RAGBRAI movie plays at Wild Rose Independent Film Festival
- 1 November, 2010
by Michael Morain, The Des Moines Register
At least one of the movies in this year’s Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, Thursday through Nov. 11 at the Fleur Cinema and Café, may look familiar.
“A Million Spokes,” a documentary about the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, follows the stories of three riders who tackled the ride in 2009. A 10-camera crew followed a first-timer, a paraplegic man and a widower who sprinkled his wife’s ashes along the route. The producers plucked their stories from a pile of thousands of RAGBRAI applications.
“(RAGBRAI director) T.J. (Juskiewicz) pulled out all the people who answered the question ‘Do you have anything interesting to tell us?’ ” producer Talia Rodriguez-Shakur said from her office in Los Angeles.
She and her team called several hundred riders, asked some to send photos and videos, and finally narrowed their focus to the three. They also focused on a team, from Fort Madison, to highlight the ride’s party atmosphere.
Other films to be shown at the eighth-annual festival include:
– “Haunting Villisca,” a documentary about the notorious 1912 murders in southwest Iowa
– “Ash,” about a kidnapping’s impact on the police investigator assigned to the case
– “Driver’s Ed Mutiny,” about three teenagers’ road trip in a high-jacked driver’s ed car
– “Impulse,” a short thriller about the apocalypse
– “CTL ALT DELETE,” about a lonely woman obsessed with the Internet
– “The Experiment,” about a prison experiment that spins out of control
– and the zany comedy “Splatter: Love, Honor and Paintball.”
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