CREATE is excited to announce a shift to our film programming. In lieu of the film festival, we have partnered with the UWSP Film Studies program to launch Spectral Microcinema, a new series that will provide more regular access to a higher caliber of independent film. Having already secured works by some of the most innovative filmmakers, Spectral Microcinema will expose Central Wisconsin to the latest experiments in film.

Think microbrew. What microbreweries are to Miller and Budweiser, microcinema is to blockbuster movies. These small-budget independent films have more freedom to explore what is possible in the art form.

Screenings are free and open to the public. They are held at the IDEA Center (1039B Ellis Street). Beer is available for purchase. For more information, please click here.

Spectral 03: Weird Animation
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Join us as we turn on the projector and fill the screen with a selection of strange, surreal, and humorous animations from around the world. We'll be screening a range of award-winning underground and experimental works that use techniques ranging from hand drawn and hand painted frames to 3D and stop motion animation.

Spectral 02: Jodie Mack
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Our second screening featured a selection of colorful, exploding, ecstatic films by Jodie Mack, an experimental animator who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Musical documentary or stroboscopic archive: her films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. The works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects and question the role of decoration in daily life.

Mack's 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Projections at the New York Film Festival, and the Viennale. Named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 2014 "25 New Faces to Watch" and one of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' YBCA 100 in 2015, she currently works as an Associate Professor of Animation at Dartmouth College.

Spectral 01: Hauntings
Thursday, October 20, 2016

"The dream was haunting me: standing behind me, present and yet invisible, like the back of my head, simultaneously there and not there." -Neil Gaiman

As the air begun to chill and the nights grew longer, the time was ripe for our debut screening. We turned on the projector and watched a great collection of video work from around the world that dealt with the theme of "hauntings." 

Featured artists included Josh Lewis, Stacey Steers, Orr Menirom, Karen Yasinsky, Kalpana Subramanian, Adam Sekuler, Jerome Boulbes, Mattis Dovier, among others.

Thank you to the businesses that make our film programming possible!

Presenting Sponsors
Blenker Building Systems
Ellis Construction

Supporting Sponsors
Boldt Company
Donaldson Company
Ki Mobility
Nummelin Testing Services
Team Schierl Companies