Shot in 2007 in McGregor, Marquette and Stone City under the working title “Duck Farm No. 13,” it will have its Iowa premiere during the Landlocked Film Festival in Iowa City. The red carpet will be rolled out at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., and the film will be screened at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5, available only in the Englert lobby the evening of Aug. 28 and all day Aug. 29. Tickets are not being sold through the Englert Box Office, says Mary Blackwood of Iowa City, the film festival’s creative director.
“We’re trying to keep things as cheap as possible for people so they can come,” Blackwood says. With the red carpet and festive atmosphere, she says the state premiere “should be great fun.”
Star Hallee Hirsh and director Becky Smith, an Okoboji native, will attend, Blackwood says. She’s been told star Jaime Gomez also will be there and star Theresa Russell will attend if her work schedule allows. And Blackwood’s hoping a lot of the Iowa cast and crew members will come, as well.
The romantic comedy stars Hirsh (Rachel Greene on “ER”) as Kate, a rural American teen who is obsessed with books on eclectic subjects, currently the Cultural Revolution in China. She is turning 16 and has never been kissed. Her angst about her inexperience will drive a comic quest for love and understanding on her birthday. And she will learn what a 16-year old American girl has in common with a 16-year-old Chinese girl half a world, and a cultural revolution away.
The film’s Web site, www.16tolifethemovie.org, also lists two Sept. 3 showings in Elkader.