Announcements and news
New local comedy series is hitting the web with new episodes every Friday night. "Friday Night Weekly"
A wild new comedy series is hitting the web with new episodes every Friday night. "Friday Night Weekly" takes a news show format and methodically turns it on its head through staged goofs, gags, skits, and some decidedly dark humor. "FNW" is the latest from Milwaukee-based King's Tower Productions and filmmaker Jozef K. Richards (The Amateur Monster Movie, The Wayward Sun) and streams 24/7 on the "King's Tower Channel", accessible through YouTube.
"Friday Night Weekly" is hosted by Jozef K. Richards, Makenzie Boettcher, and Matt Henry and features regular appearances by FNW Special Reporter Reuben Glaser, Ryan Dewerth as "The P.A.", and a side cast of many memorable faces including comedian Matt Mast as Matt Henry's spiritual adviser and award-winning filmmaker Van Campbell III in an inspired role as bug expert "Samuel St. Hngus".
Viewers each week can look forward to Jozef Richards' futile attempts to produce to a credible, legitimate news show despite being surrounded by a cesspool of incompetency. Former missing-person Makenzie Boettcher and funnyman Matt Henry are Richards' co-hosts and main pillars of support on the show, though Mr. Henry in particular seems to have a fixation with making the show "crazier" and "funnier" much to the distress of his co-hosts, and Ryan the P.A. is usually there to assist Matt with his schemes rather than assist with, you know, production…
As for FNW's main special reporter, Reuben Glaser, well, he is just terrible and nearly ruins every episode with his shlocky, unplanned interviews, segments, and overall bullying of other crew members as well as small woodland critters. But he also wears glasses like Jozef so that makes him the second-smartest person on the show.
Exciting days are afoot for the FNW crew and anyone who watches, because something this BIG only comes around once a millennium. As the wise man once said, "We'll see you on Friday night." We sure will… we sure will…
What a great year, so many fantastic films. We thank our filmmakers, our supporters and those who came out.
Here are this year's winners.
Time 2 Split
by Fabrice Bracq
BEST WISCONSIN FILM
Mason Jelly Jar
by Van Campbell III
2nd Place/Honorary Mention
Night in a Hotel
by Daniel Kontur
(From The Darkness Theatre)
(From The Darkness Theatre)
by Kate Balsey
From The Darkness Theatre
Again, a great year. It was a difficult year for our judges with scores being so close.
See you next year.
SB521A: Film Making: The Art of Telling in Story, Image and Sound
This course examines each component of film—"The Story", "The Images", and "The Sound." Instruction includes editing techniques and use of sound. Students work in small teams to create a two-minute film from a randomly assigned subject. Screening and critique of each film reinforces the students' understanding of film language.
Tuition: $205 ($180 before Sept. 28)
Instructor: Ross Bigley
Early Bird Registration ends Sept. 28
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS ONE WEEK BEFORE START OF CLASS
Any class cancelled due to weather or instructor illness will be rescheduled one to two weeks after the conclusion of the class.
ROSEBUD THEATER, 6823 W. North Avenue
https://rosebudtickets.com/ (Select Aug 29th)
Rated: Unrated (drug use, adult themes)
A young woman named Wren finds herself lost in the desert after she and her two druggy friends flip their jeep in a remote part of Mexico. In their attempt to reach the nearest town by way of the desert, a symbolic journey unfolds as Wren begins to hallucinate, envisioning Death is stalking her in various forms: as a demon and an enchantress.
From two Stellar local talents: Jozef Kyle Richards, the writer and director of "The Amateur Monster Movie"; and featuring the visual effects wizardry of "Broken Orbit" director Patrik Beck.
Written, Directed, & Produced by Jozef Kyle Richards
Run Time: 91 minutes ( I hr. 31 minutes)
For more info, visit the King's Tower Productions Website: http://www.spadeheartclub.com/index.html
Patrick Holland with Anthony Wood won "Best Wisconsin Film" for Baden Krunk at the 13th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival. Please help their new project.
About The Film:
"The Strange Case Of My Sole" is a dark comedy. It follows the story of a happily married middle-aged man. He stumbles across a pair of boots and slowly becomes obsessed with them. When he wears these boots he feels youthful, impulsive and reckless. Is it the boots? Or is he having a middle-life crisis? Or is there something more profound going on?
