Golden Badger Jury Statement

Statement from the Jury:

From an appliance salesman who helps pioneer a radical cancer treatment to missionary Jews in Montana and skate punks on an Apache reservation, our weekend of screening films to choose the Golden Badger Award winners was eye opening and transformative. In the end, after much deliberation, we chose three documentaries. These three films brought us the most surprises, generated the liveliest conversation, and left us with lasting impressions from their excellent storytelling and indelible characters.

Honorable Mentions:

The jury also wanted to recognize six films as honorable mentions. We believe that any of these could have been Golden Badger recipients. They truly are inspiring and remarkable films.

A feature documentary:

Determined directed by Melissa Godoy highlights the struggle of family members providing care for relatives with dementia and the promising research taking place at UW-Madison.

Two narrative shorts:

Handheld, directed by Tony Oswald and Pisie Hochheim, is a creatively rendered story of memory and loss showing a single mother and her son viewing footage of the boy’s father.

Feeling Through, directed by Doug Roland, is a moving story of a transformative encounter between a homeless teen and a deaf and blind man he encounters at a street corner.

Three experimental shorts:

Bitter with a Shy Taste of Sweetness by Saif Alsaegh

Mirage by Jack Cronin

Garden City Beautiful by Ben Balcom