Below are the panels from the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival. Stay tuned for our 2017 festival events!
All panels are free and open to the public.
All panels for the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival are sponsored by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
Can You Dig This: Health, Peace and Community Sustenance in the Inner City
SAT, SEPT. 24 | 12:30 PM | MKE Film Festival Lounge (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)
Building on the issues raised in the documentary feature Can You Dig This, this panel unites the makers of the film with Milwaukee’s own local leaders in urban farming and nutritional education. Together, they consider some of the wellness challenges facing the residents of America’s inner-city communities, and the role that local and urban agriculture and community-based public health initiatives have to play in healing and sustaining our neighborhoods.
Black Lens Presents: Festival Greenmarket
SAT, SEPT. 24 | 2 PM - 5 PM | Kenilworth Greenway (1915 E. Kenilworth Pl.)
Following the Can You Dig This panel, our open-air market offers the public the chance to meet and engage with local growers, vendors, educators, and activists doing amazing work right here in Milwaukee to improve the health and well-being of our city. Just steps from the doors of the Oriental Theatre, come find out what’s being done to improve community health and sustainability. On-site workshops will also take place, highlighting nutrition, gardening, and physical fitness.
State Of Cinema Keynote: John Ridley
SAT, SEPT. 24 | 1:30 PM | Landmark Downer Theatre (2589 N. Downer Ave.)
Join us for our annual lecture on the “State of Cinema,” delivered by John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave (2013) and a Milwaukee native. Ridley’s talk will contextualize the current geography of filmmaking, and the role and selection of locations in the production process and the development of his own projects.
United Way Presents: Combatting Human Trafficking In Milwaukee
SUN, SEPT. 25 | NOON | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)
The United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, in partnership with Aurora Health Care and the Milwaukee Film Festival, is proud to present The Wrong Light, a documentary that exposes the hardships suffered by victims of human of human trafficking in Thailand and the struggles of those who fight to end those horrors. Unfortunately, this issue hits closer to home than many of us may realize: Milwaukee has become a national hub for human trafficking, with a majority of the victims young African-Americans. This panel extends the crucial discussion of the film in a local context, bringing together some of Milwaukee’s leading advocates and activists on the subject to further raise awareness for the fight to bring a stop to this crisis.
Freelancing On The Front Lines: James Foley’s Professional Legacy
TUES, SEPT. 27 | 12:15 PM Eckstein Hall, Marquette University (1215 W. Michigan St.)
Hosted by WISN’s Mike Gousha on the campus of Marquette University (alma mater of the subject of Jim: The James Foley Story), this panel explores Foley’s legacy as a freelance journalist on the chaotic front lines of armed conflict and the new professional realities and ethical complexities of embedded reporting during wartime.
Sportsball!: Athletic Competition on Film
SAT, OCT. 1 | 2 PM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)
What are the qualities of sports that make for such compelling viewing? Why do the stories of athletes, whether famous or obscure, translate so well onto the big screen? This panel of filmmakers, writers, and sports insiders gathers to reflect on the tales told by the films in this year’s new Sportsball! Program. Together, they consider what drives our collective love of the game and our appetite for narratives of athletic struggle, competition, and achievement.
Coming Home: Embracing Veterans and Understanding Moral Injury
SUN, OCT. 2 | 12:45 PM | Milwaukee Film Lounge (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)
Linked to our Centerpiece Film, Almost Sunrise, this powerful event combines an emotional participatory performance of real military veterans’ experiences with an expert roundtable discussion on the personal toll of war and soldiers’ struggles to reintegrate into civilian life. Come hear the moving, real stories about the challenges of coming home, as told by the film’s subjects, local veterans, and those who work to support veterans here in Milwaukee.