The Sioux City International Film Festival

This week on The Exchange, we hear the details of a new lawsuit filed against the state of Iowa over it’s ban on mask mandates in public schools.  

Also, how to wean yourself off your electronic devices, because you may not realize you are addicted.

And we talk with some of the artists from last weekend’s ArtSplash event, and also with the one of co-founders of the Sioux City International Film Festival that is coming up in October.

We also talk with the artist who painted a new mural on West 7th Street in Sioux City.

Our community recently lost an inspiring and active leader in both politics and the arts. Rick Mullin of Sioux City died suddenly on February 25th, 2021 at the age of 67. He is survived by his wife of more than 40-years Sue, their two children and two grandchildren. Mullin graduated from Bishop Heelan Catholic School, ran a family-owned business, served as a leader of the local Democratic Party, and co-founded the Sioux City International Film. He was a friend of Siouxland Public Media and even volunteered for the IRIS reading program in conjunction with Siouxland Public Media. 

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Iowa Senate Democrats called today for Republican Governor Kim Reynolds to quickly sign an executive order allowing felons to vote once they have completed their sentences.  Reynolds has made a constitutional amendment restoring felon voter rights a top priority for two years. But, Senate Republicans have rejected her proposals. Against a backdrop of protests over racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Reynolds this month promised to sign an executive order.  Iowa is the only state that disenfranchises all felons. 

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The Sioux City Public Museum, the Sioux City Art Center, and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center have all announced plans today to reopen to the public on July 7. 

All of the facilities had been closed since March due to COVID-19 concerns.

Each will have new hand sanitizing stations and will require social distancing. Facility personnel will be required to wear face masks. Visitors are also encouraged to wear masks.

The Exchange went live Friday morning at the Sioux City International Film Festival.  Films are being shown on Friday and Saturday at the Promenade Theater on 4th Street.   This year's them is Women in Film.  We talk with a group of women who will discuss women and film on Friday night at the Sioux City Convention Center.  Writer Sarah Nicole Jones, writer, and producer Melissa Blake, and historian and actress Rhiannon Koehler all discuss the history of women in film and how women navigate the world of film and television today.

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Oct 4, 2019

The Sioux City International Film Festival and the 16th Annual Kingdom of Riverssance are both happening this weekend in and around your usual assortment of theater, art and live music. Plus Brioux City hosts the 2nd annual Briouxfest.

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Sep 27, 2019

Scottish percussionist, Evelyn Glennie helps the SCSO kick off their 104th season. There's Detroit soul at Vangarde, the Art Center has a grand re-opening and things are getting corny in Danbury and the Sioux City International Film Festival opens at the Promenade.

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The Sioux City International Film Festival opens in two weeks.  On Thursday, September 19, 2019, at the Promenade Theatre organizers outlined what to expect during this year’s 15th annual event.   

Here’s a portion of a news conference with Film Festival Board Member Leslie Werden from Morningside College.

The Film Festival runs from October 4th through the 6th and includes workshops and a special panel of “Women in Film” featuring a group making a big impact in the movie and entertainment world. 

Officials in western Iowa are watching the rising Missouri River. Water breached a levee in Pottawattamie County last night (Wednesday evening). This is the third protective structure in the area to breach due to the Missouri River’s third round of flooding this year.

Officials estimate about 40 homes are in the affected area. The county has sent out emergency alerts to people. Scott Manz (MAN-z) is an emergency management specialist with the county. 

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Republican Senator Joni Ernst says she doesn’t think President Trump favors oil interests over farmers and ethanol producers. 

the Trump administration still hasn’t announced a fix for the president allowing the EPA to exempt 31 refineries from blending ethanol into gasoline.

Ernst, Senator Chuck Grassley, and Governor Kim Reynolds said they had a meeting with Trump last week where he “verbally agreed” to require some refineries to use more ethanol.

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Sep 14, 2018

We get to the second and third acts of the Sioux City International Film Festival, Five Free Bands at the festival formerly known as WITStock, Mexico's 4th of July (on September 16th) and all that doesn't even get us through the weekend!

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Coming up today on The Exchange, we will get a preview of this Sunday’s Mexican Independence Day celebration downtown.  

Also, a talk with writer and new age philosopher Marianne Williamson who will be in Sioux City for an event tomorrow night.   Williamson says America needs to take a hard look at its values.

And what to expect at Friday evening’s GlOW Festival at Western Iowa Tech Community College.