Monday, September 9, 2019

2019 Festival Winners!

This has been another extraordinary year, thank you filmmakers, you make us a better film festival. 

I want to thank those that helped make this past weekend a success, first to the Fox Bay Cinema Grill for giving us home, and we'll be there next September as well. The Voices Heard committee, LaRheatra Re-Ree ColeVan Campbell, and Nelson Tony Oliveras, Voices Heard is changing into more of a cultural event and expanding in ways we didn't imagine 5 years ago. And I also want to thank A-tone Bishop for partnering with Voices Heard and bringing in poets, Kerric Stephens and Adwoa Asentu. We have an idea of a more collaborative project next year that we'll announce soon. 

Also Stacy Scherer Callies who has done our program for 9 years, she does a fantastic job putting everything together and handling last minute changes as well, plus I want to tank Whitney Salgado our poster artist for the past three years, and next year. This year we experimented with her selling her art work in the lobby and she made enough sales to make it possible that we'll do it again next year. 

We need to thank our volunteers, Stephanie Sager, Jeff HolubJulia Teeguarden and April Jordan, and Glen Popple for his hard work being the content manager. Our photographer, Kathryn Wash, our MC's Moe Pull and Anieya Jasline Walker, also Robert Arthur for spearheading the panel on Entertainment law and getting Peter Strand and Bryan Kroes to join in and making it an informative discussion. 

Thanks to our judges, Jozef K. RichardsSuzanne JurvaLance MillerTracey Bea ThomasA-tone BishopNatasha NafriniPaulina Bugembe and Temeceka CeCe Harris who did an impossible job scoring all the films, and to William Quirmbach who has been with the festival for 10 years. His help running the ticket sales makes this event go smoothly. Thank you all again, now to start next year's festival.

Monday, July 29, 2019

2019 Festival Judge: Lance Miller

Unlike many at Plum Media, Lance comes from an independent film background as opposed to a journalistic one. This has given him a unique perspective on how to find the emotion in a client’s story. Prior to his success at Plum, his proudest accomplishment was writing a national spot for Northwestern Mutual in support of the NCAA.

Above all, he enjoys making humorous videos for clients as comedy can easily solve so many of the challenges clients face.

Lance loves the movies. He really loves them. Trust us, he’s a walking IMDB. Go ahead… test him. When not providing clients with what he calls “video excellence,” Lance also enjoys mid-century design, sci-fi memorabilia and crafting screenplays.

Friday, July 26, 2019

2019 Festival Judge: A-tone Bishop

Antonio “A-tone Bishop” Perkins started out as a Gospel/R&B singer/song writer & spoken word artists from Milwaukee WI; having performed at Milwaukee's largest African American Culture celebration, African World Festival 5 years in a row, 2005-2009 on multiple stages

In 2005, Began organizing Milwaukee communities against violence and encouraging youth communities to vote. An expert in rallying families together, creating programs, events, and educational experiences, with well over 10 years of experience

He has worked as a community organizer, promotional model, brand ambassador, public speaker/figure, organization development director; skills that he shares with youth, residents, & aspiring professionals to ensure they too, can reach their goals in their lives.

Through his expertise in marketing, advertising, networking, event planning, & relationship building skills, A-tone has organized and co-hosted Milwaukee's most successful open mic, spoken word events during the 2016- 2019 years. 

Advanced Tickets for 21st Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival

Purchase Tickets:
To buy advance tickets we set up these Paypal options. We use paypal to avoid adding extra surcharges and fees that Event Brite employs. 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, and sets of up to ten. If you need more than ten you will have to go back in and purchase more. There will be tickets sold at the door as well.

Fourth: There are no credit card purchases on site, cash only sales. Lack of wifi in the venue hinders that. 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.

 Sorry no refunds.

For the 9pm shows, please show up on time. 

The Kitchen closes 30 minutes after that show begins.

Fri. Session 1: (6:45pm) OPENING NIGHT EVENT!! Juried Part 1

Sac de Merde by Greg Chwerchak, A Short: Audition by T.C. De Witt, Era of Sierra by Mallory Winkler, Grandpa's Getaways by Kristin Holodak, Eat at Joe's by Benjamin A. Eisner, Hunks by Katie Kapuza, ONTEM (BEFORE TODAY) by Thiago Kistenmacker, Expend by Bismark Fernandes, Flip The Record by Marie Jamora and our Pace-setter awarded to Casey T. Malone

DOOR SALES ONLY BEGINNING AT 6PM on Sept 6th. Door Sales will stop for this show at 7pm. Cash only


The Lion and The Gecko by Chloe Collins, The Dream Machine by Sergio Torres, Red Thread by Yijun Pan & Anh Vo, ​Broken Box by Ricardo Tenorio, Talia by Danny Villanueva Jr., R3peat by Anthony J Montoya, Charlie and the Empty Factories by J. Anthony Ramos, Survivor's Guide of a Newspaper Carrier by Klifford Barkus, Love, Mom by Michael Villalobos, Black Lives Matter: A Short Experimental Film by Rosella Joseph

DOOR SALES ONLY BEGINNING AT 6PM. Door sales will stop for this show at 9:15pm. The Kitchen will close at 9:30. Cash only.

