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HAPPY - 3pm Wednesday, November 9 - Documentary Feature

happyBased on the life of Augusta artist Leonard Zimmerman, HAPPY is the story of one man’s journey through the storm, and his desire to share the sunshine he found on the other side of it. Love, loss, grieving, and the use of art as therapy are all running themes in this documentary feature filmed in Georgia.

77 Minutes – Directed by Michael McKinley – USA

HAPPY Movie Website

SHORTS PROGRAM #1 - 5:15pm Wednesday, November 9


Narrative Short – Directed by Mohamed Kamel – Egypt – 10 Minutes

Nour, is a schoolgirl who lives alone with her father, goes through a crisis when she suddenly becomes a woman and cannot tell her dad and her dad cannot understand this change that occurred in her life, which results in tension between them.

excsing-the-heartEXCISING THE HEART

Documentary Short – Directed by Samuel Karow – USA – 5 Minutes

This visual journey through one barn’s demolition offers a reflection on time, decay, and man’s ever-changing relationship to nature. Filmed in Wisconsin.


Documentary Short – Directed by Michael Brims – Cuba – 8 Minutes

A portrait of the music and the sounds of street vendors in Havana

 eye-for-an-eye-001EYE FOR AN EYE

Animation – Directed by Steve Bache – Germany – 5 Minutes

Frederick Baer spent over a decade on death row in Indiana State Prison. He is still waiting for his death penalty to be executed.  Hand-drawn animated Documentary about a murderers time on death row and the conflicts about his guilt and destiny.

 the-return-of-erkinTHE RETURN OF ERKIN

Narrative Short – Directed by Maria Guskova – Russia/Kyrgystan – 28 Minutes

Erkin gets out of prison and wants to return to his former life. But everything has changed and he does not know if he can live as a free man.

SHORTS PROGRAM #2 - 7pm Wednesday, November 9

Narrative Short – Directed by Luka Popadia – Serbia – 15 Minutes

The movie depicts a Serbian choir, The Singing Women of Požega, a group of enthusiastic elderly women full of life who share their daily routine with us.
Through poetic pictures, seasoned with a lot of humour, we learn about their views of love, joy as well as the ephemerality of life.


Narrative Short – Directed by Scoot Simonsen – USA – 21 Minutes

After being prescribed his third antidepressant, Charlie returns home only to have his Craigslist roommate Miles toilet flush his pills and kidnap him to see a sunrise over the ocean. Tension mounts as the fast talking road trip drives us to the bottom of Charlie’s pain and to the impending sunrise on the coast, where life could begin or end, literally… And then there are chinchillas.


Narrative Short – Directed by Mohammad Zarafshan Araki – Australia – 3 Minutes

The story is about the fantasy of a young flaneur who preaches to a litterer and gets punched as the result.

 boat-peopleBOAT PEOPLE

Narrative Short – Directed by Paul Meschúh – Germany – 29 Minutes

On his journey from Somalia to Europe, shipwrecked Moussa is picked up by a wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran.The athletic young man is the only survivor of a disaster in the Mediterranean Sea and asks Hannes and Gerlinde to smuggle him across the border. Questioning Moussa’s true intentions, the yacht owners are torn between mistrust, fear and the urge for helping a fellow human being. A political drama of two separated worlds colliding within one global community

HALFWAY - 8:15pm Wednesday, November 9 - Narrative Feature

halfwayQuinton Aaron (THE BLIND SIDE) plays a recently released convict who finds himself trapped between his urban criminal past and his new life on probation as the only black man in a conservative white Wisconsin farming town.

103 Minutes – Directed by Ben Caird – USA – FILMED IN WISCONSIN

HALFWAY Movie Website

HUD - 1:30pm Thursday, November 10 - Narrative Feature (FREE SCREENING)

hudThe 1963 classic starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal. The film centers on the ongoing conflict between principled patriarch Homer Bannon and his unscrupulous and arrogant son, Hud, during an outbreak of foot and mouth disease putting the family’s cattle ranch at risk. Lonnie, Homer’s grandson and Hud’s nephew, is caught in the conflict and forced to choose which character to follow.

Introduced by film historian Dr. Jack Rhodes – FREE SCREENING

112 Minutes – Directed by Martin Ritt – USA

SHORTS PROGRAM #3 - 4pm Thursday, November 10

Documentary Short – Directed by Rufat Asadov – Azerbaijan – 32 Minutes

An abandoned village- founded by mountain Jews in Azerbaijan in the 19th c. There is a Jewish cemetery near the village. An old man (Meyer) is working at the grave. He is the only Jew who stays in this village. He has been living in this village for all his lifetime. He knows everything about  history of this village, and he’s the only nexus between the Past of this Jewish village and the Present time.


