Post by Christie Taylor on 5/1/2013 2:20pm
*UW: Vaterite: Crystal within a crystal helps resolve old puzzle.
Wednesday Nite at the Lab: A new energy paradigm: Microgrids. 7 - 8:15 p.m., Auditorium, 425 Henry Mall. Free!
Tuesday, May 7
Armchair Field Trips: Badger Army Ammunition Plant: Past, Present & Future. 7 p.m., McFarland Public Library. Free!
Armchair Field Trips: Salamanders of Wisconsin (with live salamanders). Stoughton Public Library. Free!
Wednesday, May 8
Wednesday Nite at the Lab: Exploring South Pole science: a hands-on look at the IceCube observatory. 7 - 8:15 p.m., Auditorium, 425 Henry Mall. Free!
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Post by dane101 on 4/11/2013 1:30pm
Marc Kornblatt is a diverse character. He has shared his creativity and stories as an actor in theater and movies, as an author of childrens' books, as a journalist, as a playwright and as a teacher. He added "filmmaker" to that list a few years ago and two of his films, Because it's Small and Street Pulse, play to a sold-out screening at the UW Elvehjem on Saturday, April 13 at 4pm.
Another local filmmaker, Brandon Duerst, caught up with Kornblatt on State Street and submitted this short exploring why he chose film for some of his most recent projects.
Brandon Duerst's Bio:
Brandon is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, with a BA in film and television and a minor in animation. From 2007-2012, Brandon worked as a freelance contractor in the New York City area on television and film projects, including projects for MTV (16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, Made), network shows (Law and Order, Lipstick Jungle, Chopped), filming celebrity interviews, and covering the runway fashion scene. His work included camera operation, editing, grip, production assistance, production technician and field producer roles. Find him on the web at Mandiinternational.com.
Post by Mark Riechers on 5/16/2013 10:00am
This week the Arts Extract Podcast gives you the first in a two-part preview of the Madison area’s outdoor entertainment options.
Post by Sarah Bartash on 4/25/2013 1:41pm
Once upon a time in early 2011, newly-elected Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker presented his budget repair bill, which included some surprising proposals many maintain were not discussed during his campaign, especially those regarding the operation of state employee unions.
In a state known for its history of progressivism and for its strong University system, the plans shocked many citizens, who flooded the State Capitol building and surrounding square in protest. Even in bitter winter weather, crowds of up to 150,000 people swelled in some of the largest political demonstrations in the state since the Vietnam War.
The new documentary film Forward presents an activist-level view of the ensuing events that, according to the filmmakers, “…swept state senators out of office, triggered the third governor recall election in American history, and inspired the Occupy movement.”
The film debuts to a sold-out audience this Sunday, April 28 at Sundance cinemas, plays in Milwaukee May 2 at the Oriental Theater, and again in Madison May 5. The short Overpass Light Brigade, which focuses on a Wisconsin activist group that holds lit signs over highway overpasses, will also play during the screenings. Filmmakers hope to raise funds to submit Forward to a number of film festivals as well as support the OLB Battery Fund.
Post by Sean Weitner on 4/24/2013 12:00pm
Key of Life could not have more mainstream sensibilities: It’s about an amnesiac (!), an impostor hitman (!!) and a woman who has pledged to find love by a certain date (!!!). Its festival qualifications are that it's Japanese, but there isn't a single beat that would've been out of step in a major American studio comedy. Of course, when the studios gift us with a glossy, “sophisticated” live-action comedy with witty stars and no obvious CGI, we get Date Night and Identity Thief. Some contrarians might sniff, and not wrongly, that there’s a lot confirmation bias that goes into privileging a festival film or foreign film over a multiplex draw, but the reverse is also true. Regardless, skill is skill, and Key of Life is a straight-up funny, happy movie about sad people.
Post by Sean Weitner on 4/22/2013 9:30am
Computer Chess shoots the moon:
- It’s shot on lo-fi video, which is typically a curse, but it’s so lo-fi that is goes back around the bend into weird analog beauty.
