Door County Film Screening & Discussion: “Years of Living Dangerously” April 13

April 9th, 2014

Executive producers James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have recruited an all-star cast for an important documentary event. “Years of Living Dangerously” will air at 7 PM on Showtime this Sunday.

The Guardian calls the “Years of Living Dangerously”a global warming blockbuster. “This new Showtime climate change documentary is a nonfiction thriller you won’t want to miss! …perhaps the most important climate change multimedia communication endeavor in history.”


It features major (rich) celebrities talking to real (poor) people who have been negatively effected by global warmingJessica Alba, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, America Ferrara, Harrison Ford, Michael C. Hall, Olivia Munn and Ian Somerhalder are just a few of the celebrities who travel the world learning about this issue and sharing their thoughts.

…and DesignWise Studios has been selected as a public screening location. The first of nine episodes is being streamed for free on YouTube  (and at Future episodes will be on Showtime. But the difference is that we’ll also tune into a web-chat with people involved in the show and leaders from the climate movement afterwards ...and some great popcorn!


we’ll also tune into a web-chat with people involved in the show and leaders from the climate movement.

Wildwood, a Festival with a Focus on Wisconsin

October 27th, 2012

The Wildwood Film Festival is a festival for Wisconsin films only. Whether it’s the primary creative personnel (producer, director or writer), the actors or even the locations, all projects featured must have direct ties to this state.

With its 8th event, it has showcased over 165 films that all have connections to this fine state. The 9th annual festival will take place in 2013 with screenings at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and the Kimberly-Clark Theater in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Wildwood Productions, Inc. has three official members, all volunteers:

  • Tom Thorne – board chairman and president
  • Jason Buss – director and vice president
  • Craig Knitt – director and secretary treasurer

Wildwood prefers submissions through however, if this is not an option for you, then contact to obtain further information about an alternative submission method.


Early deadline: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Regular deadline: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Final deadline: Saturday, December 15, 2012

2nd Annual Green Bay Film Festival Submissions Due by December 30

December 26th, 2011

The 2nd Annual Green Bay Film Festival (GBFF) will be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin from March 23 – 25, 2012.

The GBFF is seeking adventurous filmmakers who are looking to share new ideas, discover opportunities and develop new audiences for their work. The festival presents films on four screens over three busy festival days and offers opportunities for visiting filmmakers to engage with audiences and each other.

In 2012, the GBFF will award Audience Choice trophies in seven categories, including best narrative, documentary and short film. The GBFF also offers seminars on screenwriting, filmmaking and music, as well as numerous opportunities to meet vendors and professionals from various filmmaking fields.

The Festival offers visiting filmmakers all-access passes, as well as numerous press opportunities, a special invitation to the Gala opening, party and a delicious Sunday brunch with GBFF sponsors. The GBFF also offers complimentary transportation to the Festival from the airport and special rates at the nearby Radisson hotel.

Click for film submissions…

December 30, 2011 – Late Deadline
Upgraded projects save $5

At last year’s inaugural event, dozens of filmmakers made the trip to Green Bay from around the world, including Vladimer Rajcic, whose film Serbian Scars opened the event. Green Bay is a city where the art and commerce of film is flourishing and the GBFF is well on the road to becoming a great place for filmmakers to screen their films and network with peers. For the chance to be a part of a festival on the rise, submit to the Green Bay Film Festival today!

1st Annual Green Bay Film Festival Opens Tonight, Feb 25-27

February 25th, 2011

Green Bay Film Festival, a three-day event takes place at the KI Convention Center Friday through Sunday, February 25 – 27.

“Friday night we open at 6 pm with Serbian Scars,” says Green Bay Film Festival director Cyndee Sweetland. “The actor and executive producer of the film, Vladimir Rajcic will be attending from California for the weekend as well as many other filmmakers coming from Chicago and New York City, California, Oregon, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas other countries including Switzerland and the United Kingdom… and of course from all over Wisconsin!”

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Tickets go on Sale Today for the 1st Annual Green Bay Film Festival, Feb 25-27

February 4th, 2011

The Green Bay Film Festival is a three-day event highlighted by the screening of feature films and shorts submitted from around the world, taking place at the KI Convention Center Friday through Sunday, February 25 – 27, 2010.

The weekend schedule will include six feature length films, 16 hours of short films, an afternoon of kids and family films, opening and closing parties and an awards presentation. The 1st Annual Green Bay Film Festival had over 200 submissions from over 20 countries. They accepted over 70 short and feature films and will be showing them on three screens at the KI Convention Center.

