2016 Milwaukee Film Festival | 9/22 - 10/6

Mark: My Words - The Program Book

posted by Milan Zori on September 6, 2016

One of my favorite publications to arrive each year? No, not the Sears toy catalogue. You guessed it: For the past eight years, it has been the Milwaukee Film Festival Program Book. And it finally arrived over the weekend. If we were to calculate the hours put into the guide by the festival staff, well, it would be staggering. Our office is littered with proofs that have been corrected, re-corrected, and then corrected again. Here’s what his year’s guide will include: 282 films 352 screenings A dozen major festival panels and events, covering serious topics such as human trafficking, the life

Last Day to get Discounted Passes & 6-Packs

posted by Milan Zori on September 6, 2016

This is your friendly reminder that you have until TONIGHT at Midnight to enjoy discounted 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival passes and 6-Packs. Once Midnight rolls around, prices increase to face value. Check out the price differences below: PASSES For members: $360 now • $400 starting Wed, September 7 For non-members: $485 now • $500 starting Wed, September 7 Get discounted passes here. 6-PACKS For members: $51 now • $60 ($10 per ticket) starting Wed, September 7 For non-members: $66 • $72 ($12 per ticket) starting Wed, September 7 Get discounted 6-Packs here. See you at the festival!  

We Recommend: Wonka, Oceans, and more!

posted by Milan Zori on September 1, 2016

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory @ Avalon Theater (Sat & Sun, September 3 & 4 @ 11AM) (Mel Stuart | USA | 1971) When it comes to taking our most brilliant and beloved creative people, 2016 has been absolutely merciless. Earlier this week, the legendary Gene Wilder passed away. And while he may have been born right here in Milwaukee, Mr. Wilder belonged to the entire world. Every actor takes a role and makes it their own, but Mr. Wilder had a tendency to take a role and make it iconic. This

Get Your Program Books This Saturday!

posted by Milan Zori on August 31, 2016

Join us this Saturday, September 3 as we celebrate the official release of the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival Program Book. From NOON–4PM, the Milwaukee Film Staff will be at two locations: Good City Brewing (Official Brewery of the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival) 2108 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202 Cafe Centraal 2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Bay View, WI 53207 You'll be able to grab a couple of copies of this year's Program Book, ask our staff what films they recommend, and enjoy all the tasty food and beverages that Good City Brewing and Cafe Centraal have to offer. (You'll

We Recommend: Southside, Disappearance, and more!

posted by Milan Zori on August 25, 2016

  Southside With You @ Downer Theater (Opens Fri, August 26) (Richard Tanne | USA | 2016) You know, as we were writing this, it dawned on us that this might be the first (and only) film depicting a future President's first date with his eventual First Lady. And if it does well, it means we'll probably start seeing a lot more of them. What was George and Martha Washington's first date like? How did Herbert Hoover meet Lou Henry? Whatever happens, I'm glad this Presidential couple's story is the first one we

Announcing: John Ridley joins Milwaukee Film

posted by Milan Zori on August 25, 2016

Pictured above? That's long-time Milwaukee Film supporter and current Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. On the right? Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, American Crime). During the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival, Mr. Ridley brought his film Jimi: All Is By My Side along to screen as our Centerpiece Film. In 2016? Not only is John Ridley returning to our film festival, he's also joining our Board of Directors! Ridley, who grew up in Mequon, WI, will be the featured speaker for our annual State of Cinema Keynote Address at the 2016 Milwaukee

Announcing: The 2016 Cream City Cinema Lineup

posted by Milan Zori on August 23, 2016

Now in its eighth year, our Cream City Cinema program showcases the best new work from Milwaukee-based filmmakers and awards three juried cash prizes totaling $12,500, including the return of the $5,000 Cream City Cinema Jury Award. Cream City Cinema was co-programmed by our Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson and Programming & Education Director Cara Ogburn. Read the film descriptions, watch the trailers, then get a discounted Festival Pass or 6-Pack so you can see them all! THIS YEAR’S CREAM CITY CINEMA PROGRAM Presented by: John Axford Program Sponsors: Urban Milwaukee & WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee Public

Mark: My Words - Guilty Pleasures

posted by MKE Film on August 22, 2016

Boy, do I hear some interesting conversations going on at the Milwaukee Film offices. See, I don’t have a pernament desk yet. Like many non-profits, there’s just enough room and I am the proverbial odd man out. But until my area is ready, I am floating through the office. Listening. Reading. I learn a lot about the film industry from the office staff. Email among the team is interesting, too. A recent email peaked my attention. It was about the movie John Wick. Never heard of it? Well, here’s a description: When sadistic young thugs senselessly attack John Wick