|By TOM JOZWIK - Special to TimeOut||
September 12, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The
upcoming Milwaukee Film Festival may not literally have movies for
everybody, but it will offer flicks for fans of German culture, cult
and genre aficionados, enthusiasts of music documentaries and
fifth annual running of the cinematic event will showcase the efforts
of local moviemakers, as well as dozens of short films from around the
globe. A mixture of new and traditional movies will be screened at the
MFF, to be held from Sept. 26 through Oct. 10.
15-day festival drew more than 50,000 people, and 77 of its screenings
were sold out, according to information provided by Milwaukee Film,
the nonprofit organization that hosts the MFF.
Passport: Germany segment will consist of eight movies with German
settings and Germany-connected themes. Among them are “Hannah Arendt,”
a biopic focusing on a philosopher who covered the notorious Adolf
Eichmann’s trial in 1961; “Oh Boy,” described by MFF personnel
as a “day-in-the-life slacker comedy” somewhat reminiscent of
Woody Allen’s work; and Wim Wenders’ 1987 fantasy “Wings of
Cinema Hooligante roster, according to a press release, “features
all the raunchy, gory, scary, fun, bizarre and possibly offensive
midnight, cult and genre films you could possibly cram into one film
festival program.” Six Cinema Hooligante movies will be screened,
including the 1973 Bruce Lee flick “Enter the Dragon” and Stanley
Kubrick’s celebrated “2001: a Space Odyssey” from 1968.
The Rated K: For
Kids program, previously called the Milwaukee Children’s Film
Festival, is geared for youngsters ages 3 through 12. The program will
include four feature films - highlighted by a silver anniversary
showing of “The Land Before Time” - as well as three sequences of
short films geared to three age groups within the aforementioned
Sound Vision, the
music documentary phase of the festival, will offer 14 nights of live
music at The Hotel Foster, 2028 E. North Ave., during
the MFF, besides eight documentaries - most of them from 2012
and 2013, and two from the works of Oscar winner Jonathan Demme. The
soundtrack shows at the Foster will be free for patrons possessing MFF
passes or ticket stubs. Regular admission is $5.
Cream City Cinema lineup of new movies by Milwaukee-based artists (one
of whom will be awarded a Filmmaker-in-Residence prize carrying a
remuneration valued in excess of $25,000) will consist of five
feature-length movies, as well as short films. Among the features:
“Billy Club,” directed by Nick Sommer and Drew Rosas, a brand-new
baseball motif picture evoking the slasher films of 30 years ago, and
a Bob Murray-Amy Neuenschwander-directed work dealing with online
dating, “Date America.” Supplementing the five features and the
shorts will be the second annual Milwaukee Youth Show, highlighting
the works of area moviemakers under age 18.
“Shorter Is Better” segment will consist of 60 shorts from
throughout the world. Among the countries represented, in addition to
the United States, will be Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Finland,
France, India, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Sweden.
The general public
will be able to purchase tickets for individual screenings starting
containing the full MFF schedule will be available as of Saturday at
the East Town Market in Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square Park and at a
number of area locations the following day. Passes and “6-day
packs” have been available online. Go to www.mkefilm.org/tickets.