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…

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…

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: Pete Schwaba, Director’s Cut

March 21, 2019

From his home base in Marinette, writer, director and comedian Pete Schwaba remains connected to the independent film community as host of Director’s Cut, as well as introducing documentaries shown on Independent Lens and POV. Each year, the Director’s Cut season kicks off with a preview of the Wisconsin Film Festival. Join Schwaba and special guests…

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…