Director's Cut Videos

Director's Cut Videos

Ben Wydeven and Doug Gordon, "The Medium" and "The Zombeatles"

Premiered: September 1, 2009

"The Medium" is a short suspense film where a medium tries to discover the hidden secrets in an old rundown movie theatre. "The Zombeatles: All You Need Is Brains" is a mockumentary that recasts the story of The Beatles in an undead world.

Halloween Special: William J. Meyer, Ben Wydeven, Doug Gordon

Premiered: September 1, 2009

"The House That Jack Built" is a horror romantic fairy tale. A secret threatens to consume Jack, who must decide between deceiving his wife and losing her for all time. "The Medium" tries to discover the hidden secrets in an old rundown movie theatre. " The Zombeatles: All You Need Is Brains" recasts the story of The Beatles in an undead world.

Steve Levin, "Jerabek"

Premiered: June 13, 2009

"Jerabek" is an intimate portrait of one family that confronts the tragedy of war.

Cathy C. Cook, "Immortal Cupboard"

Premiered: June 13, 2009

"Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker" is a portrait of poet and experimental writer Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970).

Eric J. Nelson, "Fishin' for Tradition"

Premiered: June 13, 2009

The joy of lutefisk, the Norwegian cod treat preserved with caustic soda, is captured through interviews with dozens of diners at Sons of Norway lodges, church suppers and other gatherings.

Melody Gilbert and Mitchell Lundin, "Disconnnected"

Premiered: April 2, 2009

"Disconnnected" is a documentary that follows three well-wired college kids as they go offline for three weeks. In no time flat, eight students, who co-created the movie under the supervision of professional filmmaker Melody Gilbert, suffer Facebook withdrawal and are forced to discover themselves.

Patrick Cady, "Triviatown"

Premiered: April 2, 2009

For the past 40 years, thousands have come to Stevens Point on one weekend for one thing - the world's largest trivia contest. "Triviatown" follows the teams as they cluster together in basements, garages and living rooms for 54 straight hours playing trivia.

Louis Lapat, "Win or Lose: A Summer Camp Story"

Premiered: April 2, 2009

"Win or Lose: A Summer Camp Story" is a powerful documentary about boys at summer camp who push themselves to win an ultra competitive event at the end of camp. Learning how to lose is a devastating but valuable lesson learned by the end of the competition.

Matt Sienkiewicz, "Live: From Bethlehem"

Premiered: March 10, 2009

"Live: From Bethlehem" chronicles the struggles, failures and triumphs of the Ma'an News Network, the only major independent news source in the Palestinian Territories. The film focuses more on people than politics and the freedom of expression in the evolving Palestinian mediascape.

Troy and Frances Perkins, "Tractor for Sale," "Brothers," and "Test Day"

Premiered: January 13, 2009

Husband and wife Troy and Frances Perkins are UW professors who moonlight as a successful directing-producing team. They discuss their short films "Tractor for Sale," "Brothers," and "Test Day" and their passion for independent filmmaking.

Rod Beaudoin and Ron Nief, The Beloit International Film Festival

Premiered: January 13, 2009

The Beloit International Film Festival is in its fourth year and shows more than 150 films from around the world. It's the Sundance for small-town Wisconsin. Two films featured at this year's BIFF are "Loose Cannons" and "Treasure Diversity."

Brad Lichtenstein and Nicole Brown, "Chosen Towns" and "Almost Home"

Premiered: January 13, 2009

"Chosen Towns" follows the lives of nine Jewish families who span the breadth of the state and 150 years. "Almost Home" follows a nursing home working to transform the impersonal, regimented hospital-like institution into a warm "home."

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