October 07

Award-winning documentary Storm Lake on family’s fight for community, local newspaper, journalism’s future is now in theaters and has its national TV debut on PBS on November 15th.

Featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross

“The battle to keep journalism alive.”

Storm Lake is an elegiac heartland portrait…colored by the hope of endurance, both for the newspaper and the community it represents.”

STORM LAKE
A NEWSPAPER. A FAMILY. A COMMUNITY.

Award-Winning Documentary Has Nationwide Theatrical Tour Ahead of November TV & Streaming Release

Screening in dozens of cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Des Moines, Washington, DC leading up to the National TV Debut in November on PBSOne family’s fight to unite and inform their rural Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper

Watch Now: Storm Lake Trailer

WINNER – AUDIENCE AWARD
2021 AFI DOCS

WINNER – BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
2021 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER – NYWIFT FILMMAKER AWARD
2021 PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER – SHINE A LIGHT AWARD
2021 FREEP FEST

A film directed by Jerry Risius and Beth Levison
Produced by Beth LevisonPulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen and his family fight to unite and inform their rural Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times—even as the paper hangs on by a thread. Twice a week, they work as civic watchdogs to protect their hometown and the legacy of credible journalism, at large—come hell or pandemic. Featuring an original score by Andrew Bird with Alan Hampton

STORM LAKE – WEEK-LONG THEATRICAL RUNS & SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS CONTINUE (MORE TBA)

OPENS THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8
Des Moines, IA
The Varsity Cinema

Omaha, NE
Film Streams Dundee Theater

OPENS NEXT WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13
Normal, IL
The Normal Theater

UPCOMING FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Washington, DC Premiere
Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival
October 13-17


Long Island, NY Premiere
Hamptons International Film Festival

Wednesday October 13 at 1:45 pm ET
Guild Hall (East Hampton, NY)

Mid-November
New York Premiere
November 11-19
&
Los Angeles Premiere

NATIONAL TELEVISION & STREAMING DEBUT
PBS Independent Lens
Monday, November 15 at 10:00 pm ET

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

“Beth Levison and Jerry Risius’s profound documentary is simultaneously a love letter to and a eulogy for local news—even more than that, it’s a sincere inquiry into the meaning of community and the role played by the dissemination of information in holding together further distabled societal connections”
“I laughed out loud at times and tearfully celebrated and mourned this endangered medium.”

– Kathleen Sachs, Chicago Reader

Storm Lake provides a penetrating, insider look at the struggle of a family-owned-and-operated newspaper trying to remain relevant, survive, and thrive in the age of journalism-by-the-algorithms, Trumpism, and COVID-19.”
“Over the course of…Storm Lake, a momentous media struggle sweeping small town USA is played out.”
– Ed Rampell, The Progressive

“By the end, we have come not only to love the real-life characters at The Storm Lake Times, but everyone we meet, including Lorena Lopez of the Spanish-language paper, La Prensa, who wants to combine resources with Cullen so they can double their reach in two languages. So many people appear to care about news that matters, and that’s a heartening sight. Perhaps the apocalypse is not quite nigh. Read on!”
– Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

“Here’s a paean to journalism, old style. It’s also a near obituary for shoe leather journalism as it was practiced, especially in America’s small towns. It is also a chronicle of a close-knit family, the Cullens, who don’t want their decades-long work to die along with America’s small newspapers. Told in the no-nonsense tones of the laconic Midwest, Storm Lake mixes a bit of Lake Woebegone with ‘All the President’s Men.’”
– Mike Canning, Hill Rag

“It’s one of the best looks at small-town life and how it’s possible to silence naysayers just by doing good work.”
– Bruce R. Miller, Quad-City Times

OFFICIAL WEBSITE
www.stormlakemovie.com
We would like to thank Adam J. Segal • The 2050 Group for the press release.