It Wasn't A Dream, It Was A Flood

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It Wasn't A Dream, It Was A Flood
Directed by Frank Stanford
Irving Broughton
Starring Frank Stanford
Release date
  • 1974 (1974)
Running time
25 minutes
Country United States

It Wasn't A Dream, It Was A Flood is a 1974 autobiographical, 16mm short film about poet Frank Stanford, made by Stanford and his publisher, Irv Broughton.[1] Stanford appears charismatic and passionate in the 25-minute film, which interviews friends on whom Stanford's literary characters were sometimes based.

The film won one of the Judge's Awards at the 1975 Northwest Film & Video Festival.[2][3] It has never been released in theaters or on home video.[3]

The film was screened on October 18, 2008 at the Frank Stanford Literary Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


  1. ^ Bachar, Greg. "It Wasn't A Dream, It Was A Flood: Constant Stranger", Rain Taxi, Vol. 3, No. 3. Fall 1998.
  2. ^ Ted Hurliman at the Northwest Film Center (which runs the Northwest Film & Video Festival) in Portland, OR by phone on February 21, 2008. Accessing records, Hurliman confirmed that the film screened at the 1975 festival (as opposed to the commonly misprinted "1974"), that the film was 25 minutes on 16 mm, that the director was listed as Irv Brougton, that the description was "A dreamlike documentary about poet Frank Stanford, filmed in Arkansas and Mississippi," and that the film won "one of the Judge's Awards."
  3. ^ a b Irv Broughton in Spokane, Washington by phone on February 18, 2008, clarifying: the festival was the Northwest Film & Video Festival, not the West Coast Film Festival (as some sources have misprinted), and the award was not for "experimental filmmaking," as Rain Taxi reported.