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Milwaukee Film Announce Guests at 10th Annual Festival

Oscar winner John Ridley and Emmy winning actress Felicity Huffman to appear on panel in partnership with Nō Studios; Netflix star DeWanda Wise, rapper Speech, and 100+ guests attending the festival

By - Oct 11th, 2018 05:01 pm

MILWAUKEE – Thursday, October 11, 2018 – Milwaukee Film is excited to announce the over 100 filmmakers and industry professionals scheduled to attend the 10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Associated Bank, as part of festival screenings, forums, juries, and events. Notable guests include Oscar award-winning screenwriter John Ridley, Desperate Housewives star and Emmy award winning actress, Felicity Huffman, and star of Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It, DeWanda Wise.

Oscar-award winning screenwriter and Milwaukee Film board member, John Ridley, will be joining Emmy award-winning actress, Felicity Huffman, on a Working with Actors panel in partnership with Ridley’s new hub for the arts in Milwaukee, Nō Studios, as part of the festival’s Filmmaker Services. Other notable panelists this year include DeWanda Wise (How To Tell You’re A Douchebag, MFF2015), participating in A Conversation with DeWanda Wise and moderated by UWM professor Portia Cobb; and director Carrie Hawks, journalist and commentator Tourè, and New York Times culture editor Aisha Harris participating in black enuf.

Two Grammy award-winners are scheduled to attend screenings at the festival, including Milwaukee native and famed rapper Speech, of the group Arrested Development, as a subject in the film 16 Bars. Award-winning music video director, Joseph Kahn, will be presenting his feature debut Bodied as part of the festival’s American Independents program. Kahn is well known for his work with major music artists, including Taylor Swift, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, and Eminem, who is also a producer of Bodied.

Acclaimed Polish filmmaker, Agnieszka Holland, will be attending a screening of her film Spoor, playing in the festival’s Worldviews program. Holland’s decades long career includes Golden Globe award-winning and Oscar-nominated films In Darkness, Europa, Europa and The Angry Harvest, along with director credits for major television shows such as House of Cards and The Wire.

Milwaukee Film Festival alums Martin Starr (Operator, MFF2016, Infinity Baby MFF2017) and Bob Byington (Infinity Baby, MFF2017) will be returning this year; Byington will serve as a juror for the organization’s Brico Forward Fund granting program and Starr is a subject in Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary. Sam Pollard (Two Trains Runnin’, MFF2016, ACORN and the Firestorm, MFF2017) and Qasim Basir (Destined, MFF2017) will also be returning this year with films in the Black Lens program.

For the most up to date festival guests information, including attendance for screenings, events, and forums, please visit mkefilm.org.

Interviews with filmmakers will be available to accredited press in the Media Lounge or available upon request.

SCHEDULED TO APPEAR AT THE 10TH ANNUAL MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL:

FILMS

16 Bars
Oct. 20, 9:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Sam Bathrick: Director
Speech Thomas: Subject
Oct. 21, 1:00 PM | Times Cinema
Sam Bathrick: Director

A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.
Oct. 26, 8:45 PM | Jann Serr Studio Cinema
Qasim Basir: Director

Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes
Oct. 19, 3:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Robert Bader: Director
Bay Dariz: Producer

A Page of Madness (feat. Alloy Orchestra)
Oct. 20, 4:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Terry Donahue: Alloy Orchestra
Roger Miller: Alloy Orchestra
Ken Winokur: Alloy Orchestra

Are We Good Parents? (precedes Ideal Home)
Oct. 28, 9:30 PM | Times Cinema
Bola Ogun: Director
Oct. 31, 1:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Bola Ogun: Director

Ava
Oct. 25, 4:00 PM | Avalon Theater
Léa Mysius: Director
Nov. 1 , 1:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Paul Guilhaume: Producer

Ayotzinapa, El Paso de la Tortuga
Oct. 23, 4:00 PM | Avalon Theater
Felipe Gómez: Editor
Marisa Mendoza: Subject
Oct. 25, 7:00 PM | Avalon Theater
Felipe Gómez: Editor
Marisa Mendoza: Subject
Back at the Staircase
Nov. 1, 7:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Heather LaVine: Cast
Mickey O’Hagan: Cast
Stephen Plunkett: Cast
Lenora Pitts: Cast

Bisbee ‘17
Oct. 23, 4:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Douglas Tirola: Director
Katie Benton-Cohen: Historian

Black Enuf
Oct. 28, 6:00 PM | Wilson Center at Vogel Hall
Carrie Hawks: Director

Bodega
Oct. 22, 12:30 PM | Jann Serr Studio Cinema
Donna Augustin: Director

Bodied
Oct. 31, 9:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Joseph Kahn: Director

