STORM LAKE

Twice a week for over thirty years, The Storm Lake Times publishes a paper featuring local news and unapologetically honest editorials on a shoestring budget for an audience of just 3,000 readers. Led by its Pulitzer-prize winning editor-in-chief Art Cullen, his brother and publisher John, and a scrappy crew of journalists who are faithful and devoted to their small Iowan rural community, The Times is an undeniable institution in the diverse town of Storm Lake, and its reputation captivates everyone from local teenagers to presidential candidates.

The Storm Lake Times, however, is at risk of extinction. Massive agricultural corporate interests draw away capital and people from the community, weakening the demand for paid content. People have also turned away from local print media and towards free social media and ad-driven news sources, which are rarely verified and often misleading or even dangerous to their audience. STORM LAKE is a documentary that honors the legacy of honest, unadulterated, relevant, and dauntless journalism in a time where facts are under assault and courage is scarce.

-Lee Ngo

ALSO REGISTER FOR HIFF TALKS: STORM LAKE WITH CIVIL BEAT

In partnership with Honolulu Civil Beat, HIFF presents a special conversation with the directors of STORM LAKE, Beth Levison and Jerry Risius. The conversation will be moderated by Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair. Chad and the filmmakers will discuss the making of STORM LAKE, as well as issues centered around the importance of on-the-ground journalism and local news in today’s rapidly changing and diffuse media landscape.

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Access Window: November 4, 2021 - November 28, 2021
Passholder Access: All Access, Limited Virtual, Supporter, Hale Virtual Festival, Individual
Only Accessible from: USA

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Film Details

DIRECTOR(S)Beth Levison, Jerry Risius
PRODUCER(S)Beth Levison

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Film Details

PREMIERE STATUS: Hawai‘i Premiere
YEAR: 2021
RUN TIME: 85 Minutes
LANGUAGE: English

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