"The Art of Film"

The Third Annual “The Art of Film” Series will continue the theme established in the last two seasons of showing critically acclaimed films from the U.S. and around the world. The films chosen demonstrate an array of techniques film makers use to create these works.  This year, we are delighted to have Justin Peck returning this season to introduce three of our films, and excited to announce that we will have three other new film afficianados that will introduce and present a short commentary on each film they host:  Dan Anderson, Kevin Obsatz, and Lee Friederich.  Audience members are invited to remain after for a lively discussion about the film.

All films are shown in the Center’s Conference Room, adjacent to the Cafeteria. Use the Center’s south entrance (doors near the flag pole) and follow signs to the Conference Room.  Films are projected on a 9’ X 13’ screen with comfortable seating. Audience members are also welcome to bring their own folding chairs if they prefer.

Films begin at 7 p.m. There is no admission charged but we do suggest a $7.00 donation per person, and popcorn and beverages will be available.  Films are sponsored in part by a grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation.

Questions about the series can be directed to info@shelllakeartscenter.org, or by calling 715-468-2414 during business hours.

SLAC “The Art of Film” Film Series 2015 – 2016 Schedule

Nov 28 - Primary hosted by Dan Anderson

USA  (1960) Language- English

Not Rated

It's the tail end of winter in 1960. U.S. Senators Hubert Humphrey and John Kennedy seek the Democratic Party's nomination for President. Wisconsin's primary - one of the few direct primaries at the time - is on April 5. We see both candidates on the road; it's retail politics, shaking hands, signing autographs, smiling. We hear part of a standard stump speech from Kennedy; we watch Humphrey talk to farmers in a rural hall. Kennedy is favored. We see his wife, his brother Robert briefly, and on election night his sisters Pat and Eunice. Jacqueline speaks a few words of Polish at a Milwaukee rally. The returns come in; it's on to Indiana and West Virginia.

Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com> via IMDb

January 9 - Two Days, One Night hosted by Justin Peck

Belgium, France, Italy (2014) Language- English, French

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements 

Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.

Written by Polly_Kat via IMDb

Jan 30 - Inside Llewyn Davis hosted by Justin Peck

USA, UK, France (2013) Language - English

Rated R for language including some sexual references

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making. 

- Written by Production via IMDb

Feb 6 - Force Majeure hosted by Dan Anderson

Sweden, France, Norway, Denmark (2014) Language - Swedish

Rated R for some language and brief nudity

A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life... The anticipated disaster failed to occur, and yet the family's world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. Tomas and Ebba's marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch. 

 - Written by Cannes Film Festival

Feb 13 - Arboreality hosted by Kevin Obsatz


Not Rated

Most of the media product we consume today comes with the implicit promise that we can have it whenever we want, wherever we want, forever. It can come to any of our devices, instantly available, and it will always be the same – crystal clear and vivid, digitally pristine, frozen in time.

Cellular Cinema, a loose collective of experimental filmmakers organized around a monthly screening series in Minneapolis, presents “Arboreality,” a traveling program that questions this promise. We are interested in cinema as an ephemeral, shared community experience. No two screenings will ever be the same, and the films themselves, shown on 16mm, super-8 and digitally, explore themes of organic growth, change, and mortality.

Feb 27 - Whiplash hosted by Justin Peck

USA (2014) Language - English

Rated R for strong language including some sexual references

A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who does not hold back on abuse towards his students. The two form an odd relationship as the student wants to achieve greatness, and the professor pushes him. 

- Written by andrewhodkinson via IMDb

Mar 12 - Departures hosted by Lee Friederich

Japan (2008) Language - Japanese

Rated PG-13 for thematic material

Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and now finds himself without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of "Nokanshi," acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.

Written by Regent Releasing via IMDb

March 19 - Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club and Tale of the Spotted Cow 

We are extremely excited to announce a special screening of these two Wisconsin-based documentaries!  

Learn more about the films here:

Watch the trailer here or click on the logo to find out more at their website!

Tale of the Spotted Cow

Watch the trailer here or visit their website: http://www.taleofthespottedcow.com/

**Dates and films are subject to change!**

We are excited to announce that we are the recipient of a $2000 grant from Xcel Energy Wisconsin to continue our Film Series this year!  Check out the link below for more information!

Xcel Energy Grant Press Release 2015.pdf

We love our volunteers!!  From help with planning the upcoming films, to making popcorn each night of the series, they help keep our wheels turning!  If you are interested in volunteering with our 3rd Annual Film Series in any way, please contact the Arts Center at (715) 468-2414!