The University of Iowa

Annual Report 2010-2011

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a scene from The Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit

Screening overseas

Films with UI ties play at renowned Venice, Cannes festivals

The Cannes Film Festival selected a film by University of Iowa graduate students Joe Bookman and D. Jesse Damazo to screen at the 2011 Cinéfondation, the festival's student film competition.

The Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit, an offbeat comedy about a professional ukuleleist, his manager, and an ailing Chihuahua, was one of only 16 student films selected from more than 1,500 entries from around the world. Only three American student films screened at the 64th Festival de Cannes, which ran May 11-22, 2011, in France.

Bookman, a doctoral candidate in communication studies, and Damazo, a master of fine arts student in the cinema production program, are the first filmmakers from the UI to receive the honor of screening at the Cinéfondation. Michel Gondry, director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Green Hornet, was the president of this year's Cinéfondation jury.
"Getting your film into Cannes is a mind-bendingly unlikely thing to have happen," says Damazo, a native of Paradise, Calif., who came to Iowa City for graduate school. "Since hearing the news, Joe and I have been pretty much overwhelmed with gratitude and disbelief."

Bookman and Damazo wrote and directed the film. They also play roles onscreen as the only two characters in the film. (The other star is Edie, a Chihuahua owned by Bookman's brother.)

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Consisting of just five shots, their 15-minute short is an experiment in long take filmmaking. They were assigned to create a long take film for a fall 2010 UI course, "Colloquium on Film and Video Production," taught by Andrew Hulse.
They shot the film from October through December of 2010 in four Iowa City locations: the Chauncey Swan parking garage, a field space near Oakland Cemetery, a recording studio on campus, and Damazo's apartment. The budget for the film was roughly $500—much of which was spent on coffee and food for the crew. The biggest expense was helium for a scene that required balloons.

Several UI units are providing financial support to send the students to the festival. "It's a huge honor, and a very special opportunity," Bookman says.


Film developed at IWP is spotlighted at Venice International Film Festival

Writers in residence at the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) spend their time in a variety of ways: writing, researching, interacting with other writers, traveling, soaking in an American experience. For Teng Mangansakan from the Philippines, the 2008 IWP was an opportunity to develop the screenplay for Limbunan (The Bridal Quarter).

Two years later, the resulting film he directed was the closing attraction in the International Critics' Week of the 67th Venice International Film Festival Sept. 1-11.

During Critics' Week, Limbunan shared the bill with new cinema from Sweden, France, Italy, Israel, Greece, Slovenia, and Mexico. It is the first Filipino film ever featured in the lineup of Venice Critics' Week.

Limbunan glimpses into the life of a bride-to-be as she is kept from public view for a month prior to her wedding, as tradition dictates. The film follows the ritual motions of the women in a Muslim family after 16-year-old Ayesah’s betrothal to a man she barely knows.

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stories about people, being human, our bodies, minds, health care, or existential questions

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Peel appeal

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Fear discovery

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Cystic fibrosis finding

UI-led study could help predict severity of disease, may lead to new therapies...more

Locking out Ebola?

UI-led research team identifies receptor for virus...more

Beating mealtime woes

Pediatric feeding program helps children overcome severe eating difficulties...more

Furry FriendsProgram provides emotional lift to young patients...more

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Working toward justice

UI law students help commute abused woman’s prison sentence...more

Body-language bewilderment

UI study investigates variability in men's recall of sexual cues...more

Muscular dystrophy discovery

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Nursing dedicates center

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Heard the buzz?

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things associated with work—business research, economic development, education

You can’t beat BONGO

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Quite the impact

UI contributes $6 billion annually to Iowa economy, creates 1 in 30 jobs...more

Meet the dean

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Holy hardware!

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A precarious development

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“Transformation, reflection”

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Did you see that?

Marketing researcher examines how we remember what we don't remember...more

Taking back the message

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Meeting real challenges

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Online approach adds up

UI offers new Web-based resources to maximize student math potential...more

Stop the wacky wikis!

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Managers matter

UI researcher finds that bad leadership wrecks companies, despite what leaders wish...more

stories about Iowa, the country, the world, the universe (geography, flooding, immigration, space)

Lightening their load

Virtual Soldier Research helping Navy, Marines with combat effectiveness...more

A welcome proposal

Iowa Flood Center embraces call to develop national flood center...more

Something in the air

UI researcher finds black carbon implicated in global warming...more

Set sail on micro scale

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Sharing our gift

South Korean teachers visit UI to learn more about gifted education...more

Herky hits D.C.Hawkeye Caucus makes trip to nation's capital...more

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Helping unify a nation

College of Law professor guides Nepal toward new constitution...more

Giving Chile a clearer picture

UI researchers develop system to predict air pollution events for Santiago...more

Screening overseas

Films with UI ties play at renowned Venice, Cannes festivals...more

Aiding a town’s turnaround

Grad students partner with Dubuque on sustainability initiative...more

Beyond science

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A global grasp

New UI student group seeks to improve UI, China business opportunities...more

arts and entertainment, athletics

A plan of note

LMN Architects selected to design new facility for UI School of Music...more

Fit for EveryoneNew recreation and wellness center opens...more

Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Something to admire

UIMA Director Sean O’Harrow envisions art museum for 21st century...more

Hawks’ run continues

Football squad notches third straight bowl win at 2010 Insight Bowl...more

Sophocles, rebooted

University Theatres Mainstage presents interactive Antigone 2.0...more

India has honors

Hawkeye golfer named Big Ten Player of the Year...more

Democracy's harmony

School of Music ensemble’s interactive presentation is music to students’ ears...more

Those Who CanExhibit honors departed art faculty...more

Tom Aprile exhibit

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This app is apropos

UI development team launches Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature iPhone app...more

Giving life to the defunct

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More than a game

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