RHINELANDER - People usually show off their pumpkins in their window or on their porch.
But carvers in Rhinelander joined forces and displayed more than 50 pumpkins in front of Trig's.
This is the first pumpkin glow Downtown Rhinelander Incorporated has put together.
They started having kids decorate them back in 2006.
But this year they wanted to do something that would catch the eye.
"This year we decided to do the pumpkin glow instead of having kids just decorate pumpkins, bring them downtown and we'd have them judged for a contest," said DRI Organization Committee chairman, Joan Belongia.
"That's how it got started. I didn't know how much work it was going to be."
The pumpkin display was a success and brought plenty of people out to see the creations.
The pumpkins were only on display Saturday night.
Most have been picked up.
If you missed the display, you can see the rest of them at the Hext Theater on Brown Street in downtown Rhinelander.
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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