Press Releases

Recent press releases from Milwaukee Film. For more information, contact Marketing Director Blyth Meier at blyth@mkefilm.org or 414-755-1965 x208.

March 25th, 2014

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – Milwaukee Film is now accepting entries for the 6th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival (Sept. 25 - Oct. 9, 2014). Works of all genres, forms, and lengths are considered. The deadline for all entries is Monday, June 23. For a third year in a row, the festival is offering free submission for all films.

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2014 Milwaukee Film Festival Call For Entries Now Open
Free Entry for All Films; Deadline is June 23

 

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – Milwaukee Film is now accepting entries for the 6th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival (Sept. 25 - Oct. 9, 2014). Works of all genres, forms, and lengths are considered. The deadline for all entries is Monday, June 23. For a third year in a row, the festival is offering free submission for all films.

 

“Our annual call for entries is an exciting time for the organization,” said Artistic and Executive Director Jonathan Jackson. “Last year, a large portion of our local showcase was made up of filmmakers unknown to us. It’s a sign of a healthy film community that the filmmaking pool is expanding at this rate. We can’t wait to see what’s cooking out there this year.”

 

Also returning in 2014 is The Milwaukee Youth Show, a showcase of short films by and for filmmakers ages 18 and under.

 

In its ongoing efforts to inspire and promote filmmaking in southeastern Wisconsin, Milwaukee Film offers a Filmmaker-in-Residence program each year to the filmmaker who receives the Cream City Cinema Award. The Filmmaker-in-Residence program enables the winning filmmaker to make a new film using the support, guidance, and resources provided by Milwaukee Film, including:

 

  • A camera package from North American Camera, valued at over $10,000
  • Complete post-production services provided by Independent, valued at over $10,000
  • Mentoring and consulting services from Milwaukee Film and other industry professionals

 

Once completed, the Filmmaker-in-Residence film will premiere at the Milwaukee Film Festival.

 

Previous Filmmaker-in-Residence recipients include:

  • 2013: Michael T. Vollman, Before You
  • 2012: Chris James Thompson, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files
  • 2011: Michael Hawkins-Burgos, Don’t Go
  • 2010: Tate Bunker, Mickey Burgermeister
  • 2009: John Roberts, Mary’s Friend

 

The Milwaukee Film Festival will also offer its annual Herzfeld Competition Award to one of the eight films selected to be a part of the Competition program, presented by the Heil Family Foundation. The winning film is determined by a jury of selected industry professionals, which in past years has included The Dissolve Editor Scott Tobias, Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, Music Box Films Head of Sales & Acquisitions Andrew Carlin, Rolling Stone Senior Editor David Fear, and Remote Area Medical co-director Farihah Zaman. In addition, non-juried audience awards, presented by Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig, are given to the top-rated short- and feature-length films based on audience ratings.

 

A crowd of 55,194 filmgoers attended the 2013 film festival, which screened 241 films and boasted 64 sold-out screenings. Among the line-up were award-winning films such as The Act of Killing, August: Osage County, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, Upstream Color, The Broken Circle Breakdown, and Short Term 12, as well as a sold-out Centerpiece Event featuring a screening of the silent Soviet classic Earth, with a live musical accompaniment by Milwaukee-based music ensemble, Altos (featuring members of Volcano Choir, Hello Death, and Collections of Colonies of Bees).


A record 212 filmmakers and industry professionals were in attendance for last year’s festival, including Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco, House M.D.), Elaine Stritch & Chiemi Karasawa (Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me), George Tillman Jr. and Michael Starburry (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete), David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Grace Lee (American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs), Steve Hoover (Blood Brother), Calvin Lee Reeder (The Rambler), Farihah Zaman & Jeff Reichert (Remote Area Medical), and Jack Turner (We Are What We Are).
 

Photos of the 2013 festival can be found on the Milwaukee Film Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm/photos) and Milwaukee Film Flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/milwaukeefilm).

 

The entry form and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival Call for Entries is available at http://mkefilm.org/call-for-entries. Questions regarding submissions may be directed to entry@mkefilm.org.

The 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 25 – October 09, 2014. Passes and ticket 6-packs go on sale in April, with the best prices available to Milwaukee Film Members. For information on how to become a member, visit http://mkefilm.org/membership.

Tickets for individual screenings will be available through Milwaukee Film Festival Box Office starting September 10 for Milwaukee Film Members and September 11 for the General Public.

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

 

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

 

The 6th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 25-October 09, 2014.

 

 

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Chris Abele; Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Karen Ellenbecker; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor. Emeritus members: Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

January 8th, 2014

MILWAUKEE – January 8, 2013 – Milwaukee Film is proud to announce today that the 6th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 25-October 9, 2013. Additionally, the organization is welcoming a new staff member, Jaclyn O’Grady, who is taking over for outgoing Programming Manager Angela Catalano.

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Milwaukee Film Announces 2014 Festival Dates, New Programming Hire

Sixth Annual Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 25-October 9

 

MILWAUKEE – January 8, 2013 – Milwaukee Film is proud to announce today that the 6th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 25-October 9, 2013. Additionally, the organization is welcoming a new staff member, Jaclyn O’Grady, who is taking over for outgoing Programming Manager Angela Catalano.

 

“We treasure our slot in the City of Festivals’ annual calendar as the bridge between the summer outdoor festivals and the fall indoor arts season,” said Executive and Artistic Director Jonathan Jackson. “Our position in late September and early October provides comfortable temperatures for our audience as they go from movie to movie. I simply can’t imagine what we’d do if we were putting on a festival this week in Milwaukee. I’m guessing people might, you know, stay home.”

 

Jaclyn O’Grady joins Milwaukee Film from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, where she worked most recently for the New Directors/New Films festival as Submissions Coordinator. Originally from River Falls, Wisconsin, O’Grady graduated from the University of Minnesota where she received a B.A. in Studies in Cinema and Media Culture, with a minor in Architecture. Over the last five years, O’Grady has worked in various capacities for prestigious film festivals worldwide, including the Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Doha Tribeca Film Festival, and San Francisco International Film Festival. Her experience has ranged from festival print traffic, hospitality, and call for entries to box office, venue management, and membership. As Programming Manager of Milwaukee Film, she will have responsibility for executing programming logistics for the annual festival and monthly members-only screenings.

 

“I’m really looking forward to working with Jaclyn to execute this year’s programming slate,” continues Jackson. “A 15-day festival has a lot of moving parts, and I’m confident her strong festival background in both programming and operations departments will be a great fit for us here in Milwaukee.”

 

The 2013 festival presented 241 films from 44 countries, and saw continued growth in nearly every category, most notably in attendance (55,194 in 2013 vs. 50,160 in 2012). Weekday education screenings welcomed a total of 6,834 students to the historic Landmark Oriental Theatre, and the Soundtrack live music series hosted over 2000 people at The Hotel Foster over the course of 14 nights. In addition, despite having one less screen to present films on, this year’s festival boasted 64 sold-out screenings. A record-setting 212 guests participated in more than 400 individual festival events over the course of the 15-day run.
  

Photos of the 2013 festival can be found on the Milwaukee Film Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm) and Flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/milwaukeefilm).

 

The 2014 Call for Entries, festival venues, and ticket pre-sale dates will be announced in the upcoming months.

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

 

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

 

The 6th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 25-October 9, 2014.

 

 

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Chris Abele; Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Karen Ellenbecker; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor. Emeritus members: Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

 

October 14th, 2013

MILWAUKEE – Friday, October 11, 2013 – The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, concluded its 15-day run Thursday night with official Closing Night Film, Blood Brother. Steve Hoover, writer/director/editor/producer of Blood Brother was on hand to help introduce the film, and participated in a Q+A following the screening (which received a standing ovation). 

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Milwaukee Film Festival attracts 55,194 attendees for 10% increase over 2012
The Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award for feature film goes to
THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE

 

MILWAUKEE – Friday, October 11, 2013 – The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, concluded its 15-day run Thursday night with official Closing Night Film, Blood Brother. Steve Hoover, writer/director/editor/producer of Blood Brother was on hand to help introduce the film, and participated in a Q+A following the screening (which received a standing ovation).

Immediately following the Closing Night film and final festival screenings, ballots were tallied to determine the winners of the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Awards. This year boasted one of the closest audience award races in Milwaukee Film History, with the final Closing Night screening of our Shorts: Stranger Than Fiction determining the narrow outcome between our shorts nominees.

The winners of this year’s Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Awards:

FEATURE FILM
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (dir. George Tillman Jr.)
(The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete opens Friday, Oct 11 at AMC Mayfair)

SHORT FILM
Eddie Adams: Saigon ‘68 (dir. Douglas Sloan)

This year’s festival presented 241 films from 44 countries, and saw continued growth in nearly every category, most notably in attendance (55,194 in 2013 vs. 50,160 in 2012). Weekday education screenings welcomed a total of 6,834 students to the historic Landmark Oriental Theatre, and the Soundtrack live music series hosted over 2000 people at The Hotel Foster over the course of 14 nights. In addition, despite having one less screen to present films on, this year’s festival boasted 64 sold-out screenings. A record 212 guests participated in more than 400 individual festival events over the course of the 15-day run.
 
“Last year, we experienced growth and success in greater numbers than we ever thought possible,” says Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson. “And we’re floored by the fact that it happened again this year. We can’t say enough how grateful we are for the amount of support this city, our members, our sponsors, our volunteers, and community partners have provided.”

The second half of the festival continued the jam-packed event scheduled of the first. Among the second half highlights:

• An audience of 135 student and professional filmmakers participated in the first ever Milwaukee edition of Sundance Institute ShortsLab.

• The highly anticipated Super Secret Members Screening, presented exclusively to Milwaukee Film Members. A highly guarded secret up until the screening itself, this year’s Super Secret Screening was the critically acclaimed festival circuit favorite, Short Term 12, which screened before an audience of 670 Milwaukee Film Members. (Short Term 12 opens Friday, Oct 11 at the Oriental Theatre.)

• MFF’s annual local filmmaker showcase The Milwaukee Show, which screened a collection of shorts from Milwaukee-based filmmakers before a sold-out crowd. Among this year’s Milwaukee Show shorts was the final Collaborative Cinema short, Love You Still, and Michael T. Vollman’s Before You, which earned him the 2013 Filmmaker-In-Residence award.

• MFF 2013’s Centerpiece Event, a screening of silent Soviet classic Earth, with a live musical accompaniment by Milwaukee-based music ensemble, Altos (featuring members of Volcano Choir, Hello Death, and Collections of Colonies of Bees). Performing an original score developed for the film festival, this co-commission with Alverno Presents played to a sold-out Oriental Theatre crowd.

• Our third and final tribute event, An Evening With Paul Attanasio. The acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter/producer spoke with Milwaukee Film’s Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson before an eager audience, and engaged afterwards in a lively Q +A.

• A rare 35mm screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey, with a special virtual appearance by former Milwaukee Brewer John Axford before the film.

• A special, previously unannounced screening of festival-circuit favorite Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, written and directed by Waukesha-born David Lowery, whose short film Pioneer made its Milwaukee premiere at the 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival.

 

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

 

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

 

 

 

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

 

October 6th, 2013

 

MILWAUKEE – Sunday, October 6, 2013 – The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, announced the 2013 Jury Award Winners on Sunday. Awards were given out for both the Competition and Cream City Cinema Programs, including a Filmmaker-in-Residence Award. The year-long residency includes a mentorship program, a $5,000 cash prize, and a production services package valued at more than $20,000. The Herzfeld Competition Award also comes with a $10,000 cash award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Milwaukee Film Festival Announces 2013 Jury Award Winners
War Witch and Before You take top honors

 

MILWAUKEE – Sunday, October 6, 2013 – The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, announced the 2013 Jury Award Winners on Sunday. Awards were given out for both the Competition and Cream City Cinema Programs, including a Filmmaker-in-Residence Award. The year-long residency includes a mentorship program, a $5,000 cash prize, and a production services package valued at more than $20,000. The Herzfeld Competition Award also comes with a $10,000 cash award.

“This year’s line-up is one of the best we’ve programmed in our five-year history,” boasted Artistic and Executive Director Jonathan Jackson. “Because of that, the jury had some tough choices to make, but found clear winners within each category.”)

The Allan (H.) Bud and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Awards for Feature and Short Films will be announced at the conclusion of the festival.


2013 MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL JURY AWARDS

The Herzfeld Competition Award Winner
War Witch (dir. Kim Nguyen)

Special Competition Jury Prize
12 O’Clock Boys (dir. Lotfy Nathan)

Cream City Cinema: Filmmaker-in-Residence
Michael T. Vollman, Before You

Special Cream City Cinema Jury Prize
Habibeh (Thicker Than Paint) (dir. Maryam Sepehri)

Special Cream City Cinema Jury Prize, Acting
Logan Lark, When the King Tilts


2013 MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL JURY MEMBERS

Cream City Cinema Jury
Robert K. Elder – Editor-in-Chief, Chicago Sun Times Media Local
Andrew Rodgers – Executive & Artistic Director, RiverRun International Film Festival
Rosie Wong – Senior Manager, Sundance Industry Office


Competition Program Jury
Andrew Carlin – Head of Theatrical Sales and Acquisitions, Music Box Films
Maureen Masters – Director of Regional Publicity and Film Festival Bookings, Magnolia Pictures
Farihah Zaman – Co-director, Remote Area Medical

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 26 – October 10, 2013 at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill. Tickets and passes are currently available online (mkefilm.org), by phone (414-727-8468), or in person at two of our festival box offices. For complete ticket information, visit mkefilm.org/ticketing. 

