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Wisconsin Film Festival 2014: Shooter and Whitley director Laura A. Stewart discusses modern-day motorcycle culture

Despite the ongoing conversion to digital media in almost all forms of filmmaking, Laura A. Stewart is still inspired to use 16 mm film. Last year she received her MFA in film, video and new media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was awarded the William Merchant R. French Fellowship for outstanding MFA thesis. I chatted with Stewart about her thesis film, Shooter and Whitley, a hybrid documentary about motorcycle-club culture in Green Bay. >More
 A victory lap for the Sklar Brothers

"When you record a special, that should be your victory lap," Randy Sklar explained in a recent episode of Sklarbro Country, the biweekly podcast he hosts with his bespectacled twin brother, Jason. "You've done the work to get [the material] there. The show itself should be pure fun: you and your fans enjoying it." >More
 Guy Maddin: The most accessible film avant-gardist

"I don't believe in ghosts," says Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin, "but when ghosts appear in film or literature, they are the positive record of something missing, a loss." The Winnipeg native, whose films include The Saddest Music in the World (2003) and Keyhole (2011), both featuring Isabella Rossellini, will elaborate on the concept of loss in cinema in a series of free public events organized by the UW Cinematheque and the Material Culture program. >More
 Bollywood in Fitchburg

Many fans of blockbuster franchises have had Dec. 20 marked on their calendars for a long time. This isn't the debut of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It's the Indian release date for Dhoom 3, one of the most anticipated Bollywood films of 2013. You don't need to travel to a big city to see it, either. AMC Star Fitchburg 18 has recognized the growing appeal of big-budget Indian films as of late. >More
 UW Cinematheque features Japanese works from Studio Ghibli that take cartoons to a new level

Whether you associate animation with Saturday mornings from your youth or the latest Disney creation, chances are good that you think of it as children's entertainment. Foreign-language films often come with the opposite assumption: that they're not suitable for kids, or that they can't hold kids' attention. >More
 Why is downtown Madison film culture disappearing?

Perhaps you read Roger Ebert's rave review of Leos Carax's Holy Motors earlier this month, when the film opened in Chicago. Perhaps you were intrigued. Unfortunately, you've already missed this movie in Madison. You're likely to miss nearly all of downtown's most interesting films unless you venture to nontheatrical venues. Though former movie palaces pepper the city center, permanent projectors are few and far between near the Capitol. >More
 A Lonely Place for Dying needs more action and fewer phone calls

Justin Eugene Evans' Cold War thriller A Lonely Place for Dying has an impressive resume: It's earned 27 awards at 46 film festivals, and its $250,000 budget delivers more production values than one might expect. Evans, a Milwaukee-area filmmaker, will screen the film at more than 20 theaters nationwide, including Madison's Barrymore Theatre. Unfortunately, his ambition is more thrilling than the first half of his thriller. >More
 Secrets of success: An interview with Wisconsin filmmaker Justin Eugene Evans

Wisconsin filmmaker Justin Eugene Evans is a man of many hats. He wore several during the production of his new cold-war thriller, A Lonely Place for Dying. Evans served as producer, director, co-writer and cinematographer -- all while leading a small crew into an abandoned New Mexico prison. >More
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