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…

WPT Exclusive First Look: Wisconsin Water From the Air

July 23, 2018

Are you ready to come soar with us again? Watch an exclusive first look at the all-new Wisconsin Water From the Air. Coming to Wisconsin Public Television at the end of November 2018. The all-new Wisconsin Water From the Air takes viewers above, atop and along state waterways that inspire reflection, wonder and adventure. From…

Director’s Cut: Jim Theres, “The Hello Girls”

June 27, 2018

This week on Director’s Cut, it’s our pleasure to welcome the final guest of our 11th season: director Jim Theres, discussing his documentary The Hello Girls. In a year which has seen some of the best guests and films we’ve ever had on our show, Theres is under serious pressure! But he rises to the challenge,…

Director’s Cut: Chasing Bubbles

June 20, 2018

It’s three guests for the price of one on this week’s Director’s Cut. I really enjoy having multiple guests on the couch at the same time, and this week, viewers get a taste of filmmaking from three different perspectives. The film is called Chasing Bubbles and its director is Topher Cochrane. “Bubbles” is a documentary…

Director’s Cut: Manlife

June 13, 2018

This week on Director’s Cut, it’s my pleasure to welcome Ryan Sarnowski, discussing his documentary Manlife. MANLIFE – TRAILER from Threshing Media on Vimeo. At age 90, Merle Hayden has a lot to do. A devout follower of Lawsonomy (a utopian movement begun by Alfred Lawson, inventor of the first passenger airliner), Merle feels Lawson…

Director’s Cut: The Smart Studios Story

May 23, 2018

Film and music lovers, we have a real treat for you this week: the rock documentary The Smart Studios Story, by director Wendy Schneider. Joining her on our Director’s Cut couch is legendary music producer Butch Vig, who is both a subject of the film and its executive producer. Watch the trailer: The Smart Studios Story from…