Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival

Ollie and Dean are making new friends in Cedar Rapids, Iowa — as an Official Selection of the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival (CRIFF)!

Friendly Faces is an Iowa-based web series following the exploits of Ollie Hart and Dean Overstreet as they set out to launch a rent-a-friend service for the eccentric residents of Harmony. Its 8 comedic episodes — from 8 Iowa directors — sees the boys on a casket shopping spree, being kidnapped by a murder clown, and going on a double date with a ghost as they navigate building authentic connections with their clients.

To fit the festival format, the series will screen all eight episodes, back to back!.


  • 5:50 PM | Friday, April 5
    • Friday Evening – Block 1, Theatre 1
    • 5:50 PM CRIFF Welcome (Overflow Audience)
    • 6:05 PM Friendly Faces Screening
    • 7:55 PM Friendly Faces Q&A
  • 9 AM | Saturday, April 6
    • Saturday Morning – Block 1, Theatre 1
    • 9 AM Friendly Faces Screening
    • 10:50 AM Friendly Faces Q&A

Your finest yellow attire (the series’ signature color) is strongly encouraged!

CRIFF provides a venue for Iowa-connected filmmakers to screen their work for peers and general audiences. The organization’s primary goals are to encourage independent filmmakers with Iowa ties to continue improving their craft, to provide a place to specifically showcase Iowa-connected films, present a unique cultural event to the community, and to offer networking opportunities for the purpose of building the Iowa Filmmaking Industry. For details, visit https://crifm.org/

Hourly Schedule

Friday, April 5

5:50 PM - 8 PM
Friday Evening, Block 1
Theatre 1

Saturday, April 6

9 AM - 11 AM
Saturday Morning, Block 1
Theatre 1


Apr 06 2024


9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Collins Road Theatres
1462 Twixt Town Rd, Marion, IA 52302

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About the Show

Friendly Faces is about the power and joy of community, both on-camera and off. Created, written, and funded by Keaton Fuller, the show was made with two goals: Telling a story about the power of building authentic connections, and serving as a means to build real-life connections in the Iowa arts community.

Each of the eight episodes are directed by eight unique, Iowa-based directors, and the show features dozens of Iowa performers who each contribute something special to bring this vibrant, colorful world to life.

After the COVID-19 pandemic created a nearly two-year halt in production, there was a period of time where it was unclear if the show would ever see the light of day. It was solely through the care and long-term dedication of our talented cast and crew that we are finally able to share the world of Friendly Faces.

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