Jeramey Jannene
Milwaukee Film Festival

Riverwest Film & Video

New documentary explores how a quirky video store keeps Riverwest weird.

By - Oct 17th, 2018 05:24 pm
Riverwest Film and Video. Image from Milwaukee Film Festival.

Riverwest Film and Video. Image from Milwaukee Film Festival.

With Blockbuster down to a single location, it seems like the era of the video store is over. But while the big chains are faltering, a small video store in the heart of Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood continues to hum along. Riverwest Film & Video, subject of a documentary by the same name, rents films, sells film equipment and is perhaps now best-known for being the home to Riverwest Radio. The non-profit radio station broadcasts live from an in-store studio that can be heard online or via radio at 104.1 FM.

The video store and the eclectic cast of characters that make the place run are the subjects of a new documentary by Emir Cakaroz.

Milwaukee Film Says…

Long a staple of both our film-loving and filmmaking communities, Riverwest Film & Video gets the documentary treatment it so richly deserves. Offering a diverse range of films for rent, film equipment for sale, and a local radio station for anyone and everyone who wants to have a program, it has long served Milwaukee as a locus of neighborhood activity. Meet the regulars who patronize the store, programmers who run the radio station, and employees who man the shop in this winning documentary.


  • Friday, October 19th, 4:00 p.m. – Times Cinema – Tickets
  • Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30 p.m. – Oriental Theatre – East Screen – Tickets
  • Wednesday, October 31st, 4:00 p.m. – Oriental Theatre – East Screen – Tickets

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