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Documentary Filmmaker at Melwood Tomorrow

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Milwaukee-based Stephen Wetzel is the visiting artist at this Pittsburgh Filmmakers venue.

Stephen Wetzels Kid Beat Box ...
  • Stephen Wetzel's "Kid Beat Box ..."
Wetzel, known for his observational documentaries, will screen three short films and read from the forthcoming latest volume of his book Occasional Performances and Wayward Writings.

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.

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