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

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Sac de Merde
Sac de Merde

Sac de Merde by Greg Chwerchak Based on a true story, "Sac de Merde" tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally.

A Short: Audition
A Short: Audition

A Short: Audition by T.C. De Witt Owen, and enthusiastic young actor, has landed an audition, but it quickly ceases to live up to his expectations.

Era of Sierra
Era of Sierra

Era of Sierra by Mallory Winkler "Era of Sierra" follows 19-year-old Sarah Stelloh aka Evil Sierra as she works to become a five-time Brew City Wresting Women's Champion.

Grandpa's Getaways
Grandpa's Getaways

Grandpa's Getaways by Kristin Holodak A story of love and memory. Will has always been the hero of his own stories in spite of the fact that no one believes him. How much of it is true? And how much does it really matter?

Eat at Joe's
Eat at Joe's

Eat at Joe's by Benjamin A. Eisner When secret society pickup artists, Hollywood and Broadway, descend upon a Wisconsin Honky Tonk bar, Christine and Jenny conceal conjuring tricks of their own.

Hunks
Hunks

Hunks by Katie Kapuza An animated reaction to masculine stereotypes and tired cliches.

The Lion and The Gecko
The Lion and The Gecko

The Lion and The Gecko by Chloe Collins A boy's strong bond and dedication to his brotherly duties create an emotional gap from his father. Through this complicated family dynamic, they work to overcome their shortcomings while still hanging onto what's been lost.

The Dream Machine
The Dream Machine

The Dream Machine by Sergio Torres Longing to be a movie star, Jack buys a machine that promises to turn all of his dreams into movies.

Red Thread
Red Thread

Red Thread by Yijun Pan & Anh Vo A red thread connects your destiny, but perhaps not the only one you find.

Broken Box
Broken Box

Broken Box by Ricardo Tenorio A surreal struggle that a boy has with his box. has with his box.

Talia
Talia

Talia by Danny Villanueva Jr. A troubled young woman attempts to emotionally respond to devastating news.

R3peat
R3peat

R3peat by Anthony J Montoya A couple struggles with mental illness.

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Featuring performances from.

A Tone Bishop, Jessica Lyn, Kerric Stephens, & Adwoa Asentu.

Poster artist Whitney Salgado will sell her art as well. Hit the logo to go to her site!

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Filmmaker Panel

In partnership with WELA (Wisconsin Entertainment Lawyers Association), panelists Robert Arthur, Bryan Kroes and Peter Strand will discuss what you'll need to know to start you off on a career in filmmaking. This round table discussion will cover an array of topics every filmmaker needs to know, plus we'll open it up for questions from the audience as well. This is a must see panel that can help all interested in becoming a filmmaker.

 

Approx 45 mins FREE                 

Link to Lake Effect Interview 

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911
911

911 by Alison Guessou & Justin Christopher Ayd A 911 dispatcher answers a distressed call from a couple stopped for a suspicious car reported.

Midwestern
Midwestern

Midwestern by Rebecca Joelson Midwestern is a labor story. An unemployed worker combs through his work history trying to figure out what went wrong. Despite working hard and doing things “right”, he finds himself perpetually dispossessed. With a Wisconsin work ethic and traditional labor values, he digs through modern rhetoric and dwindling opportunity to find his path forward.

Epiphany
Epiphany

Epiphany by Artie Terry Sometimes a man just thinks too much.

Reality Check
Reality Check

Reality Check by Noah Meister Schroeder becomes enthralled by his new ability to lucid dream.

Jimmie O'Brien's Masterclass
Jimmie O'Brien's Masterclass

Jimmie O'Brien's Masterclass by Paul Boese Career production assistant Jimmie O'Brien teaches the art of assisting production.

Fundamentals of Art
Fundamentals of Art

Fundamentals of Art by Kyle Gustafson Tensions escalate between a disillusioned art student and one of her professors.

We Were Hardly More Than Children
We Were Hardly More Than Children

We Were Hardly More Than Children by Cecelia Condit "We Were Hardly More Than Children" tells an epic tale of an illegal abortion as lived by two friends on a frightful journey through a world that has little concern for their survival.

Snapshots
Snapshots

Snapshots by Phoebe Barran, Lliana Bird Behind every photo is a story, a moment captured, a snapshot in time... Snapshots tells three unique stories through the voyeuristic lens of a photo booth camera. Although their circumstances and motivations are very different, each character shares a desperation that’s led them to their booth: a heartbroken transvestite driven to conforming to societal expectations; two young people compelled to risk everything in the hope of a better life; and a lonesom

Mime Sublime
Mime Sublime

Mime Sublime by Julia Smith Two morons think they can get rich quick by kidnapping and ransoming a "celebrity". Unfortunately, the only famous person they can find is a mime from the local park.

Mascot
Mascot

Mascot by Leeha Kim The fox who wants to be a mascot for the city goes to a mascot training academy. He lives in a very tiny house and works many part-time jobs. He is still getting many Mascot auditions with taking loans at a high-interest rates for undergoing plastic surgery.

Winter Cranes
Winter Cranes

Winter Cranes by Joseph V. Brown A short observational documentary that chronicles the Sandhill Crane migration near Baraboo, Wisconsin. Shot on location at the Aldo Leopold Center amidst 10,000 cranes in late November 2018.

Deer Lights
Deer Lights

Deer Lights by Brian Klewin Charlie ignores the mounting consequences of his opiate addiction while his wife and kids find their own ways to cope.

2014 Festival Film

Mime Sublime

Two morons think they can get rich quick by kidnapping and ransoming a "celebrity". Unfortunately, the only famous person they can find is a mime from the local park

33RPM
33RPM

33RPM by Paul Gall A young man is haunted by the recording on a recently purchased album.

Breathing above the Treeline
Breathing above the Treeline

Breathing above the Treeline by Gitanjali Kapila A recent convert to Buddhism tries to convince a new acquaintance going through a brutal divorce that god exists.

The Oracle
The Oracle

The Oracle by Nicole Peterson Morgan Jaymes, an indecisive journalist, seeks advise from her cat. It does not turn out well.

Rain Stops Play
Rain Stops Play

Rain Stops Play by Mika Simmons Rain Stops Play is a modern day comedy of errors which addresses the key issues of mistaken identity, modern technology and female ageism. Although we see the world from a male perspective through our protagonist Adam, it is a story for a female audience with searingly current themes.

The Bartender
The Bartender

The Bartender by Travis Newsad Carly, the skillful bartender at a swanky hotel lounge, is thrown off her game by the arrival of Alan, a powerful investor. As Alan and his leadership team celebrate with round after round of drinks, Carly is haunted by a dark secret about him, and becomes increasingly concerned for the safety of Heather, the only woman in the group. Will Carly conquer her fear of confronting Alan in time to stop Heather from leaving with him―or will she be forever doomed to reliv

Tuesday
Tuesday

Tuesday by Caitlin Raether After escaping the compound where they were born and raised, Quinn and Arden return to the farmhouse their mother left. Interacting with things they have never seen before and dealing with the fear of survival, they discover what they mean to each other.

Awards handed out at the close of the festival.

2019 Winners

Best Film Insta
Best Film Insta
B FLM Insta
B FLM Insta
Best WI film
Best WI film
Hon Mention
Hon Mention
Hon Ment Exp
Hon Ment Exp
Hon Ment INST
Hon Ment INST

2019 Sponsors

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