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Filmmaker Panel

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We have Q/A's featuring participating filmmakers of this year's festival discussing their work. That'll be up for free before and during festival weekend on our youtube channel. 

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*New videos will be uploaded through the Summer.

Filmmaker Panel

The WI Film Tax Incentives always comes up when filmmakers get together. We once had them but then we lost them. What happened? Moderator, Michael Viers (The Shame List Picture Show) talks with Melissa Musante, Jeff Olm and Jon Kline about the history of the WI Film Tax Incentives, and what can be done to bring them back, or can they be brought back?   This will be up for free before and during festival weekend on our youtube channel

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2022 VOICES HEARD Judges

Andrea Ivy

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Sisters by Allie Morgan
Sisters by Allie Morgan

A story of two sisters coming to terms with their sexuality in different ways and their coming out journey together.

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Bodies #1: Milwaukee Waters by Michelle Trujillo
Bodies #1: Milwaukee Waters by Michelle Trujillo

Bodies is a series shot on 16mm film that explores the magic and life of public bodies of water.

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Crossing by Xai Yaj
Crossing by Xai Yaj

A Hmong man dives into the tallgrass to hide from armed soldiers. The subtlest movement can give away his location. Frighten from the horrifying screams and flying bullets, he makes an escape.

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Todrick Hall - WIG by Chancie T. Cole
Todrick Hall - WIG by Chancie T. Cole

As an artist, creative director, choreographer and producer my mission is to inspire other passionate artists, build connections and share my gifts to the world. I was able to reach out to 3 other choreographers, videographer, photographer and dancers to make this visual come to life.

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Atardecer Milwaquiano by Alex Gambacorta
Atardecer Milwaquiano by Alex Gambacorta

A love letter to Milwaukee that highlights the hidden stories that live in our memories.

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Battle Fantasy X Chow Chow by Ricardo Tenorio
Battle Fantasy X Chow Chow by Ricardo Tenorio

A young boy finds his village destroyed when a golden machete falls from the sky to him. Is this destiny calling? He must use this new weapon to challenge the one responsible. Who will win?

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Becoming Undead III by J. Anthony Ramos
Becoming Undead III by J. Anthony Ramos

When a man has lost everything, he hunts down something that can make him whole - no matter the cost.

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Inoculation by John Carlo Rosillo
Inoculation by John Carlo Rosillo

From Director John Carlo Rosillo, a horror-comedy short film that explores the world of vaccinations and their effect on friendship.

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Lizard Boy by Shun Powell Jr
Lizard Boy by Shun Powell Jr

Senior year of high school takes an unexpected turn when friendship is sacrificed because of jealousy. A group of friends visit a home that has blood in its history but the chance to live forever keeps them coming.

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Hermanita by Hisonni Mustafa
Hermanita by Hisonni Mustafa

After recently being released from prison, Daniella learns that her little sister has been abused at the hands of her stepfather and has to decide if her duty to protect her sister is more important than freedom.

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Of Wood by Owen Klatte
Of Wood by Owen Klatte

"Of Wood" is a unique experimental stop motion film created by progressively carving images in a large round of wood, enhanced with wooden objects coming out of the wood. It examines the role of wood in daily life through the ages and comments on the impact of consumerism on our lives.

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To Be Fair by Cynthia Johnson
To Be Fair by Cynthia Johnson

Pegi Christiansen knows exactly how to end the contentious and increasingly dangerous election cycle for president of the U.S. It's called the National Popular Vote Compact, and this passionate performance artist needs just one minute to persuade you to support it.

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Image Of A Glassman by Sam Aidan Coombes
Image Of A Glassman by Sam Aidan Coombes

A short documentary about the transition from analogue to digital photography, and the lasting effect it's had on John Quantick over his 44 year career.

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The Coronation by Emily Penick
The Coronation by Emily Penick

In this wordless, experimental film, a powerful goddess meets her match.

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Normal Porn for Normal People by Amber Rose McNeill
Normal Porn for Normal People by Amber Rose McNeill

"Normal Porn for Normal People" is an appropriated media piece that explores our societal need to consume violence for entertainment. The film offers a satirical commentary on the romanticizing and normalization of violent imagery, while observing the link to commercial consumerism that exploits human sexuality, while simultaneously demonizing it.

