Saturday, September 6, 2014

MSFF 2014 Winning Films

Thank you everyone who submitted, and to those that came out and enjoyed the films. We can not put on this film festival without your support.

The judges have made their decisions and here are the results.

Best Film:
Directed by Thierry Lorenzi 

2nd Place:
Directed by Laure de Clermont

Best Wisconsin Film:
Give it Up For The Girl 
Directed by Carol Brandt

Best Actor:
Izabella Jo Tschig (Solace)

Best Director:
Graham Denman (House Call)

Best Ensemble & Audience Favorite:
Tough Cookie

Artistic Achievement:
Rejected by Craig A. Knitt.

Thank you all again on a great year, hope to see you next year.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

2014 Films: He Loves Her, She Loves Cake

He Loves Her, She Loves Cake by Melissa Smith
Australia (MKE Premiere)

Running Time: 8 Minutes
Screening Time: Saturday Sept 6th 12:45pm

The best part of Sandy’s day is when she stops by Henry’s patisserie shop to see her one true love – sweets. Henry and his sparky apprentice Kindle enjoy nothing more than the sight of the beautiful Sandy biting into a dessert made with passionate love. Will Sandy’s love move from the creations to the creators or does this desire stop at the sugar cane?

2014 Films: At a Distance

At a Distance by Baqir Rezaie
Australia (World Premiere)
Running Time: 7 Minutes
Screening Time: Saturday Sept 6th 12:45pm

Abiha is 7. She lives on the outskirts of Quetta in Pakistan. Her father has fled to Australia and she misses him terribly. Her home has been bombed and so the family have retreated to the back rooms of the house. Abiha's mother supports her children as a schoolteacher while waiting in hope that her husband's visa is processed in Australia, and the family might reunite one day. 

Abiha's life in this dangerous Hazara community is tumultuous, but Abiha continues to smile - and anyway she wants to be an artist one day.

2014 Films: The Roxy Incident

The Roxy Incident by Kris Schulz
Wisconsin (WI Premiere)
Running Time: 13 Minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 6th 2:30pm

The Roxy Incident is a stylized Film Noir that is an homage to the classics. Originally, the script was put together as a practice for another film contest/challenge, the 48 Hour Film Project. Instead of putting it aside, I worked to extend scenes and complete the story. Working with many of the actors for the first time, and being a first time director, this film was not only a passion project, but also a great lesson for me in film making. I liked taking on the challenge of the stylized films, with that particular look, feel, long shadows and subject material of Noir. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

2014 Films: Dear 11009

Dear 11009 by Aaron Orullian
Tustin, CA (MKE Premiere)
Running Time: 9 Minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 6th 4:40pm

Lost in a world of data entry and carbon paper, a lonely office worker starts to suspect that the night worker who shares his desk is a gourmet chef. As the two begin to exchange anonymous notes and sauces on the desk between shifts, an unlikely devotion develops which threatens to disrupt the order of the office.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Advanced Tickets for 16th 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 6:45pm , 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.

                                ADVANCED TICKETS WILL STOP AT 11AM
                          PLEASE ARRIVE 30 MINS EARLY FOR ALL SHOWS 

Fri. Session 1: (6:30pm)  OPENING NIGHT EVENT!!  Qualified, Wisconsin Beer - Behind the Scenes, Rediscovering Ginny, Stupid Awesome, Soft Kneecaps, Satellite Beach, Poupée, Billy Balfoor and our Pace-setter awarded to Jon Kline.


Sat. Session 2: (12:45pm) World View Berxen Kulek (Lame Lambs), Oh, my Princess, One Night Only, At a Distance, Culling, He Loves Her, She Loves Cake, Ão


Sat. Session 3: (2:30 pm) A Garden Within The Violence, Lucille, The Interview, Last Call, As We Are, The Roxy Incident, Loss, Clean Break

Sat. Session 4: (4:40pm) Domina, Stalker and Friend, Ballonatic, Free Man, Worthless, Dear 11009, Through the Chaos, Cold Feet


Sat Session 5: (6:45pm) Juried Films. ON/OFF, Rabbit, Solace, Vial, 
Give It Up For The Girl, Rejected, Tough Cookie, House Call



MIFS Feature Presentation:

Friday Sept 5th: Zombie Frat House (with Caged) 



Saturday Sept 6th Zombie Frat House



2014 Films: The Interview

The Interview by Carol Jones Potter
Milwaukee (MKE Premiere)
Running Time: 4 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 6th 2:30

A young man has made it to the final stage of the interview process, only as the interview goes on the scenarios he must answer go way beyond what he thought he would have to answer. Little does he know the sick, twisted company had other plans for him.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

2014 Films: As We Are

As We Are by Danny Rodic
Wisconsin (World Premiere)

Running Time: 6 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 6th 2:30

Formed in the Fall of 2007, the band "CircleSwitch" has seen it's share of adversity. Experience their journey through current members Kenny James, Danny Rodic, Johnny "ROCKit" Wahlen, and Eddie Gunz. Never before in their history did there exist such a window of opportunity in revealing what all will find as an open book of personal expression and good times.

