Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 Films: Here's Jane

Here's Jane by JoLane Lentz & Bobby Hewitt
Los Angeles (MKE Premiere)
Running Time: 13 minutes
Screening Time: TBA


Here's Jane, a free spirt in her mid thirties, working a dead end job in the mall as a salesgirl at Forever 21. Tightly gripping onto her youth with everything she's got while lying to her 22 year old night club promoter boyfriend about her age. Happily sauntering through life on a whim. Sharing a one room dumpy apartment in a shady neighborhood of East Los Angeles with her uptight and controlling best friend Heather. Who's also in her mid thirties, working at Hooters while in in her 9th year of Community College.

Once again they're about to be evicted when Jane comes up with another scheming plan on how to become an instant millionaire. Just when they think their problems are over, a fiasco ensues involving two crooked cops, an enterprising drug dealer and their creepy and socially awkward landlord, 'Hitler'. As usual leaving Heather tangled in a huge misunderstanding on the wrong end of another one of Jane's crazy hair brain ideas.

A hilarious cast of colorful characters taking you on an over the top comedic thrill ride.





Director Statement:

I'm an Actress and love comedy. Comedic roles for women are not easy to come by, so I decided to write something for myself.

I got the idea ten years ago, flipping through the channels and came across one of those shows, "Criminals Do The Dumbest Things", or something like that. I was watching this guy, drugged out of his mind, sitting in his living room/meth lab on his couch watching tv. He needed to call information for something and was so out of it, that he accidentally dialed ":911" instead of "411" and ended up calling the police on himself. For some reason I found this funny and thought that it would be a funny little story if it were about two girls and weed.

Ten years later, I wanted to direct something and thought of that little story. I put it on paper and Here's Jane was born. A month later I shot it and a year later it's in film festivals and winning awards. The whole thing feels very surreal.

Since I was playing the lead role as well as directing, and producing, I asked my good friend, Bobby Hewitt if he would help me direct it. 

Director Bio:

JoLane Lentz is an American Actress, Host and Producer. She is the creator, writer, producer, director and lead actress of the original short comedic film Here's Jane.

Lentz began her career as an actress in film, working in a number of films from independent to big budget studio productions. She's had the pleasure of working alongside such notable academy award winning actors as; Halle Berry, Robert Downey and TIm Roth. In television, she's guest starred on several episodic TV series including "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and a recurring role on a daytime drama. She's also been in a number of web series productions including being a series regular on the hit FUNNY OR DIE series, "Hopeless Virgins In Love" and Guest starring on "Here And Now" with Judd Nelson. JoLane is also a seasoned Host and Producer has worked in both radio and the internet. She was the daily Co-Host of Playboy Radio's "The Morning Show" hosting over 200 funny news segments as well as Producing and Co-Hosting Sharp Radio's "The Ben Pratt Show, both on Sirius Satellite Radio. In addition she's also Hosted/Prodcued numerous lifestyle and entertainment web series including, "Green Health Live", 'The Dog Show", "Pub & Grub" and "For The Health Of it".

Here's Jane is Lentz's directorial debut and is working on developing it into a multi-episodic series.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

2015 Pace-setter Honoree: Jared Stepp

Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Jared is pleased to call Milwaukee home again. He has participated in the Milwaukee 48 Hour Film Project in 2008, 2009, and 2010 as a producer and director with his team Ideogram Films. In 2010 Ideogram Films took home 9 awards including Best Film in the Milwaukee 48 Hour Film Project. Jared has also participated in the same capacity in the 48 Hour Film Projects of Austin in 2010 and Chicago in 2012.

After moving back to Milwaukee from Austin, TX in 2013 Jared accepted the position as the Milwaukee Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project. Since then the project has experience a resurgence with 2014 being the project's most successful outing having a record breaking number of film entries and screening attendees. Prior to his 48 Hour Film Project successes, Jared had two of his short films make their world premiere at the Milwaukee Short Film Festival: "Go Fish" in 2011, and "Nostalgia" in 2012.

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NEW PROGRAM! Voices Heard! Local Multicultural Filmmaker Showcase

(Milwaukee) The Milwaukee Independent Film Society (MIFS) is proud to announce a new component to our signature event, The Milwaukee Short Film Festival (MSFF).

