Capsule Reviews: Festival Short Takes from Jim and Jake

Yes, I know what I said at the beginning of our Wisconsin Film Festival coverage about capsule reviews. We followed through on that pledge with some roomy discussions of seven feature films or programs (and a few more to come), many of which will not get similar coverage in the local print media. But now […]

Sneaky Auteurism: Interview with Brandon Colvin, Micro-Wave Cinema

While our Wisconsin Film Festival coverage is in full swing, we will continue to cover Madison’s many other film offerings. The Micro-Wave Cinema Series, run by Brandon Colvin, is perhaps one of the lesser known and more eclectic offerings. The series’ Facebook page, which provides information, reviews, and scheduling, states the mission of the series […]

Welcome to Our Coverage of the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival

It’s that time of year again. Time to pour over the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival schedule and start planning your festival strategy. Which films will be the hot tickets? Which films will be the overlooked gems? At the end of this introduction to our Festival coverage, I’ll share some thoughts about strategy (or a philosophy) […]

Support THE SMART STUDIOS STORY Kickstarter Campaign

Madison-based filmmaker Wendy Schneider has been working on an interesting documentary project: The Smart Studios Story. For the younger whipper-snappers out there, Smart Studios was a recording facility in Madison founded in 1982 by Butch Vig and Steve Marker, who went on to produce Nirvana’s Nevermind in 1991. Schneider’s efforts have earned her coverage in […]