2017 Milwaukee Film Festival

Sept. 28 - Oct. 12


We Recommend: Lucky, Florida Project, and more!

posted by Tom Fuchs on October 19, 2017

(Every Thursday, our email newsletter includes reviews of our top film picks for the week, reminders about classics you may have missed, film news, and something in our city that we just plain love. Want to read it? Sign up today!) THIS WEEK'S TOP PICKS: Lucky @ Times Cinema (opens Friday, October 20) (Dir. John Carroll Lynch | USA | 2017) The Florida Project @ Downer Theatre (opens Thursday, October 19) (Dir. Sean Baker | USA | 2017) MORE PICKS:   Thursday, October 19 I Am Not Your Negro  - 5 & 7 PM @UWM Union Same Kind of Different As

Milwaukee Film Announces Record Attendance & Audience Award Winners

posted by Tom Fuchs on October 18, 2017

The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Associated Bank, announces a 9% increase in attendance with 84,072 attendees at this year’s event, compared to the 76,899 attendees in 2016. This includes the 9,325 area students who were able to participate through the organization’s Education Screenings and Reel Talks programs. The festival also boasted an increase of sold-out screenings, from 87 in 2016 to 101 in 2017. In addition, the Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Awards for feature film and short film are announced. The feature award goes to

Day Fifteen: LANDLINE

posted by Tom Fuchs on October 12, 2017

15 days. 297 films. 8 million volunteer hours. 17 tons of popcorn. 1 trillion gallons of caffeinated beverages (some of these numbers are based more on feel than actual fact). And at the end of it, one massively successful film festival. We’ve had an absolute blast bringing you the best in cinema from around the world and in your own backyard over the past two weeks, and we’re stoked to present our closing night film, Landline. Anyone who took in the last collaboration between star Jenny Slate and writer/director Gillian Robespierre,

Milwaukee Film Supports Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico

posted by Tom Fuchs on October 12, 2017

Milwaukee Film Supports Hurricane/Earthquake Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico Relief efforts are underway in Puerto Rico and Mexico, but there are vast resources still needed and much work to be done. In an effort to support the people of the region, Milwaukee Film, in conjunction with its Cine Sin Fronteras film program, will donate the proceeds from screenings of El Sueño del Mara'akame, Extra Terrestres, and You’re Killing Me Susana (Me Está Matando Susana) to relief efforts. Proceeds will be divided between the Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund and Diego Luna's

Announcing the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival Jury Award Winners

posted by Tom Fuchs on October 11, 2017

The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Associated Bank, is excited to share this year’s festival jury award winners. Among the top films selected include Scott Road, a film with local ties shot entirely in China; Rat Film, a documentary exploring the rat infestations and their socioeconomic connections in Baltimore; and Quest, a documentary following a North Philadelphia family over the course of a decade.   In addition to the festival awards, recipients of the 2017 Brico Forward Fund were announced. This year awarding $50,000 in cash and over $60,000 in production


posted by Tom Fuchs on October 11, 2017

(The following blog is a goof!  We remain as in the dark as the rest of you as to what the Super Secret Members-Only Screening is!) In days past, I would use this blog space to recklessly speculate as to the identity of the annual Super Secret Member-Only Screening, with guesses ranging from a Japanese film about a man who wore panties on his face to fight crime, to the Charlie Sheen/Emilio Estevez classic Men at Work, to the Jason Statham/Jessica Alba-starring-Romeo-and-Juliet-for-our-times Mechanic: Resurrection. But that was then, back when I


posted by Tom Fuchs on October 10, 2017

It’s the local celebration so nice, we have to hold it twice: The Milwaukee Show II (potential subtitles: Milwauk Hard, The Legend of Curly Lambeau’s Gold, Ragna-wauk, The Force Milwaukens). What started as a fun way of acknowledging the breadth and depth of film making talent in and around the Milwaukee area has become bigger and bigger with each passing year. Starting in 2014 we had to expand the program over two nights to accommodate the influx of quality we were seeing from our community - if my calculations are


posted by Tom Fuchs on October 9, 2017

Every year, there are always events that coincide with the festival that some would label as mere coincidence. Sometimes sad - Harry Dean Stanton’s passing making all of our screenings of Lucky a memorial celebration of one of America’s finest character actors - but just as often happy, these little harmonic convergences add bonus resonance to films that were already emotionally powerful to begin with. This is all preface to the fact that the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were recently announced, and Link Wray (dubbed by some