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Philippe Gregoire

A haunting look at how the end of a relationship reveals the emptiness left in a woman's life by the one she loves. 

Justin Schaack , Kristin Schaack

Thanksgiving at the Thomas house is always dramatic, but this year someone has a surprising announcement!


Kjell Kvanbeck

When Hank discovers his beloved wife Maria has died on the morning of their golden anniversary, he struggles to hold on to everything he knows and loves in the world.

Adam Luff

Coming to the BWFF from the United Kingdom, this homage to silent film shows how a shy young man uses a magic hat to try and win the heart of the woman he loves.

Matt Troge, Matt Drier

Struggling with their breakups, a young man writes poetry to his ex and a young woman receives it. Finally, the two decide to meet and see what happens.


Mel Eslyn

A funny and mysterious meeting between one awkward couple and a peculiar gentleman.


Robert Stickney, Doug White

A man develops unusual behavior after an accident.


Sean A. Skinner

Legendary wrestler Tourvall tells how the greatest pro wrestling match in history was won.

Sophie Farkas Bolla

A boy charged with guarding the magical portal between warrior tribes must find a fur trout to barter for the freedom to marry the girl he loves.

Don Albrecht

On Lake Superior's Madeline Island, Spring means the end of the ice road, the roar of the windsled, and finally, the ferry.

Brian Ewig

A tongue in cheek look at making a documentary about a storm chaser.

Mike Scholtz, Greg Carlson

2012 BWFF award-winner Mike Scholtz (Wild Bill's Run) is back with a documentary that examines Ohio artist Matt Kish and his leviathan quest to illustrate Herman Melville's classic “Moby-Dick” by taking one page each day and creating art – through all 552 pages.

John Gigrich

A documentary crew captures behind-the-scenes footage as a narcissistic director produces the world's first healing musical.

John Gigrich, Kris Dunlap

Most parents believe their children are extraordinary. What happens when you realize your child is simply average?

Grandma Death, Trent Hanson, Dave Doering

Local rock band, Grandma Death, produced this mesmerizing music video for the song New Dawn Fades, originally written by the post-punk band, Joy Division in 1979. Filmed in Washburn and Bayfield, the video highlights the strange underground culture that exists in Northern Wisconsin.

Cody Troyer

An insecure young man receives a rude awakening when a young woman offers him a new perspective on his past.


John Meyers

When a distraught woodsman reluctantly agrees to guide two New Yorkers on a deer hunt in the frozen wilderness of northwestern Maine, his sanity begins to slip away as the damaged memories of a previous hunting trip catch up with him.

Todd Skylar, Brock Williams

A pair of estranged brothers are forced to travel together and work together as they renovate a lake house they inherit from their recently deceased father. This comedy, which premiered in March at the South by Southwest festival, has been picked up for distribution in 2014 by Screen Media Films.


Samit Kakkad

“Slum Dog Millionaire” meets “So You Think You Can Dance” in this vividly filmed, artfully choreographed film from India about nine boys who escape a juvenile detention center and try to make their dreams for a better life become reality by entering a dance contest.

Frankie Latina

Milwaukee filmmaker, Frankie Latina’s tale of a degenerate C.I.A. agent on the trail of two stolen briefcases with mysterious contents is a visually stunning throwback to seedy 1970’s exploitation films. 

Our first ever late-night film!


Tom Schroeder

Marcel survives the bird flu, alcohol, sleeping pills and his son Max. Though blinded in one eye, he remains the King of Tervuren. Greek tragedy as acted out by Belgian roosters.

John Akre

Big Water's 2012 Short Film award-winner John Akre's new film is an animated allegory about downsizing in a most literal way when the herd hires Wolfgang Fang as the new sheepdog.

Morgan Miller

She hates plants – and with good reason.

Morgan Miller, Josh Kleefield

Redneck Jeff Twiller displays his skills in the Parkour obstacle course.


Richard O'Connor

Watch what happens when a holiday gift turns into a trip to the hospital.


Talayeh Atlasi

A film from Iran about the people of Kharg Island who are affected by the pollution of the sea.

Amanda Murray

A look back at the 1939 World Fair in Queens, N.Y. and the hope it inspired.

George Desort

In 2011, Chicago filmmaker George Desort spent 80 nights on Isle Royale in his kayak traveling the wilderness island's inland lakes. Filled with breathtaking scenery, the film offers “a view of the wild as well as the soul,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Nancy Kelly , Kenji Yamamoto

This moving documentary tells the story of the obstacles a group of environmentalists faced in the 1950s and '60s creating Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Narrated by Frances McDormand.

Dustin Harminic

A look at “Lite Brite activism” as practiced by the Overpass Light Brigade – activists who proclaim their political messages by becoming living illuminated signs. This movement began in Wisconsin and is spreading.


J. J. Kelley

Traces the ivory trade and its impact on Africa’s elephant population over the course of the past two centuries. JJ Kelley will be here in November to present this film about the deadly fight to protect elephants from armed poachers--and from becoming extinct some day.

JT Haines, Tommy Haines, Andrew Sherburne

JT  Haines, the director of 2011 BWFF award-winner "Pond Hockey" is back with his latest documentary. Tragic and inspiring, “Gold Fever” documents the arrival of Goldcorp Inc. in a remote Guatemalan village. The Mayans of San Miguel Ixtahuacán find themselves on the front lines of an increasingly globalized world. Together with members of their divided community, and at the risk of grave consequences, Diodora, Crisanta and Gregoria resist the threat to their ancestral lands.

Dave Doering

Local filmmaker David Doering’s quest to find his voice as a filmmaker takes him on a solo journey through the Quetico Provincial Park on the United States-Canadian border. His voyage not only reveals the beauty around him, but also a greater awareness of the interconnectivity between the natural and spiritual worlds.

Jordan Principato, Ahpahnae Thomas, Shania Jackson

With the help of UW-Madison professor Patty Loew, these 14-year-old members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have created their debut film. In it, they address the threatened impacts of proposed mining in northern Wisconsin upon the water supply and other resources of the Bad River band.

Jason Stanfield, Jordan Olshansky

The last day confessional of a man who died alone in his tent in San Francisco's Presidio. A well-known character, his good cheer masked a damning secret.

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371 Project

What happens when a nursing home decides to throw out the bingo boards and take on the Odyssey? This film tells the story of how residents, some with severe dementia, collaborate with a theater group to create "Finding Penelope," a play telling Homer's "Odyssey" from Penelope's point of view.

J. J. Kelley

A team of scientists and artists investigates the buildup of marine debris along the Alaskan coast. Their goal: to create art from the trash they find and raise awareness about its impact on oceans and wildlife.