 

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

 

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film Blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

 

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 26-October 10, 2013.

 

 

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

 

 

 

October 1st, 2013

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, October 1, 2013 – “This was an unusually big Opening Weekend for us, in that there were 41 guests—a record number—in town and special events on the schedule,” says Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson. “And it’s overwhelming to see the amount of support Milwaukee brought to it all this weekend. It’s one heck of a great way to open our 5th annual festival, and an exciting sign for the future.” 

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Milwaukee Film Festival Celebrates Opening Weekend With Special Guests
George Tillman, Jr., Elaine Stritch, The Dissolve, and more round out star-studded first three days.

 

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, October 1, 2013 – “This was an unusually big Opening Weekend for us, in that there were 41 guests—a record number—in town and special events on the schedule,” says Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson. “And it’s overwhelming to see the amount of support Milwaukee brought to it all this weekend. It’s one heck of a great way to open our 5th annual festival, and an exciting sign for the future.”

Opening Weekend of the 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival kicked off with Thursday night’s Opening Night Film, the U.S. Premiere of Break Up Man, which screened for a sold-out crowd. Immediately afterwards, the annual Opening Night Party at Discovery World featured performances from members of Dead Man’s Carnival and Florentine Opera, plus DJ Madhatter (88Nine Radio Milwaukee), DJ Bizzon (WMSE 91.7FM), Evan Christian, and headliner Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. In addition, Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks joined us for the film and party along with the winners of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Milwaukee Film Festival Experience with Larry Sanders.

Friday featured a screening of Sound Vision documentary Brothers Hypnotic, a film about our Opening Night Party headliners the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. All eight members of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble attended the screening, and participated in a Q + A (hosted by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s Tarik Moody) immediately afterwards. Friday night closed out with a 35mm screening of classic music documentary Stop Making Sense, which inspired audience members to dance in their seats and the theatre aisles–a first for the Milwaukee Film Festival.

Saturday brought two of this year’s three tributes to the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival. At 1 PM, The Dissolve's Keith Phipps, Scott Tobias, Tasha Robinson, Nathan Rabin, and Genevieve Koski took part in a panel table discussion about the present and future of film and film criticism moderated by former A.V. Club National Music Editor and current Milwaukee-based Grantland staff writer Steven Hyden. Later that afternoon, The Dissolve presented Brian De Palma's 1981 thriller Blow Out, collectively selected as one of their favorite films.

 

Also Saturday, director/producer (and Milwaukee native) George Tillman Jr., arrived for a day of special events culminating in a screening of his latest feature, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. Before the film began, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett officially proclaimed September 28 as “George Tillman Jr. Day” in front of a sold-out Oriental Theatre crowd. After the film, Tillman was joined by writer and fellow Milwaukee native Michael Starrbury, as well as the two young stars (Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon) for a Q + A. Tillman and Starrbury also participated in our panel, Representing Race, which also included Eugene Kane (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), Nathaniel Kohn (producer, Bayou Maharajah), and Grace Lee (director, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs), and was moderated by Dr. Donte McFadden (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

Sunday’s main event was the one-night-only screening of Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, featuring a rare Milwaukee appearance by the subject of the film herself, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch. Immediately following the well-attended screening, Stritch and director Chiemi Karasawa participated in a Q + A for an enthusiastic crowd.

 
Tickets are still available online (mkefilm.org), by phone (414-727-8468), or in person at all of our festival box office locations. For complete ticket information, visit mkefilm.org/ticketing. The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 26 – October 10, 2013 at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill.

 

 

PRESS NOTE:

Hi- and lo-res photos from MFF 2013 Opening Weekend can be downloaded here:

http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_OpeningWeekend.zip

 

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

 

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

 

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 26-October 10, 2013.

 

 

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

 

 

 

September 24th, 2013

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, September 24, 2013 – The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, opens this week with a U.S. Premiere film and the Milwaukee debut of a New York-based band. The festivities begin this Thursday, September 26th, 6:30 PM at the Landmark Oriental Theatre with the Opening Night Film Break Up Man (Schlussmacher), and continuing immediately afterward with the Opening Night party at Discovery World from 8:30 PM – 1 AM. 

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Milwaukee Film Festival Opens This Week, Announces Elaine Stritch Appearance
Legendary Broadway actress to attend screening of biographical documentary

 

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, September 24, 2013 – The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, opens this week with a U.S. Premiere film and the Milwaukee debut of a New York-based band. The festivities begin this Thursday, September 26th, 6:30 PM at the Landmark Oriental Theatre with the Opening Night Film Break Up Man (Schlussmacher), and continuing immediately afterward with the Opening Night party at Discovery World from 8:30 PM – 1 AM.

Headlining this year’s Opening Night Party is the highly energetic Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (stars of Sound Vision documentary Brothers Hypnotic), who make their Milwaukee debut as part of this year’s Opening Night performers. Also scheduled to perform are Evan Christian, DJ Bizzon (WMSE 91.7FM), members of the Florentine Opera, members of Dead Man’s Carnival, DJ Madhatter (88Nine Radio Milwaukee), and visuals from Video Villains.

A previously unannounced addition to this year’s film festival is the appearance of Elaine Stritch, a Broadway legend whom television audiences will recognize for her Emmy-winning role as Alec Baldwin’s mother on 30 Rock. Stritch is scheduled to appear at the one-night-only screening of the aptly titled Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me–a documentary about her life featured in the festival’s Spotlight Presentations program.

“To see a documentary, then hear from its subject immediately afterward, is one of those rare and wonderful experiences that a film festival can provide,” explained Jonathan Jackson, Artistic & Executive Director of Milwaukee Film. “But to have that subject be a bonafide legend like Elaine Stritch is humbling. We’re honored to have her as a guest at this year’s festival.”

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me will screen Sunday, September 29, 7 PM at the Landmark Oriental Theatre. Tickets to that film, as well as the Opening Night Film and Party, are still available at any Milwaukee Film Festival box office location, by phone at (414) 727-8468, or online at mkefilm.org.
 


Photos for Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me can be downloaded here (10.8 MB zip file): http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_Stritch.zip

 
The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 26 – October 10, 2013 at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill. Tickets and passes are currently available online (mkefilm.org), by phone (414-727-8468), or in person at two of our festival box offices. For complete ticket information, visit mkefilm.org/ticketing.

 

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

 

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

 

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 26-October 10, 2013.

 

 

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

 

 

 

September 17th, 2013

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is excited to announce the full line-up of talent scheduled to appear at the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival. Among this year’s line-up are directors, producers, film subjects, industry professionals, and a panel of judges for both Cream City Cinema and our Competition Program.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                              CONTACT: Blyth Meier, Marketing Director

blyth@mkefilm.org, 414-755-1965 x208

 

 

Milwaukee Film Announces 2013 Festival Guests, New Film Addition
Award-winning Ain’t Them Bodies Saints from Wisconsin native added to Festival line-up

 

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is excited to announce the full line-up of talent scheduled to appear at the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival. Among this year’s line-up are directors, producers, film subjects, industry professionals, and a panel of judges for both Cream City Cinema and our Competition Program.

 

Along with the previously announced tribute subjects scheduled to appear— award-winning writer/producer Paul Attanasio; Milwaukee-born director/producer George Tillman, Jr.; and four of the staff members of The Dissolve— notable guests at this year’s festival include members of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (Brothers Hypnotic) and Steve Hoover (director, Blood Brother). Joining Tillman at the screening of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete will be screenwriter (and Milwaukee native) Michael Starburry and lead actors Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon.

In addition, the Milwaukee Film Festival is proud to welcome back Wisconsin native director David Lowery for a special, previously unannounced screening of his critically acclaimed feature debut, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. The screening will take place Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 PM at the Landmark Oriental Theatre. Tickets for the one-night-only screening are now on sale through the Milwaukee Film Festival box office.

“We’re thrilled to have David Lowery back with us at the Milwaukee Film Festival,” says Jonathan Jackson, Artistic & Executive Director of Milwaukee Film. “He made an incredible impression on our audience back in 2011 with his short film Pioneer, and will no doubt do it again with his latest film.”

Though a long-time Texas resident, Lowery (who also edited MFF 2013 Competition film Upstream Color) explains his Wisconsin connection: "I was born in Waukesha, and lived there until I moved to Texas when I was 8 years old. My dad is a Milwaukee native, so even after moving away I would spend my summers in Wisconsin visiting relatives."

 

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

USA | 2013 | 105 min. | DIR: David Lowery

The 1970s Texas countryside provides the scene for this gritty Sundance sensation that tracks the collision of love and crime in the tradition of Bonnie and Clyde or Badlands. One fateful move from his pregnant wife (Rooney Mara) during an intense shootout finds a young man (Casey Affleck) staring down a 25-year jail sentence, but a daring escape finds him determined to reunite this family no matter the cost. Milwaukee native and MFF Alum David Lowery (Pioneer, MFF 2011) has imbued this award-winning tale of doomed love with a gritty lyricism that has drawn comparison to both Terrence Malick and Robert Altman, with stellar performances from its two leads and a terrific supporting cast that includes Ben Foster and Keith Carradine.


In addition, Lowery will appear as part of the first ever Milwaukee edition of the Sundance Institute ShortsLab.

Each filmmaker listed below is scheduled to appear at the designated screening of their film, as well as the Q & A afterwards. Each listing includes their name, title, the film they’re affiliated with, and whether they’re scheduled to appear for a screening and/or a panel.

 

For more information on guests scheduled to appear at the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival, including additions, cancellations and reschedules, visit mkefilm.org


 

SCHEDULED TO APPEAR AT THE 2013 MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL:


FILMS

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
David Lowery – Director/Screenwriter

Wednesday, Oct 9 • 6:30 PM • Oriental Theatre


American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Lee – Director/Producer

Sunday, Sept 29 • 4:30 PM • Oriental Theatre

Anosmia (short film screening before When I Walk)
Jacob LaMendola – Director

Monday, Oct 7 • 2:30 PM • Oriental Theatre

 

Band of Sisters
Mary Fishman – Director/Producer

JoAnn Persch – Sisters of Mercy

Madeline Gianforte – Sisters of Saint Agnes

Pat Murphy – Sisters of Mercy
Monday, Sept 30 • 2 PM • Fox-Bay Cinema (Fishmann, Gianforte, Persch)

Sunday, Oct 6 • 3 PM • Downer Theatre (Fishman, Gianforte)

Wednesday, Oct 9 • 2 PM • Fox-Bay Cinema (Murphy, Persch)

 

Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
Lily Keber – Director/Producer

Nathaniel Kohn – Producer

Saturday, Sept 28 • 9:15 PM • Oriental Theatre

Billy Club
Drew Rosas – Director/Producer
Nick Sommer – Director/Producer
Erin Hammond – Actor
Marshall Caswell – Actor

Tuesday, Oct 1 • 10 PM • Oriental Theatre

Blood Brother
Steve Hoover – Director/Executive Producer/Screenwriter/Editor

Thursday, Oct 10 • 7:30 PM • Oriental Theatre

 

Brothers Hypnotic
Amal Hubert – Subject

Gabriel Hubert – Subject
Jafar Graves – Subject

Saiph Graves – Subject

Seba Graves – Subject

Tarik Graves – Subject

Tycho Cohran – Subject

Uttama Hubert – Subject

Opening Night • 8:30 PM – 1 AM • Discovery World
Friday, Sept 27 • 7:30 PM • Oriental Theatre

Citizen Koch
Carl Deal – Director/Producer
Tia Lessin – Director/Producer

Sunday, Sept 29 • 4:45 PM • Downer Theatre

The Cucaranchula (short film screening before Date America)
Kate Balsley – Director/Producer/Screenwriter

Sunday, Oct 6 • 8:30 PM • Oriental Theatre

Date America
Bob Murray – Director/Producer
Sunday, Oct 6 • 8:30 PM • Oriental Theatre

Delicacy (from the Shorts: Out of This World program)
Jason Mann – Director/Screenwriter/Editor
Wednesday, Oct 2 • 7:45 PM • Oriental Theatre

Demigodz (of Tha Law) (short film screening before Billy Club)
Kurt Raether – Director/Producer/Screenwriter

WC Tank – Director/Screenwriter
Tuesday, Oct 1 • 10 PM • Oriental Theatre

Earth
Altos – Live Music Accompaniment
Friday, Oct 4 • 7 PM • Oriental Theatre

 

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Chiemi Karasawa – Director/Producer

Elaine & Clay Kelly – Family of Elaine Stritch
Sunday, Sept 29 • 7 PM • Oriental Theatre


An Evening with Paul Attanasio
Paul Attanasio - Tributee
Saturday, Oct 5 • 7:30 PM • Oriental Theatre

Free the Mind
Richard J. Davidson – Subject

Monday, Sept 30 • 7 PM • Oriental Theatre
The Girls in the Band
Judy Chaikin – Director/Producer/Screenwriter

Thursday, Oct 3 • 4:45 PM • Oriental Theatre
Tuesday, Oct 8 • 5 PM • Fox-Bay Cinema
 

GUN
Spencer Gillis – Director/Executive Producer/Screenwriter
Wednesday, Oct 2 • 3:15 PM • Oriental Theatre

 

