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Spotlight shines on Fairfield's filmmakers, entertainers

PHOTO COURTESY OF SHAWN DIDDY

Fairfield resident and Miss Iowa 1997 Shawn Diddy will emcee the Iowa Motion Pictures Association Awards March 30 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SHAWN DIDDY Fairfield resident and Miss Iowa 1997 Shawn Diddy will emcee the Iowa Motion Pictures Association Awards March 30 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
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FAIRFIELD — It’s Oscar time in Iowa as local and regional movie makers take the spotlight for their work on Iowa-made movies, commercial films, documentaries and film shorts, during the upcoming Iowa Motion Pictures Association Awards Saturday, March 30, at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

Fairfield creatives will be handsomely represented in the annual event as it comes to the city for the first time in IMPA’s 28-year history.

Award winners in all 50 categories of film and film production recognized by the IMPA will be announced at the awards ceremony which will feature a pair of keynote speakers who are both Fairfield residents, Ellen Chenoweth and Neil Cunningham. Chenoweth is a well-known screen casting director, and Cunningham is a respected actor.

Commercial actress, performer and Miss Iowa 1997 Shawn Diddy, also a Fairfield resident, will emcee the awards ceremony.

Fairfields Dick DeAngelis’s documentary “Heroes of Fairfield” is nominated in four categories: Documentary - Dick DeAngelis, Fair Field Productions; Direction - Long form (60 minutes-plus) - Dick DeAngelis; Editing Long Form - Amine Kouider; and Soundtrack Audio Mix - Tim Britton.

Other IMPA awards nominees with a Fairfield origin include Maharishi University of Management undergraduate student Ashia Fredeen’s film “Words of Art,” nominated in the college student production category. “The Playhouse” by undergraduate student Lauren LeBritton has been nominated in the categories of college student production and original musical score in which she mostly used MUM students as actors and crew. Student in the David Lynch MFA in Screenwriting program Shawn Maus was selected in the category of corporate and community marketing, and Edward Sovago-Royal was selected in the category of unproduced screenplays.

“Apotheosis,” a medium length movie by MUM faculty member Cody Olivas, will compete in the live action entertainment category. Luke Stenger, an MUM alumni, is nominated in the documentary/web series category.

The day into night event begins at 10 a.m. March 30 with screenings of the nominated films until 5 p.m. A dinner banquet with live music will be served from 5-7 p.m. then the awards ceremony will begin in the Sondheim Theater at 7 p.m. An after party in the Atrium will commence after the awards.

All film viewings throughout the day are free and open to the public, and viewers may enter at any time to see one or all of the nominated films. Viewers will also be invited to vote for a “People’s Choice” award by casting ballots for their favorite films.

Advance tickets for the annual awards ceremony and gala banquet are $20 and can be purchased at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays or online at impa.tv. Tickets are $25 the day of the event.