Wisconsin 2011 Film Festival
Wisconsin 2011 Film Festival
Premiere date: Mar 25, 2011
Founded in 1999, the Wisconsin Film Festival is the state’s premier film festival, in the heart of Madison, our capital city.
This four-day annual festival takes place each spring in ten downtown Madison theaters, all within walking distance. The Festival presents new American independent and world cinema (narrative, documentary, shorts, experimental), restored classics, and the work of Wisconsin filmmakers. Over 150 films and an attendance getting close to 30,000 make this a lively event that’s become a major part of our state’s cultural calendar.
The Festival is a program of the UW Arts Institute, a nonprofit educational unit of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Governed by arts faculty and staff, the Arts Institute represents the collective voice and strength of the arts at the University and works to make the campus arts more visible and effective. The Arts Institute funds and supports projects with university- and community-wide impact, including artist residencies, awards and fellowships, public programs, and arts marketing and outreach.
The Festival is made possible through the financial, technical, and artistic contributions of many Festival sponsors and partners.
Meg Hamel | Director of Wisconsin Film Festival
After being born, raised and educated in Madison, the former history major developed a very cultured and global taste in film in the '90s when she went to film festivals with friends she was visiting in New York and San Francisco. Since then, she has attended festivals around the world.
Meg became involved with the Wisconsin Film Festival as an event's venue and logistics manager, before becoming interim festival director in 2006, and full time director in 2007.
Brian Standing | Director (Blink! Again)
Brian Standing founded Prolefeed Studios in 1997 to provide an independent forum for alternative news coverage, artistic expression and subversive political satire. His credits include the award-winning feature “War is Sell” the widely-seen documentary “Pedalphiles”, about a renegade gang of bicycling anarchists, and the ongoing documentary series “Scoop Perlman’s Guide to Art”. After bouncing around from his hometown in Albany, NY to Minneapolis, Boston, outback Australia, Austin, TX and Tomahawk, WI, Brian has finally settled down in Madison, WI, where he enjoys making Godzilla movies with his son, Shea and his wife, Lisa. Madison radio listeners know him from his work at WORT 89.9FM, including “In Our Backyard”, “The Eight O’Clock Buzz”, and local election coverage. He is also the curator and founder of Electric Eye Cinema, Madison’s DIY venue devoted exclusively to independent documentary film.
William Q. Hartin | Director (Dark Ways)
William Q. Hartin was born in northern IL and moved to Madison with his family when he was a child. He studied Film at Columbia College in Chicago and graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a BA in Film. He has worked for WHA - Wisconsin Public Television, Purple Onion in Milwaukee and John Roach Projects. In 1997, he started his own independent video and film company, October Hill Projects. William has produced and directed numerous video and film projects, including documentaries, music videos, experimental pieces, Legacy videos, television shows, and fictional narratives. He's worked on such films as NoNames, Svetlana About Svetlana, Novaman, and SHC (all have been in film festivals, the last of which is in this year's WFF), and produced projects for Milwaukee County Department On Aging, The River Alliance of Wisconsin, and The Big Ten Network.
Brijetta Hall Waller | Director (At the Table)
Brijetta Hall Waller is a documentary filmmaker, educator, and web developer. Her documentaries have been screened at festivals nationally and internationally and have aired on several PBS stations. Brijetta recently produced and directed In My Room, a feature length documentary about the inner life of teen girls. She is currently president of Metta Productions, a video production and web development company based in Madison, WI.
Robb Thompson | Director (SHC)
Robb Thompson has been shooting, directing, editing and co-producing short films since 2008 as part of Alterity Productions. His love of photography naturally progressed into a commitment to film. In 2009 he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Video & Motion Graphics from Madison Media Institute (Madison, WI) following a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of WI (Madison, WI) in 2000. Although his talents include writing, acting, editing, and sound design, his focus is on directing. The pairing of precise talent and well-composed shots pervade all of his projects. In 2010 he and Producer Melissa Schaefer were introduced to the screenplay for "SHC", an original adaptation by Ren Patterson of his