Micro-Wave Cinema Series

at , Madison, 53706 United States

The Micro-Wave Cinema Series exists to highlight the most adventurous, provocative, and beautiful work being made by young American independent filmmakers.

Micro-Wave Cinema Series

Madison , WI 53706
United States
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The Micro-Wave Cinema Series exists to highlight the most adventurous, provocative, and beautiful work being made by young American independent filmmakers. These films are made with little money, but lots of passion. Facilitated by the rise of digital technology, the micro-budgeted “wave” of films which has grown in the past decade features a wide gamut of styles and genres, with a refreshingly high number of female and minority writers, directors, producers, and cinematographers. Notably, the micro-budget scene has embraced the Internet and new technology, both in its subject matter and its approach to film production, distribution, and exhibition. Keeping with this highly contemporary, even progressive, approach, we collaborate with two innovative internet-based organizations to set-up our screenings: Simple Machine and No Budge. Run by independent filmmakers Zach Weintraub and Nandan Rao (Simple Machine) and Kentucker Audley (No Budge), these organizations strive to help independent filmmakers connect directly with audiences through pop-up screenings, artist-to-exhibitor programming, and curated online film series. The films we focus on – and which Simple Machine and No Budge champion – often do not have distribution deals or have been overlooked by major film festivals, despite their excellence. Our goal is to bring these films to an audience of young filmgoers – students who might be interested in filmmaking or the arts in general – in a lively intellectual environment. Screenings will often be accompanied by Q & A sessions with the filmmakers, who can provide personal insights into independent filmmaking’s present and future.

Opening time

  • Sundays: 19:00- 22:00

General Info

All screenings will take place on Sunday evenings, beginning at 7:00 pm. Screenings will take place in 4070 Vilas Hall (The Parliamentary Room) on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. No outside food or drink (other than water) is permitted within the screening room.

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Reminder: Director Frank Mosley will be joining us IN-PERSON to present his film HER WILDERNESS tonight at Micro-Wave! 7:00 PM, Vilas Hall 4070! FREE!

Published on 2015-05-03 17:17:24 GMT

Amazing news for those of you attending UNCERTAIN TERMS tonight. Unfortunately, Nathan will not be able to participate in our Q&A due to some flight cancellations and reschedulings. HOWEVER, Nathan's mother (and constant muse), Cindy Silver, will be Skyping with us to talk about starring in her son's movies and what it's like to work on-set as a untrained performer. Additionally, my mother and brother will be in the audience -- so it's truly a family affair. My mom might even ask Nathan's mom a question which will probably result in pizza rolls spontaneously appearing in mine and Nathan's hands. GO MOMS.

Published on 2015-04-26 20:57:55 GMT

Tonight's the night, guys! Come out for ELLIE LUMME at 7:00 PM in Vilas Hall 4070. Meet director Ignatiy Vishnevetsky! Ask him whatever you want!

Published on 2015-03-22 20:06:41 GMT

I hope to see lots of you folks out tonight for Evaporating Borders!

Published on 2015-03-15 20:04:15 GMT

Excited to see everyone tomorrow for Big Moccasin Movie!

Published on 2015-03-01 00:32:27 GMT

Hope to see a bunch of folks out for LAKE LOS ANGELES tonight! Keep warm by watching a wonderful film with us!

Published on 2015-02-15 15:22:11 GMT

Check out this rad interview with HOW THE sky WILL MELT director Matthew Wade to get psyched for our screening tonight! https://vfs.edu/news/2015/10/07/classical-animation-grad-writes-edits-directs-and-scores-independent-film

Published on 2015-10-25 20:09:53 GMT

And, our closing film . . . Dec 6 @ 7:00 PM Vilas Hall 4070 FUNNY BUNNY (2015, Alison Bagnall) A hapless anti-childhood obesity crusader and a maternally neglected trust-funder bond as they vie for the heart of a troubled animal activ­ist. Director Alison Bagnall will join us for a Skype Q&A session. "Like a lo-fi early Wes Anderson, Bagnall ex­plores the delicate inner lives of children of priv­ilege and the activities they find to stave off boredom." - Michael Agresta, The Austin Chronicle 2015 SXSW Film Festival 2015 Maryland Film Festival 2015 Sidewalk Film Festival

Published on 2015-08-25 16:56:30 GMT

Our only in-person screening this semester . . . Nov 22 @ 7:00 PM Vilas Hall 4070 THE IDIOT FACES TOMORROW (2015, Cameron Worden) A new economic reality suggests the titular idiot collect a pension through feigned retardation, but truth veers close to fiction. He huffs glue and loses himself in the crawl of time. Director Cameron Worden will join us IN PERSON for a Q&A. This will be the first ever public screen­ing of the film. "These days, it's difficult for cinema to be shocking, but this is a shocking film." - Kentucker Audley, No Budge 2015 No Budge