14 2 / 2012

For the last year we have been plagued with reports about the Iowa Film Scandal.  But there is some good news about Iowa film that many have overlooked: the independent filmmakers.

While the big studios and stars may not be making cinema here, thousands of Iowans are, and that means some much needed dollars for the local economies of several Iowa towns. Crews need places to stay, food to eat and gas to get them around. No matter what the budget is, dollars will be spent to make the transformation from script to screen.

Last year more independent productions occurred than in any other year in Iowa history. Right now, in the the state of Iowa, it is estimated that over 250 independent film projects of varying sizes are in some stage of production.  Almost half of those are located here in Des Moines. I have been fortunate enough to be involved with a few, and I can tell you there is some great work going on in this city.

You can help support independent films in a number of ways: Chip in a on a Kickstarter campaign, let filmmakers use your home or business for a shoot, participate in a film contest or simply attend a screening of a locally made film. The bottom line is that almost every dollar you spend supporting Iowa filmmakers stays in Iowa. It also continues a tradition of supporting the arts and culture in our state and local community. 

Des Moines has the talented people and tools to become a content provider to the world. We have the chance to build a new sustainable industry and showcase our city  as one of the best in the world.

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Sam Tuomi is the 48 Hour Film Project Des Moines event producer and manager of Put It On Video. Follow: @48HFPDesMoines