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183 films. How many will you see?

Postby Wisconsin Film Festival » Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:03 pm


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Postby Ducatista » Sat Mar 17, 2007 12:52 pm

Online ordering RULES! I was done by 12:30. Easiest WFF purchase ever, other than the first year I went (01, I think?), when there wasn't a single person in line at the Union Theater Box Office when tickets went on sale.

This year I ordered:

Man Push Cart
Manufactured Landscapes
The Bird House
Retribution
12:08 East of Bucharest
Wristcutters: A Love Story
Into Great Silence
Diggers
Severance
Bamako
Family Law
Radiant City

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Postby mrak » Sat Mar 17, 2007 1:03 pm

Online ordering went really, really well. My only beef is that I got kicked back to the shopping cart page about five times while the system was busy - and each time I had to re-enter not just my credit card info, but name/address/contact info and (here's my real gripe) the quantities of every film.

But I'd say WFF is at least 90% of the way there in terms of a streamlined ordering system. A long way from waiting in line at the Union to hear that the system went down, leave your form and payment info and we'll enter them when we can, &c.

I'm going to miss the cameraderie of waiting in line, chatting with my line-neighbors about what films they want to see and all - but not that much.

The Spirit of the Beehive
The District!
Young Frankenstein*
Cinematographer Style
The Life of Reilly
Punk's Not Dead
short.times.six


* As I've said elsewhere on the Forum, I know I shouldn't necessarily use up valuable Fest-time on films I've already seen (and in this case, own on DVD), but the opportunity to see Young Frankenstein on a big screen in all its luminous, silvery glory, laughing along with an appreciative audience, is impossible for me to resist.

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Postby WhateverToTheMax » Sat Mar 17, 2007 5:57 pm

I just ordered my tickets online (very easy, nice enhancements since previous years):
    King Corn
    Diggers
    Severance

I really wanted to see The Boss of It All, but it's SOLD OUT already. I usually only see 4 movies a year, but this year it's only 3. There were a ton I marked as wanting to see, but scheduling, scheduling ...

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Wisconsin's own

Postby Stebben84 » Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:21 pm

I'm trying to navigate the film fest website to find Wisconsin's own full length features(non-documentary) No offense to documentarians, I'm more or a narrative person myself. Is there a easy way to find them or could festival folks post a list. Thank.

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Postby Exploding Pinto » Mon Mar 19, 2007 3:37 pm

Historically, I miss at least one of the films I buy a ticket to but here's to hoping that ain't the case this year.

I purty much maxed out (I think there was one open spot where I could have tried to cram in one more movie) at 16 movies:

Man Push Cart
Heart of an Empire **VIDEO**
Close to Home
Fay Grim
Tim's Island **VIDEO**
Exiled
Collector + Kiss My Wheels **VIDEO**
Cinematographer Style
Gods and Monsters
Red Road
Retribution
The Great Match
Radio On
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
Poison Friends
Ghosts of Cité Soleil

I was pleased, in general, with how responsive the website was when noon Saturday rolled around, but I had the same problem MRAK did as far as having to submit my order and info multiple times, probably 10-15, before it went through--no biggie though.

I typically like to pick a few showings that I know a director or critic will be attending, but I didn't come across info about these in the descriptions of the films this year. Not sure if that was intentional, if I missed something, or if not many people will be giving talks before/after screenings this year. I'd think, for example, Wendy Schneider would for _CUT_ since she lives in town.

One thing I really tried to avoid this year was picking too many movies in video format (over that last few years there have been too many times that I've been at the Bartell, for example, thinking to myself this just looks like my projector setup at home. I know, I know--picture quality isn't the whole experience)... So that boils down to less documentaries for me this year.

Hope it's warm and dry out.

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Postby Marvell » Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:22 pm

Exploding Pinto wrote:Historically, I miss at least one of the films I buy a ticket to.


That's usually my problem too.

I've attempted to address that by keeping my selections to one a night, and not too early or too late. The exception - I'm going to the Jodorowsky double-feature on Sunday in what will prove to be either one of my better or worse ideas.

I thought about squeezing in Killer of Sheep, but that's just too much movie for one day. I did see To Sleep With Anger years ago, and if Killer of Sheep is anywhere near as good expect a great film.

Spirit of the Beehive was already sold out. Damn!

I only ever saw Gods and Monsters on DVD - it would be fun to see it on the big screen. Same with Young Frankenstein - while I've seen it in the theater many times, a new print and the big Orpheum main screen will allow the viewer to gorge on Jerry Hirschfield's under-appreciated black and white cinematography.

