Ben Reiser


Ben Reiser

In the beginning, there was fire. A campfire. A campfire logo. And a body of water. And trees. Colorful trees and a shoreline. And a gray-blue sky. Christina King's graphic design for this year's Wisconsin Film Festival was one of the very first things we nailed down this past fall as we prepared to take the plunge: creating an eight-day film festival in a relatively short period of time. more

Apr 8, 2014 7:05 PM Movies


Wisconsin Film Festival

Turns out the cows were extremely cooperative, interested in me and willing to follow me wherever I ran. So I would set my camera on a tripod and then run away from it, the cows would follow me, out of frame, and then I would run back to the camera and the cows would follow again, walking back into frame. more

Apr 15, 2013 6:50 PM Movies

Chef Dan Fox, the brain behind SloPig, invites us in to his new commissary kitchen in Fitchburg where he concocts a schnitzel from heritage pork with a lobster sauce. more

Oct 18, 2012 5:00 PM , FOOD & DRINK

We step outside the kitchen this week with a trip to Garden To Be for some grilling with Metcalfe's Market Chief Food Officer Leah Caplan. more

Oct 11, 2012 4:15 PM , FOOD & DRINK

Our video series starring chefs at work continues with 43 North chef Francesca Hong, one of Madison's brightest young culinary stars. She demonstrates her take on sweet and sour pork using Door County peaches and quinoa. more

Sep 26, 2012 5:00 PM , FOOD & DRINK

"Isthmus" in the Kitchen is a video series focusing on Madison chefs working in their kitchens, talking about their approaches to cooking and their philosophies on running restaurants. In the first episode, we visit Steve Buchholz, who prepares simple, delicious dishes with local ingredients at Crema Cafe in Monona. more

Sep 12, 2012 2:00 PM , FOOD & DRINK

The Curve isn't just a diner serving breakfast and lunch each day on Park Street, it's a Madison institution. Owner Bill Antonie, long-time waitress Kathy Tracy and their customers talk about the diner and the neighborhood over breakfast. more

Jul 19, 2012 6:17 PM Scenes

Since the Badger Bus Depot on the corner of West Washington and Bedford closed its doors in the fall of 2009, bus travelers and others have expressed dissatisfaction with the alternatives. That population includes the two women featured in this video, one of whom was moved to write a poem about the situation. more

Apr 30, 2012 4:00 PM Scenes

Madison Memorial makes its ninth straight appearance at the Kohl Center for the WIAA state boys basketball tournament Friday night and dating to at least the Jeronne Maymon and Vander Blue era, it's a tradition for several players to show off intricate and impressive haircuts at state. more

Mar 16, 2012 3:03 PM Sports

"Isthmus" videographer Ben Reiser entered the 48 Hour Film Project last week with "Backyard Superhero Party" as th result. Enjoy! more

Jul 22, 2011 8:12 PM Movies


Ben Reiser

The café is teeming with teams of filmmaking geeks of all ages, creeds, colors and sizes, but I am an army of one. My usual gang of would-be filmmakers (friends, neighbors, family) are mostly away or busy for the weekend so I am basically going it alone. more

Jul 18, 2011 9:30 PM Movies

Five ball players and a coach go over baseball movies, walk-up songs, uniform preferences and titanium necklaces at the all-new Duck Pond. more

Jun 17, 2011 12:00 AM Sports

Our intrepid reporter takes to the street -- State Street, to be specific -- to find out what's coming out of those little buds stuck in everybody's ears. more

Jun 1, 2011 3:27 PM MUSIC

With its sold-out concert at the Orpheum coming up this weekend, UW-Madison's all-male a cappella group rehearses a brand new Adele song and reveals a few secrets. more

Apr 15, 2011 5:00 AM MUSIC

As a conference committee separated the collective bargaining language from Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, protesters gathered inside the state Capitol to make their displeasure clear. more

Mar 10, 2011 4:09 AM News

You had to know it was only a matter of time before Madison's disco queens and kings got involved in the goings-on at the Capitol. more

Feb 25, 2011 6:51 PM MUSIC

There are lots of kids at this week's rallies, primarily because there's no school in Madison. Here's the rally from their perspective. more

Feb 19, 2011 1:41 AM News

The atmosphere around the Capitol was raucous, to say the least, on Wednesday. It was hard to get inside, but videographer Ben Reiser managed to capture these scenes. more

Feb 17, 2011 3:06 PM News

Capturing the simple, powerful tone of Tuesday's union rally on the Capitol Square in Madison. more

Feb 16, 2011 1:06 AM News

Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest attendees are asked to recall the circumstances surrounding their first beers... and whether they enjoyed the experience. more

Jan 31, 2011 5:53 PM Beer