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The Interrobang Film Festival is three days of films and engagements with filmmakers. The audience - whether cinema enthusiasts or curious newcomers - can experience curated screenings from films around the globe.

Films are shown in the air conditioned Des Moines Library, located on the East end of the Festival.

For more information, contact Kristian Day, Interrobang Film Festival Producer.



Afreen

Afreen

Director: Aashish Chanana
Country of Origin: Canada
Running Time: 01:48:00
Synopsis: The first dramatic feature film to tackle the disturbing ISIS phenomenon, Afreen takes an unblinking, uncompromising look at the roots of extremism, and offers difficult solutions that the governments, religions, and peoples of the world ignore at their own peril. Two years ago, a failed attack on the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa left two men dead. Now, unbeknownst to the public, another attack plot is brewing in the city of Toronto.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 12:00 pm, Room A

aKasha

AKASHA

Director: Hajooj Kuka
Country of Origin: Sudan
Running Time: 01:18:00
Synopsis: Adnan is a Sudanese revolutionary who is considered a war hero. His love for his AK47 rifle is equalled only by his feelings for Lina, his long-suffering sweetheart. When Adnan is late to return to his military unit after his leave, army commander Blues launches a kasha: the rounding up and arresting of truant soldiers. Adnan is caught-off guard and makes a run for it with pacifist Absi. The two unlikely friends plot ways to reunite Adnan with his gun – and with Lina – while avoiding their fellow soldiers. Through a series of wry and humorous incidents over 24 hours, we explore life and ideology in rebel-held areas of Sudan.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 2:30 pm, Room B

Beauty Within Chaos

Beauty within Chaos

Director: A'mya Celeñia McKnight, Maeve Slon
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:10:00
Synopsis: An ode to the strange beauty of the New York City subway system.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 1:15 pm, Room A

Boat

BOAT

Director: Charles Borowicz, Stephanie Nugent
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:08:02
Synopsis: Coming Soon

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 4:30 pm, Room B

Book Week

Book Week

Director: Heath Davis
Country of Origin: Australia
Running Time: 01:36:00
Synopsis: Book Week is a shaggy dark comedy about a disgraced novelist turned English teacher trying to find redemption

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 11:30 am, Room B

Burlypicks

Director: Jack Truman
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:05:30
Synopsis: BURLYPICKS is a new 5 minute eye-opening burlesque documentary short film about the behind the scenes making of a modern day burlesque festival. This film shows an unknown insight to the current burlesque scene, with interviews and performances with several current burlesque performers across the country.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 3:45 pm, Room A

Chowboys

Director: Astron-6
Country of Origin: Canada
Running Time: 00:08:33
Synopsis: Three idiots are lost in the woods on the coldest night of the year.


Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 2:15 pm, Room A

Cold Orgasm

Director: Salahaddin Faraji
Country of Origin: Islamic Republic of Iran
Running Time: 00:10:26
Synopsis: A man wants to commit suicide but he meets a prostitute woman on the rainy day in the street.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 2:15 pm, Room A

Copy Shop

Director: Virgil Widrich
Country of Origin: Austria
Running Time: 00:12:00
Synopsis: The Oscar-nominated classic of 2001, which won 37 international awards: a man copies himself until he fills up the entire world.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 4:30 pm, Room B

Crocodile Waitress

Director: Kenneth Anderson
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:03:03
Synopsis: Remember trying to watch porn through the Scrambles as a kid? Crocodile Waitress is the first single to be released from the new album ‘Modern Motives’ by John June Year. The entire video was edited using analogue video synthesizers, fed through and filmed on a vintage CRT TV screen, to create a pure 1990’s “Skinamax” effect telling a story of lost love. Kids these days have it so easy!

