Director's Cut Videos

Director's Cut Videos

2016 Wisconsin Film Festival

Premiered: April 14, 2016

The 17th annual Wisconsin Film Festival is the state’s premier film festival. Meet Director of Programming Jim Healy who will talk about this year's festival. Joining them are directors whose films will be at the WFF, including Wendy Schneider, James Runde, Emir Carakoz, Marc Kornblatt and Kara Mulrooney.

Stanley Nelson - Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Premiered: February 16, 2016

Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.

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.

Dave Iverson - "Capturing Grace"

Premiered: June 26, 2015

It seems like two separate realms. One is occupied by acclaimed dancers from Brooklyn’s world renowned Mark Morris Dance Group, the other by people with Parkinson’s disease. CAPTURING GRACE is about what happens when those two worlds intersect.

Andrew Butts, Ian John & Jackson Jones "Isthmus of Misfits"

Premiered: June 19, 2015

Isthmus of Misfits is an exploration of the lives and minds behind the burgeoning independent comedy scene in Madison, WI.

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.