“Friday night we open at 6 pm with Serbian Scars,” says festival director Cyndee Sweetland. “The actor and executive producer of the film, Vladimir Rajcic will be attending from California for the weekend as well as many other filmmakers coming from Chicago and New York City, California, Oregon, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas other countries including Switzerland and the United Kingdom… and of course from all over Wisconsin!”

In addition to showing feature films and shorts, there will be forums for filmgoers to meet filmmakers and discuss the shows. Seminars will be held on filmmaking and the creative process during the second day of the festival. These will be led by professionals in the entertainment and creative field.

“Saturday we have two seminars. At 10:30 am we’ll host a Screenwriter’s Workshop and at 12:45 pm a Film Production and Financing Seminar,” adds Sweetland. “Our selected attending filmmakers will be speaking not only at the seminars but also after the screening of their individual films.”

In the past few years, Northeastern Wisconsin has quietly emerged as one of the new hot spots for filmmaking and film appreciation. Several films, including Tony Shalhoub’s Feed the Fish, Jim Rivett’s Westbound, and the critically acclaimed Public Enemies, have been shot in and around Wisconsin. Project Solitude: Buried Alive and Feed the Fish were just released on DVD and several others are in the pipeline including Lombardi and Waterwalk.

“This new event will allow us to attract more travelers into the downtown area during what is traditionally a slower season,” says Brad Toll, president of the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Film Green Bay received a $31,760 Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to promote the “Green Bay Film Festival,” a new event that will be held on February 25 – 27, 2011. The first year event will provide a rich cultural experience to our community while promoting Green Bay as a hub for filmmaking and film appreciation.

Friday Night Kick Off – February 25
An evening opener with a feature film and opening party.

Saturday Events – February 26
An all day event that includes a series of seminars, short and feature length films.

Sunday – February 27
An afternoon and evening of films followed by an awards ceremony and closing party.

For more festival information visit

Questions can be directed to:

Cyndee Sweetland
Green Bay Film Festival

Wisconsin Film Tax Incentives Under Discussion at the Orpheum in Madison, Dec 8

December 1st, 2010

The Pierce County Herald and tons of other so-called mainstream “news” sites report the following story:

“Film-makers will hold a panel discussion next month on the future of Wisconsin’s tax breaks for making the Badger State a back-drop for movies. The forum will take place on December eighth in Madison, at a screening of the Door County film “Feed the Fish.” Green Bay native and Emmy-winning actor Tony Shalhoub starred in that movie. “Feed the Fish” received tax breaks when it was filmed on the Door Peninsula last year. But it didn’t get as much as the Johnny Depp film “Public Enemies.” That show got four-and-a-half million dollars, which caused outgoing Governor Jim Doyle to dramatically scale back the incentives. Republican Governor-elect Scott Walker has said he would re-work the movie tax incentives. Producer Mark Metcalf will moderate discussion on the subject. Four film-makers from the state will also take part, along with three board members from the group “Film Wisconsin.”

But none of them actually say exactly where or when the event is taking place… and the Film Wisconsin Website says, “We are currently overhauling our site to better serve you.” Nonetheless, I finally fell upon the complete details at, a site  operated by Badger Guide LLC, publisher of the Wisconsin Production Guide (billing itself as the most complete directory for film, video, television and commercial production in Wisconsin).

Here’s the scoop and I do mean scoop, because of the “investigative journalism” required to deliver the following:

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The Orpheum Theatre, 216 State Street, Madison, Wisconsin

A panel discussion on the proposed improvements to the Wisconsin Film Tax Incentives heads an evening of Wisconsin filmmaking. Following the panel discussion will be an opportunity to speak one-on-one with some of the panel members and then a screening of the Wisconsin feature film, Feed the Fish.

