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10.16.2014 | 40 days ago | Posted at 09:02 AM

Reflecting on the Best Year Yet

By David Luhrssen
The success of the Milwaukee Film Festival has long roots and has grown remarkably in recent years. But 2014 was the year of reaching critical mass. The festival seemed to be everywhere, and not only because it had expanded to seven venues. Word of the event was inescapable. Attendance shot up sixteen percent over 2013.“It’s not just ticket sales but membership,” says the festival’s execut...
10.09.2014 | 47 days ago | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly half hour of opinions with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we examine the state of film making in Milwaukee. The city produces plenty of short films (usually of the experimental variety), but what's holding it back from producing more feature films? And while we're on the subject of film, Matt ponders how (or if) the Milwaukee Film Festival could improv...
09.11.2014 | 75 days ago | Posted at 08:49 AM

Tickets on Sale for 2014 Festival

By David Luhrssen
At this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival, it’s a short walk from the Sept. 25 opening night film to the opening night party. Screening at the Oriental Landmark Theatre, 1971 is a documentary about the Edward Snowdens of the analogue era—a group of activists who exposed an FBI surveillance scheme in the early ‘70s. Director Johanna Hamilton is scheduled to attend. The party is just around the...
09.24.2014 | 62 days ago | Posted at 02:03 PM

Rock Star Film Debuts at Milwaukee Film

By David Luhrssen
John Ridley is the great success story to come out of Milwaukee in recent years. The writer-director earned an Oscar for his carefully calibrated screenplay, 12 Years a Slave. He returns with a dramatization of a year in the life of Jimi Hendrix, Jimi: All Is By My Side, which received its local premiere at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival. Most musical “bio pics,” to use an ugly phras...
09.08.2014 | 78 days ago | Posted at 05:54 PM

15 Days, 150 Feature Films

By David Luhrssen
By some reports, the box office for Hollywood was down 15-20 percent this summer. Are audiences getting sick of seeing the same old heroes escaping from rolling fireballs when they aren’t saving the universe from inside a Spandex jumpsuit? Could competition from Netflix or even YouTube be eroding moviegoing? Fortunately, there are alternatives to tiresome blockbusters as w...
08.14.2014 | 103 days ago | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Two of the great newer additions to the Milwaukee Film Festival have been its Sound Vision music documentary series and the festival's corresponding post-screening music series at Hotel Foster, Soundtrack. Today the festival revealed the lineups for both. This year's Sound Vision series features documentaries on Nick Cave, Fela Kuti and The Mekons, as well as films about the gender-neutral singer-...
08.20.2013 | | Posted at 01:18 PM

Here's the complete Sound Vision lineup, along with the nightly Soundtrack schedule

By Shepherd Express Staff
Music documentaries have always been a staple of the Milwaukee Film Festival, but it wasn't until last year that the festival spun them off into their own program, Sound Vision. That program will return for this year's fest with a fresh lineup of inspiring documentaries about musicians you've barely heard of and bittersweet ones about musicians you have, including the acclaimed Big Star documentar...
02.27.2014 | | Posted at 07:00 AM
By Kevin Mueller
With each passing year, opportunities to gather friends and family around the television to watch something collectively seem to diminish rapidly. Monumental must-see moments rarely occur over the airwaves anymore, and if they do, they’re more widely watched on the Internet rather than in its original setting. Still, there remain a few television events, the kind that diverts viewers’ eyes awa...

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