The Milwaukee Independent Film Society (MIFS) established the Pace-setter Award five years ago to bestow upon persons that are dedicated to advancing filmmaking in Wisconsin. This being an anniversary year, The Milwaukee Independent Film Society has chosen to honor both Dan Wilson and Susan Kerns.
Dan Wilson co-founded The Milwaukee Independent Film Society as a way to help local filmmakers. Today he is also very active in the local filmmaking community lending a hand (or equipment) whenever called upon.
Dan Wilson has lived in Milwaukee all his life, and has been making images as long as he can remember. Particularly interested in the interplay between motion and still, his work often explores the ways in which still and moving images inform a narrative flow.
Dan has owned and operated a production company, photo studio and rental house since 1986, and has contributed his talents to countless projects across the country. He has consistently been involved in community building among Milwaukee’s filmmakers.
His interests include kinetic sculpture involving light, sound and feedback loops, good espresso, the DIY aesthetic, and learning new things. He is currently raising funds for his next project.
Susan Kerns was the driving force behind Collaborative Cinema, a program that brought together filmmaking professionals and high school students.
Susan Kerns is an Assistant Professor of Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College Chicago, and she is producing the documentary Last of the Lawsonians. She wrote the screenplay for Little Red and has produced or directed numerous short films. Previously she was Education Director at the Milwaukee Film Festival, where she ran the Collaborative Cinema program, and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently finishing her dissertation, Propagating Monsters: Conjoined Twins and Popular Culture, a portion of which can be found in the anthology Nip/Tuck: Television that Gets Under Your Skin.
We'll also screen "Love You Still", this year's film from Collaborative Cinema.