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Milwaukee Film Receives Continued and Increased Support From Sponsors Presenting Sponsor, Associated Bank, expands partnership through Milwaukee Film Checking 30 new sponsors provide increase of $301,000 in cash & in-kind support
MILWAUKEE – Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Milwaukee Film is thrilled to share the continued and increased support from sponsors, including the expanded partnership with Presenting Sponsor Associated Bank through the recently launched Milwaukee Film Checking. Thirty new sponsors provided $301,000 in additional cash & in-kind support - joining 106 returning sponsors who provided over $170,000 in increased cash support alone. Presenting Sponsor and the Bank of Milwaukee Film Festival, Associated Bank’s partnership with Milwaukee Film is expanding with a new checking and debit program that gives back. With every Milwaukee Film Checking account and debit card transaction, five cents is donated to nonprofit Milwaukee Film. “Associated Bank is proud to enhance our support of Milwaukee Film’s mission to provide entertainment, education and cinematic experiences throughout the year,” states Christopher Piotrowski, executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “Together, we make a difference in our diverse community through the power of film.” Piotrowski explains that Milwaukee Film Checking gives movie fans the opportunity to give back and enjoy additional red carpet benefits including cinema-themed checks and debit card, discounts on Milwaukee Film memberships and two complimentary film festival vouchers. “Our sponsor lineup is an all-star list of the organizations and individuals that make this city great,” states Milwaukee Film’s Corporate & Community Engagement Director, Mark Sabljak. “As we embark on this year’s festival, we are thankful to our returning sponsors for their belief in our growing organization and we are thrilled to welcome 30 new sponsors who will put us in an even better position as we continue to expand.” Among those 30 new sponsors are three well-known Milwaukee institutions providing first-time support to Milwaukee Film: We Energies Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin supporting Milwaukee Film’s youth initiatives and Northwestern Mutual supporting Milwaukee Film’s Black Lens and Cine Sin Fronteras programs. In addition, Milwaukee Film welcomes Marcus Hotels & Resorts, who will be joining the returning Kimpton Journeyman Hotel and Plaza Hotel to provide rooms for all Milwaukee Film Festival guests, and Steinhafels, who will be providing support for the Brico Forward Fund and furniture for the Milwaukee Film Lounge. Miller Lite, Melissa Goins and Maures Development Group signed on to support the festival’s 20th anniversary celebration of LOVE JONES. New sponsor, Live Wire Productions, will be providing support for Milwaukee Film’s first ever Women in Film Showcase, which highlights women feature filmmakers in the festival. New media sponsors include iHeart Media and Radio Caliente, who join returning media sponsors such as 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, OnMilwaukee, WMSE 91.7, Telemundo Wisconsin, Milwaukee PBS, and Premiere Media Sponsor, Journal Sentinel. The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival will take place at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, Fox-Bay Cinema Grill, Times Cinema, and Avalon Theater from September 28th - October 12th. Festival Passes and ticket 6-Packs are now on sale at mkefilm.org/tickets. A complete list of sponsors for the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival is below: Presenting Sponsor Associated Bank, Bank of Milwaukee Film Festival Premier ($100,000+) Journal Sentinel: Part of the USA Today Network, Presenting Media Sponsor Luminary ($100,000+) Donald and Donna Baumgartner Herzfeld Foundation Marianne and Sheldon Lubar Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Leading ($50,000+) 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Good City Brewing, Official Brewery Laughlin Constable United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Visionary ($50,000+) Argosy Foundation Bader Philanthropies, Inc. Brico Fund The Heil Family Foundation Herb Kohl Philanthropies Christine Symchych and Jim McNulty David Uihlein Producing ($30,000+) Anonymous John Axford Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. BVK Heiser Lincoln, Official Automotive Sponsor Johnson Controls Kelben Foundation, Inc. Koss Stereophones, Official Headphones Lowlands Group Mandel Group Marcus Hotels & Resorts Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Official Law Firm Milwaukee PBS New Land Enterprises OnMilwaukee Purple Onion SRH • Branding and