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10 Reasons to Love Weyauwega: the Arts

When the average person hears the phrase “international film festival,” a handful of cities spring to mind: Cannes. Venice. Paris. London.

For hardcore film buffs (and just to be clear, that’s hardcore film buffs not hardcore film buffs) a few more names and places come to the fore. Like Chicago. Buffalo. Boston. Weyauwega.

Yes. You read that correctly. Weyauwega.

Founded in 2011,  the Weyauwega International Film Festival (aka WIFF) celebrates and supports film and filmmaking, and aims to “bring together” filmmakers from around the world. The festivities take place over four days and include screenings of internationally released films, including documentary films, foreign language films, dramas, comedies, and short films. Conceived and nurtured by Wega Arts, WIFF honors films and their makers with cash prizes and awards known as Gerolds—so named for the Gerold Opera House where WIFF takes place.

Gerold Opera House

Perhaps the most enticing part of the WIFF is Psycho Fest! Inspired by the work of author Robert Bloch, who wrote (among many, many other things) the novel upon which the movie Psycho was based, Psycho Fest is the portion of the WIFF that features screenings of films in the horror and thriller genres.

You may have heard that the character Norman Bates was loosely based on a man by the name of Ed Gein, who murdered and cannibalized at least two people in Plainfield, Wisconsin back in the late 1950’s. What you may not know is that the gifted and prolific Mr. Bloch was living in Weyauwega at the time the Plainfield crimes were coming to light, or that his fictional Bates Motel was inspired by Weyauwega’s very own Lakeshore Motel.

Kinda sends shivers up your spine. Doesn’t it?

The motel is long gone, but the sign still stands not far from the highway–an eerie reminder of Weyauwega’s connection to Hollywood and Alfred Hitchock.

Lakeshore Sign

For another view of the sign, visit https://www.facebook.com/WegaFilmFest/photos/the-lakeshore-motel-in-weyauwega/1589877247730926/

The next WIFF starts November 7th and runs through the 10th. That means Psycho Fest is just a few weeks away. So mark your calendars, and get your tickets now if you don’t want to miss it!

In addition to WIFF, the creative minds at Wega Arts—and their valued sponsors in the community—do a lot of fun and fantastic stuff for the folks Weyauwega. Like free theatre and music workshops for area teens. And Swing Dance and Mardi Gras parties for adults. In 2016, the organization partnered with Helios Addiction Recovery Services to produce a short film entitled Heroes Rising, which aims to address the opioid epidemic and to spur “meaningful and constructive dialog about substance abuse.”

Meanwhile, up the road at the Weyauwega Public Library, you can catch presentations by writers, musicians, historians, and even the occasional Elvis impersonator! If you don’t believe me, check out these links:

https://www.facebook.com/wegalibrary/photos/ms.c.eJxFkskNxDAMAzta6D76b2xhKaa~;A5kaMeHMsggm4SYn~;fGAcqvyaPELMgeQXFB8QHUB2MkQaYDaCb6g213ULT~;QJDORAMong~_tuaefzxPrzSKIFdsW6RiwbT2K22AvNEWNtTOxaToTGTBCe~_KrLVW~;xFSuY6gIC8DmOca2OR7xQ24xARveovwzZTh2dqkwGGwDNZzDcwtupYMuxbmIUVGbrgYJs1RNry7ZCdOq~_reP8kq0QgHVMIyCmKwawWwRbylf9~;h~;Jfu7tdnvgTIR8T1I4zkT1~;VCicSbc9A~_Hto~_N.bps.a.1778466072190506.1073741962.107697575934039/1778468548856925/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/wegalibrary/?hc_ref=ARTjMSWnd3uM7CF3TAonavfRNYzDWOCK99AWDJ0nQCq5vfrq67mvddpdn9IE_GReKnc

Meanwhile, for more about Robert Bloch, go to http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/bloch-buster-milwaukees-connection-to-psycho-h-p-lovecraft-and-robert-bloch/ or visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bloch

And if Bloch’s Psycho is too scary or too racy for you, remember, there’s always Psycho Babble!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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