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Filmmakers with UWS ties show well at festival

Two local filmmakers have made a big splash at the Wisconsin Film Festival, playing for its 10th year this weekend in Madison. The festival features 220 films in four days, and is an increasingly prestigious venue to bring out independent film.

Two local filmmakers have made a big splash at the Wisconsin Film Festival, playing for its 10th year this weekend in Madison. The festival features 220 films in four days, and is an increasingly prestigious venue to bring out independent film.

Jonathan Bothun, a recent University of Wisconsin-Superior graduate, produced "Passing Through," a documentary on a long-surviving AIDS patient. The 20-minute documentary won the Student Jury Prize and will screen at the festival at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Monona Terrace Convention Center. Tickets cost $7. Call (608) 265-2933.

Bothun's professor at UWS, Brent Notbohm, wrote and directed the hottest ticket of the fest. The independent feature film "Madison" sold out in three hours. Its dark splendor won it a Jury Award. In "Madison," actor and novelist James DeVita plays a journalist returning from Iraq to reconnect with old friends and risky ways in Madison. Its official release date is Aug. 1.

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