Voices Heard! A Local Multicultural Filmmaker Showcase is a program that MSFF will co-ordinate with local filmmaker and educator, Rubin Whitmore II. Rubin will also serve as curator for Voices Heard! This program is an effort to bring awareness to our great community of local multicutural filmmakers.

“This will be the first program of its kind in Milwaukee. The focus is solely on local minority filmmakers and it gives those filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work before an audience.” Says Ross Bigley, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Short Film Festival.  “This is what our film festival is about, to shine a light on emerging artists and local filmmakers” Celebrate their work with us on Opening Night of the Milwaukee Short Film Festival,  Friday September 11th, as these filmmakers exercise their freedom of expression and artistic voices.

For questions email us at:

Rubin Whitmore II, curator:

Rubin was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a self-acknowledged public school kid. As an award winning filmmaker with over one hundred film projects, ranging from feature length documentaries to short format music videos. He grew up straddling the urban/suburban diversity of Milwaukee’s deep northwest side, which by the age of 13 inspired him to create a bunch of video shorts in various genres from suspense to westerns and sci-fi. Rubin believes in artistic freedom and shuns imposed censorship yet believes that media holds significant influence over the minds of many and hopes to encourage people to pursue their aspirations in media while molding media more responsibly. Active in the community he regularly works with at risk youth and the future mediamakers of tomorrow. While Rubin actively makes media, he is also is a media instructor and is completing his Masters of Fine Art in Digital Cinema at National University in California. If you ask him what he really does for a living he often says, raising his daughter, Nile.

2015 Films: The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors by Anthony Wood & Claudia Looze
Highland, WI (MKE Premiere)
Running Time: 7 minutes
Screening Time: TBA


Devil-may-care gadabout W.B. Pennywinkle tries his hand at camping. A real "fish out of water" tale made for the Madison 2014 48 Hour Film Festival.

Anthony Wood won "Best Wisconsin Film" with Patrick Holland for the short film, Baden Krunk at our 2011 Festival.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2015 Films: The Struggle of Libations

The Struggle of Libations by Erin Mullally
Ireland (MKE Premiere)

Running Time: 8 minutes
Screening Time: TBA

Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Struggle of Libations is a short film by first time writer / director Erin Mullally and stars long-time character actor Des Braiden (The Boxer, The Tudors) alongside newcomers David McGowan and Nadia Dibbs.

The film is a “dramedy” and tells the story of a man who undertakes a nighttime odyssey across Dublin while questioning his only meaningful relationship… the one he maintains with his loyal post-work pint.

Eight minutes long and independently produced, cinematographer Ronan Hand and crew shot the film over four nights on the Sony F5 camera.

Post-production work was led by editor Phil Jackson and completed at Screen Scene, with Peter Slankster composing original music recorded by a team of ten musicians at Creamy Sonic Studios.

IMDb link


Erin Mullally is an Irish-American filmmaker based in Dublin.

Erin has produced and directed several online promotional videos. He has also worked in various roles supporting film projects in Ireland, France and the United States.

“The Struggle of Libations” is his first short film.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

2015 Films: Elgin Park

Elgin Park by Danny Yourd
Pittsburgh (MKE Premiere)
Running Time: 10 minutes
Screening Time: TBA

Documentary, Biography, LGBT

Michael Paul Smith, a reclusive model builder, doesn't seem to enjoy talking about his childhood. In this short documentary about the remarkably detailed town he built by hand, Smith alludes to memories of bullying, violence, and dark family secrets. Elgin Park is a "dreamlike recreation" of his past, he says, polished with the glossy sheen of mid-century suburbia.

Filmmaker Danny Yourd zeroes in on this tension, drawing it out through the relationship between Smith's childhood and his models. Smith is a charming presence on screen; his warm smile elides those painful experiences, even as he explains how they help inspire his work. And while his miniaturized scenes occasionally feature tragedies, the substance of each tragedy isn't the point. "I created Elgin Park so anybody can be there," he says.

This summer, Smith will publish a book of his Elgin Park photographs.It's now available for pre-order. To see more of his work, visit his Flickr page.

The above synopsis from The Atlantic Magazine.

IMDb Link

Sunday, June 7, 2015

2015 Films: A Dubious Night

A Dubious Night by Nelson Tony Oliveras
Wisconsin (MKE Premiere)

Running Time: TBA
Screening Time: TBA


At a local tavern, unhappy citizens share their hopes and dreams and later become aware they have never left their hometown. Which triggers debates and conspiracy theories.