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 11:15 am, Room A

Delineation

DELINEATION

Director: Bruce Bales
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:09:55
Synopsis: Based out of Des Moines, Mike Gustafson makes custom motorcycles as MONNOM Customs. Mike's love for motorcycles paired with his craftsmanship and vision helped to create MONNOM's unique builds. DELINEATION is an exploration of how Mike's love for all types of riding evolved into building and creating custom cafe racers.

Showtime(s): Coming soon.

Ferryman at the Wall

A Visitor's Guide to America's Great Big Border Wall

Director: David Freid
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time 00:15:37
Synopsis: Originally proposed as an international peace park with Mexico, Big Bend, Texas has a unique relationship with its southern neighbor. For the past 40 years, Mike Davidson has been ferrying tourists across the Rio Grande for a little taste of Mexican life - but now a great big border wall might divide the park.

Showtime(s): Coming soon.

Fork Tongue

Director: Insane Mike Saunders
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:02:21
Synopsis: Music video for the band X-Ray Mary's song "Fork Tongue" done in the style of a 70's porn parody.

Showtime: Friday, June 28, 11:15 am, Room A

Fragments 83

Fragments 83

Director: Richard Millen
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:19:09
Synopsis: Fragments 83 rediscovers and repurposes Richard Millen's 1983 experimental film that was shot in Brooklyn and the West Village in the early days of the AIDS epidemic. The resulting documentary explores the hunt for sex/love, the joy of making cinema, and the inexorable passage of time.

Showtime(s): Coming soon.

Georgie

Director: Ryan Grulich
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:07:26
Synopsis: Near the intersection of Witcham and Jackson, Georgie Denbrough’s young life came to an abrupt and tragic end. His paper boat--assembled from a Derry News newspaper with care by his older brother, Bill--had careened down a sewer drain and into the hands of what, not who, would be his killer. Its maiden voyage into death. But what if Pennywise the Dancing Clown hadn't killed Georgie after all? What if Georgie had somehow escaped death and managed to live some semblance of a normal life in the not-so-normal town of Derry? What might his world look like? Or that of the Denbrough family? Would this horrific experience color their view of the universe? Like the themes explored in Stephen King’s IT, what role does grief, memory, and the confronting of our childhood traumas as children play here? GEORGIE is a snapshot of this very scenario--an experiment in fantastical reinventions that proposes an alternative reality in which, maybe, Georgie Denbrough still walks the earth. But everything might not be as it seems.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 2:15 pm, Room A

Gloom Bloom

Gloom Bloom

Director: Etienne Perrone
Country of Origin: France
Running Time: 00:09:36
Synopsis: The world like I knew it was gone. Everything was dry, lean, harsh and collapsing. My brain was translating images of destruction and death. Only seeing traces of old habits remaining in ruins. Sometimes I could hear distant noises of social movements, like radiations of a parallel universe evolving around me. But I it felt like too far away to be reached. What happened to these potentials ? My mind was covered in sand and dust, slowly disappearing for ever...

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 11:15 am, Room A

Golnesa

Golnesa

Director: Sattar Chamani Gol
Country of Origin: Islamic Republic of Iran
Running Time: 01:34:30
Synopsis: Golmammad and Golnesa, a young Afghan couple, are illegal immigrants who are working in a traditional brick making kiln. Following the events happening to them, their lives undergo changes

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 2:15 pm, Room B

Gridshock

Gridshock Documentary Trailer

Director: Vanessa McNeal
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:52:29
Synopsis: Gridshock is a investigative documentary exposing the hidden and disturbing reality behind the sex trafficking demand in Iowa. This riveting documentary shines a light on buyers and how they fuel the demand for exploitation. The film seeks to learn who the buyers are and why there a culture of impunity against them. In search of these answers, filmmaker Vanessa McNeal interviews survivors, local and federal law enforcement, politicians, and a recovery sex addict who describes his willingness to pay $5,000 for sex. In this riveting and truly disturbing film what you think you know about sex trafficking will be challenged. What is hidden will come to light, even in good ol’ Iowa.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 5:00 pm, Room A

