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The end: Day five of the 2012 Wisconsin Film Festival

The goal was 17 films. I know at least one person set his goal at 19 which seems like the "kill screen" in a game of Tetris. Just barely possible. For me, 17 wasn't possible. I failed. As the last movie of the Wisconsin Film Festival, Elena, was about to begin I was sitting in the balcony of The Orpheum in a daze. >More
 Hug me, please? Day four of the Wisconsin Film Festival

Saturday's five-film slate turned this year's experience from a vacation into a journey. By the end of the day I had watched as young Russian girls were exploited by a culture that worships youth, the dark side of cancer awareness marketing expressed with anger by women with Stage IV breast cancer and the life, times and early death of gay activist Vito Russo. It was a test of my emotional fortitude. >More
 A surge of enthusiasm: Day three of the 2012 Wisconsin Film Festival

Here we are queued up. Bookish and pale yet oddly attractive. When we're not in a theater venue we're alternately chugging coffee and beer. Those of us without mints should give others a wide berth. On Friday, the sun came out and the Wisconsin Film Festival headed toward full speed. >More
 The gathering storm: Day two of the 2012 Wisconsin Film Festival

It was a rainy, gloomy Thursday, typical Wisconsin Film Festival weather, actually. And since it's one of film's lamest tropes, appropriate. Yet, the fest gained a second-day momentum, chugging along as buzz grew and the weekend loomed large. #wifilmfest is heating up as well, with tweets and posts ranging from giddy to cautionary to confounded. >More
 One man, seventeen films: Opening night of the 2012 Wisconsin Film Festival

Ryan Billingham has taken a couple days of vacation to immerse himself in the Wisconsin Film Festival experience this year, which includes many screenings, questions and answers with directors, photos and a bunch of social media nerdery. He's pulling his daily dispatches together with Storify, so we can easily follow his exploits. >More
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