UW MADISON'S CONSTANT
A Constant: Travel Adventure Film Series Still Shows the World to Madison Viewers.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin Union Theater
Programming decisions at Madison’s Wisconsin Union Theater are constantly changing. Staff and students are always working to bring new, exciting and cutting-edge entertainment to the theater, and they’re not afraid to try new things. Through all of this metamorphosis and growth, though, one thing remains constant, the Travel Adventure Film Series.
Beginning in the 1959-1960 Season, the series tapped into a whole new audience, much to the Theater staff’s surprise. Hundreds of world travelers (and some armchair travelers) came out to see the first screening of a film about the Colorado River, shown in the University’s Music Hall and using the Theater’s 16mm arc projector. Loyal fans like these have continued to support the series year after year, making the Travel Adventure Film Series one of the Wisconsin Union Theater’s most durable programs.
For more than five decades the Union Theater has used the TAFS to bring the work of world-renowned travel filmmakers to Madison, helping Madisonians see far-off and exotic places without having to travel too far from home. A series favorite was ski filmmaker John Jay (Mountain Magic), whose films were featured 9 times in 9 years. Films from Andre De La Varre (Israel and the Holy Lands, Switzerland and the Alps, Grand Rhine - Alpine Journey) was another popular choice during the late ‘70s and ‘80s.
For decades, the Travel Adventure Film Series has helped experienced travelers revisit their favorite destinations and instill a sense of wanderlust in young travelers. The blend of stunning cinematography, live narration, dinners inspired by the film’s location (yum!) and anecdotes from talented filmmakers who serve as tour guides is what once prompted Madison’s The Capital Times to call the series “one of the best kept secrets in Madison.”
UW Madison 2016/2017 Travel Adventure Film Series
The Treasure of Taiwan with Buddy Hatton. November 14-15, 2016
A Week in Paris with Marlin Darrah. March 13-14, 2017
My Private Italy with Steve McCurdy. April 10-11, 2017
Location: Union South | The Marquee Cinema
General Public: $13, UW Student $6, Union Member/Non UW Student: $11, Youth: $12, UW Faculty/Staff: $12