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Love Jones Actor Larenz Tate To Appear At Milwaukee Film Festival

For one-night only screening of classic film.

By - Sep 23rd, 2017 11:51 am
2014 Milwaukee Film Festival Opening Night.

2014 Milwaukee Film Festival Opening Night.

Film and television star Larenz Tate started his acting career in the 1993 Hughes Brothers film Menace II Society. Since that time, the actor has starred in more than 20 movies, including critically acclaimed films like Ray and the Academy Award Winning Crash. Tate’s recent supporting role as Julian Stevens in the summer blockbuster Girls Trip and Councilman Tate on STARZ’s hit television show Power have thrust Tate back into the spotlight once again.

Tate is perhaps best known for his leading turn in the 1997 romantic dramedy Love Jones. A witty, sexy portrait of Black love and romance, Love Jones is a generational classic. To honor the 20th anniversary of Loves Jones, the Milwaukee Film Festival’s Black Lens program will screen Love Jones in 35mm at the stunning 1,100-seat Landmark Oriental Theatre (2230 N Farwell Ave) on Saturday, September 30 at 7 pm. A Discussion with Larenz Tate moderated by Shannon Sims of WTMJ 4 will immediately follow the film.

Created in 2014, the Black Lens program honored pioneering filmmaker Robert Townsend in its inaugural season, and documentarian Stanley Nelson in 2015. In 2016, Black Lens became one of only sixteen film programs to receive a FilmWatch grant from the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that year. Now in its fourth year as a part of the Milwaukee Film Festival, Black Lens is the only major film program in the country to showcase the work of African-American filmmakers exclusively.

“Our goal with Black Lens is to directly spotlight African American filmmakers, not just films with black- related subject matter, but bring to light the creative individuals behind the films. We also hope the program acts as a strong outlet that magnifies this cinematic work, broadens the audience for such work, and–over time–becomes a catalyst to inspire black filmmakers both locally and internationally,” explains Geraud Blanks, co-programmer of Black Lens.

Tickets to the screening of Love Jones featuring Larenz Tate can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 414-755-1965; 12pm– 5 pm.

The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival will take place from September 28th – October 12th. The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival will take place from September 28th – October 12th.

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