- Film Guide
Collaborative Cinema provides filmmakers at all stages with an enhanced understanding of the full process of filmmaking from script to screen.
Collaborative Cinema provides high school students, college students, and emerging film professionals with an enhanced understanding of filmmaking at all stages. Beginning with screenwriting and including all elements of filmmaking from pre-production to distribution, the program aims to educate and increase the diversity of the local film community while building a network of students and professional filmmakers to be the future of the Wisconsin film industry.
Local high school students submit short film ideas and work with professional mentors to turn ideas into scripts. Finished scripts become contenders to be made into a film during the summer film shoot.
During workshops geared to strengthen the skills of writers at all levels, writers work with professional mentors to turn those ideas into scripts.
One script from the screenwriting programs is made into a film using a cast and crew comprised of students, emerging professionals, and the best filmmakers in town.
Each semester, Collaborative Cinema sends a team of filmmakers into community centers and schools to create short films with students.
Once a year, we host an intimate workshop designed specifically to meet the needs of underrepresented filmmakers in the Milwaukee area.
Milwaukee Film’s Collaborative Cinema education program is sponsored by the Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Fund, Independent, and North American Camera.
Have you ever considered taking your students on a field trip to the movies? Milwaukee Film’s education screenings are a great way to expose students to different cultures and inspire their imaginations!
We are not currently accepting reservations for 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival Education Screenings. Check back in late summer for more information on films and dates. Questions in the mean time? Contact Education Director Susan Kerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
Milwaukee Film’s education screenings are a great way to expose students to different cultures and inspire their imaginations! As part of the annual Milwaukee Film Festival, the Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival presents inspiring, beautiful, and thoughtful films that raise the bar for Milwaukee youth multicultural programming.
Education screenings incorporate curriculum for areas such as:
Education screenings include a trip to the Oriental Theatre and post-screening discussions with filmmakers or media educators. Participating teachers receive film-related curriculum packets, which include the Wisconsin Model Academic and Common Core State Standards that screenings and activities meet.
2012 Screening Dates (all begin at 9:30am)
$1 per student if attending with a class.
Email email@example.com for more details.
2012 Education Screening Films
Alfie, the Little Werewolf
(grades 1 - 3)
Shy, sweet Alfie morphs into a fluffy, howling werewolf the night of his seventh birthday. Under the full moon’s glow, he chases ducks through the neighborhood. Though he returns to normal the next morning, he vows to hide his wolfy ways as another full moon approaches. An excellent choice for young viewers and Halloween fans, this film, based on a book by Paul van Loon, imparts valuable lessons about being oneself.
NOTE: An actor will read subtitles for this film, while students also have the chance to practice their reading skills.
(grades 4 - 6)
This wildly inventive film is built around an unfinished painting and the three kinds of characters who live in it: the complete Allduns, the half-finished Halvies, and the undeveloped Sketchies. Convinced of their superiority, the Allduns assert their power over the other two groups. But a band of misfits, desperate for harmony, leave the painting in search of The Painter who made them.
At I.S. 318, a junior high in Brooklyn, no one lives like royalty - except for the chess club. As the school's squad pursues its 27th national title amidst pending budget cuts to their program, the camera follows five members of the team as they study, practice, and play chess. This inspiring documentary affirming the value of after-school programs will have you cheering for these undeniably charming chessmasters.
Art isn't just a means of personal expression for China's Ai Weiwei. He uses it to cultivate joy, explore the public consciousness, and ignite political action. The subversive nature of his work has led Chinese authorities to shut down his blog, beat him, bulldoze his newly built studio, and hold him under secret detention. Unprecedented access allows the viewer to witness it all firsthand and explore his creative process.
If you have any questions, contact Susan Kerns, Milwaukee Film Education Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 755-1965 ext 203
Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival, showcases quality children's cinema from around the world.
The Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival showcases quality children's cinema from around the world. Each screening includes discussions with filmmakers or educators, hands-on activities, and take-home guides! Young or old, this is a great opportunity to experience movies with your entire family.