Brewmaster
Oct. 20, 12:30 PM | Avalon Theatre
Daniel Dorst: Editor
Oct. 23, 4:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Douglas Tirola: Director

Capturing the Flag
Oct. 26, 9:30 | Oriental Theatre
Laverne Berry: Subject
Anna De Mare: Director
Oct. 27, 1:00 PM | Avalon Theatre
Laverne Berry: Subject
Anna De Mare: Director

Circles
Oct. 26, 9:00 PM | Times Cinema
Eric Butler: Subject
Tre Thomas: Subject
Cassidy Friedman: Director
Oct. 27, 10:00 AM | Oriental Theatre
Eric Butler: Subject
Tre Thomas: Subject
Cassidy Friedman: Director

A Conversation with DeWanda Wise
Oct. 29, 7:00 PM | UWM Union-Ballroom
DeWanda Wise

Day One
Oct. 23, 6:45 PM | Fox Bay Cinema
Lori Miller: Director

Distant Constellation
Shevaun Mizari: Director

Dr. Smith’s African American Museum and Black Veteran Archive (precedes This Little Light)
Oct. 25, 2:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Brad Lichtenstein: Director
Emily Kuester: Producer
Oct. 30, 6:30 PM | Avalon Theater
Brad Lichtenstein: Director
Emily Kuester: Producer

You Find Yourself (Sick) in Bolivia (precedes Yen Ching)
Oct. 21, 4:15 PM | Fox Bay Cinema
Hannah Hamalian: Director
Oct. 26, 3:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Hannah | Fox Bay Cinema

El libro de Lila
Oct. 20, 1:45 PM | Oriental Theatre
Marcela Rincón: Director

Freaks & Geeks: The Documentary
Oct. 24, 6:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Brent Hodge: Director
Aly Kelly: Producer
Martin Starr: Cast

Funeral for a Bird
Oct. 26, 12:30 PM | Avalon Theatre
Zoe Lubeck: Director

High Fantasy
Oct. 21, 3:45 PM | Times Cinema
Jenna Bass: Director
Oct. 22, 6:00 PM | Avalon Theater
Jenna Bass: Director

Home + Away
Oct. 27, 4:00 PM | Times Cinema
Javier Diaz: Subject
Erik Espinoza Villa: Subject
Francisco Mata: Subject
Shyanne Murguia: Subject
Oct. 28, 1:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Javier Diaz: Subject
Erik Espinoza Villa: Subject
Francisco Mata: Subject
Shyanne Murguia: Subject

Invisible Lines
Oct. 27, 3:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Laura Dyan Kezman: Director
Nate Imig: Director
Vianca Fuster: Director

Kim Swims
Oct. 20, 12:30 PM | Jann Serr Studio Cinema
Kate Webber: Director
Oct. 22, 3:30 PM | Jann Serr Studio Cinema
Kate Webber: Director

Kusama – Infinity
Oct. 28, 10:30 AM | Fox Bay Cinema
Karen Johnson: Producer
Oct. 30 1:00 PM | Avalon Theater
Karen Johnson: Producer

Lake Michigan Monster
Oct. 23, 3:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Ryland Tews: Director
Mike Cheslik: Producer/Editor
Louis R. Schultz, Executive Producer
Oct. 29, 9:00 PM | Jann Serr Studio Cinema
Mike Cheslik: Producer/Editor
Louis R. Schultz, Executive Producer
Oct. 31, 9:45 PM | Oriental Theatre
Mike Cheslik: Producer/Editor
Louis R. Schultz, Executive Producer

Love, Gilda
Oct. 25, 7:15 PM | Oriental Theatre
Meryl Goldsmith: Producer
Oct. 27, 9:15 PM | Fox Bay Cinema

Matangi/Maya/MIA
Oct. 19, 6:30 PM | Jann Serr Studio Cinema
Michael Raisler: Producer
Oct. 21, 4:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Michael Raisler: Producer
Mighty Ground
Oct. 20, 6:00 PM | Times Cinema
Delila Vallot: Director
Oct. 22, 1:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Delila Vallot: Director