The tone of the movie is a mix of comedy and oddness -- with a dash of ridicule thrown in for good measure. With all apologies to Mr. Allen and Mr. Lynch, imagine if Woody Allen and David Lynch made a short film.
We are truly excited about this film. Our goal is to make something unique, funny and ultimately entertaining. We think you are going to love it as much as we do.
About The Filmmakers:
Anthony Wood and Patrick Holland have been making short films together since 2008. Patrick has a background in directing and writing theater. Anthony has a background as a playwright as well as a director and editor of commercials/corporate videos. Together they have made five short films. Their films have been screened at film festivals around the the world. One of these films “Stools?” was featured on the Comedy Central/Atom Film Showdown. Their film “Baden Krunk” has been screened at nine film festivals. It has won awards at five.
They are passionate about making films that tell a unique story.
The film is written. We start shooting the film at the end of July. We hope to complete shooting by September. The film is being shot in Chicago and Madison, WI.
All of the actors and crew are professional. Most of them have extensive backgrounds in both theater and film. But they are all volunteering their time and talent to make this film happen.
We own most of the gear we need for the film (cameras, basic lenses, computer, etc.) But this is where you come in.
We need money to cover the following things:
Sarah Sokolovic - Actor
Sarah is a writer, musician, actress, and maker of art. Her most recent credits include two independent films: Every Secret Thing, and La Vida Inesparada. Other film credits include: Omphalos, Cold Comes the Night, and Bitches. Her television credits include The Good Wife and Unforgettable.
She is a veteran of the stage and appeared in many productions in the Midwest before moving to New York City in 2005. Her most recent credits in New York include The Shaggs: Philosophy of The World, Detroit (Playwrights Horizons mainstage) and Relatively Speaking (Broadway.) She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, and a recipient of the Jerome L Greene award.
She resides in Brooklyn, but still passionately refers to Milwaukee as home, where the people she loves most live.
Robert W. C. Kennedy - Actor
This handsome six-footer, a graduate of the Specialist In Acting Major in Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, is an international award-winning actor who has performed throughout Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, New York, Canada, and for the Lord Mayor of Dublin, in Ireland. He has appeared on stage with Bialystock & Bloom, Bunny Gumbo, Cornerstone, Milwaukee Irish Arts, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Next Act, Skylight and Windfall. He has appeared in numerous short films, and currently is completing principal photography on his fourth feature. He appears opposite international film star and national treasure Bai Ling in 2010’s “Petty Cash.”
In addition to acting, Kennedy is a senior communications specialist, copy writer and editor in the corporate arena, an ordained deacon, shark diver, equestrian, card-carrying member of the History Channel Club, land-owner in the Republic of Ireland, and bears the noble title of “baron” of the Principality of Sealand.
Angela Iannone - Actor
A familiar face to Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago theatre patrons. Most recently she was seen as Lady MacBeth in MacBeth and Boyet in Love's Labor's Lost for Door Shakespeare Company. Ms. Iannone is an Associate Artist at Milwaukee Rep, where roles include Louise in "Always, Patsy Cline" and Marie Lombardi in the Regional premiere of "Lombardi." Other roles include Kate Hepburn in "Tea at Five", Diana Vreeland in "Full Gallop", Medea in "Medea" and Roxie in "Chicago".
Other theatres that Angela has worked at include the Oak Park, Georgia, Milwaukee and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, Madison and Kansas City Reps, InTandem Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire, Royal George Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre and Next Act Theatre. Ms. Iannone's play "The Edwin Booth Company Presents" was given a staged reading at The Players in New York City, the home of Edwin Booth, and her short play "Tears, Or The Woman's Defense" was recently included in the Pink Banana One Act Festival. Ms. Iannone is a Joseph Jefferson Award winner and is a three time "Best Actress" winner from Shepherd Express in Milwaukee
Anthony Wood - Producer/Actor
Anthony Wood is a writer, director, actor and editor who has been working in the commercial/corporate world for nearly twenty years. But that’s just for mortgage and soup. His real love is producing hilarious and off-the-wall independent films.
Besides racking his brain to create hilarity, he also spends time living the life of the farm hermit in southwestern Wisconsin, raising crops, critters and honeybees. As an author he has written five feature screenplays, eight full length plays and over fifty short plays and comedy sketches.
You can see some of his film work here: https://vimeo.com/user620429/videos
And his published writing here: http://www.playscripts.com/author.php3?authorid=130
Patrick Holland - Producer/Writer/Director/Actor
Patrick is a writer, director and actor. He primarily works as a freelance theater director in Chicago and Wisconsin. He has directed over 20 professional theater productions.
