Storm Lake

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November 28, 2021
2:00pm Eastern Time

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Welcome

Welcome to the Image Quilt Cinema iNew York screening of Storm Lake!

Synopsis:

Storm Lake, Iowa, has seen its fair share of changes 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 while migrant workers flock here, welcome and not, to achieve the American Dream. Corporate, political, and environmental forces—and even a global pandemic—threaten to overwhelm the already precarious existence of the people in Storm Lake. Nearly 2,000 local papers have shuttered in the last 20 years, a crisis accelerated by COVID-19. The stakes have been especially high for the Cullen family; they comprise half of The Times’ 10-person team. Against tight deadlines and slimmer margins, the Cullens report on their town, and wonder how the paper will survive as readers cease to support journalism like they used to.

Our event will feature a screening of the 86 minute film and discussion of the film via Zoom with audience members of our New York audience (Herkimer, Albany, Montgomery county, and NYC). Please sign up and we will email you with a link to the Zoom Discussion.

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Omonike Akinyemi

CEO

Image Quilt Cinema

Video Description

Storm Lake

Does American democracy survive without the backbone of independent local journalism? Go inside The Storm Lake Times, a newspaper serving an Iowa town that has seen its fair share of changes in the 40 years since Big Agriculture came to the area. Pulitzer-winning editor Art Cullen and his family dedicate themselves to keeping the paper alive as local journalism across the country dies out.

85min 48sec

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    Omonike O Akinyemi

    Omonike Akinyemi is a filmmaker and choreographer. She began Image Quilt with the idea of bringing in diverse voices to be a part of a tapestry of work that tells stories of importance on our planet.

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