Monday, October 28, 2013

Meet the people who ran the festival: Ross Bigley

Ross Bigley is an award winning filmmaker with over 60 short films and three features to his credit. He has also worked as an editorial cartoonist, photographer, graphic designer, and as a freelance illustrator. His art work and photography have been displayed in the Fredrick Layton Gallery, Firehouse Gallery, ArtCentric Gallery, and The Warsaw Academy of Poland. Additionally, he was co-owner of the ArtCentric Gallery from 1997-99.

In 1995, he founded The Milwaukee Video/Film Festival at MATA Community Media, now called the Milwaukee Short Film Festival, and serves as President of the Board of Directors to the Milwaukee Independent Film Society. Ross also teaches filmmaking and story structure at his alma mater, The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He also worked as a script consultant for Producers Tim Lonsdale (Species, Speed), Chris Webster (Hellraiser, Heathers), David Striet (Species, River's Edge) and performed rewrites for the production, Brain Food. Currently, he has formed a production company, Yellow Hill Investments LLC with Bai Ling and Glen Popple to develop feature films on a property he created, Yellow Hill. 

Meet the people who ran the festival: Bill Quirmbach

Bill Quirmbach, festival coordinator and secretary to the board of the MIFS, has helped produce the MSFF since 2008. He is a career professional event producer with a passion for film. Bill has experience in producing all manner of events, including theater, dance, banquets and conferences.

Meet the people who ran the festival: Stacy Callies

My name is Stacy Callies and I am a free lance Graphic Designer. I love to design for things that involve important moments in our lives. I have created wedding invitations, baby announcements, special wedding photo collaborations, business cards, business logos, website artwork, and I have had the privilege for the last 5 years to design for the Milwaukee Short Film Festival. It has been a pleasure to capture the moment of I do, hello world, entrepreneur independence, and passion of the arts for others. The Milwaukee Short Film Festival is founded by a few passionate people who put in a lot of hard work to help give other film makers a chance to shine in the spotlight and share their slice of reel life. Short film is a form of creative expression and we as people are at our best when we are creating. Cheers to your slice of reel life and may it inspire the world. 

Meet the People who ran the festival: Bernie Jbaines

Bernie Jbaines AKA "The Midwest Movie Maven", and @MidwestMMaven is a digital maverick based in Milwaukee, WI. after years in the medico-legal and self funded employer insurance industries a health related shift was made. Two plus years were spent working hands on with the staff and students of Mount Mary (College) University Media Communications Department. Bernie’s media avocation and interest evolved into a social media contributor of film, multicultural, multimedia arts and socio-cultural content.

In 2012, Bernie Jbaines began volunteering for (African American Film Festival Releasing Movement) whose mission is anchored by the passion and prowess of our founding film festivals, empowering diverse independent filmmakers with collaborative, simultaneous theatrical distribution in multiple markets. Bernie is a digital “buzz” facilitator on Facebook, Twitter and beyond.

Bernie also practices advocacy for the inclusion of Milwaukee & WI for notional, first run, Midwaest filmmaker and multicultural content release. In this ongoing effort Bernie puts special emphasis with communication to major studios with regards to WI & Midwest productions. She also seeks and disseminates information to maintain a sustainable industry of Independent and artful filmmakers for Southeast WI. She is also an advocate for the empowering of women and multicultural inclusion in all levals of filmmaking.

Bernie is part of the Women In Film Los Angeles-Social Media Squad, and recently submitted a written proposal and is awaiting determination for an unprecedented Social Media Membership level access with Women In Film-National. Bernie also serves as Social Media Group Moderator for Midwest Multicultural Media Madness. Since 2012 Bernie has been a Meetup Organizer for the Midwest Multicultural & The Milwaukee Movie Fans Meetup Groups.  She nurtures, encourages and shares Industry information for the uplift and betterment of WI and National Independent Film organizations and taking each day as an opportunity to live and to learn. I am thankful for the opportunity to participate for 2013 in support of Milwaukee Independent Film Society and this #MKESFF2013!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

2013 MKE Short Film Festival winners

What a great year, so many fantastic films. We thank our filmmakers, our supporters and those who came out.    

