Storm Lake

Storm Lake

24th TDF: European Premiere

Dark clouds hang over the cornfields of Storm Lake, Iowa, which has seen its fair share of change in the 40 years since Big Agriculture came to town. Farmers blow their life savings on new equipment they hope will keep their livelihoods intact. Migrant workers flock here – welcome and not – for their slice of the American Dream. The people of Storm Lake confront a changing community as global forces threaten their precarious Existence. Enter: 63-year-old Pulitzer-prize winner Art Cullen and his family-run newspaper, The Storm Lake Times. Day-in and day-out, the Cullens deliver local news and biting editorials on a shoestring budget for their 3,000 readers. Come hell or pandemic, they’ll fight to preserve this town they call home. There’s simply too much at stake.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market.

Direction: Jerry Risius, Beth Levison
Cinematography: Jerry Risius
Editing: Rachel Shuman
Sound: Judy Karp, Kent Abbott, Michael Jones
Music: Andrew Bird, Alan Hampton
Production: Whole Hog Films
Producers: Beth Levison
Co-production: ITVS
Executive producer: Katy Drake Bettner, Sam Bisbee, Pamela Tanner Boll, Sally Jo Fifer, Megan Gelstein, Lois Vossen, Jamie Wolf
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 85΄
Contact: The Film Collaborative
Awards/Distinctions: Audience Award – AFI Docs 2021, NYWIFT Award – Provincetown IFF 2021, Maverick Award – Woodstock FF 2021

Jerry Risius


2021 Storm Lake

Beth Levison


2011 Lemon
2021 Storm Lake