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Drake alumni films "Something Blue" and "The Nines" playing tonight

November 4, 2010
Drake graduate Sean Gannon's film "Something Blue" will be playing tonight at 9 p.m. at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival at Fleur Cinema, 4545 Fleur Drive. Ticket information is available on the festival website.

Written and produced by Gannon, the film follows a young couple that has recruited a friend to videotape the fun moments leading up to their wedding. When the groom's family starts treating the bride badly and he fails to stand up for her, the lighthearted video becomes an unintentional documentary of a relationship in jeopardy.

The film is up for a number of awards:

  • Best Iowa Film
  • Best Music
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Actress (Kate Mortimer)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Scott Murphy)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Bridget Flanery)
  • Best Director - Feature Film (Sean Gannon)
  • Best Feature Film

Gannon, a 1991 Drake graduate, who is originally from Bondurant, Iowa, set and shot the film entirely in the Des Moines area over the course of two weeks in 2006. Many of the film's cast and crew have Drake ties.

"I'm very thankful for everything I learned at Drake and for the lifelong friendships that began there. A couple of my dearest Drake friends play supporting roles and the leads are also Drake grads," Gannon said.

All festival screenings will be held at The Fleur Cinema & Café.

The film "Something Blue" will also screen on April 10, 2011 at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.

The Drake cast and crew members are:

  • William Coleman, professor emeritus of theatre arts, who serves as casting director
  • Mike Kreissl, FA'02, lead actor
  • Kate Mortimer Kreissl, FA'03, lead actor
  • Bridget Flanery, FA'92, actor
  • Laureen Vignovich, FA'94, actor
  • Jeff Daniel, JO'07, actor
  • Richard Golfin III, BN'07, actor
  • Patrick Kelly, FA'86, cinematography consultant

The Nines

"The Nines," a film by Drake alumnus John August will also be shown tonight (for free) at 7 p.m. in Bulldog Theatre in Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave.

The psychological thriller/drama, which debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of a troubled actor, a television show runner, and an acclaimed videogame designer who find their lives intertwining in mysterious and unsettling ways.

Shot in Los Angeles and New York, "The Nines" consists of three short films, "Part One: The Prisoner," "Part Two: Reality Television," and "Part Three: Knowing," each featuring the same actors in different, and sometimes overlapping, roles.