Sunday, July 23, 2017

2017 Voices Heard Judge: Nelson Oliveras

Born in Puerto Rico, Nelson Oliveras locally has been slowly making a name for himself in the independent film community. 

He is the founder of T.O. Media Group Studios, a multi media production company. He has produced more than ten short films, and directed three of those short films. 

Recently he produced his first feature film along with Dirty Job Films and it is now in the process of directing his first feature film for Well of Souls Productions.

2017 Films: Flambé

Flambé by Moriah Bame
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 10 minutes
Screening Time: Juried Saturday, September 9th 9PM


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The wife of a promiscuous chef reminisces on the good parts of their marriage.

Director's Bio:

Moriah is a Milwaukee based filmmaker who focuses on telling stories with minimal dialog. When she is not directing her own shorts, she does still photography for other filmmakers.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Advanced Tickets for 19th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival

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To buy advance tickets we set up these Paypal options. We use paypal to avoid adding extra surcharges and fees that Event Brite charges. This keeps our tickets at $10

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 6:45pm, Sat 4:30pm , 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. ATM's are within walking distance to the venue.

Finally: Fox Bay Cinema has plenty of available parking near them and behind them. They also have food and drinks. Also, we suggest that our film selection is suitable for those 16 and up. Please keep that in mind.

                                         ADVANCED TICKETS STOP ON SEPT 7th.      
                               PLEASE ARRIVE 30 MINS EARLY FOR ALL SHOWS                                                                                     Sorry no refunds.

For the 9pm shows, please show up on time. 
The Kitchen closes after that show begins.

Fri. Session 1: (6:45pm)  OPENING NIGHT EVENT!! Juried Part 1  The BouquetRoarIn America: Red, White & Blood, In The Magical Forest of WonderRecycleBlack RingThe Coldest GameDo You Love Me?The Log  and our Pace-setter awarded to Stephen Milek and Christopher House

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Friday. Session 2: (9pm) VOICES HEARD! LOCAL MULTI-CULTURAL FILMMAKERS  Don't Cry Papa , Every Black Boy Wants To Be Loved, Every Moment Midwest ProblemsTill Death Do Us Part
Twenty Segregation StreetNatural Horror, and The Homecoming

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Sat Session 4: (6:45pm)  Dead Man's Carnival: A Conversation With Pinkerton Xyloma ,  ReclaimerKat the Baker We All Bleed Red, Chrome N Star,  A Whole World For A Little World , Ornament of Beauty  "SUDDEN TITLE APPEARS ONSCREEN" ,  and Pinhole

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Sat Session 5: (9pm) Juried Films Part 2.  @Me,  UnbuttonedFlambé,  Ten More

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2 day pass $40.00

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2017 Films: The Woodsman

The Woodsman by Zachary Krueger
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 10 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, September 9th 4:30PM


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A fur-clad nomad living off the land is forced to drastic measures when a rotting tooth has become unbearable.

Director's Bio:

My film education began in Milwaukee at the Peck School of the Arts, UW-Milwaukee in 2013. Before then, my exploration of filmmaking and the arts lied mostly in theatre and the performing arts. I identified first as an actor, but always had a fascination with capturing images since I was a child. It was after a few years of doing community theatre in Rochester, MN that I decided to move more seriously into film and I've been steadily creating content in Milwaukee ever since. I am currently a senior at UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts.

2017 Films: The Coldest Game

The Coldest Game by Emmanuil Morari
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 13 minutes
Screening Time: 
Juried Friday, September 8th 6:45PM

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We follow a lone hunter through the forest as he calls and waits for game. As he stops for a break, he is gruesomely shot and dies slowly in a forest. 

Ben, a late teenager, is guided on his first hunting trip by his hard-faced veteran Uncle Saul. After Ben takes a shot at a suspected deer, the duo soon discover the consequence : a dead hunter in a snowy field. After mu

2017 Voices Heard Judge: Jamál Currie

Jamál Currie is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He is a video, sound, installation and assemblage artist who has been teaching film and video courses to students of all ages for over fifteen years. He received his MFA from the University of South Florida-Tampa in 1998.

2017 Voices Heard Films: Twenty Segregation Street

Twenty Segregation Street by Ken Lawrence
Milwaukee (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 11 minutes
Screening Time: Juried Friday, September 8th 9PM


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This documentary shines a light on the vast economical differences between Milwaukee's North 27th Street, and South 27th Street. 




Director's Bio:

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ken Lawrence grew up with a deep interest in film. At just 10 years old, he begged his single mother for a kid’s version of the Super 8 Camera for Christmas, and although it took everything she had, she supported her son’s dreams. Ken began filming his own shows with friends; turning every day into a drama, every funny moment into a comedy series. Years later, Ken joined the Plastering/Cement Masons Union to support his family but never forgot about his dreams. The failed economy brought Ken back to film. He is currently studying Motion Picture & Television at The Academy of Art University, has joined several local film groups, and works on a variety of local commercials and events throughout Wisconsin. Ken is also currently working on two web series’ and continues to write and turn his life into future films.

Ken is also a back to back "Audience" favorite winner at Voices Heard. 

