On Account of a Hedgehog

On Account of a Hedgehog

WI / IL Short Slot 1

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Sat Feb 24, 2018 – 7:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sun Feb 25, 2018 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


On Account of a Hedgehog

Directed by Marc Kornblatt

Narrative Short
USA | 11 min | 2016


As they look ahead to their wedding day, a young couple has trouble piecing together the details of how they met and fell in love in this short mockumentary.

Samantha and Kyle, the featured couple, are still happily married, and that’s probably thanks to Gemma (their dog).

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On Account of a Hedgehog - Marc KornblattMarc Kornblatt
Director, Writer

Born in Edison, NJ, Marc Kornblatt started out as an actor in New York after college (Brandeis Univ.), turned to playwriting, earned an MA in journalism (NYU), wrote for magazines and newspapers, published children’s books, married, became a father and then returned to college in his mid 40’s to earn an education degree. Teaching at an elementary school with a large underprivileged population, he began making music videos with students. That led to short narratives, documentaries and the founding of Refuge Films.

He has since produced more than 100 short films and four feature-length documentaries — Street Pulse, What I Did In Fifth Grade, In Search of America and the award-winning Dostoevsky Behind Bars.

Marc has lived in Wisconsin for 30 years, taught elementary school in Madison (where one of the lead actors, Kyle, was his student teacher) before retiring from the classroom to work full-time as a filmmaker. Over the years, Marc has had three full-length documentaries and three or four shorts screened by BIFF.

Film Information


Director: Marc Kornblatt
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Language:  English
Runtime:  11 min
Rated: PG

Credits


Writers: Marc Kornblatt, Kyle Walsh, Samantha Walsh
Producer: Kyle Walsh, Marc Kornblatt
Editor: Marc Kornblatt

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Bob The Buck - Brendan Jones

Bob The Buck

WI / IL Short Slot 1

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Sat Feb 24, 2018 – 7:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sun Feb 25, 2018 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


Bob The Buck

Directed by Brendan Jones
Documentary Short
USA | 12 min | 2017


Bob Wanek has been with the Milwaukee Bucks since the beginning. Hired by Hall of Fame Broadcaster Eddie Doucette, Bob has been the official scorer for the Bucks since 1968. He starts his 50th year with the team as they celebrate 50 years in Milwaukee. At 84 years old, Wanek is the eldest employee of the Bucks and the longest tenured.



Bob The Buck - Brendan JonesBrendan Jones
Director

Brendan Jones was born and raised in the Midwest. He used to entertain family and friends by making videos with his parents digital 8 camcorder. After high school he spent a gap year in Mexico studying art and traveling all over the country.

Upon return he decided to study film at UW-Milwaukee and eventually through many years of collaborating and networking has established himself as a tv professional at Fox Sports as well as a freelance commercial producer and director. Bob The Buck is his first documentary as director.

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Film Information


Directors: Brendan Jones
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 12 min
Rating:

Credits


Producer: Sam Kozel
Editor: Brendan T. Jones

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Carlos Montezuma: Changing is not Vanishing

Carlos Montezuma

WI / IL Short Slot 1

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Sat Feb 24, 2018 – 7:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sun Feb 25, 2018 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


Carlos Montezuma: Changing is not Vanishing

Produced by Tim Hartin, Kaitlin Southworth and Alison Davis Wood

Documentary Short
USA | 28 min | 2014


This documentary tells the story of Native American activist Dr. Carlos Montezuma. He helped secure reservation land and water rights and argued for U.S. citizenship for all native people. In 1888, Montezuma was the first Native American to graduate from the University of Illinois. At the age of five, he was stolen from his family in Arizona and bought for $30 by an Italian Photographer, Carlo Gentile. The kind Gentile raised Montezuma as his son. They traveled the U.S. and performed with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Montezuma worked as a reservation doctor before setting up private practice in Chicago.



Carlos Montezuma - Alison, Davis, Wood, ProducersTim Hartin, Kaitlin Southworth and Alison Davis Wood
Producers

The team of Tim Hartin, Kaitlin Southworth and Alison Davis Wood produce documentaries about the University of Illinois for the Big Ten Network. Their national programs have received numerous awards including multiple regional Emmy Awards, three “Gracie’s” from American Woman in Radio and Television, as well as over 20 Emmy nominations.

