Bloom SEE: Wisconsin Student Short Films
Bone Mixers SEE: short.times.four
Lars von Trier delivers a screwball comedy with The Boss of It All.
Border SUN, APR 15 • 7 PM Wis Hist Society
documentary feature • USA, 2006, color, video • 105 min • Midwest Premiere DIRECTOR: Chris Burgard; PRODUCER: Jennifer A. Champagne; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Lisa Burgard; PRODUCTION CO: Max Ink Productions, Little Bonanza Productions; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Danny Moder; EDITOR: Todd Sheridan Perry; CAST: Chris Burgard, Chris Simcox, Jay T. Rockwell, Danny Moder SERIES: Wisconsin’s Own PRESENTED BY: TravelWisconsin.com, Kodak, Criterion Collection
WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL ✿ MADISON ✿ APRIL 12-15, 2007 ✿ WWW.WIFILMFEST.ORG ✿ 877.963.FILM
A Wisconsin native transplanted to California, Chris Burgard set out to make a homegrown film about the Mexican-U.S. border, to satisfy some of his own questions about what it means these days to “defend our borders.” His journey leads him to Chris Simcox, the founder of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, and a month of filming members of the Minutemen in a close collaboration. As Burgard and his crew (including cinematographer Danny Moder) spend more time on the border, they record stories of ranchers infuriated with the vandalism and litter, and shocked by the discovery of people left for dead by the “coyotes” who sometimes organize the crossings. Part of the Wisconsin’s Own series, Border brings to the Festival a perspective on immigration issues that is both challenging and intensely personal.
The Boss of It All (Direktøren for det Hele) FRI, APR 13 • 7:15 PM MMoCA
SUN, APR 15 • 7:30 PM MMoCA
dramatic feature • Denmark, 2006, color, 35mm • 99 min DIRECTOR: Lars von Trier; PRODUCER: Meta Louise Foldager, Vibeke Windeløv, Signe Jensen; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Lene Børglum, Peter Aalbæk; PRODUCTION CO: Zentropa Entertainments; WRITER: Lars von Trier; CINEMATOGRAPHER: AUTOMAVISION©; EDITOR: Molly M. Stensgaard; CAST: Jens Albinus, Peter Gantzler, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Benedikt Erlingsson, Iben Hjejle, Henrik Prip, Mia Lyhne, Casper Christensen, Louise Mieritz, Jean-Marc Barr, Sofie Gråbøl, Anders Hove In DANISH with English subtitles
Lars von Trier drops a screwball comedy into a spare Danish IT office, poking fun at the egotism of actors along the way, to make The Boss of It All, a thoroughly entertaining and delightful new work from the Danish master. To make the tough decisions in the company, the real owner and manager Ravn invented a fictitious alter ego, named Svend. For years “Svend” has been an absentee boss, emailing the staff with orders and instructions (and flirtatious notes) that Ravn couldn’t do face-to-face. But now Ravn wants to sell the com8 pany, and the prospective buyer
Close to Home portrays young Israeli women in military service. (played by famed Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridricksson) will only sign the contract with Svend, the boss of it all. Second-rate actor Kristoffer, a lean piece of Danish ham, is hired to play Svend, devoting himself Methodically to his character. Hilarity ensues. Von Trier shot this film using a camera technique that employs mathematical formulae to select random camera positions during a scene. Inventive, subtle, and very witty, “the fascination of von Trier’s cinema is always to be found in its deliberate contradictions, in the paradoxes within paradoxes that he constructs so carefully and leaves to the audience to unpack and unravel.” — davekehr.com.
Braindamadj’d...Take II SEE: Escape Velocity + Braindamadj’d
British Television Advertising Awards SAT, APR 14 • 4:15 PM Monona Terrace
SUN, APR 15 • 3:45 PM Monona Terrace
dramatic feature • UK, 2006, color, video • 70 min • Wisconsin Premiere
Yep, it’s exactly what you think: TV commercials. At a film festival. But they’re award-winning commercials: witty, inventive, impeccable little films. Our pals at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis introduced us to this program, which plays there annually to more than 15,000 people. Sure to be a hot ticket here in Madison, too, and the beginning of what we hope will be an annual tradition of our own. Special thanks to the British Television Advertising Association and Peter Bigg.
