2006 Wisconsin Film Festival Film Guide

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Hamilton is a richly textured study of life in suburban Baltimore. The Grace Lee Project seeks out Grace Lees.

A boy accidentally crosses the Pakistani-Indian border in Little Terrorist, part of Global Shorts: Five Films. former classmates, he realizes finds them content and successful. Filmmaker Zheng offers beautiful vista of large swaths of Chinese countryside and reveals the painful uncertainty experienced by some recent college graduates. Winner, 2004 Organization Committee Special Prize; Peking College Students Film Festival; 2005 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. (CATHERINE REILAND)

* Elephants Never Forget (Los Elefantes Nunca Olvidan) Mexico, 2004, color • 13 min. DIRECTOR: Lorenzo Vigas Castes IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Debut filmmaker Vigas Castes focuses intently on the faces of a teenage brother and sister who leave their house on a grim mission: to kill their abusive father who abandoned the family when they were toddlers. Brother and sister find themselves in a truck close to their father, Pedro, who seems to be an amiable man offering tangerines to his traveling companions. Pedro brags of his elephantine memory and his inability to forget a face. Will Pedro’s son be able to pull the trigger after looking at his

father’s face? Winner, 2004 Semaine International de la Critique; Festival de Cannes; 2004 Best Fiction Film, Festival de Curtas de Rio de Janeiro; 2005 New Directors New Films, Lincoln Center Society and MoMA. (CATHERINE REILAND)

* More than the World (Más Quel Mundo) Argentina, 2004, color • 12 min. DIRECTOR: Lautaro Núñez De Arco IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Talented filmmaker and screenwriter Nuñez de Arco (Mercano the Martian, featured in the UW Cinematheque’s fall 2005 program), offers a charming and story of a boy and his loyal canine. Marito falls in love with a young girl, enraging her father who steps in violently. A tender story of passion and loyalty, even the coldest hears will melt upon hearing Marito’s words, “I love you more than the world.” Winner, 2005 Silver Condor, Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards; 2004 Best Short Film Director, Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente; 2004 Best Short Film, Huelva Latin American Film Festival. (CATHERINE REILAND)

More than the World: part of Global Shorts: Five Films.

The Grace Lee Project FRI, MAR 31 • 5 PM Monona Terrace

A young college graduate and returns to his rural Chinese village in Harvest Time, part of Global Shorts: Five Films.


Documentary Feature, USA, 2005, color, BetaSP • 68 min. DIRECTOR: Grace Lee; PRODUCER: Amy Ferraris; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: In-Ah Lee; WRITER: Grace Lee, Amy Ferraris; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jerry A. Henry; EDITOR: Amy Ferraris; MUSIC: Woody Pak. SERIES: Y’all Gonna Learn Chinese PRESENTED BY: UW Asian American Studies Program

Filmmaker Grace Lee grew up thinking she was special: there weren’t many other Korean American girls in Missouri. As she went out into the world, she found that her name was more common, and that many people knew a Grace Lee. Oddly, they were all described as polite overachievers, usually Christian, always nice: fitting a stereotype of Asian Americans. Grace goes off in search of other women named Grace Lee who defy that description, and to question cultural assimilation and stereotypes along the way. “Packed with skillfully interwoven personal stories, this film will resonate with anyone who’s ever Googled their own name, hoping to find a fascinating doppelganger. And let’s face it, isn’t that just about all of us?” — Jenny George, Bust Magazine. (MEG HAMEL)

Hamilton SUN, APR 2 • 3:30-5 PM Cinematheque


Dramatic Feature, USA, 2005, color, 16mm • 65 min. DIRECTOR: Matthew Porterfield; PRODUCER: Jordan Mintzer; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Marie Collins, Balfour Associates LP, The Hamilton Film Group LLC; WRITER: Matt Porterfield; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jeremy Saulnier; CAST: Chris Myers, Stephanie Vizzi, Megan Clark, Madeline Saar Reeser, Tiffany Boone, Colby Ball, Jasmine Bazinet-Phillips, Sarah Seipp-Williams; PRODUCTION CO: The Hamilton Film Group LLC

(WORLD PREMIERE) Proving that there’s still a fiercely independent spirit in American Indie cinema, Matthew Porterfield’s self-produced debut feature Hamilton is a richly textured and gorgeously shot portrait of a young couple living in suburban Baltimore. The film takes place over the course of two sweltering hot summer days and is ostensibly about accidental parents, Joe and Lena, coping with the task of raising their child. Yet Porterfield’s restrained narrative and meditative camera create a visual poem that emphasizes the everyday activities of the teenage couple — mowing the lawn,

spending the afternoon in the backyard pool — rather than moments of conflict. Originally conceived as a silent film, Hamilton relies on the evocative sounds of summer (birds, insects, lawn mowers) and sumptuous cinematography to create a vivid milieu that will linger in your mind. Produced on a budget of $50,000 cobbled together from family and friends, the film recalls the like-minded work of David Gordon Green and Terrence Malick. Shimmering water in a neighborhood swimming pool never has never looked so good. Director MATTHEW PORTERFIELD is scheduled to attend. (TOM YOSHIKAMI)

Hand Eye Coordination SEE Jim and Joe’s Experimental Shorts

Harvest Time (Dao Shou) SEE Global Shorts: Five Films

Hunger SEE Young Visions and Voices



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