Director's Cut Videos

Director's Cut Videos

Karin Hayes - "We're Not Broke"

Premiered: May 24, 2013

America is in the grip of a societal economic panic. Lawmakers cry “We’re Broke!” as they slash budgets, lay off teachers, police, and firefighters, crumbling our country’s social fabric. Meanwhile, multibillion-dollar American corporations are making record profits. And these corporations—with intimate ties to our politicians - are concealing those profits overseas to avoid paying US income tax.

Matthew Osterman - "Ghost from the Machine"

Premiered: May 18, 2013

A guilt-ridden young man, raising his younger brother after the death of their parents, plunges himself into the murky science of the supernatural. He invents a machine to be a conduit to the other side. He eventually reaches an unintended level of success that threatens his safety and those around him. He quickly learns that the supernatural isn’t all that super and human nature can even be worse

Mike Scholtz - "Wild Bill's Run"

Premiered: May 11, 2013

This is strange true story of Wild Bill Cooper. Part Arctic adventure and part crime caper, Wild Bill Cooper led a ragtag crew on a grueling expedition across the polar ice. Their goal was to snowmobile 5,000 miles from Minnesota to Moscow. They didn’t quite make it. Wild Bill was also named one of America's Most Wanted for drug smuggling. Even today, his whereabouts remain a mystery.

John Pata & Adam Bartlett - "Dead Weight"

Premiered: May 4, 2013

In the wake of an apocalyptic viral outbreak, Charlie Russell treks through the wilderness to reunite with his girlfriend, Samantha. As Charlie’s journey brings him closer to his destination of Wausau, WI, he must face physical exhaustion, malicious survivors, and his own emotional burdens. With his newfound traveling companions, Charlie must attempt to break his obsessions with the past.

Robert Cicchini & Steven Faulkner - "Waterwalk"

Premiered: April 27, 2013

After newspaper editor Steve Faulkner is laid off, his 17 year-old son Justin could have easily stepped aside and watched his dad search for another job. Instead he persuades his workaholic dad to join him on the trip of a lifetime, a 1,000 mile canoe journey retracing the Marquette/Joliet route of the Mississippi. Together they explore the turbulent waters and their fractured relationship.

Simon Strikeback - "Riot Acts"

Premiered: April 20, 2013

Riot Acts is a ‘trans-fabulous’ rockumentary representing the multi-faceted lives of transgender and gender variant musicians. A first-hand perspective of the intersections between gender performance and stage performance, Riot Acts suggests that identities and bodies are undeniably political, and the journey within a trans experience isn't always one of tragedy, but one of creativity and joy.

Wisconsin 2013 Film Festival

Premiered: April 6, 2013

The 14th annual Wisconsin Film Festival is the state’s premier film festival. Meet Jim Healy from the WFF who will talk about this year's festival. Joining them are directors whose films will be at the WFF, including Jim Carrier, Chris James Thompson, Marc Kornblatt, Blyth Meier, Stacey Kulow, Bryan Morris, and Eric Nelson.

Trevor Velin & Roger Pedretti - "Haulin' Ass"

Premiered: September 18, 2012

What’s the only sport indigenous to Colorado? Pack-burro racing. Competitors lead (not ride) their burro companions along mountainous paths. Follow Curtis Imrie, an old-time racer; Roger Pedrett, from Lacrosse, Wisconsin who carries the torch of a family legacy; and Hal Walter, a family man with a true talent for the sport who is still discovering what burro racing truly means to him.

Brian Kline and Dan Scherer - "Striker"

Premiered: September 8, 2012

Writer Daniel Scherer and writer/director Brian Kline take you where few dare to go in the world of rock music, the bowling alley! The Making of Striker chronicles the duo as they fulfill their dream of creating a music video.

Douglas Rosenberg - "Seven Solos"

Premiered: August 3, 2012

This documentary follows the process of dancer Li Chiao-Ping as she prepares to perform the work of seven postmodern choreographers including Elizabeth Streb, Heidi Latsky, June Watanabe, Victoria Marks, Cynthia Adams, Molissa Fenley and Bebe Miller. Chiao-Ping immerses herself in the choreographic language of each choreographer as she learns the solos created specifically for her.

Dan Lamoureux - "Nerdcore for Life"

Premiered: July 20, 2012

Born on the web, Nerdcore is hip-hop made by geeks, for geeks. Rapping about comic books, video games, science fiction and other nerd-friendly topics, performers with stage names as Ytcracker, Optimus Rhyme, MC Router, MC Plus +, and Beefy reveal the rebellious pride at the heart of this fascinating new musical genre.

Sabine Gruffat - "I Have Always Been a Dreamer"

Premiered: July 13, 2012

"I Have Always Been a Dreamer" is former UW professor Sabine Gruffat's travelogue and film portrait of two cities in contrasting states of development: Dubai, UAE and Detroit, USA.


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