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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

Drama/Horror




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.


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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

Drama




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

Documentary




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.



2017 Films: In The Magical Forest of Wonder

In The Magical Forest of Wonder by Jayce Kolinski
Menomonee Falls (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 6 minutes
Screening Time: Juried Friday, September 8th 6:45PM

Documentary




A documentary about an unnamed tree bark with special chemical properties and powers.




Director's Statement:

I fell in love with the concept of creating something out of nothing in middle school, and since then have used this medium to express the stories I want to tell. Coming from the suburbs of Milwaukee, the stories I told were limited by my experiences and knowledge; however, after coming to UWM I began to gain experiences and knowledge from other communities. The stories I tell now are more open and free then ever before. I find excitement in experimenting different ways to communicate information in new or untraditional ways.


2017 Films: Mrs. Drake

Mrs. Drake by Caitlin FitzGerald
Colorado (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 15 minutes
Screening Time: Juried Saturday, September 9th 9PM

Drama


Overworked and overstressed, Laura is a single mother struggling to maintain her own equilibrium while raising her frequently difficult son Jack. When Jack comes home from school one day with a story of his teacher, Mrs. Drake, locking him in a closet, Laura is thrown into a spiral of confusion and guilt—not knowing what to believe or where her responsibility lies. "Mrs. Drake" is a story about blame, uncertainty, and the complexities of a flawed mother as she wrestles with her responsibilities as a parent. In the face of so many myths and fantasies about what society tells us it means to be a perfect mother, this film is a meditation on the complexities of motherhood and the sense of failure that many women feel, but are afraid to articulate.

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Director's Bio:

Caitlin FitzGerald is an actress, director and writer. As an actress her film credits include ‘It’s Complicated’, ‘Newlyweds’ and ‘The Fitzgerald Family Christmas’, ‘Taking Woodstock’, ‘Damsels in Distress’, ‘Manhattan Romance’, ‘Adult Beginners’, and the up-coming features ‘Always Shine’, ‘This is Your Death,’ and ‘A Little Something for Your Birthday.’ Her television credits include ‘New Girl,’ and the role of Libby Masters in Showtimes acclaimed series ‘Masters of Sex.’ Caitlin co-wrote and starred in the independent feature ‘Like the Water.’ She has directed two short films, ‘The Girl with the Jacket’, and ‘Mrs Drake.’ Caitlin’s training includes New York University’s Tisch School and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Director's Statement:

"Mrs. Drake" is a story about blame and responsibility and the ways in which we often long to make someone else accountable for darknesses in ourselves that we are unwilling to address. In the end, it almost doesn’t matter whether Mrs Drake is her enemy or ally, Laura just wants the teacher to share the burden of parenthood that weighs so heavily upon her- to not feel so alone in her guilt and shame. This film beautifully illustrates how, when we project blame in this way, it is an inevitably failed project. As Laura painfully discovers, ultimately no one else is responsible for her feelings of helplessness, and relief will only come from a frank confrontation with herself.
















2017 Films: Roar

Roar by Carter Green
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 5 minutes
Screening Time: TBA

Drama/Comedy



A man searches for a lost friend

Director's Bio:

Filmmaker from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Interested in shooting and directing narrative based works.

2017 Films: "SUDDEN TITLE APPEARS ONSCREEN"

"SUDDEN TITLE APPEARS ONSCREEN" by Wil Loper & Dustin Hardy
Wisconsin 
Running Time: 7 minutes
Screening Time: TBA

Comedy



Two men must get rid of a body whilst knowing that they are characters in a movie.

Made for the Milwaukee 48. The film society sponsors the 48 and the winning film gets a slot in our festival.
















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Two men must get rid of a body whilst realizing they are movie
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2017 Films: A Woman Apart

A Woman Apart by Mary K Omelina
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 5 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday Sept 9th 4:30pm

Animation



A Woman Apart is a short stop motion animated film about a woman in a small, tight-knit village facing what is to be the last morning of her life. She knows that she can save herself. But at what cost?
A woman watches the sun rise for what she believes will be the last time from a small dungeon window. Outside a horse and wagon arrive and the woman turns to the door as someone enters the dungeon.
The woman and a sheriff ride in the wagon, wordlessly at first. They discuss her predicament and quickly come to an impasse, and they fall back into silence.
They arrive at a lone tree atop a hill and the man beseeches the woman to reconsider. She gives him an answer he doesn't expect and the man doesn't quite know what to make of it.
Trancelike, the man prepares for his official task, and when all is ready he sits quietly for a moment and remembers a scene from a long time ago.

What effect will his reverie have on him? 

Director's Bio:
Adjunct Faculty at DePaul University - 2008 to Present
Animator for Video Games - 1994 to 2012
MFA - DePaul University, 2017
BFA - Rhode Island School of Design, 1992












2017 Films: Sleep Aid

Sleep Aid by Brian Klewin
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 10 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday September 9th 4:30

Drama



The life and death of a relationship is different for each of us. The waking nightmare that life has become for Gabe is on full display after his long-term relationship with Eva ends

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Director's Bio:


Brian has been a storyteller his entire life. He learned early on about love, life, time, and death after his sister was murdered while he was just 7 years old. He made it his life's purpose to tell stories that put a light on the daily individual tragedies that go unnoticed. He feels passionately about living each day in a meaningful way and continues to write engaging content that asks an audience to feel how they feel in hopes that everyone will understand that their feelings are valid.
He first learned the art of storytelling through his music and was gigging by the age of 16. Brian would later take those stories and experiences as a musician, producer, and music video artist to the narrative film world. Brian writes, shoots, edits/vfx, and scores/composes music for all of his own films.

