GREEN BAY - November 1st finds us just five days away from the general election.
Wisconsin voters are directly in the political crosshairs. Thursday, President Obama returned to Wisconsin for a brief campaign stop.
The President jogged directly from air force one to an airport tarmac in Green Bay this morning.
President Obama began by summarizing the disaster of Hurricane Sandy. He pledged to help those whose lives have "been turned upside down."
Then, for the first time since Saturday, the president got back to his campaign focus.
"In the closing weeks of this campaign Governor Romney has been using all of his talents as a salesman to dress up these very same policies that failed our country so badly, the very same policies we have been cleaning up after for the past four years," President Obama said. "And he is offering them up as change. He is saying he is the candidate of change. Well, let me tell you Wisconsin - we know what change looks like and what the governor is offering sure ain't change."
President Obama's busy day was just beginning. After Green Bay, he went to Las Vegas and Colorado.
The latest NBC poll has the President up by 3 over Mitt Romney in Wisconsin.
Northwoods filmmaker makes movies for the big screen
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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