This four-day annual festival takes place each spring in about eight campus and downtown Madison theaters. The Festival presents the best new independent film (feature, documentary, experimental), world cinema and new media; cultivates discovery through talks, panels, performances, and coffeehouse discussions with filmmakers; and showcases the work of Wisconsin filmmakers through juried competitions.
The Festival often chooses atypical films for Opening Night: in 2006 The Swenkas (Seventh Art Releasing), a South African documentary by Danish filmmaker Jeppe Rønde was selected to represent the Festival’s spirit. Thursday night also rocked the house with Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! (ThinkFilm) by the Beastie Boys and the Irish “mad cow” horror film Isolation (The Bureau) by Billy O’Brien, the Festival's first-ever late-night movie in the grand Orpheum Theatre.
American cinema was represented by Steve Buscemi's film Lonesome Jim (IFC), starring Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Corrigan. James Marsh, who directed 1999’s Wisconsin Death Trip, shared his gripping film The King (ThinkFilm), with Gael Garcia Bernal and William Hurt. A huge audience saw The Wendell Baker Story (Mobius International), the directorial debut of brothers Luke Wilson and Andrew Wilson.
Good stuff, no?
And now's the time to get involed and put your body where your mouth is - if you're in Madison or will be in Madison around April 12 to 15, the Film Fest is looking for volunteers to help. It's your chance to get "behind the scenes," rub shoulders with film-makers, and get free tickets to screenings and other swag, like a crew-member only tshirt. Sign up now! Obey my dog!