2012 Wisconsin Film Festival Film Guide

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We’re Not Broke

Wisconsin SEE: We’re Not Broke

Wish Me Away FRI, APR 20 • 3:15 PM Union South Marquee

SAT, APR 21 • 7:00 PM Sundance Cinema 2 MADISON PREMIERE • documentary • USA, 2011, color, HD projection • 96 MIN DIRECTOR: BEVERLY KOPF, BOBBIE BIRLEFFI

producers: Rhonda Eiffe, Richard Bever, Beverly Kopf, Bobbie Birleffi

Yes I Said Yes I Will Yes

The Zone THU, APR 19 • 10:00 PM Bartell Theatre MIDWEST PREMIERE • narrative • USA, 2011, color, HD projection • 71 MIN + 30 MIN POST-FILM Q&A DIRECTOR: JOE SWANBERG


On the ferry out to the island where she’s taken a temporary job caring for an elderly, catatonic man, 19-year-old Joslyn loses her cell signal. Alone in an isolated house with the nonresponsive, wheelchair-bound Frank and without an internet connection to distract her, Joslyn, alone with her thoughts (a rare state in this age), begins to unravel. Things don’t stay where she left them; Frank seems to appear around every corner. Is Frank really as vegetative as he seems, or is Joslyn’s mind playing tricks on her? A haunting variation on Gaslight, Without is both an enveloping psychodrama and an eerie demonstration of our reliance on technology to keep ourselves placated—and possibly even sane. Beautifully shot in extremely shallow depth-of-field and hinging on a mesmerizing lead performance by Joslyn Jensen, Without is incredibly assured all around,

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writer: Mark Jackson; director of photography: Jessica Dimmock, Diego Garcia; art director: Alisarine Ducolomb; producer: Mark Jackson, Jessica Dimmock, Michael Requa, Jaime Keeling; cast: Joslyn Jensen, Ron Carrier, Darren Lenz, Bob Sentinella, Piper Weiss, Jodi Long, Brooke Bundy, Kristine Haruna Lee

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SUN, APR 22 • 11:15 AM WISCONSIN PREMIERE • narrative • USA, 2011, color, HD projection • 87 MIN DIRECTOR: MARK JACKSON

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screenplay: Joe Swanberg; cinematography: Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard; produced by Joe Swanberg; cast: Lawrence Michael Levine, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley, Joe Swanberg


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With this sexually explicit meta-movie, the prolific and influential Midwest-based filmmaker Joe Swanberg concludes his trilogy of self-reflexive films that began with Silver Bullets and continued in Art History. Another look at the inter-personal relationships that develop among cast and crew during the filmmaking process, The Zone’s first half is an ultra low-budget reworking of Pasolini’s classic Teorema: an outsider (Kentucker Audley) visits the home of a young couple and their friend (Green cast members Lawrence Michael Levine, Sophia Takal, and Kate Lyn Sheil) and proceeds to seduce all of them. The fourth wall recedes in the second half, revealing a filmmaker-in-crisis (played by Swanberg, naturally) as he attempts to navigate the treacherous terrain of directing sex scenes featuring actors who are his personal friends. Swanberg’s disarmingly loose and improvisational style is the stamp of an artist who is genuinely curious about how and why some movies are made. His work continually invites the audience to join in on the artistic process and go beyond just watching. 2011 AFI Film Festival. (JH)

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In 2010, Chely Wright became the first country music star to come out as a lesbian, risking her career and adoring fans in the process. Wish Me Away follows Wright for the three years leading up to her announcement, as she struggles to come to terms with her own identity and brace herself for the country music world’s reaction to her coming out. With incredible access to Wright, her intimate video diaries, and her inner circle of friends and confidents, the filmmakers weave an empowering story of transformation and liberation. Winner of numerous festival awards, including the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. (TY)

and all the more so considering that, for much of the crew, this is their first feature, including writer/director Mark Jackson, cinematographer Jessica Dimmock, and star Jensen. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at its 2011 Slamdance premiere, Without has gone on to pick up a host of awards at international festivals, including Best Director at Thessaloniki and Best Actress at Mar de Plata. Most recently, Jackson’s film earned him the Someone to Watch Award at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. 2011 Locarno, Vancouver, BFI London, and Seattle Film Festivals. (MK)