2014 Films: Balloonatic

Balloonatic by Josh B. Bryan
Milwaukee (MKE Premiere)

Running Time: 20 Minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 6th 4:40pm

All our hapless hero wants is to entertain.  The other buskers, however, have kicked him off the pitch and his foul mouthed boss has fired him.  A note reading, “See Me,” suggests that things might be looking up.  Our villain is a capitalist whose application of mass production threatens the very soul of balloon animals everywhere.  Will our hero escape the clutches of a dead end job or worse, find out first-hand how mimes are made?

From its vaudeville & independent theatre scenes, “Balloonatic,” casts some of Milwaukee’s finest performers, actors, and musicians into a mythological world of clowns.  

2014 Films: Zombie Frat House

Feature presentation: Zombie Frat House by Ross Bigley
Milwaukee (World Premiere)
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Screening Time: Sept 5th and 6th, 9:15pm

Adult Content: Nudity, gore, violence and language

The hard-partying and prankster boys of Sigma House areg expelled from the university. Of course, the boys decide a party of epic proportions is in order! But when they awake, they find that the zombie apocalypse occurred, and the only safe place to fight back a horde of zombies is Sigma house! 

Did one of the frat boys accidently set in motion the events that caused the zombie apocalypse? Who will hook up, and who'll live as they fight to survive, in between the sex and bong hits. And just who are the White Trash Zombie Killers?

This is the most epic independent film shot in Milwaukee with 40 speaking parts and 90 zombie extras. Great bloody fun!

Two Shows!
Friday Sept 5th at 9:15pm (with the short film Caged)

Saturday Sept 6th at 9:15pm


Sunday, August 10, 2014

2014 Films: Free Man

Free Man by Justin Leyba
Chicago (MKE Premiere)

Running Time: 8 Minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 6th 4:40pm

After getting away from committing a horrific crime, a single father must deal with his guilt after his daughter was accused of stealing her classmate's phone.

2014 Films: Wisconsin Beer - Behind the Scenes

Wisconsin Beer - Behind the Scenes by Roger Bindl 
Wisconsin (MKE Premiere)
Running Time: 20 Minutes
Screening Time: Friday Sept 5th 6:30pm

Wisconsin Beer - 'Behind The Scenes' is about craft beer movement in Wisconsin, the resurgence of hops & barley growers, the growing and harvesting process, the brewers using local ingredients, and the hops, barley, yeast, and water that goes into brewing.

The film touches on the history of beer and brewing with an industry brief, stories about growing and harvest, and how craft brewing led to resurgence of growing.

Friday, August 8, 2014

2014 Films: Worthless

Worthless  by Madeleine Stoppleworth 
Wisconsin (MKE Premiere)
Running Time: 10 Minutes
Screening Time: Saturday Sept 6th 4:40pm

An abusive con-man has his sights set on taking a train and its passengers for everything he can even if it means pushing his human-traffic accomplices to their breaking point.

Director Statement 
"Worthless" was born in the 2014 48-Hour Film Project and is a collaborative effort by more than 30 volunteers ranging in age from 19 to 75 who brought everything to the production — from gear to costuming to props to picture cars — without compensation.

We were given just 48 hours to create a Silent Film, and everything built from that genre.

Knowing I would be assembling a wide variety of extremely talented Creatives, I actively sought a location and theme that would both play to their strengths and act as a container — I wanted to see what happened when we packed so many dynamite performers on both sides of the camera into not only a narratively-tight space, but a physically tiny one as well.

The decision work within a vintage location came naturally, given our genre and the experience of our actors. The opportunity to tell our narrative within a period train car and station was too great to pass up. Having so many period elements, the decision was made to mimic the look of the Silent Era with locked down camera angles and post-production techniques, including photographing in black and white. This, in turn, dictated not only our lighting but our makeup and costuming choices as well.