James Kreul contact
After his involvement with the original Madison Film Forum in the late 1990s, James Kreul was the first project assistant and programmer at the UW-Cinematheque. In 1999. he and WUD Film member Wendy Weger were the programmers for the inaugural (“Great”) Wisconsin Film Festival. In subsequent years he worked with Festival Director Mary Carbine as a programmer of expermental films and the Wisconsin’s Own competition. As a filmmaker, his film and video work was twice featured at the Madison Art Center’s Wisconsin Triennial. He taught in the Film Studies department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington from 2005 to 2011. Upon his return to Madison, he has written occasional film articles for Isthmus.
Jake Smith contact
Jake Smith is an occasional film reviewer and blogger in Madison, and has lived in the area for 13 years. He owes his move to Madison to the UW, where he briefly pursued Film Studies at the graduate level. Having watched–once upon a time–101 heist films in 101 days, he is in the midst of preparing a new blog tentatively called “211 in Progress” to showcase the subgenre of the heist: the highs, the lows, and everything he knows. And if you’re not careful, he’ll talk to you about James Bond for hours on end.
Taylor is a student at UW-Madison, studying Communication Arts and Psychology. At her Taylor Hanley—Cinema blog she discusses aspects of a wide variety of films, usually whatever she feels like doing at the time. Her favorites include City Lights, Eraserhead, and Elephant. In addition, she is interested in studying Cult films and their reception. Currently she is working on a documentary project about Madison local music that she hopes to be completed within the next year. She also has a laminated poster on her wall of 319 movies to watch—after completing a list of 156 movies within the last year and a half. Taylor was recently profiled in at the UW-Madison College of Letters and Science news page for her research on perception and emersive 3-D technologies.
Edwanike finished her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison. She still remembers when she saw her first Spielberg film as a child and began her lifelong love affair with film. She is a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the Coen brothers. As a cinephile, she is obsessed with American New Wave (Cassevetes, Nichols, Lumet) and more extreme French films (Noe, Denis). She has never missed a Wisconsin Film Festival and plans to keep that streak going for as long as possible.
A culture and film writer who also occasionally works on set in the art department, Emily Caulfield loves American cinema of the 1970s, French New Wave, 90s thrillers starring Michael Douglas, trash cinema, and refers to “Notes on Camp” like vegans read the Moosewood Cookbook. She enjoys the full range of highs and lows cinema has to offer, loves Showgirls and Before Night Falls and Charlie Kaufman. She is continually curious about spectatorship, auteurism, filmmaking in the second and third worlds, and how we define “documentary.”