RHINELANDER - Tourists usually come North searching for a feeling- the relaxed pace of life, nature, and an air of timelessness.
One local business owner thinks that picture isn't complete without a certain style of hand-painted signs.
"I don't believe that people from the city, want to come on vacation and see flashing neon. I think they'd rather see the old-fastioned values, and I think it makes them feel like they're on vacation," said Rick Hendrickson, owner of Lone Wolf Signs & Murals.
Rick Hendrickson started painting these kinds of signs four decades ago. It's more than a "look" he says; the hand-painted style stands the test of time.
"The big thing was the durability, our hand-painted signs will last lots longer than any of our vinyls or our billboard wraps ever did. So we got rid of all the technology and we're going back to old school," said Hendrickson.
His signs across the Northwoods, and farther south. Now he's bringing his whole business North, and he doesn't plan to leave anytime soon.
Hendrickson says local ordinances can be obstacles. But now he says he knows the laws inside out, and can provide advice for free.
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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