Film

From the projects of local filmmakers to major motion pictures with a Wisconsin connection, you'll find it all here in WhooNEW's film story archive!

Bingo Night! Filmmakers and Stars Return for the Wisconsin Film Festival

Two friends who started a filmmaking partnership while attending UW Madison are bringing their first big independent project back home. Bingo Night!┬áis a comedic crime-drama about a trio of grandmas who take matters into their own hands when they decide to take the local bingo hall for all it’s worth. (See the trailer after the […]

14 Famous Filmmakers from Wisconsin

You may be surprised to learn that some of your favorite movies were made by filmmakers who come from Wisconsin. This list of groundbreaking movie-makers includes the men who made everything from untouchable classics and cult comedies to campy low-budget horror flicks. Grab some popcorn and check out the directors from America’s Dairyland.

How Wonderful and Weird Ideas Come to Life at the Wildwood Film Festival in Appleton

There is a fine line between funny and freaky, comical and creepy. For his first project as a writer/director, Jake Bertz danced right up to that line with the short film Neighslayer. It’s just one of more than 30 films being featured at the 2014 Wildwood Film Festival in Appleton on Saturday, March 8th. For […]

Doc Moreau Tells You Why Classic Black & White TV Shows and Movies Can Still Rock Your Socks Off

WhooNEW is excited to have a special guest contributor on our site who is perfect for Halloween. Doctor J. Morbius Moreau – aka Doc Moreau – is a mad scientist, movie expert and long-time sidekick of Northeast Wisconsin’s own local late-night horror host, Ned the Dead. The Ned The Dead Show has been on an […]

Bingo Night – Grandmas Go Rogue in a Wisconsin-Made Film That Needs Your Support

Go to the local bingo hall in any Wisconsin town and you’re sure to find plenty of senior ladies with multiple game cards in front of them, dobbers in hand and focused looks on their faces. But what if somewhere in the crowd, there was a grandma with a scheme emerging in her mind? What […]

Die Noobs – Documentary from Wisconsin Filmmakers Puts the Spotlight on Pro Gaming

Listen up all you moms and dads who tell your kids they’ll never make anything of themselves if all they ever do is play video games. Prepare to eat a giant slice of humble pie. A documentary film set to release in spring of 2014 might prove there’s more to gaming than meets the eye. […]

5 Ways to Recreate The Goonies on Washington Island

Goonies never say die! It’s that sense of adventure that you should bring with you on your Washington Island vacation. Around every corner of this Door County destination, you’ll find something that’ll bring out the kid in you again. Don’t worry, you won’t run into the Fratellies. But you may end up finding One-Eyed Willy’s […]

‘Oconomowoc’ (the film) Comes to Lawrence University in Appleton – and Your Living Room

Going back home can be a time filled with a lot of mixed emotions. Whether it’s just for Thanksgiving dinner, or an extended stay in your parents’ basement, returning to your roots can sometimes be comforting, sometimes nostalgic and other times it’s just plain depressing. Oconomowoc, the feature-length directorial debut from Lawrence University graduate Andy […]

Sundance Experience Motivates Director of Wildwood Film Festival in Appleton

It’s not easy to get a movie accepted into the high-profile Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. In fact, it’s pretty hard to get accepted as an unpaid volunteer for Sundance – even if you’ve got a film festival of your own. Craig Knitt (pictured above right) knows that all too well. After years […]