Wetzel teaches at the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee. His films have included “Men’s Hockey” (2003), about the pre-game rituals of a minor-league team, and “From the Archives of an Inventor” (2009), a portrait of an eccentric Midwesterner composed entirely of footage from the subject’s own videotape archive.
“Archives” won a jury award at the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Here’s the fest’s interview with Wetzel.
At the Melwood, Wetzel will screen “Kid Beat Box: Twenty-two Tapes, Edit Nine,” which he describes as “an experiment in biography, anthromentary, experimental document, flimsy structuralist video [and] short documentary essay”; “The First Shot is Silent,” which commemorates a thriving fishing village bulldozed into an industrial corridor; and “Of the Iron Range,” which documents the annual wood-tick races in a former mining town in Minnesota.
Get a taste of Wetzel’s style in this online version of “Iron Range.”
The screening at at 8 p.m. tomorrow night. The Melwood Screening Room is at 477 Melwood Ave., in Oakland. Tickets are $5.