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The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers

Bear Story

Wisconsin’s Own Shorts: Non-Fiction

chance encounter in the New Mexico desert make up this mesmerizing study of cinematic movement. (AM)

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

DIRECTOR SAM KIRCHOFF SCHEDULED TO ATTEND. WORLD PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2014, color, HD projection • 4 MIN DIRECTOR: SAM KIRCHOFF

SAT, APR 11 • 11:00 AM

86 MIN + 30 MIN POST-FILM Q&A

• The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers DIRECTOR MICHAEL VOLLMANN AND PRODUCER CHRIS JAMES THOMPSON SCHEDULED TO ATTEND. MADISON PREMIERE • documentary • USA, 2014, color, HD projection • 12 MIN DIRECTOR: MICHAEL T. VOLLMANN

Cinematographer: Michael T. Vollmann; editor: Amanda T. Griffin; music: Didier Laplae, Joe Wong; producer: Chris James Thompson

In the summer of 1983, just after the release of the movie WarGames, a collective of computer curious young Milwaukee men found a way to hack into the mainframes of several large corporations and government organizations, leading to the country’s first anti-hacking legislation. This is their funny and surprising true story, as told by director Michael Vollmann (WFF 2014 Golden Badger Award-winner for Before You). (JH)

• Jerry DIRECTOR BILL BEDFORD SCHEDULED TO ATTEND. WORLD PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2014, color, HD projection • 5 MIN DIRECTOR: BILL BEDFORD

Rushing highways and the tale of a

Manipulations of time form the base of this tense meditation on natural events. (AM)

• One Money DIRECTOR EMIR CAKAROZ SCHEDULED TO ATTEND. MADISON PREMIERE • documentary • USA, 2014, color, HD projection • 40 MIN DIRECTOR: EMIR CAKAROZ

Producer: Emir Cakaroz

Emir Cacaroz’s vérité documentary delves into the nitty gritty of estate, consignment, and farm auctions here in Wisconsin. Immersive and revelatory and filled with colorful characters, One Money will have you itching to make a bid. (BR)

• The Somber Vault DIRECTOR JOHN POWERS SCHEDULED TO ATTEND. WISCONSIN PREMIERE • experimental • USA, 2014, color, HD projection • 6 MIN DIRECTOR: JOHN POWERS

A formal investigation of symmetry, non-transparency, and the illusion of depth in three different times and places, this experimental film stages a conversation between windows in Fultonville, New York (2013), Michelangelo’s designs for the Laurentian Library in Florence (1534-71), and Mark Rothko’s Seagram Murals (1958-59). (AM)

• Unfinished Legacy DIRECTOR SANGSUN CHOI SCHEDULED TO ATTEND. WORLD PREMIERE • documentary • USA, 2014, color, HD projection • 19 MIN

Cinematographer: Sangsun Choi; editor: Sangsun Choi; music: Jinsang Hong IN ENGLISH AND KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Sangsun Choi, a 30-year-old Korean graduate student at UW-Milwaukee, decides to make a documentary about a 17-year-old Kenyan street artist named Brema, and he gives the teenager a camera so that he can participate in the filmmaking process. When Brema loses the camera, it leads to a candid discussion about perceptions of race and the formation of an unlikely friendship. (AM)

Wisconsin’s Own Shorts: Storytime SAT, APR 11 • 3:45 PM Madison Museum of Contemporary Art 76 MIN + 30 MIN POST-FILM Q&A

In compiling this entertaining selection of comic and dramatic short movies, our programming team plunged into the Wisconsin’s Own talent pool and emerged with seven gems that take the art of storytelling in very different directions. In fact, several of these shorts are about the art of storytelling.

