- Film Guide
Frances Ha @ Downer Theatre (Opens Fri, May 24)
(dir. Noah Baumbach, USA, 2012)
Director Noah Baumbach reteams with the inimitable Greta Gerwig (The Dish & the Spoon, MFF 2011) to deliver a poignant, yet optimistic portrait of self discovery. Frances (Gerwig) and Sophie (Mickey Sumner, Sting’s daughter!) are best friends and roommates, or as Frances affectionately claims, “an old lesbian couple that doesn’t have sex anymore.” When Sophie decides to move in with her boyfriend, Frances starts jumping from apartment to apartment in search of a new niche and confronts her career, relationships, and adulthood from her newly single perspective. Shot in gorgeously nostalgic black and white with wonderfully dry humor, Frances Ha hearkens back to Woody Allen’s New York, but with less self-deprecation and more “Modern Love."
Watch the trailer for Frances Ha here.
Detropia on PBS (May 27)
(dir. Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, USA, 2012)
Detroit symbolizes some of America's most defining moments, from the lucrative rise of the auto industry to the current recession and its devastating effects. Despite its bruises, the Motor City teems with beauty and tenacity, which directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady capture through stunning imagery and interviews with a wide cross-section of residents. Even as Detroit edges toward bankruptcy, its most ardent admirers insist that money can't buy happiness. This MFF 2012 Documentary Festival Favorite takes to the small screen this coming Monday. Find out when and where it airs here.
Watch the trailer for Detropia here.
Only the Young on iTunes
(dir. Elizabeth Mims, Jason Tippet, USA, 2012)
What if we told you that for a mere 99 cents, you could see a great documentary about three teenagers living in a part of Southern California burdened by the recession? You can thank iTunes for that one. It's their Editors' Choice film this week! Produced by MFF 2011 alum (and all around awesome person) Derek Waters and released by our pals at Oscilloscope, Only the Young spotlights its teenage subjects as they traipse through the seemingly mundane rites of passage that come with making the leap from kid to grown-up. It's visually charming, masterfully edited, and has the bonus of a pretty sweet vintage R & B soundtrack.
Rent Only the Young via iTunes here.
Watch the trailer for Only the Young here.
Support Your Local Sheriff @ Focus Film Society (Sat, May 25 @7p)
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Our children’s film intern, Tara Monnink, hasn’t gotten much play here on the Milwaukee Film blog since she started with us in March. We asked her to take a moment out of her busy schedule tracking down children’s films to write about The Milwaukee Youth Show, our showcase of kid-produced movies. --Susan
Are you under the age of 18, made an awesome film, and would love nothing more than to have it shown on the big screen? (Or do you know someone who fits that description?) The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival is now accepting submissions for The Milwaukee Youth Show until June 24. And the best part? It's free to enter!
The Milwaukee Youth Show features short (20 minutes or fewer) animated, fiction, and documentary films by young filmmakers from Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Walworth, or Washington counties. The films must have been written, directed, and produced by young people. (No helping, parents!) Tell your story-- any story-- or re-tell one. Get a group of friends together and make some movie magic happen!
You can get all the ins and outs about submitting your film here.
If your film is accepted into the show, we will let you know no later than August 30, 2013. And if you have any questions, send them our way: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to watching your films!
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Maureen Post!
Maureen is the brand new Community Partners Coordinator for the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival. That means she’s responsible for making sure every single film in the festival is paired with a local business, non-profit, community group, educational institution, or student-led group. Once paired, they become a Community Partner. And as a partner, they promote their film to their audience, and we promote their organization to our audience. Everyone wins!
Maureen is a Milwaukee native and current resident, and has spent the last 10 years putting her various passions to work. She’s a freelance writer for for publications like Milwaukee Magazine, Edible Madison, and AV Club Milwaukee. She handles marketing & PR for various local business and designers. She owns and operates a picture frame business called Norman and Roberta, which you can find at HoverCraft, Maker’s Market, etsy, and small brick-and-mortar boutiques. And while all of this might convince you she has zero free time, somehow she found some, and is currently using it to enjoy Scandanavian film and television!
If you’re interested in talking to Maureen about becoming a Community Partner, or want to know a little more about the program, you can find more information here.
Then drop her a line so we can bring you on board for our biggest, best film festival yet.
Sign Painters @ Oriental Theatre (Thu, May 16 @ 7p)
(dir. Faythe Levine & Sam Macon, USA, 2013)
After a seemingly endless schedule of screenings and lectures about her debut documentary film Handmade Nation, Milwaukee maker Faythe Levine debuts her second film to the city she calls home TONIGHT. A collaborative directorial effort with filmmaker Sam Macon, Sign Painters honors the craft of hand-lettered sign painting by talking to the artists who continue to do this truly beautiful work in an era overwhelmed by not at all unique digitally made, mass produced signage.
Read more about the film here and watch the trailer for Sign Painters here.
Bicycle Film Festival @ MAM (Sat, May 18 @ 5:30, 7:30, 9:30p)
If you are a bicycle and were wondering when you'd get a film festival that celebrated you, consider this your lucky day. Rather, consider this Saturday your lucky day. That's when the Bicycle Film Festival happens to mark the end of Bike to Work Week. (You are biking, right?) Consisting of three different programs, each boasting a different line-up of short films celebrating every style of bike and biking, the Bicycle Film Festival "brings together all aspects of bicycling together to advocate its ability to transport us in many ways."
Get more info on the Bicycle Film Festival here.
Senior Screening @ UWM Union Theatre (Thurs, May 16)
King’s Row @ Charles Allis (Weds, May 22 @ 7:30p)
Last month, nearly 500 of you showed for the April Members-Only Screening. That’s a lot of Members! But would you believe it’s not ALL of our Members? So when we booked May’s Members-Only screening, and the studio told us there was a cap of 250 on the number of people who could attend the screening, we got worried.
Our solution? Book a second film!
This month, to accommodate the rapidly growing number of Milwaukee Film Members, we’re presenting TWO films. No, it’s not a double-feature. It’s two different films on two different screens on the same night, so no members get left out!
Which one will you see? THE CHOICE IS YOURS:
7:00 PM: Morgan Neville’s Twenty Feet From Stardom
Selected for this year’s opening night at Sundance, this film brings music fans the moving stories of a string of talented backup vocalists, as well as the famous faces they’ve shared the stage with, including Carole King, Mick Jagger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sting and Michael Jackson.
7:15 PM: Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ The Kings of Summer_
Another Sundance premiere, this MFF Alum crowbars the typical coming-of-age movie wide open with this refreshingly irreverent film, which sees three boys decamp from their homes and families to build a house in the woods.
Both films are great, and both films are tearing up the film festival circuit. Obviously, the sooner you RSVP, the more likely you are to see the film you want. Once one film fills up, you’ll only have the remaining film as an option.
Just for this month, you will RSVP a little differently. Just CLICK HERE to make your choice online. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com. The screenings take place on Wednesday, May 29th at 7pm at the Landmark Oriental Theatre. Reservations close on Monday, May 27th. Space is limited and tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis.
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