East Dubuque filmmaker wins at OrangeRind Film Festival

ORANGE CITY, IOWA – Tim Connery of East Dubuque, Illinois took both first and second prize at the OrangeRind Film Festival Friday, May 20 in Orange City. His film, “Statler’s Tapes,” about an elderly farmer searching for his missing wife, took top honors. “Quarter ’til Two,” by Connery, Brandon Schiffli of Los Angeles and Amanda Blakley of Chicago, was awarded runner-up.

Connery tied with David DeBord of Des Moines for the People’s Choice award. Connery’s “Statler’s Tapes” and “Silent Treatment” by DeBord and Natasha Fissiak of Houston, were voted “best of the evening” by the crowd at the film fest.

Connery was awarded cash prizes of $75 for first prize, and $25 for runner-up. DeBord took home the OrangeRind “loving cup” for People’s Choice.

The second annual OrangeRind featured 12 films, chosen from the 25 films entered. Other films appearing in the festival were “Dick Diamond Private Eye” by DeBord and Geoff Boothby, “M&M Forever” by DeBord and Igor Paulic, “Fatima” by Brigitte Timmerman, “The Lost Calendar” by David Patterson, “Snow White” by Jared Brown, “Pride” by Steve Faber, “Three” by David Gutsche and Martin Beeler, “Last Prison of Lost Souls” by Kay Rhoads and Patrick Gouran, and “2400” by Stephen Lawrensen, Martin Bhatta and Anthony Kang.

Entries for OrangeRind came from Ankeny, Fairfield, Des Moines, Orange City, Le Mars, Chicago/ Omaha, East Dubuque, Sioux Center, Storm Lake, Keota, Dyersville, Indianola and Rock Valley.

The festival, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, annually features original regional films. This year’s fest, held at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre, also featured a guest musician, Razaq Muhssen of Chicago, a friend of Timmerman and the Iraqi refugee featured in her film, Fatima Hindi. Donations were received for Fatima’s Chicago-based organization, the International Foundation for the Development of Women and Children. To hear Razaq’s music, check YouTube: Razaq Noori. Several of the films can also be found on YouTube, including “Statler’s Tapes.”

Door prizes were donated by Radio Shack, De Koffie Hoek, The Bike Store and Holland Plaza Theatre. Judges were Karen Bohm Barker, Cody Bauer and Jesse Brauning. Coordinator of the event was Vaughn Donahue.

For information on other OrangeRind events, including a screening of additional films, contact the Orange City Arts Council: OCArts@orangecityiowa.com, 712.707.4885, or www.orangecityarts.net.

Filmmakers at OrangeRind Film Fest: Five of the filmmakers featured at the OrangeRind Film Festival held in Orange City May 20 are shown, left to right: David Gutsche and Martin Beeler of Orange City; David DeBord of Des Moines; Brigette Timmerman of Chicago/ Omaha, with Takwa Hindi, daughter of Fatima Hindi, Timmerman's subject in the film "Fatima"; and Steve Faber of Le Mars. Tim Connery, who won first and second prize, was unable to be present for the festival. DeBord took home the People's Choice award.