Robert S. McNamara being interviewed

 

A little girl shines a light through a darkened window

Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. strapped in to an electric chair

 

 

Phil Harberts sits at a desk surrounded by trophies and plaques

 

 

 

A hooded figure stands in a dimly lit prison

 

 

A man

 

 

Ray Mendez observes mole-rats running through a tube

 

 

 

Stephen Hawking close-up

 

Robert S. McNamara being interviewed

A policewoman is silhouetted in car headlights

 

 

 

 

Errol Morris stands alone in a prison cell block

 

 

Errol Morris close-up

 

 

Tabloid still

Events

The Fog of War (film screening)

Saturday, September 4, 7:00pm
UW Cinematheque
USA, 2003, 35mm, 107 min.

The story of America as seen through the eyes of former Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara. One of the most controversial and influential figures in world politics, he takes us on an insider's tour of the seminal events of the 20th Century.

Preceded by First Person: "Mr. Personality" and commercials from the Sharp campaign.

Ads by Morris (video installation)

September 18–December 19
New Media Gallery, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

This video installation features programs of Morris's commercial work in five campaigns: Miller High Life, PBS, Citibank, Sharp and MoveOn.org Switch.

Mr. Death (WUD Film Committee screening)

Thursday, September 23, 7:00pm
Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial Union
USA, 1999, 35mm, 90 min.

Engineer Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. set out to become the "Florence Nightingale of Death Row," but his credibility was destroyed when he became an ardent Holocaust denier instead.

Preceded by First Person: "The Only Truth," and commercials from the Levi's campaign.

Gates of Heaven (film screening)

Saturday, September 25, 7:00pm
UW Cinematheque
USA, 1978, 35mm, 85 min.

Errol Morris was inspired to start his first non-fiction feature film after reading the 1978 San Francisco Chronicle headline, "450 Dead Pets Go To Napa." The result is a story of two California pet cemeteries transformed into an eccentric portrait of the American dream.

Preceded by the Les Blank film "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe," and commercials from the Citibank campaign.

Standard Operating
Procedure
(film screening)

Friday, October 1, 7:00pm
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
USA, 2008, 35mm, 116 min.

Photographs taken by soldiers in Abu Ghraib prison changed the war in Iraq and changed America's image of itself. Yet a central mystery remains: how could American values become so compromised that Abu Ghraib — and the subsequent cover-up — could happen?

Preceded by commercials from the MoveOn.org Switch campaign.

Vernon, Florida (film screening)

Saturday, October 2, 7:00pm
UW Cinematheque
USA, 1981, 35mm, 55 min.

Morris's second documentary feature is an oddball survey of the inhabitants of a remote swamp-town in the Florida panhandle. "As…mysterious as its subjects, and quite unforgettable" (David Ansen).

Preceded by First Person: "Smiling in a Jar" and commercials from the Adidas campaign.

Fast, Cheap &
Out of Control
(WUD Film Committee screening)

Thursday, October 7, 7:00pm
Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial Union
USA, 1997, 35mm, 80 min.

Interwoven stories of 4 obsessive men, each driven to create eccentric worlds of their dreams:

  • Dave Hoover (a lion tamer)
  • George Mendonça (a topiary gardener)
  • Ray Mendez (a hairless mole-rat enthusiast)
  • Rodney Brooks (an M.I.T. robot research scientist)

Preceded by First Person: "Eyeball to Eyeball" and commercials from the Cisco campaign.

A Brief History of Time (film screening)

Saturday, October 9, 7:00pm
UW Cinematheque
USA, 1991, 35mm, 80 min.

In this film adaptation of Stephen Hawking's book about the origins of the universe, Morris has laced together graphics, interviews and archival material into a complex fabric that illuminates Hawking's life as well as his science. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival.

Preceded by First Person: "Stairway to Heaven" and commercials from the PBS campaign.

The Fog of War (encore film screening)

Friday, October 15, 7:00pm
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

The story of America as seen through the eyes of former Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara. One of the most controversial and influential figures in world politics, he takes us on an insider's tour of the seminal events of the 20th Century.

Preceded by First Person: "The Smartest Man in the World," and commercials from the United Airlines and Ad Council campaigns.

The Thin Blue Line (film screening)

Saturday, October 16, 7:00pm
UW Cinematheque
USA, 1988, 35mm, 103 min.

Billed as "the first movie mystery to actually solve a murder," The Thin Blue Line is credited with overturning the conviction of death row inmate Randall Adams for the murder of Robert Wood.

Preceded by First Person: "The Parrot" and commercials from the Miller High Life campaign.

Errol Morris on Wisconsin Reflections
(TV show taping)

Thursday, October 21, 10:30am
Wisconsin Public Television Studios, 2nd Floor, Vilas Hall

Join the Wisconsin Reflections audience as we turn our own cameras on director Errol Morris, famous for probing the fascinating lives of regular — and not-so-regular — people.

Students are particularly encouraged to attend. The time commitment for this taping will be roughly 90 minutes, including a question-and-answer period. If you would like to be a part of the audience, e-mail audience@uc.wisc.edu.

Errol Morris and the Anosognosic's Guide to Documentary Film
(lecture by Carl Plantinga)

Thursday, October 21, 4:00–5:30pm
4070 Vilas Hall

Carl Plantinga, Professor of Film and Media Studies, Calvin College, discusses Errol Morris documentaries and the enduring problem of how to represent social reality on film.

Hosted by the UW Cinematheque and the Department of Communication Arts.

Elusive Truths: Filmmaking
and Politics
(WUD Distinguished Lecture by Errol Morris)

Thursday, October 21, 7:30pm
Memorial Union Theater

Mr. Morris draws upon his own experience to discuss the implications of political documentary filmmaking.

Errol Morris and the Art of Documentary (roundtable discussion with Errol Morris)

Friday, October 22, 1:30–3:00pm
4070 Vilas Hall

Roundtable discussion with Errol Morris, conducted by Bill Brown (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and David Resha (Birmingham Southern College). Public is welcome and students are particularly encouraged to attend.

Tabloid (film screening presented by Errol Morris)

Friday, October 22, 4:00pm
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

A sensation at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, Tabloid peels back the layers behind "The Case of the Manacled Mormon," a UK tabloid story that kept gossip reporters busy and the British public transfixed in 1977 and '78. As usual, though, Morris is less interested in the salaciousness of the public record but the soul of the story's protagonist, ex-Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney, a woman so in love with her man that she kidnapped him from a Mormon cult…or did she?

Roger Ebert calls Tabloid "one of [Morris's] best and most intriguing [films]," while Werner Herzog states "Not since Vernon, Florida have I seen a film of [his] that’s moved me so deeply."