Director's Cut Videos

Director's Cut Videos

Dao Chang and Jenny Plevin, "My Way Home"

Premiered: May 13, 2010

This documentary is about a Hmong woman (a UWM film student) who goes back to Laos to meet her aunt and other family members who did not flee to Thailand or the U.S. Along the way, she discovers what home really means.

Aaron Yonda & Matt Sloan, "Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager"

Premiered: April 29, 2010

Life is hard for Chad Vader, the younger and less charismatic brother of Darth Vader, who is the day-shift manager of a grocery store named Empire Market. The story presents Chad's clash with customers and other employees while incorporating dialogue and concepts from "Star Wars."

Steve Burrows, "Chump Change"

Premiered: April 22, 2010

"Chump Change" traces the rise, fall, rise, fall and rise of Milwaukee Steven whose descent into the nightmare of Los Angeles sends him fleeing back to his native Wisconsin. It is a film about life, love and laughter, hope, dreams and redemption; but mostly it's a film about fame, fortune, cheese and beer.

Meg Hamel, Film Festival Edition

Premiered: April 4, 2010

The 12th-annual Wisconsin Film Festival (WFF) is the state's premier film festival. WFF Director Meg Hamel joins us for an hourlong special to discuss this year's festival and preview clips from some of the films featured. Plus Bob Trondson shows viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the WFF.

Wisconsin Film Festival

Premiered: April 4, 2010

The 11th-annual Wisconsin Film Festival is the state's premier film festival. WFF Director Meg Hamel joins us for an hourlong special to discuss this year's festival, and preview clips from eight of the films featured. Plus, Bob Trondson will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the WFF.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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