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Photo by Vallen Alexander Gillett  This year’s autumnal equinox, more commonly referred to as the fall season, officially kicked off at 9:29 p.m. here in the city of Milwaukee just this past Monday. So with that little bit of meteorological trivia in mind: What better way to celebrate the first days of the beautiful fall […]


Photo by Vallen Alexander Gillett 


This year’s autumnal equinox, more commonly referred to as the fall
season, officially kicked off at 9:29 p.m. here in the city of Milwaukee just
this past Monday.


So with that little bit of meteorological trivia in mind: What
better way to celebrate the first days of the beautiful fall season than to
attend a screening or two during the opening weekend of the 2014 Annual
Milwaukee Film Festival?


Starting this Thursday,
Sept. 25 and continuing through Thursday, Oct. 9, the festival (celebrating its
6th year) will showcase 119 feature-length films and 157 short films
from 63 countries — that’s a total of 276 films for those of you
counting 
 over the next 15 screening-packed days.


All scheduled screenings
during the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival
— MFF2014, for short — will take place at one of the following local
theaters: the Downer Theatre (2589 N.
Downer Ave.), the Oriental Theatre (2230 N. Farwell Ave.), the Times Cinema
(5906 W. Vliet St.), or the Fox-Bay Cinema Grill (334 E. Silver Spring Dr.,
Whitefish Bay).


MFF2014’s Opening Night film
is 1971, director Johanna Hamilton’s
thought-provoking documentary about eight anti-war activists who break into a
small FBI office in rural Pennsylvania in an effort to expose government
corruption during the height of Vietnam, and unearth far more than they could
have imagined.


Forty years later, these
brave activists step forward and talk openly about this amazing true-life story
in Hamilton’s thriller of a documentary which deftly blends archival footage,
testimonials from those involved, and dramatic re-enactments to optimum effect.

1971 screens at 7 p.m. a the historic Oriental Theatre. If you can’t make it opening night, the film screens again on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1:45 p.m., again at the Oriental. 


Opening night tickets are $20 for the
public and $17 for Milwaukee Film members.


Following the screening, the Opening Night Party for the 6th edition
of the festival will kick off at 9:00 p.m. at Kenilworth Square East (1925 E.
Kenilworth Place). Tickets to attend the party are $10 for the public and $8
for Milwaukee Film members. Festival vouchers can be redeemed for entry as
well. Admission to the party is free for those with an Opening Night film
ticket or a festival pass. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the
door, and no senior or student discounts will be available.


The festival’s opening night party is one of the most-anticipated
social events of the year. All attendees will receive one complimentary drink;
appetizers will be served; and attendees can hobnob to their heart’s content.


Admissions to festival screenings other than the Opening and
Closing Night films are $10. Discounts are available for children 12 and under:
$6, seniors (60+) and students (with valid ID): $9, and Milwaukee Film members:
$8.


For additional information, including the complete 2014 festival
schedule, go
here.


 


 


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