Documentary Short – Directed by Joe Brown – USA – 9 Minutes

A short documentary that focuses on the controversial group “Wolf Patrol.” The film follows Rod Coronado, Wolf Patrol’s leader, as he endeavors to raise awareness about wolf and bear poaching in Northern, Wisconsin. The film also treats the issue of WI’s new “Hunter Harassment” law, a law that makes it illegal to take photos of hunters on public lands.

please-come-againPLEASE COME AGAIN

Documentary Short – Directed by Alisa Yang – USA/Japan – 10 Minutes

The film narrates the collective and personal memory of three generations of Asian women though the lens of Japanese love hotels.


Narrative Short – Directed by Tim Ellrich – Austria/Germany – 13 Minutes

The brothers, Georg, Alexander and Niklas, are preparing an original present for their mother. But the idea to re-enact an old bathtub picture from their childhood is way too stupid for the oldest one. Little by little they bare all and three brothers remain who have grown apart in the meanwhile.

YOU SEE ME - 5:30pm Thursday, November 10 - Documentary Feature

you-see-meFilmmaker Linda Brown’s father embodied 1960s masculinity. But when a devastating stroke leaves him vulnerable and dependent, Linda decides to confront the silence surrounding his troubled and violent past. Drawing on home movies, family photos and interviews, she reveals secrets, uncovers lies, and discovers a redeeming treasure in a lost family video. The result is an engrossing journey about the danger of carrying unresolved grief to our graves. You See Me is a brave, inspiring and empowering film that documents the essence of the human condition and seeks to face the past with courage in order to change the future.

72 Minutes – Directed by Linda J Brown – USA

YOU SEE ME Website

HAVEABABY - 7pm Thursday, November 10 - Documentary Feature

photo-1-preg_gaga_crop_300HAVEABABY gives a voice to infertility and unveils the class disparity within a topic that is often clouded by judgment and stereotypes. Oscar-nominated director Amanda Micheli’s provocative and suspenseful documentary follows several aspiring parents who desperately want to have a baby but are struggling with infertility and the high cost of treatments. They place themselves in the hands of Las Vegas doctor Geoffrey Sher and his annual contest, which offers a prize of a free round of in-vitro fertilization with no guarantee of pregnancy. Contestants post video entries online telling their stories, counting on the votes of strangers to make their dreams of becoming parents true.

IVF can be cripplingly expensive and is rarely covered by insurance. So while exposing private pain online to win a contest is a brutal proposition, many infertile couples see this contest as a gamble worth taking.  Through Sher’s controversial contest, Micheli navigates the complexities of America’s burgeoning fertility industry and paints an intimate portrait of the many resilient individuals from a devoutly Catholic Latino couple in Texas to a lesbian Lady Gaga Impersonator in New York determined to have a baby against all odds.

75 Minutes – Directed by Amanda Micheli – USA


THE PROMISED BAND - 8:30pm Thursday, November 10 - Documentary Feature

promised-bandA group of upstart women with dubious musical skills use a fake band as a cover story to cross forbidden borders into each others tangled lives in Israel and Palestine.

90 Minutes – Directed by Jen Heck- Israel/USA




Documentary Short – Directed by Miles Hofschulz – USA/Italy 30 Minutes

A journey that began documenting an early music concert becomes more when the musicians find themselves in the center of a 400 year old Catholic celebration honoring miracles performed by the Madonna of Piratello.

eden_frame1THE EDEN HOSTEL

Narrative Short – Directed by Gonzaga Manso – Spain – 14 Minutes

The Eden Hostel is a humble and dirty place run by an elderly couple.


Narrative Short – Directed by Timo Elliott – USA 15 Minutes

An experimental film made by Timo Elliott and kids from the Borrego Springs, California School.

ATLAN - 1pm Friday, November 11 - Documentary Feature

atlanAli is an Iranian Turkman horse trainer. Horses are his life, lhan is the name of the horse that has won him many prizes, Ali is planning to use Ilhan’s and his other horses awards money to pay for his wedding.

62 Minutes – Directed by Moein Karimoddini – Iran

SHORTS PROGRAM #4 - 2:30pm Friday, November 11
food-shackFOOD SHACK

Comedy Short – Directed by Craig Knitt – USA – 19 Minutes

A Restaurant FOR kids, by kids! This film was made by kids from the Green Bay Boys and Girls Club.


Narrative Short – Directed by Maria Martin – Spain – 3 Minutes

An old couple eats quietly until someone knocks the door.


Comedy Short – Directed by Omar Tobi – Israel – 32 Minutes

For sixteen years Iris Kadosh has been the keeper of the museum’s exhibits, with much dedication and no complaints. One day she arrives to work to find out that the museum’s operational manager has left and she will be taking her place. A barking art installation may say otherwise.

