11-12​​.Sept​​/2015​

Comedy Sportz
420 S 1st St, Milwaukee

17th​​ MKE Short Film Festival

"BEST LOCAL FESTIVAL!"

Award given Opening Night

Eric Gerber

Space Cadets
Space Cadets

A man pursues his childhood dreams of reaching the final frontier by assembling a team of unqualified cadets to start a space crew.

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Rocket Science
Rocket Science

The last evacuation ships are about to launch and leave a dying earth for good. But our hero, Marcus Staley, is delayed, and thus he needs to find a way to hold the launch.

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Dream Trip
Dream Trip
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Hi Neighbor
Hi Neighbor

Successful suburbanite Erin is slowly realizing that not every neighbor is super-dee-dooper.

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Quack
Quack

"social etiquette can be challenging"

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The Map of Maps
The Map of Maps

There was an astonishing discovery in Milwaukee several years ago. An incredibly rare version of Korean map called Daedong Yeojido was discovered in the library at UWM. The map is a national treasure in Korea and nobody knows why this map has been placed at UWM before the moment that American Geographical Society Library makes public. There is a Korean language school near Greenfield in Milwaukee. Korean Baptist Church of Milwaukee has managed this program for the Korean children who are born

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2015 Festival Film

Hi, Neighbor

 

Successful suburbanite Erin is slowly realizing that not every neighbor is super-dee-dooper.

2015 Festival Film

A Dubious Night

 

At a local tavern, unhappy citizens share their hopes and dreams.

Grass Between My Lips
Grass Between My Lips

Directed by Amardeep Kaleka International Drama/ African/ Young Adult 30m

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D for Dezire
D for Dezire

Directed by Bonnie Janelle Domestic Violence Drama/ Black Youth/| Urban 8m

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Something Under the Christmas Tree
Something Under the Christmas Tree

Directed by Danny Villanueva Jr Horror/ Latino / Youth/ Urban 4m

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Death After Life
Death After Life

Directed by Rubin Whitmore II Race Drama/ Black/White/ Adult/ Urban 10m

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Fight Night Legacy Ep. 2
Fight Night Legacy Ep. 2

Directed by Hisonni Johnson Sports Drama/ Black/White/| Adult/| Urban 8m

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Modern Romance V1
Modern Romance V1

Dave and Crystal have just finished their first date. Years of romantic failures have stunted both of them as they try to come face to face with their feelings for each other. It's all going well until Dave's roommate shows up and the night get uncomfortable and awkward. Can they work through their issues and find true love?

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James Causey

Dr. Demond Means

George Tillman Jr

Marcia Wright-Tillman

Sierra Shea

Dr. Chia Vang

Alma Velez

2015 Judges

Comedian
Comedian

A dramatically absurd stand-up comedy performance that destroys convention through overindulgence. Starring Johnny Pemberton.

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Elk Mound
Elk Mound

A low-on-luck man takes a house-sitting gig in a small factory town. Soon laid off, bored and lonely, a childhood love of science and naturalism is stirred by an incredible discovery. Elk Mound, the 8th film by renown visual artist Chris Mars, speaks of the confluence of unemployment, isolation, latent passions stirred, and mental illness. Told in a the artist's signature visual style, live action is set within a unique surrealist environment built of reality, fantasy and texture.

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Escape from Midwich Valley
Escape from Midwich Valley

Back in the place of her childhood, in an oddly sinister port city, a young woman plagued with traumatic memories will discover that her destiny is even more cruel than the creatures running after her...

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Vultures in the Void
Vultures in the Void

A tense but darkly comic story about a four-way Mexican standoff in space, between three space pirates and a corrupt Consortium freighter pilot.

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Dark Roast
Dark Roast

A regular Joe just wants his cup of jo. And in a world where coffee is illegal, that's easier said than done. "Dark Roast" follows Joe, a coffee fanatic, who will stop at nothing to get one last cup of the caffeinated drink. Trouble is brewing.

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Pre View
Pre View

A man obsessed taking photographs of everything around him discovers that his cellphone camera can suddenly show him the world 3 minutes into the future.

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2015 Festival Film

Escape From Midwich Valley

 

Inspired by « The Shadow Over Innsmouth » by H.P. Lovecraft

The Struggle of Libations
The Struggle of Libations

The Struggle of Libations is a short film by first time writer / director Erin Mullally and stars long-time character actor Des Braiden (The Boxer, The Tudors) alongside newcomers David McGowan and Nadia Dibbs. The film is a “dramedy” and tells the story of a man who undertakes a nighttime odyssey across Dublin while questioning his only meaningful relationship… the one he maintains with his loyal post-work pint. Eight minutes long and independently produced, cinematographer Ronan Hand and cre

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Papa dans Maman (Dad in Mom)
Papa dans Maman (Dad in Mom)

Two children speculate late into the night what their parents might be doing.

