NEW FEATURE!

Weyauwega Hosts 4th Annual International Film Festival

BY Merry Dudley

Featuring 42 films from 14 countries, the 4th annual Weyauwega Film Festival will kick off on Wednesday, November 12, and run through Saturday, November 15.

All screenings take place at the Gerold Opera House, located at 136 East Main Street in Weyauwega.

Tickets are $30 in advance for a full festival pass, which gets you into all of the films and events ($35 at the door). Daily passes are available for $12 each, which gets you into any or all films on that particular day.

Advance tickets are also available at The Coffee Klatsch in Weyauwega, The Book Cellar in Waupaca, and the Blue Moon Emporium on College Avenue in Appleton.

Here is the schedule for the film festival (subject to change without notice):

NOVEMBER 12

1:00 pm

Wait
Documentary feature; Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, U.S.
54 mins.; directed by Brian Oh
Two friends, a filmmaker and a musician, travel through South America, journeying toward an ever elusive home. Along the way, they capture stories on the road through song and film, discovering the beauty of the present.

2:00 pm – SHORTS

SCRIP, featuring Kappa the Fifth
Animation: Japan
17 mins.; directed by Hideyuki Haga
Three animated shorts, including the return of Kappa the Fifth. This is the fourth year in a row the Japanese animators have presented a Kappa story at WIFF.

Dustland
Narrative short: U.S.
17 mins.; directed by Jacob Lundgaard Andersen
When a monstrous dust storm engulfs the land, an itinerant circus is stranded in the ceaseless howling winds. Dustland centers around a high-wire walker who, grounded by the wind and unable to perform, is lured by a haunting tune toward a mysterious fiddler waiting at the crossroads.

I Need My Monster
Animation: U.S.
11 mins.; directed by Stephen Baker
When Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week. – Gabe” What will Ethan do? He needs a monster under his bed. Substitute monsters appear, but none are as perfect as Gabe. Created by the class of 2014 at the prestigious University of Colorado’s Digital Animation Center, this animated short film is based on the Flashlight Press children’s book written by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliam.

4:30 pm

Old Man
Documentary feature: U.S.
170 mins.; directed by Dan Schniedkraut
The story of a father, a son and the last record store in town.

8:00 pm

Private Screening. Visit www.wegaarts.org/wiff.html for more information about attending this event.

November 13

1:00 pm

Classic Cinema Feature: The Men
Narrative feature: U.S.
85 mins.; directed by Fred Zinnemann
Presented by Dr. Jack Rhodes
Ex-GI Ken (Marlon Brando) is paralyzed below the waist as the result of a war wound. In the hospital back home, he passes through an initial period of depression with the help of a sympathetic Dr. Brock and his faithful fiancée, Ellen. Ken’s bitter isolation is also overcome with the help of his fellow patients, especially the intelligent young cynic Norm, the witty Leo and serious young Angel. Soon Ken throws himself into the work rehabilitation and after a long period of physical therapy even suspects he may regain the use of his limbs.

3:30 pm – SHORTS

Adelante
Documentary short: U.S.
28 mins.; directed by Noam Osband
Adelante shows the heart of Mexico beating strongly, just outside of Philadelphia, where Mexican newcomers are revitalizing a dying Irish-Catholic parish in Norristown, Pa.

Blue Eyed Boy
Narrative short: Iran
18 mins.; directed by Masoud Soheili
A boy with unusual color blindness causes his parents shame when he accidentally kills some village livestock, so his parents seek medical treatment for the boy. When hospital doctors cannot help, they take him to a local shaman for a remedy.

4:30 pm

100 Head/Heart/Feet
Documentary feature: U.S.
102 mins. ; directed by Michael Mooney, William Peters
If you thought 26.2 miles was tough, lace up your running shoes for a journey into the world of “untrarunning.” Some call them adventure racers, extreme endurance athletes or just plain crazy as they prepare to run a 30-hour, 100-mile race. No stopping, No resting. No whining. Just running.