FROM MASS TO THE MOUNTAIN - 4pm Friday, November 11 - Documentary Feature

massEastern Panama finds itself in dire straits – impoverished and struggling to combat the government corruption that has left citizens decimated by drought and a contaminated water supply, people here are in desperate need of assistance. Enter Ripon, WI’s own Father Wally Kasuboski. Dubbed ‘Padre Pablo’ by the Panamanian locals, he has dedicated 28 years of his life toward developing the infrastructure necessary to bring drinking water to this rural community. An inspiring story of one man’s tireless efforts to bring succor to an exploited people, From Mass to the Mountain is the moving story of a Wisconsinite who has embraced a new home and is passionately working to improve it.

66 Minutes – Directed by Kurt Sensenbrenner & Colin Sytsma – USA/Panama

SHORTS PROGRAM #5 - 5:30pm Friday, November 11

Narrative Short – Directed by Bartosz Kruhlik – Poland – 25 Minutes

Structural or functional evolution of an organism towards higher survivability.Process of an individual becoming better suited to environment and more resistant to outer stress. The ability of eyesight to adjust to seeing in the dark.

blind-eyesBLIND EYES

Animation – Directed by Yifan Hu – USA – 4 Minutes

Blind Eyes is a short animation about sexual identity and personal chaos. Human’s identity crises and the resulting internal chaos are the sources of inspiration for this animation, and I chose sexual identity as an example of one aspect of human identity.


Documentary Short – Directed by Kevin Obsatz – USA – 8 Minutes

My great uncle, as a young photographer in Greenwich Village, created a double-exposed portrait of Marcel Duchamp by mistake in 1953. 55 years later that photo appeared in the pages of Smithsonian Magazine, and was featured at a Duchamp retrospective in Washington DC. This short documentary is a reflection on the distant memory of that day in 1953, and everything that has happened since.

 full-circleFULL CIRCLE

Narrative Short – Directed by Jeff Blankenship – USA – 19 Minutes

When a dedicated priest in a Polish-American parish is faced with having to clean out the home of a deceased elderly woman, an old photograph of a dead child raises questions. Chilling occurrences prod him to uncover an unexpected answer.

Filmed in Wisconsin


Narrative Short – Directed by Noor Al Yaseen – USA – 15 Minutes

Yumna is a Saudi Arabian young lady who studies aboard. She finds the love of her life far away from her culture. Yet not knowing what the future hides for them both.

BEAR WITH US - 7pm Friday, November 11 - Narrative Feature

bear-with-usBear With Us is a modern farce about a guy who attempts to propose to his girlfriend in the most romantic way possible, but his meticulous plan starts to fall apart when a ravenous bear stumbles upon their charming cabin in the woods. It’s a total comedy of errors that takes a close look at just how far we’ll go to preserve our relationships.

95 Minutes – Directed by William J Stribling – USA


SHORTS PROGRAM #6 - 9pm Friday, November 11

Narrative Short – Directed by Kristen Peterson – USA – 9 Minutes

An amateur stand-up comedian seeks company digitally after bar close on a winter’s night.

Filmed in Milwaukee


Narrative Short – Directed by Christoph Heimer – Germany – 32 Minutes

David tries to cheat the death of his wife Evelyn through the help of cryonics. When they wake up from cryo sleep in the far future, they find themselves to be alone and trapped inside a deserted cryo facility. But even after hundreds of years David has to learn the hard way that death is an undeniable part of life. This thrilling sci-fi impresses!

hi-neighborHI NEIGHBOR

Narrative Short – Directed by TC DeWitt – USA – 8 Minutes

Successful urbanite Erin is slowly realizing that not every neighbor is not super dee dooper.  This clever and humourous short was made by Wisconsin Filmmakers


Narrative Short – Directed by Adam Zuehlke – USA – 14 Minutes

CURED is a drama/horror dealing with the haunting aftermath of a pandemic. After being quarantined, Amy’s return home creates tension within her family. Can the once infected ever return to the life they’ve led before?

This well crafted short is made by Weyauwega native Adam Zuehlke. Adam currently works and resides in Minneapolis.

OCCUPANTS - 10:30pm Friday, November 11 - Narrative Feature

occupants‘Occupants’ is a film about Annie Curtis, an award-winning documentarian and her husband Neil. Annie and Neil embark on a ’30 Days of Clean Living’ documentary, setting up cameras all over their house to document, via the Internet, their new eating habits. By doing so, half of their cameras capture a parallel version of themselves – a version that ultimately unravels and threatens their very existence. This engaging and creepy film offers a unique and at times humorous spin on the ‘found footage’ genre.

