- Film Guide
Don't talk during the films. Talk after them. Our panel discussions cover a variety of topics and issues for filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike, with this year's highlight being the Milwaukee debut of the Sundance Institute ShortsLab.
All panel events will be held in the back room at Colectivo Coffee (2211 N. Prospect Ave.) and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE SHORTSLAB
SATURDAY, OCT. 5 | 10 AM - 3:30 PM | UWM UNION
UWM students register for FREE
General public: $100
Milwaukee Film Festival passes not valid for this event.
Join us as the Sundance Institute’s acclaimed workshop comes to Milwaukee for the first time. Co-presented with the Production Club at UWM and the UWM Student Association, this all-day workshop will dig into the world of short filmmaking, including how and why programmers select films and how filmmakers transition from shorts to features.
SPEAKERS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR:
David Lowery, Ry Russo-Young, Mike Plante, Calvin Lee Reeder
Register online at mkefilm.org/shortslab
SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 | 3 PM
Join this panel discussing concerns and questions that arise when representing race issues on-screen in contemporary film.
Dr. Donte McFadden, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Eugene Kane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Nathaniel Kohn, Producer; Bayou Maharajah
Grace Lee | Director; American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
George Tillman, Jr., Director; The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
Michael Starrbury, Writer; The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 | 1 PM
As part of our Passport: Germany program, this lecture will discuss current trends and concerns in German cinema.
Dr. Sara Hall, University of Illinois-Chicago
MKE AT RISK: TRANSGENDER YOUTH AWARENESS
SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 | 4 PM
Following the matinee screening of Valentine Road at the Oriental Theatre, this panel will consider LGBT and transgender youth awareness and advocacy in Milwaukee.
Paul Fairchild, Cream City Foundation
Mitch Teich, WUWM’s Lake Effect
michael munson & Loree Cook-Daniels, FORGE
Tina Owen, Alliance School
Syd Robinson, ACLU of Wisconsin
Additional panelists TBA
SUNDAY, OCT. 6 | 2 PM
A lively and informative sneak peek at several in-progress films from Wisconsin filmmakers.
Jeff Reichert, Director; Remote Area Medical; VP of Theatrical Marketing, Cinedigm, and editor; Reverse Shot
Pat Buckley and Manny Marquez, Serenity Prayer
Jeff Gendelman, The Surface
Cris Siqueira, Monga*Ape Girl
Chris James Thompson, Guantánamo Lawyers
Rubin Whitmore II and Xavier Ruffin, Mad Black Men
FILMMAKER, MEET ENTREPRENEUR
SUNDAY, OCT. 6 | 4 PM
In recent years, Milwaukee has witnessed a more organized and energetic effort toward supporting local startups and the entrepreneurial spirit at large. We tasked three local filmmakers with interviewing three successful business professionals, to find out how film professionals can use the language of business to turn their artistic and technical successes into financial successes as well.
Susan Kerns, Brad Lichtenstein, Kurt Raether
Kelly Fitzsimmons, Andy Nunemaker, Michael Drescher