Marianne Lyles WISN 12 News
Angela Kelly Good Day Wisconsin

Also gracing Madison's silver screen was Shine Like Stars, a film about Milwaukee tribute band U2Zoo. Band members Scott Neis, Brian Lang, Mike Kawcyznski and Craig Brog meticulouly study U2 (somebody had to)…

Milwaukee Magazine
Courtny Gerrish Today's TMJ4 Milwaukee

What’s especially eye-opening about the film is the quartet's passion for what it does and the seriousness with which it approaches the music… But the group tempers that with a sense of humor, too, and it's that sense of humor that keeps the band grounded and far from the shores of inflated self-importance. And it's endearing, too.

Bobby Tanzilo

Shine Like Stars features The Light That Shines, an original track by Scott Nies and available on iTunes.

Milwaukee Premiere

Saturday December 11th @ 9:00pm
Tickets available at for $10

Wildwood Film Festival 2010 - Official Selection

Wildwood Film Festival

Saturday, May 1st @ 1:00pm
UW Fox Valley
Tickets available at the door for $8
Wisconsin Film Festival 2010 - Official Selection

Wisconsin Film Festival

World Premiere

Saturday, April 17th @ 9:15pm
Buy Tickets SOLD OUT!
2010 / Documentary / 29 min.


A portrait of small town artists, “Shine Like Stars” tells the story of four regular guys from Milwaukee who work 9-5 jobs by day and become rock stars by night. As U2Zoo, Wisconsin’s premier U2 tribute band sells out venues and plays to crowds of thousands while challenging the notion of what “making it” really means.

Principle Cast

U2Zoo ( )

Scott Neis - Vocals
Brian Lang - Guitar/Vocals
Mike Kawczynski - Bass
Craig Brog - Drums

Principle Crew

Dustin Leimgruber - Director, Producer, Photography, Editing, Sound Editing/Mixing
Alan Hageman - Producer, Soundboard Recordist
Nik Weiss - Sound Recordist, 2nd Camera
Jonathan Hohle - Technical Consultant

Filmmaker Bios

Dustin Leimgruber

Dustin Leimgruber ( )

(Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor, Sound Editing/Mixing)

Dustin Leimgruber was born in Ohio and raised in Wisconsin. He has been screenwriting since the late nineties and has developed projects for several prominent production companies. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Alan Hagemann

Alan Hagemann

(Producer, Soundboard Recordist)

Alan Hagemann is a Wisconsin native and graduate of MSOE. He is currently finishing his MBA at UW-Madison. He currently lives in Germantown, Wisconsin.

Nik Weiss

Nik Weiss

(Sound Recordist, 2nd Camera)

Nik Weiss is a Wisconsin native and attended UW-Milwaukee where he studied film. He has been screenwriting with Dustin Leimgruber for the past decade. He currently lives in Greenfield, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Premiere: December 11th, 2010

DVD Trailer

Wisconsin Film Festival Trailer

Blue Bag Pictures presents
a film by
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Alan Hageman
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