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Day Trips to
the Oriental Theatre

In Milwaukee Film's Education Screenings program, local students take a day trip to the Oriental Theatre. The students experience a historic cinema, view a high-quality film, and join other students from the community to engage in thought-provoking, curriculum-based activities and discussions. We also provide participating teachers with curriculum packets that indicate the Common Core State Standards our screenings and activities meet.

Previous screenings have included the documentaries T-Rex, The Blood is at the Doorstep, and Supergirl, and, on occasion, we've been able to bring in a film professional or guest to supplement the screening and subsequent discussion.

In the past, our Education Screenings program has been limited to festival season, but beginning with the 2018–2019 academic year, Milwaukee Film will operate the Oriental Theatre year-round, allowing us to expand our Education Screenings program to serve even more students in a given year.

Feel free to email our Youth Education Coordinator, Hope Owens-Wilson, with any questions or sign up for our Educator Newsletter to receive program updates in your inbox.


Sign up to reserve seats for your students at the 2018 Education Screenings!

Reserve Your Education Screening

If you're ready to reserve your and your students' spots at a 2018 educational screening, sign up in the form below!

Fast Facts: Education Screenings

Who is eligible for Education Screenings?

Milwaukee Film’s Education Screenings are open to grade bands 1st–3rd, 4th–6th, 6th–8th, and 9th–12th for schools in the Greater Milwaukee area.

How much do Education Screenings cost?

Tickets are only $1 per student, and, for MPS schools, Milwaukee Film will pay for buses.

When and where are the screenings?

All Festival Education Screenings start promptly at 10 a.m. at the Oriental Theatre on Milwaukee's East Side.

Do Education Screenings take place only during the Milwaukee Film Festival?

In the past, our Education Screenings program has been limited to festival season, but beginning with the 2018–2019 academic year, Milwaukee Film will operate the Oriental Theatre year-round, allowing us to expand our Education Screenings program to serve even more students in a given year.

Will year-round Education Screenings be identical to festival season offerings?

Year-round Education Screenings may be encore screenings of festival films or new selections. They’ll still come with curriculum packets and be high-quality, educationally engaging films!

Some of the festival screening dates are wait-listed. Does that mean I should no longer sign up?

As we receive reservations for the festival screening dates, we will indicate which screenings are wait-list only below. Please do not hesitate to sign up to be on our wait-list as it will become active as student numbers become more solid and as groups adjust their reservations! When films are announced in late August, you’ll be asked to confirm your reservation.

When are screenings during the 10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, and which dates serve which grade bands?

GRADES 1–3 SCREENINGS

  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 (wait-list only)
  • Thursday, Nov. 1 (wait-list only)

GRADES 4–6 SCREENINGS

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23 (wait-list only)
  • Wednesday Oct. 31 (wait-list only)

GRADES 6–8 SCREENINGS

  • Monday, Oct. 29
  • Tuesday, Oct 30 (wait-list only)

GRADES 9–12 SCREENINGS

  • Thursday, Oct. 25 (wait-list only)
  • Friday, Oct. 26  (wait-list only)
When are additional screening dates after the 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival?

The exact dates and grade ranges for our year-round screenings are still being finalized and are contingent on renovation planning for the Oriental Theatre, but if you're interested in bringing your students to the cinema (or back to the cinema) for a day of education and engagement, express your interest in the sign-up form, and we will contact you with details as soon as possible.