Production Agency Stamm Technologies Steinhafels WMSE 91.7FM Wonder Wonder Supporting ($20,000+) About Face Media Baird BelAir Cantina Colectivo Coffee The Electric Sun Corporation The Fischers Greater Milwaukee Foundation/Carl and Lora Otjen Family Fund Independent Journal Sentinel Food & Wine Experience Mary Ann and Charles LaBahn Live Wire Productions Marquette University Metroparent Milwaukee Business Journal Milwaukee Record Ken and Kath Muth Neroli Salon & Spa Nicholas Family Foundation North American Camera The Railway Exchange Building Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. Shepherd Express Tap Milwaukee Telemundo Wisconsin Times Cinema and Avalon Theater Urban Milwaukee UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres We Energies Foundation WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee Public Radio Zizzo Group Providing ($10,000+) Badger Liquor Beans & Barley Blackbox Visual CBS 58 Colliers International | Wisconsin Collura Creative DearMKE Fox-Bay Cinema Grill Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) The Ideas Network 90.7 FM The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel LP/ws Design Studios Miller Lite Milwaukee Art Museum Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Public Library Milwaukee Repertory Theater Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin The Plaza Hotel Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Bert L. & Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust VISIT Milwaukee Ward4 Weyco Group, Inc. WJMR Jammin' 98.3 FM Yelp Zilber Family Foundation Contributing ($5,000+) Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Ease Maihaugen Foundation Milwaukee Arts Board and Wisconsin Arts Board Mittera Group/J.B. Kenehan Northwestern Mutual Jim Phillips, LLC Gene & Ruth Posner Foundation, Inc Quantum LS Radio Caliente Rotary Club of Milwaukee Ugly's Bar & Grill von Briesen & Roper, s.c. WNOV 860am/106.5fm "The Voice" The Women's Center Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion Sustaining ($2,500+) Cardinal Stritch University José Carlino Design Fuel Cafe Melissa Goins Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin iHeartMedia KPMG Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP Ralph Evinrude Foundation, Inc. The University Club of Milwaukee Wisconsin Gazette Additional Foundation Support Peggy Ann Family Foundation Albert J. and Flora H. Ellinger Foundation, Inc. Dorothy Inbusch Foundation, Inc. Clare M. Peters Charitable Trust Hospitality Partners Antigua Latin Inspired Kitchen Beans & Barley BelAir Cantina Black Shoe Hospitality Bowls Company Brewing Float Milwaukee Good City Brewing, Official Brewery Ian's Pizza Lowlands Group Outpost Natural Foods Co-op Stand Eat Drink Tall Guy and a Grill ### About Milwaukee Film Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. This year’s 15-day film festival takes place September 28 - October 12. Discounted passes and ticket 6-Packs are available now at mkefilm.org/tickets. For more information, visit us online at mkefilm.org. Facebook: facebook.com/MilwaukeeFilm | Twitter: @mkefilm | Instagram: @mkefilm About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Chris Abele (Past President); John P. Bania; Donna Baumgartner; Karen Ellenbecker; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser (President); Cecelia Gore; Bill Haberman (Past President); Carmen Haberman; Susan Haise; Katie Heil; Patti Keating Kahn; Michael G. Klein; Michael J. Koss Jr.; Tracey L. Klein (Immediate Past President); Kenneth C. Krei; Mary Ann LaBahn; Alexander Lasry; Steve Laughlin (Past President); Emilia Layden; Marianne Lubar; Sara Meaney; Steve Mech; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; John Ridley; Joseph A. Rock; Ramona Rogers-Windsor; Lacey Sadoff; Dave Stamm; Julia Taylor; John Utz. Emeritus members: Tom Barrett, Jacqueline Strayer.  Five cents from every transaction (less returns) made with a Milwaukee Film Festival Debit Card will be given back to the Milwaukee Film Festival, up to $25,000 annually.  Memberships are valid for 12 months. Dual memberships are available only to members that reside at the same address. Discount is available for new membership or at time of renewal. Show your Milwaukee Film Festival debit card or checks when making a purchase or call 414-755-1965 x204 for more information. All benefits are subject to change. See mkefilm.org for membership information.  Each voucher must be redeemed for a regularly-priced ticket at any festival box office no less than one hour prior to the desired film’s scheduled show time. Exclusions may apply. All trademarks, service marks and trade names referenced in this material are official trademarks and the property of their respective owners. Member FDIC.