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Iowa -- A tale of corruption in this independent drama from Director Matt Farnsworth

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Matt Farnsworth (written by)
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They don't just grow corn here anymore.
Plot:
A cautionary tale of love, crime, fantasy and addiction that follows two young Iowan lovers who decide to go into the "batch" business - cooking their own methamphetamine - only to watch it burn a searing hole in their lives. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Matt Farnsworth ... Esper Harte

Diane Foster ... Donna Huffman

John Savage ... Irv Huffman

Rosanna Arquette ... Effie Harte

Michael T. Weiss ... Larry Clarkson

David Backus ... Nick Slavens

Amanda Tepe ... Dominique

William Wayne ... Joey Wilhoff (as Billy Wayne)

Mickey Jones ... Darrell McNeely
John Tracy ... Leo Harte

Muse Watson ... Sheriff Walker
Jack Orend ... Mortician
John Bliss ... Pastor Krause
James Serpento ... Gesture Man
Stephen Whitney ... Tweeker

Rocky Marquette ... Cousin Jake
Golden Farnsworth ... Silly Milly
Karen McFall ... Aunt Fonda

David Basila ... Ramrod
Keith Adams ... Shit Bird

Colin Campbell ... Uncle Artie
Seals Hilton ... Mortuary Singer
Pat Hilton ... Organist
Cathy Perry ... Jailer
Steve Faust ... Co-Op Security Guard
Louie Johnson ... Farmer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zach Smothers ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Matt Farnsworth 
 
Writing credits
Matt Farnsworth (written by)

Produced by
Gregg Elder .... co-producer
Matt Farnsworth .... producer
Diane Foster .... producer
Richard H. Prince .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
Elia Cmiral 
 
Cinematography by
John Houghton 
Andrew Parke  (as Andrew B. Parke)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Brown  (as Bob Brown)
 
Casting by
Aaron Griffith 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Wright 
 
Costume Design by
Jennifer L. Soulages 
 
Makeup Department
E. Larry Day .... makeup department head
Angel Radefeld .... hair department head
 
Production Management
Richard H. Prince .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chase Newhart .... first assistant director
Karen Reinhart .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jerry A. Chavez .... property master
Jenny Elsinger .... set dresser
Brian Vogelgesang .... lead scenic
Brian Vogelgesang .... on-set decorator
 
Sound Department
Darren Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Bradford Cox .... sound effects editor (as Brad Cox)
Bradford Cox .... sound effects editor
Robert Fitzgerald .... sound effects editor
Michael Jordan .... sound re-recording mixer
Martin Maryska .... supervising sound editor
Brian Mendelsohn .... sound effects editor
Speed Ratliff .... boom operator (as Dwayne Ratliff)
John Taylor .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Jor Van Kline .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Keith Adams .... stunt coordinator
Lisa Hoyle .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kent Abbott .... camera assistant: second unit
Christopher Chambers .... camera loader (as Chris Chambers)
Jeff Dorer .... film loader
Moe Flaherty .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Moe Flaherty .... first assistant camera: second unit
David Allen Grove .... Steadicam operator
David Allen Grove .... camera operator: additional camera
Gor Haroutunian .... grip
Oliver Henry .... gaffer
John Houghton .... director of photography: second unit
John Hudecek .... electrician
Rob Monroy .... assistant camera
Craig Peterschmidt .... additional camera operator
Bernie Smith .... assistant camera
Dean Williams .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Ann Wilkinson .... casting: Iowa
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Raquel L. Jaffe .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Mike Nichols .... additional editing supervisor
Zachary Urbina .... editorial production assistant
 
Music Department
Max Blomgren .... synthesizer programmer
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
Bryon Rickerson .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Carla Klein .... transportation
Gracie Klein .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Carol Baty .... location manager
Brian Belise .... production assistant
Ardy Brent Carlson .... office production assistant (as A. Brent Carlson)
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Clint Conkity .... production assistant
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main titles
James Gibler .... production assistant
James Gibler .... stand-in
Mark Litwak .... producer's representative
Veda Semarne .... script supervisor
Janelle Smith .... key craft service
Zachary Urbina .... office production assistant: Los Angeles
Channing Whitaker .... production assistant
Allison Whitmer .... production coordinator
 

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USA:104 min
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Black and White (some sequences) | Color
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Australia:R | Australia:MA (DVD rating)
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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Low Rent Meth Madness, 6 April 2006
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Iowa" wants to be "Requiem for a Dream" for Midwest meth, but it comes across as a hard R rated "Reefer Madness".

Yes, drugs are bad, and meth is horribly pernicious, as an addiction and how it destroys people, families and communities. But these characters who are either dumb or ridiculous and the eye-rolling plot won't teach that lesson to anyone.

While writer/director/star Matt Farnsworth has some charisma on screen, his partner Diane Foster plays a wincibly silly wide-eyed innocent corrupted by drugsas was already satirized by Susan Sarandon in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". I really felt sorry for her for all the totally unnecessary nudity she was put through. It wasn't until the end of the film that I realized I was supposed to think these two were recent high-school graduates to explain some of their naiveté, as we are bombarded by their school photos, but if so, they even looked older than the folks on "The O.C.". While they have good chemistry on screen, they are a pale imitation of a "Badlands"-type couple.

The guest stars are badly used. Michael T. Weiss, who was so good in TV's "The Pretender", is completely ludicrous as a corrupt parole officer and his brutal violence is just plain crazy, as his character pretty much ruins any social significance for the film. Rosanna Arquette has to be even sleazier than she rolled around for David Cronenberg as a very low rent Livia Soprano. John Savage even has to mouth the old baby boomer excuses about I did pot but this is worse. A Goth chick shows up, with the odd explanation that she's a stripper from Des Moines. The obligatory Latino drug dealer appears - in Iowa?

With a limited budget, the interior view of meth use is portrayed quite vividly, with quite scary hallucinations. We certainly see them go crazy.

While the Iowa locations are used very well (including an amusing scene of a propane gas robbery), the accents and church references are confusingly Southern Baptist. Guns seem to be used by law abiding and law breaking citizens here more than in any inner-city drug-dealing movie.

The songs of Iowa's best known bard Greg Brown are used throughout, but oddly are not listed in the credits. I hope they were used with permission.

I caught this at its commercial run in NYC because I missed it at the Tribeca Film Festival where it got considerable-- and inexplicable-- buzz.

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