Milwaukee Film Festival

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  *From October 17th, 2015

Closing out the Milwaukee Film Festival is a documentary about an adaptation of a film. The movie at the heart of it all is the 1981 classic - Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was a film that so impressed a couple of Mississippi kids back in the ‘80s that they set out to remake the movie, shot for shot.  However, they ended up one scene short.

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The Milwaukee Film Festival continues at various theaters across the city this week, and if you are looking for a thriller with a Midwest sensibility, Uncle John will keep you on your toes throughout.

Some of you may remember actor John Ashton for his character roles in the Beverly Hills Cop or Midnight Run films, but in this independent film Ashton becomes the focus of attention as a quiet Wisconsin carpenter…and murderer.

For five years, two filmmakers followed several homeless men in Milwaukee - capturing the men's challenges, from mental illness to substance abuse, as well as their rare moments of triumph.

"The guys we talked to were the ones that would openly say 'I'm not proud of how I'm living, I'm not proud, you don't want to live like this, no one should have to live like this,'" director Faith Kohler says. "But they were the ones who felt that is was important to give their community a voice."

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Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Say the name Malala and instantly one thinks of a heroine known to millions, the schoolgirl from Pakistan's lush, once idyllic Swat Valley who dared speak out when the Taliban invaded her home and tried to prevent girls from going to school.

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In the last few years, two of the most contentious debates in Wisconsin have been over a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin and over the future of organized labor across the state. 

It’s a century-old story involving mining and labor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that is the focal point of a documentary by Milwaukee filmmaker Suzanne Jurva called Yoopera!  But there’s a twist – her film centers on an effort to produce an opera about this often-forgotten piece of history. 

DAN RYBICKY AND AARON WICKENDEN

When Chicago-based filmmakers Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky first encountered Peter Anton, they didn’t expect to spend the next eight years making a film about the elderly, outsider artist. But that’s what happened.

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For the next two weeks, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival will present more than 300 movies. Some, like Jaws, are one offs. Others, like Cream City Cinema, are united by a common theme.

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One of the many features of this year's Milwaukee Film Festival is the Cream City Cinema series, which features films by and/or about Milwaukeeans. 

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The 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival opens tomorrow evening at several locations around town. 303 total films will be shown between opening night and October 8.

There will be more than 100 special guests participating in panel discussions, talk back and the annual keynote address. Chicago Tribune film critic, and Kenosha and Racine native, Michael Phillips will be delivering the keynote address on the state of cinema today.

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Besides passion and drive, filmmakers need money to finish, and even start, projects.

Milwaukee Film recently announced its Brico Forward Fund. The idea behind the fund is to encourage local filmmakers to submit story treatments for new movies. As many as five treatments will then be chosen and awarded a significant financial jumpstart.

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It’s been six years since the Johnny Depp film, Public Enemies, used Milwaukee as its setting. And with the short-lived tax credit for filmmakers long gone, it may be a while before that happens again.

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The world's worst  industrial disaster took place on December 3, 1984, when a gas leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant killed thousands of people in Bhopal, India.

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As the Milwaukee Film Festival continues this week, a new film documents an American’s behind-the-front lines story of fighting along with the Libyan rebels who overthrew Qaddafi.

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Don’t use the term debunk around James Randi.  

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Among the many films playing during this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival, one film stands out for the sheer unlikeliness of its true subject matter.

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