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Directed by Matt Farnsworth
Produced by Matt Farnsworth
Diane Foster
Written by Matt Farnsworth
Starring Matt Farnsworth
Diane Foster
Rosanna Arquette
John Savage
Music by Elia Cmiral
Cinematography John Houghton
Andrew Parke
Edited by Robert Brown
Full Fathom 5
Distributed by Koch Vision (U.S.)
Release date
  • April 22, 2005 (2005-04-22) (Tribeca Film Festival)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English

IOWA is a 2005 American independent neo-noir film directed by, written by, and starring Matt Farnsworth. The film follows two young Iowan lovers who decide to cook their own methamphetamine. The film was met with highly negative reviews.


After his father dies, Esper Harte learns that he may collect on his father's insurance. However, his mother and a crooked cop want to get rid of him so that they can take the money. Desperate to escape their problems, Esper and his girlfriend, Donna Huffman, decide to cook their own methamphetamine.



IOWA premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2005.[1]


The film received negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reports 15% of surveyed critics liked it, with a 3.9/10 rating average out of 13 reviews.[2] Metacritic gave it a score of 35/100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[3]

Slant Magazine called the film "stupendously slipshod" and "meandering, amateurish sleaze",[4] while The New York Times criticized the lack of subtlety.[5] In a more positive review, The Village Voice praised the film's energy and acting.[6] Monsters and Critics said "This story and the characters in it are as real as the day is long and faithful to all that is good and bad about growing up with ever shrinking horizons."[7]


  1. ^ "Iowa". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Iowa". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Iowa reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Schager, Nick (March 28, 2006). "Iowa". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Kern, Laura (March 31, 2006). "Dreams, Drugs and Danger in 'Iowa'". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Atkinson, Michael (Mar 21, 2006). "'Iowa'". The Village Voice. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Wilkinson, Ron (Mar 31, 2006). "Iowa". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 

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