Into Great Silence (Die Große Stille) SAT, APR 14 • 11 AM Orpheum Main
WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL ✿ MADISON ✿ APRIL 12-15, 2007 ✿ WWW.WIFILMFEST.ORG ✿ 877.963.FILM
documentary feature • Germany, 2006, color, 35mm • 162 min DIRECTOR: Philip Gröning; PRODUCER: Philip Gröning, Michael Weber, Andres Pfaeffli, Elda Guidinetti; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Philip Gröning Filmproduktion; PRODUCTION CO: Philip Gröning Filmproduktion, Bavaria Film, ventura film sa, TSI, cine plus ARTE/ZDF, BR, Filmstiftung NRW, FFA; WRITER: Philip Gröning; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Philip Gröning; EDITOR: Philip Gröning In FRENCH, LATIN with English subtitles
Nestled deep in the postcard-perfect French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is considered one of the world’s most ascetic monasteries. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back to him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Gröning lived in the monks’ quarters for six months— filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals and rare outdoor excursions. This transcendent, closely observed film seeks to embody a monastery, rather than simply depict one—it has no score, no voiceover, and no archival footage. What remains is stunningly elemental: time, space and light. One of the most mesmerizing and poetic chronicles of spirituality ever created, it has much in common with another Festival film, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, as a transformative theatrical experience. Winner, Best Documentary, 2006 Bavarian Film Awards; winner, Best Documentary, 2006 European Film Awards; winner, Special Jury Prize, 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
It’s Happiness: A Polka Documentary SAT, APR 14 • 6:30 PM Wis Hist Society
documentary feature • USA, 2006, color, video • 85 min • Madison Premiere DIRECTOR: Craig DiBiase; PRODUCER: Craig DiBiase, Timm Gable; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Stun Productions; PRODUCTION CO: Stun Productions; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ross Riege; EDITOR: Brian Goetz, Michael Slavens; MUSIC: Afshin Toufighian; CAST: Art Altenburg, Greg Drust, Jimmy Sturr, John Pinter, LynnMarie Rink, Vi Bergum SERIES: Wisconsin’s Own PRESENTED BY: TravelWisconsin.com, Kodak, Criterion Collection
The thrill of a film festival is seeing gems like this: a movie about Wisconsin polka bands and the women who love them. You’ll visit Art Altenburg’s concertina bar and learn the difference between a concertina and an accordion; tailgate at a polka festival and drink to the health of the polka off a shotski (an old ski drilled to fit four Jagermeister shot glasses for a communal down-in-one toast), and meet Greg Durst, a record collector with the largest stash of vinyl in the state. A smart and accomplished documentary about a part of our state’s great musical traditions: just put a big red circle around it in your program guide and come to the show.
It’s In the Blood: Leo Abshire & the Cajun Tradition Winner, Best Documentary, Bluegrass Independent Film Festival.
An honest portayal of the struggles of life is created in the classic Killer of Sheep.
It’s In the Blood: Leo Abshire & the Cajun Tradition SEE: It’s In The Blood + Everybody
It’s In The Blood + Everybody Promenade FRI, APR 13 • 5 PM MMoCA
* It’s In the Blood: Leo Abshire & the Cajun Tradition documentary short o USA, 2007, color, video o 58 min • World Premiere DIRECTOR: Eric Scholl and Cyndi Moran; PRODUCTION CO: Amalgamated Mediaworks; CAST: Leo Abshire, Ray Abshire, Doug Kershaw, D.L. Menard, Steve Riley, Barry Ancelet, Rayfred Hebert, Allan Richard, Zula Abshire SERIES: Wisconsin’s Own PRESENTED BY: TravelWisconsin.com, Kodak, Criterion Collection
Celebrate the unique regional traditon of Cajun fiddling with Leo Abshire, a gentleman musician who played for presidents, royalty, and Olympic athletes. It’s In the Blood interviews Cajun legends Doug Kershaw, D.L. Menard, and Steve Riley, who help us understand the culture and context of Cajun music and what it means to carry on the traditions. Leo Abshire & the Olde Timers Cajun Band play because they have to: it’s part of who they are and where they come from. When Leo picked up his fiddle, he was transformed.
* Everybody Promenade documentary short • USA, 2006, color, video • 27 min DIRECTOR: LeAnn Erickson; PRODUCER: LeAnn Erickson, Camille Seaman
Director LeAnn Erickson brings us the Farmall Promenade, a eight-man (four of them dressed as ladies) group of vintage tractors performing square dances in tight formation. Based in Iowa, the Farmall group celebrates the farming traditions with flair, on locally made tractors. As Russ Davis, the tractor driver known as “Mrs. DeKalb, says: “For nearly 50 years this Iowa farmer wondered why God gave him such skinny legs, then he wore his first skirt in the Farmall Promenade and found out why.”
Jim & Joe’s Experimental Shorts returns with the inventive Western Ringo. A series of minute-long, meditative and beautiful pen and ink animations.
IV.6 SEE: short.times.twelve
* Enid’s Idyll
JFK: Dumpman / Twineman
experimental/animated short • 16mm • 17 min DIRECTOR: Larry Jordon
SEE: Wisconsin Student Short Films
Jim & Joe’s Animated Shorts
SAT, APR 14 • 3:30 PM Cinematheque
Our heroine is seen in deep forests and castle keeps; her champion is sometimes with her, sometimes away fighting archetypal foes.
* Dragon experimental/animated short • video • 8 min DIRECTOR: Troy Morgan
After her parents die in a tragic fire, a young girl is sent to an orphanage where she begins sketching fiery visions.
* Eastern Manchuria experimental/animated short • video • 4 min DIRECTOR: Aaron Anderson
A stream of consciousness animation about a robotic bear.
* Ema • Emaki II experimental/animated short • 16mm • 7 min DIRECTOR: Takashi Ishida
experimental/animated short • 16mm • 7 min DIRECTOR: Alexander Stewart
Thousands of copies made on a dozen copiers produce a moving Rorschach test of bleeding ink spots.
* Magda experimental/animated short • 35mm • 6 min DIRECTOR: Chel White
A first love is corrupted as a man recalls his affair with a beautiful circus contortionist.
* Milk and Honey experimental/animated short • 16mm • 17 min DIRECTOR: Kate McCabe
A meditation on solitude in Los Angeles, transporting the viewer between worlds of light and shadow to a place of tangible nostalgia.
* Poet’s Dream experimental/animated short • 16mm • 5 min DIRECTOR: Larry Jordon
The poet’s dreams, a maiden’s bubbles, through edifices of forest and eclectic contagion.
* Rabbit experimental/animated short • video • 9 min DIRECTOR: Run Wrake
When a boy and girl find an idol in the stomach of a rabbit, great riches follow, but for how long?
* Terrace 49 experimental/animated short • 16mm • 5 min DIRECTOR: Janie Geiser
Images of impending disaster collide with the repeated image of a woman’s body, devouring the woman into the texture of the film itself.
* XXX Amsterdam experimental/animated short • video • 3 min DIRECTOR: Martha Colburn
A high-octane collage of politicians, pornography and popular culture that tells tell you more in three minutes than three volumes of travel books.