Small Town Wisconsin

Virtual Performance Dates: 
Saturday, February 27, 2021 to Monday, March 15, 2021
Q and A with Filmmaker following the film session:
Jason Naczek
Hongtao Liu
Josh Rosenberg
Niels Mueller
Scott K. Foley
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Date Completed: 
June, 2020


Santa Fe Independent Film Festival -- Audience Choice Best Narrative Feature...Red Rock Film Festival -- Audience Choice Best Fiction Film...El Paso Film Festival -- Best Narrative Feature...South Dakota Film Festival -- Best in Festival...Seattle Film Festival -- Best Feature Film (U.S.)...El Dorado Film Festival -- Best in Fest...Cinema On The Bayou -- Best Narrative Feature Film...Boston Film Festival -- Best Director...Reykjavik Independent Film Festival -- Best Comedy Feature...Rising Sun Film Festival -- Best Feature Film

Wayne Stobierski is the most fun-loving, hardest-living party animal in Rhinelander, Wisconsin (population 7,798). Just ask his favorite wingman, Tyler, who's seen it all, lived it all, loved it all. Only problem? Tyler is Wayne's nine year old son.

When Wayne learns the devastating news that he is losing shared custody and that his beloved wingman will be moving far away, he plans a special weekend for his son to remember him by -- a trip to the big city of their dreams Milwaukee, Wisconsin (population 592,025).

Poor Wayne. The moment he's out of his small town comfort zone, he finds his plans spinning comically out of control. When Wayne passes out drunk before he can find a hotel room, his best friend and chaperone, Chuck, decides to take the gang to Wayne's estranged sister Alicia's house.

Wayne is none too happy to wake up and find himself in the middle of an unscheduled family reunion. But there's nothing quite like family to help find levity in heartache. Surrounded by love -- some of it tough, all of it genuine -- Wayne finds himself facing down his demons, all while showing his son the most spectacular time of his life.


Niels Mueller

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Niels is an award-winning writer and director whose films have premiered to great acclaim at the most prestigious film festivals in the world. Tadpole (Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford), which Niels co-wrote, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and The Assassination of Richard Nixon (Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle), which Niels co-wrote and directed, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and its North American premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival. Niels is also an accomplished show-creator, writer and producer of network television, including the CBS series The Defenders (Jim Belushi, Jerry O'Connell).