Mar 28: Size matters not with the “Pinney Mini Film Fest”

The 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival is officially less than a week away (six days, to be exact), and the Madison Public Library most definitely knows it. Last weeked, the four branch libraries played host to a Wisconsin Film Fest “sneak peek” that gave audiences an early look at this year’s featured goodness. On Friday March 28, the Pinney Branch Library is offering a showcase of independent short films, two of which played at last year’s Wisconsin Film Festival.

The three selections include Steven Miosku’s Golden Badger-winning “Gears.” Produced by UW-Milwaukee’s Production Club, the film puts a determined father on a eerie search for answers after a strange car accident nearly results in the death of his daughter.

Brijetta Waller & Megan Monday’s “Solstice” was also featured in last year’s festival. In the co-directors’ own words, the film is a “still-photography based documentary film project” that captures the annual summer solstice celebration in Madison’s Olbrich Park. Using seamlessly edited static images and animation, Waller and Monday repackage the illusion of cinema with hundreds of smaller fragments.

The “Pinney Mini Film Fest’s” final short has an even higher pedigree, having competed in the Cannes Film Festival’s short film competition Métrage. “3 Miles East,” from Marshfield’s Samuel Karow, presents a year-long portrait in the life cycle of Karow’s family greenhouse business and doubles as a soul-searching consideration of Karow’s own career trajectory.

Filmmakers and select crew members will be in attendance to discuss their films in addition to a representative from the Wisconsin Film Festival staff.

  • The “Pinney Mini Film Fest” begins at 6:00p at the Pinney Branch Library and is co-presented by the Madison Bubbler program and the Wisconsin Film Festival. Admission is FREE and open to the public.