According to film director Wendy Schneider, having a relationship with the subjects of her films has to make sense to both her heart and her spirit. As a director, she wants to engage with the audience and share stories that touch us on a deep and personal level.
Her documentary The Smart Studios Story focused on a building in Madison that some “mistook for a crack house,” but was actually an epicenter for the alternative music scene in Madison – and well beyond. Schneider’s work soon caught the attention of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Her latest documentary, years in the making, is called Angels of Dirt. Schneider is planning to release it in theatres this fall. The film tells the story of professional flat track racer Charlotte Kainz. In this edition of Radio Chipstone, Schneider tells contributor gianofer fields about the process of filmmaking and the contagious fearlessness of the film’s heroine. According to Schneider, the freedom to be fearless is every girl’s right.
About the Host:
gianofer (JON nah fer) fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.
About the Guest:
Wendy Schneider is a filmmaker, writer, and musician who thrives in Madison. Her documentary entitled Angels of Dirt is scheduled for theatrical release in the fall of 2021.
Image: courtesy of Charlotte Kainz
This segment comes from the Radio Chipstone Archives of WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio. See here.