VIP Watch Party: Storm Lake

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October 26, 2021
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Storm Lake, a film from Independent Lens, features the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen and his family as they fight to unite and inform their rural Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times, even as the paper hangs on by a thread. Twice a week, they work to give citizens the scoop on forces threatening to overwhelm their precarious small-town existence.

Following the program, Art Cullen and filmmakers Jerry Risius and Beth Levison will join the conversation via video to discuss the film and the importance of credible journalism. Through the online shared media viewing platform, audience members can discuss the film and ask questions during the live discussion.

Independent Lens: Storm Lake will premiere on statewide Iowa PBS November 15, 2021 at 9 p.m.

Video Descriptions

Storm Lake Hold Screen


Storm Lake

Storm Lake IL Pop-Up

66min 20sec


  • Moderator Avatar
    Caryline Clark

    Engagement Manager

  • Co-Moderator Avatar
    Danny Engesser (Iowa PBS)

  • Co-Moderator Avatar
    Darla Hassebroek (Iowa PBS)


  • Panelist Avatar
    Art Cullen


    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, editor of The Storm Lake Times and author

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    Beth Levison


    Director and Producer

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    Jerry Risius


    Director and DP

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