Ped Mall -Scene 1 Mon, Jan 13, 2020 6:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Special Event


Progress Iowa is proud to announce the First In The Nation Film Festival, a first of its kind event in Iowa.

FREE and open to the public! Tickets available at the Box Office one hour before showtime. Dialogue with attending filmmaker after full film program.

First In The Nation celebrates films and filmmakers with engaging stories focused on political, environmental, economic, or social justice issue facing Iowa or a community in Iowa, from a progressive perspective.

The selected short films are:

Painting With Light (Run Time: 14:04) A film by Kai Swanson and Eli Boonin-Vail
Discusses how lighting portrays women on screen, as a way to examine how film and our culture objectify women, also discussing harassment and the me too movement.

I Just Want To Vote (Run Time: 11:18) A film by Sarah Beckman
Following the story of a man in Iowa City who is trying to have his voting rights restored, this documentary also looks at action taking place at the Iowa statehouse to restore the voting rights of felons.

Happy Tragedy (Run Time: 8:21) A film by Emily Harmon
This short documentary follows Sam Kyker, an Iowa native, on his journey of recovery from HIV—battling stigma, economic pains, and mental health struggles—while pursuing his dream of acting.