Documentary by AECM students screened at film festivals

June 10, 2024

“90 Pounds of Butter” showcases the Princess Kay of the Milky Way competition.


A film created by three CFANS students for a class project has been screened at two local film festivals. The film —90 Pounds of Butter—is a 15 minute long documentary about the Princess Kay of the Milky Way competition; the name refers to the tradition of sculpting the Princess Kay finalists into a large block of butter during the Minnesota State Fair, a tradition since 1965.

According to the filmmakers, “explores the Princess Kay of the Milky Way competition and how the program helps to develop young women from Minnesota with an interest in the dairy industry.” It features interviews with Linda Christensen, former butter sculptor, and Emily (Annexstad) Bosch ‘20, CFANS alumna and the 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

The film was produced by Austin Rimer, Ella Thome, Zachary Booth in AECM 4452 Virtual Field Trip Production for AFNR Sciences last fall. Faculty member Troy McKay teaches the class each year, and is the executive producer of the film. The film was an official selection of the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival; the film was screened twice on “Student Cinema Sunday.” It was also one of ten films screened at the Intercollegiate Film Festival, part of the Twin Cities Film Festival.