Wisconsin Thriller in Milwaukee Film Festival Spotlight

Can the red carpet be far behind?

The Milwaukee Film Festival has announced its premiere showcase, the Spotlight Film program.

Can the Red Carpet be far behind?

Among the films included in the program is Uncle John filmed in Prairie du Sac and Lodi. The latter is hometown of UW-Madison alum and co-screenwriter Erik Crary. Veteran character actor John Ashton plays a Wisconsin farmer involved in the disappearance of a local bully.

Co-writer and director Steven Piet, Crary and Ashton are scheduled to attend.

Jackson said the Spotlight program features “broadly based films that have some special experience attached them.”


Other Spotlight films include: 

The Great Alone (USA/Greg Kohs) Documentary about the son of Iditarod racers following in his parents’ dogsleds. By Greg Kohs, director of Song Sung Blue about Milwaukee Neil Diamond and Patsy Cline impersonators Thunder and Lightning. The racer will be in attendance with one of his sled dogs.

Seven Chinese Brothers (USA/Bob Byington) Slacker comedy with Jason Schwartzman, Olympia Dukakis and Tunde Adebimpe of the band TV On The Radio. Director Bob Byington is scheduled to attend.

Beatles (Norway/Peter Flinth) Coming of age story about Norwegian youths who form a Beatles cover band. Filled with original Beatle recordings.

British Arrow Awards (United Kingdom) Collection of British television commercials.

I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Italy/Sydney Sibilia) Caper comedy about a group of out of work academics who create a designer drugs. Director Sydney Sibilia is expected to attend.

Most Likely to Succeed (USA/Greg Whiteley) Documentary about educational innovation and “project-based” learning. Producer Ted Dintersmith is expected to attend.

Safety Last (USA/Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor) Buster Keaton in 1923 classic silent film accompanied by renowned organ accompanist Scott Foppiano playing the Oriental Theater’s Kimball Organ. Shown with The Electric House.

Three more Spotlight films, Opening Night, Centerpiece and Closing Night are yet to be announced.

Find all the films that have been announced for this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival at milwaukeemag.com/dudek.

The Milwaukee Film Festival, sponsored by the Journal Sentinel, runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 9. The Spotlight program is presented by Donald and Donna Baumgartner and sponsored by WYMS and Urban Milwaukee. Tickets go on sale Sept 9 for members, and Sept. 10 for the public. The full festival program guide will be distributed Saturday at Cathedral Square park and on the festival website on Sunday.




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 DuaneDudek.com.