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Meet the Cullens — Iowa’s most impressive journalism family. For more than 30 years, Art Cullen, brother John, son Tom, wife Delores and sister-in-law Mary — plus Art’s dog, Peach the newshound — have published The Storm Lake Times, a small-town, twice-weekly newspaper that covers critically important local issues and serves as the glue that holds the community together. But, against the backdrop of a collapsing journalism ecosystem and a crushing pandemic, how can the paper avoid the fate of so many other newspapers? In Beth Levison and Jerry Risius’s charming yet cautionary documentary, we see the Cullens hard at work, occasionally sniping at each other, as they meet the moment, one deadline at a time. As Art says, "Without strong local journalism to tell a community’s story, the fabric of the place becomes frayed."

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    85 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    USA
  • Director
    Jerry Risius, Beth Levison
  • Producer
    Beth Levison
  • Executive Producer
    Katy Drake Bettner, Sam Bisbee, Pamela Tanner Boll, Sally Jo Fifer, Megan Gelstein, Lois Vossen
  • Cinematographer
    Jerry Risius
  • Editor
    Rachel Shuman, Leah Boatright
  • Music
    Andrew Bird, Alan Hampton