2017 Milwaukee Film Festival 9/28 - 10/12

2017 Film Guide

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A modern-day vision of Mother Mary's pilgrimage, sending her toward Las Vegas through the scorched American Southwest in an astonishing film told purely through movement.

This film is part of The Milwaukee Music Video Show

Music video for Maritime's song 'Roaming Empire,' starring Chicago's Nordic Thunder (winner of the 2012 World Air Guitar Championship) and Milwaukee native Mark Waldoch.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

A genuine American icon receives the moving and personal portrait she so richly deserves, focusing on her prolific accomplishments.

This film is part of The Milwaukee Show II


An amateur stand-up comedian seeks company digitally after bar close on a winter's night. She engages the world through social media and her phone, but fails to connect fully with her surroundings and, ultimately, herself.

This film is part of Kids Shorts: Size Large

A live-action puppet short film featuring a lonely man who is obsessed with capturing photographs of every species of woodpecker known to man.

A pair of psychotic brothers set out in search of their biological father, leading them to a secluded Danish village and an abandoned sanitarium.


Alloy Orchestra returns to the MFF to provide their inimitable brand of accompaniment to Fritz Lang's sci-fi urtext Metropolis.

This film is part of The Milwaukee Youth Show

A young man discovers the effects of society's dependence on technology.

This film is part of The Milwaukee Youth Show

The trials and tribulations a high school student must go through in order to graduate and be successful in today's society.

Milwaukee 53206

A character-driven, immersive ensemble tells the story of 53206: a ZIP code where 62% of its adult men have spent time behind bars.

For those about to watch Milwaukee rock, we salute you: watch the local film and music scenes collide gorgeously in this set of finely-curated music videos.

The Milwaukee Show I

Nobody brews up a refreshing batch of storytelling quite like our own local filmmakers, and this year's edition of The Milwaukee Show I is no different.

The Milwaukee Show II

Too much for one program, The Milwaukee Show II brings us even more lovely local selections.

These kids are more than all right: a youth-driven talent showcase that highlights the diversity of voices Milwaukee has to offer.

This film is part of YARN

At the height of a successful career at one of the world’s top advertising agencies, renowned Montreal-based “MissMe” quit her job and took to the streets to become an underground street artist. Her goal? Self-liberation, authenticity, and to be a loud, counter-voice to the objectification of women in mainstream advertising.

Miss Sharon Jones!

The powerful story of Sharon Jones' recovery from pancreatic cancer as she seeks out a triumphant return to the stage.

Mom and Me

Men provide tribute to the powerful women who shaped them in this look at the various bonds that can be formed between mother and son.

This film is part of Kids Shorts: Size Small

Every forgotten object has a memory with its previous owner still attached. This is a story of Moom, one of those memories stuck in this world.

Morris From America

Morris must make his way as a young, black, American emigrant in Heidelberg, Germany, with the help of his well-meaning father and protective language tutor.

Motley's Law

Kimberly Motley travels to Afghanistan to become the only American lawyer licensed to practice, seeking to untangle the gnarled hotbed of corruption nestled in its local government.

A decades-spanning, hugely ambitious epic from acclaimed filmmaker Jia Zhangke about a woman and those closest to her in a rapidly modernizing China.

This film is part of Kids Shorts: Size Large

This town is not big enough for two men and their glorious moustaches.

Renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batshevca Dance Company Ohad Naharin takes us behind the scenes of his creative process.

This film is part of Kids Shorts: Size Large

This is a movie-memory, narrated by a young boy about his views on life and death. It's also a story about an unusual grandfather, who listened to the trees breathing and believed that a person can't die if someone still loves them.

A woman reflects back on her tumultuous relationship with a free spirit as she recovers from a skiing accident, thinking back on both the heartbreak and beauty.

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