Films at the Milwaukee Film Festival are never sold out. Until you can’t get in.
“We don’t use the term sold-out,” says creative and executive director Jonathan Jackson. “Because in most cases people can still line-up same day and get” rush tickets.
When a film is put on “rush” it means advanced tickets are no longer for sale, but you can still line up outside the theater in the chance that tickets are released fifteen minutes before show time.
Sometimes you get in. Sometimes you don’t. In the extreme case of tonight’s Opening Night film Youth, at the Oriental Theater, the festival is not allowed to sell rush tickets, likely at the distributor’s request.
Youth, with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel and by Paolo Sorrentino, the director of the Oscar winning foreign language film The Great Beauty, is scheduled for general release in December.
Jackson said ten films were put on rush at this time last year. This year 17 are currently on rush.
“We’re very excited about the growth in ticket sales,” he said. The 70 percent increase in films on rush “at this point compared to last year is a great sign for demand growing in the festival.”
Below is a list of films currently with only rush tickets available on the first day of the festival, listed on the festival’s website. Below that are films for which tickets are selling fast. Since many films have multiple showings it is often possible to get an advance ticket for a film on rush at a different time and theater.
—Shorts: Date Night | Friday, Sept. 25 | 7 PM | Downer Theatre
—Wisconsin’s Own | Saturday, Sept. 26 | 1:15 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–The Great Alone | Sunday, Sept. 27 | 1 PM | Oriental Theatre
–Cartel Land | Sunday, Sept. 27 | 6:45 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Iris | Monday, Sept. 28 | 7 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–-Difret | Wednesday, Sept. 30 | 7 PM | Oriental Theatre
–-7 Chinese Brothers | Wednesday, Sept. 30 | 7:15 PM | Avalon Theater
–He Named Me Malala | Thursday, Oct. 1 | 4:15 PM | Downer Theatre
–Imperial Dreams | Thursday, Oct. 1 | 7 PM | Avalon Theater
–A Ballerina’s Tale | Friday, Oct. 2 | 7 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Imperial Dreams | Saturday, Oct. 3 | 7 PM | Downer Theatre
–Shorts: Let’s Get Animated | Sunday, Oct. 4 | 2 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–A Ballerina’s Tale | Sunday, Oct. 4 | 4:15 PM | Downer Theatre
–Extraordinary Tales | Sunday, Oct. 4 | 4:45 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Love and Lemons (Små citroner gula) | Tuesday, Oct. 6 | 7 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–The Wrecking Crew | Tuesday, Oct. 6 | 7 PM | Downer Theatre
Tickets available but selling fast
–Zouzou | Friday, Sept. 25 | 6:30 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–The Look of Silence | Saturday, Sept. 26 | 4:15 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Bang Bang Baby | Saturday, Sept. 26 | 7 PM | Avalon Theater
–A Year in Champagne | Sunday, Sept. 27 | 1:30 PM | Avalon Theater
–Wisconsin’s Own | Sunday, Sept. 27 | 3:45 PM | Downer Theatre
–Hip Hop-eration | Sunday, Sept. 27 | 4 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Villa Touma | Tuesday, Sept. 29 | 6:45 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Seymour: An Introduction | Thursday, Oct. 1 | 7 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Hallåhallå | Friday, Oct. 2 | 4:15 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Shorts: Date Night | Friday, Oct. 2 | 6:45 PM | Avalon Theater
–Most Likely to Succeed | Friday, Oct. 2 | 7 PM | Downer Theater
–Excuse My French (Lamoakhzaa) | Friday, Oct. 2 | 9:45 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Clarence | Saturday, Oct. 3 | 12:30 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Foodies | Saturday, Oct. 3 | 3:45 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Little White Lie | Sunday, Oct. 4 | 11:30 AM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Yoopera! | Sunday, Oct. 4 | 1 PM | Avalon Theater
–Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story | Sunday, Oct. 4 | 7 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–Imperial Dreams | Monday, Oct. 5 | 4:30 PM | Times Cinema
–The Winding Stream | Monday, Oct. 5 | 7 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema
–The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution | Monday, Oct. 5 | 7 PM | Times Cinema
–I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto quando voglio) | Tuesday, Oct. 6 | 9:45 PM | Fox-Bay Cinema