- It’s half a mockumentary, which is as overdone on the festival circuit as it is in horror movies, but rather than go for (a) broad comedy, (b) improbable-behavior-in-front-of-a-camera drama or (c) foreground tedium while waiting for something exciting and “unexpected” in the background, its documentary sections are legit and as a result, the story’s surprisingly deep intrigue is perfectly fueled by appropriate buttoned-down reactions or public performance.
- The cast is primarily nonprofessional actors, but they are remarkable.
- It is, according to writer/director Andrew Bujalski, much less scripted than the movies that earned him a rep as a founder of mumblecore, and so while you might think mumblecore + more improv = yikes, each scene is coherent both in itself and in serving the story. ( OK, I’m excluding the cat scenes from that judgment.)
Post by Sean Weitner on 4/18/2013 2:00pm
Room 237 director Rodney Ascher took the stage before and after his film screened at Sundance on Wednesday, and the meta nature of a Q&A with the director answering questions about a movie about people watching a movie and asking unanswerable questions of the late Stanley Kubrick was lost on few (Maddie Greene reviewed the film for dane101).
Is there such a thing as a “straight” question in this scenario? Director of Programming Jim Healy found a couple, discussing how Ascher had managed to move this found-footage extravaganza which includes not only huge swathes of The Shining but nearly every Kubrick movie, and a dozen other movies besides, all in multiple interpreters’ attempts to disclose what The Shining is “really” about out of the festival circuit, where everyone is forgiving about rights issues, and into regular release, where they are not. (It reopens at Sundance on April 26.)
Post by Sarah Bartash on 4/18/2013 1:00pm
People may have seen a viral video clip that made the rounds last year of a herd of dairy cows being lead out of their barn after being cooped up all winter. Their massive bovine forms nearly prance into the green fields of grass, kicking up their heels in the free open space of a meadow.
Moo Man includes such a clip, but notes that this display of apparent animal joy, and dairy cattle even getting a taste of fresh springtime grass, is the exception to the norm. Steve Hook is an English dairy farmer or “herdsman” as he refers to himself. He tends a herd of 72 dairy cows, which is well below the number normally found at farms now a day. He and his family run Hook and Sons, which provides fresh raw milk door to door and at farmer’s markets as a specialty small business offering in a world of inexpensive mass-produced dairy products.
Post by Sean Weitner on 4/18/2013 11:00am
I have never attended a film fest Q&A with more raised hands in the audience than the one that followed Tuesday's Sundance screening of The Institute, with co-producer Uriah Findley. The documentary recounts a four-year alternate reality game that took place in San Francisco, put on by Nonchalance, the “experience design” company for which Findley works. (The movie reviewed at length here.)
This is a nonfiction movie about fictional events, and as a consequence The Institute is more fictional than it lets on. It's coy about what's in and out, and every third or fourth audience question betrayed that this greasy approach to the truth was slipping through a lot of viewers’ fingers. Findley, who seems to have become Nonchalance’s go-to guy for these events, is a dab hand at not-answering those questions while maintaining the audience’s good graces. (Although Findley did confirm that the movie’s most outré personage, Organeil, was 100 percent himself and not a Nonchalance character.)
Post by Sean Weitner on 4/17/2013 2:30pm
CITIZENS, gather 'round your loudspeakers, for we bring important updates! All here in North Korea know that their democracy is the most glorious and freest in the world, but yesterday the corrupt imperialist West chose to celebrate their ignorance by awarding their highest award for propaganda, the Pulitzer Prize, to Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master’s Son, a book that even they acknowledge is fiction! Johnson's silly caricature of our great country is a terrible story of perpetual misfortune, but observe how evil is always its own undoing: His conscience compelled him to alternate chapters of lies with transcripts of these very loudspeaker announcements, so that his perfidy is laid bare for all to see. We can only trust that our discerning brothers and sisters in democracy across the world can read between the lines.
However, America’s propaganda is so feeble that on the same day that they gave away worthless prizes to convince their countrymen that Johnson’s book has merit, the North Korean movie Comrade Kim Goes Flying had a gala screening in the American cultural capital, the People’s Republic of Madison, at a theater named for their noblest cowboy. How happy they were to turn in their coupons and be allowed to see a movie from the home of pure cinema, giving that sheltered country a true glimpse of our workers’ paradise!