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The Unforeseen at the 2008 Wisconsin Film Festival

The Unforeseen, a documentary about a land use battle in Austin, Texas, that started in the 1980s, was a good pick for a Madison audience -- many aspects hit home. Not just the comparison between Austin and Madison, similarly sized burgs that are both capital cities with state universities and experiencing troubling growth. >More
 Turn the River at the 2008 Wisconsin Film Festival

Turn the River excels as an independent film, with sincere and believable acting complemented by a vibrant set. The colors on-screen seem to pop, and if there's a theme in the movie, it's a color: blue. There are blue-lit pool halls, lots of blue shirts, blue walls, curtains and books in Gulley's room. >More
 Restoring a cinematic legacy: Richard Ganoung previews Parting Glances

As he worked on the 1986 film Parting Glances, Madison actor Richard Ganoung had a classic on his hands. But no one knew it, least of all him. "As an actor, you can't think about it," he says. "You say your lines and do your thing." But the film, screening Thursday in the Wisconsin Film Festival, has proven a landmark of gay cinema. >More
 Real life horror: UW alumnus Stuart Gordon previews Stuck

UW-Madison alum Stuart Gordon got his start as a renegade in the local theater community, famously getting arrested for obscenity for his campus production of Peter Pan in 1968 and subsequently founded Broom Street Theater. Over the course of a 40-year career, he has also become a very successful director of horror, thriller and science fiction films, notably the cult classic Re-Animator and other Lovecraft adaptations. He brings his latest offering, Stuck, to the Wisconsin Film Festival on Saturday at the Orpheum Main Theater. >More
 Pioneers of the north: Joan Juster and Paul Hill preview Alaska Far Away

Alaska Far Away: The New Deal Pioneers of the Matanuska Colony documents the epic resettlement of 200 farm families from northern Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin to Alaska's remote Matanuska Valley circa 1935, under the auspices of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. Devastated by the Great Depression, the families -- many of Finnish heritage -- left behind everything that had been familiar for the uncertain prospects posed by the opportunity to start anew and establish a farming colony thousands of miles away. >More
 Giant gallus invasion! Tarazod Films premieres Mad City Chickens

For more than two-and-a-half years, filmmakers Tashai Lovington and Robert Lughai of Tarazod Films have been immersed in the world of the Gallus domesticus, that is, the chicken. One of the most ubiquitous domesticated animals and sources of food in the world, the fowl is recently reasserting its presence in urban areas around the country. That's the story of Mad City Chickens, their new documentary about the growing movement of backyard poultry. >More
 Kung fu on campus: Andy Schlachtenhaufen discusses Loose Cannons

Andy Schlachtenhaufen is no stranger to filmmaking. His new movie is Loose Cannons, a comedic revenge tale about a showdown between a gang of ne'er-do-wells and a squad of security guards on the campus of the fictional Madison University. Conspicuously set across the UW-Madison campus, and replete with fight and chase scenes, the film features a cast and crew of numerous current and former students. >More
 A place of possibility: Jim DeVita discusses starring role in Madison

Jim DeVita, who has been gracing stages for 14 years as a company actor with American Players Theatre in Spring Green, will be appearing in the Wisconsin Film Festival for the first time in April. The actor and writer plays Michael, the main character in Madison, which will make its world premiere in a sold out screening at the Chazen Museum of Art. >More
 Eight series bring 2008 Wisconsin Film Festival into focus

There's usually a soccer movie or two to be found at the Wisconsin Film Festival each year, thanks to director and primary programmer Meg Hamel. While there is no formal series in the fest that focuses on the beautiful game, at least not yet, there are eight others this year, the tenth annual edition of the springtime tradition in downtown Madison. They're not a minor portion of the programming either; out of the 220 total films screening, 47 of them, nearly one-quarter, are a part of a series. >More
 Day one of 2008 Wisconsin Film Festival ticket sales runs smoothly

The Wisconsin Film Festival overcame its biggest obstacle of years past when the first day of ticket sales went off without a hitch. There were minor glitches with the online ticketing system last year, with more significant problems at the box office two years back. No such issues on Saturday, though. "We were prepared for a huge rush today, which we got," explains festival director Meg Hamel, "and had astonishingly few problems." >More
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