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‘Made in Iowa’ to premiere

Short film featuring WC?residents and locations to be shown Thursday

The premiere screening of a new documentary, filmed in Webster City, is set for Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m. at the Webster Theater.

Webster City residents have been collaborating with Square to tell the story of determination and optimism after the closing of Electrolux in 2011. The film, “Made In Iowa,” features Webster City’s resilience after the city’s appliance manufacturing plant shut down, requiring residents to come together to adjust to a new business climate. In the years since the plant closed, the community discovered the role small business can play in revitalizing Webster City.

Movie-goers will recognize many faces and places from around the community throughout the film. Producers from San Francisco traveled to Webster City and spent time interviewing the locals, scouting and shooting film during the first week of May.

“We invite everyone to come out and take part in celebrating what they did to inspire our community — it’s the shared story of all of our residents and they should come see how their collective success has reinvigorated Webster City and served as a beacon for opportunity,” said Mayor John Hawkins.

“It’s a great night for the theater,” said Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Director Christianson. “I’m hoping it will bring a lot of people downtown to showcase our community.”

The film will be shown at 6 p.m., then again at 7 p.m., and every 30 minutes thereafter at the Webster Theater until 9 p.m.

Made In Iowa is the second film in Square’s documentary series, “For Every Kind of Dream,” which follows the dreams of small business owners in America.

The story will be streamed live on Facebook and Twitter at 6 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Square’s CEO, Jack Dorsey.

In celebration of the documentary’s premiere, Square will be hosting a series of events downtown.

Block party

A block party will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. in the 600 block of Second Street featuring face painters, a bounce house, children’s activities and a free meal of pork bacon burgers, chips and drinks provided by the Lions Club.

Attendees will have the opportunity to share their reactions to the film and Webster City’s story as Square will be working with Legacy Learning Boone River Valley, a local arts non-profit, to capture the community’s response to the film. These reactions will be broadcast then on the large movie screen owned by the city outside during the block party.

Music in the Park

Music in the Park will begin at 7 p.m. and go until 10 p.m. The event will be held at Availa Bank Plaza. The band “Bad Tactics” will be on scene to entertain the crowd. The monthly summer event is being sponsored by the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by Square Inc.

Those attending are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs for the musical entertainment, featuring an opportunity to showcase local talent in an open-mic format.

“We just want to encourage everybody to come out and support our community,” said Christianson.

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