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Memory by Design

The Salesman (Le Vendeur) DIRECTOR: BILL BASQUIN

Robert on His Lunch The beauty of Madison in fall is nicely conveyed in Madison: October Break and Other 2010, shot within Troy Gardens on Experimental Shorts Super 8 film. (JP) from Wisconsin’s Own Memory by Design SAT, APR 21 • 11:00 AM

UW Cinematheque 82 MIN + 30 MIN POST-FILM Q&A SECTION: WISCONSIN’S OWN FILMMAKERS SCHEDULED TO ATTEND

This program features cutting-edge experimental and animated films from Wisconsin filmmakers.

106 River Road MADISON PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2011, color, 16mm • 6 MIN DIRECTOR: JOSH WEISSBACH

WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL • MADISON • APRIL 18–22, 2012 • WIFILMFEST.ORG • 877.963.FILM

106 River Road documents an address, moving from literal to abstract in a metaphor for familial displacement. (JP)

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After the Day After WISCONSIN PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2011, color, HD projection • 6 MIN DIRECTOR: NATHAN MELTZ

After the Day After remakes a section of the 1983 post-nuclear madefor-TV movie The Day After, retelling the story of atomic devastation in a Dada collage-meets-stop-animation style. (JP)

The End MADISON PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2011, color, HD projection • 5 MIN DIRECTOR: JULIE WOLTERSTORFF

cast: Catron Booker, Julie Wolterstorff

“...And I try to find meanings and maybe there was none to be found or maybe I just never found it” in The End. (JP)

Just Breathe WORLD PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2012, color, HD projection • 8 MIN DIRECTOR: BOBBY GRYZYNGER

screenwriter: Bobby Gryzynger; director of photography: Dylan Wilbur; sound design: Nick Good; music: Pat Reinholz; producers: Bobby Gryzynger, Dylan Wilbur; cast: Bobby Gryzynger, Ben Fox, Livy Baldwin

Just Breathe is a fragmented, experimental narrative recalling a moment of confusion and alienation. (JP)

Madison: October 2010 MIDWEST PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2011, color, digital projection • 3 MIN

WISCONSIN PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2011, color, HD projection • 5 MIN DIRECTOR: NATHAN PUNWAR

cinematography: David Feeney-Mosier, Nathan Punwar; editor: Nathan Punwar; music: Sam Pluta; cast: Kathleen Kyllo, Helen Lueders, Alexia Rasmussen SECTION: WISCONSIN’S OWN

Seis de Seis MADISON PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2011, color, 16mm • 3 MIN DIRECTOR: ANTONIO VARGAS

wardrobe/art: Dawn Borchardt; cast: Erica Thompson

Fall into a color mirror world where nothing is mundane in Seis de Seis. (JP)

Sequence WORLD PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2012, color, digital projection • 4 MIN DIRECTOR: WM BEDFORD

Memory by Design is a dazzling love letter to all things analog as they recede into the horizon of the digital age. (JP)

Sequence locates a pastoral beauty in rural Dodge County. (JP)

Of a Feather

(Le Vendeur)

MADISON PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2011, color, digital projection • 10 MIN DIRECTOR: ROB YEO

Of a Feather is a lyrical portrait of the vibrant force of life, filmed during the course of a year in a major North American wetland. (JP)

Ottawa Signal Films: 5 Short Animations by J.J. Sedelmaier WISCONSIN PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2010, color, digital projection • 6 MIN DIRECTOR: J.J. SEDELMAIER

In five short animations, a fella uses a machine-gun to create a work of art and confronts an interesting dilemma. (JP)

Radula WISCONSIN PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2012, color, HD projection • 1 MIN DIRECTOR: ERIC NELSON

music: ViBRATiONLAND

Lovable snails cavort and frolic in a ceramic-tiled wonderland in the animated Radula. (JP)

Robert on His Lunch Break MADISON PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2010, color, digital projection • 24 MIN DIRECTOR: DAVE ANDRAE

writer: Dave Andrae; cast: Richard Goulis, Dave Andrae, Mack Bates, Meg Turner

The protagonist of Robert on His Lunch Break is just trying to get a togo order of food, but he’s accosted by an interlocutor who proceeds to berate him — perhaps telepathically. (JP)

The Salesman THU, APR 19 • 6:30 PM Sundance Cinema 2

SUN, APR 22 • 3:45 PM Chazen Museum of Art MIDWEST PREMIERE • narrative • Canada, 2011, color, 35mm • 105 MIN DIRECTOR: SÉBASTIEN PILOTE

writer: Sébastien Pilote; director of photography: Michel La Veaux; sound: Gilles Corbeil, Stéphane Bergeron, Olivier Calvert; producer: Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan; cast: Gilbert Sicotte, Jérémy Tessier, Jean-François Boudreau, Pierre Leblanc, Nathalie Cavezzali In French with English subtitles SECTION: NEW QUEBECOIS CINEMA FILMMAKER SCHEDULED TO ATTEND

Presented with the Québec Government Office in Chicago

Named Best Film about the Working World at the 2011 Torino Film Festival, this drama gives poignant commentary on the current recession. He may be an aging car salesman in rural Quebec, but Marcel Levesque maintains a distinguished air, sporting tidy suits and knowing all his customers by name. He’s far and away the dealership’s reigning sales champ, but Marcel is not one to rest on his laurels, and still rehearses his pitch into a dictaphone with monklike dedication. His records are threatened when the employees of the local paper mill (the community’s main employer) go on strike, and Marcel finds himself in the awkward position of trying to sell automobiles to the unemployed. This may sound like the jumping-

American Homes off point for a cynical satire of the financial crisis, but writer/director Sébastian Pilote’s debut feature is far too sensitive for such reductive theatrics. Instead, this perceptive film recognizes the codependence of local economies, and serves as a potent reminder of a not-so-distant past when workers were treated as individuals. The Salesman wisely observes that, in this age of mass layoffs, simply taking pride in one’s work is becoming an antiquated notion. Nominated for five Jutra Awards (the Quebecois Oscar equivalent), including Best Film and a muchdeserved Best Actor nod for star Gilbert Sicotte. FIPRESCI Award, 2011 San Francisco and Torino Film Festivals. 2011 Sundance and Los Angeles Film Festivals. (MK)

Seis de Seis SEE: Robert on His Lunch Break and Other Experimental Shorts from Wisconsin’s Own

Sequence SEE: Robert on His Lunch Break and Other Experimental Shorts from Wisconsin’s Own

Seven Solos SUN, APR 22 • 11:30 AM Union South Marquee 88 MIN + 30 MIN POST-FILM Q&A SECTION: WISCONSIN’S OWN FILMMAKERS SCHEDULED TO ATTEND

This program showcases three documentary portraits from Wisconsin filmmakers, although subject matters and treatments vary dramatically.

American Homes

Same Day Nice Biscotts

WISCONSIN PREMIERE • documentary • USA, 2011, b/w, HD projection • 12 MIN

SEE: Luther Price: Biscuits and Biscotts

American Homes is an animated history of residential architecture in America, which unfolds while notable figures in the world of design and architecture weigh in on what a house is and can be. (JP)

The Secret Garden SEE: Phil Solomon: American Falls

DIRECTOR: BERNARD FRIEDMAN

Profile for UW-Madison Division of the Arts

2012 Wisconsin Film Festival Film Guide  

2012 Wisconsin Film Festival Film Guide