March 1, 2006
The live, short action film “Cascades” by Michael “Tug” Buse, assistant professor of mass communication at Morningside College, has been selected for inclusion in the 2006 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. The festival will take place Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, at Collins Road Theatres in Marion, Iowa. Buse’s film will be shown both days.
“Cascades” portrays a young woman’s fears regarding her nervous boyfriend. Buse wrote, produced, directed, and filmed the six-minute, 16mm film while a student at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. It was his first attempt at using synchronized sound. This is the second consecutive year that a film by Buse has been selected for inclusion in the festival.
This year, the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival will include exhibition of 54 films selected from 102 submissions. The films encompass a variety of genres including comedy, drama, experimental, and documentary, in both feature and short lengths. Gold and Silver Eddy Awards in regular and student categories as well as an Audience Choice Award will be presented to winners on Saturday evening. New this year is the Iowa Connection Eddy Award, which will go to the film that best represents Iowa.
The Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, now in its sixth year, was created to provide a venue for Iowa filmmakers to show their work, network with other filmmakers, and improve on their craft.
Buse joined Morningside in 2004, where he teaches classes in television and digital media and is faculty advisor to MCTV, the student-run television station. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and a master of fine arts degree from Chapman University. He was a recipient of the 2005 Walker Faculty Excellence Awards for teaching excellence, effective advising, scholarship, and service to Morningside College.