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Super Dad!
Super Dad!

All Toby wanted was one normal day. Turns proves to be too much to ask for when your dad is Captain Chaos, the super villain of Milwaukee!

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Hoan Alone
Hoan Alone

Milwaukee’s Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge is the crown over Summerfest and has become one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. But it’s also a popular site for suicides. This animated documentary explores the issues of the bridge and suicide through three intimate interviews. Follow animator, Aaron Johnson, as he shares the stories of Dave, John, and Mary.

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The Neighbor
The Neighbor

A young businesswoman's routine is interrupted, when she meets a homeless woman who she can't stop thinking about.

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Pearls
Pearls

Don’s mother Miranda realizes her son Donald can only become the woman she is by defying her father and leaving their farm, in an outfit Miranda provides that includes a much-loved heirloom.

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Marie
Marie

When her whole world begins to distort before her eyes, Marie must figure out what is to blame and who she can trust - including herself.

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Get In The Truck
Get In The Truck

A small band of indie filmmakers is trying to perfect a shot. Attention to detail is everything.

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2018 Festival Film

Goldblooded

A transient with gold in his blood, accidentally unleashes his secret while experimenting with extraction methods and everyone wants a piece.

2018 Best Director

Hoan Alone

Milwaukee’s Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge is the crown over Summerfest and has become one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. But it’s also a popular site for suicides. This animated documentary explores the issues of the bridge and suicide through three intimate interviews. Follow animator, Aaron Johnson, as he shares the stories of Dave, John, and Mary.

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Art by Whitney Salgado visit her website here: https://www.whitneysalgado.com/

Loss (Found)
Loss (Found)

Inspired by experimental musical films like Maya Deren's "The Very Eye of Night" & Kenneth Anger's "Scorpio Rising" and arthouse movements like the French New Wave, German expressionism & Thai transcendentalism (among others), "Lost (Found)" is a music video short film about the perils and exploits of experiential & artistic self-discovery.

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Flammable
Flammable

A mother talks to herself about the tragic events that unfolded with her daughter.

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An Inconvenient Finis
An Inconvenient Finis

Sitting alone on a bench along the shore, a contemplating Henry is soon joined by a younger, silent Stranger, whom he proceeds to speak to about new methods vs old and timing vs death.

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Children's Stories #1
Children's Stories #1

La Llorona transcends from the world of the living to that of infinite waters. Images were created on 16mm film through alternative techniques

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Crash
Crash

One night, after Alex’s company is taken away by Young, the best friend, and co-owner, Alex dialed Young’s number and was told Young is having dinner with his wife. Alex is overwhelmed and driven crazy. He refused to sign the letter of assignment and decided to end up his life in a car accident. However, he didn’t get what he wanted.

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Inner
Inner

A girl must over come her inner demons in this journey of music and horror.

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Filmmaker Panels

A 30 min panel featuring Festival Directors from the

across the state to help you prepare your film for your festival run.  What's the perfect running time? What's an EPK? Why might your film get rejected, and more tips to assist you on your journey. FREE

with

Ross Bigley (Milwaukee Short Film Festival)

Stephen Milek (Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Festival)

Christopher Kai House (Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Festival)

Craig A. Knitt (Wildwood Film Festival)

Nelson Oliveras (Voices Heard)

Hugo Ljungbäck (Milwaukee Underground Film Festival &

                              Save the Archives Film Festival)

 

A 45 min panel featuring filmmakers who are involved in the film industry here in Wisconsin and outside of it. We'll discuss a variety of topics regarding being a working filmmaker. Going from shorts to features. Working on a crew instead of your own work, and what is the state of the local film community here in Wisconsin.  FREE

with

Timothy J Lonsdale (Species, Stranger Things)

Chris Marks (3 daYs)

Casey T. Malone (Lesser Beasts)

Jozef K Richards (Batman & Jesus )

 

Moderated by Michael Viers (Shamelist Picture Show)

Mondo Lucha! Aria
Mondo Lucha! Aria

A brief look into the passion and the power of this spectacle of combat that is professional wrestling.

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Nicolas Cage Mother Mary
Nicolas Cage Mother Mary

Stanley moves to Quito, Ecuador to house-sit for a friend, having big plans to start anew and explore the city, but discovers in the house a mesmerizing picture of the Virgin Mary bearing the face of Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage that becomes his obsession.

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When I Was Four
When I Was Four

When I Was Four reenacts a distant childhood memory of the first night in a new home, and relates it to an adolescent experience, in hope to uncover what truth the memory holds, if any.

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Table for Two
Table for Two

The evening is intimate and magical. A couple shares a special date.

