2015 Wisconsin Film Festival Film Guide

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2015 WISCO FILM FEST First launched in 1999, the Wisconsin Film Festival has brought more than 2,000 films to the heart of Madison. The Festival presents the best new independent film (feature, documentary, and experimental), and world cinema along with restorations and rediscoveries. The Festival also showcases the works of Wisconsin filmmaking artists in the category of “Wisconsin’s Own” and winners are announced through the “Golden Badger Awards.”


Contact • Wisconsin Film Festival

1050 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706 ∙ 608-262-9009 info@wifilmfest.org ∙ wifilmfest.org ∙ @wifilmfest (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

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During the Festival • See 2015.wifilmfest.org


For additional questions or emergencies, call the Box Office at 608-265-ARTS (2787)

The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the UW-Madison Arts Institute in association with the UWMadison Department of Communication Arts.

1050 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706 608-890-2718 info@arts.wisc.edu ∙ artsinstitute.wisc.edu

The Arts Institute – The Voice of the Arts

As a division of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Arts Institute speaks for and on behalf of the collective voice and vision of the arts at UW-Madison.We advance the arts as an invaluable resource to a vital university, and we promote all forms of artistic expression, experience, and interpretation as fundamental paths to engaging and understanding our world. In addition, the Institute has over 130 faculty and staff affiliates to actively develop and support a vibrant arts community.

UW Arts Institute Staff Director’s Office


Staci Francis, Associate Director of Administration Troy Ninedorf, Financial Specialist Lisa Spierer, Assistant Director for Media and Technology

External Relations & Arts Hub Services

Christina Martin-Wright, Associate Director for External Relations Allen Ebert, Arts Resource Coordinator Leah Kavallaris, Art Director Heather Owens, Audience Development & Communications Specialist Kate Lochner, Digital Marketing Specialist Mallory Murphy, Arts Patron Service Manager

Curriculum & Programs

Norma Saldivar, Faculty Director Ben Reiser, Festival Coordinator Karin Kolb,Youth Cinema Coordinator Staci Francis, Business Manager Zack Robbins, Corporate Relations Director Aliza Rand, Box Officer Manager Bernadette Watts,Volunteer Coordinator Leah Kavallaris, Graphic Designer Heather Owens, Publicity Coordinator Kate Lochner, Social Media Coordinator Aaron Granat, Festival Videographer Mallory Murphy, Arts Patron Service Manager

Film Programming

(UW Department of Communication Arts) JJ Murphy, Artistic Director Jim Healy, Director of Programming Mike King, Senior Programmer Amanda McQueen, Print Traffic Coordinator & Wisconsin’s Own Programmer

Additional Programming

John Powers, Amanda McQueen, Ben Reiser, Austin Wellens, and Chelsea Shister

Film Program Descriptions

Jim Healy (JH), Mike King (MK), John Powers (JP), Ben Reiser (BR), Austin Wellens (AW), Chelsea Shister (CS), Giaime Alonge (GA), Amanda McQueen (AM), Jared Case (JC), Pat Healy (PH), and Karin Kolb (KK).


Doug McLaren, Julian Antos, Olivia Babler, Travis Bird, Justin Dean, Tanner Engbretson, Roch Gersbach, and Becca Hall

Kate Hewson, Assistant Director for Curriculum & Student Services Jay Burlingham, Project Assistant

Communication Arts Support Staff

Outreach Programs

Festival Trailer

Ben Reiser, Wisconsin Film Festival Program Coordinator Karin Kolb, Wisconsin Film Festival Youth Program Coordinator Sarah Marty, Madison Early Music Festival Program Coordinator Sarah Schaffer, Arts Outreach Program Coordinator

Bob Dischler, Erik Gunneson, Boyd Hillestad, Jason Quist, Pete Sengstock, and Michael Trevis Steve Donovan (Tweedee Productions) Ben Reiser

The Studio – Creative Arts & Design Learning Community

John Hitchcock, Creative Arts & Design Learning Community Director Marina Kelly, Creative Arts & Design Learning Community Coordinator

The Arts on Campus website is a resource for arts events on campus. arts.wisc.edu @uwmadisonarts (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter)

Film Series Lists are on Page 8 Ticket Information is on Page 8 Film Descriptions begin on Page 9 Daily Schedule Grids are on Pages 20-21 A Checklist of All Films is on Page 35 Theater Information is on Page 39


Norma Saldivar, Executive Director Sarah Chapeau, Executive Assistant to the Director Chelsea Lauing, Development Director Zack Robbins, Corporate Relations Director Alan Carr, Project Assistant

Administration (UW Arts Institute)

There are more than 150 dreams tucked between these pages, and you have 8 days to experience as many as you can. Here’s a welcome chance to turn off the tube, log off the internet, and share the magic and joy of a big screen experience with your fellow Wisconsinites. Your email will still be there next week. The heart of our program, the Wisconsin’s Own selection covers everything from student films to classics by Orson Welles, born 100 years ago this May in Kenosha. On opening night, check out Welles’s recently rediscovered first film, Too Much Johnson, with live piano accompaniment. We’ll also present one of Welles’s great Shakespeare films, Chimes at Midnight. Don’t miss your chance to see a new restoration of this most elusive of masterpieces. But that’s not all! Our showcase of New German Cinema ranges from lush period epics to small-scale gems, and features the North American premiere of Edward Berger’s riveting Jack. Another section, Films de Femmes, is dedicated to up-and-coming French women directors. Finally, our Futures selection focuses on exciting first features from around the world, including UW-Madison alum Chad Gracia’s daring Sundance prizewinner The Russian Woodpecker. Here’s your first look at the vanguard auteurs we’ll be curating retrospectives of at Wisconsin Film Festival 2065. This sampling doesn’t even begin to cover all that is on offer at this year’s festival. Look out for local premieres of Oscar nominees and Sundance sensations. We’ll have visits from filmmakers ranging from first-time directors to the documentarian behind last year’s audience award winner. From experimental work that expands the frame of cinema, to well-oiled genre flicks that expertly work within it, whatever your poison, you’ll find it served up, in short form and feature length, in this guide. You, the audience, have our strongest encouragement to try out a few things you might not normally catch. After all, there’s no better week in Madison to take a chance at the movies.