Our gratitude to Catherine Capellaro for her moving and forthright description of her father's final days and the family anguish and struggle that preceded them. It is not a pleasant subject to address, and the sorrow associated with the slow demise of a parent is profound, as is the state of powerlessness that accompanies it.
Many adult children can relate, having made that passage from being the dependent to being depended upon. It becomes the mark of the generations changing. It confirms ascension to the highest rung of familial responsibility. And even though there may be a surviving parent and siblings, there still comes the feeling of being left alone. We thank her for her story and compare it to our own.
With your Isthmus this week you will find the Wisconsin Film Festival Guide. This year's is the 16th edition of the festival, now under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin. It will take place over eight days, April 3-10. Tickets ($9 in advance, $10 during the festival, student $5) will go on sale at noon on Saturday, March 8, online, by phone or in person at Union South.
The Film Fest will offer over 140 films in a variety of genres. There will also be other film-related activities such as the Golden Badger Awards presentation, scheduled for Friday, April 4, at the Livingston Inn. Two directors of movies showing in the festival, David Gordon Green and Jeff Spitz, will be on hand to talk about their work. Two other directors you may have heard of, Alfred Hitchcock and Jacques Demy, will be honored with screenings. The films themselves are the stars, with many hidden gems among them.
For much more information and synopses of scheduled films, see the program schedule. You may also get more information on all matters at the festival web site, 2014.wifilmfest.org. See you at the movies.