The Chicago Underground Film Festival proudly presents the Chicago premiere of â€œDrifting Towards the Crescent,â€ Laura Stewartâ€™s captivating and intimate portrait of life in Keokuk, Iowa. Keokuk, situated along the Mississippi River just North of Hamilton, Missouri (birthplace of Mark Twain) is a place where the North ends and the South begins. A town of hunters and fisherman, drinkers, bikers and survivors, the inhabitants of Keokuk are proud of their lives that are a little rough around the edges but still easygoing and amiable. Weaving together the personal stories of these river town inhabitants, â€œDrifting Towards The Crescentâ€ offers insights into the character of a region holding on tightly to its identity in the face of a changing global economy.
â€œDrifting Towards the Crescentâ€ is about a town, and a moment and place in time, all the more critical after our recent election. Itâ€™s about the heartland of the US, and life on the Mississippi River. Even though I do not make didactic films, all of the characters but two would not have a job were it not for foreign investment. Itâ€™s about a place where the homes reflect the faded vestige of prosperity from the riverâ€™s glory days, but those days have long since ebbed. This film is about lack of mobility within a relentlessly mobile society.â€ – Laura Stewart
â€œAn unusual portrait of an almost mythical Americaâ€. – Rotterdam Film Festival