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Sunday, July 15, 2018

2018 Films: Lady M

Lady M by Tammy Riley Smith
London (Milwaukee Premiere) 
Running Time: 12 minutes
Screening Time: TBD
Dark Comedy



Hell hath no fury like an older woman scorned
An ageing actress summons the spirit of Lady Macbeth in order to win the part in an upcoming production. The actress, Margot Collins, played Lady Macbeth to great acclaiming her youth. Now in her fifties, she is largely forgotten, struggling for auditions, let alone parts. But when a theatre company announces its intention to stage Macbeth, Margot is determined to land the eponymous role once more ...
At the auditions it is a younger actress, Chloe, who commands the attention of the director, Richard, but he remembers Margot's inspirational performance and agrees to hear her read. It soon becomes clear, however, that Margot has no chance of starring opposite Brad, a hot TV star, twenty years her junior - and is instead offered the art of one of the witches...
But one should never underestimate the spirit of the play to conjure black magic, to summon mishaps and mischief, nor the power of a formidable older woman to get what she wants ...






Director's Bio:

Tammy Riley-Smith is an award-winning writer-director.
She started her career in the mid 90’s as Development Executive at Working Title Films, working on a slate of films, including Elizabeth, Bean and Plunkett & Macleane.
She wrote and directed Ain’t Misbehavin’, which won the Kodak Short Film Prize, screened at 11 international film festivals including Cannes and was released theatrically with The Dish.
She won WFTV’s Directing Change Award in 2003 and worked as Trainee Director to John Madden on Proof, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins.
Tammy’s debut feature film, Delicious, starring Louise Brealey and Sheila Hancock, premiered in competition at Busan International Film Festival and, after a successful festival run, secured an international release in 2014.
She is currently attached to direct her second feature, The Phoenix, a UK/Australian co-production, produced by Jane Wright and Jane Hawley (Counterpoint). 



Director's Statement:
Numerous studies in recent years have revealed the depressing extent of gender inequality in the film, television and theatre industries, and the woeful prospects for actresses over 40. The few actresses who do find work after middle age tend to play mothers, wives, spinsters or decrepit hags. Meryl Streep, one of those few older actresses still permitted to access interesting roles, recently revealed that she was offered the part of a witch three times in the space of a year.
Lady M, a film about the trials of an ageing actress to secure a relevant role, isn't just a great script, but a metaphor for an underrepresented demographic. Margot’s experience of the world is unpredictable, unresponsive and not always benevolent, one that many older women might identify with. The ability to control one’s environment or the ravages of time seem impossible. In other narratives Margot may have been portrayed as a victim to be pitied, a self-deluded tragic character or a nuisance to be ignored. Here, however, Margot refuses to be beaten. She is a force of nature with a burning ambition to succeed and, like Shakespeare’s iconic heroine, Lady Macbeth, she summons the strength and will to control and shape her own future.
Traditionally in stories, strong, ambitious women have got their comeuppance or fallen apart, but Margot is here literally to steal the show – and in doing so challenges society’s view of older women and what they can be. The experiences of women past middle age, which are so complex, so multi faceted and relevant must no longer be erased from the art form. The stories of these generations of women are a crucial part of the fabric of our Society, of our cultural legacy - and must be told.








2018 Films: Operation Wolf Patrol: Poacher's Kingdom

Operation Wolf Patrol: Poacher's Kingdom by Joseph V. Brown
Milwaukee (Milwaukee Premiere) 
Running Time: 12 minutes
Screening Time: TBD
Documentary




"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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Director's Bio:

Joe Brown is a filmmaker and educator currently based at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where he runs the Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival (GLEFF). His documentary work has screened at: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival; New Filmmakers, New York; the Birmingham Sidewalk Festival; the Dallas International Film Festival, and many more venues. Brown holds both a MFA and a MA in video production and currently sits on the board of the University Film & Video Association.


















Saturday, July 14, 2018

2018 Films: Nicolas Cage Mother Mary

Nicolas Cage Mother Mary by Jozef K. Richards 
Milwaukee (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 15 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday September 8th
Comedy




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.




Director's Bio:

Jozef K. Richards is the owner and founder of King's Tower Productions and a writer, director, producer, actor, and editor. He is the filmmaker of The Amateur Monster Movie, The Wayward Sun, Batman & Jesus, and "Holy Shit", among others, which are distributed by King's Tower Productions through platforms such as Vimeo, Amazon, and YouTube.






















2018 Films: #9

#9 by Jack Wilkins & Kimon Bolaris
Milwaukee (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 3 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday September 8th
Drama




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

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2018 Films: The Noize

The Noize by T.C. De Witt
Milwaukee
Running Time: 8 minutes
Screening Time: TBD
Comedy



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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Director's Bio:

T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director/actor originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He's been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. While beginning his career on the stage as a playwright and stand-up, he eventually moved into screenwriting and film & television production and has been thriving for nearly a decade. His films have screened at numerous festivals around the world garnering many accolades both in the States and internationally. His success include 5 Best Director Awards, 10 Best Picture Winners, 5 Audience Choice Awards, and a trio of Best Writing awards. He regularly offers his skills to several YouTube partners, Production studios in Los Angeles and the Midwest, and has been a script consultant and ghostwriter on over 60 production just in 2017 so far. He has worked in Los Angeles since 2007, but he always finds his way back to Wisconsin. As a founding member of Firmament Films, a Madison based production company, as well as a co-founder of [REDACTED] Media out of Milwaukee, T.C. knows Wisconsin and the Midwest to be the best source of creativity, dedication, and an underrepresented wellspring of talent for storytelling through film, and he is proud to continue to work out of Milwaukee with [REDACTED] Media and Wisconsin talent.




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Anniversary Film: From the Darkness Theatre

From the Darkness Theatre by Michael Viers
Milwaukee
Running Time: 11 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday September 8th
Dark Comedy/Horror




The private life of a local television Horror Host named Uncle Seymour Cadavers - a life filled with dingy theaters, old movies, and sinful actions. A nod to the infamous, yet never completed, Maniac 2. Written and Directed by Michael Viers, the film had been a passion piece for two years. The film stars Michael Denk and Thad Dulde.

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Director's Bio:

Michael Viers is a director and editor, known for Shades of Pride (2011), Do You Love Me? and From the Darkness Theatre (2013). "From the Darkness Theatre", won Best Director, Best Actor and Audience Favorite at the 15th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival. He has various tattoos, however the noteworthy ones include Jason Voorhees hockey mask, Homer Simpson's head shaped into a heart, a stitch in dedication to 'Frankenstein' and the Misfits crimson ghost.

Anniversary Film: Aldara

Aldara by Eric Gerber
Milwaukee
Running Time: 4 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday September 8th
Experimental


Touching an infected person's lesions can transmit cells containing the virus. Only total absence of any contact with infected tissue will avoid transmission.

Won Best Film in 2004.






Director's Bio:

Eric Gerber was born on December 11, 1982 in Evanston, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Pester (2014), Snare (2007) and Aldara (2003).