81 Minutes – Directed by Russ Emanuel – USA


CLARENCE - 11am Saturday, November 12 - Documentary Feature

clarence_going_to_guitar_classAfter fifty years away from academia, Clarence Garrett, an 85-year-old African-American WWII Vet, returns to the University of WI-Milwaukee to fulfill his biggest regret–not earning his Bachelor’s Degree.

Winner of the Wisconsin Film Festival’s Golden Badger Award

76 Minutes – Directed by Kristin Catalano – USA


SHORTS PROGRAM #7 - 12:30pm Saturday, November 12

Narrative Short – Directed by Darlene Johnson – Australia – 14 Minutes

Bluey, an angry young woman trapped in a life of violence, meets a mystery mentor who could change everything. Bluey is a story of courage, heart and the fight for survival.

after-schoolAFTER SCHOOL

Narrative Short – Directed by Alec Tibaldi – USA – 10 Minutes

Sisters Addie and Xandra (played Piper De Palma and Ruby Modine) come to terms with a dark secret from the past in one explosive afternoon.

learning-allianceTHE LEARNING ALLIANCE

Documentary Short – Directed by Muhammad Umar Saeed – Pakistan – 9 Minutes

Collecting garbage for earning and paying their fees for school. Three brothers who are changing their future by studying and at the same time selling garbage in Lahore, Pakistan. The Learning Alliance is a portrait of children with dreams and their struggle towards achieving it.


Narrative Short – Directed by Craig Knitt – Germany – 6 Minutes

Encouragement at the right time goes a long way!

Made by and starring local filmmaker Craig Knitt.

 esel_300dpiESEL (CARRY ON)

Narrative Short – Directed by Rafael Haider – Austria – 23 Minutes

It is wintertime. The landscape is bare and grey. An isolated farm is located next to the woods. An old married couple lives there. Their life consists of every day activities which they are not capable of coping with any more and, furthermore, mostly of boredom. For his daily work the farmer has an old donkey to help him. When the pragmatic farmer learns that the death of his longtime companion is near, he notices that he loves the animal more than he can admit. A parable about death and parting, a fairy tale for grown-ups.

WRITTEN OFF - 2pm Saturday, November 12 - Documentary Feature

written-offGrippingly honest personal journals reveal the secrets one Wisconsin man worked so hard to conceal as an innocent prescription for painkillers leads to a 10-year struggle to escape opiates and the stigma that surrounds his addiction. This is the Wisconsin Premiere of this extremely timely film considering the statewide opioid and heroin problem we are now facing.

81 Minutes – Directed by Molly Herrmann – USA


HALFWAY - 4pm Saturday, November 12 - Narrative Feature

halfwayQuinton Aaron (THE BLIND SIDE) plays a recently released convict who finds himself trapped between his urban criminal past and his new life on probation as the only black man in a conservative white Wisconsin farming town.

103 Minutes – Directed by Ben Caird – USA – FILMED IN WISCONSIN

HALFWAY Movie Website

SHORTS PROGRAM #8 - 6:30pm Saturday, November 12

Narrative Short – Directed by Adam Zuehlke – USA – 14 Minutes

CURED is a drama/horror dealing with the haunting aftermath of a pandemic. After being quarantined, Amy’s return home creates tension within her family. Can the once infected ever return to the life they’ve led before?

This well crafted short is made by Weyauwega native Adam Zuehlke. Adam currently works and resides in Minneapolis.


Narrative Short – Directed by John Fortson – USA – 20 Minutes

Maggie, a wife and mother, must find the courage to own up to her own behavior when she wakes up to a world where every adult has received a YELP-like rating floating above their head. While most everyone has a shining 4 or 5 star rating, she’s only got 2.5. How many stars would you have?

notorius-cornNOTORIOUS CORN

Animation – Directed by Mallory Grolleau – France – 2 Minutes

It’s the story of a small grain of corn that dreamed about glory.

 last-daysLAST DAYS

Narrative Short – Directed by Arturo Leån Llerena – Peru – 11 Minutes

What would you sell to save your business?

gags-posterGAGS THE CLOWN

Narrative Short – Directed by Adam Krause – USA – 16 Minutes

Gags the Clown made by Green Bay filmmaker Adam Krause can be credited with inspiring many copy cat clowns across the country. The ingenious marketing campaign posted mysterious images of a creepy clown lurking the streets of Green Bay. Come see the film that started it all!

THE LOVE WITCH - 8pm Saturday, November 12 - Narrative Feature

love_witch_poster_finalElaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the 1960s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.

RECOMMENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES – Contains nudity and sexual situations.

118 Minutes – Directed by Anna Biller – USA





AWARDS RECEPTION - 10pm Saturday, November 12th

WIFF 2012 1WIFF Rewards Reception with light snacks and music!