Panel Discussion is free and open to the public. Feed the Fish is $7.50 general admission and $5.00 for Students & Seniors.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion (WI Film Tax Incentives)
7:00-8:00 p.m. Social Hour (One-on-one questions w/panel)
8:00-9:30 p.m. Screening of Feed the Fish (Ticket required)
9:30-9:45 p.m. Q&A with the film’s Wisconsin based crew

Funding for the WI Department of Commerce-backed program, originally launched in 2008, was reduced to $500,000 per year. In it’s first year, there was no limit placed on incentives. The budget thresholds for eligible productions were also lowered to $50,000 for film projects and $100,000 for game developments. For more information about Wisconsin’s film tax credit programs, contact Steve Sabatke, Economic Development Consultant, Bureau of Business Finance & Compliance, Wisconsin Department of Commerce, 201 West Washington Avenue, Madison, WI  53707-7970. Phone:  608.267.0762 or email:

The debate circles around the subject of benefits harvested in Wisconsin vs. the investment. In reporting on the cutback, the LaCrosse Tribune explains the situation regarding the film Public Enemies: “Starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, the movie generated a lot of exposure and excitement for the state. It did not, however, generate much money. According to the Commerce Department, the production received $4.6 million in tax rebates and credits but only generated $5 million in economic activity.”

The producers and actors of “Feed the Fish” camped out in Door County for several weeks, but failed to spend much money here except for gas and groceries, expecting locals residents to “volunteer” to work with them. Shalhoub confirms this in a recent Business Journal interview saying, “A lot of people donated a lot of time, including the locals in Door County. They donated hotel rooms and there was a lot of support. They rallied around the project.”

It was disappointing to see the numerous missed opportunities to really connect locally, but none was greater than their failure to include the actual Jacksonport Polar Bear Swim. Instead we get a weak reenactment of one of the largest such events in the nation. The authentic filming of this event alone, might have justified the investment from a publicity standpoint and helped to salvage a somewhat mediocre production.

While the Wisconsin arts community rallied to save the film incentives program from Doyle’s hatchet, no one spoke up for an alternative to funding big-ticket Hollywood productions. “Feed the Fish” filmmakers received $40,000 in tax credits for their film. What if ten independent Wisconsin filmmakers each got $4000? At this point “Feed the Fish” is floundering with no national distribution. I’d like to see ten chances to launch an up-and-coming local filmmaker and crew over one chance at seeing Hollywood stars hanging out in my neighborhood for a few weeks.

Green Door Film Society Screening Oliver Stone’s South of the Border in Egg Harbor, Nov 18

October 30th, 2010

Controversial, thought-provoking, artistic and independent films are the focus of biweekly film screenings in the loft above Greens N Grains Deli in Egg Harbor.

There are many so-called “art films” that get shown and discussed regularly upon release if you are fortunate enough to live near a college campus. Often you can find some of these unseen cinematic treasures in rental outlets or on Netflix, but the chance to engage in thoughtful discussion with others afterward is missing. Film aficionados in Door County are encouraged to join in the creation of a new interest group that will pursue their love of cinema at biweekly meetings of the Green Door Film Society.

The concept was launched last winter in the Greens N Grains Dinner and a Movie Series which showed a variety of’s films from around the world and concluded in March with a local filmmaker’s night. As the organizer of last year’s series, I want to build on the success and expand the concept further with the inclusion of themed discussions as an integral part of the meetings.

The Green Door Film Society will have exclusive use of the loft facilities which comfortably seats about 30 people. Every other Thursday, beginning on November 18, we’ll get together to watch and watch and discuss film and the film making process throughout the “quiet season.” Notes and discussion questions for each film will be provided here in special category along with posters that you can download and post to help get the word out.

On Thursday, November 18 at 7 pm we’ll begin the series with Oliver Stone’s latest documentary, “South of the Border.” Eager to explore how the U.S. media has depicted Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, director Oliver Stone travelled to South America to interview Chavez and several other South American presidents in the process. Among the distinguished subjects in Stone’s probing and controversial documentary are Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Brazil’s Lula da Silva, Argentina’s Nestor Kirchner and Cuba’s Raúl Castro. The film is certain to provoke dialogue and was not shown in any local Door County commercial venues during its recent box-office release.

Greens N Grains Deli will host a natural and organic dinner special each evening before the Green Door Film Society meetings. Enjoy a delicious soup specialty, salad, a fresh baked roll and a cup of tea for $7.50, available from 6 pm on. The Film Society screenings take place at 7 pm and there is no charge for membership but seating at screenings is limited to 30 people.

Greens N Grains Natural Foods and Deli is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm – except on Film Society screening nights when they will remain open until 9 pm – in downtown Egg Harbor at 7821 Hwy 42, and can be reached at 920.868.9999 or by email at The store’s Website features news and special monthly discount flyers at

International Movie Trailer Festival and Competition Online…

August 25th, 2010

Winners of this online festival will be announced in December, 2010.