Brian creates horror/suspense/sci-fi narrative films that often incorporate elements and characters that are centered around death, drug use, sex, and dreams.

Director's Statement:
I'm a storyteller, telling sad, dark tales about humans pushed up against the edge of life and how they cope. Filmmaking saved my life; it gave me the courage to share my unique life experiences with the world.










2017 Films: NeoFerals - The Gathering

NeoFerals - The Gathering by Vito Valenti
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 6 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday Sept 9th 4:30

Experimental




As the collective consciousness of a certain planet moves further and further away from a constructive recognition of the truth, other intelligent beings take steps to disseminate a fuller understanding of human potential and enlightenment.


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Director's Bio:


I've been a very engaged visual artist for no less than 35 years. After having created painting, sculpture, collage, assemblage and digital art I began working in video in approximately 2000. The combination of image, motion and sound in video is very fascinating to me. In 2011 I became a college student for the 3rd time in my life and enrolled in the program of "Film, video and new media" at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. where my individual and collaborative efforts were accepted in the school's film festivals. 

I have since had several of my videos appear in a number of regional and online film festivals ("The Set NYC" Chicago Amarcord Festival, "Culture Unplugged"). I continue to create short videos based on my own experiences and personal vision. 


2017 Films: @ME

@ME by Kristin Peterson
Wisconsin 
Running Time: 9 minutes
Screening Time: TBA

Experimental




The short film follows a mid-20s woman on her walk home after a failed set at a comedy open mic. She uses social media (Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook) to reach out to those still awake and online, while basically ignoring her physical surroundings. She types jokes with the 140 characters Twitter allows as comments on people she sees in the wee hours of the night and consistently checks to see how many people “like” her observances. One follower engages her in a conversation that leads to a potential late-night rendezvous.


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Director's Bio:

Kristin Peterson is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee’s Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies (Documentary) program. Kristin is based in Milwaukee where she collaborates with a number of artists including poets, musicians, animators and fellow filmmakers. She currently works as a broadcast producer at the privately owned advertising agency BVK, where she facilitates the production of nationwide, multi-platform campaigns for clients such as Wyoming Office of Tourism, Maine Office of Tourism, and Michigan State University. Previously, Peterson spent three years programming the Beloit International Film Festival where she gained an education of which films affect audiences, and what stories are worth telling. Combined with her 6+ years’ experience screenwriting, directing, location scouting and production design, she creates films of high production value and strong story quality. Her directorial debut “DOG*WALK” (short film) has screened at festivals as prestigious as the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival (West Coast Premiere), Sarasota Film Festival (East Coast Premiere), Sidewalk Film Festival, and Salento International Film Festival (European Premiere).

2017 Voices Heard Films: Every Black Boy Wants To Be Loved

Every Black Boy Wants To Be Loved by Micah Martin
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 5 minutes
Screening Time: Juried, Voices Head Friday Sept 8th. 9pm

Experimental



A young African American male struggles with the stains life has left on him. Whether it be love, childlike behavior, or injustice, he is face with the reality of accepting the biggest stain of all.












2017 Voices Heard Films: Till Death Do Us Part

Till Death Do Us Part by Immanuel Baldwin
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 12 minutes
Screening Time: Juried, Voices Head Friday Sept 8th. 9pm

Drama





When tragedy strikes a young couple, insanity and heartache drive them apart; they must rediscover the love they once had, or risk losing it all.
First-time filmmaker. The film has not yet premiered.













2017 Voices Heard Films: Natural Horror

Natural Horror by Ricardo Tenorio
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 7 minutes
Screening Time: Juried, Voices Head Friday Sept 8th. 9pm

Horror




Anna is just an ordinary girl walking home from school but she soon learns that something ominous and dangerous is following her. Will she survive?

Director's Bio:


From the beginning Ricardo's love for film has been a huge part of his life. Growing up he learned the ways of film with legos and is now able to have his own crew. His film company "Animation Overload" grows everyday with new crew members and fan.

Director's Statement:

I am truly in love with the art of film. Its a medium that combines every art form in it. You can have a film with dance, animation, singing, and music. That is what drew me to it, its like nothing else out there. I want to show not only my love for film but my skill in the craft. Innovation is what I strive to bring.

2017 Voices Heard Films: Don't Cry Papa

Don't Cry Papa by Danny Villanueva Jr
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Premiere)
Running Time: 5 minutes
Screening Time: Juried, Voices Head Friday Sept 8th. 9pm

Horror





A father confronts his daughter's murderer in hopes of understanding the motive.



Director's Bio:

Danny Villanueva Jr. is a Mexican-American film writer/director born on April 6, 1989 in Chicago, IL. He studied Digital Film-making/Video Production at the Art Institute of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. In 2012, he created a production company/horror themed web channel, How Bizarre, which features segments such as short films in or around the horror genre, mini documentaries on destinations with eerie or haunted history, and bite sized crude humor horror themed cartoons.