Alkali, Iowa


Whilst weeding a bean field a young, closet gay farmer unearths a strange "family treasure" of hidden erotica. When Jack discovers to which one of his relatives this treasure once belonged he finally finds the courage to declare his true sexuality. And so for him the 4th of July becomes his own personal "declaration of independence".


  • Runtime

    17 min
  • Country

    United States
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Mark Christopher
  • Cast

    JD Cerna, Mary Beth Hurt, Ed Seamon, Ellen Hamilton-Latzen, Kent Broadhurst, Greg Villepique
  • Production Company

    Wildword Productions
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Short Film
  • Teddy Award Winner

    Best Short Film

Biography Mark Christopher

Born on a farm near Fort Dodge, Iowa on 9.7.1961. Studied at the University of Iowa, in Lisbon and in Paris. Made his debut as a director with the short, THE DEAD BOY'S CLUB, which won several awards. Graduates in film studies at Columbia University in 1995. Lives in New York. 

Filmography Mark Christopher

1984 A Gourmet's Delight | 1990 The Language of Boys | 1993 The Dead Boys' Club | 1998 54 | 2005 Pizza | 2007 Heartland | 2012 Real Life: The Musical