September 28, 2021

‘You and Me This Summer’ shot in Osceola

A short film was made last week, wrapping up July 26 in Osceola. “You and Me This Summer” is a coming of age story of two girls the summer after their high school graduation. Their names are Reagan and Addison, two friends who live across the street from one another. Addison is navigating her mother’s addiction and what that means for her future and education opportunities. Reagan is learning more about her past and exploring her identity through her father’s native tribe.

“It’s about that summer when you’re really trying to find out who you are and your place in the world,” said Producer Taylor Wildenhaus of Wavelength Productions.

The full film was made in Osceola at three different locations and at one location in New Virginia.

Writer/Director Emily Berge is originally from Indianola, she and her creative partner Spencer Thielmann and writer Maya Rose Dittloff came to Iowa to write the earliest versions of the script. While here they drove around knowing how important the location was to the film. They knew it needed to be set in southern Iowa and Berg knew a few people from Osceola so after communicating while a few locals they were able to get locations worked out.

“It’s central to the story with two girls really living across the street from one another and growing up together and we were able to find these house that really fit the script. From there we just kind of built out this world within the Osceola region,” said Taylor.

Many Des Moines actors had speaking roles in the film as well as playing background parts. Crew members were from all across Iowa.

This independent film will be submitted to film festivals and showing dates will be listed on

Tyra Audlehelm

Tyra Audlehelm

I grew up in Osceola and live here still with my husband and son. I graduated with my Bachelor degree in Journalism and Mass Communications in 2017. I have work at the OST since January of 2018.