by Pafoua Yang, FOX 11 News
Monday, February 12th 2018
APPLETON, Wis. (WLUK) -- A locally made short film is spotlighting human trafficking. A preview of "Innocence Sold" was shown Monday morning in the Outagamie County board room.
The full film will be shown at the 17th annual Wildwood Film Festival, which is set for Friday and Saturday at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton.
Paul Evansen is the moderator for the Wildwood Film Festival. He told FOX 11 that human-trafficking is a personal topic for him.
"The topic of human trafficking became a very personal development in my life not that long ago when my paths crossed a young woman in distress," Evansen explained.
Evansen noticed that young woman was walking alone and under-dressed.
"Those simple fact alone and a gut reaction is what caused me to turn around and gave me a way to circle back and at least initiate a conversation with that lady. We were able to get this woman out of a potentially very dangerous situation," Evensen said.
The average age of a person coerced into the sex trade is between 8 and 14. Signs of human trafficking include drug and alcohol issues, unexplained absences from class, and signs of physical abuse.
"Any sort of having possessions that they may have not before, so like an increase of clothing, their hairs done, nails done, multiple cell phones," Abby Persons, a social worker with the Outagamie County Youth and Family Services, said.
According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline 4,460 human trafficking cases were reported last year. Forty-seven of those cases were in Wisconsin.
By showcasing this film, organizers of the Wildwood Film Festival hope it helps combat human trafficking.
"It touches on, engages and educates people and is currently used as a tool by various non-profits including 5-Stone," said Jason Buss, director of the Wildwood Film Festival.
The festival will have a community conversation revolving around the issue of human trafficking on Friday.
February 12, 2018 07:45 pm | Source: http://www.whby.com/2018/02/12/25180/
There will be a community conversation about human trafficking as part of the Wildwood Film Festival.
Moderator Paul Evansen says during the festival they’ll show three locally-made short films. He says they show human trafficking from three different perspectives. He says it’s from the point of view of the victim, their friend, and the perpetrator. He says it was meant to be a resource at schools to raise awareness.
Evansen says the three shorts come together to make a film called “Innocence Sold”.
The community conversation is from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. A scheduled of the festival and tickets can be found on the Wildwood Film Festival website.
Link to the Wildwood Film Festival site.
Shane Nyman, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published 7:21 a.m. CT Feb. 11, 2018 | Updated 2:36 p.m. CT Feb. 14, 2018
Had they traveled to the year 2010, “Back to the Future” fans of the 1980s would’ve been horrified at the state of their beloved DeLorean.
The car, which first appeared on the big screen in the now-iconic blockbuster in 1985 and went on to become perhaps the most famous vehicle in Hollywood history, spent years in utter neglect.
Wild animals made it their home. It was warped and bleached by California sunlight and pounded by rain. Fans pulled off parts to keep as souvenirs.
As “Back to the Future” co-creator Bob Gale put it: “It was a wreck. An absolute wreck.”
But there’s good news further up the timeline: With the backing of Universal Pictures, a team of superfans and restoration experts came to the rescue. The year-long process that brought the dilapidated DeLorean back to its original condition was documented by Waukesha native filmmaker Steve Concotelli.
“OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine,” his first feature film, will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday as part of the Wildwood Film Festival at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton. The screening closes out the two-day celebration of movie-making with Wisconsin ties.
We don’t need roads
Wisconsin native filmmaker Steve Concotelli's "OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine" is one of the feature-length films getting a screening at the Wildwood Film Festival. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Steve Concotelli)
Concotelli graduated from Mukwonago High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the 1990s and, in 2000 moved to Los Angeles. He’s spent the time since working as a television editor and producer, with jobs on “Attack of the Show!” (featuring Olivia Munn, before her ascension to movie star status), “Unsolved Mysteries” and “Street Science,” among dozens of others.
In that time, he made friends with folks in the industry big into the movies he’d loved since childhood.
“I thought I was a huge ‘Back to the Future’ fan and a huge ‘Ghostbusters’ fan,” he said. “Then I move out here and I start meeting these guys who’ve built their own time machines, built their own proton packs, own their own Ecto-1s. I’m just like holy s—t, these guys are on a fandom level I didn’t even know existed.”
Included in this group of movie prop fanatics Concotelli met was Joe Walser, the man Gale would enlist to steer the DeLorean restoration project. With their shared love for these movies from the ’80s, Walser asked Concotelli to get involved.
“The only problem was I didn’t have any skills to actually help restore the car,” he said. “I’m not a mechanic, I don’t own a DeLorean, I have no mechanical aptitude whatsoever. … So Joe (Walser) turns to me and says, ‘What is it that you can actually do for this project?’ And I said, ‘I’m a very good filmmaker. I can make a film about it.’”