Here are this year's winners.
Time 2 Split
by Fabrice Bracq
Mason Jelly Jar
by Van Campbell III
2nd Place/Honorary Mention
Night in a Hotel
by Daniel Kontur
Best Director
Michael Viers
(From The Darkness Theatre)

Best Ensemble
Melon Head
Best Actor
Michael Denk
(From The Darkness Theatre)
Best Actress
Leopoldine Huyghues-Despointes
(Atlantic Ave.)
Artistic Acheivement
The Cucaranchula
by Kate Balsey 

Audience Favorite
From The Darkness Theatre

Again, a great year. It was a difficult year for our judges with scores being so close.

See you next year.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Advanced Tickets for 15th 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. 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 7pm , 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. There will be tickets sold at the door as well.

Fourth: There is no credit card purchases on site, cash only sales. The Milwaukee Art Museum does have ATM's on the premises.

Finally: The Milwaukee Art Museum charges $8 to park in the lots, but there is plenty of free parking on the street during the weekend. Please keep that in mind.

Fri. Session 1: (6:30pm)  OPENING NIGHT EVENT!!  A World of Difference , Girls Season 38, Life, Hurricane Bonnie, Snowglobe , It Was Wonderful, Rock Doc: Die Kreuzen,  Spaghetti für Zwei, Love You Still. Pace-setter awards.
Door Sales only.

Sat. Session 2: (NOON) The Librarian and The Banjo.

Sat. Session 3: (1:15 pm) World View: Bishtar Az Do Saat (More Than Two Hours), To Dream Away, Lean on Me , Le Herisson De Verre (The Glass Hedgehog), Rojo, To Hell, With Love, Junggesellin (Bachelorette), 蜜月套房 (Honeymoon Suite)  

Sat. Session 4: (3:15pm) Donna Ray, White Carpet, Why Fly-A Hot Air Affair, Foreclosure, Unknown Caller, Gun Point, Super Fun Sunshine Gun, Once an Afternoon, While it Lasts.

Sat. Session 5: (5:15 pm) People Aren't All Bad, Temenos , Tlaoc, Lumininosity, Into the Tangerine Parlor, Coffee or Tea, A Hard Life, Catalyst, Six Letter Word, Hide and Go Seek.

Sat Session 6: (7pm) Juried Films. Night in A Hotel, Le Train Bleu, Melon Head, Mitt Forra Liv,  Parfois, Atlantic Avenue, Olivia, Time 2 Split, The Cucaranchula,  Mason Jelly Jar, From The Darkness Theatre 

Feature Films:

The Wayward Sun Friday Oct 25th 9:15pm

Petty Cash (Free) Saturday Oct 26th 9:15pm

Monday, October 7, 2013

2013 Films: Why Fly - A Hot Air Affair

Why Fly - A Hot Air Affair by Roger Bindl
Waunakee, WI (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 4  Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th  3:15pm

Tickets $10.00 Buy Tickets Here:

John Trione, a hot air balloon pilot, goes through the process of flying hot air balloons... the setup, flying, competition, comradery, and in the cold.

Director Bio:
Roger Bindl is a technologist, writer, videographer, video editor, and athlete that studied and mixes tech and art in work and everyday life.

Roger's video productions include "The Best of Hard Times" (best depiction of the era award at MN Historical Society film project), Miss Micky (audience award), Shepherd Pie with a Change (Kraft cooking video award), Occupying Spaces (ProjectED finalist award), Building Towers (Mke 24 Hr film project selection), and more at

Monday, September 30, 2013

2013 Films: Atlantic Avenue

Atlantic Avenue by Laure de Clermont
France (Milwaukee Premiere) 
Running Time: 12 Minutes
Screening Time: Juried Films 7pm.  Oct 26th
Tickets $10.00
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How a seventeen year-old determined girl in a wheelchair encounters love through a young antisocial male prostitute.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

2013 Films: White Carpet

White Carpet by Jordan Fein
New York (Milwaukee Premiere) 
Running Time: 14 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th 3:15pm
Tickets $10.00

Play housewife with Mindy as she is indoctrinated into a world of kitchenware, jewelry parties and deceit.

