All Public Forums are free and open to the public.
State of Cinema in Milwaukee: Dr. Susan Kerns & Matt Mueller
SAT, SEPT. 30| 10 AM - 11:30 AM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)
Dr. Susan Kerns (local filmmaker and faculty at Columbia College Chicago) and Matt Mueller (culture and film critic, OnMilwaukee) will discuss what it means to make and watch films in the Milwaukee area.
Activism Them: Recognition
SAT, SEPT. 30 | 2 PM - 3:30 PM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)
Join this conversation about the impact of community organizing during and after Milwaukee's 1967 fair housing marches and the 1971 migrant workers' march from Milwaukee to Madison, as well as the role organizers played in reaching Wisconsin's most underrepresented citizens.
Indigenous Voices in Film
SUN, OCT. 1 | 10 AM - 11:30 AM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)
Guests filmmakers will explore what it means to tell stories about indigeneity in today's cinema landscape, and how stories and storytellers use film to unsettle the history and perspectives of colonialism and racism not only in the U.S. and Canada, but as a global phenomenon.
State of Cinema: Talking Pictures with Ann Hornaday
SUN, OCT. 1 | NOON - 1:30 PM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)
Ann Hornaday, chief film critic at the Washing Post and author of Talkikng Pictures: How to Watch Movies, will discuss what it means to watch and write about movies in an era when media literacy is seen as both contentious and a public good.
Milwaukee's Restaurant Landscape
SUN, OCT. 1 | 2 PM - 3:30 PM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)
This panel gathers local chefs and restauranteurs to share their stories about the hard choices and creative potentials of starting up a new restaurant in Milwaukee's teeming culinary environment.
Activism Now: Re-ignition
SAT, OCT. 7 | 2 PM - 3:30 PM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)
This panel will explore the transformation of activism from the 1960s through the second decade of the 21st century with help from veterans of Milwaukee's housing desegregation struggle, the Wisconsin immigrant rights movement, Black Lives Matter activists, and the labor.
This public forum is presented by Journal Sentinel, presenting media sponsor of the Milwaukee Film Festival
Revitalizing City Spaces Through Art & Design
SUN, OCT. 8 | NOON - 1:30 PM | Milwaukee Film Lounge (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)
If recent years are any indication suburban growth is a thing of the past. The new focus is on America's urban core and the public spaces within those cities. This panel will talk about how contemporary street art has become a key factor in this revitalization effort, and the possibilities and consequences tat come with it.
The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival is sponsored by: