Driftless: Stories from Iowa

Driftless: Stories from Iowa

Received this from MediaStorm today:

We are excited to announce a special premiere of our soon-to-be released documentary Driftless: Stories from Iowa by Danny Wilcox Frazier on Monday, May 18, at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

The screening of the film will be followed by a Q&A with Danny and the team from MediaStorm. Books and DVDs will be available for purchase, with signings both before and after the film.

Where: Galapagos Art Space
When: May 18, 2009
Time: Doors open at 7pm, the film will start at 8pm.

For guaranteed seating, RSVP to [email protected].

About the Project:
Life in Iowa can be punishing. Many Iowans expend their lives sweating over soil and spilling the blood of livestock; they endure the hardships associated with a life inextricably bound to the ups and downs of nature. Today, those challenges and a shift in our nation’s economy have pushed the youth of rural communities to migrate to the metropolises of America. Those left in the wake of this out-migration continue their lives, seemingly unchanged from the generations that preceded them.

The tension of contemporary rural life plays out: the struggle of a family farm to continue, disenfranchised youth, migrant labor, the country butcher’s role, and the aged fading from Iowa’s mythical landscape. Through their stories we gain insight to a way of life that is disappearing, a culture that could be lost forever. As “community” continues to be homogenized in zones of urban sprawl across the globe, we must consider all that we are losing—development should not come at the expense of more fragile communities.



  1. John Shumaker says:

    am VERY MUCH interested in getting in touch with these folks, this is quite possibly a very important little portion of the holy grail, please get in touch with me we are very much on the same wavelength and I have some VERY REAL deal connections here in Iowa that we can work together ( I am part of an Iowa TV station and also an Iowa radio station) to develop this vibrant vital living interest, thanks for your work, let’s get together,
    John Shumaker
    [email protected]
    Driftless, Iowa

  2. c says:

    John, I replied to your inquiry with a link to Daniel Wilcox Frazier’s representation.
    He is responsible for the work and an asset to all of us Midwesterners : )
    Thanks for stopping by.

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