In the late 1940's and early 1950's polka was the music dominating the airwaves both on radio and the newest technology at the time: television. One of the first live television programs in Green Bay, Wisconsin's history was a polka variety show featuring the group Cousin Fuzzy and his Cousins. One of the last surviving members of the band is Agnes Benz, aka "Cousin Aggie." She was interviewed in 2011 as the beginning of a large documentary on Cousin Fuzzy.
Becoming Geppetto explores the life and craftsmanship of master luthiers Bruce, and son Matt, Petros, accompanied by performances with solo guitarists. The film consists of three elements; 1) the biographies of Bruce and Matt, 2) scenes of guitar construction accompanied with design and structural commentary and, 3) musical performances by the musicians.
A short contemplative documentary on beekeeper Charlie Koenen and the importance of urban beekeeping.
Covid 19 hits a small Wisconsin dairy town hard even though not a single case of the virus was recorded in the city. Over the course of four months, see how the pandemic took its toll economically, socially and emotionally during a time when this community was about to celebrate its 150th Anniversary.
Something About the Stars is a short, animated, poetic documentary that depicts my memory of looking at the stars in the Cook Islands. Through silhouette stop-motion, this film explores the juxtaposition of the reality of memory versus the perception of memory. The voiceover throughout the piece shares my honest thoughts during this experience. The animation serves to imagine my emotions in the moment. The background of this film was done by backlighting a sarong that I made while in the Cook Islands.
Set in the era of COVID-19, this documentary contrasts a historic, bacchanal college block party--Mifflin Street--in Madison, Wisconsin, with the #REOPEN Wisconsin Freedom Rally.
"Sorry, We're Closed" follows a girl who begrudgingly takes a Saturday shift at an antique store. Just when the shop is about to close, an elderly man arrives and dawdles. We connect with her frustrations as she tries to drive the elderly man out in order to lock up. However, no one can ever truly know what goes on in another persons life-- from the man, the shop worker discovers the unexpected.
Set against the vibrant and colorful backdrop of developing West African countries, Circle of Defense (COD) is a short format documentary about the ongoing fight to eradicate polio and other preventable, life-threatening diseases and how that health infrastructure should be maintained to task shift to other infectious outbreaks, such as Ebola. Polio and Ebola-survivors in the film drive home this urgent need.
A Chinese folktale, animated and retold by the 2018-19 fourth grade classes at Crestwood Elementary school in Madison WI. The students wrote the script, drew the storyboards, acted out the voice parts, and did the animation in art class, while the fifth graders composed and performed the score across the hall in the music room.
Grab a mug and park your can. In the heart of Packerland, it's brews and B.S. with Pat Rowland at Calumet Brewing. Ein prosit!
Giving us a taste of the town’s rather unique flavor, Pat has the stories, the brew, and the booming laugh all rolled into one. Rough around the edges and telling it like it is, he’s both full of life and full of it, as the hard-working craft creator, fisherman, entrepreneur, and wild game chef that he is.