IOWA CAUCUS Matthew Modine: A Special 36 Hour, 3 City Film Event

Join Actor/ Filmmaker Matthew Modine and Special Guests during the 2012 Iowa Caucus for I Think I Thought It Was An Iowa Caucus, a special 36 hour, 3 city film event that rethinks how we govern in America
Dec. 29, 2011 - PRLog -- IOWA: Join Actor/ Filmmaker Matthew Modine and Special Guests during the 2012 Iowa Caucus for I Think I Thought It Was An Iowa Caucus, a special 36 hour, 3 city film event that rethinks how we govern in America to take place this Sunday, 1 January 2012 (New Years Day) in Des Moines through 2 January in both Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, Iowa. Modine has been invited to screen his trilogy of politcal short films on Caucus Eve followed by interactive discussion panels and a host of great talent that provides an opportunity to spark the kind of critical debate and dialogue that Iowans hold politically dear.


Temple of Performing Arts Grand Hall
1011 Locust Street, Des Moines
3 Film Screening Event & Guest Panel Discussion
VIP Cocktail Event to Follow

Theater Cedar Rapids
102 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids
Downtown Brown Bag Lunch & Film Event

JAN 2ND 5:30PM
Diamond Jo, River Room
301 Bell Street, Dubuque
Reception & Film Screening
Followed by Major JIFFD Announcement & Film Industry Panel

To schedule an interview with Matthew Modine in Iowa, interested media please contact Workhouse, CEO Adam Nelson directly via email or by mobile  +1 917. 930. 5802

TWITTER: @MatthewModine

Over the past few years, Actor/ Fimmaker Matthew Modine has directed several distinguished short films including I Think I Thought, To Kill an American and Jesus Was A Commie which won the Founders Prize for Best Short Film at Michael Moores Traverse City Film Festival in 2011. Each has gone on to great critical acclaim and have played in film festivals worldwide including the prestigious Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films.

Modine has worked with many of the film industry’s most respected directors, including, Oliver Stone, Sir Alan Parker, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Alan J. Pakula, John Schlesinger, Tony Richardson, Robert Falls, Sir Peter Hall, Abel Ferrara, Spike Lee, Tom DiCillo, Mike Figgis, Jonathan Demme, and John Sayles. He’s been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and is the recipient of one for Robert Altman’s film Short Cuts. Modine is well remembered for the title character in Alan Parker’s film Birdy which won the Cannes Film Festivals Gran Prix Award. His work in Alan Rudolph’s Equinox helped earn the film four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Film and Best Actor for Modine. He is the recipient of a Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup and a Golden Lion Award. 2012 films slated for release include the Edward Zwick-produced Family Weekend and Girl in Progress opposite Eva Mendes and Christopher Nolans Batman epic The Dark Knight Rises.

The youngest of seven children, Modine was born in Loma Linda, California, the son of a bookkeeper, and drive-in theater manager. His first film role was in John Sayles' Baby It's You and his performance caught the eye of director Harold Becker who cast him in Vision Quest (Crazy for You) based on the novel by Terry Davis. He also appeared in the sex comedy Private School, co-starring Phoebe Cates and Betsy Russell. He played Mel Gibson's brother in Mrs. Soffel and starred with Nicholas Cage. But it was the director Robert Altman who propelled Modine to international stardom with his film adaptation of David Rabe's play Streamers. He and his fellow castmates won an unprecedented Best Actor prize from the Venice Film Festival for the tragic story of young American soldiers about to be shipped to Vietnam.

For all of his great roles, Modine might best be known for his role as Private Joker, the central character of Stanley Kubrick's 1987 war movie Full Metal Jacket. The film received critical acclaim. The Chicago Reader labeled it "the most tightly crafted Kubrick film since Dr. Strangelove. Variety referred to the film as an "intense, schematic, superbly made" drama, while Vincent Canby of the New York Times called it "harrowing" and "beautiful” The film received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Writing for an adapted screenplay and can often be found on lists for the greatest movies of all time.

He played the dangerous young criminal Treat in Alan Pakula's film version of the hugely successful Lyle Kessler stageplay Orphans, and the goofy, earnest FBI agent Mike Downey in Jonathan Demme's screwball comedy Married to the Mob opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. In 1990 he led the cast of Memphis Belle, a fictionalized account of the famous B-17 Flying Fortress. Modine was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performances in And the Band Played On, an HBO TV movie about the early years of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic. He recently appeared in HBO's award-winning docudramaToo Big To Fail.

In 2003, he guest starred on The West Wing in the episode The Long Goodbye. He portrayed the character Marco, who went to high school with Cregg (Allison Janney), and who helped her deal with her father's steady mental decline due to Alzheimer's disease. That same year, he played Fritz Gerlich in the CBS miniseries Hitler: The Rise of Evil. In 2005, he appeared in Abel Ferrara's Mary which won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. In the film, Modine portrayed a director recounting the story of Mary Magdalene (Juliette Binoche). Recently, Modine played the corrupt Majestic City developer "Sullivan Groff" throughout Season 3 on Showtime's Weeds. On stage, Modine has appeared in Arthur Miller'sFinishing the Picture at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Aruthur Miller's Resurrection Blues at London's Old Vic and Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird at Connecticut's Hartford Stage. The production became the most successful play in the theatre's 45-year history. In 2010, he starred in the 50th Anniversary Broadway rival of The Miracle Worker at Circle in the Square theatre to great acclaim. For more information visit

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