2017 Milwaukee Film Festival

Sept. 28 - Oct. 12



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ANNOUNCING: Our 2017 Black Lens Program Lineup

posted by MKE Film on August 15, 2017

Our Black Lens program features documentary and fiction films by African American filmmakers that explore a range of topics rooted in the black community and are relevant to all. Meet the films screening at this year's upcoming Milwaukee Film Festival (Sept. 28 – Oct. 12, 2017) as part of that program. 72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story? (USA | 2017 | Director: Raafi Rivero) Official site: abrooklynlovestory.com/ Three short days separate 18-year-old Caesar from leaving Brooklyn for a prestigious upstate university. But between his long-time girlfriend calling it quits and his crew already planning for his imminent exit, Caesar

My Weekend at the Pan-African Film Festival: Day 02

posted by MKE Film on February 24, 2017

On my second day of the Pan-African Film Festival (PAFF), I ran into a couple of friends, including Black Lens Alumnus Matthew Cherry, director of 9 Rides (below, left) and Robert Patla (below, right), a member of the inaugural Black Lens Jury, which awarded a $5,000 Jury prize to the film Can You Dig This:  In addition to catching up with my people, I saw a few movies.  Although Raoul Peck’s James Baldwin documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, was not a film showcased in the PAFF program, I couldn’t help myself—I had

My Weekend at the Pan-African Film Festival: Day 01

posted by MKE Film on February 20, 2017

I spent last weekend in sunny Los Angeles watching films showcased—and some not showcased—in the 2017 Pan-African Film Festival. Here are some of my thoughts about what I saw on the first day: Women Lives Shorts SUMMARY: Eight provocative short films about the life experiences of black women, made predominantly by black women directors and producers, and featuring black actresses, Women Lives Shorts covers a gamut of topics from postpartum psychosis to addiction and poverty. MY THOUGHTS: I have a thing about depictions of black suffering in film and music. I am of

Announcing: The 2016 Black Lens Program lineup

posted by Milan Zori on August 2, 2016

For its third year, our Black Lens Program returns bigger and better than ever. For those not already in the know, our Black Lens Program features fiction and documentary films from both emerging and established African-American filmmakers who explore stories and topics rooted in the black community and relevant to all. Read the descriptions, watch the trailers, then buy a discounted Festival 6-Pack, or consider joining the Black Lens Council. (Members of the Black Lens Council receive two tickets to one screening of each film in Black Lens Program.) THIS YEAR'S BLACK LENS PROGRAM Presenting Sponsor:

We Received A Pretty Incredible Grant

posted by Milan Zori on April 26, 2016

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—yes, THAT Academy—recently announced that our Milwaukee Film Festival was one of only 16 recipients of this year's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences FilmWatch Grant. This highly competitive FilmWatch grant program supports curated screening sections at North America-based film festivals, film societies, and other film-related organizations. And the $10,000 award we received was for our Black Lens program. (Which, if you didn't know, highlights outstanding cinematic work by contemporary African American filmmakers, and is also fantastic.) Black Lens co-programmer Geraud Blanks explains, “The grant from the