If you have tickets, go early and try to get a seat dead center front row in the balcony. I did that for Festival Express and it was awesome.

Oh, and it pained me to give The Lion in Winter a pass. Peter O'Toole gave Katherine Hepburn the chance for one last great romantic partner, one that could match her work with Bogie and Cary Grant; not that stolid schlub Tracy (although he was alright, I guess) but someone that would truly match her in charisma and wit.

Although I wouldn't say that The Lion in Winter is in the same league as African Queen or Bringing Up Baby; My idol, Pauline Kael, hated The Lion in Winter - she felt that her idol, Hepburn, had let her down by going all soft and lovable.

With that sense of moral seriousness that is maybe my favorite thing about St. Pauline, she writes in The New Yorker (11/9/68 ) about the doom of stars:

They make us fearful that they will humiliate us by turning piteous, and they mustn't; we've got to have a few people who know how to age gracefully in public, who don't go flabby with the joy of being loved every time there's a fan or a reporter around.

[...]

When Hepburn, the most regal of them all, contemplates her blotches and wrinkles with tears in her anxious eyes, it's self-exploitation, and it's horrible.


'Don't lose the bitch, sister' cries the Dean of American Critics.

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Postby DedeTate » Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:29 pm

I'm seeing:
All the Days Before Tomorrow
Cut (on a double-bill with something else)
The District!
Everything's Gone Green
Chalk
Finishing the Game
Americanese

The film descriptions DO seem different this year - there's less detail about the films themselves and more info about their reception at various other festivals. There's also a line in the description of Diggers about how Ron Eldard just keeps getting "hunkier" - ??

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Postby Ducatista » Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:11 am

Marvell wrote:Although I wouldn't say that The Lion in Winter is in the same league as African Queen or Bringing Up Baby; My idol, Pauline Kael, hated The Lion in Winter - she felt that her idol, Hepburn, had let her down by going all soft and lovable.


Well, all soft and lovable worked for me. I first saw that movie as a teenager, and I sobbed like a baby. It still knocks me flat. I wouldn't dare see it in a theaterâ??they'd have to escort me out.

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Re: Wisconsin's own

Postby Wisconsin Film Festival » Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:42 pm

Stebben84 wrote:I'm trying to navigate the film fest website to find Wisconsin's own full length features (non-documentary) No offense to documentarians, I'm more or a narrative person myself. Is there a easy way to find them or could festival folks post a list. Thank.


On the film list, there are drop-down boxes for VIEW EVENTS FOR...

Find the box that says "All Interests" and select "Dramatic" as the option.

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Postby Wisconsin Film Festival » Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:48 pm

Exploding Pinto wrote:I typically like to pick a few showings that I know a director or critic will be attending, but I didn't come across info about these in the descriptions of the films this year. Not sure if that was intentional, if I missed something, or if not many people will be giving talks before/after screenings this year. I'd think, for example, Wendy Schneider would for _CUT_ since she lives in town.


Indeed, Wendy will be there.

A lot of scheduling for the Festival came together in a rush just as the program guide was printed. I was continuing to firm up plans with a lot of filmmakers, and I didn't want to put half the info in the print guide.

I'll be adding all that information on the web soon, and sending out updates.

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Postby Paco » Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:59 am

DedeTate wrote: There's also a line in the description of Diggers about how Ron Eldard just keeps getting "hunkier" - ??

Yes, I wondered about that too.....thought leggy co-host Mary Hart was writing movie reviews for a minute.

All the good ones are on sunday night! Not fair!
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Postby FaeryGurl » Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:32 pm

This year:
'short.times.four' - for the Bone Mixers
'Chalk'
'Diggers'
'Fay Grim'
'Ghosts of Cite Soleil'
'Severance'

Absolutely no problems with online ordering, but lots of problems trying to limit my selections. I, also, historically bite off more than I can chew.

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Postby christopher_robin » Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:51 pm

Wisconsin Film Festival wrote:
Exploding Pinto wrote:I typically like to pick a few showings that I know a director or critic will be attending, but I didn't come across info about these in the descriptions of the films this year. Not sure if that was intentional, if I missed something, or if not many people will be giving talks before/after screenings this year. I'd think, for example, Wendy Schneider would for _CUT_ since she lives in town.


Indeed, Wendy will be there.



Wendy's documentary, from what I saw of it, is intense.

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Postby mrak » Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:34 pm

FaeryGurl wrote:I, also, historically bite off more than I can chew.

Same here.

Note to self - schedule a massage sometime during the Fest. Some of those seats are killers. (March Play Circle Theater, I'm looking at you.)


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