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From documentary film Maya Angelou and I Rise, which is scheduled to appear at the Milwaukee Film Festival as part of the Black Lens Program.

Black Lens Program returns to Milwaukee Film Festival

Featuring work from both emerging and established African-American filmmakers, the Black Lens Program returns to the Milwaukee Film Festival for a third year. The series presents eight programs of short and feature-length fiction and documentary films, with filmmakers exploring stories and topics rooted in the black community and relevant to all communities.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Milwaukee Film a $10,000 FilmWatch grant in support of the Black Lens Program. In addition, Black Lens has received a second grant from the Johnson Controls Foundation to help underwrite the program. The Black Lens Program is sponsored by WJMR Jammin’ 98.3 and the Black Lens Engagement Committee.

In response to the growth of the program, Milwaukee Film will award a $5,000 jury prize to the director of the winner of the best short or feature film within the Black Lens Program.

The 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival will run Sept. 22 through Oct. 6.

For more, go to mkefilm.org

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