BID CALLER is a documentary about the human experience with material things in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A portrait of auctioneer Harold "Harry" Betthauser and the personalities that surround the estate auction community he and his wife Marilyn have established in Milwaukee over the last 50 years.

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BID CALLER is a documentary about the human experience with material things in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A portrait of auctioneer Harold "Harry" Betthauser and the personalities that surround the estate auction community he and his wife Marilyn have established in Milwaukee over the last 50 years.

Trailer

An auctioneer never retires, especially when he loves people this much.

About

Ageless auctioneer Harold Betthauser has been commanding auctions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 50+ years. BID CALLER is a portrait of the personalities, nostalgia, and collectibles that embody the Betthausersʼ weekly estate auctions. The film explores the impermanence of material items and their significance within the human experience. Wisconsin personalities provide the film with levity and humor as darker themes of material and sentimental loss provide contrast in dissonance. During production we filmed interviews with auctioneers, collectors, auction employees, buyers/sellers, and more. Our crew covered plenty of action too, including one of the Betthausers' live auctions, their annual Christmas party, "pick-up and look at" appointments with clients, cheese shop revelry and much more. Shot in January of 2019, BID CALLER is currently raising funds for post- production and expected to be 30 to 40 minutes in length.

Crew

David Van Auken

Director

Originally from Prairie Village, Kansas, David studied cultural anthropology at Northern Arizona University.  Recently graduating from a video production program in Portland, Oregon, David utilizes his education in Anthropology and hands on training in Video Production to craft compelling stories that are culturally based.

Robert Delahanty

Cinematographer

For the past 25 years Rob has worked as a still photographer for various Magazines and Ad campaigns. With his first love always being moving pictures, in recent years he’s put his expertise with still images into motion as a cinematographer.

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