2013 Films: While It Lasts

While It Lasts by Marc Kornblatt
Madison, WI (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 11  Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th  3:15pm

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At 81, Jamie Ross, a retired art professor lives in a falling down studio crammed with his own work and thousands of objects he has collected over the decades. His current passion is rescuing intriguingly shaped tree limbs from his wood pile and turning them into finely polished shapes adorned with some of his favorite words, such as 'seemlessness.' One rain-soaked afternoon, as water drips from the ceiling, he shares his thoughts on the meaning of art and his own mortality.

 Director Statement
The moment I walked into Jamie Ross's art studio, in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, I thought it would make a great setting for a film. I was thinking narrative, perhaps a murder mystery, or some kind of Gothic tale. The deteriorating, barny space, crammed with original art and artifacts from around the world, the piled-up garbage and dust-covered surfaces would have cost a great deal of money to create, and here it was totally camera-ready. To add to the allure of the project, Jamie seemed game.

My plans changed once I got to know this quirky man who, at 81, was a working artist, and a hoarder. Genuine and cordial from the start, Jamie had the gift of gab and a sense of humor that won me over. I decided to forgo fiction and instead create a lasting record of Jamie's artwork and workplace, letting him talk about his life philosophy and himself as he pleased.

The inclement weather on the day we shot the film, the studio's gritty ambiance and Jamie's narration inspired me to compose a score that pays homage to Erik Satie's Gymnopedies. In my short pieces, I have tried to capture what the viewer sees and hears on screen, coming away, hopefully, with a sense of Jamie's spirit and world, as well as a colorful work of art.

Production Notes
"When It Rains..."
The day I brought my cameraman and audio technician to interview Jamie Ross, a cold, miserable December rain soaked the three of us within the first five minutes of filming our opening exterior shot. We remained soggy and chilled for the remainder of the day. That bone-numbing rain, however, turned out to be a great blessing, as the images we captured of water pummeling the roof and cascading into the studio, added poignancy to the story.

The rain not only inspired the opening notes of the piano piece I composed to start the film, it adds a rich texture to the film's ambient sound throughout the documentary. Indeed, I would have invariably created a different story, composed a different score, if the day had been brisk and sunny. I don't believe that version would have been as strong.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

2013 Films: Love You Still

Love You Still by Michael Viers
Running Time: 10 Minutes
Screening Time: Friday, Oct 25th 6:30pm
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John, an aging fisherman, struggles with memories of his young love, Alice. He longs for her return and lives in regret. One day, a bottle washes ashore that includes a note, which begs the question: did John lose the love of his life, or did he lose his mind?

The film production:

Love You Still is the last Collaborative Cinema film--a screenwriting and filmmaking program for high school and college students previously run by Susan Kerns and started by Mark Metcalf. Each year, one high school student's script was chosen to be made into a film. College students then applied to direct. In 2013, Franklin High School student Katie Theel wrote the script, and UWM student Michael Viers directed the film. High school and college students also worked on set alongside professional filmmakers to learn about crew roles, professional camera and lighting equipment, and general set etiquette. Love You Still was the eighth and final film made in the Collaborative Cinema program.

This film is being screened as part of the Pace-setter presentation for honoree Susan Kerns.

Monday, September 23, 2013

2013 Films: Junggesellin (Bachelorette)

Junggesellin (Bachelorette) by Anna Linke
Germany (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 15 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th  1:15pm

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The bachelorette Stefanie is a young woman who, at 26 years old, has not yet managed to live in an environment in which she can truly be herself. At home in the back country, everybody tries to find a man for the last bachelorette in the village, who is not thrilled about this at all.

2013 Films: Into the Tangerine Parlor

Into the Tangerine Parlor by Vito Valenti
Muskego, WI (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 3 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th 5:15pm

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A man on the verge of despair spontaneously resorts to introspection and finds a way to transcendence and liberation.

2013 Films: Le Hérisson de Verre ( The Glass Hedgehog)

Le Hérisson de Verre ( The Glass Hedgehog) by Jean-Sébastien Bernard
France (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 10  Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th  1:15pm

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Summer 1955. The sun shines brightly on a bucolic landscape sprinkled with poppies. Persephone, a young beautiful and mysterious woman lays in this sparkling field of blood-red. The sunbeams caress her smiling face. A moment of happiness that nothing seems to be disturbing.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

2013 Films: Super-Fun Sunshine Gun

Super-Fun Sunshine Gun by Craig Knitt
Marion, WI, (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 2 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th 3:15pm
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An unhappy reader rests in a park until a helpful stranger enters and tries to cheer him up.

