Director's Cut Videos

Director's Cut Videos

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.

Faythe Levine & Sam Macon – "Sign Painters"

Premiered: May 23, 2014

Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. The documentary and book profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals.

Lev Anderson - "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone"

Premiered: May 16, 2014

Fishbone is one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. Telling it like it is, the iconic Laurence Fishburne narrates "Everyday Sunshine," a story about music, history, fear, courage and funking on the one.

Jeremy Saville - "The Test"

Premiered: May 9, 2014

Nathan puts his unwitting fiancée Julia through a series of increasingly bizarre “stress tests” to see if she’s worthy.

David Paterson - "Love, Ludlow"

Premiered: May 9, 2014

At the office Myra, a tough, straight talking temp from Queens, takes no guff; but at home life is dominated by her eccentric, unstable younger brother Ludlow who depends on her for his every need. When Reggie, a sweetly nebbishy "suit" from work takes a shine to her, Myra slowly lets down her guard. But a deeply threatened Ludlow throws up serious roadblocks threatening all of their happiness.

Michael Zimmer & Nick Holle - "The Entertainers"

Premiered: May 2, 2014

For thirty-five years, piano players from across the world have strapped on their bow ties, arm garters, and straw boater hats and descended on Peoria, Illinois to battle for the title of World's Greatest Old-Time Piano Player. These players compete to claim glory and to remind the world that ragtime, the first truly American popular music, should not be forgotten just yet.  Co-Directors/Producers Michael Zimmer and Nick Holle discuss their film and 5 time Old-Time Piano Player finalist Faye Ballard delights with her amazing talent.


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