And so it went. Concotelli became the official documentarian for the project, which took about a year of meticulous work. Walser, as “OUTATIME” is sure to point out, isn’t one to cut corners. Anything on the car that was able to be salvaged was cleaned or fixed. If it was ruined, an exact replacement was found — down to every last screw, regardless of whether or not anybody would ever lay eyes on it.
There was one goal: Get the DeLorean Time Machine to look exactly like it did when it rolled off the back of Doc Brown’s truck back in 1985.
“Everybody thinks that restoring the most famous film car in the world is fun and rainbows and it’s not,” said Concotelli, who spent countless nights and weekends with the restoration crew, all while still working a day job. “You have the pressure of all the ‘Back to the Future’ fans in the world, their expectations, on your shoulders. The car means just as much to them as it does to you and you need to make sure it’s done right. If there was any detail that we would have missed or that was wrong, we would have been raked over the coals for it.”
This is heavy
There were three cars used in the “Back to the Future” movies: the A car, the B car and the C car. The A car is the one most prominent. The B car was used for stunts and the C car was mostly for internal shots, and both were destroyed — the B car, quite famously, which was obliterated by a train in “Back to the Future Part III.”
As the restoration team’s Sean Bishop says in “OUTATIME,” “Every time you think of the DeLorean Time Machine, you’re thinking of the A car.”
And it’s the A car that wound up being a pretty serious focus of Concotelli’s life.
After the year’s worth of work in the garage was complete, he spent another year doing interviews and other shooting, then another two years of editing and other post-production. When it all came together, though, the 100-minute film earned him approval from fans around the world — as well as from the man he called “the godfather of ‘Back to the Future.’”
“I sent Bob (Gale) a copy of the film when it was done … and I’m thinking, 'Oh my God, what’s he going to say?' He said, 'Steve, it’s fantastic.' He said, 'I love it.'
“Getting an endorsement from the guy who created Doc and Marty, the guy who created the time machine, having him like my film about his film, it’s the highest honor I could possibly get.”
Gale and the other bigwigs at Universal liked the film enough that, when it came time to release the 30th anniversary “Back to the Future” Blu-ray in 2015, a 15-minute version of the documentary was included in the bonus features. That’s about as official an endorsement as possible.
“It was surreal,” Concotelli said. “Especially my favorite film of all time, it was a tremendously cool honor to have that.”
The DeLorean Time Machine, in all its restored glory, is now on permanent display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles — well protected, away from the elements. It looks as good as it did — if not better — than when it made its debut in the parking lot of the Twin Pines Mall.
Aside from continuing promotion for “OUTATIME” — and coming back to Wisconsin this week to show it at Wildwood — Concotelli continues his day job as TV editor and producer. He’s on the lookout for whatever’s next as far as features go, but the grueling nature of the DeLorean project has him thinking he’ll be a one-and-done as a car restoration documentarian.
"I guess you could say I'm always looking for my next fascinating story to tell. If they want to restore the Ecto-1 A and they want to call me, that's fine,” he said with a laugh. “I would certainly consider it.”
WILDWOOD FILM FESTIVALThe 17th annual Wildwood Film Festival is Friday and Saturday at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in downtown Appleton. All film screenings are in the Kimberly-Clark Theater.
The event is a celebration of filmmaking with Wisconsin ties. Showcasing 32 shorts and three full features, each of the festival's selections have a connection to Wisconsin. Some are directed or produced by Wisconsin natives. Some might star Wisconsin actors or feature music from a Wisconsin artist. Some were shot somewhere in the state. Whatever it might be, the selections each have some link to the state.
3 to 5 p.m.: Community Conversation: Exploring Human Trafficking, with Paul Evansen
7 p.m.: "The Rocket" (feature)
9 p.m.: "Wraith" (feature)
9 to 11 a.m.: Workshop: "The Business of Filmmaking," with Richard Blake, Michael O. Sajbel and Brian Murray (McIntosh Room of the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel)
1, 3, 6 and 8 p.m.: Short film sessions
8 p.m.: "OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine" (feature)
10 p.m.: Official Stella Artois Wrap Party (Fox Cities PAC lobby)
Tickets: $50 for complete festival package. Friday double feature tickets are $20. Saturday all-day tickets are $30. Single-session tickets are $12.
Making a message with movies
By: John Domol Posted: Feb 13, 2018 06:17 PM CST
Updated: Feb 13, 2018 06:17 PM CST
APPLETON, Wis. - The Wildwood Film Festival normally puts a premium on local talent.
But this year, it is going a step further--It is putting the spotlight on the battle against sex trafficking.
The movie on everyone's radar this year puts an abusive crime into perspective.
It is called "Innocence Sold," and it takes the seedy business of sex trafficking head on.
