Wisconsin Film Festival

Isthmus film critic Kenneth Burns reviews three films at the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” “Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo” and “Sami Blood.” more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Turkish filmmaker Murat Eyubolgu merges art and science in “The Colorado,” an ode to the mighty river’s beauty and power. It screens at the Wisconsin Film Festival on April 2. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM Movies 1 Comments

Cinephiles get ready: Isthmus critics review some promising offerings from the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival. more

Mar 23, 2017 5:00 AM , , Movies

It’s worth standing in line for some of the powerful films that are part of the Wisconsin Film Festival’s Restorations and Rediscoveries series. more

Mar 16, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

Madison audiences will get a chance to see Oscar winner "The Salesman" and several other notables at the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival. more

Mar 9, 2017 5:00 AM Movies

What happens when humans behave and live like apes? Or when Madisonians see a movie about a beloved recording studio? Craig Johnson, of Blame Society’s “Welcome to the Basement,” checks out the first weekend of the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival. more

Apr 18, 2016 4:20 PM Movies


David Michael Miller

The Madison premiere of “The Smart Studios Story” was a purely Madison experience, a raucous lovefest best appreciated if you’ve spent a good amount of time in the city. more

Apr 18, 2016 3:50 PM Movies

Four UW alums reunited on campus to create a screwball comedy, “Medal of Victory.” The film’s lead actor and director are thrilled to premiere the film here, as part of the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival. more

Apr 14, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Without the influence of Madison’s Killdozer, Nirvana might not have made “Nevermind,” says Wendy Schneider, the documentarian who revisits 1990s rock history in “The Smart Studios Story,” screening at the Wisconsin Film Festival. more

Apr 14, 2016 5:00 AM Movies


Carolyn Fath

After being centered on the isthmus for its infancy and expanding westward to Sundance, the Wisconsin Film Festival is expanding into the historic Barrymore Theatre. The opening night flick has already sold out the 800-seat venue. more

Apr 7, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

While some popular flicks have been sold out, there’s still plenty of chances to catch titles you won’t see anywhere else at the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival. Here, Isthmus critics weigh in on some films that have the power to captivate or disturb. more

Apr 7, 2016 12:00 AM , , , , Movies

There’s a little bit of everything at this year’s Wisconsin Film Fest, as programmers have turned to longtime staples while also following recent trends. Here are four films that can act as starting points for those overwhelmed by the schedule. more

Mar 31, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

This year’s Wisconsin Film Festival is heavy on documentaries, international offerings and “Wisconsin’s Own” films. Ahead of the schedule release on March 17, Isthmus asked director of programming Jim Healy which films are likely to sell out quickly more

Mar 11, 2016 4:08 PM , Movies

Craig Johnson is a little disappointed that he only managed to see seven movies, but the co-host of the Internet series “Welcome to the Basement,” says he’s happy with his choices for opening weekend of the 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival. more

Apr 13, 2015 4:50 PM Movies

Film buffs spend more than $1 million each year at the Wisconsin Film Festival, and much of that goes to downtown restaurants, bars and hotels. more

Apr 9, 2015 7:30 AM Movies

Joe Shaffer is still a senior at West High School. Now his whimsical short “The Searcher” has won a Golden Badger Award from the Wisconsin Film Festival. more

Apr 2, 2015 2:06 PM Movies

The 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival runs from April 9-16, screening more than 150 titles and providing a boost to Madison’s economy. Here is a sampling of the diverse offerings that caught the attention of Isthmus reviewers. more

Apr 2, 2015 5:05 AM , , , Movies

The classic 1970 Italian anti-war film shows a decimated Italian infantry facing an order to storm Austrian positions on the Italian/Austrian border during World War I. more

Feb 27, 2015 7:07 PM Movies

When the credits finished rolling, spectators at the Wisconsin Film Festival's Saturday night screening of It's Happiness: A Polka Documentary might have thought the polka dancing was over. more

Apr 15, 2007 4:43 PM Movies

War is hell, and as ably documented in The Rape of Europa, it can be particularly hard on art. more

Apr 14, 2007 5:13 PM Movies