2017 Voices Heard Judge: Van Campbell II

Van Campbell II, winner of "Best Wisconsin Film" at the Milwaukee Short Film Festival in 2013 for Mason Jelly Jar, and in 2015 for Hero in Limbo.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

2017 Judge: Carey Borth

This Wisconsin born Attorney and LA Producer, Director and Writer has made a career out of helping others achieve their dreams as well as furthering her own career in many aspects of film making; be it as a writing tutor, ghostwriter (Sashay Productions), manager or providing career guidance to up and coming actors, filmmakers and musicians. As well as writing credits on an abundance of projects, she has also worked as a reader of the IFP in Westwood, CA, and managed screenwriters for 6 years in Los Angeles (Gold-Dust Entertainment). She has been a stand-in for Cameron Diaz and worked crew on Jason Alexander's, "The Whitey Show." She has been a Member of the Wisconsin State Bar since 1986 and a Real Estate Broker since 1981.

First gaining recognition as a model from the age of five and later with a certificate from Rosemary Bischoff Modeling Studio's, while still in high school, Carey's other credits include crew and/or acting in a plethora of shorts and student films at her tenure at UCLA Film School. She also wrote, shot and edited her own 16mm films and directed and produced five camera shoots at the House of Blues in Hollywood. This was just the beginning of Carey's love affair with film.

Carey acquired a variety of educational qualifications with three business degrees from UW-Madison, (Real Estate, Finance and Marketing), and obtained her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine Law School where she studied for one semester at the Imperial College in Knightsbridge and one summer at UW-Madison Law School. She has obtained Professional degrees in Interior and Environmental Design, Computer Graphics, Graphic Design, and completed all the coursework for two more, sans the Internship for Culinary Arts and Cooking & Baking at UCLA Extension. She also attended Art Center College of Design Night program for two years in Pasadena, California, studying art history, photography and life drawing. Perhaps her greatest scholastic achievement is her MFA in Film & TV from UCLA, earned from 1994 to 2002.

Since that time, Carey has worked for six years assisting director and actor Mark Borchardt (Northwest Productions), of "American Movie" fame, and produced, cast, acted and did camera on, "Scare Me," and a number of music video's in Los Angeles and Milwaukee, WI. Another such project includes, "The Mark and Mike Show," whereby Jeff Stilson, executive producer of "The Osbournes," followed Carey and her crew around as the subjects of a reality Comedy Central show, during the filming of "Scare Me." Carey made her professional directorial documentary debut with digital projects on racecars, motorcycles and surfing in Malibu and Elkhart Lake since the turn of the century. Her personal blog in 2004 won recognition from AOL as one of the most popular on the Internet.

Carey has gathered critical acclaim as an artist and photographer (Life Masters), selling her works in galleries, private commissions and festivals. She has written a memoir of her 24 years in Hollywood and three books on architecture, art, including one on her personal experiences on traveling alone throughout Europe at age 22.

As a producer, Carey has a hands-on approach while pitching multiple feature films for theatrical release or streaming. She has been a screenwriter or script doctor on at least forty screenplays. A few films are going into preproduction beginning in October in London and Spain, with A-list talent and top music scorers. She is currently collaborating on a book series, “Little Hawk,” with an Australian writer and writing the screenplays.

An avid traveler, Carey loves to visit Asia, Africa and all of Europe. She has visited all of the continental US states, Hawaii, and many of the Canadian provinces. This knowledge of the world helps cherry-pick the finest locations for her filmmaking projects. Carey has expanded her scope of funding to that of commodities, real estate, renewable energy and virtual reality technologies.

Friday, July 14, 2017

2017 Films: Black Ring

Black Ring by Hasan Can Dagli
Turkey (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 15 minutes
Screening Time: Juried Friday, September 8th 6:45PM


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Siyah Cember (Black Ring) is a short film about a group people organizing a special event in an abandoned mansion. 

The film is produced in Turkey, Istanbul by January, 2016. The film made its local premiere in International Antalya Film Festival and had its international premiere in Screamfest Horror Film Festival, Los Angeles USA.



Director's Bio:

Born in 1987, Istanbul. While studying political science in university he developed passion to films. He went to New York to study films in School of Visual Arts. Since 2008 he has been working on short films.

2008 - Nightmares on Wax - Short Fiction / 8”
2009 - Underground Fight - Short Doc / 9”
2011 - Everyday - Short Fiction / 7”
2013 - Vultus - Short Fiction / 13”
2014 - Organic Sleep - Short Fiction / 18”
2015 - La Fabbricazione - Short Fiction / 17”
2016 - Siyah Çember - Short Fiction / 15"

2017 Films: Motivated

Motivated by Craig Knitt
Marion (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 6 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, September 9th 4:30PM


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A strange meeting takes place to encourage a man from the past. He hopes to get himself back on the road to productivity.

2017 Films: Pinhole

Pinhole by Elliot Hatch
Whitefish Bay (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 8 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, September 9th 6:45PM


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A short about perspective. 
(Budget, $150)

Director's Bio:
Elliot Hatch has been working with film starting at a very young age. Even though in this day and age there is no real "film", he brings the exact same feel to his movies that keeps you coming back for more.

Director's Statement:
I have always enjoyed making mini movies. When at a very young age I got my first video camera, form then on, I only think in shots, and how something would look if it were a film.