Great River Film Initiative January Meeting

We will be meeting at the Carnegie Stout Library in the Lacy Boardroom on January 13th.

During this month’s meeting we will discuss where we would like have the meetings going forward.

Here are some of the possible options:
– Carnegie Stout Library meeting rooms
– Mines of Spain auditorium
– The River Museum
– University of Dubuque Library meeting rooms

If you have any other location ideas feel free to post them in the comments of this post and we will discuss them at the meeting.

Also, if anyone has some projects to show please bring them! I think the Lacy boardroom has a projector that we can use 🙂

Indie Film Double Feature

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The Great River Film Initiative and Mindframe Theaters presents two short local independent films at Mindframe Theaters on October 24th at 7pm.

Film 1:
The Lounge documentary features an interview with The Lounge’s owners Mary and Phil Love, as well as interviews with several patrons who frequented the bar over the 36 years it was in business. Phil and Mary plan to be present at the showing!
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vff9E_tSY9U

Film 2:
Is It Snowing Where You Are follows nineteen year old Todd Fisher, a freshman in college, through the most complicated day in his life- The day he decided to run away from college. Not drop out, run away. After impulsively leaving in the middle of the night with no plan for where he was going, or how he was going to get there, Todd seeks help from an old high school companion. However, as his reunion goes on, Todd ends up even more lost than before.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3No-VBjmdeY

The screening is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds will go towards creating more local films and a portion will go to support the Great River Film Initiative.

Please help spread the word and support local film productions by coming to see these films!

January 14th, 2017 – GRIFIN – Meeting Minutes/Notes


Here are the meeting notes from this past weekend’s GRiFIn meeting…

Library Book Donation / GRiFIn Knowledge Base Project:

  • Tricia Behnke gave a detailed update about how the library donation project is going and asked the group if they had any ideas for donations.
  • Lori Ollendick has some cool books to donate that her daughter is done using.

GRiFIn Logo/Rebranding Project:

  • Watched a video that John Swift put together about the progress being made on the current GRiFIn logo
  • The group made suggestions for refining two of the logos

The Lounge:

  • Josh Dill showed a couple of clips from the final night at the lounge

The Faust:

  • Clint Heiberger showed an intro clip from his short “The Faust”

Also at the meeting, Garrett Schroeder showed some clips of some experimental short movies and animations that he has been working on.

One last thing we talked about is possibly shooting a quick video on a Sunday afternoon using tools in the Maker Space sometime in Mid-February – at the next GRiFIn meeting we will talk more about it!


January 14th, 2017 – GRIFIN – Monthly Meeting – Agenda

What: Great River Film Initiative (GRiFIn) Monthly Meeting
When: January 14th 2017 10am to 12pm
Where: Mindframe Theaters, Dubuque, Iowa

This week we will be talking about projects that are currently being worked on and showing some in-progress clips from those projects on the big screen!

Also this week, we will be taking a look at some options for a new Great River Film Initiative (GRiFIn) logo/branding.

There will also be a brief update about the library book donation project. So, if you can think of any filmmaking books that would be a good resource to have available to the community – let us know!

If you can, come your local filmmaking club on Saturday! It’s a blast!

Tour of the Maker Space!

The Great River Film Initiative checked out the new Dubuque Maker Space at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library!

Here’s the Tour that we went on January 3rd – they have a ton of resources for local filmmakers. They have a pretty decent HD camera that can be rented out, decent audio equipment for voice overs, a green screen that you can use in the space, and 3D printers that you can use to create props and much more!

December 10th, 2016 – GRiFIn Monthly Meeting – Agenda

We will be talking about projects that are currently being worked on and showing some in-progress clips from those projects on the big screen! We will also will be talking about different types of storyboard formats.

If you’re available come join us, it’s going to be a lot of fun!

We meet in the lobby of Mindframe then proceed to one of the theaters.