October 1, 2020 - 7:32am
Posted by Jim Healy


The UW Cinematheque's free series of view-at-home movies continues this week with another opportunity to see a 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival selection: Can You Hear Us Now? from filmmakers Jim Cricchi and Susan Peters.

CAN YOU HEAR US NOW? (2020, USA, 87 min.) After “Act 10” protests and a Supreme Court gerrymandering case, a potent question lingered in the minds of Wisconsinites: what happens when your government stops listening? The answer is contained in this — Wisconsin’s own version of Knock Down the House. Can You Hear Us Now?  gives us an intimate, on the ground view of several assembly and state-wide races from the 2018 midterm elections, focusing on the campaigns of some fresh-faced female Democratic candidates. As the women crusade against strict voter I.D. laws, gerrymandering, and the Republican establishment, they expose the inequities in our state’s current electoral process. The film becomes a bracing document, laying bare the state of our state. (Ben Reiser)

Beginning October 1, the Cinematheque has a limited number of opportunities to view Can You Hear Us Now? at home for free. To receive access, simply send an email to, and make sure to include the word DEMOCRACY in the subject line. 

To read more about Can You Hear Us Now? check out Rob Thomas in The Capital Times and Catherine Capellaro in Isthmus.

On a new episode of our Cinematalk podcast, the Cinematheque's Ben Reiser leads a discussion with Can You Hear Us Now? director Jim Cricchi and producer Susan Peters. Listen below or here on Soundcloud or subscribe to Cinematalk through Apple Podcasts.

Plus, limited free access is still available for previous Cinematheque selections Jazz on a Summer's Day, Werner Herzog's NomadFeels Good Man, and Narrowsburg, the latter three movies were also 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival selections. Click on each title to learn how to gain access. Separate emails are required for each request.

Stay healthy and safe. We value your support for the Cinematheque and we look forward to being able to watch movies with you soon in the proper cinematic settings of 4070 Vilas Hall and the Chazen Museum of Art.