Meet Uncle Paul
2018 | 14 min | short documentary
Jessica Bursi (Director, Producer)
Synopsis: Meet Paul. 62-years-young - he's a lover of The Beatles, The Monkees, and The Terminator, and he just so happens to be living with Down syndrome. Tracing the trajectory of his life, Meet Uncle Paul tells Paul’s moving history (born into a family as loving as it large) through the current day where he contends with the early stages of dementia. A powerful reminder of the power of decency and compassion and a tribute to an unforgettably indomitable spirit.
Thematic Elements: Down syndrome, aging, family
Three Neighborhoods: People, Place, Purpose
2018 | 12 min | short documentary
Adam Carr, Wes Tank (Directors)
Synopsis In 2008, Joseph Zilber committed $50 million to support and catalyze work in three Milwaukee neighborhoods: Clarke Square, Lindsay Heights, and Layton Boulevard West. In Three Neighborhoods, we hear from the people who call these neighborhoods home
Thematic Elements: Immigration, exploring and celebrating community
2018 | 75 min | feature-length fiction
Carol Brandt (Director, Editor, multi-MFF alum), Dana Shihadah (Cinematographer), Meredith Johnston (Writer, Actor)
Synopsis: Shot entirely in and around Wisconsin, this appealingly off-center road movie has drawn comparison to Kelly Reichardt. Taking a brief sojourn from tending to her terminally ill mother, grad school dropout Leigh plans for a weekend in the woods, with her high school ex-boyfriend (and his adorable pug) tagging along for the ride. Filmed with the faded warmth of old Polaroids, their introspective getaway causes them to relitigate the past while looking toward their potential futures.
Content Notes: Romance. Recommended for High School audiences.
Thematic Elements: Growing up, identity, family
The Water Will Carry Us Home
2018 | 7 min | animated short
Gabrielle Tesfaye (Director)
Synopsis: Through living ritual and stop motion animation, The Water Will Carry Us Home reveals the story of stolen Africans being thrown off the slave ship whilst sailing through the Middle Passage. Upon crashing in the waves, a phenomenon happens when the presence of Yoruba Orishas dwelling in the water saves these spirits.
Thematic Elements: Mixed media, ancestral storytelling, healing, ritual, puppetry
MILWAUKEE YOUTH SHOW SELECTIONS**
Connect your students with near-peers from our 2018 Milwaukee Youth Show! These talented emerging filmmakers can provide fresh accounts of what it was like to pursue film in high school, and what helped them succeed.
2018 | 5 min | short fiction
Kyen Ditzenberger, Gabe Brusky (Directors)
Synopsis: After months of constant moving and being alone Cory settles down in what seems like a safe space in the vast forest he resides in. Upon the introduction of another scavenger, Cory has to make some hasty decisions.
Thematic Elements: Dystopia, Kafka-esque setting
We All Bleed Red**
2018 | 8 min | short documentary
Jacob Young (Director)
Synopsis: We All Bleed Red shares stories from those involved on the day of the Sikh Temple Shooting in 2012.
Content Notes: Journalistic
Thematic Elements: Hate crimes