Director’s Cut: Keri Pickett and Roy Blakey, The Fabulous Ice Age

May 15, 2019

It’s all about about the golden age of figure skating on this week’s Director’s Cut! I was delighted to welcome director/producer/cinematographer Keri Pickett and one of her subjects, Roy Blakey, discussing their documentary The Fabulous Ice Age. The Fabulous Ice Age trailer from Keri Pickett on Vimeo. The journey begins in 1915, when a young German skater…

Q&A – Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories

May 10, 2019

After addressing issues of gun violence in the 2016 documentary Too Many Candles, Wisconsin Public Television’s Frederica Freyberg wanted to tackle another issue that seemed too big to address in the same program. Not Enough Apologies: Trauma Stories premieres 8 p.m Monday, May 13. and is available to watch online now. The one-hour film, produced by Freyberg,…

Director’s Cut: Carol Brandt, Pet Names

May 7, 2019

This week on Director’s Cut, it’s my pleasure to welcome director Carol Brandt, discussing her film Pet Names. Pet Names | Official Trailer from Carol Brandt on Vimeo. When her chemotherapy-patient mother urges her to take a vacation from playing nurse, grad school dropout Leigh invites her old high school boyfriend along on a camping…

Tune In: “Breakthrough” presents Ideas That Changed The World

May 2, 2019

Through incredible, lesser-known stories of familiar history, the PBS series Breakthrough – The Ideas That Changed the World captures the secrets of today’s world through surprising accidents, colorful characters, and moments of joy and despair. Breakthrough presents six iconic modern objects through thousands of years of historical precedents. What discoveries came first? Which inventions and ideas paved…

Director’s Cut: Michael McGuire, “Aquarians”

May 1, 2019

Welcome to Season 12 of Director’s Cut on Wisconsin Public Television. Helping us shout “Action!” this Friday night is director Michael McGuire, discussing his film Aquarians. AQUARIANS Official Trailer from Michael McGuire on Vimeo. After an absence of several years, seminary student Daniel Sullivan returns to his wintry, Wisconsin hometown of Silver River. But if he’s…

Q&A: Prof. Mike Leckrone, UW Varsity Band

April 22, 2019

Over his 50-year career leading the University of Wisconsin Bands, Prof. Mike Leckrone has often spoken of “moments of happiness” – the peaks in life that make the valleys easier to bear. He’s had many of those moments at Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center. So it’s fitting that “Moments of Happiness” is the…

Click, Bid & Win! WPT Online-Exclusive Auction Runs May 1-14

April 17, 2019

For the first time ever, the annual Wisconsin Public Television Auction will be an online-exclusive event – and it all begins May 1! We invite bidders to take part in the fun for a chance to win a wide variety of merchandise and services from Wisconsin businesses and individuals. Proceeds from Auction support WPT programs,…

Tune In: Meet the Hedgehogs Premiering on WPT April 7

April 5, 2019

Yes, that is rock legend and former lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May and yes, he is cradling a curled-up hedgehog. Featured in a new documentary hosted by British naturalist Steven Backshall (pictured at right), Meet the Hedgehogs uncovers the secretive life of the world’s most popular spiny mammal and reveals current efforts to protect them….