Hawkeye Community College student takes top prize at Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Friday, May 08, 2015

Kyle Rausch, Digital Mass Media student, holds his Filmmaker with the Most Potential scholarship award for his film "I Love the Movies".

WATERLOO–Kyle Rausch of Cedar Falls, a student in the Digital Mass Media program at Hawkeye Community College, won a $1,000 Student Scholarship as the Filmmaker with the Most Potential at the 15th annual Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival on April 18 at the Collins Road Theater. Rausch also won a Silver Eddy for second place in the Student Short Film division.

"The festival was a great opportunity for our students to have their films viewed by an audience. I was very pleased with how our films were received by the festival crowd and judges," said Troy McKay, a Digital Mass Media instructor at Hawkeye.

The Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival started in 2001 and this year's film festival drew 58 independent films, all with an Iowa connection. Rausch was one of seven Hawkeye students who entered a total of 11 films. Michael Bowman of Cedar Falls, Jonny Dexter of Cedar Falls, Josh Fiser of Cedar Falls, Lars Lee of Cedar Rapids, Jordan Rottinghaus of Waterloo, and Christy Weeks of Independence all had films chosen as official festival selections.

Rausch topped competitors from Iowa's three state universities as well as Morningside College, Columbia College of Chicago, and Wake Forest University.

The Digital Mass Media program was started at Hawkeye in 2013 and provides students training in photography, audio and video production, social media, and more. Now in its second year, Rausch is part of the inaugural graduating class this spring.

After graduation, he plans to move to California and pursue a career in the film and television industry.

Watch  Rausch's film.