Carter Family, LGBT, Electronica featured in Milwaukee Film’s Sound Vision

The lineup for the delicious sounding Sound Vision program at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival. Plus: watch trailers for the films

An Ethan Hawke documentary, docs about LGBT DJ Marco Collins and the Carter Family, a drama about French electronica and the return of Stop Making Sense are all part of a delicious sounding Sound Vision program at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival, the festival announced Tuesday.

The Sound and Vision program is presented by Koss and WMSE.

“Last year I had a great experience at the festival and knew immediately it was a perfect fit for Koss,” said Michael J. Koss, Jr. “We’re honored to be partnering with Milwaukee Film to help inspire and grow Milwaukee’s creative community…”

The program will feature eight “wide-ranging, music-driven films,” including:

The Glamour and the Squalor (2015) Documentary about Marco Collins, the DJ “who defined a generation” and broke artists like Beck and Nirvana. He battled drug abuse before coming out of the closet and becoming an LGBT spokesman. It won the jury and audience awards at Outfest. Collins is scheduled to attend for a Q&A session following the film. The date has yet to be announced.

The Wrecking Crew (2015) Documentary about the LA session musicians behind (almost) all the music you (okay, I) love including Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound and Pet Sounds.

Seymour: An Introduction (2014) directed by the actor Ethan Hawke,

–Carter family doc, The Winding Stream (2014) Features one of Johnny Cash’s last performances and traces the combined influence of the Carter and Cash families.

Theory of Obscurity: A Film about the Residents (2015) An intimate look at an avant garde band so private their members are anonymous. It follows them on their 40th anniversary tour and has access to the band’s archives.

Eden (2014) French film about an electronica collective in the 1990s told through the coming of age of story of a young DJ. Jonathan Jackson, festival artistic and executive director, says it is one of his favorite films.

Breaking A Monster (2015) “Hilarious look at juvenile stardom,” through Unlocking the Truth, three African-American youths in a metal band who became viral sensations.

Stop Making Sense (1984) The Jonathan Demme doc captures the Talking Heads in performance and is considered among the best concert docs ever made. Inexplicably returns for a fourth year and is in danger of becoming the festival’s Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the 1990s it showed every Friday at the Oriental Theater “pulling a packed house into the aisles for a full out dance party.”

The Milwaukee Film Festival is presented by the Journal Sentinel. It runs Sept. 24 through October 8.

Individual tickets go on sale Sept. 9 for members and Sept. 10 for the general public.

A previous version of this story offered incorrect information on “Seymour.”



Duane Dudek is a Milwaukee native. For more than 30 years, he was film critic and television columnist at the Milwaukee Sentinel and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He continues to apply his expertise at