Wisconsin 2013 Film Festival

Wisconsin 2013 Film Festival

Premiere date: Apr 06, 2013

This eight-day annual festival takes place each spring in seven Madison theaters. 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.


Jim Healy | Wisconsin Film Festival 
Jim Healy is UW Cinematheque Director of Programming, a position he has held since October, 2010. From 2001-2010, he was Assistant Curator, Exhibitions in the Motion Picture Department at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Prior to that, he was a Film Programmer for the Chicago International Film Festival. Jim is also currently the American Programming Correspondent for the Torino Film Festival in Turin, Italy and he is supervising programming for the 2012 edition of the Wisconsin Film Festival.
Jim Carrier | Director, The Librarian and the Banjo 
Jim Carrier is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, civil rights and community activist and the founder of the nonprofit Wisconsin Film School. In a 40-year career, Jim has worked as a radio newsman, AP editor and correspondent, newspaper managing editor, roaming columnist and freelance writer and documentary filmmaker. In 2008, Carrier founded the nonprofit Wisconsin Film School in Madison, WI. The school’s mission includes instruction and outreach to underserved communities through scholarships and pro-bono work.

Chris James Thompson | Director, Producer, Actor The Jeffery Dahmer Files
Chris James Thompson is an award-winning director; his past films include KYOKO NATURALLY (winner-IFP-Chicago Film Fest’07) and THE MAKING OF THE POOL (Milwaukee Film Fest’09).  He also works as an editor and producer at Bluemark Productions, with credits on THE POOL (winner-Sundance’07), COLLAPSE (TIFF’09), and SUFFERING & SMILING (winner-Human Rights Watch FF’06).  JEFF is his feature directorial debut.

Marc Kornblatt | Director, Street Pulse 
Born in Edison, NJ, Marc Kornblatt started out as an actor in New York City after college (Brandeis Univ.).  He turned to playwriting, worked as a reporter, earned an M.A. in journalism (NYU),  wrote children’s books, got married, moved to Wisconsin, had two kids and returned to school (Univ. of Wisconsin) to earn a teaching degree.  Singing with his students led to music videos, then short narratives and documentaries and the founding of Refuge Films, LLC.  

Blyth Meier | Director, So I Could Fly Away
Blyth Renate Meier is a filmmaker, photographer and writer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Originally from North Dakota, she earned her MFA in Filmmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010. Blyth has served as the Marketing Director for the Milwaukee Film Festival since 2010.

Stacey Kulow & Bryan Morris | Producer, Script Supervisor & Lead Actor, Long Distance
Stacey Kulow originally hails from Lake Mills, WI where she was a performer and class clown throughout her K-12 education. She studied interior design at UW-Stout, where she was also a pioneering member of an improv comedy troupe. She got her first taste of the professional stage in 2008 when she won a place in Atlas Improv Company. She now performs regularly throughout the Midwest.  Bryan Morris is a professional stand-up comic living in Madison, WI. In 2012 Bryan won Madison’s Funniest Comic Contest with a performance that inspired The Onion’s AV Club to call Bryan, “The Michael Jordan of comedy.” Since then he’s been making a name for himself throughout the Midwest.

Eric Nelson | Director, Siszella  
Eric J. Nelson is a Wisconsin-based freelance filmmaker/animator. Some of his past films (and several others that he worked on as a crew member) have screened at the Wisconsin Film Festival. Born and raised in the Madison area, and an UW-Madison grad, Eric still lives there with his wife and two very animated children.

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