Born in Wisconsin Rapids. Graduated from Assumption High School in 1986 and a UW-Stout grad after that. Lived in Milwaukee, Madison, Eau Claire and Appleton
Found a home as a graphic artist for the newsroom at the Appleton Post-Crescent, then eventually moved on to video. Producing edited pieces to live streaming.
Married with a son and two cats. Life goes on, just wondering how it goes by so fast…
The Art of Film,
I like movies because it’s another form of storytelling. All of life’s mysteries are found in movies. Whether I run the gamut of emotions with it, or it sticks with me so much, I quote from it for a laugh or mimic a character’s actions or they move me enough to want to be a better person.
There are times I want my time back (I’m looking at you “Sausage Party”), but for the most part, they are a piece of time I can escape the reality and responsibility of life and just enjoy.
Importance in culture
Movies are an important piece in our history/lives. They can bring people together, they can make you afraid to go into the water, not to go into the basement, look to the stars and wonder, inspire us to do better or have a caucus on who really was the best Batman..
Like a favorite song, a favorite movie or movie quote can help us through tough times, make us laugh, make us cry, inspire us or just be damn glad to be alive.
And it doesn’t hurt to have the millennials watch an older movie and see how it was with rotary phones, no computers, big ass tube tvs and no social media.
Without movies in pop culture there would be no Jaws theme, no dinosaurs in a park, no Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, no Darth Vader, no John Wayne, no Rosebud, no buddy cop movies, no dancing gopher, no Jake and Elwood, no Godzilla, no “To infinity and beyond!”, no tornadoes with sharks and none of life’s mysteries would be solved….
The current editor-in-chief, Loren PQ Baybrook (PhD, University of Virginia), comes to Film & History with a background in film studies, literary theory, and American poetry. He is Visiting Professor of Film Studies at Lawrence University. A former NEH Fellow at Harvard University, Baybrook joins an august team of scholars and teachers at F&H dedicated to exploring the historical, philosophical, aesthetic, and pedagogical roles of film and television in diverse cultures.
What the art of film means to me and to our culture:
We've learned to tell stories using many kinds of media, from rock-wall drawings and pottery paintings to novels and theater stages, and each medium has its secret tools for moving audiences. Film represents the greatest combination in history of multiple crafts and technologies to produce a single art form, all for the purpose of moving us. So, for me, the question with each film is "move us where?" Finding the answer, which is unique to each film, is perhaps the greatest imaginative adventure a person can take.
WAPL/WZOR On-Air Announcer
WAPL Home Brewed Producer
I grew up in the Oshkosh/Omro area - Graduated from Omro High School.
I Attended The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point - Graduated with a B.S. in Communication (emphasis Broadcast Media/P.R.) and a Minor in Psychology.
Worked on the campus TV/Radio station wrote for 'The Pointer' student newspaper.
I shot a student film for a friend's Senior project at UWGB called "Access Denied" that resulted in thousands of dollars of changes being made to improve handicap accessibility on campus.
I managed Skyline Comedy in Appleton for a period of 3 + years.
I've Worked for WAPL/Woodward Communications for 15+ years.
I'm am currently working on a passion project to bring the unheard music of the talented local/state musicians to a larger audience.
I am a self-admitted comic book geek. Have collected for 40+ years.
My favorite film genre is Horror. I have a DVD collection that has now reached 500+ (I may have a problem)
I have lived in Appleton for the past 15+ years.
The art of Film, to me, is the melding together of everything I love… Music, Pictures, Literature and Imagination - that’s what makes Film the perfect medium. Every society needs storytellers and Filmmakers are those storytellers... whose tales resonate throughout society and across boundaries, religion, language and culture.
The power of movies/Film (when its done right) to elicit emotion, whether it be fear, love, anger, hope, happiness, etc., is also what draws me back again and again. Plus, its only as limited as the filmmaker’s vision and imagination and thankfully that’s the one natural resource we will never run out of.
Josh hosts "Fresh Take" weekdays 8:30-11AM on WHBY. This locally-focused news talk show curates an inclusive conversation focused on creative solutions to community challenges.
Josh also chairs Creative Downtown Appleton, the creative place making division of Appleton Downtown Inc. He dreams of expanding the arts and culture offerings in the Fox Valley to make our area a destination for people from around the country, on par with Austin, Portland, and Denver. Film, along with artistic expression through video, magic, dance, music, and more traditional forms of art, are all part of his dream. This is the first time Josh has served as a judge for the Wildwood Film Festival.
"Film has the power to capture the story of a community, and share it with an audience that might never travel to that place. These artists have an important role to play in our talent attraction and business retention efforts."
Richard Douglas Heil
Douglas Heil teaches scriptwriting, filmmaking, and aesthetics at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He has won the Distinguished Teaching Award and the state-wide UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award. His book The Art of Stereography is being published by McFarland; his book Prime-Time TV Writing was published by Syracuse University Press. Last Fall, he and Diane Heil produced the independent feature Another Yesterday, which was written & directed by Steven Heil (it is currently in post-production). Doug’s website — which includes excerpts from his books, animated stereoview GIFs, Another Yesterday information and production stills, and his theme song from Another Yesterday (along with four additional song compositions) — can be accessed at http://www.uwosh.edu/facstaff/heil.
A general thought on the what the art of film means to you. (Why do you like movies?)
Whether it’s a comedy like The Awful Truth or Two for the Road, a drama like Casablanca or Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice, or a dramedy like Silver Linings Playbook or Powwow Highway, my favorite films address our struggle to make the right choices in life. At their best, movies can pull off an amazing, bifurcated sleight-of-hand: they provide us with a needed escape from our everyday troubles, while inspiring us to do the right thing once we return to them.
We all talk about art — painters, musicians, sculptors. How do films or filmmakers fit into that mix? How important are they to culture, history, etc.?
Movies are the ultimate interdisciplinary art: they recruit writers often trained in playwriting or prose fiction, music composers, theater-trained production designers, art-trained graphic designers, theater-trained actors, and consultants from the social and natural sciences. If you’re the kind of person drawn to all of these areas, film is where you end up. I am proud to be associated with an art form that has so often embraced humanism while pushing for social justice.
Joshua Grover-David Patterson
Joshua Grover-David Patterson’s films have won 13 awards and appeared in 29 film festivals all over the world. His screenplays have been finalists in multiple screenwriting competitions, and his articles on film have appeared in delight! magazine, The Post-Crescent, Bull Magazine, and Film Threat. He is also a bestselling Kindle novelist.
“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory