Film Fest Kicks Off March 5
A special film festival this month will help residents across the region come together to discuss what’s at stake for the future of Wisconsin.
The Making It Home Film Festival kicks off March 5 and runs through March 7. The entire Festival is free of charge.
“Sometimes it feels like we live in silos, spending much of our time with people who think and live just like we do,” says Jessica Becker, statewide Making It Home coordinator. “But the truth is, the best way to ensure that our community thrives in the future is to find ways to talk with, and learn from, all of our neighbors.”
The Making It Home Film Festival will help Baraboo-area residents do just that.
The Festival will screen films from the around the world that explore the powerful connections between land and people. Films range from funny to thought-provoking, with family-friendly selections, audience discussions and a display of artwork by local young people.
“We have such a strong environmental legacy here in Baraboo,” says Aldo Leopold Foundation communications coordinator and festival co-organizer Jeannine Richards. “Showing a wide variety of films here about the relationships between people and land can help the community to reconnect to nature and our unique landscape.”
The Baraboo Making It Home Film Festival is one of four festivals happening around the state – Dodgeville, Milwaukee and the Chequamegon Bay area are hosting their own versions of the Making It Home Film Festival throughout March and April.
The Baraboo festival is organized by UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Sauk County Land Conservation Department and the Wormfarm Institute.
The Making It Home Film Festival is supported statewide by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“MAKING IT HOME” FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Friday, March 5, 7-10 p.m. at the Al. Ringling Theatre.
- “Plastics One Through Seven” about recycling pioneer Milly Zantow. Zantow will be in attendance and will be presented with special recognition from state and county government for her efforts.
- “The Plow That Broke the Plains” (1936) and “The River” (1938), two historic federal government films from the 1930s about the Dust Bowl and the flooding of the Mississippi River. See them on the big screen for the first time!
- Preview of “Green Fire” (to be released 2010), a new documentary film about conservationist Aldo Leopold, introduced by Leopold's biographer, Dr. Curt Meine. Saturday, March 6 at the RG Brown Theatre, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County.
- 1 p.m. “What's On Your Plate?” New York City pre-teens trace the path of where their food comes from in this family-friendly film. Presented by Baraboo Girl Scouts.
- 3:30 p.m. “Mad City Chickens.” Come learn about backyard chickens! This family-friendly film will be followed by a discussion with local backyard chicken heroes Maia Persche and Lydia Scott. Presented by Baraboo Girl Scouts.
- 7 p.m. “Our Daily Bread.” A visually stunning tour of industrial food systems. Will include a postfilm discussion about where our food comes from. Presented by the Wormfarm Institute. Sunday, March 7 at the RG Brown Theatre, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County.
- 1 p.m. “Milking the Rhino.” A deep look at the successes and failures of community-based conservation in Kenya and Namibia. Small group discussions of the film will follow. Presented by the International Crane Foundation.
- 3:30 p.m. “The Hunger Season and A Drop of Life.” Two shorter films about food and water surpluses and shortages around the world. A discussion will follow the films. Presented by Baraboo Sister Cities.
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