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Linda Cook

The Bluebox Productions guys have been hard at work. And now you can see their latest project, bigger than life, at the Putnam Museum IMAX Theatre.

"Her Summer" includes two stories that overlap. One is a murder mystery based on a true story. The other simply is the story of two guys whose friendship unfolds in their dialogue as they hang out together.

Davenport Police Officer Ethan Crowe (Justin Marxen) is part of an investigation, and is on hand when he finds that two of his brothers have been murdered. Ethan remains on the crime scene all night long — and then vanishes.

Two years later, the investigation heats up again. Greg (Shane Simmons) is the son of one of the officers working the case. Greg and his friend Mark (Travis Shepherd) sift through a box of evidence, transcripts and other evidence in the case while they imagine what might have happened.

Filmmakers Scott Beck, who produces, and Bryan Woods, who writes, directs and produces, continue to show off their expertise in camera angles, close ups, and atmosphere. They managed some neat scenes here, including a scene, shot from above, of the opening of a shed and some interesting transition titles and clues.

Especially dynamic is the performance by Shepherd, who seems to have a knack for appearing natural in front of the camera. The most realistic scenes are those of the two friends simply having conversations about girls, college, and their everyday lives. It would be nice to see a Bluebox feature with Shepherd and Jim Siokos, who starred in the Bluebox production "University Heights," in major roles together (Siokos has a smaller role in "Her Summer.")

Beck is a student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and Woods is a student at Scott Community College in Bettendorf. They have been making films together for the past seven years, and have won several awards, including four from the Iowa Motion Picture Association.

For more go to ww.blueboxlimited.com.

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