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Iowa Film Promoter Quits After Budget Cut, Will Sell Pizza

September 07, 2002|From Associated Press

DES MOINES — The man who brought film projects to Iowa, including "Field of Dreams," "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Twister," is resigning because his office's budget has been cut in half.

Wendol Jarvis, who created the Iowa Film Office in 1984, said the budget is being reduced to $140,000 and he is losing two assistants.

"Budget cuts throughout state government didn't give me the tools I needed," he said.

Jarvis brought 54 films and hundreds of smaller TV and commercial projects to the state.

Nancy Pedersen, communications manager for Iowa's Department of Economic Development, said applications are being taken to fill the manager's position.

"Working in the film office has been a real important time in my life," said Jarvis, who is leaving Tuesday to become a franchise owner of Papa Murphy's pizza in Kansas City, Mo.

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