Al Capone: The Champion of Prohibition
(Des Moines, IA) – Greetings from Modern American Cinema! We are proud to announce that Kristian Day’s documentary Capone’s Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye will begin its theatrical run starting this Friday in Iowa City, IA and will continue the run in select theaters until the end of September. Most cities will only be offering a one or two day showing and a small number of theaters have been selected to include film maker Q&A sessions after the screenings.
Kristian Day’s documentary film chronicles the history of the infamous whiskey cookers of Carroll County from their outlaw days of Prohibition to when the liquor became legal in 2006. During the Prohibition Era, west central Iowa farmers cooked whiskey in their barns and machine sheds to supplement their income in the harsh times. The finished product was of such a high quality that it quickly made its way to speakeasies in Chicago, Kansas City, and Omaha through Italian gangster Al Capone. For almost 80 years the product was considered illegal until it was introduced in 2006 as a legal brand of top shelf liquor. The film made its debut on December 4th, 2011 at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines, Iowa.
“This film uncovers a part of Iowa’s history that has been kept in the dark for almost a hundred years,” says Day. “I wanted to tell a story of survival and community spirit without taking away the mystique that it has carried with it for so long.”
Theaters who are interested in booking Capone’s Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye should contact Kristian Day and Modern American American Cinema, LLC directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day, 26, a native of Rock Island, IL, went to high school in Cedar Rapids and attended the University of Colorado at Denver in the music industry studies program. In 2008, Day began directing and producing his own movies. His short films have played all over the world including Austria, Greece and Italy. His films have also been screened at various festivals in cities across the United States including Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.
This movie is the third movie in Day’s MADE IN IOWA documentary series, which has previously included Brent Houzenga: Hybrid Pioneer (available on DVD) and Templeton Rye: Iowa’s Good Stuff (30 minute short), which aired along side the Ken Burns’ series Prohibition on Iowa Public Television this past October and is currently available on Amazon’s Video On Demand. The ongoing series tells the stories of the innovative people, places and ideas that have influenced Iowa’s culture.
Modern American Cinema, LLC is an independent film production & distribution company based in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 2010, the company specializes in creating full-feature narratives and educational documentaries for international distribution.
Current screening dates include:
March 1st at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA (private alumni/student screening)
March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at the Bijou Cinema in Iowa City w/ film maker Q&A
March 10th at the Iowa Theater in Winterset, IA
March 10th at the Rialto Theater in Pocahontas, IA
March 22nd at Mayne Stage in Chicago, IL w/ film maker Q&A *Whiskey Fest Event*
March 23rd at The Grand Theater in Eldora, IA
March 24th & 25th at the Central Theater in Geneseo, IL
March 24th at the Grand Theater in Greenfield, IA
March 26th & 28th at the Prairie Cinema in Prairie Du Chien, WI
March 29th at the Orpheum Theater in Marshalltown, IA w/ film maker Q&A
April 10th at the Elkader Cinema in Elkader, IA
April 13th at the Palace Theater in Vinton, IA w/ film maker Q&A
April 28th at the Mindframe Theater in Dubuque, IA w/ film maker Q&A
April 28th & 29th at the New Strand Theater in West Liberty, IA
April 28th & 29th at the Dreamland Theater in Carson, IA
May 11th &12th at the Donna Reed Theater in Denison, IA w/ film maker Q&A
September 28th & 29th at the Temple Twin Theatre in Mount Pleasant, IA