The Entertainment Shack

Apr 22 '12

2012 Wisconsin Film Festival: Sunday

Dog Sweat

Cool fictional Iranian film, that followed stories of several young individuals dealing with being gay, arranged marriages, sex, feminism, and drinking. The most incredible part was that it was filmed in secret in the city of Tehran, getting caught would have most surely gotten all involved with the film making in trouble. It could have been cut a bit tighter, but with what they had, it turned out to be a pretty good film.

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Apr 21 '12

2012 Wisconsin Film Festival: Saturday

Sleepless Night (Nuit blanche)

This was an incredible on-the-edge-of-your-seat French thriller about drug dealers, a narcotics officer, internal affairs, and a deal gone bad. Hard to know who's the good guy, who's bad, who's a single, double, or triple agent. But it all comes together in the end. Highly suggest.

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Apr 20 '12

2012 Wisconsin Film Festival: Friday

An Evening with Don Hertzfeldt

If you don't know who Don Hertzfelt is, he made the famous "Rejected" cartoon (think: "My spoon is too big!"). At an evening with Don Hertfeldt, we saw a couple of old favorites: "BIlly's Balloon", "Intermission in 3D", and "Wisdom Teeth".

BUT the main event was the showing of his Billy trilogy: "Everything will be OK", "I Am So Proud of You", and "It's Such a Beautiful Day". He had been working on it for somewhere around 12 years, but it was worth it. It was an incredibly funny, moving, and deep animation dealing with death, dying, and disease. It was probably one of the best things I've seen, and can't wait until the whole trilogy to come out on DVD. You can watch the first third online. It might not make sense, but wait until the DVD comes out... it all comes together in the final third.

Afterwards he came onstage to answer a few questions. I had to duck out early to go to the next film (which I regret), but it was interesting to see him (I thought he was a lot older and fatter), and to hear him talk about his technique and lack of desire to do any commercial animation work.

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