The Wisconsin Film Festival is the state’s premier cinema event, featuring local filmmakers and movies shot in the state, as well as a diverse range of national and international films. Celebrating its 18th year in 2017, it takes place in Madison from March 30 to April 6.
In this year’s Director’s Cut special episode Wisconsin Film Festival 2017, host Pete Schwaba sits down with the Jim Healy, the festival’s director of programming, to preview this year’s selection of films from a variety of categories. From American visionaries to films by new female directors and even pre-teen filmmakers, Healy’s selections on the program particularly showcase movies made right here in Wisconsin.
“We program thinking about the audience,” Healy says. “We’ve picked the best films from festivals around the world, and films that have been submitted to us in our Wisconsin zone section, to make a festival of festivals.”
With a look at five films screening at the festival, Schwaba and Healy are joined by:
Director Andrew Swant — Silently Steal Away: The film explores the story behind the Jack Raymond Show, which has aired on an eccentric Chippewa Falls radio station. But who is Jack Raymond?
Director Mark Davis and subject Jan Jensen — The Bear and the Owl: This short documentary film explores the story of an ailing young girl and the kindness of a stranger.
Director, producer and screenwriter Katherine Acosta — Divided We Fall: This documentary looks back at the massive 2011 protests inside the Wisconsin State Capitol against Act 10. The investigation revisits many issues that remain relevant in a post-2016 election America.
Co-directors Wesley Morgan & Kate Feldt — Fake Jewels: This nostalgic and comedic movie explores a long-lost friendship as two women attempt to find a time capsule buried a decade ago.
Editor Luke Bassuener and fifth graders Jaeana Sabally and Jalen Baumback (directors, cast, writers) — Daedalus and Icarus: Students in the 4th grade classes of Madison’s Crestwood Elementary School animate the classic Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus, using block-print and paper-cuts. This film has been awarded one of only three 2017 Golden Badger Awards as a top Wisconsin’s Own honoreee.
Director’s Cut airs Monday, March 27 at 8 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Television.
Wisconsin Public Television is a proud sponsor of Wisconsin’s Own, hosting a brunch each year for the festival’s film industry guests. This year, more than 150 people submitted films to be considered for Wisconsin’s Own.