Episode III of Collins Radio Documentary Series Chosen for Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival


March 4, 2020

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CEDAR RAPIDS – The Collins Story: Connecting the Moon to the Earth – Live from the Moon has been chosen as an Official Selection to be exhibited at the 2020 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. The festival will be held at Collins Road Theatres in Marion, Iowa on Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th. The Festival is open to the general public and ticket sales will be announced soon. This documentary was produced by Wired Production Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in association with Busbee Communications. 

“The story of the unheralded role employees of a Cedar Rapids company played in the space program of the 1960s is an important one to tell and preserve,” said Annette Busbee of Busbee Communications and writer and executive producer of the films. “Not many people are aware that every Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronaut’s voice from space was heard through Collins Radio equipment and systems.”

Live from the Moon is a 54 minute documentary that follows Apollo 11 and America’s landing men on the moon. It also covers the crucial role Collins’ communications equipment played supporting the crippled Apollo 13 mission. This is one of a three-part series being created by the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association. The Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association produced the documentaries using archival film, images, documents and interviews with former Collins Radio employees. The Association is honored to have the films recognized by CRIFF and IMPA.  The official movie listing can be found at www.IMDB.com.


The Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the legacy of Arthur Collins and the Collins Radio Company he founded. More information can be found at www.arthurcollins.org.


Wired Production Group is a full-service live event and video production company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that provides experienced professionals who manage AV, lighting, staging, and video production for businesses, political rallies, entertainers, festivals, trade shows,, and fashion shows across the United States. More information can be found at wiredproductiongroup.com


The Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers launched the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival (CRIFF) in 2001. The Festival was created to provide a venue for Iowa filmmakers to screen their work for their peers and general audiences. The CRIFF is hosted annually at Collins Road Theatres in Marion, Iowa. More information can be found at www.crifm.org. 



UPDATE 3/10/2020

Tickets are on sale now. Get yours online today! 


– Friday, April 3rd / 7:30pm / Theatre 2

– Saturday, April 4th / 9:00am / Theatre 4

Check out the entire schedule online at www.crifm.org.

UPDATE 3/17/2020

“The 2020 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival (CRIFF), scheduled for April 3 and 4 at the Collins Road Theatres in Marion, Iowa, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘With an abundance of caution, and following the CDC recommendations, we’ve decided to postpone the Festival,’ said CRIFF Director Scott Chrisman. ‘While we are disappointed, the safety and health of our filmmakers, supporters, and audience members is always paramount.’

CRIFF 2020 will be rescheduled for a later date. Announcements will be made on crifm.org and social media channels, as organizers determine the best path forward. Individuals who have purchased tickets are advised that these will be honored for the rescheduled event. Thirty-six films have been selected for screening this year.”