Sat. Session 3: (4:30pm) Tickets sales on Sept 7th begin at 4:30pm

911 by Alison Guessou & Justin Christopher Ayd, Reality Check by Noah Meister, Jimmie O'Brien's Masterclass by Paul Boese, Fundamentals of Art by Kyle Gustafson, Nemesis by Behzad Jafarimazhab Haghighi, Shattered by Suyoung Jang, ​Sentiments by Elliot Hatch, Flesh & Blood by Neil Brookshire, Midwestern by Rebecca Joelson, Waterflip by Nina Anin,Epiphany by Artie Terry, Duck Duck Goose by Shelley Thompson, Oh Baby! by Meghann Artes

DOOR SALES ONLY BEGINNING AT 6PM on Sept 6th. Door Sales will stop for this show at 4:45pm. Cash only.


Sat Session 4: (6:45pm) Juried Part 2

We Were Hardly More Than Children by Cecelia Condit, Pride Prom by Robyn Di Giacinto, Snapshots by Phoebe Barran, Lliana Bird, Mime Sublime by Julia Smith, Winter Cranes by Joseph V. Brown, Deer Lights by Brian Klewin, Drive-Thru by Lauren Simpson, The Artist by Craig A. Knitt, Aquarium byHannah Hamalian, Mascot by Leeha Kim

DOOR SALES ONLY BEGINNING AT 6PM on Sept 6th. Door Sales will stop for this show at 7pm. Cash only

DOOR SALES ONLY BEGINNING AT 6PM on Sept 6th. Door sales will stop for this show at 9:15pm. The Kitchen will close at 9:30. Cash only. 

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

2019 Festival Judge: Suzanne Jurva

Suzanne created the research department at DreamWorks SKG and was a feature film development executive supervising many Academy Award nominated and winning films including: “Saving Private Ryan”, “Amistad”, “Minority Report”, “Gladiator”, “Prince of Egypt”, “Lincoln”, and others. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and narrative feature producer. Her credits include Pet Names” (SxSW 2018 premiere), “Yoopera!” (PBS), “The Fabulous Ice Age” (Netflix), and “Changing Keys: Billy McLaughlin & the Mysteries of Dystonia” (PBS). 

Her work has been seen on The Weather Channel, NBC, NBC News, PBS, MTV, FOX, BBC, Showtime, and at The Library of Congress. Until recently she served as the director of the Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance, the membership advocacy group that represents Wisconsin film industry.

2019 Festival Judge: Tracey Thomas

Tracey Thomas is a filmmaker/director based in Milwaukee, WI. She has recently completed her first film, My First and Last Film. She began this project with her boyfriend 6 yrs. ago, when she turned 60. His illness and subsequent death put the film on hold for awhile. In the last 2 years she garnered her strength and courage, and with the help of a brand new crew, finished the she promised him she would. It is a documentary about reaching the milestone age of 60. She interviewed over a dozen women and men, gathering insight on what it feels like to be 60, reflecting on the past, making the film without her boyfriend, and contemplating what's next. Tracey has lived in Wisconsin her entire life. Volunteering is in her blood, having supported many local organizations and charities, including The WI Humane Society, Pets Helping People, Milwaukee Film, 91.7/WMSE, The Salvation Army and Medusa Monologues. She supports the local film, music and art scene, loves yoga retreats, and gives when she can to friends' film and artistic projects. 

Her circle of strong female friends has been key in her personal growth as she 'traverses the trials and tribulations of life. As her film hints at, what IS next for Tracey? Stay tuned....

Thursday, July 25, 2019

2019 Festival Judge: Natasha Nafrini

Wife, mother, ENFJ and cat lover, Natasha is an avid lover of Arts & Entertainment. In her spare time, she volunteers for two nonprofit organizations in the greater Milwaukee area where she flexes her Professional Communications skills. She is also a Creative Writer, Actress and Recording Artist who enjoys reading Paulo Coelho novels.