Tim Hartin has been producing award-winning documentaries and other programming for more than 30 years. Before producing documentaries for the Big Ten Network, he worked at WILL-TV (PBS) and Nebraska Educational Television. Hartin produced and directed the Emmy award winning program, Song and a Slogan which featured the late Illinois alumnus and Metropolitan Opera tenor, Jerry Hadley. The program is a musical tribute to Illinois poet Carl Sandburg. Hartin’s other programs include the Emmy-nominated Ten Sisters: A True Story, and an Emmy winning profile of Metropolitan Opera Singer, Nathan Gunn. His productionsVietnam: Soldiers’ Stories and Mr. Shimkus Goes to Washington, were distributed by PBS and aired on public television stations around the country.

Kaitlin Southworth was awarded her first Emmy for her profile of wheelchair athlete Jean Driscoll. Her story focused on Driscoll’s work to create the first Ghanaian Paralympic team and change attitudes towards disability in that country. Her other productions include a look at the complex history of Latino baseball in Playing America’s Game and a profile of the University of Illinois’ Marching Band in March to Homecoming. Her most recent work is a profile of famed architect Max Abramovitz and his revolutionary design of Illinois’s State Farm Center.

Alison Davis Wood has been producing national documentaries for over two decades. She won a 2017 Mid-America Emmy award for writing The Game Changer, the story of disability rights pioneer Tim Nugent. In 2015 she won an Emmy for writing the documentaryCarlos Montezuma, Changing Is not Vanishing. In 1999, she received her first regional Emmy for her documentary, Walter Burley Griffin: In His Own Right about the talented, but overlooked Illinois architect. Wood’s other productions include 2009’s Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency and 2004’s Gold Star Mothers: Pilgrimage of Remembrance. Both of which aired nationally on PBS.

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Film Information


Year: 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 28 min
Rated: PG

Credits


Producers: Tim Hartin, Kaitlin Southworth and Alison Davis Wood
Writer: Alison Davis Wood
Consultant: Jaime Singson, Karen Ray
Narrator:
Hattie Kauffman

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Operating Session - Ron Johnson, Director

Operating Session

WI / IL Short Slot 1

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Sat Feb 24, 2018 – 7:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sun Feb 25, 2018 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


Operating Session

Directed by Ron Johnson
Documentary Short
USA | 15 min | 2017


Men from the surrounding community of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin gather together in the home of one of the participants. They operate model trains on a layout as if it were a real railroad. They pickup and set out (leave) cars at industries. Passenger trains stop at stations to pick up and leave people. Other trains come from “staging areas” as if from a far away location and stop at locations on the layout.

Everyone has a great time and leave for their homes and perhaps their layouts realizing a job well done.



Operating Session - Ron Johnson, DirectorRon Johnson
Director

Ron Johnson is a narrative and documentary film director. He started teaching high school students about film and media at Rolling Meadows High School in 1971 after receiving a Master’s degree in Film Education from Columbia College, Chicago. He went on to teach United States history, Sociology and other high school courses until he retired in 1997. While teaching in public education, he volunteered to teach and lead adults in seeing and discussion great films from around the world both in the Northwest of suburbs of Chicago and now in the Rockford area via a program for adult learners sponsored by Rock Valley College called the Center for Learning in Retirement – CLR. Recently, he continued his interest in making films by taking virtually every film and sound production course at RVC. His recent documentary film grew out of a documentary film class at the school and his love for model railroading.

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Film Information


Directors: Ron Johnson
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 15 min
Rating: G

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Hunter

Hunter

WI / IL Short Slot 1

Sat Feb 24, 2018 – 7:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sun Feb 25, 2018 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


Hunter

Directed by Xia Magnus

Narrative Short
USA | 23 min | 2016


Mother’s Day in the West Texas Outback, Hunter and his young mother Teri join an ill-fated boar hunting trip. When a trauma causes Hunter to run off, mother and son are forced to rectify the past in order to accommodate the present.



Round River - Xia MagnusXia Magnus
Director, Writer

Xia Magnus is a director and writer, known for Round River (2015), Curly Hawks (2014) and Hunter (2016).

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Film Information


Director: Xia Magnus
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 23 min
Rated: PG 13

Credits


Producers: Alyssa Polk
Co-Producer: Joshua Raymond Lee and Nathan Hertz
Cinematographer/DP: Mark Khalife
Assistant Camera: 
Astrid Carlen-Helmer
Key Grip: Jesus Yanez
Sound Mixer: Kayla Croft
Assistant Art Director: Sarah Smithy

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