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2018 Wisconsin Film Festival (multiple venues, through April 12)

  • Multiple venues (campus, AMC 6) (map)

The Wisconsin Film Festival, presented by UW-Madison, has seen a lot of transitions in leadership and its mix of venues over the years, but the fest's 20th annual edition still finds it centered on a rich and potentially overwhelming mix of nearly 150 films. They range from the approachable (Morgan Neville's new Mr. Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor, whose two screenings have of course joined the WFF tradition of near-immediate advance ticket sell-outs) to the astoundingly meta (Johann Lurf's ★, which stitches together footage of stars, and only footage of stars, from more than 550 other movies; advance tickets are still available as of this writing). In between, the festival curators have delivered a balance of fictional documentaries and features, experiments and solid genre films, the homegrown and the far-flung. We at Tone Madison have been digging through the schedule the past few weeks and have some preview coverage to help you out, including: A first look noting a few big standout films, a survey of animated features and shorts, and a streaming guide to earlier work by filmmakers featured at this year's fest. —Scott Gordon