"She moved here with a boyfriend," says Paul Evansen, the moderator for Friday's conversation about sex trafficking. "Her mother lives out of the area. All she has is in the bag that she's carrying. She doesn't have a phone--it was taken from her."
He says any of these can be a red flag...a warning.
Except that was not Hollywood. It was real life.
"I was fortunate enough in that opportunity to be able to direct this young woman to the Appleton Police Department," said Evansen.
Lt. Jeff Miller from the Appleton Police Department tells me that sex trafficking in Northeast Wisconsin has increased in the past 5-to-10 years, with hundreds of cases hitting our area yearly.
One sex trafficking arrest was made in the Fox Cities just last week.
And that is what the locally shot "Innocence Sold" is all about--identifying the crime and showing us the mental toll it can create.
It is a crime that hinges on fooled emotions.
"An adult, male or female, taking interest in a younger child," says Abby Persons of Outagamie Youth and Family Services. "Making them think that they are in a relationship with them--a boyfriend, girlfriend. They capitalize on that relationship."
The film festival opens with a conversation on what the community can do to minimize this crime in our community, and we can work on a large part of it right away by simply paying attention.
"Parents, friends, other professionals, people in school, teachers--they play a huge part in recognizing the signs and then offering help," says persons.
You can join the conversation at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton this Friday at 3pm.
Posted on Feb 13, 2018 by Appleton Downtown Inc.
Asking an organizer to write about the upcoming 17th Annual Wildwood Film Festival is similar to asking a wallpaper hanger to do his job in a windstorm, interesting to say the least. At this point, less than a week away from our event, random thoughts go through my mind. How much time is there in a day? What is critical for the event and what is not? Leading up to the event it becomes a process of checking items off a large to-do list and the realization that the truly large, mission-critical items are all handled. Thankfully, the event is going to happen on Feb. 16 and 17 right here in Downtown Appleton.
For those in the community who may not have heard, the Wildwood Film Festival is a film event focused on “Celebrating Wisconsin Talent”. Every piece shown during the two-day event and the seventeen-year history has had a demonstrable connection to this place we call HOME. Wisconsin has been and is still the home to some terrifically talented individuals. This event highlights individuals of all experience levels.
If you have some pre-conceived notion of what Wildwood might be based on either a “student film event” in your or maybe your child’s school, or based on the idea that it’s only boring foreign films with subtitles, give that up right now. The Wildwood Film Festival truly has something for almost every member of the film-going public. If you want thrills, we have them. If you want laughs, we have those too. This year we have over 30 short films PLUS 3 feature length films! If you want to be scared, if you want to learn, and even if you want to cry, you will have your chance during the TWO-day event, with six sessions of film, two educational events, and one great wrap party. Come, enjoy, and help us “Celebrate Wisconsin Film Talent” like never before!
For a complete schedule of events, please visit Wildwoodfilmfestival.com. And if you enjoy the event, consider volunteering to help plan, promote or work at next year’s event.
Written by Jason Buss, Co-founder / Director of the Wildwood Film Festival
Shane Nyman, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin | Published 2:17 p.m. CT Feb. 12, 2018
APPLETON - Human trafficking — a serious problem in the state of Wisconsin and here in the Fox Valley — is the topic of a community conversation event as part of the 17th annual Wildwood Film Festival.
The free discussion will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Kimberly-Clark Theater at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
The event will include representatives from the Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Appleton, Appleton Police Department, Outagamie County's Department of Health & Human Services and 5-Stones. 5-Stones is a nonprofit that focuses on raising awareness about human trafficking in Wisconsin.
Paul Evansen, who has worked in the media in some form for about 30 years (including with both WFRV and WGBA), will serve as moderator. He'll also share his own personal story connected to the topic.
The conversation will be steered by the showing of three short films from director Julien Lasseur and produced by 5-Stones. Titled "Innocence Sold," the films show a human trafficking situation from three perspectives: the person trafficked, the perpetrator and a friend of the trafficking victim.
Evansen said the goal of the evening is simply to help raise awareness and give people a better understanding of the problem and how we can do our part to help.
"Hopefully (the event will help) get the right information out, the right numbers out, and make them aware," he said. "And also make them aware of what to look for — not to go to the opposite extreme and say every older man with a younger woman might be a trafficking scenario — but to look for the warning signs, the realistic and logical warning signs, and take a more active part. It takes all of us out there in the community doing our part in some small way."
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The film festival held its first community conversation event last year, with a panel discussion and Q&A about race and recidivism.
This weekend marks the 17th year for the Wildwood Film Festival, which celebrates Wisconsin filmmaking. It runs Friday and Saturday at the Fox Cities PAC.
For more information, visit wildwoodfilmfestival.com.