Bursting onto the scene in 2010, the 1st Annual INTERNATIONAL MOVIE TRAILER FESTIVAL (IMTF) is an online competition created specifically to celebrate the art of the movie trailer. Filmmakers are invited to submit trailers for short or feature films they’ve made or trailers for movies they dream of making. All genres are welcome, including trailers for dramas, comedies, thrillers, animations, and documentaries.

Entries will be presented on the Web within a “virtual theater,” featuring advanced search capabilities encouraging fans, producers, and exhibitors to find and view trailers in a multitude of ways. IMTF’s Grand Prize of $5,000 USD will be awarded by a jury of industry pros including Scott Rosenfelt, producer of MYSTIC PIZZA and HOME ALONE. Other awards include a $1,000 People’s Choice Award chosen by visitors to the site, a $500 music/soundtrack award, a $500 student prize along with a $500 grant to the winning student’s school.

What’s more, select trailers will have the opportunity to be included in an upcoming feature-length documentary entitled PREVIEW YOUR DREAMS: THE ART OF THE MOVIE TRAILER.

August 31, 2010 – Late Deadline
Upgraded projects save $5 on this deadline

Filmmakers who submit to IMTF become part of an online community where information is exchanged, production problems are solved, and members can collaborate on movie projects. Everyone who signs up will receive a free digital copy of Moviemaking Illustrated: The Comicbook Filmbook.

To date entries have been submitted from across the globe. Get your trailer seen by both movie fans and movie professionals from around the world – submit today!


July 23rd, 2010

Chicago, Illinois – USA
October 22 to 24, 2010

In the Spotlight this week is the 5th Annual ILLINOIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (IIFF), celebrating a broad spectrum of indie films and screenplays against the vibrant backdrop of Chicago, Illinois.

With the belief that no matter the film’s budget or the director’s vision it’s the filmmaker’s passion that drives a film, IIFF declares itself a “no limits” festival, screening a multi-genre lineup of films from around the world. From underground and horror films to the more traditional family-friendly fare, IIFF has been known to show a diverse selection of works, offering something on the schedule for film fans of all ages. Noteworthy selections from years past include CRAZY, MASS ROMANTIC, GOD’S EARS, and documentaries HEARTS OF HOPE, JACK BE NIMBLE, FACING SUDAN, and FOUND IN CHINA which enjoyed sold-out screenings.

IIFF’s list of alumni only furthers the point: the festival is rapidly growing and picking up steam early on. Alumni include Mike Reiss (ICE AGE 3, “The Simpsons”), who unveiled QUEER DUCK at IIFF; Tony Wash (IT’S MY PARTY AND I WILL DIE IF I WANT TO), who recently inked a distribution deal; and Mark Roberts (writer/producer of “Two and Half Men”), who presented WELCOME TO TOLONO and declares it “a wonderful experience for showcasing my film.”

July 31, 2010 – Late Deadline
Upgraded projects save $5 on this deadline

The Illinois International Film Festival brings audiences and filmmakers together to better enjoy the art and fun of filmmaking.

Exhibiting filmmakers receive two all-access passes to IIFF festivities and a gift bag filled with swag. What’s more, the Festival emphasizes the filmmaker’s role in the equation; filmmakers participate in engaging Q&A sessions, sharing their behind-the-scenes stories and perspective on their films. Networking opportunities abound with fellow filmmakers and visiting industry players. Alum Warren Sheppard (STEWARD) gushes that IIFF “is an amazing…opportunity to meet…artists. I had the best time!”

Filmmakers & Screenwriters: to present your work in the great city of Chicago, submit to the Illinois International Film Festival today!

3-Day Seminar in St. Paul to Make Your Documentary Happen, July 18-20

July 12th, 2010

I hope to meet you at “Doing Your Doc,” an upcoming 3-day seminar in St. Paul sponsored by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) in conjunction with Native American Public Telecommunications, Native American Journalists Association, InMotion, St. Paul Neighborhood Network, IFP Minnesota, Intermedia Arts, UST, Latino Public Broadcasting, NBPC, ITVS, CAAM, PIC and Twin Cities Public Television.

Here’s a unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book “Trailer Mechanics,” plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea. This intensive 3-day workshop is tailored for anyone… whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage on a documentary project or are seeking finishing funds.

Doing your Doc” is designed especially for media makers in the diverse communities of Minnesota, preparing them to receive production funding and apply to national professional programs while developing unique stories and views. It takes place starting at 3 pm on Sunday and runs all day on Monday and Tuesday.

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