Issue #311 July 13, 2016

Bringing It up to Speed

EC Micon to add bar area, make aesthetic upgrades

by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Micon Cinemas is gearing up to do some major renovations to its seven-screen theater complex on Mall Drive after the Eau Claire Plan Commission approved ...

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Issue #301 March 9, 2016

Taking Another Crack at the Vase

indie film returns to Eau Claire’s Downtown Cinema with regional scenery and humor

by Amelia Kimball

Every time he comes back to Eau Claire, film director (and Memorial High School grad) Chris Herriges feels a wave of nostalgia wash over him. He is excited his film The Vase is coming back ...

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Issue #297 January 13, 2016

Cinematic World Tour

UW-EC’s International Film Series offers four fine films for spring semester

by Laura Lash

Each semester, the Woodland Theater at UW-Eau Claire screens a dozen or more hand-picked films spanning many years and countries of origin. These choices are made by the University Activities Commission (UAC), which chooses domestic films ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015


pursuing your moviemaking dreams one view at a time

by Justine Childs

Former local Justin Johnson has been making short films and viral videos for the past 15 years. A graduate of Memorial High School, he now calls Los Angeles home. Justin will be screening his brand new documentary Double Digits: The Story of A Neighborhood Movie Star at Eau Claire’s Downtown Cinema on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7pm and 9pm ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Oh, Great ... Another Film Fest

despite its tongue-in-cheek name, CTV’s independent film fest will screen dozens of films – old, new, big, small

by Eric Christenson

The name of a new film festival put on by Chippewa Valley Community Television implies that when they start screening films on Nov. 13 and 14 in Eau Claire, they’ll just kinda be your everyday run-of-the-mill film festival. But the upcoming Another Independent ...

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Ode to the Gemini

it’s easy to be nostalgic about our legendary drive-in theater’s unbeatable atmosphere

by Barbara Arnold, photos by Serena Wagner

My friend and former neighbor, B.J. Hollars, posted a photo to Facebook in late September with a photo of his young son’s silhouette in front of the huge 90-foot movie screen showing Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) framed in the dusky, dark blue sky. “Last night at the drive-in,” it read ...

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Issue #291 October 14, 2015

Glassworks' Hilarios, Off-Beat Sketch Episode

the improv trio premiered a set of web sketches featuring well-honed characters

by Eric Christenson

Glassworks primarily dabbles in long-form improv comedy, but with the help of Peter Eaton, an LA filmmaker from Eau Claire, they’ve just finished up a pilot episode for a potential sketch comedy series. You can watch the whole 18-minute episode online now, which features a handful of hilarious ...

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Issue #289 September 16, 2015

To Eau Queer and Beyond

6th annual Eau Queer Film Festival to be its biggest yet

by Eric Christenson

The Eau Queer Film Festival, currently Eau Claire’s only film festival, is heading into its sixth year with a whole slew of important films from a wide range of genres including feature-length comedies and dramas like Game Face, a documentary about the challenges that queer athletes still face ...

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Issue #285 July 22, 2015

Catching a Screening

by James Johonnott

Catching Faith, an indie movie filmed in the Chippewa Valley last summer, is coming back to premiere in Chippewa Falls. The Christian-themed sports movie stars Lorena York, Garrett Westton, and Bill Engvall, and features extras from around the Valley ...

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Issue #282 June 10, 2015

Student Directed

Montessori Charter School students launch film fest

by Laura Lash, photos by Lee Butterworth

The first ever Chippewa Valley Montessori Film Festival features an already stunning roster of ideas and characters at play: Big cats, roaring engines, princesses, temples, birds, friends, Target, magic, love, banana slugs, and ideas so completely out-of-this-world they could only come from the über-creative minds of kids ...

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Issue #281 May 27, 2015

Summery Screenings

themed nights, big movies at UWEC’s Summer Cinema

by Mike Seitz

Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means; it’s time to stop freezing our bums off and take part in our favorite summer activities. Going to the beach, playing a little disc golf, enjoying a picnic with the family, or maybe watching a movie. Don’t think watching a movie is a summer activity? It is when the big screen is outside ...

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Issue #280 May 13, 2015

Strangely on Screen

indie film starring Chi-Hi grad screens at Micon

by James Johonnott

Roll out the red carpet in Chippewa Falls. Michelle Lang, star of the indie romantic comedy Strangely In Love and a Chippewa Falls native, will be attending a premier screening of the film at the Chippewa Falls Micon Cinemas. Strangely In Love tells the story of Fyo, a man-child ...

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