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Milwaukee Film Announces The Milwaukee Show Line-up October 23 event to showcase 10 local filmmaker

By - Oct 15th, 2008 02:52 pm

Milwaukee Film Announces The Milwaukee Show Line-up

October 23 event to showcase 10 local filmmakers

MILWAUKEE Milwaukee Film announces the line-up for The Milwaukee Show, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. The event will showcase a variety of local short films presented in the main auditorium of Landmark’s Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee. The one-night-only screening will feature a collection of 10 films, spanning 90 minutes, and include traditional narrative storytelling, documentary, personal memoir, music video, comedy, experimental and more.

The nine competition shorts to be screened were selected from a pool of nearly 70 submissions, more than twice the number received in past years, by an independent panel of judges. The panel included Elfrieda Abbe, Duane Dudek, Steve Hyden, Blyth Meier, Christine Prevetti, Scott Radtke, Bobby Tanzilo and Jessica Zalewski.

“Launching our new organization with The Milwaukee Show was no accident,” said Jonathan Jackson, artistic director for Milwaukee Film. “We believe in the talent of the local film scene and wanted to champion that with our inaugural screening. It’s essential that Milwaukee filmmakers are given an annual opportunity to show their work in front of a large audience, at such an incredible venue.” The event will double as the launch party for Milwaukee Film.

In addition to showcasing the current filmmaking trends in Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Show will feature an Audience Award and a Jury Award. The Jury Award includes a production prize package valued at over $20,000.

Artists Excited To Show Their Films

“You know people are working on films in Milwaukee, and this is the night you actually see what they made. It’s the one night everybody in the community meets each other,” said Cris Siqueira, director of the film “Ka-Doo.” Siqueira will be in attendance at the screening, as well as all of the local filmmakers who will be showing their films at The Milwaukee Show.

“The cool thing about the last few years is that the film scene in Milwaukee seems like it’s moved from the underground to the surface,” said Andrew Swant and Bobby Ciraldo, the creative team that made “Zombie Killer,” and last year’s Milwaukee International Film Festival sensation “What What.” “It’s kind of like the film festival and the Internet have lifted up this big rock and exposed so many local works to the light of day.”

Screening outside of the competition will be the world premiere of “The Waiting Room,” a short film produced by Collaborative Cinema in partnership with Milwaukee Film. “The Waiting Room” was written by local high school student Emily Downes, directed by Tate Bunker, produced by Mark Metcalf and funded by The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation. Downes won an area-wide contest that nearly 150 high school students participated in.

Tickets are available for $10 at the Landmark Oriental Theatre box office, 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Following The Milwaukee Show guests are invited to join Milwaukee Film staff and supporters at the Discovery World – Pilot House, 500 N. Harbor Dr., for the opportunity to meet the filmmakers.

About Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee Film was founded in 2008 to serve as the area’s independent organization dedicated to hosting Milwaukee’s premier film festival. Milwaukee Film is led by former staff members of the Milwaukee International Film Festival and continues to be funded by key contributors who are passionate about engaging the community.

The Milwaukee Show Line-up

“The Answer” (4 min.)
Written, directed and edited by Paul C. Fuchs
Discover the simple two-step process that will change your life forever.

“Crossing the Line” (9 min.)
Directed by Matthew Batta
This probing documentary is an emotional look at the Tyson Foods strike in Jefferson County from 2003.

“Houses Without Walls” (5 min.)
Written, directed and edited by Heidi Spencer
Imagination moves through a still frame in space, connecting the living and the deceased, my own family lineage.

“I Want You to Know” (16 min.)
Directed, produced and edited by Derek Kimball
Written and produced by Matthew Konkel
A bated tension and quiet disclosure provides the milieu for this father and son camping narrative about reserved honesty and stunted youth.

“Ka-Doo” (11 min.)
Written, directed and edited by Cris Siqueira
Originally created as an installation piece, “Ka-Doo” is a reminiscent collage reflecting on love, ghosts, grapes and redemption.

“Otto’s Day” (7 min.)
Directed by Ji-Sun O
“Otto’s Day” portrays an ordinary day in the life of an old man who lives alone in a city apartment.

“To Write on Burning Paper” (17 min.)
Directed by Brian Gallagher
This poetic documentary looks at film artists who create films through direct application.

“The Waiting Room” (15 min.)
Directed by Tate Bunker
Produced by Mark Metcalf
Written by Emily Downes
In a room full of strangers, people come and they go…while a young woman waits.

“Who Me Was” (3 min.)
Directed by Annie Killelea
Reflective thoughts of a love lost are explored on a faded, blissful afternoon.

“Zombie Killer” (4 min.)
Directed by Andrew Swant & Bobby Ciraldo
Leslie and The Lys perform for a sold out stadium…of zombies.

The Milwaukee Show Judge Biographies

Elfrieda Abbe is the publisher of both The Writer and Bead & Button magazines. She was a judge on the World Cinema Program Committee for the Milwaukee International Film Festival.

Duane Dudek is film critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and has been reviewing and writing about film for almost 30 years.

Steven Hyden is the Milwaukee city editor for The Onion A.V. Club and its new Web site, He lives in Bay View with his wife Val and a spunky pug named Lu.

Blyth Meier is a freelance filmmaker, photographer and writer who served on various programming committees for the Milwaukee International Film Festival.

Christine Prevetti is the DVD selector for the Milwaukee Public Library system and is a member of the Arts and Media Department at the Central Library.

Scott Radtke, owner of the Riverhorse, and film enthusiast, has written about film for the now-defunct magazine, The Press, and was a writer for the Milwaukee International Film Festival program guide.

Bobby Tanzilo writes about film for, where he serves as managing editor. He is also a co-coordinator of the Milwaukee Italian Film Festival, currently planning for its third year.

Jessica Zalewski is the marketing specialist and publications designer for the Racine Art Museum. A film enthusiast and photographer, she volunteered with the Milwaukee International Film Festival as a programming committee member from 2005 to 2007, and has occasionally appeared in local productions.

Milwaukee Film Board

Chris Abele, Milwaukee Film board chairman; president and CEO of the Argosy Foundation
Tina Chang, CEO of SysLogic
Alec Fraser, partner at Michael Best & Friedrick, LLP; current chair of the UPAF board
Bill Haberman, partner at Michael Best & Friedrick, LLP; president of the Herzfeld Foundation; chair, Public Policy Forum
Carmen Haberman, vice president of the Herzfeld Foundation
Marianne Lubar, philanthropist and community volunteer
Paul Mathews, president of the Marcus Center, former Milwaukee County Supervisor
Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee

Milwaukee Film Staff

Jonathan Jackson – Artistic Director: Oversees the content and programming for the organization’s events. Jackson previously served as the artistic director for the Milwaukee International Film Festival, directing film programming from 2003 to 2008. He previously worked as the program manager of the UWM Union Theatre and has curated film programs for the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Kyle Heller – Operations Director: Oversees logistics and operations planning for the organization. Heller previously worked with the Milwaukee International Film Festival in a similar capacity from 2004 to 2008.

T.J. Fackelman – Program Coordinator: Oversees development of special events and programming. A graduate of Marquette University, Fackelman previously worked with the Milwaukee International Film Festival from 2003 to 2008, with primary responsibilities for coordinating the Midwest Filmmaker Competition.

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