6:30 pm – SHORTS

Najes
Narrative short: Iran
20 mins.; Bahram & Bahman Hajaboloo
This film is about a Muslim man who hits a dog. Since dogs are believed to be unclean, he is in doubt as to whether to take care of it or to abandon it.

Run Crab Run
Animation: U.S.
6 mins.; directed by Wei Lu
Run Crab Run follows a duo of crabs as they try to escape their fate in the cruise ship’s kitchen and journey toward the ocean.

Pity
Narrative short: U.S. (Wisconsin)
8 mins.; directed by John Pata
Separation can be a terrible thing. This is a portrait of a man at the bottom, struggling to find an answer after the wrong things happened at the wrong time. This is a story of loss.

The Order
Narrative short: U.S. (Wisconsin)
24 mins.; directed by Steven Heil
When a woman is ordered to send orphans to a concentration camp, she must decide whether to comply or rebel.

8:00 pm

BFE
Narrative feature: U.S.
98 mins.; directed by Shawn Telford
Boredom and bad decisions are part of life in far-off places like BFE. Young and old struggle to live free or die trying, including Grampa who has a terminal illness but won’t go down without a fight. His grandson, Ian, on the other hand, tries to teach the old man how to live while at the same time trying to catch the eye of the troubled and angelic Ellie, whose feelings for Ian may be more than mutual. The problem is Ellie’s popular boyfriend, Zack, who doesn’t want to be the last virgin.

10:00 pm – SHORTS

Not Anymore
Documentary short: U.S.

15 mins.; directed by Matthew Van Dyke
The story of the Syrian revolution as told through the experiences of two young Syrians, a male rebel fighter and a female journalist, as they fight an oppressive regime for the freedom of their people.

Yellow Hill: The Stranger’s Tale
Narrative short: U.S. (Wisconsin)
16 mins.; directed Ross Bigley
In a dying gold town called Holsum, a community of Chinese immigrants is being brutalized, beaten, whipped and even murdered. Corrupt Mayor Carson and his gang of vicious lackeys, led by ruthless psychopath Jackson, is trying to drive them out but they refuse to leave. Enter The Stranger, a beautiful Chinese woman who has suppressed a great deal pain from her past. Sold into prostitution when her father needed money, she meets a mysterious companion that shows her kindness, then love — until the day he left her. Yellow Hill: The Stranger’s Tale is an homage to the genre of the Spaghetti Western with The Stranger playing the role of the iconic loner.

Godka Circa
Documentary short: Spain, U.S., Somalia
10 mins.; directed by Alex Lora
Young Alifa looks up at the Somali sky and thinks about her daily life as a shepherdess. She knows that the day that will change her life forever is about to come.

November 14

10:00 am – SHORTS

February 28
Narrative short: Russian Federation
12 mins.; directed by Diana Galimzyanova
A guarded and aloof cancer survivor is trying to return to normal life and forget the horrors of the defeated disease that are still haunting her. She finds a new job, but it seems that she has nothing in common with other people. Socially withdrawing herself, she is stuck inside her own world, filled with despair and flashbacks.

The Spoon
Narrative short: Republic of Korea
16 mins.; directed by Shinyoo Kang
Yujung goes camping in the forest with her boyfriend, who shows an unusual obsession toward her spoon. After leaving an enigmatic statement about the spoon, the boyfriend disappears, and Yujung finds a spoon instead of her boyfriend in the forest. After this, Yujung is always with this spoon. She eats dinner with it at home and lunch in the work place. She even takes a shower with it.

A Boy’s Prayer
Narrative short: Taiwan
30 mins.; directed by Chao Koi-Wang
A 17-year-old loser meets a mysterious and beautiful cleaning girl by chance. They have totally different characters and backgrounds. However, they start to have a wonderful adventure in garbage dump. Ultimately, they change each other.