Habibeh (Thicker Than Paint) (short film screening before Penelope)
Maryam Sepehri – Director/Producer/Screenwriter

Wednesday, Oct 9 • 5:15 PM • Oriental Theatre
 

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
George Tillman Jr. – Director
Michael Starrbury – Screenwriter

Ethan Dizon – Actor
Skylan Brooks – Actor

Saturday, Sept 28 • 7:30 PM • Oriental Theatre

The Institute
Spencer McCall – Director/Producer/Editor
Saturday, Sept 28 • 6:30 PM • Oriental Theatre

The Milwaukee Show
Andrew Gralton –
Cinders
Andrew Swant, WC Tank, Erik Ljung, Kurt Raether, Carol Brandt – Spectacle!
Anna Sampers – Margaret Hue Would Like to Go to Mars.
Brian McGuire – The Quiet City

Cecelia Condit – Within A Stone’s Throw
Harrison Browning – Pluto and the Vessel
Heather Hass – Begong Ava, Begong Hele
Jessica Farrell – USPS
Karim Raoul – I Am
Michael T. Vollman – Before You
Michael Viers – Love You Still

Zijian Yan – The Glitch

 

The Milwaukee Youth Show
Alejandra Salinas – Flowers in Bloom
Brian Mercado – In the Mind
Elizabeth Zingsheim and Mara Matovich – The Journey Home
Felicia McGowan – Sun Up, Sun Down
Gabriella Avila and Alexia Justo – Spider Dog

Holly Kraemer and Kevin Salgado – Phone Wars
Hudson Miller – Copycat
Jamie Mercado – How Geoffrey Broke His Glasses

Josh Frank and Ryan Coenen – Night of the Beanie Babies

La Tonya Matlock and Robyn Di Giancinto – Generation Empowered: The Dream is Now

Lauren Markey and Brian Ore – Pancakes, Poppin’
Megan Sai Dogra – Birth of a Dream
Participants in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Programs – #DiseasesSpreadLikeRumors,

#DontBeAnOffenderToThoseWhoLoveTheSameGender, #ForgetTheHumpIfYouDontWantTheBump
Students from Audubon Technology and Communication Center Middle School – Toytonic
Thomas Fleischmann – Alexander Copenhagen and the Key of Destiny

 

Mira’s Night (from the Kids Shorts: Size Small program)
Elyse Kelly – Director/Screenwriter
Saturday, Sept 28 • 11 AM • Oriental Theatre
Sunday, Sept 29 • 10:30 AM • Fox-Bay Cinema

Monster, Me (from the Kids Shorts: Size Large program)
Milt Klingensmith – Director
Saturday, Oct 5 • 11 AM • Oriental Theatre
Sunday, Oct 6 • 10:30 AM • Fox-Bay Cinema

Paulie (from the Kids Shorts: Size Medium program)
Andrew Nackman – Director
Saturday, Sept 28 • 1:45 PM • Oriental Theatre
Sunday, Sept 29 • 12:30 PM • Fox-Bay Cinema

Penelope
Brad Lichtenstein – Director/Producer

Wednesday, Oct 9 • 5:15 PM • Oriental Theatre

The Rambler
Calvin Lee Reeder – Director/Screenwriter

Friday, Oct 4 • Midnight • Oriental Theatre
Sunday, Oct 6 • 10:45 PM • Downer Theatre

Remote Area Medical
Farihah Zaman – Director/Producer
Jeff Reichert – Director/Producer

Saturday, Oct 5 • 1:30 PM • Oriental Theatre
Sunday, Oct 6 • 6:30 PM • Oriental Theatre (Reichert only)

Sign Painters
Faythe Levine – Director
Sam Macon – Director

Saturday, Oct 5 • 4:30 PM • Oriental Theatre
Strings of Color (short film screening before Sign Painters)
Sharan Mohanadoss – Director

Saturday, Oct 5 • 4:30 PM • Oriental Theatre

Unhung Hero
Brian Spitz – Director

Friday, Oct 4 • 7:30 PM • Downer Theatre

Sunday, Oct 6 • 5:30 PM • Oriental Theatre

Waiting for Berta (short film screening before When The King Tilts)
Laimir Fano – Director/Screenwriter

Tuesday, Oct 8 • 5 PM • Oriental Theatre

We Are What We Are
Jack Turner – Producer
Friday, Oct 4 • 9:30 PM • Oriental Theatre

 

When The King Tilts
Drew Britton – Director/Producer/Screenwriter/Editor
Tuesday, Oct 8 • 5 PM • Oriental Theatre
 

 

PANELS
 
Filmmaker, Meet Entrepreneur

Sunday, Oct 6 • 4 PM • Colectivo Coffee
    • Andy Nunemaker – Entrepreneur
    • Brad Lichtenstein – Director/Producer; Penelope
    • David Sengkhammee – Bridge Management
    • Kelly Fitzsimmons – HarQen

    • Kurt Raether – Director/Producer/Screenwriter; Demigodz (of Tha Law), Spectacle!
    • Michael Drescher – Okanjo
    • Susan Kerns – Producer; Love You Still

MKE At Risk: Transgender Youth Awareness
Sunday, Sept 29 • 4 PM • Colectivo Coffee
    • Michael Munson and Loree Cook-Daniels – FORGE
    • Mitch Teich – WUWM’s Lake Effect
    • Paul Fairchild – Cream City Foundation
    • Syd Robinson – ACLU of Wisconsin
    • Tina Owen – Alliance School
    • Additional Panelists TBA

Passport: Germany
Saturday, Sept 29 • 1 PM • Colectivo Coffee
   
Dr. Sara Hall – University of Illinois – Chicago

 

Representing Race
Saturday, Sept 28 • 3 PM • Colectivo Coffee
    • Dr. Donte McFadden – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
    • Eugene Kane – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    • Grace Lee – Director/Producer; American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
    • Nathaniel Kohn – Producer; Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
    • T.J. McKay Martin – Director; Undefeated (MFF 2011), Academy Award Winner
 

State of Cinema: The Dissolve
Saturday, Sept 28 • 1 PM • Colectivo Coffee
    • Keith Phipps – Editorial Director
    • Nathan Rabin – Staff Writer
    • Scott Tobias – Editor
    • Tasha Robinson – Senior Editor

Sundance Institute ShortsLab
Saturday, Oct 5 • 10 AM – 3:30 PM • UWM Union
    • Calvin Lee Reeder – Director/Screenwriter; The Rambler
    • David Lowery – Director/Screenwriter; Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
    • Mike Plante – Short Film Programmer; Sundance Film Festival
    • Ry Russo-Young – Filmmaker
 
Work-In-Progress Forum
Sunday, Oct 6 • 2 PM • Colectivo Coffee

    • Chris James Thompson – ­Guantánamo Lawyers
    • Cris Siqueira – Monga*Ape Girl

    • Jeff Gendelman – The Surface
    • Jeff Reichert – Director/Producer; Remote Area Medical, VP of Theatrical Marketing; Cinedigm,

Editor; Reverse Shot

    • Pat Buckley and Manny Marquez – Serenity Prayer
    • Rubin Whitmore II and Xavier Ruffin – Mad Black Men



JURORS
 

Cream City Cinema
Andrew Carlin – Music Box Films

Farihah Zaman – Director/Producer; Remote Area Medical

Maureen Masters – Magnolia Pictures

 

Competition Program
Andrew Rodgers – RiverRun Film Festival

Robert Elder – Chicago Sun-Times
Rosie Wong – Sundance Industry Office


Photos for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints can be downloaded here (9 MB zip file): http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_ATBS.zip

 
The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 26 – October 10, 2013 at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill. Tickets and passes are currently available online (mkefilm.org), by phone (414-727-8468), or in person at two of our festival box offices. For complete ticket information, visit mkefilm.org/ticketing.

 

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

 

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

 

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 26-October 10, 2013.

 

 

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

 

 

 

September 10th, 2013

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, September 10, 2013 – The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is proud to announce the topics and speakers for its 2013 Panels series. This year’s line-up includes four panel discussions, one lecture built around our Passport: Germany program, and the Milwaukee debut of the Sundance Institute ShortsLab. This special workshop comes to Milwaukee for the first time, and digs into the world of short filmmaking, including how and why programmers select films and how filmmakers transition from shorts to features.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                                                 CONTACT: Blyth Meier, Marketing Director

blyth@mkefilm.org, 414-755-1965 x208

 

 

Milwaukee Film Festival Announces 2013 Panels Line-up
Sundance Institute ShortsLab highlight of this year’s program.

 

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, September 10, 2013 – The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is proud to announce the topics and speakers for its 2013 Panels series. This year’s line-up includes four panel discussions, one lecture built around our Passport: Germany program, and the Milwaukee debut of the Sundance Institute ShortsLab. This special workshop comes to Milwaukee for the first time, and digs into the world of short filmmaking, including how and why programmers select films and how filmmakers transition from shorts to features.

“Bringing the Sundance Institute ShortsLab to Milwaukee happened because of a trip I made to the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year,” explained Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson. “It provides an opportunity for aspiring directors to hear about all aspects of short filmmaking firsthand from the leading directors and programmers in the field.”

Scheduled to appear at the first ever ShortsLab Milwaukee are acclaimed filmmakers David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints; Pioneer, MFF 2011), Ry Russo-Young (You Wont Miss Me, MFF 2009), and Calvin Lee Reeder (The Rambler, MFF 2013), as well as the Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Programmer Mike Plante. ShortsLab is free to UWM students, and $100 for the general public.


In addition to the Sundance Institute ShortsLab, this year’s Panels line-up will feature two other panels for filmmakers, including the Work-In-Progress Forum and the brand new Filmmaker, Meet Entrepreneur panel, where three Milwaukee filmmakers will interview three Milwaukee entrepreneurs to find out how to apply business practices and an entrepreneurial spirit to their filmmaking.

For the general public, two panels extending from films being screened at this year’s festival include Representing Race, and MKE At Risk: Transgender Youth Awareness.
 

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.

PANELS LINE-UP:

Sundance Institute ShortsLab

SATURDAY, OCT. 5 | 10 AM - 3:30 PM | UWM UNION

UWM students register for FREE

General public: $100


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
 

 

Representing Race

SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 | 3 PM

Join this panel discussing concerns and questions that arise when representing race issues on-screen in contemporary film.
 

MODERATOR

Dr. Donte McFadden, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 

PANELISTS

Eugene Kane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Nathaniel Kohn, Producer; Bayou Maharajah
Grace Lee | Director; American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

T.J. McKay Martin, Director; Undefeated (MFF 2011), Academy Award Winner

 

Passport: Germany

SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 | 1 PM

As part of our Passport: Germany program, this lecture will discuss current trends and concerns in German cinema.

 

SPEAKER 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.
 

WELCOME Paul Fairchild, Cream City Foundation

MODERATOR Mitch Teich, WUWM’s Lake Effect
 

PANELISTS

michael munson & Loree Cook-Daniels, FORGE

Tina Owen, Alliance School
Syd Robinson, ACLU of Wisconsin

Additional panelists TBA
 


Work-In-Progress Forum

SUNDAY, OCT. 6 | 2 PM

A lively and informative sneak peek at several in-progress films from Wisconsin filmmakers.
 

MODERATOR Jeff Reichert, Director; Remote Area Medical; VP of Theatrical Marketing, Cinedigm, and editor; Reverse Shot
 

PANELISTS

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.
 

WELCOME David Sengkhammee


FILMMAKERS Susan Kerns, Brad Lichtenstein, Kurt Raether


ENTREPRENEURS Kelly Fitzsimmons, Andy Nunemaker, Michael Drescher

 

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

 

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

 

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 26-October 10, 2013.

 

 

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

September 6th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Blyth Meier, Marketing Director

blyth@mkefilm.org, 414-755-1965 x208

 

 

2013 MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL FACT SHEET
 

FACT SHEET
 

 

240          Total Films (Features – 103; Shorts – 137)

 

57          Narrative Features

 

45                        Documentary Features

 

13                        Shorts Programs

 

1                        US Feature Film Premiere: Break Up Man

44                        Countries

3                        Cinemas

 

5                        Screens

 

13                        Film Programs

 

168 min.            Longest Film: Laurence Anyways

 

41 sec.          Shortest Film: Pancakes

 

89                        Women Directors

 

8                        Education Screenings

 

7                        Panels

 

35                        Bands

 

88                        Conversations

 

6                        Jurors

 

226                        Community Partners

 

1,337                        Milwaukee Film Members

 

100                        Total Sponsors

 

SPONSORS BY LEVEL

1                        Presenting Sponsor ($200,000+)

3                        Luminary Sponsors ($100,000+)

4                        Visionary Sponsors ($100,000+)

1                        Leading Sponsor ($50,000+)

10                        Producing Sponsors ($30,000+)
21                        Supporting Sponsors ($20,000+)
22                        Providing Sponsors ($10,000+)
14                        Contributing Sponsors ($5,000+)

24                        Sustaining Sponsors ($2,500+)



AWARDS
Abele Catalyst Award

Herzfeld Competition Award ($10,000)

Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Awards for Best Feature Film & Best Short Film

Milwaukee Filmmaker-In-Residence ($5,000 cash + $20,000 production services package)



SCREENING/EVENT VENUES

Landmark Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee

Landmark Downer Theatre, 2589 N. Downer Avenue, Milwaukee

Fox-Bay Cinema Grill, 334 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay

The Hotel Foster, 2028 E. North Avenue, Milwaukee

Colectivo Coffee, 2211 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee

Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee

 

 

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 26 – October 10, 2013 at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill. Passes and ticket 6-packs for the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival are currently available at discounted rates exclusively online at mkefilm.org/tickets. Festival passes and 6-packs are selling quickly, with early numbers already surpassing the total sold in all of 2012.

