FESTIVAL CANCELED August 27 - 30, 2020

Alternating Currents Festival is a music, film, comedy and art experience. 

Located throughout the Quad Cities, including Downtown Davenport where you’ll find dozens of restaurants, shops, bars and more beyond our official venues. 

Event organizers from Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) announced the cancellation of Alternating Currents, originally scheduled for August 27-30, 2020 as a regional event across five Quad Cities downtown areas. Downtown Bettendorf Organization’s (DBO) Be Downtown event, originally re-scheduled from June to coincide with Alternating Currents, also has been canceled. Both organizations are divisions of the Quad Cities Chamber. 

“In order to keep Quad Citizens and visitors safe, we felt it best to cancel events that included large gatherings downtown,” stated Kyle Carter, Executive Director of DDP. “We will continue to support our downtown businesses as we have throughout the pandemic with promotions that encourage people to eat, drink, shop and explore downtown within public health guidelines.”




"2020 has been a strange year, but you, the filmmakers, turned pro, when the going got weird. I thank you," said Harry Walker, film festival producer.  "This year's Alternating Currents film festival was cancelled due to 'The Rona' aka COVID-19. Such a shame too. We had some of the greatest shorts I've seen in a very long time. All at one festival in our home town, the Quad Cities. Our submissions came across the globe to locally produced, gut punching, knock your socks off, gold. They were off the charts this year, not only in greatness, but you came in droves. I've been to a lot of festivals and I can honestly say,  you killed it. So keep it up film heads and submit, submit, submit. "

Out of Stock

Runtime 17:48


In 1973, the host of The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, made a joke that toilet paper was going out of stock. By the next day, stores across the country were completely sold out. This is the story of the first day of the toilet paper crisis.


Directed by Bryan Taira
Bryan Taira is a Japanese-American film director, born and raised in Carpinteria, California. His imagination for highlighting social and economic issues are portrayed through contradictory genres. As a storyteller and artist he strives to cultivate a connection between humanity and the natural world through various mediums. Recently graduated from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Bryan looks forward to creating and collaborating on more films.


Family Tree

Runtime 16:41


A newly wed woman is unwittingly duped into a dark holiday tradition in her new family, now she is forced to carry out horrible acts in the days leading up to Christmas.

Directed by Patrick Boberg
Patrick Boberg is a frenetic filmmaker based in Des Moines, IA. Originally finding his love for storytelling with comedy skits, punk rock and 90s skate videos, Patrick comes from the Robert Rodrigeuz or Mark Duplass mindset of just make something. He believes the essence of filmmaking is divided into two collaborative camps; storytelling and effort. Once you have a story, it doesn’t matter the scale to which you take your effort as long as you actually go for it. 

Director Statement
This short film was produced by the filmmaking team Tiny Explosions as part of the 100 Hour Film Race. We set out to make a high level B-Horror film with a concept bent around the unexpected sacrifices of marriage. The tagline is "The holidays can be hard, marriage is harder."



Runtime 8:26


A photojournalist navigates the seedy underworld of political corruption, fetish pornography, and summer camping in an attempt to stop a toxic form of MDMA that melts users from the inside out.

Directed by Josh Stephenson 
Josh Stephenson was born in Florida to a school teacher and lawyer. Raised during the Reagan Administration, he is a graduate of the University of Florida's School of Journalism and has a BA in Film Editing from Columbia College Chicago. His experience includes directing a pair of showcase narrative shorts for Kinematic Entertainment and J&R Productions, respectively. In 2015, he worked on the second season of NCIS: New Orleans for CBS. More work on shows and feature films would soon follow including content for AMC, Marvel, Netflix, MTV, and Animal Planet. He works and lives in the city of New Orleans.


The Water Song

Runtime 13:00


A spunky nine-year-old receives a shiny pink bike for her birthday, but her domineering uncle is the only adult in the trailer park willing to teach her how to ride it. The word “quit" however, is not in either of their vocabulary. The Water Song is a parable for standing up for yourself, finding a voice in Trump-era America, and saying "F**K YOU" to the patriarchal way of doing business.

