EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Back for its 3rd year, the Eau Claire International Film Festival kicks off this weekend. The festival will be held in UW-Eau Claire’s Woodland Theatre located in the Davies Centre.
Organizers say there are over 40 films on the docket for the 3-day event. A few of which are locally made, like “Road Back to Glory” Highlighting the UW-Stout women’s Basketball team’s rise to the top of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last year.
Another film called “Acting Like Nothing Is Wrong” is directed by Jane Rosemont who has Midwest roots. It looks at the life of Hollywood actor Jim Hoffmaster and how his upbringing led him to where he is today. Rosemont explains, “It has grown into a story, his specific story, but a universal story of how we survived trauma. And, here he is, an adult actor in Hollywood, which some people think is, oh, my gosh, you’ve made it. Yeah. No, you haven’t.”
Hoffmaster adds, “No. You know, I think of it as you know from my humble beginnings to my climb to the middle, you know. Clearly, we’re telling my story, but I think they also feel as if maybe we’re telling a bit of their story as well.”
The Eau Claire International Film Festival is October 6th through the 8th. Tickets are available online and at the door.