About the Reel Talks Program

Established in 2014, Milwaukee Film’s Reel Talks program brings visiting and local filmmakers to high school, college, and after-school learning spaces to talk about their work and inspire and educate young people. Each Reel Talk session lasts about 45–60 minutes and usually involves a screening of excerpts from the film and an informal discussion of the film’s content and/or the guest’s career. We offer two kinds of Reel Talks: one as a year-round program and the other as a festival-specific program. Visits are subject to filmmaker availability.

Festival Reel Talks

Are you an in-school or after-school educator interested in having a festival guest (filmmaker, film subject, or other talent) visit your students? Request a 2018 Festival Reel Talk here!
 

Past Festival Reel Talks

  • Daje Shelton (subject) and Jeff Truesdell (producer)  For Ahkeem, MFF2017
     
  • Linda Saffire, Adam Schleninger (directors/producers), and Wendy Whelan (subject) – Restless Creature, MFF2017
     
  • Leila Djansi (director) – Like Cotton Twines, MFF2017
     
  • Jessie Auritt (director), Naomi Kutin, Ari Kutin, and Neshama Kutin (subjects) – Supergirl, MFF2017
     
  • Keith McQuirter (director) – Milwaukee 53206, MFF2016
     
  • Matthew Cherry (director) – 9 Rides, MFF2016
     
  • Shingo Usami (director) – RICEBALLS, MFF2016
     
  • Lacey Schwartz (director) – Little White Lie, MFF2015
     
  • Ty Hodges (director/actor), Ryan Destiny (actress) – A Girl Like Grace, MFF2015
     
  • Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt (director), Armando Lorenzo Munnet Rodriguez (subject), Carlos Alvarez (Subject) – Havana Motor Club, MFF2015
     
  • Grace Lee (director) – Off the Menu: Asian America, MFF2015
     
  • Jason Zeldes (director), Michael Klein (producer), Donte Clark (subject), Molly Raynor (subject), and D’Neise Robinson (subject) – Romeo is Bleeding, MFF2015
     
  • Darius Clark Monroe (director/subject) – Evolution of a Criminal, MFF2014

Year-Round Reel Talks

We're excited to bring you our fourth year of year-round Reel Talks! If you’d like to host a local filmmaker in your classroom or learning space, please fill out the interest form. Signups for spring 2018 are now closed, but check back soon for information about fall and winter 2018 Reel Talks.
 

Past Year-Round Reel Talks

ANGELAAA
SHANNON MCINNIS (WRITER/DIRECTOR)

The morning of her mother’s funeral, Angela still can’t find the words for the eulogy. She receives help from some unexpected furry friends in this original musical.
 

THE ALLIGATOR HUNTER
KYLE V. JAMES (ANIMATOR/DIRECTOR)
After losing his wife in a traumatic attack, an elderly hunter seeks revenge on the culprit: a massive albino alligator.
 

MARIELLE ALLSCHWANG – “AQUARIUM”
MARIELLE ALLSCHWANG (PRODUCER/SUBJECT)
Inspired by Tarot cards, Milwaukee musician Marielle Allschwang is a sort of living sculpture within each scene of this music video. The video combines the cinemagraph technique, set design, and 3D post production.
 

‘THE BEAUTIFUL’: THE STORIES SHE TELL
MAEVE JACKSON (WRITER/DIRECTOR)
As a woman removes the fabric from her head, her identity is altered, provoking questions of identity and culture.
 

THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP
ERIK LJUNG (DIRECTOR) & MICHAEL VOLLMANN (EDITOR)
A heartrending portrait of justice deferred, following Dontre Hamilton’s family as they honor his memory through pursuing the truth. (CONTENT NOTES: Journalistic representation of violence)
 

BOB THE BUCK
BRENDAN T. JONES (DIRECTOR)

Bob Wanek has been with the Bucks from the beginning. At 84 years old, Wanek is the eldest employee of the Bucks and the longest tenured, having been the official scorer for the Bucks since 1968.
 

DEAR COWARD ON THE MOON
CAROL BRANDT (WRITER/DIRECTOR)
Jasmine is a precocious nine-year-old girl prone to flights of fancy, constantly traversing imaginary lunar landscapes and exploring the world around her, while her older sister Jade struggles to support them with her full-time job. When Jasmine’s curiosity reveals an upsetting family secret that causes her to run away, Jade must reach back into their shared past in order to track own her beloved sister.
 

GREY SHEEP
DAMIEN BLUE (DIRECTOR)
When a high school baseball player is hospitalized after a nasty prank, the gang responsible decides to stay quiet about the debacle. Several eerie experiences shortly following the accident prompt the paranoid newbie in the group to want to spill the beans, but the alpha male in the gang is willing to curb all rationale to prevent him from doing so. (CONTENT NOTES: Language, violent content but not graphic; issues pertinent to high schoolers)
 

IT’S GOTTA BE IN YA!
KARA MULROONEY (DIRECTOR)
The story of how the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving large-scale art environments came to be, this mixed media animated documentary relives Kohler Arts Center matriarch Ruth Kohler’s first adventure: the preservation of concrete artist Fred Smith’s Wisconsin Concrete Park.
 

REMNANTS OF A ROOM
DEVON SMITH (DIRECTOR)

Smith reflects on a series of paranormal encounters that his father experienced at age twelve.
 

SILENTLY STEAL AWAY
ANDREW SWANT (DIRECTOR)
A mysterious radio show broadcast every day for 49 years from a small town in northern Wisconsin has unwittingly influenced a generation of musicians including Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver). Narrated by Mark Borchardt of American Movie. (CONTENT NOTES: Drug references, adult language)
 

A WALK WITH MY BROTHER
SITORA TAKANAEV (DIRECTOR)
Misha’s mentally ill brother disappears one evening after their stepfather lets him go for a walk on his own. After they hear news of a nearby police shooting, Misha, worried sick, sets out to search her neighborhood. (CONTENT NOTES: Brief implication of intimacy between two consenting adults)