Patrick has co-written and co-starred in five short films with Anthony Wood. One of these films, "Stools?", was featured on the Comedy Central/Atom Films Showdown. He directed the short film "Red Tie Blue Polka Dots." He co-directed with Anthony Wood the short film "Baden Krunk." It has been screened at nine festivals around the world winning awards at five.
Patrick has written dozens of short plays. His play "The Cowboy" is included in the anthology "The Best American Short Plays 2011-12". Patrick is also an Ensemble Member with the Factory Theater in Chicago. He has written and directed six unique video trailers for their plays.
Some of the theaters he's worked with include: Chicago - Factory Theater, Writers' Theater & Steppenwolf. Wisconsin - Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre, Bialystock & Bloom, First Stage Children’s Theater, Skylight Opera, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, American Players Theater, Madison Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Shakespeare Company,Wisconsin Public Radio, Theatre X, Bunny Gumbo, In Tandem, Children’s Theater of Madison, Trustus Theater (Columbia, SC) Wayside Theater (Middleton, VA)
View Patrick's video work at:
Although I'm the writer and director, this film is a largely collaborative effort between myself and a number of graduates and students at University of Wiscinsin, Milwaukee. Some of the people who will be a major part of completing this film are Mitchel Stamm, Eli Asinen, Bob Garvey, Matt Axberg and Joe Alane. An undeniable source of technical, and likely aesthetic influence would be an instructor under whom all of us have studied, Tate Bunker. In fact, a film that we collaborated on last year, entitled "Luminosity", was featured in the UWM film Fest.
In 2011 I began attending University of Wisconsin as an older adult returning student. I began making films based, in part, on my experiences growing up in Chicago.
This film, "Rediscovering Ginny" tells the story of a young Marco who has long adimired and wanted to get close to Ginny, a girl who he considers out of his league because he was always seen as a misfit and she comes from a more upscale background.
In their early 20's Marco goes to a drug house to score and with mixed emotions finds that Ginny is there also. His emotions and hers as well, run from surprise, shock, disappointment, embarassment and self-loathing to something close to actual hostility. Ginny is far more immersed in drugs than Marco but as he has held her in his mind to represent an image of goodness and redemption for himself he refuses to believe that she will continue to take the downward spiral that she has obvioously been on.
This film is not meant to be an 'after-school special' saying, "hey kids, don't do drugs". There is no glowing moment of resolution for either of them, just an exploration of some of the reasons they got to this point and the possibility that through focussing on the grander, more transcendent aspects of life that it's possible to find a better way to live.
This film is important to me because I've seen and been closely connected to a number of people who have succumbed to drugs, crime and other venues of despair. I hope to point out that a person can find a much more meaningful and gratifying way to live when one is mindful of the fact that each moment of life is an unspeakable, ineffable miracle.
It is my hope, and that of the entire cast and crew that "Rediscovering Ginny" will have a positive impact on numerous viewers.
This is a low budget indy film, It will be entered into numerous film festivals and screened at whatever venues and organizations that may be appropriate.
Our goal is to raise $5000.00
This would cover:
If you are unable to contribute but appreciate the intent of this film, mention it to your friends and acquanitences.
MARNmovies IV: Acting and Directing
Tuesday June 11th, 2013. 6PM Lubar Auditorium, MAM
Graham Killeen, director of both short films and theatrical productions, will present on the challenges and differences between making films and stage plays for actors and directors.
Graham is the director of the award-winning short film "Six Bullets" and a film critic for the Journal Sentinel.
We follow his presentation with screenings of local short films and demo reels. Bring yours on Blu-ray or DVD and share with our audience, then network with other filmmakers and actors.
$5 at the door, free for students.
Proudly presented by MARN and Flipeleven Creative
Tuesday, May 14th 2013 6:00PM-9:00PM
Chris Marks, a gaffer with more than 15 years of experience on set, will talk about changes in the style, method, and technology of lighting for film and video. He has worked on countless shorts, commercials, and feature films in the lighting and electrical department.
We follow his presentation with screenings of local short films. Bring yours on Blu-ray or DVD and share with our audience!
$5 at the door, free for students.
Join us at the Milwaukee Art Museum to network with filmmakers, share ideas, and have a drink!
Proudly presented by MARN and Flipeleven Creative