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She Was Crying Sugar by Tommy Simms
She Was Crying Sugar by Tommy Simms

A candied couple gets into sticky situations as they embark on an adventure through a sugar-coated wonderland.

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Phoenix 2021/A Survival Guide by Stilvi Psilopoulou
Phoenix 2021/A Survival Guide by Stilvi Psilopoulou

Phoenix 2021/A Survival Guide revolves around depression and the struggle that a great deal of people undergo every single day in order to fight against it. The film identifies as the root of the problem the social taboos which entrap us into small boxes in which we all suffocate.

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Blossom and the Decrepit Man by Tim Schwagel
Blossom and the Decrepit Man by Tim Schwagel

Blossom wakes up in the forest tied to a tree, and something is ticking...

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Pandemic Survival and Revival by Catey Ott Thompson
Pandemic Survival and Revival by Catey Ott Thompson

This film is an imagistic and abstract manifestation of the emotional landscape through the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Niagara Falls by Tara Sickmeier & Victor Bellomo
Niagara Falls by Tara Sickmeier & Victor Bellomo

At the edge of her life, a woman must confront a cascade of hopes, desires and fallen dreams.

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All Eyes On by Mackenzie Walla
All Eyes On by Mackenzie Walla

Everywhere you go you are always being watched, even in the comfort and intimacy of your own home. You don’t know who exactly is watching. The whole world maybe? Some higher being? You can’t escape the watchful eye of nature. Are your eyes even your own?

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As de Trèfle by Henri Kebabdjian
As de Trèfle by Henri Kebabdjian

Nathan is joined by his daughter Camille by the racetracks. He hopes that by betting on the race, he will be able to afford the school of her dreams. But when Nathan discovers that Camille is admitted in an other school far away, the race takes a whole other turn.

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Mold of Malachi by Mtume Gant
Mold of Malachi by Mtume Gant

In the suburbs of America, a Black man’s morning jog nightmare exists as a game for others.

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Galacta Raider by Alexander Eberhage
Galacta Raider by Alexander Eberhage

By finding the past, he discovers the road to the future.

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Unspoken by Joseph R Lefeber
Unspoken by Joseph R Lefeber

A young couple must learn to communicate after an accident leaves one of them deaf.

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Undecided by Betty Allen & Andy Woodward
Undecided by Betty Allen & Andy Woodward

Three women’s different perspectives on motherhood collide in a workplace bathroom while one waits to discover whether she is pregnant.

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Alfie by Anastasia Esther
Alfie by Anastasia Esther

Alfie is an odd creature, seeking something outside his home. What will he find?

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Greed by Amber Danger Johnson
Greed by Amber Danger Johnson

A revolutionary message for women everywhere to break the binds of their patriarchal overlords, dispel the myth of greed and take what is rightfully theirs. Men take heed, a reckoning is coming.

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Yungsnag by Erin Hastings
Yungsnag by Erin Hastings

Up and coming Milwaukee rapper, Sanjiv Chheda, AKA Yungsnag, details his life experiences and how that impacts his music. This film was made in Milwaukee by those of us who live here.

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The Day We Split the Universe by David Boffa
The Day We Split the Universe by David Boffa

Two strangers who begin an affair through chance encounters on dog walks hope that the laws of physics will help them make a decision.

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Perfect Match by Lynda Reiss
Perfect Match by Lynda Reiss

A woman wants to search the internet for her soul mate, and invites a friend over to help her choose.

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Pandemia by Sam Sorenson
Pandemia by Sam Sorenson

In early 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning, a group of people in a waiting room come together to right a wrong.

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Cricket by Timothy Lonsdale (Out of Competition)
Cricket by Timothy Lonsdale (Out of Competition)

When Finn and Sam meet to celebrate the life of Lily - Sam’s dead wife – a Freudian slip by Finn creates an awkward moment that Sam initially brushes off as a mistake that even Lily would appreciate. But the comment haunts Sam.

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Awards handed out at the close of the festival.
After party will be at The Tonic Tavern, located at
2335 S Kinnickinnic AVE, Milwaukee

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