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Cheesey in All the Right Ways

Packer fan documentary screens with meet-and-greet

V1 Staff

A still from the Cheeseheads doc.
A still from the Cheeseheads doc.
Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Chester Marcol
Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Chester Marcol

Cheeseheads, a documentary by Wisconsin native John Mitchell – which will screen twice on March 11 at The Volume One Gallery in the Local Store – is an affectionate cinematic exploration of all things Sconnie. For Mitchell, who grew up in Cameron, about 50 miles north of Eau Claire, the cheesehead hat is a perfect symbol of a stereotype reclaimed and celebrated by the very people being stereotyped – in this case, the hard-working, good-natured, beer- and cheese-lovin’ residents of the Badger State. But a simple documentary about football fans this is not. The film’s on-screen subtitle is “A love letter to Wisconsin,” and after five years of work and roughly 300 interviews, Mitchell has created just that. With the foam hat and nickname as a starting point, the 112-minute film provides a broad look at Wisconsin’s culture, geography, history, and people. Since its release, the documentary is now going nationwide. At this unique screening, you can meet local artists, authors, and filmmakers, get your signed copy of the DVD, and meet Green Bay Packers Hall Of Famer Chester Marcol, who will be on hand for a signing of his book “Alive & Kicking.” Cheeseheads will screen at 2pm, and again at 4pm. Free, local refreshments will be available as well as a raffle to win local goods – with all proceeds benefitting The Confluence Project.

Grown Local, Going National: A Cheeseheads Documentary Celebration • March 11 • 2pm, 4pm • The Volume One Gallery at The Local Store • 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire • FREE • (715) 552-0457 • VolumeOne.org/store

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