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Silhouette of a Storm-Bent Tree
Silhouette of a Storm-Bent Tree

In Silhouette of a Storm-Bent Tree, saxophonist and multimedia artist Nick Zoulek fuses all of his creative endeavors, serving as performer (bass saxophone), composer, producer, director, cine- matographer, and engineer, in order to fulfill his artistic vision. Silhouette of a Storm-Bent Tree begins broken and torn, seek- ing redemption. The piece derives its title from the quote, “why is it that the silhouette of a storm-bent leafless tree against an evening sky in winter is perceived as beau

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Lawman
Lawman

1875, Indian Territory. Bass Reeves, is the first African-American to be deputized by the U.S. Marshal service. His wife, Nellie Jennie Reeves, tries to persuade Bass not to leave for his own safety, but Bass argues that it’s the best job he can get to keep a roof over his family’s head. When Bass charges into the desert, he engages in a shootout with two outlaws, Maha and Glen Huddleston, also African-American. Bass kills Maha in the gunfight, and arrests Glen, ordering him to carry Maha’s bo

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Singer
Singer

An isolated peasant girl immerses herself in singers of the past. When she stumbles upon an open call singing audition, she jumps at the chance to be a star.

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Emptying, To Make Room For Overflowi
Emptying, To Make Room For Overflowi

What if there are really gleaming cities hung upside-down over the desert sand? What will we tell our descendants who we will never know? A girl contends with her fate by taking on a variety of forms. A cube becomes a vessel, a site of transformation, and a container for the universe.

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Artemis & the Astronaut
Artemis & the Astronaut

Artemis and Henri have spent a lifetime together. Loved one another deeply and imperfectly. Four weeks ago Henri died and so much was left unsaid as Henri's mind ebbed away. And then Artemis hears Henri crying in the next room. Will Artemis get a chance to be with Henri one last time?

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Operation Wolf Patrol: Poacher's Kin
Operation Wolf Patrol: Poacher's Kin

"Operation Wolf Patrol: Poacher's Kingdom" is a short documentary that focuses on the controversial group "Wolf Patrol." The film follows Rod Coronado, Wolf Patrol's leader, as he endeavors to raise awareness about wolf poaching in Northern, Wisconsin. The film also treats the issue of WI's new "Hunter Harassment" law– a law that makes it illegal to take photos of hunters on public lands. The film should not be confused with the 2016 "Operation Wolf Patrol: Wisconsin Wildlife Issues."

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Girl Eating Banana: Audition
Girl Eating Banana: Audition

While a young woman is auditioning for the role “girl eating banana” the unexpected discovery within the banana pushes her psychological boundaries to the limits.

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Trick Of The Light
Trick Of The Light

Fellow daydreamers meet, their two runaway minds, seemingly one. Only feeling what lay before them, eyes trip through darkness. Whirling, they move through what little light remains.

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2018 Festival Film

Stakeout Stories

Two cops on the eleventh hour of a lengthy stakeout are so caught up in their mundane conversation, they have stopped paying attention to the goings on around them.

Love Hotel
Love Hotel

A husband and wife in a dwindling marriage spend the night together in a LOVE HOTEL as a desperate attempt to regain the intimacy in their relationship. Only for the wife to discover she has lost her wedding ring inside the rectal cavity of her husband.

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#9
#9

Middle aged boy looks for help from a hospital, is offered an experimental drug.

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A Thousand Words Never Said
A Thousand Words Never Said

On a road trip to college, a mother and daughter are forced to answer hard questions about themselves and, in turn, grow closer than they have ever been.

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Every Ghost Has An Orchestra
Every Ghost Has An Orchestra

Truth hides in the margins and the artist’s role is to point to it. The question of what happens after we die is a universal question explored by paranormal researcher and experimental composer Michael Esposito. He straddles the line between spiritual and material and asks the audience to reflect on our purpose, legacy and what our actions say about who we are.

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Ouroboros
Ouroboros

A cycle of pursued acceptance met by rejection is threatened when one character sees the world for what it truly is.

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The Noize
The Noize

Oliver has thirty minutes to get to the local radio station to claim a $10,000 prize. He’s got a future! He’s got plans! He’s got more obstacles than he can handle!

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2018 Best Film/Best Actress
Control


In this shockingly dark but utterly poignant comedy from Alison Becker (Parks and Recreation) and Kimmy Gatewood (Glow), a depressed woman contemplates ending her life, if she could just get everything in order first.

2018 Sponsors

Outpost Natural Foods
Outpost Natural Foods
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MKE Production Rental
MKE Production Rental
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102.1
102.1
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Breadsmith
Breadsmith
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Pizza Shuttle
Pizza Shuttle

1827 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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2018 Winners

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Best WI Film
Best WI Film
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Hero Winner 2
Hero Winner 2
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Hoan Best Dir
Hoan Best Dir
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Best Dir
Best Dir
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