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As fast-paced and sleep-deprived as the last two weeks have been, it’s nonetheless sad to report that the end of the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival is just mere hours away. After 15 miraculous days that offered up 276 films (119 features and 157 shorts), playing at four local theaters – the Oriental, the Downer, the […]



As fast-paced and sleep-deprived as the last two weeks have been,
it’s nonetheless sad to report that the end of the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival
is just mere hours away.


After 15 miraculous days that offered up 276 films (119 features and
157 shorts), playing at four local theaters – the Oriental, the Downer, the
Fox-Bay Cinema Grill and the Times – the sixth year of the city’s ever-growing
film festival is sliding into home plate.

 


However, it ain’t over until it’s over!


 


Fellow moviegoers, as of 11:15 a.m. you’ll have 8 hours and 45 minutes to choose among 16 screenings
on this last day of the festival concluding with the closing night film, The
Surface
, a locally-shot thriller starring Sean Astin (Rudy,
the Lord
of the Rings
Trilogy, White Water Summer), Chris Mulkey
(Cloverfield,
Captain
Phillips
, Rain Man) and Mimi Rogers (The Door in the Floor, Someone to Watch Over Me, The Rapture).


 


As was the case last year, there were a record number of festival
screenings that went to rush status (meaning advance tickets are no longer
available), including tonight’s closing night film.


 


Written and
produced by Milwaukee native Jeff Gendelman and directed by Gil Cates Jr., The
Surface
is a thriller – which took 18 years to make it to the big
screen — about two men who are both literally and figuratively set adrift.  One is mentally unstable and hopped up on
booze and drugs (Astin), and the other is in need of assistance following an
accident at sea (Mulkey). Both must get past their differences and rely on each
other in order to get back to the mainland. The film’s plot unfolds almost
entirely off the coast of Milwaukee in the middle of Lake Michigan.


The Surface screens tonight at 8 p.m. at the historic Oriental Theatre
(2230 N. Farwell Ave.). Director Gil Cates Jr., writer-producer Jeff Gendelman,
producer-cinematographer Jimmy Sammarco, and stars Sean Astin and Chris Mulkey  will be in attendance tonight and will
take part in a post-screening Q&A. 

The 90-minute film is not rated.


All advanced tickets have sold out, but rush tickets may be
available 15 minutes before the start of the screening for $10 each (cash only,
no discounts) on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Check the festival’s website for further details. You can view the film’s trailer here.


Look for Moviegoers staff
blogger Mack Bates’ exclusive interview with the principal cast and filmmakers,
as well as a review of the film itself, later this month.
The Surface is tentatively scheduled to open
in Milwaukee on Friday, Oct. 31.



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