Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2018 Pace-setter Honoree: Eric Levin

Eric Levin, a beloved Milwaukee fixture in the film world, has been managing movie theaters since the 1980's. It was at the Avalon Theater where most of us first met Eric. He became the owner/operator of the Avalon from 1987-1994, and then he bought the Times Cinema and ran it from 1993- 2007.

From there Eric moved to the Oriental Theater and for 11 years ran and operated it until Milwaukee Film took it over this past July.

While owning and running those movie theaters in Milwaukee he became a favorite of the Milwaukee filmmaker community. He helped the Milwaukee Short Film Festival get off the ground in its early years when we were at the Times. He supported local filmmakers by giving them exposure and screening their films, and allowing them use his facilities to film their projects. He backed the local film scene any way that he could.

Eric also produced the restoration of Nosferatu, giving it a 35 mm print with corrected subtitles and inter cards. The 2018 Pace-setter award goes to Eric in recognition of a long and productive career as a valued member of the local film community.

The Pace-setter will awarded at Fox Bay Cinema on September 7th, during the closing moments of our Opening Night selection of films. The event begins at 6:45pm. 


Monday, August 13, 2018

2018 Voices Heard: Trapped

Trapped by Michael Villalobos
Wisconsin (Milwaukee Premiere) 
Running Time: 4 minutes
Screening Time: Friday September 7th 9pm

An alien clone has come to planet Earth to abduct people of color, keeping them trapped in the basement until they try to escape.




Director's Bio:

Young Filmmaker, Michael Villalobos (19), studies film and television at DePaul University. He was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. Michael found his passion for filmmaking at no better time in his life. This was around the time he was looking to further his education and go off to college. Now, Michael has begun his journey towards the filmmaking dream. His short film "Trapped" was Michael's directorial debut.