2017 Milwaukee Film Festival

Sept. 28 - Oct. 12


2017 Festival Events

Soundtrack at the Jazz Estate

The Jazz Estate (2423 N. Murray Ave.)
The perfect way to end a day at the Milwaukee Film Festival? Head to Milwaukee's intimate, recently reopened Jazz Estate (a short walk north of the Oriental Theatre). Catch one of the fantastic bands playing nightly throughout the festival, and use your same-day ticket stub or Festival Pass for drink specials. For a schedule and details visit jazzestate.com.

Love and Saucers: Art of David Huggins

SUNDAY, OCT. 1 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | FREE
Back Room at Colectivo (2211 N. Prospect Ave.)
Preceding the documentary Love and Saucers, transport yourself into the real-life paintings of film subject and artists David Huggins. Huggins, who is now 72 living in Hoboken, NJ, with his wife and son, attests he lost his virginity to a female "alien hybrid" named Crescent and has since had numerous extraterrestrial experiences. Once trained as a painter at the Art Students League of New York, Huggins shares a series of paintings he's created to illustrate his space experiences.

Black Lens and Youth Education

SUNDAY, OCT. 1 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | FREE
Good City Brewing (2108 N. Farwell Ave.)
How will Milwaukee area youth be involved in the explosive growth of film in our region? Join our Black Lens partners John W. Daniels III and Jasmine M. Johnson along with Black Lens Council members after Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities for a special reception to unveil plans for film production among inner city students of color.

Black Love Through A Black Lens

MONDAY, OCT. 2 | 8 PM - 10:30 PM
Back Room at Colectivo (2211 N. Prospect Ave.)
Join Raafi Rivero, director, 72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?, and a group of dynamic local commentators for an intimate conversation on the persistent stereotypes and authentic realities of "Black love" in the 21st century. Hosted by Milwaukee's own Dasha Kelly Hamilton, this talk show-style discussion will explore facets of intimate partner relationships, sexuality, gender roles, and other love-related topics from a Black perspective. Attendees can enjoy food compliments of Colectivo and participate in a love letter-writing station while grooving to the love-inspired sounds of DJ JDL.

There Will Be Bowling 2: Electric Boogaloo

TUESDAY, OCT. 3 | 6 PM - 9 PM | $10
Landmark Lanes (2220 N. Prospect Ave.)
The return of Milwaukee Record's movie-themed bowling tournament at Landmark Lanes! More prizes! More fun! Karaoke! Oh, and complimentary pitcher of beer for each team. Put together a four- or five-person team, slip on some rental shoes, and do your best to beat Milwaukee Record in a three-game bowling tournament. Go to BrownPaperTickets.com to purchase your will-call tickets.

Night of Nostalgia with Chulita Vinyl Club

FRIDAY, OCT. 6 | 9 PM - 11 PM 
88Nine Radio Milwaukee (220 E. Pittsburgh Ave.)
After the premiere of Chavela, join us to dance, laugh, and sing as we celebrate the music of the late legendary ranchera singer Chavela Vargas! Enjoy boleros, ranchera cumbias, and more from Chulita Vinyl Club, an all-girl-all-vinyl club for self-identifying womxn of color.

Groove Theory: The Sounds of '90s Black Cinema

SUNDAY, OCT. 8 | 8 PM - CLOSE | $10 Cover (FREE for Black Lens Council members) 
Company Brewing (735 E. Center St.)
The unofficial soundtrack to the neo-soul generation, Love Jones' mixture of jazz, poetry, and R&B captured the essence of mid-1990s cultural movement. In collaboration with VoodooHoney Records, Milwaukee's top performing artists will cover songs from Love Jones as well as music from other classic Black movie soundtracks celebrating anniversaries, including Boomerang and Soul Food. This event is a part of Black Lens' 20th-anniversary salute to the film Love Jones. For more information on other Love Jones-related events, visit facebook.com/BlackLensMKE.