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Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 Pace-setter Honorees

Stephen Milek and Christopher House


The Milwaukee Independent Film Society (MIFS) established the Pace-setter Award nine years ago to bestow upon persons that are dedicated to advancing filmmaking in Wisconsin. This year we honor the festival organizers of the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival, Stephen Milek and Christopher House. Going into their third season they have provided a shot in the arm in the local film community, and far more importantly they uncovered and helped stop fraudulent festivals from scamming local filmmakers. 



Stephen Milek:

Steve is a lover of all movies from classic silent films to modern big budget action films. Growing up in New York watching films were a way to pass the time. While in pharmacy school in Boston his passion really grew and became more diverse. After moving to Milwaukee in 2001 he spent more time watching and learning about films. In 2010 he started his first blog where he watched every Oscar Best Picture winning film in chronological order. In 2012 he teamed up with Christopher House to start Milwaukee Movie Talk. It became a place for film fans not only from Milwaukee but around the world to discuss films while also highlighting films, filmmakers, and events from Milwaukee. After realizing there wasn’t a festival to cater to horror fans in Milwaukee Chris and Steve again teamed up to start the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival in 2016. While not native to Milwaukee he has learned there is a lot going on in the Milwaukee film scene and wants to help it grow and become more known.
 
Christopher House:

A Milwaukee native, Chris is a film buff with an eclectic taste from horror to romantic comedy. From the big budget to indie films, he is a true cinephile. Chris co-founded the blog Milwaukee Movie Talk, one of the earliest film blogs in Milwaukee hoping to stir conversation in the film community. In 2015, Chris and partner Stephen Milek decided Milwaukee needed a genre film festival and the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival was born. After a very successful 2 year run at the Underground Collaborative, the duo decided to move the fest to a new home and in 2018 will be at the Times Cinema in Milwaukee. When using online resources to solicit films, they found it was home to many scams and scam artists taking advantage of indie filmmakers who only want their films seen. They researched for over a year and a half the seedy side of the film fest industry and exposed some major scams, effectively shutting hem down in their tracks. Chris and Steve will continue to help educate film makers on this side of the film industry. The Twisted Dreams brand will continue to grow and, Chris hopes one day to see it and Milwaukee become a destination for fans and filmmakers alike.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

2016 Voices Heard: Karen


Karen by Brandon Champ Robinson
Wisconsin 
Running Time: 12 minutes
Screening Time: Friday Sept 9th Voices Heard, 9PM

Drama/ Horror


A troubled young child’s life is plagued by her, extremely jealous, imaginary best friend, Karen.

Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Voices Heard: Hell Date

Hell Date by Marcelo Martinez
Wisconsin 
Running Time: 12 minutes
Screening Time: Friday Sept 9th Voices Heard, 9PM

Drama/Comedy/Horror



The short opens with our protagonist making a sandwich and receiving a call from his friend, inviting him out to a new gay bar in town. The protagonist refuses and insists on going out on a date with someone he just met on the internet, in order to get over his ex. The friend taunts him and warns him to be safe. Our main character gets ready for his date, despite not liking how anything looks on him, and takes a couple drinks to work up the courage. He arrives to “Gymstud’s” home and realizes that this man seems off. What ensues is the worst case scenario of an anonymous date. 

Director's Bio:
Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Marcelo Martinez has always had a penchant for telling stories. He has studied film at UW Milwaukee and finished his associates in Tv and Video Production at MATC. Marcelo hopes to make LGBT films from a Chicano point of view.






 

2016 Voices Heard: The Forgotten Fable of Papa L's .38 Special

The Forgotten Fable of Papa L's .38 Special by Rubin Whitmore II
Wisconsin 
Running Time: TBA
Screening Time: Friday Sept 9th Voices Heard, 9PM

Drama


 Papa Legba has put forth a cursed pistol to wreak havoc.

2016 Voices Heard: A Walk Through The Woods

A Walk Through The Woods by Trez Gee
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: TBA
Screening Time: Friday Sept 9th Voices Heard, 9PM

Drama


Rue takes a walk through the woods and stumbles upon a gruesome discovery that will cause him to have to fight for his life. Will he make it out alive, or will the woodsman seal his fate?


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Director's Bio:
 

He is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and hopes to help establish a film market equal to that of other strong film markets such as LA, Atlanta and New York, giving local and surrounding talent opportunities at chasing their dreams.
Trez will be showing his short film 'A walk Through The Woods', a thriller about a city that’s full of mystery, beauty, fun and exploration, taking a walk through the woods doesn’t seem like a bad idea. At least not until a group of local thugs begin to victimize the community, causing the woods to be unsafe for human habitation!

2016 Voices Heard: Mikwenim: Remember Your Choices

Mikwenim: Remember Your Choices 
by Lac Courte Oreilles of Ojibwe Nation and Darren Cole
Wisconsin 
Running Time: TBA
Screening Time: Friday Sept 9th Voices Heard, 9PM

Drama



 The Ojibwe youth learn through the always present aura of an elder that the choices they make do matter. Life on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation presents itself as a wall; that most do not pass. Often during times of trouble, looking to the 7th generation for their teachings is a must. Mikwenim establishes place and identity while exposing our personal comfort in avoiding the issues that affect our community.