Director's Cut Videos

Director's Cut Videos

Kristin Catalano - "Clarence"

Premiered: July 3, 2015

After 50 years away from academia, 85-year-old WWII Vet, Clarence Garrett, returns to UW-Milwaukee to fulfill his biggest regret–not earning his Bachelor’s Degree. While Clarence’s drive and determination are idealistic, the reality of his age is undeniable. When unforeseen circumstances land him in the hospital, he is forced to abandon his goal of graduation to survive a critical operation.

Bob Murray - "Date America"

Premiered: June 12, 2015

Date America documents Wisconsin native Bob Murray as he explores online dating by traveling across America to find love in nine different cities from Milwaukee to Los Angeles.

Mark Mederson - "Lifers"

Premiered: June 5, 2015

Lifers is a one-hour documentary film that covers the life without parole (LWOP) prison sentence in America. It features the stories of several inmates serving LWOP, including Douglas Dennis who has been incarcerated since 1957. In addition the film covers the story of Steve Watt, the victim of one of the lifers featured in the film.

David Nordstrom - "Sawdust City"

Premiered: May 22, 2015

Two brothers team up to search through the dive bars of a Wisconsin town for their estranged father.

Nick Nummerdor & Andrew Morgan - "Vannin'"

Premiered: May 15, 2015

For the past 40 years and running, a relatively forgotten and obscure sect of American automotive enthusiasts simply known as “Vanners” have shined up their shag carpet covered vehicular behemoths, tuned-out and trucked-in to an annual event known as The National Truck-In. Affectionately dubbed by its patrons as “The Van Nationals”, the event is part camping, part car show, and all party.

Matt Sienkiewicz - "The Ragged Edge"

Premiered: May 8, 2015

'The Ragged Edge' is a documentary about survival on and off the racetrack. Its focus is the struggles of Erik Buell Racing (EBR), the only American sport bike company. This film combines the excitement of motorcycle racing with the powerful stories of a company trying to make it through a financial maelstrom and survival stories of working families in America's heartland.

Eric & Brad Williams - "Unforgettable"

Premiered: May 1, 2015

Give Brad almost any day within his lifetime and he can recall the minutiae. Brad is only the second person ever studied by neurologists for the newly-identified syndrome called "hyperthymesia”. Filmmaker Eric Williams follows his brother Brad's travels as his rare mental gifts vault him from small-town anonymity to sudden and mid-life notoriety.

2015 Wisconsin Film Festival

Premiered: April 6, 2015

Wisconsin Film Festival organizers along with local directors join us to discuss the 17th annual festival and to preview clips of films being featured at this year's event.

Grace Lee - "Janeane from Des Moines"

Premiered: July 11, 2014

A conservative Iowa housewife’s personal and political convictions are severely tested as she seeks answers from the Republican presidential candidates leading up to the 2012 Iowa Caucuses in the mockumentary.

Marc Kornblatt - "Dostoevsky Behind Bars"

Premiered: June 27, 2014

In this full-length documentary, prison inmates at a minimum-security prison and graduate students study literature together and talk about why what they’re doing matters. 

Brad Lichtenstein & Anne Basting - "Penelope"

Premiered: June 6, 2014

Penelope: A Theatrical Odyssey tells the story of how residents, some with severe dementia or wheel-chair bound, collaborate with playwright Anne Basting and Sojourn Theater to create “Finding Penelope”, a play reinterpreting Homer’s Odyssey to tell it from Penelope’s point of view. As we learned, some heroes stay at home!

Michael Noens - "Two Days in February"

Premiered: May 30, 2014

Lost in the memories of his past, a young man struggles to decide whether or not his withering long-distance relationship is worth the fight.

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