Directed by Dave Jannetta
Dave Jannetta is a Philadelphia based filmmaker with experience across a broad spectrum of visual storytelling. In 2015 he released his debut documentary feature, "Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere.” At the beginning of his career, Dave served as personal assistant to Peter Jackson through North American production of "The Lovely Bones", and spent a year abroad working at Jackson’s WingNut Films in Wellington, New Zealand. He has an MFA from Temple University, is a graduate of Penn State University (Finance/Film Studies; 2005), and an alumnus of Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School (winter 2012).


The Hermit

Runtime 16:43


A young woman is kidnapped and taken hostage by a mysterious hermit in the forest. When she returns to society, she struggles to revert to her old self.

Directed by Noel Rafizadeh-Kabe
Noel is a filmmaker based in Tokyo and California. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) film with a B.A. in film production in 2019. Having worked various jobs professionally (production assistant, grip, sound and editing) in film, Noel is now applying what he’s learned to his thesis film. Noel is passionate about horror-films, comics, skateboarding and his family. 

Die Autoficker

Runtime 1:12


During a nocturnal car drive in search of sex, the protagonist meets a trans prostitute. But instead of releasing him from his desires, she informs him together with a leather fetish boy about his irresponsibility regarding the climate change.

Directed by Josia Brezing
Josia Brezing is a 22-year-old German director who is currently studying at the Filmakademie Baden ‑Wuertt-emberg. He lives and works in Berlin and Ludwigsburg.



* Film name, director name listed below

Short Film (Narrative or Documentary)

The Burial, Jack Meggers
Burner Of Ships, Leonardo Campaner
Cedar Creek, Dick DeAngelis
Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh, Saheer Abbas
Domicile, Marissa Vonn
Doors, Caleb Harris
The Foursome, Zack McTee
A Gap in the Past, Todd Boerema
Kill: Norwood, Lexy Anderson
The Neighborhood, Quentin Lareau
No Soliciting, Daniel Tucker 
No Trespassing, Courtney Grawe
Not Me, Mahmoud Salimi 
Riviera, Jason Fragale 
Rutting Season, Wes Worthing 
ULTRA, Bruce James Bales 
Where There's Tea There's Hope, Lorne Warr 
Wilt, Wes Worthing 


Ancestors, Charles Borowicz
A Brief Account of Time, Stefan Nestoroski
Correspondence II, Lisa J. Maione 
Frames, Audrey Seybold 
Freytag's Pyramid of Climactic Light, Kai Swanson
Lairs, Emma Penaz Eisner
Lo/ve, Tempest Montgomery
The room paints my portrait, and I paint the room's, Sergey Zanchevskiy 
Side View, Tosh Leykum

Student Film

The Annunciation, Rosana Cuellar 
Bambiland, Danilo Stanimirović 
The Bare Knuckle Gentleman, Nishad Chaughule 
Below A Dark Wood, Bill Slovick 
Caramel, Shange Zhang 
Cargo – Der Transport, Christina Tournatzés 
A celebration of the chaos inside me, Davide Vanacore 
The Checklist, Lucas Dutra 
Crush, Heather Harris 
Danke, Aus! – And Cut!, Luca Amhofer
Elephant in the Room, Chanelle Eidenbenz 
The Fishman, Leto S. Meade 
The Hood, Patricia Vidal Delgado 
I Am Mackenzie, Artemis Anastasiadou 
Meidagen – Days of May, Juri Ferri 
Offbeat, Myrte Ouwerkerk 
Pick Your Poison, Zoe Pham 
The Quiet, Radheya Jegatheva 
Reprise, Stanley Xu Ruiyang 
Rive-Sud – South Shore, Xavier Hamel 
The Romantic Movement, Yuhe Lu 
Solitaire, Elena Brodach 
Sophie, Anna Cangellaris
Synchronicity, Michelle Brand 
XY, Anna Karín Lárusdóttir 


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