director John Roberts debuts his 15-minute short, "The Wheel,"
at the Milwaukee Film Festival, the steampunk fable will be a showcase
for local talent and the city itself.
which last year drew more than 30,000 attendees during its 11-day run,
is scheduled Sept. 22-Oct. 2. Screenings will be held at the Landmark
Downer Theater and Landmark Oriental Theatre on Milwaukee’s East Side,
Marcus North Shore Cinema in Mequon and Marcus Ridge Cinema in New
Roberts, who was
awarded the festival’s artist-in-residence post for his 2009 film,
"Mary’s Friend," assembled a veteran Milwaukee crew for
"The Wheel." All of them worked pro bono, he notes,
"literally just to make something cool." He co-produced the
film with Mark Foote, with cinematography by Carlo Besasi.
Wheel," scripted by Ryan Plato, is the story of a family whose fate
is to maintain a gargantuan wheel that balances the world. Visually, it
plays industrial chic against a fairy tale aesthetic, shot on location
at the Schuster Mansion bed and breakfast and The Iron Horse Hotel.
Roberts says every scene looks like a painting.
couldn’t have done this anywhere else," Roberts adds. "There
is something about this place either being green or people more willing
to do things for the sake of making art."
Friend" went on to a screening at the Cannes Film Festival last
May, and Roberts is hoping "The Wheel" will be his calling
card for the full-length feature he is working on now.
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— Nan Bialek