Take2 – April 22-28

The upcoming week is full of special events, both indoor and outdoor. Annalise and Ryan bring you the complete rundown.


Story courtesy of UW-Stout News Bureau

UW-Stout will be well-represented at the Chippewa Valley Film Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Micon Cinemas Downtown in Eau Claire.

Six of the 20 films chosen for the festival — out of more than 900 submissions — are by UW-Stout students. Submissions came from local, regional and international filmmakers.

A scene from “Adamas” by UW-Stout student Tony Pha.

This year’s event will showcase films that are 20 minutes or less. The UW-Stout students and their films are:


  • Tyler Anderson, of Medford, “Sleep Walk”
  • Madeline Dooher, of Osseo, Minn., “Color Blind”
  • Augustus Hinton, of La Crosse, “The Empress Tree”
  • Tony Pha, of Elk Mound, “Adamas”
  • Rachel Verdeja, of Somerset, “Proximity”
  • Sara Westman, of Racine, “You”

The students are entertainment design majors.

Five of them were enrolled in the Summer Cinema Intensive program in 2015 at UW-Stout, with two of the chosen films created during that time.

The emcee for the festival will be UW-Stout Associate Professor Kevin Pontuti. He is director of the entertainment design undergraduate program, which has a concentration in digital cinema. Pontuti also directs Summer Cinema Intensive.

The festival will include two film presentation sessions and a question-and-answer with filmmakers in-between. Afterward, attendees can visit with the filmmakers.

The festival organizer is Mitchel Spencer, a former UW-Stout professor.

Tickets are on sale at the theater or online. Doors open at 6 p.m.


PROXIMITY TEASER from Rachel Verdeja on Vimeo.


YOU. from Sara Westman on Vimeo.

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