2017 Milwaukee Film Festival 9/28 - 10/12
 
 

Mark: My Words – Help MPS Kids See HIDDEN FIGURES

posted by MKE Film on January 31, 2017

Ever see an inspirational movie and wish you could take your children? Well, I consider the students in Milwaukee Public Schools my children. (After all, they live in our city.) So when I saw the movie Hidden Figures I said, “My kids need to see this movie.” As luck would have it, there's an initiative taking place to send 10,000 MPS students and Boys & Girls Club members to see the movie.  The effort is massive—getting that many students bused and seated, and providing film-related classroom materials to study—and at a total of $155,000,



Staff Streaming Picks for February

posted by MKE Film on January 30, 2017

Every month, a bunch of new films and shows are uploaded to streaming services for you to binge watch until your eyes pop. But how to sort through such an overwhelming list? Let the Milwaukee Film staff make all your streams come true. Here's what we recommend for February. Do the Right Thing (Feb. 01 via HBO Now • Dir. Spike Lee • 1989) Snag someone's HBO Now password and you could have yourself a Spike Lee Mini-Fiesta, really. I spy Clockers, Crooklyn, AND Mo' Better Blues on there. But I'm shining the spotlight in



2017 Sundance Film Festival Recap

posted by MKE Film on January 30, 2017

Some of our staff went to Utah for this year's Sundance Film Festival. We asked them—Communications & Press Manager Megan Benedict, Programs Manager Kerstin Larson,  Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson, and Programming & Education Director Cara Ogburn—to give us a quick recap of who and what they saw while there.  What was your favorite fiction film? Megan: The Discovery Kerstin: Landline Jonathan: A Ghost Story Cara: A Ghost Story What was your favorite documentary film? Megan: Icarus Kerstin: Tokyo Idols Jonathan: City of Ghosts Cara: Dina How many feature films did you see? Megan: 29 Kerstin: 28 Jonathan: 27 Cara: 30 Total unique feature films seen by team: 83 Longest film seen: Long Strange Trip (235



We Recommend: A Mike, a Queen, and more.

posted by Milan Zori on January 26, 2017

TOP PICKS: I Am Michael available On Demand (Jan. 27) (Justin Kelly | USA | 2015) Watch the trailer for I Am Michael here. Queen of Katwe available On Demand (January 31) (Mira Nair | USA | 2016) Watch the trailer for Queen of Katwe here. MORE PICKS: (** = Milwaukee Film Festival alum) Thursday, January 26 Arrival – opens @ Marcus Majestic/Ridge Jackie – opens @ Marcus Ridge Manchester by the Sea – opens @ Marcus North Shore Moonlight – opens @ Marcus North Shore/Majestic/Ridge Sailor Moon R: The Movie – 9:30 PM @ Avalon Theater Friday, January 27 Arrival – opens @ AMC Mayfair Fences – opens @ AMC Mayfair Hacksaw Ridge – opens @ AMC Mayfair Jackie – opens @ Marcus Majestic La



MKE Film Goes to Utah: Day 10

posted by Megan Benedict on January 26, 2017

Some of our staff are hanging out in Utah for the Art House Convergence conference and/or the Sundance Film Festival. We asked them to send us daily updates. Today's update is from Communications & Press Manager Megan Benedict. Here it is. The moment you've all been waiting for...an updated picture of the snow pile on our hot tub: Clearly we were too busy watching films to relax in our bathing suits all day, so here are a few details about some of my favorite films from this year's fest: The Discovery The Discovery was one



MKE Film Goes to Utah: Day 09

posted by Jonathan Jackson on January 25, 2017

Some of our staff are hanging out in Utah for the Art House Convergence conference and/or the Sundance Film Festival. We asked them to send us daily updates. Today's update is from Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson. One of the reasons I love going to film festivals is that I get to satisfy my varied movie tastes. I have developed a reputation in some corners for liking only dark, often troubling and aesthetically challenging films, which I do enjoy. The truth, though, is that I actually love all kinds of



MKE Film Goes to Utah: Day 08

posted by MKE Film on January 24, 2017

Some of our staff are hanging out in Utah for the Art House Convergence conference and/or the Sundance Film Festival. We asked them to send us daily updates. Today's update is from Programs Coordinator Kerstin Larson. Midnight films pop up when you least expect them. This year, I've only seen three films in the Midnight Program proper, but a few of the films I've seen in the US Dramatic, World Dramatic, and Spotlight programs all have a tinge of our Cinema Hooligante program category. XX was my most anticipated film of this year's



MKE Film Goes to Utah: Day 07

posted by Cara Ogburn on January 23, 2017

Some of our staff are hanging out in Utah for the Art House Convergence conference and/or the Sundance Film Festival. We asked them to send us daily updates. Today's update is from Programming & Education Director Cara Ogburn. When last I wrote on this blog, Art House Convergence was winding down and I was off to Sundance, headed about 20 miles north and 1,500 feet higher in elevation. As you’ll know from our previous blogs from Sundance, I met up with the rest of our team and got ready to hunker down