Tickets for individual screenings will be available through Milwaukee Film Festival Box Office starting September 11 for Milwaukee Film Members and September 12 for the General Public.

 

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival program book will first be available at the East Town Farmer’s Market in Cathedral Square on Saturday, September 7, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The book will be available at multiple locations throughout the city starting Sunday, September 8.

 

 

PRESS NOTE: The 2013 Media Accreditation Application is now open at mkefilm.org/accreditation. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; deadline is September 9, 2013.

 

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

 

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

 

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 26-October 10, 2013.

 

 

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

 

September 6th, 2013

MILWAUKEE – September 6, 2013 – The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is proud to announce the entire film line-up of the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival. This year’s festival will screen a total of 240 films – 103 features and 137 shorts – from 44 different countries. Among the features are 45 documentaries and 57 narratives, including one North American premiere on Opening Night, and one silent classic featuring a brand new live accompaniment from Milwaukee-based band Altos. Rounding out the features number is the highly anticipated Super Secret Screening (for Milwaukee Film Members only). 

FOR RELEASE SEPT. 6

CONTACT: Blyth Meier, Marketing Director

blyth@mkefilm.org, 414-755-1965 x208

 

 

Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Entire 2013 Line-up
240 total films to screen over the course of the festival’s 15 days

 

MILWAUKEE – September 6, 2013 – The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is proud to announce the entire film line-up of the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival. This year’s festival will screen a total of 240 films – 103 features and 137 shorts – from 44 different countries. Among the features are 45 documentaries and 57 narratives, including one North American premiere on Opening Night, and one silent classic featuring a brand new live accompaniment from Milwaukee-based band Altos. Rounding out the features number is the highly anticipated Super Secret Screening (for Milwaukee Film Members only).
 

“Our programming philosophy has always been to provide the best 15 days of cinema you can find on the planet,” explained Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson. “Looking at the line-up in its entirety, I’m confident we’ve achieved this. Milwaukee’s in for one hell of a festival.”

For your very own copy of the entire festival line-up, the Milwaukee Film Festival 2013 Program Books will be available to the general public for the first time this Saturday, September 7 from

9 AM – 1 PM at the East Town Farmer’s Market in Cathedral Square Park. This will also be the last day to purchase festival passes and ticket 6-packs in person at their early discount rate.

The complete 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival line-up:

SPOTLIGHT FILMS:

OPENING NIGHT FILM
Break Up Man (Schlussmacher)

(Germany / 2012 / Director: Matthias Schweighöfer)


FESTIVAL CENTERPIECE

Earth feat. live accompaniment from Altos
(Ukraine / 1930 / Director: Aleksandr Dovzhenko)

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Blood Brother
(USA / 2012 / Director: Steve Hoover)

After Tiller
(USA / 2012 / Directors: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson)


The Angels’ Share
(United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Italy / 2012 / Director: Ken Loach)


August: Osage County
(USA / 2013 / Director: John Wells)

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
(USA / 2013 / Director: Chiemi Karasawa)


Free the Mind
(Denmark, Finland / 2012 / Director: Phie Ambo)

 

The History of Future Folk
(USA / 2012 / Director: J. Anderson Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker)

SOMM
(USA / 2012 / Director: Jason Wise)


TRIBUTES

Notorious
(USA / 2009 / Director: George Tillman, Jr.)

 

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
(USA / 2013 / Director: George Tillman, Jr.)

Blow Out
(USA / 1981 / Director: Brian De Palma)


COMPETITION

12 O’Clock Boys
(USA / 2013 / Director: Lofty Nathan)

The Act of Killing
(Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Joshua Oppenheimer)

Beyond the Hills (Dupa Dealuri)
(Romania / 2012 / Director: Cristian Mungiu)

The Crash Reel
(USA / 2013 / Director: Lucy Walker)

Post Tenebras Lux
(Mexico, France, Germany, Netherlands / 2012 / Director: Carlos Reygadas)

Stories We Tell
(Canada / 2012 / Director: Sarah Polley)

Upstream Color
(USA / 2013 / Director: Shane Carruth)

War Witch (Rebelle)
(Canada / 2012 / Director: Kim Nguyen)
PASSPORT: GERMANY

Almanya, Welcome to Germany (Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland)
(Germany / 2011 / Director: Yasemin Samdereli)

Hannah Arendt
(Germany / 2012 / Director: Margarethe von Trotta)

Lore
(Australia, Germany, United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Cate Shortland)

Ludwig II
(Germany / 2012 / Directors: Marie Noëlle, Peter Sehr)

Oh Boy
(Germany / 2012 / Director: Jan Ole Gerster)

Oma & Bella
(Germany / 2012 / Director: Alexa Karolinski)

This Ain’t California
(Germany / 2012 / Director: Marten Persiel)

Wings of Desire
(Germany / 1987 / Director: Wim Wenders)


RATED K: FOR KIDS

The Land Before Time
(USA, Ireland / 1988 / Director: Don Bluth)

Taking Chances (Patatje Oorlog)
(Netherlands, Belgium / 2011 / Director: Nicole van Kilsdonk)

Wolf Children (Okami Kodomo No Ame To Yuki)
(Japan / 2012 / Director: Mamoru Hosoda)

Zarafa
(France, Belgium / 2012 / Directors: Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie)

Kids Shorts: Size Small

Aston's Presents (Sweden / 2012 / Directors: Uzi Geffenblad, Lotta Geffenblad)

Choir Tour (Latvia / 2012 / Director: Edmunds Jansons)

Chopin's Drawings (USA / 2011 / Director: Dorota Kobiela)

Eskimal (Mexico / 2011 / Director: Homero Ramirez Tena)

How Shammies Guessed (Latvia / 2012 / Director: Edmunds Jansons)

Kitten's First Full Moon (USA / 2011 / Director: Gary McGivney)

Knuffle Bunny Free (USA / 2012 / Director: Karen Villarreal)

The Little Bird and the Leaf (Switzerland / 2012 / Director: Lena Von Döhren)

Mira's Night (USA / 2011 / Director: Elyse Kelly)

A Tangled Tale (USA / 2013 / Director: Corrie Francis Parks)

 

Kids Shorts: Size Medium

Big Mouth (Canada / 2012 / Director: Andrea Dorfman)

Boris the Rat Dresses Warmly (Finland / 2012 / Directors: Kaisa Penttilä, Leena Jääskeläinen)

Chinti (Russia / 2012 / Director: Natalia Mirzoyan)

Colosse - A Wood Tale (USA / 2012 / Director: Yves Geleyn)

The Fox and the Chickadee (Canada / 2012 / Director: Evan Derushie)

Frog Weather (Germany / 2011 / Director: Pauline Kortmann)

Jonah and the Crab (USA / 2012 / Director: Laurel Cohen)

My First Spellbook (Scotland / 2011 / Director: Gavin Laing)

Paulie (USA / 2012 / Director: Andrew Nackman)

Shame and Glasses (Italy / 2013 / Director: Alessandro Riconda)

Wing (Denmark / 2011 / Directors: Asger Grevil, Mette Vestergaard Madsen)

 

Kids Shorts: Size Large

Bot (USA / 2010 / Director: Mustafa Lazkani)

Eyes on the Stars (USA / 2012 / Director: The Rauch Brothers)

A Girl Named Elastika (Canada / 2012 / Director: Guillaume Blanchet)

High Noon (Venezuela / 2013 / Director: Ivan Mazza)

I'm Going to Mum's (New Zealand / 2012 / Director: Lauren Jackson)

Krake (Germany / 2012 / Director: Regina Welker)

The Maiden and the Princess (USA / 2011 / Director: Ali Scher)

Monster, Me (USA / 2013 / Director: Milt Klingensmith)

Song of the Spindle (USA / 2011 / Director: Drew Christie)

Sounds for Mazin (Netherlands / 2012 / Director: Ingrid Kamerling)

Turning a Corner (USA / 2012 / Director: David B. Levy)


CREAM CITY CINEMA


Billy Club
(USA / 2013 / Directors: Drew Rosas, Nick Sommer)

Date America
(USA / 2012 / Directors: Bob Murray, Amy Neuenschwander)

 

The Milwaukee Show

Before You (USA / 2013 / Director: Michael T. Vollmann)

Begong Ava, Begong Hele (USA / 2013 / Director: Heather Hass)

Cinders (USA / 2013 / Director: Andrew Gralton)

The Glitch (USA / 2013 / Director: Zijian Yan)

I Am (USA / 2013 / Director: Karim Raoul)

Love You Still (USA / 2013 / Director: Michael Viers)

Margaret Hue Would Like To Go To Mars. (USA / 2013 / Director: Anna Sampers)

Pluto and the Vessel (USA / 2013 / Director: Harrison Browning)

The Quiet City (USA / 2013 / Director: Brian McGuire)

Spectacle! (USA / 2013 / Directors: Andrew Swant, WC Tank, Erik Ljung, Kurt Raether, Carol Brandt)

 

USPS (USA / 2013 / Director: Jessica Farrell)

Within A Stone’s Throw (USA / 2013 / Director: Cecelia Condit)

 

The Milwaukee Youth Show

Alexander Copenhagen and the Key of Destiny (USA / 2012 / Director: Thomas Fleischmann)

Birth of a Dream (USA / 2013 / Director: Megan Sai Dogra)

Copycat (USA / 2013 / Director: Hudson Miller)

#DiseasesSpreadLikeRumors (USA / 2012 / Directors: Participants in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Programs)

#DontBeAnOffenderToThoseWhoLoveTheSameGender (USA / 2012 / Directors: Participants in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Programs)

Flowers in Bloom (USA / 2013 / Director: Alejandra Salinas)

#ForgetTheHumpIfYouDontWantTheBump (USA / 2012 / Directors: Participants in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Programs)

Generation Empowered: The Dream is Now (USA / 2013 / Director: LaTonya Matlock)

How Geoffrey Broke His Glasses (USA / 2012 / Director: Jamie Mercado)

In The Mind (USA / 2013 / Director: Brian Mercado)

The Journey Home (USA / 2013 / Directors: Elizabeth Zingsheim, Mara Matovich)

Night of the Beanie Babies (USA / 2013 / Directors: Josh Frank, Ryan Coenen)

Pancakes (USA / 2013 / Director: Lauren Markey, Brian Ore)
Phone Wars (USA / 2012 / Director: Holly Kraemer, Kevin Salgado)

Poppin’ (USA / 2013 / Directors: Lauren Markey, Brian Ore)

Spider Dog (USA / 2013 / Directors: Gabriella Avila, Alexia Justo)
Sun Up,Sun Down (USA / 2013 / Director: Felicia McGowan)

Toytonic (USA / 2013 / Directors: Students from Audubon Technology and Communication Center)

 

Penelope
(USA / 2013 / Director: Brad Lichtenstein)

 

Sign Painters
(USA / 2013 / Directors: Faythe Levine, Sam Macon)

When the King Tilts
(USA / 2013 / Director: Drew Britton)


SOUND VISION

Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
(USA / 2013 / Director: Lily Keber)

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
(USA / 2012 / Director: Drew DeNicola)

Brothers Hypnotic
(USA / 2013 / Director: Reuben Atlas)

Enzo Avitabile Music Life
(Italy / 2012 / Director: Jonathan Demme)
 

The Girls in the Band
(USA / 2011 / Director: Judy Chaikin)

Muscle Shoals
(USA / 2012 / Director: Greg “Freddy” Camalier)

Narco Cultura
(USA / 2012 / Director: Shaul Schwarz)

Stop Making Sense
(USA / 1984 / Director: Jonathan Demme)


CINEMA HOOLIGANTE

100 Bloody Acres
(Australia / 2012 / Directors: Colin Cairnes, Cameron Cairnes)

2001: A Space Odyssey
(USA, United Kingdom / 1968 / Director: Stanley Kubrick)

Enter the Dragon
(USA, Hong Kong / 1973 / Director: Robert Clouse)

Here Comes the Devil
(Mexico / 2012 / Director: Adrián García Bogliano)

 

The Rambler
(USA / 2013 / Director: Calvin Lee Reeder)

Sightseers
(United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Ben Wheatley)

Vanishing Waves
(Lithuania, France, Belgium / 2012 / Director: Kristina Buožyt)

 

We Are What We Are
(USA / 2013 / Director: Jim Mickle)


SHORTER IS BETTER

Shorts: The Best Damn F*#@ing Midnight Program Ever. Sh*t.

