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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.
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.
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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!
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.
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!
I hope to see lots of you folks out tonight for Evaporating Borders!
Excited to see everyone tomorrow for Big Moccasin Movie!
Hope to see a bunch of folks out for LAKE LOS ANGELES tonight! Keep warm by watching a wonderful film with us!
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
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
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