2013 Films: Gunpoint

Gunpoint by Darby Kern
Marion, WI,  (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 5 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th 3:15pm
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Chad and Amy owe Floyd money and he is bad news. Even though they are in quite a jam they have plans to straighten out their lives even if it involves guns.

2013 Films: To Hell, With Love

To Hell, With Love by Gavin Michael Booth
Canada  (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 16 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th 1:15pm
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Dr. Desai is desperate to prove the existence of an afterlife. Unfortunately for one feisty prostitute, Cheri, his obsession will become her nightmare in a battle for survival.

Director Statement
To Hell, With Love was born out of the frustration (and boredom!) of waiting between feature film projects. I had a highly controversial film set to shoot in early 2013 but due to controversy in the world news headlines over the Christmas holidays the film was cancelled. I was left reeling and with much time on my hands. Instead of feel pity for myself and my production team we rallied together to create a short film to flex our creative muscles.

The result is this short film. It's also been an inspiration to create more short form videos and films between features and music video projects.

Production Notes
"When The Snow Hits The Fan"
The production of To Hell With Love was conducted in a single over night shoot but was delayed for several hours due to cast members Sarah Booth and Shawn Baichoo being stuck in a separate vehicle on the other side of a snowstorm. The crew had a chance to bond and talk film (geek out!) while waiting for their arrival. The shoot began late, ended even later the next morning but still everyone came through to complete the 16 pages of script in the single night!

2013 Films: Lean on Me

Lean on Me by Gavin Butler
Ireland (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 2 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th  1:15pm
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Dan is suicidal and turns to his best friend for assistance - but how far does a best friend go to help?

2013 Films: Melon Head

Melon Head  by Andy Fortenbacher
New York (Milwaukee Premiere) 
Running Time: 14 Minutes
Screening Time: Juried Films 7pm, Oct 26th
Tickets $10.00 Buy Tickets Here:

The only way to a woman's heart is to scare the HELL out of her!

2013 Films: Bishtar Az Do Saat (More Than Two Hours)

Bishtar Az Do Saat (More than Two Hours) by Ali Asgari
Iran (Milwaukee Premiere) 
Running Time: 15 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th 1:15pm
Tickets $10.00 Buy Tickets Here:

It’s 3 AM, a boy and a girl are wandering in the city.they are looking for a hospital to cure the girl, but it is much harder than they thought.

2013 Films: Coffee or Tea?

Coffee or Tea? by Lucien Jung
Greendale, WI (Milwaukee Premiere) 
Running Time: 6 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th 5:15pm

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Zany party girl Britney sets up her sexually confused ex-boyfriend Matt on his first gay date with kooky club kid Richie. Awkward first impressions lead to outright hostility. But Britney is a girl who always gets her way and what she wants is for these boys to give love a chance. 

Director Statement 
Coffee or Tea is a fun and breezy short in the spirit of Hollywood romantic comedies from the ‘50s and ‘60s. While the film can be viewed as “camp,” we are absolutely sincere in our positive message of self-acceptance. We define our lead characters not as members of a marginalized community but as two young men engaged in the universal pursuits of figuring out who they are and how to love and be loved.

The film’s sensibility was informed by the outsider experiences of myself and co-writers Thomas Sennholz and Daniel J. Harmon. While we’d have loved for our lives to have played out like a John Hughes’ film or a Technicolor dream of beach parties, school dances, and relatively uncomplicated bouts of puppy love, that’s not how things turned out.

Coffee or Tea is my cheerfully absurdest take on queer love and the Sandra Dee and Doris Day films I continue to enjoy. My hope is that audiences will smile with recognition and come to understand that to get what you want you have to know who you are. Then maybe, for the next generation of outsiders, their journey of self-discovery really will end with a lovely soft-focus kiss.

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2013 Films: It Was Wonderful

It Was Wonderful by Timothy DeWitt
Racine, WI (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 2 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 25th 6:30pm

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A man remembers the life and love he once had.

