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2019 DFF Short Film Program Driftless Film Festival Saturday, November 2nd 2pm Mineral Point Opera House
Mineral Point Opera House
Mineral Point, WI
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2019 DFF Short Film Program Driftless Film Festival Saturday, November 2nd 2pm Mineral Point Opera House
TherE will be a Short Film Program at the 10th annual Driftless Film Festival on Saturday, November 2nd at 2pm at the Mineral Point Opera House.

DFF Short Program 2019/Saturday November 2nd @ 2PM:
It gets dark at 2pm in this eclectic series of short films and music videos.
Short Program 95 min TRT (75 MIN TRT + 2, 10 MIN Q&A with filmmakers).

*ON WISCONSIN (35 sec)
David Busse & Kristin Peterson Kaszubowski (Milwaukee)

Kara Mulrooney (Milwaukee)
John Michael Kohler Arts Center

This fantastical sung story tells of a whittled Hodag that came to life when "The Thief" snatches him from his creator. Written and performed by Jim White (Thief) and Paul Fonfara (Carnival Barker), the song and visuals are inspired by the life and work of Wisconsin visionary artist Levi Fisher Ames (John Michael Kohler Arts Center collection) and the tall tales he would sing with his family band about the hundreds of real and mythic creatures he would carve out of wood. One of those specimens was the Hodag, a creature of Wisconsin folklore thought to have originated in Rhinelander, WI.

Filmmaker Bio:
Kara Mulrooney is a filmmaker, actor, and commercial producer from Milwaukee, WI whose most recent feature The Field (actor, producer) earned international distribution (Gravitas Ventures) including theatrical and VOD, and has just started a robust festival run. Her recent short jazzy@32 won the Golden Badger Award at its premiere, and her previous short An Evening at Angelos won the Cream City Cinema Special Jury Prize at its premiere. Mulrooney has screened her work internationally, including the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, and was recently commissioned by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center to make two short films (Its Gotta Be In Ya, The Saga of the Whittled Hodag.) She is currently in pre-production on a new feature that shell direct and act in called The Woman Inside Me, Logline: A mascot maker facing her accidental geriatric pregnancy alone makes contact with her fetus, a 30-year-old Japanese American woman and radio technician forced into hiding during WWII Japanese internment.

*EAT AT JOES (12 min)
Benjamin A. Eisner

LOGLINE: When secret society pickup artists, Hollywood and Broadway, descend upon a Wisconsin Honky Tonk bar, Christine and Jenny conceal conjuring tricks of their own.

DIRECTORS STATEMENT: Male accountability and ethics in this stillfledgling 21st century is/are greatly what inspired me to make "Eat at Joe's.". It's an overarching social commentary running parallel with female empowerment; 'flipping the script' & analyzing time-worn social norms, as the mystery of the title alludes: evocative of a very baseline American landscape.
In Mythology / Picture language, women have often represented the totality of what can be known. It is time we raze tired baseline tropes that have gone unchallenged for far too long in our modern world  an often confounding and unjust contemporary existence.

DIRECTOR BIO: While Benjamin is an established commercial director who got his start in Nashville directing music videos, pilots, and documentary projects for Capitol Records, Warner Brothers, Sony, and EMI Music Group, Eisner sees his self-employed day job as a means to an ultimate end: telling discourse-disrupting stories via cinema that reframe time-worn social, racial, and gender norms that prevent us from waking up to our present unity. Ben is a social media virgin who abandoned his smart phone, desiring a more analog, self-reflective existence. With the aspiration to become a more empathetic director and subtextual screenwriter, Ben gained Sanford Meisner acting training at an accredited Meisner conservatory in Chicago in 2018. With Jewish grandparents who survived Hitlers Holocaust, Eisner was offered EU citizenship from Germany; a deeply healing experience for Ben, whose ultimate inspiration to never quit comes from his irrepressible grandmother, Hildegard - aka Omi.

*IM NOTHING by Violent Femmes (3 min)

His music career began as the video designer and assistant director of Tina Turners Wildest Dreams World Tour in 1996. Since then, he has been retained as the live concert video director for Beastie Boys, Barenaked Ladies, and many others. Most recently, he was retained by Foo Fighters to direct and manage live video productions for IMAG, webcast, and broadcast at hundreds of concerts on six continents since 2011. Throughout his career Josh has produced or directed live concert videos for Beastie Boys, Dropkick Murphys, Fitz and The Tantrums, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Drake, and numerous others. He also has extensive festival experience, having directed webcasts and concerts for such notable events as Lollapalooza, Coachella, Summerfest, and Austin City Limits Festival.

Josh Adams (Milwaukee)

Director: Arthur Nienhuis (Wauwatosa)
Logline: A man recites a poem about something he really likes way too much.

Bio: I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities where I received a degree in journalism. I enjoy cooking, talking about food, and thinking about food.

Q&A #1 (10 minutes)

*YOU CAN GO NOW (15 min)
Marisa Merkel (Madison)

Logline: An abrupt personal tragedy uproots Tanda from her day and she rushes to face the inevitable. Her new, jolted world feels peculiara strangely familiar experience that is impossible for any of us
to put into words.
Brief filmmaker bio: Marisa has been working professionally in the commercial arts as a videographer, art director and graphic designer for 19 years in the Milwaukee area. In the past five years she has dived into filmmaking by writing scripts, working with a production company in LA and being on a selection committee for BendFilm Festival in Oregon. You Can Go Now is her directorial debut, proudly collaborating with an all-local crew.

*I WANNA DIE by Mini Meltdowns (3 min)
Nick Sommer (Neenah)

Joseph David Bowes

*LET GO by Lex Allen (4 min)
Ryan Bingham & Josh Halverson (Milwaukee)

*EXITBAG (16 min)
Michael Sapieja (Genoa City)

*BY THE END OF THE NIGHT by Surgeons In Heat (6 min)
Ryan Thomas Reeve (Milwaukee)

Q&A #2 (10 minutes)


Mineral Point Opera House (View)
139 High Street
Mineral Point, WI 53565
United States


Film > Festivals

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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