"The Art of Film"

Thank you to everyone who came out for the film series in 2017!  We had a successful year, and we look forward to seeing everyone for the 2018 season. Check back on this page in the fall/winter for updates as they come!

The Fourth Annual “The Art of Film” Series will continue the theme established in the last three seasons of showing critically acclaimed films from the U.S. and around the world, as well as films from filmmakers native to Wisconsin and Minnesota. The films chosen demonstrate an array of techniques their makers use to create these works.  This year, we are delighted to have Justin Peck returning this season to join us for three of our films.  We are also excited to announce that Director/Cinematographer Kevin Pontuti from UW-Stout will be showing his film, North Passage, Filmmaker Paulette Moore will be showing her films To Wisconsin With Love and From Wisconsin With Love, and Director/Writer John Mitchell will join us for his film Cheeseheads: The Documentary.  More dates are being scheduled, so keep checking back on our website for further details coming soon!  Audience members are invited to remain after each film for a lively discussion.

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.  

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 2017 Schedule

January 21 - The Fall hosted by Justin Peck

The Fall

USA  (2006) Language- English

Rated R for some violent images

At a Los Angeles hospital in the 1920s, Alexandria is a child recovering from a broken arm. She befriends Roy Walker, a movie stunt man with legs paralyzed after a fall. At her request, Roy tells her an elaborate story about six men of widely varied backgrounds who are on a quest to kill a corrupt provincial governor. Between chapters of the story, Roy inveigles Alexandria to scout the hospital's pharmacy for morphine. As Roy's fantastic tale nears its end, Death seems close at hand.

- Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

February 4 - Brooklyn hosted by Justin Peck


UK (2015) Language- English

Rated PG - 13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

- Written by Anonymous

March 4 - Scott Pilgrim vs The World hosted by Justin Peck

USA (2010) Language - English

Rated PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is an unemployed 23-year-old bass guitarist in an up-and-coming garage rock band who is dating a cute 17-year-old high school girl, Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). He is having fun in life and rolling along at a nice even tempo until one day Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) rollerblades into his life. Ramona moved to Toronto from New York City to find peace and quiet and leave her past behind. No one knows what her past is, but Scott will find out very soon as he tries to make Ramona his new girlfriend. Before Scott can begin dating Ramona, he must prove himself by defeating the league of her seven exes who controls her love life. They will do anything to get rid of and destroy any new boyfriend Ramona may consider. If Scott wants to find true love with Ramona, he must defeat all seven, before the game is over.

- Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

March 11 - To Wisconsin With Love and From Wisconsin With Love hosted by Filmmaker Paulette Moore

View the trailer for From Wisconsin With Love here: From Wisconsin With Love Trailer

USA (2014 & 2016) Language - English

Not Rated

To Wisconsin With Love is Eastern Mennonite University documentary students' spring 2014 project about Wisconsin Penokee Hills Ojibwe/ally mine resistance and envisioning the West Virginia water contamination.  

This film is a cautionary story about communities under siege from extractive industry. Using the history of mining and the recent Elk River contamination in West Virginia as a reference, the film looks at the developing story of a proposed mine in the Penokee Hills of Wisconsin. The site is planned to span 22 miles, which would make it the largest open-pit iron mine in the world.

"Intelligent and incisive." Bob Kincaid, Head-ON Radio Network

From Wisconsin With Love is the Northland College Spring 2016 documentary about the economics, health, community and spirituality of sustainable harvest in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  It is the prequel to the 2014 documentary film "From Wisconsin With Love".  

Paulette Moore is an educator, filmmaker, and member of the Six Nations Mohawk tribe.  She spent the last two decades based in Washington DC working as a director, producer, and writer with Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, ABC and other media outlets.  She worked as an associate professor of media arts and peace-building at Eastern Mennonite University in VA, and is currently Northland College's William P. Van Evera lecturer-in-residence.

March 25 - North Passage hosted by Director/Cinematographer Kevin Pontuti

USA (2014) Language - English

Not Rated

A fragmented suburban family flees a cultural meltdown, seeking refuge on their survivalist grandfather's farm. Part north woods fairy tale, part psychological thriller, North Passage explores a young girl's psyche as she seeks peace and redemption while facing a startlingly close past.

 - Written by Anonymous

Kevin Pontuti is an artist and educator based in the USA.  He received his MFA from Syracuse University in 1993 then moved to California where he founded the Los Angeles-based production company Studio P Inc.  His image-making expertise and collaborative spirit attracted many top artists and designers to his studio.  In 2009, Pontuti accepted a professorship at the University of Wisconsin - Stout where he now serves as program director.  His teaching and creative practice include the moving image, cinematic arts, and transmedia studies.  Pontuti's feature film, NORTH PASSAGE premiered at the 2014 Flyway Film Festival.  His short film, ONERE premiered at the 2016 Duluth-Superior Film Festival.  Find more information about North Passage, and UW Director/Cinematographer Kevin Pontuti at www.pontuti.com and www.northpassagefilm.com

April 1 - Cheeseheads: The Documentary with Director/Writer John Mitchell

USA (2015) Language - English

Not Rated

After two decades away, a devoted Cheesehead returns to the place of his youth to discover if Wisconsin is still as amazing as he remembered it to be, and to search out the deeper meaning of what it means to be a Cheesehead.

 - Written by IMDb.com

Find out more about the documentary at https://iamacheesehead.com/cheeseheads-documentary/

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 4th Annual Film Series in any way, please contact the Arts Center at (715) 468-2414!