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More Madison ingredients in the 2008 Wisconsin Film Festival lineup

There's more than a mere single handful of movies programmed for this year's Wisconsin Film Festival that have a connection of one sort or another to the Mad City. The University of Wisconsin looms large, understandably, with so many alumni moving on careers of all types in the film industry. That's not the only pipeline between Madison and cinema, though, as actors, documentary informants, documentary subjects, and other local folks integral to films in one way or another stand out in festival films. >More
 Finding the familiar in 2008 Wisconsin Film Festival programming

Movies made about and by folks in the Badger State are a central element of the Wisconsin Film Festival, featured not only through a pair of juried competitions, but also included among the broad slate of flicks that make up the bulk of the programming. Of course, that's hardly the only focus of the fest, which also lines up scores of American and international films, though not necessarily those immediately familiar to most moviegoers. >More
 WFF Trailers -- Girls Rock! by Shane King and Arne Johnson

Rock 'n' roll will never die, so as long as there are people ready to make music no matter their age or gender. This power to excite and inspire is explored in Girls Rock!, a new documentary that takes viewers to a session of the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon, where 8 to 18 year olds form bands, write music, and play a live gig. Directed by Shane King and Arne Johnson, the film follows the experiences of four campers as they set aside the challenges of growing up to rock out. >More
 Wisconsin Film Festival finalizes screening venues for 2008

The first movie I remember seeing at the Wisconsin Film Festival was back in 2000, when the gothic docudrama Wisconsin Death Trip premiered at the Majestic Theatre. It was out of the festival lineup for the last few years, though, as it transformed into a dance club and then shut down for a spell. But now it's back in time for the festival's tenth anniversary. >More
 WFF Trailers -- You, the Living by Roy Andersson

There's not one, but rather fifty tales told in You, the Living, the latest work by Swedish film and television commercial director Roy Andersson. Told in a series of separate yet flowing vignettes over the course of the film, these stories inhabit a peculiar and droll universe of dry comedy that's the hallmark of the filmmaker. Also titled Du levande, this subtitled film premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. >More
 Madison stands out in Wisconsin Film Festival 2008 programming

Spring can't arrive any sooner after this interminable winter. Thankfully enough, one of the surest signs of spring is approaching sooner than expected. The tenth annual Wisconsin Film Festival set to begin in little more than five weeks, and with it arrives a wealth of movies, some of which are tied directly to Madison. >More
 WFF Trailers -- To the Limit by Pepe Danquart

The sheer rock faces of California and Patagonia are the setting of To the Limit, a documentary that tells the story of two brothers looking to break the speed record for climbing one of Americ's most iconic mountain formations. Written and directed by Pepe Danquart, this film also named Am Limit is in German with English subtitles. And like both the gravity defying efforts of the climbers and the scenery they inhabit, its photography is acclaimed as breathtaking. >More
 WFF Trailers -- Skills Like This by Monty Miranda

Those looking for laughs at the Wisconsin Film Festival this spring would do well to sit back and watch Skills Like This, an easygoing comedy about one man's spur-of-the-moment decision to embark upon a career as an armed robber. It is the feature-length directorial debut of Monty Miranda, an internationally recognized director of commercials, and was the Audience Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 South by Southwest film festival. >More
 Volunteers flock to the 2008 Wisconsin Film Festival

The most highly-prized piece of booty one can grab at the Wisconsin Film Festival each year, at least as described by director Meg Hamel, is the official volunteer t-shirt. "No matter how we go about putting it together, it's always the one everyone wants," she says. Those hoping to don this year's t-shirt, though, may be out of luck unless they have already signed up to volunteer for the festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this spring and runs from April 3-6. >More
 The Wisconsin Film Festival gets set for 2008

With less than two weeks remaining until the end of the year, the mailbox for the Wisconsin Film Festival is overflowing with arrivals. These packages aren't presents, though, they're DVDs, all submitted for potential screening next year. "We don't track how many films are submitted each day," says festival director Meg Hamel, "but it certainly feels like we're getting plenty." >More
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