The Milwaukee Music Video Show
Oct. 30, 9:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Bruise Violet – “Nightmare”
Robyn Ehrlich: Director
Emma McCallister: Camera Operator
Calliope – “Red”
Victor Buell IV: Director
Delmer the Poet – “The Burial”
Corbin Cox: Director
Alex Mariani: Artist
Erin Peters: Producer
Mini Meltdown – “Number on Me”
Nick Sommer: Director
Brendan Jones: Producer
John Philip: Artist
Ms. Lotus Fankh – “Knowledge”
Anthony Diaz: Director
Dana Smith: Artist
Platinum Boys – “Lord Knows”
Ryan Reeve: Director
Platinum Boys (Matt Pappas, Casey Hughes, Joe Peterson, Henry Chern)
Willy Porter – “There’s Something Growing”
Liam Porter: Director
Willy Porter: Artist
Xposed 4Heads – “System Overload”
Mark G.E.: Director
Theresa Ala Mode: Artist

The Milwaukee Show I
Oct. 22, 8 PM | Oriental Theatre
Brothers
Emmett Jack Lundberg: Co-Director
Sheyam Ghieth: Co-Director
Syd Robinson: Cast
Grandma Charolette
Andrew Swant: Director
Sarah Luther: Producer
House of Love
Nolan Kresnak: Director
Three Neighborhoods
Adam Carr: Director
Wes Tank: Director
The Water Will Carry Us Home
Gabrielle Tesfaye: Director

The Milwaukee Show II
Oct. 29, 7:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Alice’s Garden
Jenny Plevin: Director
Mr. Allison Westbrook: Sound Designer
Marie
Katie Theel: Director, Writer
Meet Uncle Paul
Jessica Bursi: Director, Producer
Sue Haptonstahl: Subject
Lee Bursi: Subject
The Same Prison Bars
Joseph Garcia-Menocal: Director
Kellen Abston: Composer
Minding the Gap
Oct. 25, 6:45 PM | Times Cinema
Keire Johnson: Subject
Diane Quon: Producer
Oct. 25, 12:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Keire Johnson: Subject
Diane Quon: Producer

Moving Stories
Oct. 19, 6:30 PM | Fox Bay Cinema
Robin Cantrell: Subject
Rob Fruchtman: Director
Oct. 20, 3:30 PM | Avalon Theater
Robin Cantrell: Subject
Rob Fruchtman: Director

Mr. SOUL!
Oct. 28, 9:00 PM | Avalon Theatre
Sam Pollard: Director
Melissa Haizlip: Director
Oct. 31, 6:00 | Jann Serr Studio Cinema

Mr. Talented
Oct. 22, 12:30 PM | Jann Serr Cinema Studio
Rochée Jeffrey: Director
Oct. 26, 3:45 PM | Times Cinema
Rochée Jeffrey: Director

My Name Is Myeisha
Oct. 27, 8:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Rhaechyl Walker: Cast
Oct. 28, 4:00 PM | Jann Serr Studio Cinema
Rhaechyl Walker: Cast

Netizens
Oct. 29, 6:30 PM | Avalon Theater
Cynthia Lowen: Director
Tina Reine: Subject
Personal Statement
Oct. 27, 5:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Juliane Dressner: Director
Enoch Jemmott: Subject
Karoline Jimenez: Subject
Oct. 29, 6:30 PM | Times Cinema
Juliane Dressner: Director
Enoch Jemmott: Subject
Karoline Jimenez: Subject

Pet Names
Oct. 21, 2:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Carol Brandt, Director
Rene Cruz, Cast
Meredith Johnston: Writer
Chris Thompson: Producer
Dana Shihadah: Cinematographer
Chato the Dog: Cast
Oct. 27, 6:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Carol Brandt, Director
Rene Cruz, Cast
Meredith Johnston: Writer
Chris Thompson: Producer
Dana Shihadah: Cinematographer
Chato the Dog: Cast
Oct. 29, 4:00 PM | Jann Serr Studio Cinema
Carol Brandt, Director
Chris Thompson: Producer
Dana Shihadah: Cinematographer

Pumpkin Movie
Oct. 31, 12:30 PM | Avalon Theatre
Sophy Romvari: Director
Nov. 1, 3:30 PM | Times Cinema
Sophy Romvari

Riverwest Film & Video
Oct. 19, 4:00 PM | Times Cinema
Emir Cakaroz: Director
Sarah Buccheri: Editing Advisor
Xavier Leplae, Cast
Oct. 24, 6:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Emir Cakaroz: Director
Sarah Buccheri: Editing Advisor
Xavier Leplae, Cast
Oct. 31, 4:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Emir Cakaroz: Director
Sarah Buccheri: Editing Advisor
Xavier Leplae, Cast

Science Fair
Oct. 18, 7:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Cristina Costantini: Director
Darren Foster: Director

