With the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival (or MFF 2013, for short) now behind us – I’m already looking forward to what the people at Milwaukee Film have in store for next year’s fest – what’s a moviegoer to do after partaking in such a delectable cinematic feast in their own backyard?
The answer’s easy: keep partaking of cinema whenever and however possible.
This week alone, two of the city’s other film festivals, the 16th Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival and the 28th Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival, are taking place. The former started Sunday and wraps this Thursday, while the latter starts this Thursday and wraps on Sunday.
Sure, the selection won’t be as diverse or plentiful as MFF 2013’s was, but there are still plenty of options to satisfy even the most-discerning of film connoisseurs.
Monday: Oct. 14 - Thursday, Oct. 17: The Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival continues its run
Check the festival’s official site for complete festival information. Tickets are $10 for adults/ $9 for seniors and students with valid ID (unless otherwise noted).
The 16th Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival got underway on Sunday, Oct. 13 but thankfully runs through Thursday, Oct. 17, so interested parties still have plenty of time to check the festival out still.
Sonny Boy, a foreign-language drama about an interracial couple (she’s Dutch; he’s Surinamese) in the Netherlands circa WWII who help hide Jews from the Nazis screens Monday. The film was the Netherlands’ official submission for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
The coming of age tale, Nono, the Zizag Kid screens on Tuesday.
A documentary with an interesting premise, When Comedy Went to School, about comedy school “boot camps” that popped up in the Catskill Mountains back in the day, screens on Wednesday.
And Paris-Manhattan, a narrative-driven film about a Jewish girl in Paris who watches Woody Allen films to escape if only for awhile, is the closing night film.
With the notable exception of the 1930 Marx Brothers classic, Animal Crackers, which screens for free this Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. followed by a Q&A session with the cast and creators of Next Act Theatre’s “Groucho: A Life in Review,” all festival screenings are at 7:30 p.m. at Marcus’ North Shore Cinema (11700 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon).
Tuesday, Oct. 15: Experimental Tuesdays and the 2013 Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival presents George Kuchar’s The Devil’s Cleavage
7 p.m. @ UWM Union Theatre (2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.) Tickets are $5.
Sponsored by the 2013 Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival which kicks off this Thursday (more on that a little later), this week’s Experimental Tuesdays offering is from the late prolific experimental filmmaker, George Kuchar, who died in 2011.
According to the UWM Union Theatre’s official synopsis for the film:
“A rare screening of the feature-length homespun melodrama from esteemed underground cineaste George Kuchar who sincerely embraces the genre even as he lathers it with excess. Writes critic Chuck Kleinhans, the film unspools ‘as if Sam Fuller and Sternberg had collaborated in shooting a script by Tennessee Williams and Russ Meyer…. Douglas Sirk tells us, “Cinema is blood, tears, violence, hate, death, and love.” Kuchar reminds us that cinema, like life, is also bedpans, earwax, sleazy fantasy, ineptness, compromise, and laughter.”
The black and white film from 1975 – with a running time of 107-minutes – will be introduced by UWM Art History Professor Elena Gorfinkel.
Thursday, Oct. 17: Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun plays iPic Bayshore
7 p.m. @ iPic Bayshore (5800 N Bayshore Dr., Glendale) Check with theatre for ticket prices.
This week, Aerosmith’s first concert film in 10 years (following 2003’s You Gotta Move) plays theaters in a special limited-engagement. Following two massive natural disasters – an earthquake and a tsunami – that subsequently led to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan, members of Aerosmith were strongly advised to cancel the Japanese leg of their “Back on the Road” tour out of fear of possible radiation exposure.
The band, who have long had a huge Japanese fan base, threw caution to the wind and kept their tour dates in the land of the rising sun. They were met with fan appreciation (not to mention, attendance numbers) that inspired some of the finest live shows the band has ever played. This concert film, directed on the sly by Casey Tebo, is a testament to the transformative, and dare one say, healing power of music in times of crisis.
The concert film gets an encore showing on Sunday.
Thursday, Oct. 17 - Sunday, Oct. 20: The 28th Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival
Check the festival’s official site for complete festival information and ticket prices.
It’s hard to believe that after being around for nearly 30 years now, the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival is still the only LGBT-themed film/video festival in the entire state of Wisconsin.
The 2013 edition of the festival marks Carl Bogner’s 15th time at bat as festival director, and it appears that he’s outdone himself, yet again.
Over four screening-packed days, the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival will show an array of LBGT-themed fare from around the world that will afford festival goers plenty to choose from.
This year’s opening night film, I Am Divine, director Jeffrey Schwarz’s cinematic love letter to legendary camp filmmaker John Waters’ cross-dressing muse, Divine, should draw a big, appreciative crowd when it screens at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Oriental Theatre (2230 N. Farwell Ave.). Tickets are $15 for the general public/$10 for students and seniors with valid ID. Opening night ticket stubs also get you into the opening night reception at Beans & Barley (1901 E. North Ave.) following the screening.
Other screenings of note during the festival include, a one-time screening of the film that put Divine and John Waters on the map, the infamous Pink Flamingos, where we see Divine battling with fellow trailer park denizens to retain the title of “filthiest person alive,” a free screening of Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton, a documentary about the decadent and groundbreaking artist who lived to the beat of his own drum, and The New Black which explores the deep philosophical and political divide between straight members of the African American community and their LGBT brethren. The festival also includes three shorts programs: one for men (Friday), one for women (Saturday), and one for trans-gendered people (Sunday).
Friday, Oct. 18: The docudrama, The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, opens in local theaters
Check local listings for details.
All of you “Sherlock Holmes” and Star Trek fans out there better clutch your pearls, because Benedict Cumberbatch’s (seemingly everyone’s favorite British jack-of-all-trades thespian at the moment) latest project is about to debut, this time in a theater near you.
In The Fifth Estate, Emmy nominee Cumberbatch stars as Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, a website where whistleblowers were able to anonymously leak covert data. In a relatively short period of time, the site gained worldwide exposure and was breaking hard news stories faster than the world’s premier media outfits. However, when the caliber of covert data they come into possession of is perceived as a threat to US national security, Assange and a colleague are forced to question WikiLeaks’ necessity on the world stage.
The film co-stars Oscar nominees and Emmy winners Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney, as well as Anthony Mackie.