Produce Iowa selects Dordt student piece for film festival

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Dordt student's short film to be showcased across Iowa

Noah Deist

Just A Guy, a short film by Dordt University senior Noah Deist, has been selected by Produce Iowa as one of six films for the Executive Directors’ Film Festival Picks showcase.

“It is so cool to have a film that I played a part in creating be recognized for its excellence,” says Deist. “Our team did a really great job start to finish and I am glad people enjoyed the film.”

The program is designed to promote film around the state of Iowa. Just a Guy had previously been awarded the “Best of College” category at Dordt’s Prairie Grass Film Challenge.

“We’re thrilled that Produce Iowa—the state’s film office—chose one of our winning films to showcase across the state,” says Mark Volkers, digital media production instructor. “The filmmakers—mostly digital media students—did such a good job of making Just A Guy in only 48 hours. The film delighted our judges and delighted the Produce Iowa office. Now we hope it delights viewers across the state!”

The film, which is about a guy hoping to get a date with the girl next door and includes an unexpected twist, was produced entirely by Dordt students with eight crew members. The writers and actors are also from Dordt.

“When I was writing the script for this film with Emma Stoltzfus, I wanted to avoid genres like comedy,” says Deist. “It is far easier to execute a convincing drama than it is to deliver a genuinely funny short film, and I think that played a big part in how we picked the theme of the film. We knew we wanted to do something a bit abnormal and we had to find a way to fit that idea into the requirements of the film challenge.”

Deist is a digital media major at Dordt. Dordt’s digital media program seeks to integrate faith into its classes—challenging students to fulfill the university’s mission, to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of life—including the film industry.

“I think digital media can be a very powerful tool to reach the lost and broken,” says Deist.

Dordt’s digital media program encourages students to find opportunities to gain experience, whether through assisting with an on-campus project, searching for freelance opportunities off campus, participating in Dordt’s Prairie Grass Film Challenge, or other outlets. To learn more about Dordt’s digital media program, visit

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Dordt, located in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report,, The Wall Street JournalWashington Monthly, and Princeton Review.