Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design


In 2014, Milwaukee Film recognized the critical need to elevate Black voices in film, seeing the power of film to bridge racial and cultural divides. The Black Lens program was created to entertain, educate, and engage our community through cinematic experiences. Through our Black Lens program, Milwaukee Film created a month-long series dedicated to celebrating and honoring Black History Month in 2019. This year, we seek to go even further in engaging Milwaukee’s richly diverse population with a full schedule of films and events to inspire conversation, celebration, and community.



Thursday, Feb. 6
Black Women: Both Sides of the Lens
Oriental Theatre - 6:30 p.m.

Short films directed by Black women, about Black women.





Saturday, Feb. 8
Black Women Behind the Lens
Nō Studios (1037 W McKinley Ave.)


A companion screening and conversation to our Both Sides of the Lens event, featuring local and national Black women filmmakers discussing their work in-depth.


Thursday, Feb. 13
Love & Basketball (in 35mm!)
Oriental Theatre - 6:30 p.m.

Combining sports, romance, and comedy, Gina Prince-Blythewood's epic love story starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Latham has aged well, preserving its stature as a classic depiction of intimate Black relationships on-screen.


Thursday, Feb. 20
The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion
Oriental Theatre -  6:30 p.m.

One of the most talked-about titles of the 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival, The Remix returns! As architects of hip-hop fashion, Misa Hylton and April Walker have had an incalculable cultural impact in the male-dominated world of hip-hop style since the 1980s. Their iconic looks styled in influential music videos, inspiring a generation of would-be streetwear designers.



Thursday, Feb. 27
Devil's Pie: D'Angelo
Oriental Theatre - 6:30 p.m.

Boasting two platinum-selling albums and a sold-out world tour, legendary soul singer D'Angelo vanished at the height of his career in 2000 - descending into darkness for more than a decade. This is the story of his return to the public eye after 14 years of absence.



Saturday, Feb. 29
Groove Theory and the Band Bazaar present The D'Angelo Experience
The Cooperage (822 S Water St.)

This special edition of Groove Theory, curated by musical director Tim Ricketts and The Band Bazaar, features a collection of Milwaukee's hottest bands performing the music of D'Angelo live.


The Black Lens Lounge

Following both our Feb. 13 and Feb. 20 screenings, join us at XO Cocktail Parlor (326 E Mason St.) to meet and network with other film attendees while enjoying food, drinks, and music late into the night!