16 To Life Director Becky Smith & Actor Nicholas Downs to attend 2010 Iowa Motion Picture Awards

Nicholas and Becky On SetApr 21, 2010 – “16 To Life” is written and directed by Emmy-nominated director Becky Smith.  Becky Smith, an Iowa native,  is nominated for Best Direction (Long Form), Best Screenplay (Produced) and (with Executive Producer Terry Trimpe) Best Feature Film Produced in Iowa Under the Iowa Film Promotion Program.  Nicholas Downs, also an Iowa native,  is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “16 to Life” as a small town cop.

In the romantic comedy, Nicholas Downs (Pearl Harbor, Constantine, Is It Just Me?) plays Bobby, the town’s young Deputy, who overextends his authority to get all sorts of attention, particularly from his own mother; Louise, played by Theresa Russell (Black Widow, Spiderman III). Hallee Hirsh (ER, You’ve Got Mail) plays the lead character, Kate.

In “16 to Life” a rural American teenager’s angst about her sexual inexperience drives a comic quest for love and understanding on her sixteenth birthday. This first feature from Emmy-nominated writer/director Becky Smith (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) puts a wry, witty, and unpredictable ensemble cast in a small-town locale reminiscent of a Capra comedy. The comedy

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was shot entirely on location on the Mississippi River in McGregor and Marquette, Iowa. It has played at festivals around the world and received five “Best Feature” awards.  The film will open in theatres in September 2010.

Becky will also give the keynote address at the award ceremony and Nicholas will participate in a number of the IMPA workshops.

Please join us for our industry workshops and the Iowa Motion Picture Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Des Moines Holiday Inn Downtown, 1050 6th Avenue.

You can find more information at the Iowa Motion Pictures Awards Website.

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