For most who desire a career in film, music, or theatre the common practice has always been to leave the state of Wisconsin to find jobs in areas such as Chicago, Minneapolis, L.A., and New York. But the Green Bay and Fox Valley areas are proving that art is alive and well in Northeast Wisconsin.
Wildwood Film Festival began as a dream by three local men back in 2001. The very first festival was a three day event which showcased ten films including a full-length feature film titled "The Hunt". The festival was a such a success that it raised enough interest to come back for a second year. Twelve years later, Wildwood is still going strong.
What sets Wildwood apart from other Wisconsin film festivals is it's criteria. Wildwood's criteria hinges on the fact that some part of a film must be connected to Wisconsin. This criteria is evident in their mission statement:
The Wildwood Film Festival's purpose is to promote Wisconsin film talent (actors, directors, writers, composers, editors, etc.). We also strive to educate high school students and adults in film basics-script writing, story boarding, filming, lighting, sound, editing and marketing.
A full day of Wisconsin-based movies, music videos and documentaries will be held at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center this Saturday, March 16, 2013. The selections range from campy to serious and from newbie film attempts to more seasoned pieces.
Broken up into four sessions, Wildwood proves that Wisconsin has a strong and hungry talent base. The 2013 festival brings four music videos and one music documentary to the screen.
"Friction" by Ikarus Down was produced and directed by Brendan Jones.
"Introducing Jamie Fletcher" is a musician documentary by Rock Garden Studios. It was produced and directed by Marc Golde.
"I'll Keep Driving" by Tiimothy DeWitt was written and directed by Timothy DeWitt and produced by Chris Moehr.
"The Facts" by Control was directed by Paul Schmidt.
"The Crow" by Voodoo's Dream was directed and produced by Marc Golde with Rock Garden Studios.
Each session welcomes a variety of films and audience members will not be disappointed in the selections. For those interested in attending, tickets for the Wildwood Film Festival can be purchased through the website at www.wildwoodfilmfest.com. Each session is $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door. For those who want to enjoy the entire festival, a day pass is available for $20.00. The special day pass can only be purchased through the Fox Cities PAC ticket office at 920-730-3760.