Total running time: 83 min

The Apocalypse (USA / 2012 / Director: Andrew Zuchero)

The Cub (USA / 2012 / Director: Riley Stearns)

Flytopia (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Karni Arieli, Saul Freed)

Hell No (USA / 2013 / Director: Joe Nicolosi)

It’s Not You, It’s Me (USA / 2012 / Director: Matt Spicer)

Oh Sheep! (Germany / 2012 / Director: Gottfried Mentor)

Perfect Drug (Belgium / 2012 / Director: Toon Aerts)

Sea Pig (USA / 2013 / Directors: Andrew Gilchrist, Jesse Allen)

Swarming (Kuhina) (Finland / 2011 / Director: Joni Männistö)

 

Shorts: Date Night

Total running time: 95 min

The Bird Spider (La Migala) (Spain / 2011 / Director: Jaime Dezcallar)

CRUSH 472 (United Kingdom / 2013 / Director: Jess Scott-Hunter)

The Date (Treffit) (Finland / 2012 / Director: Jenni Toivoniemi)

Ellen Is Leaving (New Zealand / 2012 / Director: Michelle Savill)

Routine (Rutina) (Spain / 2012 / Director: Ana Ortiz)

Taboulé (Spain / 2011 / Director: Richard García)

Ten Thousand Days (New Zealand / 2012 / Director: Michael Duignan)

Tram (France, Czech Republic / 2012 / Director: Michaela Pavlátová)

Undress Me (Ta Av Mig) (Sweden / 2013 / Director: Victor Lindgren)

 

Shorts: Let’s Get Animated

Total running time: 82 min

Bird Food (Ireland / 2012 / Director: Richard Keane)

Boles (Germany / 2013 / Director: Spela Cadez)

I Am Tom Moody (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Ainslie Henderson)

Irish Folk Furniture (Ireland / 2012 / Director: Tony Donoghue)

Jonah (Tanzania, United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Kibwe Tavares)

Marcel, King of Tervuren (USA / 2012 / Director: Tom Schroeder)

Oh Willy… (Belgium, France, Netherlands / 2012 / Directors: Marc James Roels, Emma De Swaef)

Palmipedarium (France / 2012 / Director: Jérémy Clapin)


Shorts: …Make Lemonade

Total running time: 88 min

All Souls’ Day (Swieto Zmarlych) (Poland / 2012 / Director: Aleksandra Terpińska)

Fear of Flying (Ireland / 2012 / Director: Conor Finnegan)

Keys. Wallet. Phone. (Germany / 2012 / Director: Juliet Lashinsky-Revene)

Summer Vacation (Hofesh Gadol) (Israel / 2012 / Directors: Sharon Maymon, Tal Granit)

Walking the Dogs (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Jeremy Brock)

 

Shorts: Modern Families

Total running time: 84 min

Anna and Jerome (France / 2012 / Director: Melanie Delloye)

Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (Pitaako mun Kaikki Hoitaa?) (Finland / 2011 / Director: Selma Vihunen)

Dotty (New Zealand / 2012 / Directors: Mick Andrews, Brett O’Gorman)

F**k the Parents (USA / 2012 / Director: Ethan Kuperberg)

Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven (Morfar och jag och helikoptern till himlen) (Sweden / 2013 / Directors: Asa Blanck, Johan Palmgren)

Mobile Homes (USA, France / 2013 / Director: Vladimir de Fontenay)

Mud Crab (Australia / 2012 / Directors: Igor Coric, Sheldon Lieberman)

My Favorite Picture of You (USA / 2013 / Directors: Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin)

 

 

 

Shorts: Obsession

Total running time: 89 min

Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke (Australia / 2012 / Director: Mirrah Foulkes)

Eating Lunch (Äta Lunch) (Sweden / 2012 / Director: Sanna Lenken)

Georgena Terry (USA / 2012 / Director: Amanda Zackem)

GUN (USA / 2012 / Director: Spencer Gillis)

Peach Juice (Canada / 2012 / Directors: Callum Paterson, Nathan Gilliss, Brian Lye)

The Roper (USA / 2012 / Directors: Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands)

The Tuner (O Afinador) (Brazil / 2012 / Directors: Fernando Camargo, Matheus Parizi)

Woody (Australia / 2013 / Director: Stuart Bowen)

 

Shorts: Out of This World

Total running time: 91 min

The Captain (Australia, USA / 2013 / Directors: Nash Edgerton, Spencer Susser)

Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? (USA / 2012 / Director: Jason Willis)

Delicacy (USA / 2012 / Director: Jason Mann)

Dust (United Kingdom / 2013 / Directors: Ben Ockrent, Jake Russell)

Edmond Was a Donkey (Edmond Était un Âne) (Canada, France / 2012 / Director: Franck Dion)

Hotel (Spain / 2012 / Director: Jose Luis Aleman)

Record/Play (United Kingdom, Bosnia / 2012 / Director: Jesse Atlas)

Shelved (New Zealand / 2011 / Director: James Cunningham)

Ufologist (USA / 2012 / Directors: Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands)

 

Shorts: Stranger Than Fiction

Total running time: 102 min

Eddie Adams: Saigon ‘68 (USA / 2012 / Director: Douglas Sloan)

The Flogsta Roar (Flogstavrålet) (Sweden / 2013 / Director: Johan Palmgren)

Mr. Christmas (USA / 2012 / Director: Nick Palmer)

Pouters (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Paul Fegan)

Unravel (United Kingdom, India / 2012 / Director: Meghna Gupta)

Vladimir Putin In Deep Concentration (USA / 2013 / Directors: Dana O’Keefe, Sasha Kliment)

We Will Live Again (USA / 2013 / Directors: Joshua Koury, Myles Kane)



DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL FAVORITES

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
(USA / 2013 / Director: Grace Lee)

Band of Sisters
(USA / 2012 / Director: Mary Fishman)

Becoming Traviata
(France / 2012 / Director: Philippe Béziat)


Bound by Flesh
(USA / 2012 / Director: Leslie Zemeckis)

Breathing Earth
(Germany, United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer)

Citizen Koch
(USA / 2012 / Directors: Carl Deal, Tia Lessin)

Fatal Assistance (Assistance Mortelle)
(France, Haiti, USA, Belgium / 2013 / Director: Raoul Peck)

God Loves Uganda
(USA / 2013 / Director: Roger Ross Williams)

Google and the World Brain
(Spain, United Kingdom / 2013 / Director: Ben Lewis)

If You Build It
(USA / 2013 / Director: Patrick Creadon)

Informant
(USA / 2012 / Director: Jamie Meltzer)

The Institute
(USA / 2012 / Director: Spencer McCall)

Maidentrip
(USA / 2013 / Director: Jillian Schlesinger)

More Than Honey
(Germany / 2012 / Director: Markus Imhoof)

Mussels in Love
(Netherlands, Belgium / 2012 / Director: Willemiek Kluijfhout)

 

Pandora’s Promise
(USA / 2013 / Director: Robert Stone)

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology
(United Kingdom, Ireland / 2012 / Director: Sophie Fiennes)

Remote Area Medical
(USA / 2013 / Directors: Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman)

Rising From Ashes
(USA, Rwanda, United Kingdom, South Africa / 2012 / Director: T.C. Johnstone)

Spinning Plates
(USA / 2012 / Director: Joseph Levy)

Unhung Hero
(USA / 2013 / Director: Brian Spitz)
 


Valentine Road
(USA / 2012 / Director: Marta Cunningham)

When I Walk
(USA, Canada / 2013 / Director: Jason DaSilva)

Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington
(USA / 2012 / Director: Sebastian Junger)


FICTION FESTIVAL FAVORITES

2+2 (Dos Más Dos)
(Argentina / 2013 / Director: Diego Kaplan)

Aayna Ka Bayna
(India / 2012 / Director: Samit Kakkad)

The Almost Man
(Norway / 2012 / Director: Martin Lund)

Blancanieves
(Spain, France / 2012 / Director: Pablo Berger)

The Broken Circle Breakdown
(Belgium, Netherlands / 2012 / Director: Felix van Groeningen)

Closed Curtain (Pardé)
(Iran / 2013 / Directors: Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi)

Drug War (Du Zhan)
(Hong Kong / 2012 / Director: Johnnie To)

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola
(South Africa / 2013 / Director: Henk Pretorius)

Finding Mr. Right
(China, Hong Kong / 2013 / Director: Xue Xiaolu)

A Hijacking (Kapringen)
(Denmark / 2012 / Director: Tobias Lindholm)

House With a Turret (Dom S Bashenkoy)
(Ukraine / 2012 / Director: Eva Neymann)

In The House (Dans La Maison)
(France / 2012 / Director: François Ozon)

 

Key of Life (Kagidorobou No Method)
(Japan / 2012 / Director: Kenji Uchida)

Laurence Anyways
(Canada / 2012 / Director: Xavier Dolan)

Northwest (Nordvest)
(Denmark / 2013 / Director: Michael Noer)

Once Upon a Time Veronica
(Brazil, France / 2012 / Director: Marcelo Gomes)

Paradise: Hope (Paradies: Hoffnung)
(Germany / 2013 / Director: Ulrich Seidl)

Picture Day
(Canada / 2012 / Director: Kate Melville)

The Pirogue (La Pirogue)
(France, Senegal / 2012 / Director: Moussa Touré)

 

Reality
(Italy, France / 2012 / Director: Matteo Garrone)

Something in the Air (Après mai)
(France / 2012 / Director: Olivier Assayas)

Tanta Agua
(Uruguay, Mexico, Netherlands, Germany / 2013 / Directors: Ana Guevara, Leticia Jorge)

This is Martin Bonner
(USA / 2013 / Director: Chad Hartigan)

Zaytoun
(United Kingdom, Israel, France / 2012 / Director: Eran Riklis)

 


HI-RES PHOTOS BY PROGRAM CATEGORY

 

Spotlight Presentations (Including Open, Centerpiece and Close)

http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_Spotlight.zip (29 MB zip file)

 

Tributes

http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_Tributes.zip (29.4 MB zip file)

 

Competition

http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_Competition.zip (11.7 MB zip file)

 

Passport: Germany

http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_Passport.zip (11.4 MB zip file)

 

Rated K: For Kids
http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_RatedK.zip (22.3 MB zip file)

 

Cream City Cinema
http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_CreamCityCinema.zip (10.2 MB zip file)

 

Sound Vision
http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_SoundVision.zip (22 MB zip file)

 

Cinema Hooligante
http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_CinemaHooligante.zip (19.6 MB zip file)

 

Shorter is Better
http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_ShorterIsBetter.zip (22.5 MB zip file)

 

Documentary Festival Favorites
http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_DocFavorites.zip (47.4 MB zip file)

 

Fiction Festival Favorites
http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_FicFavorites.zip (88.5 MB zip file)

 


The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 26 – October 10, 2013 at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill. Passes and ticket 6-packs for the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival are currently available at discounted rates exclusively online at mkefilm.org/tickets. Festival passes and 6-packs are selling quickly, with early numbers already surpassing the total sold in all of 2012.

Tickets for individual screenings will be available through Milwaukee Film Festival Box Office starting September 11 for Milwaukee Film Members and September 12 for the General Public.

 

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival program book will first be available at the East Town Farmer’s Market in Cathedral Square on Saturday, September 7, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The book will be available at multiple locations throughout the city starting Sunday, September 8.

 

 

PRESS NOTE: The 2013 Media Accreditation Application is now open at mkefilm.org/accreditation. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; deadline is September 9, 2013.

 

 

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About Milwaukee Film

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Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

 

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 26-October 10, 2013.

 

 

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

 

 

 

 

 

September 3rd, 2013

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, September 3, 2013 – The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is thrilled to announce its 2013 tributes: writer/producer Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show; Donnie Brasco; House, M.D.), writer/director/producer George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, The Barbershop franchise, The Inevitable Defeat of Mr. and Pete), and brand-new online film site The Dissolve.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                              CONTACT: Blyth Meier, Marketing Director

blyth@mkefilm.org, 414-755-1965 x208

 

 

Milwaukee Film Festival Announces 2013 Tributes: Paul Attanasio,

George Tillman Jr. and The Dissolve
Four film critics, a writer who’s won almost every award, and a Hollywood homecoming.

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, September 3, 2013 – The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is thrilled to announce its 2013 tributes: writer/producer Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show; Donnie Brasco; House, M.D.), writer/director/producer George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, The Barbershop franchise, The Inevitable Defeat of Mr. and Pete), and brand-new online film site The Dissolve.

These annual tributes celebrate the work of individuals who have contributed greatly to film culture through work in differing areas of the film world. Each tribute generally includes both a live appearance from the tribute’s subject(s), as well as a film curated by them for the Milwaukee Film Festival audience. Past honorees include Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney (2012), Academy Award-winning actor Marin Landau (2009), and non-profit documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films (2011).

“Our tributes have become a way to give our audience a real and personal connection to the world of film and the brilliant men and women contributing to it,” explained Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson. “And this year’s tributes are not only some of the most celebrated individuals we’ve ever brought to the festival, but also some of the most locally connected.”

2013 MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL TRIBUTES:

PAUL ATTANASIO
Over his 25 years in the business, Paul Attanasio has been nominated for (or won) every major award, including the Academy Award, the BAFTA, the Writers’ Guild of America Award, the Emmy, the Peabody Award, and the Golden Globe. He started on the other side of the business as a self-described “snotty” film critic for the Washington Post, but eventually became a writer for film and TV. His creations include the award-winning Baltimore-based cop drama Homicide: Life on the Street (based on a book by The Wire creator David Simon), the Robert Redford-directed Quiz Show starring Ralph Fiennes, Disclosure, Donnie Brasco, The Good German, and more. He was also the executive producer of the world’s most watched television show (82 million viewers), House M.D. Today, in addition to being an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan (his brother Mark owns the team), Paul is writing the upcoming Showtime series The Vatican (in partnership with Ridley Scott) and a reboot of the gangster epic Scarface for the big screen.

