non-profit, all volunteer-run organization. Its board programs approximately nine hours of short work in competition for the awards, and sponsors special, out-of-competition screenings and events, including screenings by distinguished jurors.

This year's festival will open at 5 p.m. April 20 with a keynote address by distinguished documentary filmmaker Christopher Harris, followed by screenings from 8 to 11 p.m. Three screenings will take place Saturday, April 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., 4:30 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. There will be one screening on Sunday, April 22 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. New York filmmaker Martha Colburn will deliver a keynote address at 5 p.m. April 22 at 5 p.m., followed by an award ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at the restaurant One Twenty Six, on Washington Street in downtown Iowa City.

Harris and Colburn will judge at this year's event. Jurors watch all programs with the audience and award prizes in a number of categories. The award winners are notified at the award ceremony after the festival. The festival awards cash and in-kind prizes in the following categories: Best of the Fest, Second Runner Up, and Best Student Film.

Harris received his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. He currently teaches film studies at the University of Central Florida. His teaching emphasis is in experimental film, film theory and black cinema. His work is also included in the permanent collection of the Film Study Center at Yale University and featured on the Other Cinema "Afro Promo" DVD. He has received numerous grants, honors and awards for his work.

Colburn is an animator, filmmaker and artist originally from Pennsylvania. Based in Amsterdam, New York and Los Angeles, she travels extensively worldwide exhibiting her work. She has a bachelor of arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and master of arts equivalent from Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art) in Holland. Her films are in distribution by Canyon Cinema, Women Make Movies and New York Filmmakers Co-Op in America, and at Light Cone, Jack Stevenson Distribution, and the Dutch Film Bank in Europe. Her early films and master copies are archived at the Anthology Film Archive in New York City. She has collaborated with the indie band Deerhoof, the composers group Vision Into Art, K48 Magazine, underground musical legend Jad Fair and many others.

For a complete listing of films see the ICDOCS Website at:

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

CONTACT: Deon Kay, ICDOCS, 330-360-6172; Writers: Rebecca Miller and George McCrory.