A roundup of some excellent art that's largely absent from the festival itself.
One of my favorite parts of covering the Wisconsin Film Festival for Tone Madison is tracking down the sometimes stunning posters for films that will be screening as part of the fest. When it comes to visual elements, the site and print version of the film guide defer to images taken from the films themselves. It's an approach that has its own aesthetic pros and cons, but it leaves the gap open for us to highlight some of the more stunning promotional images—which you might not see until you're at the theater on the day of the screenings, if you see them at all.
This being the Wisconsin Film Festival, many of the movies sell themselves on their merits without any help from the posters. A handful of the films represented here sold out almost immediately, but if you failed to lock in hot tickets like RBG, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, or You Were Never Really Here, among others, the art seen below might just inspire an overwhelming urge to get thee to the front of the rush ticket lines on the day of their respective screenings. Other entries, like The Green Fog, Let the Corpses Tan, and Good Manners are possibly intriguing enough to warrant buying tickets based on nothing else.
Here are the 19 posters that really popped for me this year, whittled down from the dozens I was able to track down. There are still a ton of tickets that haven't been bought up just yet, so head over to the Wisconsin Film Festival site to guarantee a seat if anything jumps out at you here.