• Bear Story WORLD PREMIERE • narrative • USA, 2014, color, HD projection • 6 MIN DIRECTOR: J. RICK CASTANEDA

Producer: Laura Reich

Dave has an annoying habit of getting lost in the stories he tells. So when his co-worker Kim is literally pulled into his tale about a bear and a World War I soldier, she must try to escape both the fantasy world and Dave’s groan-inducing punchlines. (AM)

Geoffrey Broughe Handles Confrontation Poorly

• Cam Companion DIRECTOR REBECCA WEAVER AND CO-PRODUCER CHRIS IRWIN SCHEDULED TO ATTEND WORLD PREMIERE • narrative • USA, 2014, color, HD projection • 11 MIN DIRECTOR: REBECCA WEAVER

Writer: Rebecca Weaver; producer: Chris Irwin, Rebecca Weaver; cast: Rebecca Weaver, Jacob Cormier, Chris Irwin

Amanda’s work as an online girlfriend threatens to complicate her real-life relationship with Eric when he asks to observe one of her virtual dates in action. (AM)

• Dog Days DIRECTOR NATHAN DEMING SCHEDULED TO ATTEND. WISCONSIN PREMIERE • narrative • 2014, color, HD projection • 22 MIN DIRECTOR: NATHAN DEMING

Writer: Nathan Deming; cast: Joran Backes, Clayton Backes

Summer heat and a lack of parental supervision lead two brothers to come up with creative ways to kill time. A search for their lost dog becomes a journey full of danger and discovery in this richly evocative and enigmatic short. (BR)

• Geoffrey Broughe Handles Confrontation Poorly WRITER AND DIRECTOR JON PHILLIPS SCHEDULED TO ATTEND. MADISON PREMIERE • narrative • USA, 2014, color, HD projection • 12 MIN DIRECTOR: JON PHILLIPS

Writer: Jon Phillips; cinematographer: Quinn Hester; editor: Jon Phillips: producer: Jessica Farrell

A seemingly routine encounter in a police interrogation room goes from

bad to worse in this darkly comic, surreal nightmare.(BR)

• Safe Word PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR TODD LILLETHUN SCHEDULED TO ATTEND. WISCONSIN PREMIERE • narrative • USA, 2014, color, HD projection • 15 MIN DIRECTOR: TODD LILLETHUN

Writer: Todd Lillethun; editor: Todd Lillethun; producer: Josef Steiff; cast: Benjamin Sprunger, Kevin Cox, Sam Button-Harrison

Greg and Billy are spicing up their relationship with a bit of piratethemed roleplay. Initially reluctant to play along, illy finds himself fully embracing the fantasy as Greg’s secrets are revealed. (AM) GB

• The Searcher WRITER AND DIRECTOR JOE SHAFFER SCHEDULED TO ATTEND. WORLD PREMIERE • narrative • USA, 2014, color, Digital projection • 5 MIN DIRECTOR: JOE SHAFFER

Writer: Joe Shaffer; cast: Reid Annin, Chelsea Clark-Edmiston

Fantasies of the wild west fuel this charming silent film homage featuring a high-schooler with a vivid imagination and the girl next-door who just might be his soul mate. (BR)

• Two Face DIRECTOR BEN OROZCO SCHEDULED TO ATTEND. SPECIAL PRESENTATION • narrative • USA, 2014, color, HD projection • 5 MIN DIRECTORS: BEN OROZCO, JANE ZHU, HOLLY LAI

WISCONSIN FILM FESTIFAL · MADISON · APRIL 9-16, 2015 · WIFILMFEST.ORG · 877.963.FILM

This exciting program is made up of documentary and experimental shorts by talented and innovative artists with Wisconsin ties. The films demonstrate a wide range of non-narrative forms of expression. Computer hackers, New Mexico road trips, Milwaukee-area estate auctions, and Rothko murals — you have never seen them like this before.

• Ode to Discordance

DIRECTOR: SANGSUN CHOI

When a cuddly unicorn mysteriously arrives at her door, a girl becomes the conduit for a battle between good and evil. (AM) 33

Profile for UW-Madison Division of the Arts

2015 Wisconsin Film Festival Film Guide  

2015 Wisconsin Film Festival Film Guide