STORM LAKE
Documentary Feature | 86 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2021
on 10/13/2021
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Directed by
Jerry Risius
Beth Levison

Produced by
Beth Levison

Executive Produced by
Katy Drake Bettner
Sam Bisbee
Pamela Tanner Boll
Sally Jo Fifer
Megan Gelstein
Lois Vossen
Jamie Wolf


2021 | English | USA

Dark clouds hang over the cornfields of Storm Lake, Iowa, which has seen its share of change in the 40 years since Big Agriculture came to town. Farmers blow their life savings on new equipment they hope will keep their livelihoods intact. Migrant workers flock here—welcome and not—for their slice of the American Dream. Enter: 63-year-old Pulitzer-Prize winner Art Cullen and his family-run newspaper, The Storm Lake Times. Day-in and day-out, the Cullens deliver local news on a shoestring budget for their 3,000 readers. Come hell or pandemic, they’ll fight to preserve this town they call home.

• Followed by a Q&A moderated by The East Hampton Star editor David Rattray.