Saturday, April 04, 2009
Madison goes nuts about film: 2009 Wisconsin Film Festival
The Orpheum Theater only looked deserted early Thursday evening because everyone was inside watching "500 Days of Summer." The film festival started off with great attendance, recession or no recession.
More typical festival crowd shot, taken across the street at the madison Museum of Contemporary Art -- the end of a long line for the German film "Jerichow." We had just come out of "The Beaches of Agnes," the amazing film by 80-year-old Agnes Varda, one of the richest, most moving (and beautiful) films I've seen in years. I'll post more about it when I get a minute -- but meanwhile, there's another showing Sunday at 1:00 PM at MMoCA. Don't miss it!
This is the Wisconsin Film Festival audience award ballot. Quick and easy -- you tear off the number you select and drop it in a ballot box on your way out of the theater. I used this one to give the highest rating to "The Beaches of Agnes" the other night.
Every year, the Wisconsin Film Festival produces a short, arty introductory spot that welcomes the audience at each screening and acknowledges the sponsors of the event. This is a series of stills from this year's spot, an ironic pastiche of old, 1950s-era Wisconsin tourism and economic development video clips. Yeah, we like it here!