Guns Found Here

Director: David Freid
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:10:05
Synopsis: An American paper trail. When there’s a gun crime in America, there’s only one place to go to trace the gun back to its owner: Martinsburg, West Virginia. That’s where the ATF’s National Tracing Center handles roughly 8,000 active traces per day — all while inside a government-mandated technology time-capsule that makes searching a database of gun owners impossible. This is nothing like those cop shows you watch. With more gun stores in the U.S.A. than McDonalds, Starbucks, and supermarkets combined, there’s a lot of paperwork to manually sort through. And it's truly a sight to behold.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 4:00 pm, Room B

Happy Animals

The World's Happiest Animals

Director: David Freid
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:22:54
Synopsis: A journey to the end of the Earth for one perfect shot of #happiness.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 2:30 pm, Room A

Hard Enough - A Speedway Family

Director: Jimmy Trash
Country of Origin: Germany
Running Time: 01:20:00
Synopsis: A wayward son who denied his father's legacy tries to make amends by taking him back to the dirt tracks of Australia to learn about the wild history of Sprint Car Racing in the 80s – and face the life his father envisioned for him.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 11:30 am, Room B

Hearing

Director: Saeed Rezaei
Country of Origin: Islamic Republic of Iran
Running Time: 00:15:13
Synopsis: A caretaker who attends to cleaning the mortuary as usual, away from the public eyes. An occurrence in one of the mortuary is the starting point of an event which, has to be resolved alone, and away from the eyes of others

Showtime(s): Coming soon.

Housecat Awakens!

Director: Will Foley
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 07:48
Synopsis: A girl switches bodies with her cat and learns how to appreciate the day.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 4:30 pm, Room B

How to be Alone

HOW TO BE ALONE

Director: Kate Trefry
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:12:58
Synopsis: How To Be Alone follows LUCY, as she struggles to survive an increasing bizarre and horrifying night. When her husband JACK leaves for the hospital graveyard shift, Lucy is left alone in the company of a particularly menacing kitchen cabinet, which she is convinced contains all her most secret fears. As the phobias begin to manifest and attack her, she must fight for control of her mind, and ultimately her life.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 4:30 pm, Room B

I Wanna Be An Artist

Director: Maximilius Fielder, Dany Minaya, Moises Vargas
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:09:43
Synopsis: An actress and a rapper describe the struggle of being an aspiring artist.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 1:15 pm, Room A

In Between

Director: Aliyar Rasti
Country of Origin: Islamic Republic of Iran
Running Time: 00:25:00
Synopsis: A crime scene investigation is in progress. A young woman (Neda Jebraeili) is made to reenact the events leading up to the tragic death of her boyfriend for a detective (Saber Abar) and his assistant. She maintains that it was an accident and that she’s innocent, but he has his suspicions that it was not.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 2:30 pm, Room A

In Character

Director: Kathine Chen, Kunga Choephel, Pranab Malla
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:08:36
Synopsis: Two teens offer a glimpse into the world of cosplay and comic-cons, discussing both the benefits and hardships of being a part of the cosplay community.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 1:15 pm, Room A

Knee High

Director: Marissa Vonn
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:13:50
Synopsis: Set against the Iowa farmlands, KNEE HIGH follows Calvin Melbourne as he struggles to keep hold of the reins to the family farm while still making time for his young son, Avery.

Showtime(s): Saturday. June 29, 11:15 am, Room A

Maori Metal

Director: David Freid
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:18:15
Synopsis: The family that slays together, stays together.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 3:45 pm, Room A

My Body is Not a Weapon

Director: Platon
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:38:12
Synopsis: My Body is Not a Weapon, the debut film by world renown photographer Platon, documents the harrowing experience of wartime rape survivors and forced child laborers, and the extraordinary holistic healing sanctuary, Panzi Hospital.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 2:30 pm, Room A

Nazi VR

How Virtual Reality Helps Catch Nazis

Director: David Freid
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:16:59
Synopsis: The High Tech Prosecution of a WWII Nazi Guard.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 4:00 pm, Room B

Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen

You're Not Allowed to Die Here

Director: David Freid
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:09:07
Synopsis: Coming Soon.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 11:15 am, Room A

Once Bitten...

