Archive for November, 2008


Fall Kabaret in the press

November 26, 2008

The Wis-Kino Fall ’08 Kabaret has garnered a bit o’ local press, and we wanted to share the love with everyone (and say thanks to those reporters who took the time to come check us out).

Student paper the Badger Herald has some info and a photo from the event itself, plus interviews with former Wis-Kino directors (and general ne’r-do-wells) Tona Williams, Aaron Yonda, and Matt Sloan.

The Onion’s new Madison events guide, the Decider, has a good recap of the Kabaret plus a couple of the submitted films (which we’ve also linked in the below post).

For more of the press Wis-Kino has gotten over the years, check out our press page.

And don’t forget about our 2008 Retrospective screening, where we’ll show various films that have screened over the past 12 months of Wis-Kino. It’s free, and it’s on Saturday, Jan. 24th at 8:00pm, at the Mercury Lounge on E. Mifflin St., downtown Madison next to the Bartell Theatre.

View from the projection booth at the Kabaret

View from the projection booth at the Kabaret

(photo by Josh Klessig – see more here)


Life IS a Kabaret, old chum

November 24, 2008

Greetings all!

This weekend’s Wis-Kino Kabaret was a smashing success! We saw 10 really great films in the plush, lovely Theatre #2 at Sundance, and had just shy of 60 people in attendance. Thanks so much to everyone who participated, and we hope to see you (and hopefully even more folks) in the spring!

And a rundown of the films that were screened (in no particular order):
“Drill, Baby, Drill!” by Rob Matsushita, Nick Drake, and Emily Mills
“Krafty, Kino, Kook” by Roger Bindl
“Mr. Nolen’s Change” by Shaheen Izadi
“Man vs. Wilderness” by Kathy Fischer
“Richard P. Holt” by Justin & Kate Sprecher
“Change” by Tony Mayer & Craig Knitt
“Change Your Order” by Craig Knitt & Tony Mayer
“Clean Up” by RASH Films
“RASH Notes: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by RASH Films
“Fall Back” by Heidi Johnson
“Change” by Eric Allin

Remember: Next year Wis-Kino is all about Kabarets! We’re forgoing the monthly screenings in favor of more organized, more fabulous, more betterer Kabarets – and THREE of them! There is still to be an open screening at each of the kick-offs, so you can still bring in any film projects you’ve been working on. Keep up-to-date on this and other news right here at our new blog! And be sure to use the Wis-Kino forums to share news, tips, and other info with your fellow filmmakers and film enthusiasts.
Next years’ Kabaret dates are:
March 20-22
July 16-19 (three day Kabaret!)
November 20-22
…and they will all be at Sundance Cinema.

We also have the Wis-Kino 2008 Retrospective screening on January 24th at the Mercury Lounge (on E. Mifflin right downtown, next to the Bartell Theatre). Come enjoy this FREE event and watch some of the films that have been shown over the past year.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Wis-Kino Fall 2008 Kabaret!

November 17, 2008

Let’s rock!

The WIS-KINO Fall Kabaret is here! “Do well with nothing; do even better with a little and do it right now!”

Where: Sundance Cinemas, Hilldale Mall, off Midvale & University Ave.

When: The kick-off screening is on Friday, November 21 at 7:00pm in the North Lounge of Sundance. The final Kabaret screening is on Sunday, November 23 at 7:00pm in Sundance’s Theatre #2.

Cost: Kick-off screening = $3. Kabaret screening = $5 for everyone (including film makers – there is no extra fee to participate!)

Contact and more info:,, or Josh @ 608-852-6373

What: Make a film in mere days (or hours) at a Wis-Kino Kabaret. Kabarets are a Kino tradition, and about twice a year, Wis-kino holds a one: you will have 48 hours in which to complete a film that’s under 5 minutes long and that somehow includes the secret ingredient revealed at the opening night screening.

We meet on the first day and have a regular screening full of new Wis-Kino and Kino International films. Filmmakers are free to submit pieces as they would for a regular screening, but there will also be a curated part of the program. At the end of the screening, we reveal the secret ingredient (a theme or object) that everyone must use in their film, in whatever way they wish. Then the crews get together and we make some plans. Two days later we all reconvene to see what everyone came up with. It’s a fantastic challenge, and it’ll expand your filmic horizons!

Come to help make a film, or just come to watch!



November 7, 2008

We may or may not move into this place in the near future.