The Round Barns of Vernon County

Cina barn at sunrise

Cina barn at sunrise

Documentary: Wisconsin's Own

Documentary: Wisconsin's Own

Synopsis

Vernon County, Wisconsin has the highest concentration of round barns in the world. Through roadside interviews and sensuous pictorial vignettes, The Round Barns of Vernon County explores these unusual structures, their enigmatic African-American builder, Algie Shivers, and his unique mixed race community, the Cheyenne Valley.

Historians and descendants alike describe Shivers and his anomalous early 20th century community with a common idea: people all got along and helped each other survive.

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Filmmakers

Near the township of Forest, Wisconsin

Near the township of Forest, Wisconsin

David Macasaet is a native of Viroqua, Wisconsin and is a UW-Madison alumnus (BA History'97). He received his MFA in Media Arts from the University of Montana-Missoula where he focused on integrating art and neighborhood revitalization. David's narrative work has screened around the U.S. at festivals such as the Kansas City Film Festival, Twin Cities Underground, Rawstock Film Festival, and Hatch.

David is Senior Instructional Technology Consultant at L&S Learning Support Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and focuses on bringing the art of storytelling to instruction. David is married with two daughters and a stubborn bulldog. You can read about David's history with the barns here.

Near Valley Township, Wisconsin

Near Valley Township, Wisconsin

Shahin Izadi is documentary and narrative filmmaker currently pursuing his MFA in Film and Media Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Prior to this, he spent eight years living in Madison, Wisconsin where he made short films, participated in the micro-cinema community Wis-Kino, and documented the Wisconsin Uprising (portions of which appear in "Citizen Koch"). His films have screened at Occupy the Film Festival, San Fransisco LaborFest, and the Diamond Screen Film Festival. He received his PhD in philosophy from UW-Madison.