Sijan
Oct. 23, 7:15 PM | Oriental Theatre
Guy Gruters: Subject
Tom Moe: Subject
Janine Sijan Rozina: Director
Tim Seymour: Director
Oct. 28, 6 PM | Avalon Theater
Janine Sijan Rozina: Director
Tim Seymour: Director
Oct. 30, 12:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Janine Sijan Rozina: Director
Tim Seymour: Director

Souls of Totality
Oct. 21, 9:45 PM | Fox Bay Cinema
Richard Raymond: Director

Spoor
Oct. 22, 6:30 PM Oriental Theatre
Agnieszka Holland: Director

The Bill
Oct. 22, 12:30 PM | Jann Serr Studio Cinema
Caralene Robinson: Director

The Feeling of Being Watched
Oct. 24, 6:00 PM | Times Cinema
Christina Abraham: Subject
Assia Boundaoui: Director
Oct. 25, 8:45 PM | Jann Serr Studio Cinema
Christina Abraham: Subject
Assia Boundaoui: Director

The Unafraid
Oct. 30, 6:45 PM | Times Cinema
Heather Courtney: Director

This Little Light
Oct. 25, 2:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Ada McMahon: Co-Director
Oct. 30, 6:30 PM | Avalon Theater
Ada McMahon: Co-Director

Time for Ilhan
Nov. 1, 1:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Chris Newberry: Producer
Norah Shapiro: Director

Warrior Women
Oct. 22, 8:30 PM | Jann Serr Studio
Lakota Harden: Subject
Elizabeth Castle: Director
Oct. 24, 1:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Lakota Harden: Subject

When the Beat Drops
Oct. 23, 1:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Anthony Davis: Subject
Jamal Sims: Director

Wild Nights with Emily
Oct. 26, 7:30 PM | Oriental Theatre
Madeleine Olnek: Director

Wrestle
Oct. 28, 6:30 PM | Fox Bay Cinema
Teague Berres: Subject
Suzannah Herbert: Director
Jamario Rowe: Subject
Oct. 30, 6:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Teague Berres: Subject
Suzannah Herbert: Director
Jamario Rowe: Subject
Yen Ching
Oct. 19, 12:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Yinan Wang: Director
Yujing Wang: Supervisor Producer
Jiawei Zheng: Translator

Zero Weeks
Oct. 19, 6:00 PM | Oriental Theatre
Ellen Bravo: Subject
Ky Dickens: Director
Oct. 21, 1:00 PM | Avalon Theater
Ellen Bravo: Subject
Ky Dickens: Director

JURORS

Herzfeld Competition Award
Rod Armstrong
Meredith Shea
Sitora Takanaev

Brico Forward Fund
Bob Byington
Debra McClutchy
Christina Raia

Black Lens Jury
Portia Cobb
Chrishaunda Lee Perez
Floyd Webb

Shorter Is Better Jury
Martha Gregory
Brooke Thiele
Funa Maduka

Documentary Festival Favorites Jury
Mimi Brody
Erika Howard
Michael T. Vollmann
Cream City Cinema Awards
Bret Berg
Opal H. Bennett
Matt Leslie

Milwaukee Music Video Award
Erin Wolf
Kelsey Kaufmann
Lex Allen

About Milwaukee Film
Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences, with a vision to make Milwaukee a center for film culture. The organization is one of the largest of its kind in the country, with over 4,000 members and 84,000 festival attendees. Milwaukee Film recently launched the Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance, an industry pillar with over 350 members dedicated to stimulating and growing the filmmaking economy in southeastern Wisconsin. In addition, Milwaukee Film operates the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic three-screen cinema committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. The 10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will take place from October 18 – November 1, 2018. For more information, or to become a member, visit us online at mkefilm.org.

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About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors
Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Chris Abele (Past Board Chair); John P. Bania; Donna Baumgartner; Elizabeth Brenner; Karen Ellenbecker; Alexander P. Fraser; Cecelia Gore; Bill Haberman (Past Board Chair); Susan Haise; Katie Heil; Patti Keating Kahn (Board Chair Elect); Tracey L. Klein (Immediate Past Board Chair); Michael G. Klein; Michael J. Koss Jr.; Mary Ann LaBahn; Alexander Lasry; Steve Laughlin (Past Board Chair); Emilia Layden; Michael R. Lovell; Marianne Lubar; Mark Mone; Kenneth W. Muth; Barry Poltermann; Bob Pothier; John Ridley; Joseph A. Rock; Ramona Rogers-Windsor; Lacey Sadoff; Dave Stamm; Julia Taylor; John Utz; Emeritus members: Tom Barrett; Jacqueline Strayer

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