Buzzsaw SEE: Wisconsin Student Short Films
The Captain & Me SEE: short.times.six
The defense of the Mexican-U.S. boundary is examined in Border.
Carlos (my name is not)
SEE: Wisconsin Student Short Films
after 9/11? This tender, moving, and intensely personal film won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival on its debut, and has played at dozens of festivals since.
The Cats of Mirikitani
THU, APR 12 • 5:30 PM
THU, APR 12 • 7 PM
SUN, APR 15 • 6 PM Bartell Theater
documentary feature • USA, 2006, color, video • 74 min • Midwest Premiere DIRECTOR: Linda Hattendorf; PRODUCER: Masa Yoshikawa, Linda Hattendorf; PRODUCTION CO: Lucid Dreaming; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Linda Hattendorf, Masa Yoshikawa; EDITOR: Keiko Deguchi, Linda Hattendorf ; MUSIC: Joel Goodman; CAST: Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, Linda Hattendorf, Janice Mirikitani, Roger Shimomura In ENGLISH, JAPANESE with English subtitles SERIES: Diaspora Melancholy: Asian American Film. PRESENTED BY: UW Asian American Studies
Linda Hattendorf took her camera through her New York neighborhood and filmed local street artist Jimmy Mirikitani, unaware of the story that would unfold. Jimmy was just one of the local characters, an elderly Japanese-American man creating sketches of mountains and goldfish and cats in Washington Square Park. After the World Trade Center collapse filled the streets with debris, Linda invited Jimmy to stay, and gradually learns his story. Why is he so resistant to her attempts to help him get his Social Security benefits and a permanent home? What does he think of the news coverage of the racist attacks on American Muslims
Wis Union Theater
dramatic feature • USA, 2006, color, video • 86 min DIRECTOR: Mike Akel; PRODUCER: Mike Akel, Angie Alvarez, Graham Davidson; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Michael McAlister, David Gonzales; PRODUCTION CO: SomeDaySoon Productions; WRITER: Mike Akel, Chris Mass; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Steven Schaefer; EDITOR: Bob Perkins; MUSIC: Chris Jagich; CAST: Troy Schremmer, Chris Mass, Janelle Schremmer, Shannon Haragan
Chalk is one of the wittiest films at the Festival, sketching out a year of rookie teachers at Harrison. In an improvisational style that wraps a bit of reality TV around a faux documentary core, the ensemble cast will win you over with their portrayal of high school staff way out of their depth. Filmmakers Mike Akel and Chris Mass, best friends since eighth grade, drew on their own experiences as teachers — the character names are even drawn from their childhood teachers. Mass plays overconfident Mr. Stroop, determined to out-hip his way to the “Most Popular Teacher” award. Coach Webb, a stickler for rules, wonders if she’ll find romance — could it be with Mr. Lowrey, the completely inept firstyear teacher who can’t even keep track of his chalk? This is a gloriously painful exploration of the frus-
Cinematographer Style trations of America’s most underappreciated profession, created with loving respect by a close-knit cast and crew. Plus, it’s hoot. Winner, 2006 Audience Award, Cinequest Film Festival; Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Acting, Florida Film Festival; Grand Jury Prize, Independent Film Festival Of Boston.
Cinematographer Style SAT, APR 14 • 1:30 PM Cinematheque
documentary feature • USA, 2006, color, 35mm • 90 min DIRECTOR: Jon Fauer; PRODUCER: Jon Fauer; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Volker Bahnemann, John W. Johnston, Robert Hoffman; PRODUCTION CO: T-Stop Production, the American Society of Cinematographers; CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller, Jon Fauer ASC, David Morgan; EDITOR: Matthew Blute; MUSIC: Florian Schlagbauer, Thomas Schlagbauer, Christian Bischoff
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