Friday, January 04, 2013

Film festival 'highlights works that deal with rural people and places;' 2013 tour starting now in Iowa

The 2012-2013 tour schedule for the Rural Route Film Festival is underway, making stops from Iowa to Eastern Kentucky to Arizona. The festival was created to "highlight works that deal with rural people and places," according to its website. The festival has been centered in New York City since 2002, where its founders, both originally from Iowa, met while working in the film industry.

"While having a rural festival in one of the world's largest cities is an oxymoron, the irony proved to work, bringing in submissions from all around the world and attracting city slickers who were curious about the country, and country folk who had moved to the city but wanted to reconnect with home," the website states. The festival has allowed the founders "to place similar artists together whose work might otherwise be ignored or lost within the programming of broader based festivals."

The festival travels on tour every year, making stops across the country in large cities and small, rural towns. This year's tour is starting this weekend in Decorah, Iowa. Tour stops can be booked on the website, and this year's schedule of events can be found here.

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