Milwaukee Film Blog

posted by Susan on May 7th, 2013

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Screenwriter Katie Theel checking out the camera

It is hard to believe it’s already time to shoot another film for our Collaborative Cinema education program! Where did the past year go?!? We are SUPER excited to get to work on Love You Still, which was written by Katie Theel, a junior at Franklin High School, and will be directed by Michael Viers, a senior in UW-Milwaukee's Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres. It’s a lovely story about an aging fisherman struggling with hauntingly uncertain memories.


Both Katie and Michael have long histories with Milwaukee Film's Collaborative Cinema, so we are especially excited to welcome them to our family of writers and directors. This was writer Katie’s third year in our screenwriting program—the same program that helped shape director Michael’s interest in filmmaking some years ago when he entered it as a high school student. We are thrilled to watch such talented people not just emerging from the program but also returning to it later in their careers as emerging filmmakers.


We have also opened a crew call for people with a filmmaking background looking to gain more on-set experience and meet people working in the local film industry. We plan to shoot the film during the last weekend in June. If you are 18 or older, apply here by Tuesday, May 21.


Finally, I want to recognize the other incredibly talented people who wrote top scripts and/or pitched their ideas. We are lucky that many of these people will be on set with us helping to make Love You Still. We are even luckier that they call Milwaukee home and contribute their talents to our thriving cultural scene.


Collaborative Cinema Screenwriting Finalists:

Maggie Beck (Nicolet High School) - Title: Lunch Money

Vianca Fuster (Riverside High School) - Title: Online Fugitives

Joshua Miles (Milwaukee School of Languages) - Title: A Family That Preys

Ellie Wells (Shorewood High School) - Title: The Harpist


Collaborative Cinema Director Finalists:

Nikolaus Aldrich (Director Reel)


Tony Hunt (Clip from his short film, Pink Moon)


Erica Thompson (Short film, Who Knows how to Make Love Stay?)


More information on Milwaukee Film's Collaborative Cinema education program can be found here.