2013 Films: Rojo (Red)

Rojo  (Red) by Miguel Najera
Mexico (Milwaukee Premiere) 
Running Time: 3 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th 1:15pm

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Young Maria will have a last chance to say goodbye to her lover.

2013 Films: A Hard Life

A Hard Life by Rubin Whitmore II
Milwaukee (Milwaukee Premiere) 
Running Time: 9 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th  5:15pm

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A Hard Life is short musical comedy is about three women who are brought in for questioning in the death of a man.  The man has died from an overdose of sexual performance enhancement drugs. After further questioning from the investigator along with insight from the toxicologist all the women are discovered to be complicit.  But the ultimate demise of the man involves more than just these three women and their desire to receive satisfaction.

A Hard Life was ambitiously written and shot along with original music created in the time span of two days and only has had minimal sound design added in the time following.  Directed by Rubin Whitmore II, music by David Kaye, choreography by Christopher Gilbert. Starring Michelle White, Kendall Yorkey, Grace Liebenstem and Kurtis Witzlsteiner. (2013) TRT 9:11

Saturday, September 21, 2013

2013 Films: Hide and Go Seek

Hide and Go Seek by Eli Hayes
Whitefish Bay, WI (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 7 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th  5:15pm

Tickets $10.00 Buy Tickets Here:

Once someone is lost, the only thing left to do is find them.

Two sisters drive up to their cabin in northern Wisconsin, where they discover a mysterious tree while playing a game of hide and go seek. Suddenly, they become separated; in order to win the game, they must reunify.

2013 Films: Once An Afternoon

Once An Afternoon by Nelson Oliveras
Milwaukee (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 11 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th  3:15pm

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Ryan (Daniel Hass) and his mentor Bill (Matthew Nichols),are on a mission to visit the home of a family who has been looking after a young girl named 'Ellie' (Allison Chicorel). Ellie is considered to be the missing 'gift', taken long ago from a powerful man.

Friday, September 20, 2013

2013 Films: 蜜月套房 (Honeymoon Suite)

蜜月套房 (Honeymoon Suite) by Zao Wang
China (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 14 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th  1:15pm

Tickets $10.00 Buy Tickets Here:

A hotel in Beijing, China, forgets to feed its monstrous and angry guest from America. But one brave Chinese woman from the staff stands out to tame the beast.... But little does she know that the American guest is not what he appears to be at all.

15th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival Line up

The Milwaukee Independent Film Society was founded in 1996 by Dan Wilson. Its mission and goals were to provide a grass roots community where local filmmakers can share their ideas, projects, and collaborate on local efforts.

MIFS is a non-profit organization who leadership has changes, but missions remains the same.

The Milwaukee Short Film Festival is our signature event, since its inception in 1994 we've steadily built our reputation and one of the best regional festivals in America. We were signaled out by Moviemaker Magazine as "Best Local Festival" with a strong slate of award winning International films, and the best in local filmmaking.

Each year we do our best to get industry professionals from Los Angeles and the Milwaukee area to jury the films. Previous judges were Mark Metcalf (Animal House, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Zack Ward (A Christmas Story, Transformers), Uwe Boll (Postal, House of the Dead) Timothy J. Lonsdale (Speed, Species) and David Streit (Jurassic Park III, River's Edge) .

The Milwaukee Short Film Festival is proud to also say that the home of the festival is a Milwaukee landmark, The Milwaukee Art Museum's Lubar Auditorium situated in the world famous Calatrava. Located on Milwaukee's lakefront area.

Friday October 25th, Opening Night.

6:30 pm Lubar Auditorium, MAM

A World of Difference by Gerald Guthrie
Hurricane Bonnie by Linda Cieslik
Life by Lasse Lorenzen
It Was Wonderful by Timothy DeWitt
Spaghetti für Zwei by Matthias Rosenberger
Girls Season 38 by Gail Lerner
Snowglobe by Tony Porter
Rock Doc: Die Kreuzen by Bill Schulz & Gary Porter
Love You Still  by Michael Viers

We'll also honor this year's recipients of the Pace-setter award, Dan Wilson & Susan Kerns.


