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Be Our Next Cream City Cinema Jury Award Winner

posted by MKE Film on April 7, 2015

Did you know that the 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival call for entries is officially open? Well, it is, and that means you should submit your film! For the fourth year in a row, we are offering free submission for all films and promising to award at least $16,000 in cash awards this year. For reals. To continue to inspire and promote filmmaking in southeastern Wisconsin, we also expanded our Cream City Cinema program category eligibility requirements. Milwaukee Film will give a $5,000 cash award to the locally-based director of the film selected as the Cream

2014: Jonathan's Top Ten Films

posted by MKE Film on December 31, 2014

Time to pull out the big guns: we end with Artistic and Executive Director Jonathan Jackson's favorite films of the year--in order. We love film, and we love talking (and writing) about film. We hope you have enjoyed reading our lists. Start watching these films! 1. Citizenfour (dir. Laura Poitras) The final film of Laura Poitras’ required-viewing trilogy exploring post 9/11 America, with My Country, My Country (2006) and The Oath (2010), the elegant and breathtaking  Citizenfour is a front-row seat to one of the biggest news stories of the 21st Century. It is

2014: Megan's Top Ten LGBT Films

posted by MKE Film on December 30, 2014

We're changing it up here at the end--Executive and Programming Assistant Megan Benedict zeroes in on her top ten LGBT films she saw this year. (For those of you that don't know Megan, she devours films like a wild animal, so of course she needed some way of filtering that volume.) Enjoy Megan's list and come back for the big finale tomorrow!  Here are the top 10 LGBT films I saw in 2014. Unfortunately, I was not able to watch everything, but believe me, I tried. I expect all of you to

2014: Anna's Top Eleven Short Films

posted by MKE Film on December 29, 2014

And then there were three! It's the last week of our looking back at the year in film. If you're just joining us, you can catch up on the rest of the staff's end-of-year lists here. If you've been with us all the way, thank you! And here's a bite-sized treat: shorts! Our Shorts Programmer, Anna Sampers, watches more shorts each year than is humanly possible (and also writes all of our grants). Here's what she liked best in 2014. There were 68 short films in the Shorter Is Better section

2014: Jessica's Top Ten Films

posted by MKE Film on December 26, 2014

Before Jessica Bursi joined us as our Development Manager earlier this year, she had worked for years at Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation, which preserves classic films. She brings her movie passion to Milwaukee Film's fundraising efforts, and still finds time to devour plenty of films. We have three more lists next week, so come back for all your queue-filling needs. Writing this list was a blast, but also a palm slap to the head as I realized how many movies I missed in 2014, d'oh! I did manage to see a

2014: Cara's Top Nine Films

posted by MKE Film on December 23, 2014

If you're a regular reader of the Milwaukee Film news feed, you know we're deep in end-of-year recap mode. Just joining us? Find previously published lists here. If you're already caught up, we present to you a list of nine films (and a coda...and an addendum...) from our Education Director Cara Ogburn, who among many other things is also responsible for programming our Rated K: For Kids films. This year, I’ve chosen nine feature-length films that I saw in 2014 (some premiered elsewhere in 2013, but if they didn’t come to Milwaukee

2014: Kristopher's Top Ten Films

posted by MKE Film on December 22, 2014

Let's kick off the holiday week with more staff lists! We're just getting started folks, stay with us. Today's films come (in alphabetical order) from our beloved Membership Manager, Kristopher Pollard. Art and Craft (dirs. Mark Becker, Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman) This film introduces us to one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history. For almost 30 years, Mark Landis has been fooling major museums with his reproductions of work from Disney to da Vinci. He should be the antagonist of the film, but as we watch, we realize it's not

2014: Ben's Top Five Films

posted by MKE Film on December 19, 2014

Today's staff list comes from our Technical Director, Ben Balcom, who is the person making sure all of our festival films actually appear on screen. (Thank you, Ben!) He is also a filmmaker, runs Microlights Cinema in Riverwest, and teaches in the UWM Film Department.  To capture my year in cinema, I have limited myself to a list of five. However, I’ve fully attended to only three of them. These are my three favorite film-going experiences of the year by far. They each resonate with my own interests as a filmmaker