What to Expect at Milwaukee Film’s Cultures & Communities Festival

The program includes film screenings, speakers and extended hours at Crossroads Collective.

Milwaukee Film’s Cultures & Communities Festival, which runs Sept. 14-18 this year, released its full lineup of programming on Tuesday.

The festival kicks off with an Oriental Theatre screening of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, a documentary about the civil rights advocate famous for her role in the Montgomery bus boycott. Using archival footage, the film dives in her “lifelong fight against segregation in both the Jim Crow South and more progressive North.”

After the screening, an opening night party will kick off at The Ivy House at 8 p.m.

The festival will include guest speakers throughout its five-day run, including Bryant Terry, a James Beard award-winning author and chef, J. Alphonse Nicholas, an actor on the Starz series “P-Valley,” and the former executive director of the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board, Nina Jankowicz.

Along with paid screenings, the festival will host several “Community Screenings,” offering free opportunities to see the lineup of films. Some of the films include The Exchange. In White America. Kaukanu & King 50 Years Later, directed by Milwaukee journalist Joanne Williams, and When Claude Got Shot, a documentary about the 2014 shooting of Claude Motley in Milwaukee.  

Crossroads Collective food hall will be extending its hours during the festival, serving hors d’oeuvres, drinks and hosting live music every night after the screenings.

On top of films, the festival will also be putting on free mindfulness and fitness activities, including yoga and cycling classes.

Tickets are available online at mkefilm.org/ccf or in person at the Oriental Theatre box office. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for anyone 60 and older, $7 for Milwaukee Film members and $6 for children 12 and under. You can also get an all-access festival pass for $125 (or $100 for Milwaukee Film members).



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