2017 Milwaukee Film Festival 9/28 - 10/12

2017 Essay Contest Winners: Grades 1–3

posted by MKE Film on March 27, 2017

Every year, after our daily Education Screenings, we ask the attending students to write an essay about the films they saw, and select a winner and runner-up. Posted below are the unedited winning and runner-up essays from our 1st-3rd Grade students. Check back tomorrow for our our 4th-6th grade students. WINNER, 1st-3rd: Leigha (illustration pictured below) My favorite film was Moom. I liked Moom because it is amazing how such a young child has to learn how to let go. I also thought it was good because it was adorable. The film made

We Recommend: Psycos, Doctors, and More!

posted by Milan Zori on March 23, 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: Ovarian Psycos on PBS' Independent Lens (Mon, Mar 27) (Dir. Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle | USA | 2016) A 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival film! Service to Man @ Marquette University Varsity Theater (Sat, Mar 26 @ 3 PM (Dir. Aaron Greer, Seth Panitch | USA | 2016) MORE PICKS: (** = Milwaukee Film

We Recommend: A Zucchini, Land Mines, and more.

posted by Milan Zori on March 16, 2017

TOP PICKS: My Life as a Zucchini @ Oriental Theatre (Opens Fri, Mar 17) (Dir. Claude Barras | Switzerland/France | 2016) Get Land of Mine @ Oriental Theatre (Opens Fri, Mar 17) (Dir. Martin Zandvliet | Denmark/Germany | 2015) MORE PICKS: (** = Milwaukee Film Festival alum) Thursday, March 16 Beauty and the Beast – opens @ Avalon Theater, Fox-Bay Cinema Grill, AMC Mayfair, iPic, Marcus North Shore/Majestic/Ridge, Rosebud Cinema Friday, March 17 The Belko Experiment – opens @ AMC Mayfair The Boondock Saints – 9 PM @ Times Cinema The Sense of an Ending – opens @ Downer Theatre The Wild Life – 10 AM @ Marcus

Your March Members-Only Screening Is...

posted by MKE Film on March 15, 2017

The Daughter (Dir. Simon Stone | Australia | 2015 | 96 min.) This Australian Academy Award winner, adapted from a Henrik Ibsen play, tells the story of two families torn apart by secrets. With a remarkable cast of actors, including Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Miranda Otto, and newcomer Odessa Young, the film has been called "_deeply involving and emotionally searing... [and] reps a confident and profoundly moving bigscreen debut for established theater director Simon Stone._" (Variety) Our Members-Only Screenings of The Daughter will take place at the Landmark Oriental Theatre on Wednesday, March 29

MKE Filmmaker Premieres at SXSW

posted by Milan Zori on March 13, 2017

We're proud to announce that Milwaukee-based filmmaker Erik Ljung's debut feature-length documentary The Blood is at the Doorstep will make its world premiere today at SXSW in Austin, TX. The Blood is at the Doorstep is an intimate verité documentary that follows the family of Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia who was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer in spring of 2014. Dontre's murder sparked months of unrest in the city of Milwaukee, and moved his family to challenge a criminal justice system that was clearly stacked

MKE Film Goes to True/False

posted by Kristopher Pollard on March 10, 2017

For those not familiar with True/False, it is a four-day documentary film festival in the very center of Missouri. Yep, in Missouri. Missouri is my home state, so I can attest that it’s super weird to find this magnificent and well-respected festival smack dab in the middle. But, it’s there and it has earned a stellar reputation in its 14-year run. In addition to the 50+ films they show, with a filmmaker and/or film subject at every screening, the festival also creates a lively vibe that permeates the long weekend: • There

We Recommend: A turtle, a handmaid, and more.

posted by MKE Film on March 9, 2017

TOP PICKS: The Red Turtle @ Oriental Theatre (Opens Fri, Mar 10) (Dir. Michael Dudok de Wit | France/Belgium/Japan | 2016) The Handmaiden @ UWM Union Cinema (Fri, Mar 10 @ 7 PM; Sat, Mar 11 @ 5 PM) (Dir. Chan-wook Park | Korea/Japan | 2016) MORE PICKS: (** = Milwaukee Film Festival alum) Thursday, March 9 Kong: Skull Island – opens @ Fox-Bay Cinema Grill, AMC Mayfair, Marcus North Shore/Majestic/Ridge The Lovers and the Despot – 7 PM @ UWM Union Cinema Friday, March 10 Badrinath Ki Dulhania – opens @ AMC Mayfair Lady Snowblood – 10 PM @ UWM Union Cinema Saturday, March 11 Lady Snowblood – 8 PM @ UWM Union

Goodbye, Megan!

posted by Milan Zori on March 9, 2017

  If you've been to the Milwaukee Film offices over the last two weeks and were confused by the seemingly uncontrollable weeping most of us were doing, it's because Megan Benedict, our Communications & Press Manager, is leaving Milwaukee Film for for the sunny shores of Minneapolis, MN. Starting next week, she'll be the Development & Events Coordinator at One Heartland in Minneapolis. Much like Canadian child star Aubrey Graham, Megan started at the bottom—as Milwaukee Film's Program Book intern. Over the years, she's contributed to (and let's be honest—improved) our Executive, Programming, and Marketing