An Evening with Paul Attanasio
Saturday, Oct 5 | 7:30 PM Oriental Theatre
For this one-of-a-kind special event, Paul Attanasio will join Milwaukee Film Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson live on stage to discuss Mr. Attanasio’s career, explore clips from his work, discuss his influences and talk about Attanasio’s thoughts on the evolution of writing for TV and film today and how the forms are more similar than ever before.


GEORGE TILLMAN, JR.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, where he attended John Marshall High School, George Tillman Jr. was inspired to pursue filmmaking after seeing the 1975 classic Cooley High. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, he directed his first feature film, Scenes for the Soul, in 1991. But it was his follow-up, Soul Food, that made him a household name and landed him and his producing partner Bob Teitel a deal at Fox 2000. After directing the epic Men of Honor, Tillman shifted gears, serving as executive producer of Soul Food: The Series for Showtime, and co-producer of Barbershop (the most profitable African-American-themed film of all time), Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Beauty Shop, and the 1970s-inspired comedy Roll Bounce. After a decade away, Tillman returned to directing with Notorious, the edgy biopic of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G., Faster, and his latest effort, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, which made its official U.S. premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will be released theatrically beginning Oct. 11 through Lionsgate/Codeblack Films.

George Tillman Jr. is scheduled to attend the following screenings:

Notorious
USA | 2009 | 122 min
Saturday, Sept 28 | Noon | Downer Theatre
The sensational journey of Chris Wallace (aka The Notorious B.I.G.) from street hustler to one of hip-hop’s all-time greats is chronicled in this propulsive biopic from director George Tillman Jr. As the film peels back the mythic image that has surrounded the influential musician, we watch Sean “Puffy” Combs turn B.I.G. (a remarkable turn from Jamal Woolard) into an overnight sensation only for him to learn “mo’ money, mo’ problems,” leading to his being senselessly gunned down at 24. Great supporting turns (Anthony Mackie, Angela Bassett) and sharp pacing lead this beat-infused celebration of a cultural icon that’s sure to hypnotize.

The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister and Pete
USA | 2013 | 108 min
Saturday, Sept 28 | 7:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Thirteen-year-old Mister and demure 9-year-old Pete (star-making turns from Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon, respectively) are forced to fend for themselves after both of their drug-addled parents disappear amid a sweltering summer in the Brooklyn projects. Forced to scavenge for food while dodging child protective services and the cops, the two must live beyond their years if they have any chance of staving off their seemingly inevitable defeat. Supporting performances from Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Hudson and bolster this beautifully observed tale of friendship in the face of great struggle.


THE DISSOLVE
In July 2013, Pitchfork Media Inc. launched a brand-new website called The Dissolve. Rooted in the spirit of the company’s wildly popular music site pitchfork.com, The Dissolve set out to create the same kind of passionate, intelligent writing for film that sister site pitchfork.com did for music. Given the changing media landscape, The Dissolve represents a new sort of film criticism, one that takes seriously its writing about film but also takes advantage of the affordances new media offers for accessing new reader communities. The Dissolve’s staff features some of the best pop culture voices working today, many of whom established themselves alongside Editorial Director Keith Phipps as part of The Onion’s A.V. Club. Collectively their work has appeared in such media outlets as NPR, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, and Indiewire.

Members of The Dissolve editorial staff are scheduled to appear at the following:

State of Cinema
Saturday, Sept 28 | 1 PM | Colectivo Coffee
At this year’s State of Cinema keynote address, four staff members of The Dissolve will take part in a round-table discussion about the present and future of film and film criticism moderated by former A.V. Club National Music Editor and current Milwaukee freelance writer Steven Hyden (Grantland, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone). Scheduled to appear from The Dissolve: Keith Phipps (Editorial Director), Scott Tobias (Editor, MFF 2010 juror), Tasha Robinson (Senior Editor) and Nathan Rabin (Staff Writer).

Blow Out
USA | 1981 | 107 min
Saturday, Sept 28 | 4 PM | Oriental Theatre
Take Blow-Up, mix it with The Conversation, then coat the resultant mix with Hitchcockian flair, and you’ll end up with Brian De Palma’s brilliant tale of cinema and paranoia, a film Pauline Kael referred to as “the best of all American conspiracy movies.” We follow Jack Terry (a never-better John Travolta), a recording artist working primarily in pulpy B-movies, whose late-night field recordings just might contain the evidence needed to prove an auto accident was in fact a calculated case of murder. Shadowy conspirators close in on Jack’s attempts at unveiling the truth, in a world where no one is to be trusted.

For more information on the Tributes and the rest of the Milwaukee Film Festival, visit mkefilm.org

Hi-res photos for the Tribute films can be downloaded here (29.4 MB zip file): http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_Tributes.zip

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 26 – October 10, 2013 at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill. Passes and ticket 6-packs for the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival are currently available at discounted rates exclusively online at mkefilm.org/tickets. Festival passes and 6-packs are selling quickly, with early numbers already surpassing the total sold in all of 2012.

Tickets for individual screenings will be available through Milwaukee Film Festival Box Office starting September 11 for Milwaukee Film Members and September 12 for the General Public.

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival program book will first be available at the East Town Farmer’s Market in Cathedral Square on Saturday, September 7, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The book will be available at multiple locations throughout the city starting Sunday, September 8.

PRESS NOTE: The 2013 Media Accreditation Application is now open at mkefilm.org/accreditation. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; deadline is September 9, 2013.

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About Milwaukee Film
Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 26-October 10, 2013.


About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors
Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

August 29th, 2013

MILWAUKEE – Thursday, August 29, 2013 – The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is excited to announce the line-up for its short film program, Shorter Is Better. Featuring more than 60 of the best shorts from all over the world divided into eight themed mini-programs, Shorter is Better not only provides the festival audience with a rare chance to view work from masters of the short format, but also a first glimpse at many future feature directors.
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                              CONTACT: Blyth Meier, Marketing Director

blyth@mkefilm.org, 414-755-1965 x208

 

 

Milwaukee Film Festival Announces 2013 Shorter Is Better Line-up
More than 60 of the best festival-circuit shorts featured through eight themed programs.

 

MILWAUKEE – Thursday, August 29, 2013 – The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is excited to announce the line-up for its short film program, Shorter Is Better. Featuring more than 60 of the best shorts from all over the world divided into eight themed mini-programs, Shorter is Better not only provides the festival audience with a rare chance to view work from masters of the short format, but also a first glimpse at many future feature directors.

“The short film format has always been the place to find truly remarkable and inventive storytelling,” says Shorts Programmer & Development Coordinator Anna Sampers. “And the film festival is not just your best chance to see them how they were meant to be seen — in a theater — but oftentimes the only way you can see them at all!”

The 2013 Shorter Is Better line-up includes several annual favorites: Date Night, Let’s Get Animated, and Out of This World and The Best Damn F*#@ing Midnight Program Ever. Sh*t. New programs for this year include: …Make Lemonade, Modern Families, Obsession, and the short documentary collection Stranger Than Fiction.

For more information on Shorter Is Better and the rest of the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival, visit mkefilm.org.

Shorter Is Better Media Sponsor: Tap Milwaukee


SHORTER IS BETTER LINE-UP:

Shorts: The Best Damn F*#@ing Midnight Program Ever. Sh*t.
Total running time: 83 min
YOU ARE NOT PREPARED. Films too demented for the light of day will get their chance to leave you howling with fear or laughter as a torrent of sex and violence unspool before your very eyes. NOTE: Polite, functional members of society will not be admitted to this screening. BYOD (Bring your own diapers).

The Apocalypse (USA / 2012 / Director: Andrew Zuchero)
The Cub (USA / 2012 / Director: Riley Stearns)
Flytopia (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Karni Arieli, Saul Freed)
Hell No (USA / 2013 / Director: Joe Nicolosi)
It’s Not You, It’s Me (USA / 2012 / Director: Matt Spicer)
Oh Sheep! (Germany / 2012 / Director: Gottfried Mentor)
Perfect Drug (Belgium / 2012 / Director: Toon Aerts)
Sea Pig (USA / 2013 / Directors: Andrew Gilchrist, Jesse Allen)
Swarming (Kuhina) (Finland / 2011 / Director: Joni Männistö)


Shorts: Date Night
Total running time: 95 min
L'amour. Eros. A lie perpetuated by Meg Ryan and Hallmark. Call it what you will, these portraits of love in all its awkward glory (from meet cute to leave ugly) make for the perfect night out for lovebirds young and old as well as optimistic singles looking to mingle (responsibly, in the theater lobby).

The Bird Spider (La Migala) (Spain / 2011 / Director: Jaime Dezcallar)
CRUSH 472 (United Kingdom / 2013 / Director: Jess Scott-Hunter)
The Date (Treffit) (Finland / 2012 / Director: Jenni Toivoniemi)
Ellen Is Leaving (New Zealand / 2012 / Director: Michelle Savill)
Routine (Rutina) (Spain / 2012 / Director: Ana Ortiz)
Taboulé (Spain / 2011 / Director: Richard García)
Ten Thousand Days (New Zealand / 2012 / Director: Michael Duignan)
Tram (France, Czech Republic / 2012 / Director: Michaela Pavlátová)
Undress Me (Ta Av Mig) (Sweden / 2013 / Director: Victor Lindgren)


Shorts: Let’s Get Animated
Total running time: 82 min
The only limit is your imagination when it comes to these animated offerings — a veritable cornucopia of color and style that will take you from DIY homemade curiosities all the way to the best animation that computer graphics have to offer. The only things more diverse than the forms on display are the remarkable stories they've chosen to tell.

Bird Food (Ireland / 2012 / Director: Richard Keane)
Boles (Germany / 2013 / Director: Spela Cadez)
I Am Tom Moody (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Ainslie Henderson)
Irish Folk Furniture (Ireland / 2012 / Director: Tony Donoghue)
Jonah (Tanzania, United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Kibwe Tavares)
Marcel, King of Tervuren (USA / 2012 / Director: Tom Schroeder)
Oh Willy… (Belgium, France, Netherlands / 2012 / Directors: Marc James Roels, Emma De Swaef)
Palmipedarium (France / 2012 / Director: Jérémy Clapin)


Shorts: …Make Lemonade
Total running time: 88 min
Unless you're George Clooney, things don't always go the way you've planned. But if you take the bitter life has to offer and transform it into sweet, you might just have a chance at happiness. These protagonists are facing upheaval of various types; it's up to each of them to make the most of it.

All Souls’ Day (Swieto Zmarlych) (Poland / 2012 / Director: Aleksandra Terpińska)
Fear of Flying (Ireland / 2012 / Director: Conor Finnegan)
Keys. Wallet. Phone. (Germany / 2012 / Director: Juliet Lashinsky-Revene)
Summer Vacation (Hofesh Gadol) (Israel / 2012 / Directors: Sharon Maymon, Tal Granit)
Walking the Dogs (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Jeremy Brock)


Shorts: Modern Families
Total running time: 84 min
Family. Can't live with 'em — well, that about sums it up, I think. These explorations take the nuclear family of the '50s and detonate it: Funny and sweet, heartbreaking and mature, these shorts are for anyone whose family keeps them going and drives them crazy in equal amounts. *Some shorts contain adult themes. This program is not intended for children.

Anna and Jerome (France / 2012 / Director: Melanie Delloye)
Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (Pitaako mun Kaikki Hoitaa?) (Finland / 2011 / Director: Selma Vihunen)
Dotty (New Zealand / 2012 / Directors: Mick Andrews, Brett O’Gorman)
F**k the Parents (USA / 2012 / Director: Ethan Kuperberg)
Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven (Morfar och jag och helikoptern till himlen) (Sweden / 2013 / Directors: Asa Blanck, Johan Palmgren)
Mobile Homes (USA, France / 2013 / Director: Vladimir de Fontenay)
Mud Crab (Australia / 2012 / Directors: Igor Coric, Sheldon Lieberman)
My Favorite Picture of You (USA / 2013 / Directors: Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin)


Shorts: Obsession
Total running time: 89 min
ob·ses·sion: Noun/əb'seSHən/ An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person's mind. Whether it's a desire to protect one's family, see the big city, follow their dreams or inappropriately lust after their hot aunt, the subjects of these shorts are obsessed. And before this program is through, you'll be too.

Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke (Australia / 2012 / Director: Mirrah Foulkes)
Eating Lunch (Äta Lunch) (Sweden / 2012 / Director: Sanna Lenken)
Georgena Terry (USA / 2012 / Director: Amanda Zackem)
GUN (USA / 2012 / Director: Spencer Gillis)
Peach Juice (Canada / 2012 / Directors: Callum Paterson, Nathan Gilliss, Brian Lye)
The Roper (USA / 2012 / Directors: Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands)
The Tuner (O Afinador) (Brazil / 2012 / Directors: Fernando Camargo, Matheus Parizi)
Woody (Australia / 2013 / Director: Stuart Bowen)


Shorts: Out of This World
Total running time: 91 min
You're about to enter another dimension: Supernatural, impossible and just plain bonkers, these shorts embrace the unknown and present us with a vision that is out of this world. Fans of the unknown take heed: These shorts will transport you to places you've never been — you're about to enter the MFF Shorts Zone.

