Director’s Cut season finale: John Whitehead

June 3, 2019

We wrap up Season 12 of Director’s Cut with an excellent music documentary. Director John Whitehead rolls into town to discuss his film Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops Story. A documentary portrait of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, fiddler Joe Thompson…

Director’s Cut: Yinan Wang, Yujin Wang and Dick Blau, Yen Ching

May 30, 2019

While watching this week’s Director’s Cut, prepare to find yourself craving Chinese food (I’m a Kung Pao Chicken guy). The documentary Yen Ching takes us to a Chinese restaurant on Milwaukee’s northwest side, watching the family dynamics in play. Yen Ching (5 mins) from Yinan Wang on Vimeo. Yen Ching takes an intimate look at how a typical Chinese restaurant…

Director’s Cut: Shorts

May 22, 2019

This week on Director’s Cut, we switch things up a bit by focusing on short films. Tune in as I welcome six directors to discuss their work ranging in genre from comedy to drama to the slightly sci-fi – even a touch of the supernatural! It’ll be a fast-paced show, as I only have a few…

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…

New season of Director’s Cut: “The Blood is at the Doorstep”

May 16, 2018

Wisconsin Public Television’s Director’s Cut kicks off its 11th season this Friday! We’ve got a great lineup this season, starting with my first guest: Erik Ljung, director of the documentary The Blood is at the Doorstep. Watch the trailer: The Blood is at the Doorstep (exclusive SXSW trailer) from Erik Ljung on Vimeo. On April 30, 2014,…

Director’s Cut: “From Mass to the Mountain”

June 22, 2017

This week on Director’s Cut, I welcome Kurt Sensenbrenner and Colin Sytsma, the creative team behind the documentary From Mass to the Mountain. Watch the trailer: From Mass to the Mountain – Official Trailer from Kurt Sensenbrenner on Vimeo. The film’s protagonist is Father Wally Kasuboski, known in Panama as “Padre Pablo.” Though he has lived in Panama for…

Director’s Cut: Marie Ullrich and “The Alley Cat”

June 14, 2017

This week on Director’s Cut,  I welcome writer-director Marie Ullrich to discuss her film The Alley Cat. In a documentary-heavy season of our show, I’m excited to talk narrative! Watch the trailer:

Director’s Cut: Noah Hutton and “Deep Time”

June 8, 2017

This week on Director’s Cut, I’m joined by director Noah Hutton to discuss his award-winning documentary Deep Time. Deep Time explores how the oil boom, one of the biggest in recent history, has affected a small community in North Dakota.  Watch the trailer: Hutton’s first film Crude Independence, executive produced by Jonathan Demme, also dealt…