Wisconsin 2012 Film Festival

Wisconsin 2012 Film Festival

Premiere date: Apr 13, 2012

Founded in 1999, the Wisconsin Film Festival is the state’s premier film festival, in the heart of Madison, our capital city.
This four-day annual festival takes place each spring in seven Madison theaters. The Festival presents new American independent and world cinema (narrative, documentary, shorts, experimental), restored classics, and the work of Wisconsin filmmakers. Over 150 films and an attendance getting close to 30,000 make this a lively event that’s become a major part of our state’s cultural calendar.
The Festival is a program of the UW Arts Institute, a nonprofit educational unit of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Governed by arts faculty and staff, the Arts Institute represents the collective voice and strength of the arts at the University, and works to make the campus arts more visible and effective. The Arts Institute funds and supports projects with university- and community-wide impact, including artist residencies, awards and fellowships, public programs, and arts marketing and outreach.


Jim Healy | Wisconsin Film Festival
Jim Healy is UW Cinematheque Director of Programming, a position he has held since October, 2010. From 2001-2010, he was Assistant Curator, Exhibitions in the Motion Picture Department at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Prior to that, he was a Film Programmer for the Chicago International Film Festival. Jim is also currently the American Programming Correspondent for the Torino Film Festival in Turin, Italy and he is supervising programming for the 2012 edition of the Wisconsin Film Festival.

John Powers | Wisconsin Film Festival
John Powers is a Ph.D. candidate in Film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he works on avant-garde cinema.

Michael Neelsen | Director, Last Day at Lambeau
Michael Neelsen is an award-winning filmmaker from Madison, Wisconsin currently residing in Austin, Texas. He attended film school in Los Angeles, California, and is co-founder of Madison/Austin-based StoryFirst Media and SkyHook Pictures. He makes his living directing documentary-style web video series for business. LAST DAY AT LAMBEAU is his first feature-length film.

Alex Pickett | Producer, Glue Man
Alex Pickett graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he won the Eudora Welty Fiction prize. Since graduating he has worked with the Found Footage Festival, helping to write and edit their live comedy festival. In addition, he was the lead researcher and assistant editor for a book of odd and hilarious VHS video covers. Far more of his time has been spent working lousy jobs: Parks inspector in New York City, cemetery assistant, winter caretaker in the backwoods of an Alaska state park. He will be beginning MFA work in Creative Writing in the fall. 

Brandon Colvin | Director, Frames
Brandon Colvin is a 23-year-old independent filmmaker and film scholar originally from Eastern Kentucky. He is currently a graduate student and film production instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. FRAMES is his first film. As a filmmaker, Brandon is interested in minimalism, experimental performance, and the intersection of narration and abstraction. His major influences include European filmmakers such as Robert Bresson, Michelangelo Antonioni and Michael Haneke.

Kyle Richards | Director, The Amateur Monster Movie
Milwaukee native, Kyle Richards is the writer, director, producer, co-editor, and co-star of The Amateur Monster Movie. With a heavy interest in writing and filmmaking from very early on, 22 year-old Richards has over a decade of experience in the field despite his young age. From creating a local sketch comedy show, Friday Night Weekly, actively produced from 2002-2005, to a number of short films including Three Suits (2006), Seffy D (2008), and Rodents (2009), Richards has long juggled working both behind and in front of the camera in principle roles. He's also done his fair share of theatrical productions as an actor, extra work in films, and crew work in independent films and commercials, both local and national. The Amateur Monster Movie marks his first successful completion of a feature film which first premiered at Milwaukee's historic Oriental Theatre in 2011 to a record crowd of over 700 people.
Nick Holle | Co-Director, The Entertainers
NICK HOLLE is a founding member of the production company Wut Wut Alma Moving Pictures, and he wrote, produced, edited, and starred in the feature comedy Illegal Use of Joe Zopp. The movie appeared in several festivals, was featured on Director's Cut on Wisconsin Public Television, and is now available on video. The Entertainers is his first documentary production, where he progressed from naive, old-time piano halfwit to gullible superfan. Nick a graduate of

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