Director: Pete Tomkies
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Running Time: 00:09:59
Synopsis: Martha needs the toilet fixed in her hotel bathroom but there's one problem: her plumber may be a vampire.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 2:15 pm, Room A

Sundance Underground

Director: Jack Truman
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:06:00
Synopsis: Sundance Underground is 6 minute underground short documentary film about a Mother/Son filmmaking team going to the Sundance Film Festival. The award-winning real-life Mother and Son filmmaking team Jack Truman and Opal Dockery return to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah to show how things really are during the week that is called the Park City madness. An eye-opening underground short film, Sundance Underground shows the audience how life really is during the week of the world's largest film festival.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 11:15 am, Room A

Swept Away

Director: Thomas Grascoeur
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:11:58
Synopsis: Sometimes breaking up is the only way to break out. On its surface, that’s what Swept Away is about. The moment of truth in a relationship when it either becomes something more, or is over. The film touches on themes we can all relate to--the desire for independence vs. the need for connection, and how it's both scary and energizing to trade in security for adventure. On a deeper level the characters and plot twists in Swept Away break through stereotypes and challenge our perception of how others navigate through the world. In the end it demonstrates that we’re all complex human beings and no singular characteristic or quality…or disability defines us.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 3:45 pm, Room A

Terrordactyl

TERRORDACTYL

Director: E.K. Scarfone
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:11:23
Synopsis: Three longtime friends go camping in the woods, but the fun and games end when one of them takes a "fossil" from a nearby abandoned nuclear power plant.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 2:15 pm, Room A

The Blacker the Berry

Director: Taylor Fields, Camille Wilson
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:09:23
Synopsis: Teens discuss the importance of self-love in the African-American community as a means of fighting against colorist media.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 1:15 pm, Room A

The Derby

The Derby

Director: Remington Smith
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:14:38
Synopsis: Following the haves and the have-nots during Kentucky Derby weekend via on-location interviews from varied perspectives, The Derby explores unseen sides of Kentucky’s biggest sporting event. From an anonymous reveler on Millionaires Row, to Guatemalan equine workers supporting their relatives, the film offers a thoughtful yet fun peek beyond the mint juleps and fancy hats and into the heart of the fastest two minutes in sports.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 11:15 am, Room A

The Desecrated

Director: John Gray
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:07:48
Synopsis: A young morgue attendant encounters an unwelcome visitor.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 2:15 pm, Room A

The Drop Off - Series 2

The Drop Off S.2

Director: Tori Garrett
Country of Origin: Australia
Running Time: 00:08:18
Synopsis: A short-form comedy exploring that strange bubble of time every school day known as The Drop Off.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 11:15 am, Room A

The Premonition

Director: James Ersted
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:05:00
Synopsis: It is Halloween night and the kiddies are out trick-or-treating when an unexpected guest comes a-knocking. Starring Betsy Baker (Linda from the original Evil Dead).

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 2:15 pm, Room A

The River is Me

New Zealand's Maori Won Personhood for This River

Director: David Freid
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:17:03
Synopsis: This river is now legally a person, but what constitutes a river is up for debate.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 4:30 pm, Room B

The Sea Swells

Director: Amir Gholami
Country of Origin: Islamic Republic of Iran
Running Time: 00:16:15
Synopsis: The War is surrounding an old man’s life who lives in middle of the Sea. (world without land)

Showtime: Saturday, June 29, 4:00 pm, Room B

The Video Store Commercial

Director: Cody Kennedy, Tim Rutherford
Country of Origin: Canada
Running Time: 00:04:10
Synopsis: A desperate video store owner hires a crew to shoot a commercial in his shop. But when they accidentally destroy a cursed VHS, suddenly, all their lives are in danger.- and worse yet, the commercial may never get finished...

