Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Voices Heard: A Walk Through The Woods

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


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?


2016 Voices Heard: Two Rivers

Two Rivers by Melonie Gartner
Running Time: 15 minutes
Screening Time: Friday Sept 9th Voices Heard, 9PM


Two Rivers is a story about the destructive relationship between Dirke (Mark Borchardt) and Emma (Melonie Gartner). Dirke is a troubled individual who can’t hold down a job. Haunted by his own demons and coupled with an explosive temper, Dirke is a force to be reckoned with.

Dirke’s uncontrollable attitude also spills into his relationship with Emma, a long-suffering woman. Dirke’s abusive way leaves her cold and broken. Emma neither has anything left to give to their relationship nor any place nor means to escape her situation. She fears and resents Dirke. Her feelings don’t go unnoticed – Dirke can feel Emma is slipping away from him. The thought that he cannot control her feelings makes him out of control all the more.

Two Rivers represents two bodies of water that can’t be merged. It’s Dirke and Emma’s Mesopotamia. A tale of tainted love that has gone past the point of no return.




Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2016 Voices Heard: Deserter's North

Deserter's North by Xinhao Liang
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 14 minutes
Screening Time: Friday Sept 9th Voices Heard, 9PM


Sometime in the future, the war lasted for a long time. In order to runaway the battle, a young deserter hided in the wildness for years. One day, he saw a vague figure in a far distance, so he decide to follow the figure and see whats going on...

Director's Bio:

Xinhao Liang, 23 years old, currently studying film production in University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. started making video scene high school, like genre film a lot, and always try to combine different pop culture and some experimental element together in my film.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Advanced Tickets for 18th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival

Purchase Tickets

To buy advance tickets we set up these Paypal options.

First: Use Firefox rather than Windows Internet Explorer. We find that Windows gets twitchy when using Paypal.
Second: Tickets will be tracked and held at the door.

 We will not mail tickets. It is Will Call. 

When going to your preferred show specify at the door the name in which the tickets were purchased under, the show (Fri 6:30pm, Sat 6:00pm , etc), the number of tickets bought and please bring your confirmation email as well.

Third: Be sure that you pick the right block of films. Tickets will be sold singly, pairs, sets of three,  four and five. If you need more than five you will have to go back in and purchase more. We are sorry if you have to do that, but we find people don't usually buy more than 4 or 5 friends. There will be tickets sold at the door as well.

Fourth: There is no credit card purchases on site, cash only sales. Comedy Sportz does have ATM's on the premises.
Finally: Comedy Sportz has plenty of free parking plus food and drinks. Also, we suggest that our film selection is suitable for those 16 and up. Please keep that in mind.

                                     PLEASE ARRIVE 30 MINS EARLY FOR ALL SHOWS 

Films subject to change.

 Fri. Session 1: (6:30pm)  OPENING NIGHT EVENT!!  JURIED PART 1 Wild Wild Horse, Return To Sender, Cleanse Pest, Rest,  Liquor & Blood, Sisters, 3 daYsThe Last Day,  Phantasms of the LivingRJ Baxter's Swagnificent Odyssey, Act II, Gorilla And our Pace-setter awarded to E. Kelly Fitzsimmons

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Films to be Announced.

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Saturday. Session 3: (3:30pm) Intrusion, Summer Texts, Our Eagles, Forest Products, The Quilting Queen, Summertime in Eternity, Buddies, The Master, Vice, Frame of Mine, Kodama, Everything, The Painted Lady

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Sat Session 4: (6:00pm)  The Old Woman & Cat, Beard Club, The Urn, Venus Rising from the Undertow, ThreeSixFive, Life Outside the Rhyme, The Ringmaster,  The Life and Times of Thomas Thumb JR, Muscle, The Dressing Room

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Sat Session 5: Juried Films.  Closed Mondays, Snow Bird, Cartolina, Modern Day Amour, Screen: Righter, The Hodag, Nasty, the good boy.  

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 Remember tickets will not be mailed, bring your email notification, and enjoy the show!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

2016 Festival Judges

Dick Grunert was born on April 7, 1974 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work as a writer on Adventure Time (2010), script coordinator on The Boondocks (2005) and the writer on House Call (2014). Dick's previous film, The Trap won "Best Director" at our festival last year.

Van Campbell II, winner of Best Wisconsin Film in 2013 for Mason Jelly Jar, and in 2015 for Hero in Limbo.

Timothy J. Lonsdale, a 30 year vet in the industry. His credits include: Stranger Things as the Unit Production Manager, Drop Dead Diva as the 1st A.D., Charmed as 1st A.D., Alien: Resurrection as 2nd Unit 1st A.D., Species as 1st A.D., Speed as 2nd Unit 2nd A.D., and as J.R's doctor during the Who Shot J.R. story-line on Dallas.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016 Films: Closed Mondays

Closed Mondays by Henry Willette
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 15 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday Sept 10th, 8:30PM Juried Films Part 2


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When a reclusive, small town museum guard unwillingly befriends a young patron, their shared appreciation of the museum's modest contemporary art collection sparks an unlikely friendship that forever changes the gallery's low attendance.

Filmed on location at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, WI by Marquette University students. 

Director's Bio:

Henry Willette is a Director/Cinematographer from Minneapolis, MN. He's currently a senior studying Digital Media and Film at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Henry's early work earned him awards at Marquette's Student Film Festival three years in a row (2013 - 2015). His films have also been featured in Milwaukee's Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival (2015), St. Paul's Frozen Film Festival (2015) and on Milwaukee Magazine's website.

2016 Films: Screen: Righter

Screen: Righter by T.C. De Witt
Running Time: 8 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday Sept 10th, 8:30PM Juried Films Part 2


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On June 10th, Chad Halvorsen brought together a team of Firmament alum and some new friends for the 2016 Milwaukee 48 Hour film Project. What followed was a weekend of indie romance, Michael Bay hero shots, slow-mo running, and cre-a-tivity!
This is "Screen: Righter".

Our required elements:
Genre - Romance or Fable
Character - Luke or Laura Coppersmith, retired circus performer
Prop - a painting or photo of a deceased relative
Line of Dialogue - "What's the big idea?"