Fish Fry

Directed by Amrys Williams

The tradition, the fish, the lakes . . . the ocean?


From the kitchens of one of Madison's favorite Friday-night spots to the hallowed halls of the University, Fish Fry traces the origins, meanings, and practices behind this state custom, showing how a Wisconsin phenomenon is connected to places and activities beyond the state's borders or even the shores of the Great Lakes. Hold fast to your fork and discover how these pan-aquatic connections do not diminish the Wisconsin-ness of the fish fry or its adherents.


Camera: Amrys O. Williams, Megan Katz, Peter Boger
Animation: Amrys O. Williams
Music: "Himmlischer Vater," performed by Karl Hacker, Sr., and family, courtesy of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures.
Thanks: Janet Gilmore, Cory Campion, the staff and customers of the Avenue Bar (Madison, WI), and the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures.

Other 2007 Student Films

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Farmer John
For When the Buffalo Roam
Freewheels and Freedom
I'm In a Badger State of Mind
Matt's Turkeys

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