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Rally to the Capitol - 10.16.2009
Representatives from DreamCatcher Productions and Great River Film Initiative (GRFI) traveled west to Iowa’s Capitol in Des Moines to rally with other filmmakers on October 15, 2009.
Actors, artists, directors and producers assembled on the west stairs for a press conference about the future of Iowa’s Film Industry. Though the temperature was cool and the rains fell media crews and moviemakers discussed the ideas they hoped to share with Governor Chet Culver.
The thirty plus citizens entered the Capitol passing through security as cameras rolled. The Governor was not in so the group presented his staff with a three-step process to save the film industry.
Suzie Wright, president of the Great River Film Initiative, and Joe Scherrman fellow board member of GRFI and owner of DreamCatcher Productions attended the rally to advocate Iowa’s Film Industry. While there Ms Wright and Mr. Scherrman dropped off a copy of the movie “Ghost Player: Relive the Magic” and the companion book “Travels With Ghosts and Other Tales”. Along with the DVD and book they distributed lenticular postcards featuring the men made famous in the movie Field of Dreams. The postcard was a hit amongst staff members and moviemakers alike.
"We unified the rift with postcards", joked Suzie Wright. "It may be an over statement but people really enjoyed talking about the Ghost Players and their adventures. It lightened the moment."
"It was nice to leave behind evidence of how the film industry is good for Iowa. I hope the Governor and his family enjoy the movie and the antics of the Ghost Player as they represented Iowa around the world."
The film has now been shown in: Iowa and Wisconsin Public Television; Chisholm, Minnesota; Las Vegas, Nevada; Naperville, Illinois; and in Cooperstown, New York at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Talks are on-going with the National Education Association (NETA) and with a production and distribution company in Sydney, Australia to introduce the movie into the Australian/NZ markets.