The Northeast Wisconsin Arts Association is a new, grass roots organization that has recently applied for not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status. NEWAA will be regarded as the conduit and the home for art in Northeast Wisconsin; attracting professionals, inspiring beginners, and bringing people together to learn, educate, celebrate, and build community through art. In communities throughout Northeast Wisconsin, participation in and support of art will flourish as diverse voices, artistic expressions, and opportunities to create and engage in art are accessible to all.
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After a short film they created got rejected from another film festival, Jason Buss and his other co-founders decided to start their own festival. That was 17 years ago.
On February 16th and 17th, the 17th Annual Wildwood Film Festival will be held at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. The event will have over 30 short films, a double feature, a community conversation on the topic of human trafficking and a workshop on “The Business of Filmmaking.”
It should be a weekend jam packed with tons of local films, filmmakers and fans.
APPLETON – Like a teenager driving solo for the first time, the Wildwood Film Festival is growing more mature in its 16th year.
Don’t worry, there’s still a wide range of films to be shown — from comedies to documentaries to horror flicks with creepy clowns — but the annual celebration of filmmaking with Wisconsin ties is wading into the waters of social awareness. Using the film “Halfway” as a springboard, the opening night of the two-day festival will feature a community conversation about race.
“The goal is to help people gain a broader perspective about what it’s like to be different in the community they live in,” said Josh Dukelow, host of the “Fresh Take” radio show on WHBY and moderator for the Friday night town hall event. “And how each of us can play a role in making it easier for those who are different, being welcoming and included in things and making this a better destination for business, for talent and, for people who already live here, making life more pleasant and more connected.”
The “Fresh Take” Town Hall, “Exploring Race and Recidivism,” will get the 16th annual Wildwood Film Festival started at 3 p.m. Friday March 10 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in downtown Appleton. The two-hour discussion will serve as a preface of sorts for “Halfway,” a feature-length film shot in southwestern Wisconsin, which will be shown at 8 p.m.
Produced by and starring Quinton Aaron, who famously portrayed Michael Oher in “The Blind Side,” “Halfway” is the story of a black man released from prison adjusting to a new life in the urban (and very white) Wisconsin town of Montfort. The film’s trailer will be shown at the start of the town hall to set up the discussion.
“(The trailer) captures a moment in the film that really just shines a light on how communities can be unwelcoming,” Dukelow said. “We’re also going to talk about the notion of the revolving door of the criminal justice system, how easy it can be once you’re out to end up back in prison.
“That’ll be one aspect of the conversation, but we’ll also talk about how art and culture can help connect people and community and make it more welcoming and inclusive. There will be a lot of themes going on — it’s going to be a wide-ranging conversation.”
A panel of speakers with diverse backgrounds will be a part of the town hall, including Rayon Brown, manager of diversity and inclusion services at Fox Valley Technical College; Paris Brown, Lawrence University admissions counselor; ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force member Bill Van Lopik; and photographer Mark Ferrell.
Dukelow said he expects the event to play out almost like a live version of his radio show.
The Saturday lineup for the festival plays out much like in past years. A 9 a.m. workshop for young filmmakers will be housed in the Redwood Room of the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel. The short film sessions begin at 1 p.m. and continue at 3, 6 and 8 p.m. The final batch features six works aimed for an adults-only audience. In all, 27 short films will be shown — each with a Wisconsin connection, whether it be a native behind or in front of the camera or the film having been shot in-state.
“We always pride ourselves in being able to offer a little something for everybody,” said Jason Buss, who founded the festival in 2001 with buddies Tom Thorne and Craig Knitt.
Among this year’s offerings are a documentary from an Oshkosh filmmaker on the experience of Vietnam veterans during an Old Glory Honor Flight that took place during EAA AirVenture.
Buss said one of his favorites from the 2017 crop is a horror thriller called “Taste,” produced and starring an actress from Wausau. He said it’s one that will leave the audience scratching their heads — in a good way.
There’s also “Gags,” a 17-minute horror movie from a Green Bay filmmaker, that’s part of the 8 p.m. set. That film might ring a bell for those who remember the creepy clown that was photographed in Green Bay last year and turned out to be a promotional stunt for the movie.
A 10 p.m. wrap party follows the final screening and runs until midnight in the lobby of the PAC.
The festival has been able to slowly grow over its 16 years, Buss said, thanks to an increase in community engagement. That's one thing he said was a huge plus this year, more so than in the past, from Dukelow's involvement in the town hall — he pitched the idea — to a team of sponsors jumping on board to help make it happen.
It all came together thanks to the help from numerous individuals and entities in the Fox Valley, he said, and it feels a little like catching "lightning in a bottle."
"It feels really good," Buss said.
Original Source: Postcresent.com
Shane Nyman , USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin - Published 8:39 a.m. CT March 4, 2017 | Updated 10:35 a.m. CT March 4, 2017