Laura Heller
MFF Preview

The Reel Scene

By - Sep 20th, 2009 11:32 pm
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Tattooed arm of T.J. Fackelman. Photo by Kat Berger.

For all of you people who think Milwaukee is just another Midwestern third-tier city with a church or bar on every corner, well … you’re only half right. There’s also a remarkable arts-and-culture scene here, too.  From the renowned Milwaukee Art Museum to playing host to last weekend’s Global Union music festival, Milwaukee now has another feather to add to its hat: the debut of the Milwaukee Film Festival.  This year’s Festival will offer more than 100 films on 4 screens in 11 days!

The Festival will feature special guest appearances, filmmakers, parties, meets-and-greets and, of course, the enjoyment of Milwaukee’s sweet libations. The festival starts this Thursday and will continue through Sunday, Oct. 4.

Want a sneak-peek at the insider notes and special events scheduled to take place during the festival?

  • For starters, Marcus Hotels will play host to all out-of-town guests of Milwaukee Film, and more than 60  free airline tickets have been given to Milwaukee Film — both gifts ensure a promising crowd.
  • Oscar-winner Martin Landau (The Majestic, Sleepy Hollow, The X-Files) will visit Milwaukee for a tribute to his career. He will be present for the screening of Woody Allen’s dramatic thriller Crimes and Misdemeanors (Friday, Oct. 2 at North Shore Cinema) and for the premiere of his latest film Lovely, Still (which screens Saturday, Oct. 3 at North Shore Cinema; and Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Oriental Theatre).
    • Robert Siegel, former chief editor of The Onion and writer of the recently released movie The Wrestler, will present the film he directed, Big Fan, which showcases in the festival on Thursday, Oct. 1 at North Shore Cinema; and Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Oriental.
    • There’s also chatter about an unnamed Academy Award winner expected to make an appearance at some point during the film festival.  Hmm. But for now, mum’s the word.
    • Curious about meeting the masterminds behind this year’s festival? We’re sure you can find the trio — Jonathan Jackson, T.J. Fackelman and Kyle Heller — personally selling tickets at any one of the festival venues. Tickets are on sale now, so make sure to reserve yours online or in person at the Oriental Theatre .

    Now, what you’ve really waited for — the festival’s rockin’ Party Calendar:

    (All of these events will begin at 9 pm and last until they kick you out! You’ll be able to rub elbows with filmmakers, festival team members and patrons while you enjoy drink specials, conversation, appetizers and more!)

    Friday, Sept. 25
    MAM After Dark: Warhol
    Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 North Art Museum Drive
    Tickets: $12, general admission; $6, festival ticket stub and pass holders

    Get a peek at the Andy Warhol: The Last Decade exhibit before it opens to the public. Enjoy the DIY Studio,  photo booth, music by radio milwaukee DJs, exclusive access to the galleries, refreshments and some.

    Saturday, Sept. 26
    Love Sounds
    Mad Planet, 533 E. Center St.
    Tickets: Free admission until Midnight; $2 after Midnight
    A disco, boogie and ’80s soul dance party with DJs Andy Noble and Frank Straka.
    twisted fork

    Twisted Fork. Photo, courtesy of the Twisted Fork Facebook page.

    Sunday, Sept. 27
    Tomorrow’s Party
    Yield, 1932 E. Kenilworth Place
    Tickets: Free admission

    DJ Dori Zori from WMSE 91.7FM will spin tunes inspired by the British All Tomorrow’s Parties music festivals, directly following the festival film screening of All Tomorrow’s Parties at the Oriental Theatre.

    Monday, Sept. 28
    The Meaning of Life
    Twisted Fork, 2238 N. Farwell Ave.
    Tickets: Free admission

    Discover the Meaning of Life at Twisted Fork’s S.I.N. night, directly following the festival film screening of $9.99 at the Oriental Theatre.

    Tuesday, Sept. 29
    Get On Up Soul Club
    Y Not III, 1854 E. Kenilworth Place
    Tickets: Free admission

    Classic soul music on 45 rpm records. DJs Spero and Joey are joined by hosts Andy Noble and David Mistreater.

    Wednesday, Sept. 30

    Soundtrack Spinning
    The Wicked Hop, 345 N. Broadway
    Tickets: Free admission

    Milwaukee DJs spin great tunes from their favorite movie soundtracks.
    Thursday, Oct. 1
    Milwaukee United
    Turner Hall, 1032 N. 4th St.
    Tickets: Free admission

    Event will feature live music, films and live art. One free drink for the first 300 attendees.

    Friday, Oct. 2

    Harley Home Movies
    Harley Davidson Museum, 400 Canal St.
    Tickets: Free admission

    Vintage fifties and sixties Harley home movies sound-tracked by a very special guest DJ. One free drink from Bacardi USA and appetizers.
    Saturday, Oct. 3
    Sound Moves Film
    MOCT, 240 E. Pittsburgh Ave.
    Tickets: $10, general admission; $5 with ticket stub or festival pass
    The Friendliest DJ Battle Ever! Milwaukee DJ All Stars square off across four turntables, laptops and mixers. Live mixed media projected on all walls, and there will be a surprise DJ.
    Sunday, Oct. 4
    We Are All Precious
    Beans & Barley, 1901 E. North Ave.
    Tickets: Free admission
    The end of the journey, the last gathering of the festival. Join fellow film lovers as we say goodbye to the 2009 Milwaukee Film Festival.
    Honestly, what more could you ask for? Movies, drinks, entertainment and more! Well, here’s one last scoop … Here are the schedule changes for the festival’s lineup to date:


    The Gonzo Ballet

    Modus Operandi
    ADDED — Friday, Sept. 25, Oriental Theatre, 7:15 pm
    CANCELED — Friday, Oct. 2, Oriental Theatre, 7:15 pm

    The Best of Shorts
    ADDED — Friday, Oct. 2, Oriental Theatre, 7:15 pm
    CANCELED — Friday, Sept. 25, Oriental Theatre, 7:15 pm

    Gonzo Ballet
    Screening Time on Oct. 3 changed to 7 pm

    The Milwaukee Show
    Screening Time on Oct. 3 changed to 5 pm

    The Messenger
    ADDED — Sunday, Oct. 4, Oriental Theatre, 5:30 pm
    CANCELED — Saturday, Oct. 3, Oriental Theatre, 2 pm

    You Wont Miss Me
    ADDED — Saturday, Oct. 3, Oriental Theatre, 2 pm
    CANCELED — Sunday, Oct. 4, Oriental Theatre, 5:30 pm

    You can download the entire MFF program guide at the MFF web site.

    Be sure to periodically check back for more updates of “The Reel Scene” as we will be sure to share up-to-the-minute tidbits about what’s happening during the Milwaukee Film Festival.

    Categories: Arts & Culture, Movies

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