The Captain (Australia, USA / 2013 / Directors: Nash Edgerton, Spencer Susser)
Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? (USA / 2012 / Director: Jason Willis)
Delicacy (USA / 2012 / Director: Jason Mann)
Dust (United Kingdom / 2013 / Directors: Ben Ockrent, Jake Russell)
Edmond Was a Donkey (Edmond Était un Âne) (Canada, France / 2012 / Director: Franck Dion)
Hotel (Spain / 2012 / Director: Jose Luis Aleman)
Record/Play (United Kingdom, Bosnia / 2012 / Director: Jesse Atlas)
Shelved (New Zealand / 2011 / Director: James Cunningham)
Ufologist (USA / 2012 / Directors: Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands)


Shorts: Stranger Than Fiction
Total running time: 102 min
These documentaries, no matter how outlandish they may initially appear, are 100% real. The true story behind a photo that defined a generation, the sublime art of pigeon catching, the promise of cryogenics? All of it true, all of it amazing. Yes, these people and situations exist. Believe it.

Eddie Adams: Saigon ‘68 (USA / 2012 / Director: Douglas Sloan)
The Flogsta Roar (Flogstavrålet) (Sweden / 2013 / Director: Johan Palmgren)
Mr. Christmas (USA / 2012 / Director: Nick Palmer)
Pouters (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Paul Fegan)
Unravel (United Kingdom, India / 2012 / Director: Meghna Gupta)
Vladimir Putin In Deep Concentration (USA / 2013 / Directors: Dana O’Keefe, Sasha Kliment)
We Will Live Again (USA / 2013 / Directors: Joshua Koury, Myles Kane)

Hi-res photos for Shorter is Better film programs can be downloaded here (22.6 MB zip file): http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_ShorterIsBetter.zip

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 26 – October 10, 2013 at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill. Passes and ticket 6-packs for the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival are currently available at discounted rates exclusively online at mkefilm.org/tickets. Festival passes and 6-packs are selling quickly, with early numbers already surpassing the total sold in all of 2012.

Tickets for individual screenings will be available through Milwaukee Film Festival Box Office starting September 11 for Milwaukee Film Members and September 12 for the General Public.

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival program book will first be available at the East Town Farmer’s Market in Cathedral Square on Saturday, September 7, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The book will be available at multiple locations throughout the city starting Sunday, September 8.

PRESS NOTE: The 2013 Media Accreditation Application is now open at mkefilm.org/accreditation. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; deadline is September 9, 2013.

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 26-October 10, 2013.

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

 

August 27th, 2013

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, August 27, 2013 – The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is proud to announce this year’s line-up for Cream City Cinema. The wildly popular annual showcase screens brand new work from Milwaukee-based filmmakers, and awards one lucky winner a yearlong Filmmaker-in-Residence prize.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                              CONTACT: Blyth Meier, Marketing Director

blyth@mkefilm.org, 414-755-1965 x208

 

 

Milwaukee Film Festival Announces 2013 Cream City Cinema Line-up
Popular annual local filmmaker showcase features new shorts and features, awards juried prize.

 

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, August 27, 2013 – The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is proud to announce this year’s line-up for Cream City Cinema. The wildly popular annual showcase screens brand new work from Milwaukee-based filmmakers, and awards one lucky winner a yearlong Filmmaker-in-Residence prize.

“We pride ourselves on the strength of our local filmmaker showcase. These screenings rank among our most successful festival events every year,” explains Jonathan Jackson, Artistic & Executive Director of Milwaukee Film. “It’s amazing to see such a concentration of great filmmaking talent here in Milwaukee, and equally amazing to see so much support from the community-at-large.”

This year’s Cream City Cinema showcase includes three feature-length documentaries, two feature-length fiction films, and The Milwaukee Show—our annual screening of locally-made short films, and always one of the most well-attended screenings of the entire Milwaukee Film Festival.

The Cream City Cinema line-up this year also includes The Milwaukee Youth Show, the festival’s second annual showcase for under-18 filmmakers in and around Milwaukee.

In addition a yearlong Filmmaker-in-Residence prize is awarded to the jury winner, which includes a $5000 cash prize, and a production services package valued at more than $20,000 to help the winner produce their next film. Past winners include Chris James Thompson (2012), Michael Hawkins-Burgos (2011), Tate Bunker (2010), and John Roberts (2009).

Immediately following the highly anticipated screening of The Milwaukee Show at the Oriental Theatre, an after-party will be held nearby at The Hotel Foster (2028 E. North Ave.) featuring DJs Asher Diamonds & Why B. Everyone 21 & over with a ticket or festival pass will receive one complimentary Grolsch beer. Partygoers under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent.

For more information on Cream City Cinema and the rest of the Milwaukee Film Festival, visit mkefilm.org

Cream City Cinema is Presented by John Axford.
Media Sponsor: OnMilwaukee.com

CREAM CITY CINEMA LINE-UP:

Billy Club
(USA / 2013 / Directors: Drew Rosas, Nick Sommer)
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/51781671
A throwback to the slasher films of the 1980s, Billy Club is the latest splatter pic from Nick Sommer and Drew Rosas (having previously worked together on Blood Junkie, a film gnarly enough to be distributed by Troma!). Fifteen years after a triple homicide tore their Little League team and community apart, four friends reconvene to pay tribute to their fallen coach and teammates, only to be menaced by a mysterious figure hidden behind an antique umpire's mask and brandishing a nail-covered baseball bat. This bloody, brutal romp creates a memorable new slasher villain to place alongside Jason Voorhees, Ghostface and Michael Myers.

Preceded by: Demigodz (Of Tha Law) | Directors: Kurt Raether, WC Tank


Date America
(USA / 2012 / Directors: Bob Murray, Amy Neuenschwander)
Trailer: n/a
Wisconsinite Bob Murray finds himself in the awkward position of being a bachelor at 34 while all of his peers are settling down and starting families. Wondering if it's the Milwaukee dating scene or his own neuroses that have kept him single over the years, he embarks on an ambitious journey from Milwaukee to Los Angeles, with eight dates scheduled in eight different cities, to put his theory to the test. What begins as an attempt to utilize the ever-popular medium of online dating as a means of finding true love turns into a journey of self-discovery as Bob traverses the country.

Preceded by: The Cucaranchula | Director: Kate Balsley


The Milwaukee Show
These filmmakers may hail from the Milwaukee area, but their celebrations of the cinematically succinct have a truly worldwide scope, displaying a diversity of locales and styles (from sci-fi to stop-motion to experimental) in a program that showcases our thriving and vital local filmmaking scene.

Before You (USA / 2013 / Director: Michael T. Vollmann)
Begong Ava, Begong Hele (USA / 2013 / Director: Heather Hass)
Cinders (USA / 2013 / Director: Andrew Gralton)
The Glitch (USA / 2013 / Director: Zijian Yan)
I Am (USA / 2013 / Director: Karim Raoul)
Love You Still (USA / 2013 / Director: Michael Viers)
Margaret Hue Would Like To Go To Mars. (USA / 2013 / Director: Anna Sampers)
Pluto and the Vessel (USA / 2013 / Director: Harrison Browning)
The Quiet City (USA / 2013 / Director: Brian McGuire)
Spectacle! (USA / 2013 / Directors: Andrew Swant, WC Tank, Erik Ljung, Kurt Raether, Carol Brandt)
USPS (USA / 2013 / Director: Jessica Farrell)
Within A Stone’s Throw (USA / 2013 / Director: Cecelia Condit)


The Milwaukee Youth Show
We believe the children are the future here at the Milwaukee Film Festival and this showcase of under-18 talent from in and around our great city is the proof. Documentaries, stop-motion animation, music videos and silent film are just a handful of the styles these young filmmakers will put on display, a testament to the power of arts education.

Alexander Copenhagen and the Key of Destiny (USA / 2012 / Director: Thomas Fleischmann)
Birth of a Dream (USA / 2013 / Director: Megan Sai Dogra)
Copycat (USA / 2013 / Director: Hudson Miller)
#DiseasesSpreadLikeRumors (USA / 2012 / Directors: Participants in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Programs)
#DontBeAnOffenderToThoseWhoLoveTheSameGender (USA / 2012 / Directors: Participants in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Programs)
Flowers in Bloom (USA / 2013 / Director: Alejandra Salinas)
#ForgetTheHumpIfYouDontWantTheBump (USA / 2012 / Directors: Participants in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Programs)
Generation Empowered: The Dream is Now (USA / 2013 / Director: LaTonya Matlock)
How Geoffrey Broke His Glasses (USA / 2012 / Director: Jamie Mercado)
In The Mind (USA / 2013 / Director: Brian Mercado)
The Journey Home (USA / 2013 / Directors: Elizabeth Zingsheim, Mara Matovich)
Night of the Beanie Babies (USA / 2013 / Directors: Josh Frank, Ryan Coenen)
Pancakes (USA / 2013 / Director: Lauren Markey, Brian Ore)
Phone Wars (USA / 2012 / Director: Holly Kraemer, Kevin Salgado)
Poppin’ (USA / 2013 / Directors: Lauren Markey, Brian Ore)
Spider Dog (USA / 2013 / Directors: Gabriella Avila, Alexia Justo)
Sun Up,Sun Down (USA / 2013 / Director: Felicia McGowan)
Toytonic (USA / 2013 / Directors: Students from Audubon Technology and Communication Center)


Penelope
(USA / 2013 / Director: Brad Lichtenstein)
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/21302830
An experiment is underway at the Luther Manor retirement community in Milwaukee: Playwright Anne Basting and Sojourn Theatre are working alongside staff and students from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to engage those living in this nursing home to stage a performance of "Finding Penelope," an original interpretation of Penelope's story from Homer's "Odyssey." Director Brad Lichtenstein (As Goes Janesville, MFF 2012) helms this portrait of a community looking to raise the bar on bingo. It asks the important question: Can we age more meaningfully?

Preceded by: Habibeh (Thicker Than Paint) | Director: Maryam Sepehri


Sign Painters
(USA / 2013 / Directors: Faythe Levine, Sam Macon)
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/61006621
An expressive call to return to the handcrafted and tactile before entire city landscapes are swallowed by uninspired homogeneity, Sign Painters is an affectionate look behind the curtains of the custom calligraphy and ornate beauty that comprise the trade. With dozens of sign painters as their subjects, co-directors Faythe Levine (Handmade Nation) and Sam Macon provide an unprecedented glance at the process behind sign painting as well as its history: from the apocalyptic 1980s, when computers and die-cut vinyl lettering with its quick and cheap allure nearly brought the movement to its knees, to its thriving past and hopeful future.

Preceded by: Strings of Colors | Director: Sharan Mohanadoss


When The King Tilts
(USA / 2013 / Director: Drew Britton)
Trailer: n/a
This psychological chamber piece follows best friends Carol and J.L. as they arrive unannounced at a quaint Door County bed-and-breakfast in search of a family reunion location. They're able to convince Sam, its owner, to stay open a couple of days past the end of season. As they get to know Sam, Carol and J.L. have divergent opinions of his guarded personality and secretive actions. The women find themselves caught in a web of psychological manipulation and hostility in this finely shot and acted examination of the ways people react when faced with the unknown.

Preceded by: Waiting for Berta | Director: Laimir Fano


Hi-res photos for Cream City Cinema films can be downloaded here (10.2 MB zip file): http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_CreamCityCinema.zip

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 26 – October 10, 2013 at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill. Passes and ticket 6-packs for the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival are currently available at discounted rates exclusively online at mkefilm.org/tickets. Festival passes and 6-packs are selling quickly, with early numbers already surpassing the total sold in all of 2012.

Tickets for individual screenings will be available through Milwaukee Film Festival Box Office starting September 11 for Milwaukee Film Members and September 12 for the General Public.

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival program book will first be available at the East Town Farmer’s Market in Cathedral Square on Saturday, September 7, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The book will be available at multiple locations throughout the city starting Sunday, September 8.


PRESS NOTE: The 2013 Media Accreditation Application is now open at mkefilm.org/accreditation. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; deadline is September 9, 2013.

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 26-October 10, 2013.

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors
Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

 

 

 

August 22nd, 2013

MILWAUKEE – August 22, 2013 –The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is thrilled to announce the details of its annual Opening Night Party, happening Thursday, September 26, 8:30 PM – 1 AM at Discovery World. The main event of this year’s Opening Night Party is the Milwaukee debut of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. This Chicago-born, New York-based brass band—consisting of legendary jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran’s eight sons—has performed with a who’s who of musical stars, including Mos Def, Gorillaz, Prince, and legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, among others. They’re also the subject of one of this year’s Sound Vision documentaries, Brothers Hypnotic.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                              CONTACT: Blyth Meier, Marketing Director

blyth@mkefilm.org, 414-755-1965 x208

 

 

Milwaukee Film Festival Announces 2013 Opening Night Party
Celebration and fundraiser features world renowned Hypnotic Brass Ensemble as headliner

 

MILWAUKEE – August 22, 2013 –The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is thrilled to announce the details of its annual Opening Night Party, happening Thursday, September 26, 8:30 PM – 1 AM at Discovery World.

The main event of this year’s Opening Night Party is the Milwaukee debut of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. This Chicago-born, New York-based brass band—consisting of legendary jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran’s eight sons—has performed with a who’s who of musical stars, including Mos Def, Gorillaz, Prince, and legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, among others. They’re also the subject of one of this year’s Sound Vision documentaries, Brothers Hypnotic.

In addition to the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, this year’s party will also feature performances from Evan Christian, DJ Bizzon (WMSE 91.7FM), members of the Florentine Opera, Dead Man’s Carnival,

DJ Madhatter (88Nine Radio Milwaukee), and visuals from Video Villains.

