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Film: The Storm Lake

  • 31 May 2024
  • 7:00 PM
  • Gesa Power House Theatre

On Friday, May 31 at 7PM, Gesa Power House Theatre proudly presents the award-winning documentary Storm Lake, exploring the efforts of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Art Cullen and his family as they fight to unite and inform their Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times—come hell or pandemic.

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 and precarious existence. Enter: Art Cullen and his family members who deliver local news and editorials on a shoestring budget for their 3,000 readers. This paper means a fighting chance for their beloved hometown, and by hook or by crook, they’ll make the most of it. There’s simply too much at stake. Skip Nichols and Warren Ethridge will join us for a discussion panel following the film!


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