Iowa City Film Duo Presents Black Angel "Spook-u-mentary"


By Jay Knoll

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Two local film buffs use a piece of Iowa City history to create a spook-u-mentary.

The Black Angel statue at Oakland Cemetery is the inspiration behind Travis Drahozal and Jordan Kessler first full-length independent movie.

The film centers on behind the scenes footage from a group of movie makers creating a documentary on the statue. The goal, Drahozal said, was to mix real facts and history about the statue with a scary fictional narrative.

"Even if people know the facts, they're going to believe what they want to believe," Drahozal said.

Both film makers agree, the iconic piece of Iowa City history is already in the minds of their audience. They believe this image, and the legends attached to it, add another frightening element to the flick.

"I think image plays a big part into people's imaginations than even necessarily telling them about it," Kessler says, "They can create it themselves, and that's what's always scared me, my own imagination running wild."

The movie will feature five main actors all originally from Iowa. It's low-budget documentary style shooting puts it along side horror films like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project.

Drahozal says he wants their picture to bring a fresh and unfamiliar scare to jaded horror film viewers.

"People like me are the real people I want to get, because it's like a drug. I've been scared as a kid, but now I yearn for that scary movie that really scares me. It's so tough to find it," Drahozal said.

The duo are looking for sponsors and expect their movie to be done at the end of this month. You can visit their website to sponsor or donate to the film.

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