MCFF also offers educational screenings to school groups on weekdays during the Milwaukee Film Festival. Student audiences engage in post-screening Q&As with special guests, and educators receive curriculum packets with media literacy activities for use in schools. Email email@example.com for more information.
THE 2012 MILWAUKEE CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL LINE-UP:
ALFIE THE LITTLE WEREWOLF
DIR: Joram Lürsen | Netherlands | 2011
Late one night, shy, sweet Alfie becomes a fluffy, howling werewolf. The next morning he returns to normal, and vows to hide his wolfy secret, exploring what it means to be oneself.
DIR: Jean-Francois Laguionie | France | 2011
(ages 9 & up)
A wildly inventive film built around an unfinished painting and the three kinds of characters who live in it: The complete Allduns, the half-finished Halvies, and the undeveloped Sketchies. Convinced of their superiority, the Allduns assert their power over the other two groups. But a band of misfits, desperate for harmony leave the painting in search of The Painter who made them.
TALES OF THE NIGHT
DIR: Michel Ocelot | France | 2012
(ages 10 & up)
A boy, a girl, and an elderly cinema technician stage six fables about monsters, princesses and a huge talking bee, taking place in Tibet, the Aztec kingdom, and other faraway lands.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
DIR: Rob Reiner | USA | 1987
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rob Reiner’s star-studded classic about noble Westley’s quest to rescue Princess Buttercup from evil Prince Humperdinck, with the help of a determined swordsman and a gentle giant. Presented in glorious 35mm.
KIDS SHORTS: SIZE SMALL
(ages 3 & up)
This program of animated and live action kids films from around the world are suitable for our youngest film audiences. Screening as part of this year’s program is The Gruffalo’s Child, the sequel to last year’s beloved The Gruffalo, voiced by Helena Bonham Carter.
KIDS SHORTS: SIZE MEDIUM
(ages 6 & up)
These international kids films for young film lovers hit the highs and lows of being a kid. Featured among these shorts are Brad & Gary, the new short by Despicable Me director Pierre Coffin. Trailer for the Kids Shorts: Size Medium film In a Heartbeat.
KIDS SHORTS: SIZE LARGE
(ages 8 & up)
A sampling of award-winning films from across the globe for young people. This program includes the film fest’s first 3-D film— The Magic Piano— a gorgeous animated adventure.
THE MILWAUKEE YOUTH SHOW
For the first time ever, the Milwaukee Film Festival is showcasing a collection of films made by Wisconsin filmmakers ages 18 & under!
The Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival is presented by PNC and sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation, Metro Parent, and MilwaukeeMoms.com
Watch current and past Collaborative Cinema films—all written, directed, crewed and edited by Milwaukee filmmakers.
Watch current and past Collaborative Cinema films—all written, directed, crewed and edited by Milwaukee filmmakers. To see all films produced by Collaborative Cinema, visit our Vimeo channel.
A traveling showman uses his camera to steal the world’s most prized possessions: other people’s souls.
2011 Collaborative Cinema film
Screenwriter: Celia Carrol
Director: Karen Erbach
Cinematographer: Tate Bunker
Audience Choice Award: Green Bay Film Festival 2012
A light-hearted, urban fable about a homeless man's attempt to connect to the busy world around him.
2010 Collaborative Cinema film
Screenwriter: Alexis Daubner
Director: Aaron Greer
Cinematographer: Mike Gillis
Best Wisconsin Film, Beloit International Film Festival 2012
Audience Choice Award: Best Short, Central Wisconsin Film Festival 2011
Documentary of the Milwaukee Film's Collaborative Cinema program in 2010, created by doc|UWM (Click here to see the long version).
Eric, institutionalized as a boy, spends his life searching for harmony.
2009 Collaborative Cinema film
Screenwriter: Natalie Mullins
Director: Jason Satterfield
Cinematographer: Jimmy Sammarco
In a room full of strangers, people come and they go... while a young woman waits.
THE WAITING ROOM
2008 Collaborative Cinema film
Screenwriter: Emily Downes
Director: Tate Bunker
Cinematographer: Carlo Besasie
Audience Choice Award, The Milwaukee Show 2008