Rural Route Touring Film Fest Program Now Available!

Rural Route Film Festival (
Sat, 7 Oct 2006 21:38:36 -0400

Booking/ Press Contact: Alan Webber at

For Immediate Release

After our 4th successful festival in New York City (check for details), we are proud to take "Selections from the Rural Route Film Festival 2006" on the road again. Previous tour dates include: Storuman, Sweden, Columbia, MO, Freistadt, Austria, Chapel Hill, NC, Amsterdam and Leiden, Holland, Phoenix, AZ, Atlanta and Athens, GA, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Bozeman, MT, Albuquerque, NM, Elkader, IA, Omaha, NE, and Abingdon, VA.

The Rural Route Film Festival was created to highlight works that deal with rural people and places. The festival, which showcases rural themes in an urban environment, features award-winning narrative, documentary, and experimental films as well as music videos. Based in New York City, the most urban of environments, the festival brings an alternative to the box office action flick so often set in New York or Los Angeles. We give city folks a chance to see what's going on in the rest of the world, and bring a sense of home to country folk that have relocated to the city. We are also programming more and more international work, including films in this year's festival from England, Siberia, Canada, Portugal, India, and Germany.

Most of the organizers of Rural Route live in New York City, but are from places like Iowa, Kentucky, and Wyoming. While our main event takes place in New York every July, it is our pleasure to bring "Highlights" from the festival to venues in small towns and cities all over.

The 2006 Selections program includes people skiing behind horses in Montana, a touching tale of Texas' most embarrassing dad at the rodeo, Utah auctioneers/small farm family legends, bears that eat and play at a Canadian dump, a farm in the middle of South Central Los Angeles, a Canadian horror movie, and loud singing peasant women in Siberia. The 2006 Selections program clocks in at 118 minutes, a true feature length program, a plethora of pure quality independent work from a wide variety of geography and subject matter.

Rural Route offers a very unique, quality line-up of fiction, documentary, and experimental independent films and videos. If you're interested in screening the 2006 Rural Route touring program at your college, in your town, city, country, or hamlet, email: for more details. Previous tour programs are also still available if you're interested in making it a longer event, and want to show a double or triple-bill, as are feature films from the 2006 festival.

For screeners, stills, or more information please contact Alan Webber at 347-731-0122 or

Also, please visit

2006 Rural Route Tour Presenters: The Iowa Film Office, The Iowa Motion Picture Association, and Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance

***A portion of all tour proceeds continues to benefit The Federation of Southern Land Cooperatives,, helping farmers and rural poor in the Gulf Coast through the long term recovery process from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

SCREENING IN NEW YORK CITY NEXT WEEK -- "PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA" -- a feature selection from the 2006 RR Festival:
Showtimes: Monday, Oct. 9th - 7:00pm and Thursday, Oct. 12th - 7:00pm
Director Chris Metzler will be present both nights for a post-screening Q&A.

1) Monday, October 9th - 7:00pm
The IFC Center - Ecotopia Film Series
323 Sixth Avenue (at West 3rd Street)
New York, NY 10014

2) Thursday, October 12th - 7:00pm
Evil City Film Festival at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East Third Street (Avenues A & B)
New York, NY

Plagues and Pleasures is a feature documentary directed by Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer, with narration by legendary counterculture filmmaker John Waters and music by the southwestern, alt-rock supergroup, Friends of Dean Martinez.

Once known as the California Riviera, the Salton Sea is now called one of America's worst ecological disasters: a fetid, stagnant, salty lake, coughing up dead fish and birds by the thousands. Yet a few hardy eccentrics hang on to hope, including a roadside nudist waving at passing European tourists, a man building a religious mountain out of mud and paint, beer-loving Hungarian Revolutionary Hunky Daddy, and the real-estate Ronald McDonald known simply as The Landman. Through their perceptions and misconceptions, the strange history and unexpected beauty of the Salton Sea is revealed.