Founded in 1992, the Iowa Motion Picture Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the talents and skills of Iowa filmmakers and producers. IMPA participates in regional film festivals, the Iowa State Fair, an annual Golden Globes viewing party, skill-building workshops, and the Annual Awards Gala and Celebration which attracts attendees throughout the U.S.
Kevin Brubaker, past president of the IMPA board and its current adviser, said the IMPA has built strategic partnerships throughout the Midwest and in large production communities such as Los Angeles, New Orleans, and New York. Brubaker said IMPA is selling sponsorships advertisements in an extensive four-color brochure which will be circulated at the Gala.
"We've had initial visits with companies and businesses in Fairfield which have been very favorable," Brubaker said. "We are very pleased to be bringing the annual awards event to Fairfield and are excited that the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center will be hosting the event."
Coordinator of the event for the FACC Erika Richards said additional details will be revealed in the coming weeks. For now suffice it to say, "the event will be great fun for everyone."
"This is Fairfield." she said, "We are brimming with creativity which is why we were chosen to host the Iowa Motion Picture Awards ceremony."
With nearly 50 feature and television films between them, the dynamic acting and casting team of Ellen Chenoweth and Neil Brooks Cunningham are the keynote speakers at the Iowa Motion Picture Awards on Saturday.
From his first role as a medic in the cult classic "Alice's Restaurant" in 1974, to reprising a medical role as a doctor in "Bourne Legacy," Cunningham will regale the audience with stories of landing his numerous roles in films, and how he met Ellen Chenoweth when both were members of the Actors Studio in New York City.
Nominated 25 times in outstanding achievement in casting direction, Chenoweth has claimed three top honors in her storied career for a "A Serious Man", "No Country for Old Men" and the 2010 remake of "True Grit".
The full day of the 28th annual Iowa Motion Picture Association awards kicks off with screenings of nominated films at 10 a.m. and goes throughout the day. Later in the day there will be networking with filmmakers and red-carpet interviews. Rounding out the day there will be a dinner banquet at 5:00 p.m., awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. followed by an after party with live music in the FACC Atrium.
Ceremony ticketing is $20 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Day of tickets are $25.