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 2:15 pm, Room A

The Wind Shakes the Chains

Director: Iman Rezaei
Country of Origin: Islamic Republic of Iran
Running Time: 00:09:37
Synopsis: And we created man into toil...

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 2:30 pm, Room A

Thirsty Eyes - 838

Thirsty Eyes - 838

Director: Ioan Gavriel
Country of Origin: Austria
Running Time: 00:05:48
Synopsis: 838 is a music-video taking place in its own dark & obscure Eastern European world, a constant escape from oneself in a schizophrenic nightmare. Triggered by a sudden encounter on a lonely road, the protagonist’s grasp of reality starts to fall apart — at fast pace.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 11:15 am, Room A

This Isn’t Me.

Director: Adrian Elliot
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:19:41
Synopsis: Unemployed and in the throes of self-destruction, Fred gets hired by an atypically empathetic owner of a tutoring company. On his first day on the job he must manage the demanding parents of a cross-dressing eighth grader, all the while trying to fit into his busy schedule a rendezvous with an impatient fetishist. In both situations Fred’s instincts backfire spectacularly, though his quick thinking as a tutor ultimately brings about a minor redemption. Longing to be the person he was “meant” to be, Fred ends the day facing a choice between taking a step towards being that person, and staying exactly where he is.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 11:15 am, Room A

Three/Four

Director: Gordon LePage
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:09:10
Synopsis: A girl finds herself waltzing between worlds at a museum gala.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 2:30 pm, Room A

Troublemaker

TROUBLEMAKER

Director: Jason C. Wilson
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:55:34
Synopsis: Troublemaker is the story of Atlanta-based pop culture personality, Phantom Troublemaker. A year was spent following this podcast host, DragonCon panel moderator, toy expert, movie fan, writer, wrestling announcer, family man, and all around good guy on his adventures of dorkery.

Showtime(s): Friday, June 28, 5:45 pm, Room B

Untitled Cat Show

Director: Robert Getty
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Running Time: 00:09:00
Synopsis: Small time narcissist tries to give showbiz one last attempt to disastrous results.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 11:15 am, Room A

Welcome to the Ball

Director: Adam Vincent Wright
Country of Origin:
Running Time: 00:04:53
Synopsis: A child learns sign language in hopes of making a new friend.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 4:00 pm, Room B

Well Groomed

Well Groomed

Director: Rebecca Stern
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 01:25:00
Synopsis: A year immersed in the visually stunning and humorous world of competitive creative dog groomers reveals that, no matter where or how, an innate passion for creative expression is universal.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 12:30 pm, Room A

Working Man

WORKING MAN

Director: Robert Jury
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 01:48:28
Synopsis: Written and directed by Robert Jury, WORKING MAN is a classic American story designed for a contemporary world. When the last factory in a small Rust Belt town closes its doors, an unlikely hero emerges in dutiful, quiet Allery Parkes (Peter Gerety, HBO's The Wire). A career employee of the factory, the aging Allery can’t reconcile how to live a life simply sitting at home doing nothing, and against the advice and pleas of his loving wife, Iola (Oscar nominee Talia Shire, ROCKY), he forms an unlikely friendship with his charismatic neighbor, Walter Brewer (Billy Brown, ABC's How to Get Away with Murder), in order to revive the defunct factory. As their community rallies around them – and as their former corporate bosses strategize how to implode this unexpected movement – Allery learns that he might be something he never thought possible: a leader.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 1:15 pm, Room B

Year of the Dog

Director: Jeremy Johnson
Country of Origin: United States
Running Time: 00:23:00
Synopsis: Set in Los Angeles' iconic Chinatown, an unstable man becomes dangerously obsessed with a beautiful and mysterious woman.

Showtime(s): Saturday, June 29, 4:00 pm, Room B
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