The winners of the inaugural Wisconsin Film Festival Audience Awards, sponsored by Steep & Brew:
Narrative Feature Audience Award winner: Brothers (IFC Films), Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's searing story of two brothers, set against the backdrop of the war in Afghanistan, which also won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Documentary Feature Audience Award winner: The Real Dirt on Farmer John, filmmaker Taggart Siegel's fascinating character study of an iconoclastic artist-farmer, John Peterson, in northern Illinois and his visionary farming community. The Real Dirt on Farmer John also won the jury prize for the Best Documentary Feature in the Wisconsin's Own Competition, as well as the Documentary Audience Award at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival. Both Siegel and Peterson are Beloit College alums.
Special thanks to Audience Award Coordinators Cressida Hanson and Brian Weeks, and Audience Award statistician Tim Grant.
WISCONSIN'S OWN COMPETITION
For emerging and independent filmmakers with Wisconsin ties. Wisconsin's Own Jurors: Chris Sullivan, Julie Golden, Laurie Scheer.
I. JURY AWARDS
Best Narrative Short: LIFELIKE
Narrative Short | USA | 2004 | 19 min | Color | DigiBeta
Director: John Besmer
Madison filmmaker and creative director John Besmer shot Lifelike in Mt. Horeb.
Best Documentary Short: SMALL TOWN SECRETS
Documentary Short | USA | 2004 | 8 min | Color | Beta SP
Director: Katherine Leggett
Stanford, Calif., filmmaker and writer Katherine Leggett is a UW-Madison alum.
Best Experimental: MY MOST IMPORTANT SELF-PORTRAIT
Experimental Short | USA | 2004 | 7 min | B/W | Mini DV
Director: James Barany
Waukesha filmmaker James Barany teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Arts & Design.
Best Documentary Feature: THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN
Documentary Feature | USA | 2005 | 83 min | Color | DigiBeta
Director: Taggart Siegel
Both filmmaker Taggart Siegel and Farmer John Peterson are Beloit College alumni.
Best Feature: NBT: Never Been Thawed
Narrative Feature | USA | 2004 | 87 min | Color | DigiBeta
Director: Sean Anders
Writer, director and actor Sean Anders is a Madison native.
II. KODAK FILM STOCK GRANT
Awarded to a project originating on film for the best achievement in use of motion picture film. ($1,500)
Director Scott Foley for TO SAY GOODBYE
Documentary Short | USA | 2004 | 19 min | B/W | 16mm
Filmmaker Scott Foley received his MFA in film from UW-Milwaukee, where he currently teaches.
III. KODAK OPPORTUNITY AWARD FILM STOCK GRANT
To recognize achievement in a project that did not originate on film, and to provide an opportunity for the filmmaker to work on film in a future project ($1,500).
Director John Mossman for SPACEMAN DAN'S 243rd FLIGHT
Narrative Short | USA | 2004 | 31 min | Color | Mini DV
Director: John Mossman
Filmmaker John Mossman is a UW-Madison alum and shot Spaceman Dan in the Baraboo and Mt. Horeb region.
STUDENT SHORTS COMPETITION
For student filmmakers at Wisconsin schools, colleges and universities. Student Competition Jurors: Amy Beste, Didier Leplae, Ian Rosenberg.
I. JURY AWARDS
The jury awarded prizes to three films:
1) Best Animated Short: ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW
Animated Short | USA | 2004 | 1 min | Mini DV
Director: Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson
Filmmaker Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson is a graduate student and teaching assistant at UW-Milwaukee, working toward her M.F.A. in Film.
2) Best Experimental Short: EXISTENTIAL SEARCH OF A NEEDLE
Experimental Short | USA | 2004 | 3 min | Color and B/W | Mini DV
Director: Fevzi Balli
Filmmaker Fevzi Balli is a student at UW-Madison and will begin his graduate studies in film in fall 2005.
3) Best Documentary Short: BLAZE ORANGE
Documentary Short | USA | 2004 | 16 min | Color | DV Cam
Director: Kevin Kilduff
Filmmaker Kevin Kilduff is a senior at UW-Madison, majoring in Communication Arts and Economics.
II. KODAK FILM STOCK GRANTS
Awarded to projects originating on film for the best achievement in use of motion picture film, $500 each.
THE FACE PROJECT, Director: Andy Schlachtenhaufen, a junior majoring in Communication Arts and East Asian Studies at UW-Madison.
FIELD WORK, Director: Timothy Zwettler, who recently received his BFA in film from UW-Milwaukee.
LAKE EFFECT, Director: Ryan Bigelow, a graduate of the UW-Milwaukee film program.
Sunday, April 3, 2005
(Did you remember to Spring Forward? Daylight Saving Time begins today. Set your clocks ahead one hour.)
Wisconsin's Own Winners Screening: Shorts
Sun, Apr 3, 1:00pm | 1h30, Cinematheque. Sold out; the line for rush tickets begins 1/2 before the screening time.
LIFELIKE (John Besmer)
MY MOST IMPORTANT SELF PORTRAIT (James Barany)
SMALL TOWN SECRETS (Katherine Leggett)
TO SAY GOODBYE (Scott Foley)
SPACEMAN DAN'S 243rd FLIGHT (John Mossman)
Students Shorts Winners Screening
Sun, Apr 3, 3:00pm, 60 min., Memorial Union Play Circle, tickets available.
THE FACE PROJECT (Andy Schlachtenhaufen)
ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW (Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson)
FIELD WORK (Tim Zwettler)
BLAZE ORANGE (Kevin Kilduff)
EXISTENTIAL SEARCH OF A NEEDLE (Fevzi Balli)
LAKE EFFECT (Ryan Bigelow)
Wisconsin's Own Winners Screening: Documentary Feature
Sun, Apr 3, 3:30pm | 1h30, Monona Terrace Lecture Hall, tickets still available.
THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN (Taggart Siegel) 83 min
Wisconsin's Own Winners Screening: Narrative Feature
Sun, Apr 3, 5:30pm | 1h30, Monona Terrace Lecture Hall, tickets still available
NBT: NEVER BEEN THAWED (Sean Anders) 87 min