Reel to Real

Real to Reel

"The audience thoroughly enjoyed the film and was engaged in the discussion that followed. It was great to see new faces coming to our library."

Jane Henze
Adult Services Coordinator
DeForest Area Public Library

Reel to Real works with public and academic libraries across the state to combine the power of documentary cinema with community dialogue and action. Reel to Real helps libraries host public screenings of critically acclaimed PBS documentaries, followed by audience discussions with local experts. Libraries can choose from an array of films addressing a wide range of topics, including race and diversity, social justice, health care, history, the arts, education and civic engagement - some of the most critical issues facing communities in Wisconsin today.

Reel to Real events are designed to meet core community needs. The screenings successfully bridge the gap between viewing a film and creating community dialogue and action. We have discovered that participation in these events can have powerful effects on public dialogue, participation and involvement. Simply put, Reel to Real seeks to turn viewers into doers.

Reel to Real is a partnership with the Wisconsin Library Association.

Film Categories

Showcasing some of the best that Wisconsin has to offer, these films range from Jerry Apps: A Farm Story to Wisconsin From the Air.  Made in Wisconsin films capture the people, places and events that contribute to Wisconsin's culture. Additional films that are available but not listed here are:

Recorded in the natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, these films feature tribal members sharing the challenges, triumphs and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities across generations.

Wisconsin Hometown Stories tell Wisconsin's history one town at a time.  This series of films tells of the people, businesses and events that shaped communities throughout Wisconsin.

Wisconsin War Stories are films in which Wisconsin's men and women in uniform share personal accounts of courage and sacrifice from some of America's historic battles.

Learn about the women who have made an impact in Wisconsin and throughout the world.

WPT?s ?In Wisconsin? Explores Wisconsin and Latin American Connections Formed to Save Migratory Birds Every spring and fall more than 240 species of birds travel to and through Wisconsin as they migrate between summer breeding grounds in the north and wintering grounds in Latin America. Our Birds, An In Wisconsin Special, premiering 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), explores the pressures these birdsface during their migrations. Neotropical migratory birds, neo-trops, can fly more than 3,000 miles one way, and often arrive at their destination exhausted and in need of proper habitat. Find out how people in Wisconsin, Costa Rica and Panama are working to save these tiny travellers. Craig Thompson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regional land program supervisor based in La Crosse, is pioneering a new model of bird conservation.In his free time, Thompson leads Wisconsinites on guided bird-watching trips in Costa Rica. The trips are offered at cost with the stipulation tha

POV: Art and Craft

The jig is up for art forger Mark Landis, who has donated his expert copies to museums for 30 years. But stopping isn’t simple. This cat-and-mouse caper uncovers the universal in one man’s search for connection and respect.

Dr. David Eagleman explores how the brain conjures the beautiful world we all take for granted.

Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County

Historians, local citizens and experts tell stories of tourism, cherries, art, and geology that capture the history of Door County. Viewers will also explore ethnic heritages that still thrive across the land, its art history, and efforts to preserve both the land and the natural beauty that define one of Wisconsin’s most charming places.

Wisconsin Winter From the Air

Experience Wisconsin Public Television's newest film on the big screen before it premieres on television 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30.

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