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Storm Lake


Dark clouds hang over the cornfields of Storm Lake, Iowa, which has changed a lot in the 40 years since Big Agriculture arrived. 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.


  • The Hollywood Reporter
    "Editor Art Cullen and his family-run newspaper The Storm Lake Times make fascinating subject matter for a portrait of American resilience and unity through fractious times."
    David Rooney
  • The Seattle Times
    "’s a compelling bookend to such big-city newspaper movies, pulling back the curtain on thousands of smaller papers that play a critical role in binding and informing most of the country."
    Brier Dudley

Festival Participation

  • Full Frame - 2021
  • Provincetown International Film Festival - 2021
  • AFI DOCS - 2021
  • DOC Edge - 2021
  • Woods Hole Film Festival - 2021
  • Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival - 2021
  • Duluth Superior - 2021

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