Release Date: Thu, Apr 19, 2012

WPT Premieres New Season of Director's Cut and Director's Cut Presents in May

For More Information: Lynn Brockmeyer, publicist, 608-263-3364, [email protected] Mary Pokorney-Donelan, WPT producer, 608-262-6456, [email protected] The new season of Director's Cut programs on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) offers interviews with independent filmmakers followed by a presentation their film. At 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, Director's Cut Host Charles Monroe-Kane interviews Pete Schwaba, director of "The Godfather of Green Bay," and actor Lance Barber. In the film, Joe Keegan, a struggling stand-up comedian, faces the audition of a lifetime, a chance to perform on "The Tonight Show." He must leave the big city and travel to rural Pine Lake, Wis., to win over the talent scout and his toughest audience yet. At 9 p.m. Friday, May 11, Director's Cut features an interview with filmmaker Trevor Velin and burro racer Roger Pedretti about the film "Haulin' Ass." The film about pack burro racing follows three men in their quests to take the Triple Crown while overcoming their own mental and physical obstacles. At 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, Monroe-Kane interviews Nicholas Langholff and Darren Burrows about the Driftless Film Festival, the southwestern Wisconsin regional film festival that brings independent films from around the world to historic theatres in the Driftless Area. Immediately following, WPT will air "Lovely By Surprise," a stunning offbeat film featured at the festival in which a writer attempting to finish her first novel seeks the wisdom of her mentor and ex-lover in hopes of overcoming a case of writer's block. WPT will offer an encore of "Lovely By Surprise" at 9:25 p.m. Friday, May 18. At 9 p.m. Friday, May 25, Monroe-Kane's guest is Frank G. Caruso. His film, "This Is My Sister," depicts a time when nearly all babies born with developmental disabilities were institutionalized and showcases parents Earl and Marion Fischer's example of unconditional love as taught to their three daughters. WPT will present an encore at 9 p.m. Friday, May 25. To learn more about Director's Cut, visit on the Web. Funding for Director's Cut is provided by The University of Wisconsin system eCampus. WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin-Extension.  Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV/Madison; WPNE-TV/Green Bay; WHRM-TV/Wausau; WLEF-TV/Park Falls; WHLA-TV/La Crosse; and WHWC-TV/Menomonie-Eau Claire.

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