MINOCQUA - Year by year, cultures and customs become more globalized.
Lakeland Union High School and a sister school in China want to keep their students in step with the changes.
For four years, high school students from Lakeland and DaQing, China, have exchanged students for a cultural immersion experience.
This week, a pair of Chinese high schoolers are in Minocqua to see American culture firsthand.
They were welcomed by the full student body today.
Their two Lakeland counterparts, who were in China last fall, have advice for them while here.
"Definitely try whatever they could because, I know when I was there, you want to take in the whole experience and make sure you don't miss anything. You might not be able to go back to that country, never be able to try that thing you were able to try there," suggests Nathan Ochocinski.
"They're kind of used to it, but you can tell that when they're here, they're suprised by everything. We have to explain things, we have to explain how to use forks and how to use knives, and how to maneuver around our American lives," says Ali Pleasant.
The two students came with the Liangs, school and community leaders from DaQing.
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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