RHINELANDER - Nicolet College kicked off its 15th year of the Learning in Retirement this afternoon.
The college offers 30 different courses.
About 300 Northwood retirees belong to the program.
This is a learning experience, so there are no test or grades in any class.
Connie Griesbach is the president of this program.
Whether you're in your 50s or 80s, this program is targeting older people who like to learn.
"Nicolet college has a reputation for serving people of all ages and this is a great way to learn new friendships find new people in the northwoods who have similar ideas of your own or similar interest." said Griesbach.
Michael Shores is the curriculum chairman for the group.
He moved up here because he was drawn to his friends who are in the group.
"So it's not just the folks who are leading the classes," Shores said. "But it's the discussion with all of these interesting people that I think makes this a special place."
Classes will be held through out the Northwoods in Rhinelander, Tomahawk, Crandon, Three Lakes and Wabeno.
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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