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Elgin Park
Elgin Park

Michael Paul Smith, a reclusive model builder, doesn't seem to enjoy talking about his childhood. In this short documentary about the remarkably detailed town he built by hand, Smith alludes to memories of bullying, violence, and dark family secrets. Elgin Park is a "dreamlike recreation" of his past, he says, polished with the glossy sheen of mid-century suburbia. Filmmaker Danny Yourd zeroes in on this tension, drawing it out through the relationship between Smith's childhood and his models.

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Kaylee
Kaylee

A man awaiting trial receives an unexpected offer from his lawyer.

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Charlotte
Charlotte

Alex, excited to have befriended the popular girl at school, will do anything to stay in her good graces. When her new friend wants to play house, Alex innocently plays along and develops feelings she doesn't understand.

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Dinosaur
Dinosaur

A young man struggles with the balance between his love for dinosaurs and his social responsibilities.

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2015 Festival Film

Elgin Park

 

Michael Paul Smith, a reclusive model builder, doesn't seem to enjoy talking about his childhood. In this short documentary about the remarkably detailed town he built by hand, Smith alludes to memories of bullying, violence, and dark family secrets.

Session 5:  6:00pm (Ages 16 & up)

Super Deluxe
Super Deluxe

A Lounge Singer with a odd name has a strange past

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An abstract, surrealist narrative: a young woman retreats into her subconscious sanctuary to escape the impending fate of a worldwide cataclysm. Drifting between a dark limbo and tranquil forests, she discovers that her real world fears are seeping into her sanctuary, manifesting themselves in frightening ways.

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Jerk Chicken
Jerk Chicken

A player learns the hard way that you don't dip your chocolate into another man's peanut butter. Entered into the 2014 Project Greenlight competition.

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R.P.M. 2
R.P.M. 2

A kaleidoscopic video experiment utilizing the revolutions of a car tire.

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I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!
I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!

In the late seventies David Boswell created Reid Fleming, the World’s Toughest Milkman, a comic book anti-hero and counter culture icon. By the following decade, Warner Brothers was preparing a Hollywood feature film. Now, over 30 years later, the character is still mired in contractual limbo, or development hell. Narrated by Academy Award-Winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Stop Making Sense), I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!! combines stop motion animations with interviews from

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The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors

Devil-may-care gadabout W.B. Pennywinkle tries his hand at camping. A real "fish out of water" tale made for the Madison 2014 48 Hour Film Festival. Anthony Wood won "Best Wisconsin Film" with Patrick Holland for the short film, Baden Krunk at our 2011 Festival.

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2015 Festival Film

I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!

This short documentary describes how a beloved comic book anti-hero Reid Fleming was created and why his character may never flourish on the silver screen.

Modern Romance V1
Modern Romance V1

Dave and Crystal have just finished their first date. Years of romantic failures have stunted both of them as they try to come face to face with their feelings for each other. It's all going well until Dave's roommate shows up and the night get uncomfortable and awkward. Can they work through their issues and find true love?

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Dark_Net
Dark_Net

Alan (Johnny Vegas) searches for answers in all the wrong places and this time he thinks he's found them...on the internet in the form of a highly trained deadly assassin. But he's about to learn the true price of entering the 'dark_net'. Tom Marshall previously won Best Film in 2008 for bigboy_74, and he screened Happy Clapper at our 2011 festival.

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The Trap
The Trap

A man invites his friend over one night to show off his latest invention: a trap for catching aliens

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Hero in Limbo
Hero in Limbo

A man failing to connect to life, goes into a self induced trip to get a part of himself back, through emotion, metaphor, and triumph.

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Test
Test

A seemingly unremarkable man spends a day taking a bizarre test at a mysterious facility. Through his day he interacts with the odd, detached employees of the facility, guiding him from section to section, obscuring the intentions or duration of the test.

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Dreamers.
Dreamers.

Breaking through the self-constructed barriers that isolate us and touching the human being beyond--the dream of any interpersonal relationship. How do we make this dream a reality? In this short film by J&J Productions, we follow a man who wishes to be left alone with his thoughts, drawings, and dreams. Until he is greeted one day by a saleswoman who guarantees to improve his life with a necklace. With the incentive of hope, the man tries to go out and recreate his dream in reality. But dreams

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2015 Best Ensemble

Here's Jane

An original short comedy created by JoLane Lentz

2015 Best Director/Honorary Mention

The Trap

A man invites his friend over one night to show off his latest invention: a trap for catching aliens.

2015 Best Wisconsin Film

Hero in Limbo

A man failing to connect to life, goes into a self induced trip to get a part of himself back, through emotion, metaphor, and triumph.

2015 Winners

BF
BF
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TRAP HM
TRAP HM
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VH Best F
VH Best F
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HLIMBO copy
HLIMBO copy
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JV
JV
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MOE copy
MOE copy
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HJ
HJ
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Drea
Drea
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DArk Cine
DArk Cine
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2015 Sponsors

MKE Production Rental
MKE Production Rental
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Lakefront Brewery
Lakefront Brewery
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Clark Graphics
Clark Graphics
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Trophy Athletic
Trophy Athletic
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Beans and Barley
Beans and Barley
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Breadsmith
Breadsmith
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