Also part of this year’s Festival is a special tribute to noted film critic J. Hoberman. One of the quintessential voices in film criticism, Hoberman wrote for the Village Voice for more than 30 years and took over as senior film critic in 1988. The elimination of his position by the Voice in 2012 was seen as a watershed moment marking the end of journalistic film criticism. His most recent book, Film After Film: (Or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema?) takes up the question of the place of film and film crticism today.
Mr. Hoberman will attend the festival to spotlight two singificant films—Sans Soleil (dir. Chris Marker, France, 1983) and Inland Empire (dir. David Lynch, US, 2006)—and present the keynote address of our panels series, State of Cinema in the 21st Century: Film After Film. Co-presented by UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies, this talk will explore the shifting contexts and future of film and film criticism in a post-9/11 world. This panel discussion will take place Sunday, September 30 at 1 P.M. in the Landmark Downer Theatre, and a book signing will take place immediately after at nearby Boswell Books (2559 North Downer Ave.).
For a listing of the panel discussions announced so far, click here. The complete panel line-up will be announced on September 8.
In addition to the panels, the Milwaukee Film Festival will host a Conversations Series, which offers filmgoers the opportunity to continue dialogues started by the films. Discussions moderated by local film enthusiasts or experts in the film’s subject matter will be held following selected screenings this year. A complete Conversations schedule will be announced along with the full film line-up on September 8.