Backstage with Mark Metcalf

Mark Metcalf interviews local artists, musicians, filmmakers, arts administrators, writers and other members of Milwaukee’s cultural movement.

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    MFF’10 – Buried

    Mark talks to Executive Director Jonathan Jackson about the final night of the MFF, featuring a film that Variety calls "an exercise in sustained tension."

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    Bring on the shorts!

    Short films, that is. MFF'10 offers up seven shorts programs, chock full of wacky characters and animated hilarity you just won't find anywhere else.

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    Curtain Up

    Tragedy, romance, action, comedy and visually stunning documentary film - it's all part of the Milwaukee Film Festival, and it all begins tonight!

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    Take One

    Mark and Milwaukee Film intern Jessica Farrell offer their picks for Take One and discuss how every detail counts when creating a successful film festival.

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    The backbone of the festival

    The staff at Milwaukee Film put a lot of hard work into the film festival, but it simply wouldn't run without the aid of dedicated volunteers.

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    Revving up for the Milwaukee Film Festival

    The second annual Milwaukee Film Festival is just around the corner. In the weeks leading up to the Fest, Mark talks with the people who make it happen.

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    Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People

    No matter how far she travels, Susan Firer's poems will always be tethered to the geography of her hometown.

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    The Darwin Poems

    A walk through Australia's Blue Mountains sent Emily Ballou on a cross-continental journey to bring Charles Darwin's reality to life through poetry.

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    On states, herons and clove cigarettes

    What happens when a born mathematician leaves a lucrative career to follow his passion for poetry?

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    Lyricism as outreach

    Through the COA's youth programming, spoken word artist Damien Smith helps teens channel their emotions and express themselves through poetry.

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    Poetry that sticks, DIY style

    For Keith Gaustad, running a (semi-regular) small-press poetry anthology is a labor of love.

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    Poetry, from the page to the stage

    Must a poem always follow traditional forms? Or can it evolve and free itself from the page to become something else entirely?