Brent Notbohm, "Madison"

Brent Notbohm, "Madison"

Premiere date: Aug 28, 2008


It's Christmas time in Madison. The students have gone home, and a snow-covered State Street is vacant. Michael, an emotionally damaged war correspondent, returns to his college town in search of solace and his lost idealism. While Michael is out on the town with his old friend, Ben, they meet a political science graduate student named Ash who still thinks he can change the world. The three hold frank discussions on the violence in Iraq over pool at the Plaza and beers at Mickey's. Interspersed with striking shots of Bascom Hill, the Memorial Union Terrace, and State Street, Madison's wintry stillness contrasts the desert chaos that psychologically haunts Michael; heightening the distance between where he is and where he has been. This film had a run at the Sundance Theatre here in Madison.


Brent Notbohm | Writer/Director

An Associate Professor of Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Brent Notbohm holds a B.F.A. in film/video from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an M.F.A. in film from Syracuse University. Brent has directed over 20 films and videos, including the controversial mocumentary, When Boys Become Monsters (2005), the acclaimed personal documentary, Grandma Fern (2000), and the poetry short, My Life by Water: Lorine Niedecker (2003). Madison is Brent's second feature film.

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