Sebastian
Animation: Russian Federation, U.S.
19 mins.; directed by Vlad Marsavin
Sebastian is an 8-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother in an ordinary house in an ordinary, monochrome world. But when Sebastian gets on a bike to go for a ride, the adventure into his imagination begins. Mesmerized by the transformation of the colorless city, Sebastian crosses the street without paying attention. A car hits him, but only his bike is damaged. After the accident, Sebastian has vivid dreams re-experiencing his birth and entering a fairy-tale world.

11:30 am

The Oracles of Pennsylvania Avenue
Documentary feature: Egypt, U.S.
107 mins.; directed by Tim Wilkerson
Twelve hours of terror inspired a lifetime of peace. On a frigid day in 1982, a struggling Jewish WWII veteran became the first domestic terrorist to target the nation’s capital. In the process he would inspire the longest-running public protest against U.S. foreign policy, the grandparents to the Occupy movement.

2:00 pm – SHORTS

Story of M
Narrative short: Russian Federation
23 mins.; directed by Anna Arlanova
She smiles like Marilyn, she walks like Marilyn, she even dresses like Marilyn. A chance encounter at a secondhand store, and a world of dreams is crushed by reality.

Big Bag
Animation: Spain
14 mins.; directed by Ricardo Martin Coloma
We work, sleep and buy things to feed an enormous machine that rules our lives. But is all of it necessary? Are we really working to live, or just living to work? Do we need to depend on a superior machine?

Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff
Documentary short: U.S. (Wisconsin)
25 mins.; directed by Brad Lichtenstein
If you care about democracy or the environment or simply love good drama, you won’t want to miss this deep dive into the controversial proposal to dig what could be one of North America’s largest open-pit iron mines — right here in Wisconsin. In March 2013, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation that rewrote the state’s iron mining laws, paving the way for Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) to dig an open-pit iron mine in the pristine woods of the Penokee mountain range.

3:00 pm

You Have His Eyes
Documentary feature: U.S.
91 mins.; directed by Christopher Wilson
At three months old, Christopher was adopted, and 25 years later he reunited with his biological mother. He then began documenting his search for his father. An intense, life-changing experience is captured as Chris uncovers the dormant truths behind his biological family. CTW Productions presents a story about a search for one man, for one self, and the inescapable link of family.

5:00 pm

When the King Tilts
Narrative feature: U.S. (Wisconsin)
76 mins.; directed by Drew Britton
Best friends Carol and J.L. are the last guests at the Bay Shore Bed and Breakfast. The owner, Sam, is starting to close up for the winter. Exhausted from the season and past guests, he asks simply that no one talk about themselves. J.L. is puzzled by the request, but Carol seems strangely fascinated by what Sam has asked. A divide forms between the two friends, and a whirlwind of hostility, manipulation and discomfort kicks up as J.L. begins to suspect her best friend of forming an inappropriate bond with Sam.

7:00 pm

My Name is Jonah
Documentary feature: U.S.
103 mins.; directed by Phil Healy,
J.B. Sapienza
What is the secret origin of this self-proclaimed real-life warrior, adventurer and musician? How has he gained his tremendous cult following? Steel yourselves for a quest to explore how this enigmatic personality came to be and the powerful effect he has on all those he meets. Prepare to be amazed at just how ordinary your own life really is.

9:00 pm – SHORTS

Sad Clown
Narrative short: U.S. (Wisconsin)
12 mins.; directed by Jason P. Schumacher
A clown’s job is to make us laugh, but what if a clown has lost everything that made him smile? While everyone around him hides their feelings, this clown wears his feelings on his face for all the world to see. The smile once drawn on his face has been replaced by a frown and painted tears.

Gun
Narrative short: U.S.,br />
7 mins.; directed by Alex J. Mann
Alex finds a gun behind a trash can on a walk through New York City. He brings it home to show his roommate, only to find that his roommate slept with his ex-girlfriend. The three of them try to talk things out peacefully, which proves to be difficult with a gun on the table.

