DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) ----- The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival is helping to put on a 7-film tour with the help of a Dubuque theater and a native filmmaker.
The venue is Phoenix Theater, outside Kennedy Mall. The movie industry's hurting due to COVID-19. Production schedules delayed or cancelled in Hollywood means only three big new releases playing Friday night.
So the indie-festival, cancelled in April, is putting on a tour to showcase the films people missed.
Manager Stephanie Raney is busy ensuring virus safety protocols are in-place at the Phoenix.
"Once we decided we were going to reopen, we wanted to work with them and show some of the films that they didn't get to show back then," Raney said.
Local director Tim Connery shot his horror-comedy movie 'Death to Metal' on location in Dubuque.
"As a Dubuquer, if you're looking for a Halloween-type movie to come check out, you're going to recognize a lot of the locations," Connery said.
It's a dream of independent filmmakers to see their finished product on the big screen, but directors, like all of us, didn't see this dream coming true because of a global pandemic.
"A lot of us filmmakers, we dream of having our films playing at a proper theater," Connery said. "Not a lot of good things have come from this pandemic, but this is one of those bright spots."
The event runs at the Dubuque location of Phoenix Theaters through Sunday.