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.
Stories from Richert Ranch is an autobiographical multimedia animated documentary film which illustrates stories of growing up on a farm in Northeast Indiana.
Twin photojournalists lead us back to a pre-digital era, when Americans read newspapers and facts mattered.
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.
The only people who see the whole picture are the ones who step out of the frame.
- Salman Rushdie
Four friends, kayaked around the biggest freshwater lake in the world (by surface area) to help raise awareness and money to conserve the pristine waters and landscapes they behold, share stories and values of what makes our backyard so important to us and those that live with it.
This documentary is about youth mental health, a critical issue in our state and across the country. It is based on the "Kids in Crisis" series by reporter Rory Linnane from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/USA TODAY Network. The film features four young diverse individuals who talk candidly about their mental health challenges and journeys in order to help others speak up and get help. Their stories are heartbreaking but their messages are courageous and inspiring.
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.