Thursday
Narrative short: Spain
14 mins.; directed by Pedro Del Río
María asks Jorge for a lighter and continues her ordinary way to the office, ignoring that she is being observed and that what started as a regular day really isn’t.

Evergreen
Narrative short: U.S. (Wisconsin)
12 mins.; directed by Adam Zuehlke
A film about two exiled lovers who struggle with the curse of immortality. Eternity is the backdrop as they fight for love and their search for the meaning of life. It’s a grounded, gritty yet beautiful look at a couple trying to find their way back to happiness.

November 15

10:30 am

Boy Minus Girl
Narrative feature: U.S. (Wisconsin)
94 mins.; directed by James Lawrence
It’s the classic tale of boy meets girl, boy listens to terrible advice from his friends and family, does dumb things and loses girl, then tries to win girl back.

12:30 pm – SHORTS

Beyond Goldenhill
Narrative short U.S. (Wisconsin)
24 mins.; directed by Nicolas Pinzon
After a chance encounter with a young woman, a man comes to terms with his tragic past.

Rosie
Narrative short: U.S. (Wisconsin)
15 mins.; directed by Alexander Kohnstamm
An overworked lawyer connects with another father in a case that makes him reanalyze his life.

Mousse
Narrative short: Sweden
40 mins.; directed by John Hellberg
What could be easier than robbing a small tobacco shop on the outskirts of town? It’s during the year’s biggest horse race event and the betting center Washington’s Tobacco looks like the ultimate hit for some fast cash. Mousse is a man of pride and principles who is fed up with living as a second-class citizen. But what happens when he faces principles different from his own?

4:00 pm – SHORTS

The King of Size
Documentary short: U.S.
17 mins.; directed by Peter Dowd
Filmed over a 10-year span, The King of Size follows an ex-champion bodybuilder on a decade-long quest to reclaim his former glory while recognizing his own addiction to “size.” Crowned “Mr. New York,” Tony was not only the Empire State’s top bodybuilder, he was also hailed as the largest human ever seen in Rochester, his home town. Building from 250 to 290 pounds, he continued to grow until he set his sights on weighing 320 pounds. Pushing the human body beyond its limits, despite one injury after another, and even recognizing a sign to stop, Tony carries on, determined to earn his nickname.

Une Balade a la Mer
(A Ride Toward the Sea)
Animation: France
4 mins.; directed by Damien Stein
A ride toward the sea is the odyssey of a small animated character who decides to go out to face the city and nature to free his goldfish. But the cadence of his own will reserve for him numerous surprises. Every person, every element of the city that he will cross could be violent to him.

One Armed Man
Narrative short: U.S.
28 mins.; directed by Tim Guinee
A wealthy cotton gin executive is confronted by a disgruntled former employee who demands the return of an arm lost in the gin’s machinery in Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote’s chilling drama, One Armed Man.

5:30 pm

The Fool
Narrative feature: Russian Federation
121 mins.; directed by Yury Bykov
The Fool is a movie about a simple plumber, an honest man who comes up against the entire system of corrupt bureaucrats. The lives of 800 inhabitants of an old apartment building, which is at risk of collapsing, are at stake and they have just one night to make things right.

8:00 pm

Bucky and the Squirrels
Narrative feature: U.S. (Wisconsin)
83 mins.; directed by Allan Katz
Back in 1968, Bucky and the Squirrels topped the charts with their dance hit, “Do the Squirrel.” Unfortunately, on their first promotional tour, the plane carrying the band crashed and disappeared somewhere in the Swiss Alps, never to be heard of again. That is until now, 50 years later, when the plane is discovered with the Squirrels still inside — frozen alive. Naturally, they’re taken to a cryonics lab to be defrosted.

9:30 pm

Awards reception and party.

For more info about the Weyauwega Film Festival, visit www.wegaarts.org/wiff.html.

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