Oct 25th MIFS Feature Film Screening

9:15pm Lubar Auditorium, MAM 
The Wayward Sun by Jozef K. Richards


Saturday October 26th

12 pm Lubar Auditorium, MAM
The Librarian and The Banjo by Jim Carrier

1: 30 pm World View

To Dream Away by Si En Tan
Bishtar Az Do Saat by Ali Asgari
Le Herisson De Verre by Jean-Sebastien Bernard
Rojo by Miguel Najera
Junggesellin by Anna Linke
To Hell, With Love by Gavin Michael Booth
Lean on Me by Gavin Butler
蜜月套房 (Honeymoon Suite) by Zao Wang

3:15 Show

Foreclosure by Vassi Slavova
Unknown Caller by Matthew Huebsch
Once An Afternoon by Tony Oliveras
Donna Ray by Omar McClinton
White Carpet by Jordan Fein
Gun Point by Darby Kern
While it Lasts by Marc Kornblatt
Why Fly- A Hot Air Affair by Roger Bindl
Super Fun Sunshine Gun by Craig A Knitt

5:15 pm Show

A Hard Life by Rubin Whitmore II
Lumininosity by F-Stop Won
Coffee or Tea by Lucien Jung
Temenos by Adriane Little
People Aren't All Bad by Matthew Hashiguchi
Tlaoc by Sabrina Doyle
Into the Tangerine Parlor by Vito Valenti
Catalyst by Matt Troge
Hide and Go Seek by Eli Hayes
Six Letter Word by Lisanne Sartor

7pm Juried

Olivia by Ryan Bloomquist
Night in A Hotel by Daniel Kontur
Le Train Bleu by Stephanie Assimacopoulo
Parfois by Jaclyn Tyler Poeschl
Atlantic Avenue by Laure de Clermont
Melon Head by Andy Fortenbacher
Mitt Forra Liv by Sebastian Linblad
Mason Jelly Jar by Van Campbell III
The Cucaranchula by Kate Balsey
From The Darkness Theatre by Michael Viers
Time 2 Split by Fabrice Bracq

9:15 Show TBA

The website will be updated this week and online ticket will be ready by October 5th.

2013 Films: Rock Doc: Die Kreuzen

Rock Doc: Die Kreuzen by Bill Schulz & Gary Porter
Milwaukee (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 9 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 25th 6:30pm

Tickets $10.00  Buy Tickets Here:


The reunited band Die Kreuzen is the subject of a special Tap Milwaukee Rock Doc project which chronicles the rise, fall and rebirth of the band.

Director Statement
In an attempt to connect with our readers' interest in local music, we chose to focus on a popular band local band that reached national attention in the late eightees. Die Kreuzen was regrouping after 20 years to perform a series of special concerts after being inducted into the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Hall of Fame. They broke up just before making it big and they wanted to reconnect with fans and introduce themselves to a new generation.

2013 Films: Girls Season 38

Girls Season 38 by Gail Lerner
Los Angeles (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 8 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 25th 6:30pm

Tickets $10.00 Buy Tickets Here:


Same girls, same problems... forty years later. This satirical valentine to Lena Dunham's groundbreaking HBO series stars original SNL cast member Laraine Newman, as well as Wendi Malick, Mindy Sterling, Sally Kemp, Martin Starr, and Sarah Wright. Written, Directed, and Produced by Gail Lerner.

2013 Films: Snowglobe

Snowglobe by Tony Porter
Fond du Lac, WI,  (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 6 Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 25th 6:30pm
Tickets $10.00 Buy Tickets Here:

A colorblind handyman born inside a melting snow globe tires to escape after finding schematics for a prototype rocket.

Production Notes

This project had a number of personal challenges. I chose to shoot on very slow film early on in order to help create a stark contrast in the colorfulness of memory versus the start black and white of the characters present. I spent countless hours over the last 8 months digitally transferring rolls of film frame by frame in order to get the highest quality possible for my budget. The underwater shots were particularly cumbersome as I had to put a bolex in an underwater housing with no viewfinder or any camera controls and blindly shoot with a wide lens, hoping for the best. For the flying effects I hung my actor from the ceiling with a harness and balanced him with a pulley system of weights and blew a leaf blower into his face. I layered the background with white sheets and lit them separately in order to help key out the background. Overall I'm glad I set myself up with so many technical challenges because I learned tons through the process of troubleshooting each problem as it arose