Party-goers will enjoy two free drinks courtesy of Bacardi and Grolsch, light appetizers, popcorn, and a have a chance to win coveted raffle prizes like an annual Milwaukee Film Membership at the Film Director level (which includes a 2013 festival pass and 6-pack of vouchers), $500 worth of gift cards courtesy of the MOJOFUCO restaurant group (Bel Air Cantina, Balzac, Fuel Café, The Garage, HiHat and more), and a Packer Party for 30 at Maxie’s Restaurant.


Building on the popularity of last year’s VIP Experience, Milwaukee Film is also offering a chance for interested party-goers to enjoy the newly named Red Carpet Experience, presented by Laughlin Constable, and co-chaired by Donna & Donald Baumgartner and Marge & Steve Laughlin. This exclusive Opening Night Experience includes valet parking at both the Oriental Theater for the film, and at Discovery World for the party. Red Carpet attendees will have access to their very own private area at Discovery World, featuring delicious hors d’ouevres, and an open bar, as well as a special silent auction with all proceeds benefiting Milwaukee Film.

OPENING NIGHT PARTY
(on sale Sept. 11 for Members, Sept. 12 for general public)
$35 – General Public
$25 – Members
FREE with festival pass
NO Student or Senior discounts

OPENING NIGHT FILM + PARTY COMBO

(On sale Sept. 11 for Members, Sept. 12 for general public)
$50 – General Public
$40 – Members
FREE with festival pass
NO Student or Senior discounts
OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET EXPERIENCE

Co-Chairs: Donna & Donald Baumgartner and Marge & Steve Laughlin
(on sale Thursday, August 22 at mkefilm.org/redcarpet or call 414-755-1965 x212)


$200 – includes valet parking and tickets for film and party, reserved seating at Opening Night Film

NO Student or Senior discounts
 

For more information on the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival Opening Night Party and Red Carpet Experience, as well as the rest of the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival, visit mkefilm.org. The full festival line-up and schedule will be officially released at our Official Program Book Launch on Saturday, September 7, 9 AM – 1 PM at the East Town Farmer’s Market in Cathedral Square Park.

 

Opening Night Party and Red Carpet Experience Sponsors: Laughlin Constable; Dale A. Newman, DDS, SC; Stamm Technologies; Bacardi; Dynamic Events by David Caruso; Grolsch; and Neroli Salon and Spa

 


The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 26 – October 10, 2013. Passes and ticket 6-packs for the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival are currently available at discounted rates exclusively online at mkefilm.org/tickets. Festival passes and 6-packs are selling quickly, with early numbers already surpassing the total sold in all of 2012.

Tickets for individual screenings will be available through Milwaukee Film Festival Box Office starting September 11 for Milwaukee Film Members and September 12 for the General Public.

 

 

PRESS NOTE: The 2013 Media Accreditation Application is now open at mkefilm.org/accreditation. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; deadline is September 9, 2013.

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

 

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

 

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 26-October 10, 2013.

 

 

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.

August 20th, 2013

MILWAUKEE – August 20, 2013 –The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is excited to announce the line-up for its music documentary showcase, Sound Vision. Following on the heels of last year’s success, 2013’s Sound Vision line-up features eight feature-length music documentaries covering a range of subjects, from the self-described “Black Liberace” to a genre of music that lionizes drug kingpins and two (two!!) documentaries from Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Blyth Meier, Marketing Director

blyth@mkefilm.org, 414-755-1965 x208

 

 

Milwaukee Film Festival Announces 2013 Sound Vision and Soundtrack Line-ups
Music Documentary program and live music series at The Hotel Foster expand for second year

 

MILWAUKEE – August 20, 2013 –The Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is excited to announce the line-up for its music documentary showcase, Sound Vision. Following on the heels of last year’s success, 2013’s Sound Vision line-up features eight feature-length music documentaries covering a range of subjects, from the self-described “Black Liberace” to a genre of music that lionizes drug kingpins and two (two!!) documentaries from Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme.

 

“We have been screening music documentaries since day one of the Milwaukee Film Festival, but last year was the first time we pulled them together into their own program, Sound Vision,” explains Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson. “Milwaukee's music community didn't let us down—the films were incredibly well-attended. I'm really looking forward to screening my all-time personal favorite, Stop Making Sense, alongside the rest of these varied, soon-to-be classic music docs.”

 

In addition to the films, Milwaukee Film is also proud to partner with The Hotel Foster to present Soundtrack, their second annual live music series. Featuring live music for 14 straight nights (every night of the festival except Opening Night), Soundtrack shows are free with a festival pass or ticket stub from that night’s screenings. Regular admission is $5. Last year's music line-up attracted over 1300 people over 10 nights to the venue at 2028 North Avenue on Milwaukee's East Side.

 

“We couldn't ask for better partners to work with than Johnny Revord and Doug Williams,” says Marketing Director Blyth Meier. “In addition to owning what has quickly become one of the city's best music venues, they're incredible film nerds. And with programming assistance this year from WMSE's Promotions Director Ryan Schleicher, they've pulled together an outstanding line-up. I'm looking forward to dancing every night after the we shut down the projectors.”

 

For more information on Sound Vision, Soundtrack, and the rest of the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival, visit mkefilm.org.

 

Sound Vision’s Media Sponsors: WMSE 91.7FM & The Pabst Theater

Soundtrack’s Media Sponsors: WMSE 91.7FM & OnMilwaukee.com

 

 
SOUND VISION LINE-UP:


Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker

(USA / 2013 / Director: Lily Keber)
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/61137584

He toured with Aretha Franklin, recorded with Little Richard and mentored a young Harry Connick Jr.; yet despite his standing in the New Orleans jazz scene, James Booker, the self-described “Black Liberace,” remains mostly unknown. That won’t long be the case with Bayou Maharajah, an incisive look at the man Dr. John called “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” Using never-before-seen concert footage, director Lily Keber has crafted a joyous yet unsparing look at a man whose wild imagination and destructive appetites found their only outlet in his virtuoso piano playing.
 

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
(USA / 2012 / Director: Drew DeNicola)
Trailer: youtube.com/watch?v=gxAbkqRGxqY

In the early ’70s, alternative rock forefathers Big Star released three albums that, while critically acclaimed, disappeared due to poor record sales. As decades passed, their legend grew, influencing such rock luminaries as R.E.M., The Flaming Lips and Wilco, while seeing all three albums land on the Rolling Stone top-500-of-all-time list. Even with this renaissance, their amazing story has never been properly told until now. It’s a moving portrait of what is arguably rock music's greatest cult phenomenon, a group nearly forgotten despite having left such a massive imprint on the rock ’n’ roll landscape.

Brothers Hypnotic

(USA / 2013 / Director: Reuben Atlas)
Trailer: youtube.com/watch?v=kzywHsrilHk

For the eight young men who comprise the joyful and bombastic Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, brotherhood is literal: They're all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend Phil Cohran. Raised on a steady diet of jazz and funk crossed with Black Consciousness on Chicago's South Side, this jazz cooperative has moved from busking on the streets to collaborating with Mos Def and opening for Prince. This coming-of-age doc is filled with their unremittingly unique brand of music and showcases their struggle to maintain the values they were raised on when confronted with the promise of record deals and musical stardom.
 

Enzo Avitabile Music Life
(Italy / 2012 / Director: Jonathan Demme)
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/67781235

Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme returns to the success of Stop Making Sense with this documentary spotlight on a lesser-known quantity to Americans, Italian multi-instrumentalist Enzo Avitabile. Taking a fly-on-the-wall approach to Enzo’s musical process and life story (doubling as a gorgeous portrait of Naples in the process), the film is host to remarkable jam sessions between the versatile Avitabile and a collection of amazing world music talents all performing sonic wizardry on rare and bizarre instruments native to their home countries. It’s a fascinating look at a remarkable life, filled to the brim with unforgettable musical moments.


The Girls in the Band
(USA / 2011 / Director: Judy Chaikin)
Trailer: youtube.com/watch?v=o6XDjh8gRGg

An award-winning look at the untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and the uphill climb they faced just to be heard, The Girls in the Band shines an entertaining light on women cast to the margins of jazz history. Subject to punishing sexism and racism, these women powered through all obstacles with good humor, steadfast determination and musical mastery as their guide. This long-overdue celebration showcases their groundbreaking journeys from the late ’30s all the way to today (influencing contemporaries such as Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding) in a “real crowd-pleaser” that “may prompt a rewrite of jazz history” (Robert Koehler, Variety).

Muscle Shoals
(USA / 2012 / Director: Greg “Freddy” Camalier)
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/68134896

“Free Bird,” “I’ll Take You There,” “Brown Sugar” — the tiny Alabama town of Muscle Shoals is home to these and many more hit records that shaped the course of popular music. This rousing doc takes a look at the people (Rick Hall and “The Swampers,” his genius rhythm section) behind the town's sound, whose legendary FAME studio became a creative oasis where talent trumped skin color in an age and state where segregation ruled the day. Jagger, Aretha, Simon and Bono all lend their voices to a documentary that showcases the lasting power of the Muscle Shoals sound.
 

Narco Cultura
(USA / 2012 / Director: Shaul Schwarz)
Trailer: n/a
In Ciudad Juarez, thousands of homicide cases overtax the crime scene units as drug cartels slowly tilt the system’s odds in their favor. Meanwhile, across the border, nestled in the safe embrace of El Paso, Texas, musicians work feverishly to meet growing demand for narco-corridos, waltz-like ballads that lionize the blood-soaked escapades of traffickers and kingpins (who play them over police radio channels in the wake of their violent acts) idolized for having escaped poverty and squalor. Cutting between these disparate scenes and showcasing a largely unknown counterculture taking hold across both borders, director Shaul Schwarz examines how a calamitous lifestyle remains so appealing as Narco Cultura continues to grow.

Stop Making Sense
(USA / 1984 / Director: Jonathan Demme)
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/5804404

Only the greatest concert film ever made, Jonathan Demme’s stunning collaboration with Talking Heads is a high-energy spectacle that gathers momentum throughout, allowing us to get swept up in the boundless energy of charismatic frontman David "Don't Touch Me, I'm a Real Live Wire" Byrne. Demme smartly trains his camera on the performers, allowing the band’s kinetic performance to rule the day in an environment where eminently danceable tunes coexist alongside ingenious stagecraft. A must-see for fans of concert films, this 35 mm screening is a “Once in a Lifetime” experience of a towering achievement liable to leave MFF audiences dancing in the aisles.

 

 

SOUNDTRACK AT THE HOTEL FOSTER LINE-UP:

 

Friday, Sept. 27: Fable & the World Flat / Catacombz / Dogs in Ecstasy

Saturday, Sept. 28: Le Freak ft. Asher Diamonds / Slim Brit / Shakylegs / Video Villains / Special Guests

Sunday, Sept. 29: Aluar Pearls / Kiings

Monday, Sept. 30: The Delphines / Heartthrob

Tuesday, Oct. 1: The Living Statues / The Gazettiers

Wednesday, Oct. 2: The Championship / Mark Waldoch

Thursday, Oct. 3: Cream City After-Party ft. Asher Diamonds / Why B

Friday, Oct. 4: Painted Caves / Marcus Doucette (DJ Set)

Saturday, Oct. 5: Midwest Death Rattle / Soul Low / Oedipus Tex

Sunday, Oct. 6: Delta Routine / Train Company / Hero Jr.

Monday, Oct. 7: Kyle Feerick / The Vitrolum Republic / Ivy Spokes

Tuesday, Oct. 8: Vic and Gab / Young Holidays / Young Holidays (DJ Set ft. Special Guests)

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Calliope / Castle Thunder / We Are Your Father

Thursday, Oct. 10: Fever Marlene / Jayk

 

 

Hi-res photos for Sound Vision films can be downloaded here (22.1 MB zip file): http://mkefilm.org/Press/photo/MFF2013_SoundVision.zip

 

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival runs September 26 – October 10, 2013. Passes and ticket 6-packs for the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival are currently available at discounted rates exclusively online at mkefilm.org/tickets. Festival passes and 6-packs are selling quickly, with early numbers already surpassing the total sold in all of 2012.

Tickets for individual screenings will be available through Milwaukee Film Festival Box Office starting September 11 for Milwaukee Film Members and September 12 for the General Public.

 

 

PRESS NOTE: The 2013 Media Accreditation Application is now open at http://mkefilm.org/accreditation. Applicants are encouraged to apply early; deadline is September 9, 2013.

 

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About Milwaukee Film

Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic.  And it’s at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film’s mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

 

Visit mkefilm.org for information on the film festival and the organization, membership, special events, and to sign up for the weekly email newsletter (mkefilm.org/newsletter-signup). Connect with Milwaukee Film on Facebook (facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm), Twitter (twitter.com/mkefilm), Instagram (instagram.com/mkefilm), and the Milwaukee Film blog (mkefilm.org/theblog).

 

The 5th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held September 26-October 10, 2013.

 

 

About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors

Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Donna Baumgartner; Tina Chang; Eva Chess; Robert M. Davis, DVM; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Stacey Herzing; Patti Keating Kahn; Tracey L. Klein; Mary Ann LaBahn; Steve Laughlin (President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; Joseph A. Rock; Julia Taylor; Chad Tessmer. Emeritus members: Chris Abele (Past President), Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.