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Putting the ‘Milwaukee’ in the Milwaukee Film Festival

Most of the talk that surrounds the Milwaukee Film Festival seems to center on what’s being drawn to Milwaukee — what hit indie narratives, what special guests, what incisive documentaries. Yet equally important, if not more, is what’s already here. 

After all, the “Milwaukee” in Milwaukee Film Festival is more than just geographic.

The seventh annual installment of the city’s film fest will once again be a showcase for the work of its filmmaking community, a vibrant subculture that’s only growing, according to festival artistic director Jonathan Jackson. “I just think it’s vital to create a very visible platform to celebrate, to encourage, to expose the best local filmmaking work possible,” he says.

This year’s Cream City Cinema program, dedicated exclusively to work made by Milwaukee filmmakers, will feature five full-length features or documentaries and four separate shorts programs. 

It’s in those shorts programs in particular where the increasing growth of the community can be best seen. When Jackson and his colleagues were originally accepting submissions, they planned only to have three shorts programs, breaking out a separate “Milwaukee Music Video Show” to go with the annual “Milwaukee Show” and “Milwaukee Youth Show.”

Those plans changed when the films actually started coming in. Jackson says the festival received 177 submissions this year, an increase of 30 percent over last year and an even more admirable increase in comparison to the 40 to 50 he says was usual in the first few years of the festival. With too much high-quality work to pass up, Jackson says, they added a second program of Milwaukee shorts, with “The Milwaukee Show I” more diverse and light and “The Milwaukee Show II” dedicated to longer films with weightier subjects, including a short film called “Mothers for Justice” about the family of Dontre Hamilton and their transformation into social justice advocates after he was killed by a police officer in Milwaukee’s Red Arrow Park last year.

The high submission numbers also indicate that the number of filmmakers in Milwaukee is increasing. “I think of that as the biggest win in the submission process for us,” Jackson says. “We’re working on the festival every year but we’re (also) working on trying to build a community of connected filmmakers.”

Four of the five features in the Cream City Cinema series will feature at least one debut filmmaker on the production team (the outlier Yoopera!, a doc about a community of Upper Peninsula dwellers commissioning an opera about their local history, comes from director Suzanne Jurva, last seen in the inaugural festival in 2009). One that’s particularly caught Jackson’s attention is 30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle, an empathetic documentary about Milwaukee’s homeless population by Faith Kohler, a former federal agent who he says had no filmmaking experience at all before partnering with producer Jessica Ferrell. “To see her use the power of film to tell this story for her community is really exciting,” he says.

Clarence, the other documentary in the series, follows Clarence Garrett, an African-American WWII veteran who, at age 85, decided to enroll at UWM to earn his bachelor’s degree, despite unanticipated medical complications. The program also features Neptune, a coming-of-age story set off the coast of Maine in the late ‘80s, and Take the Dog, about three punkers who embark on a road trip from Milwaukee to California that tests their relationships.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about the Milwaukee Film Festival’s local offerings is that Jackson and his team scarcely have to remind audiences the films exist. Outside of the festival’s major films, categorized as Spotlight Presentations, Cream City Cinema is the second-highest-attended program at the festival, which Jackson says is uncharacteristic of most regional film festivals and a credit to ours.

In addition to simply showing local films, the Milwaukee Film Festival offers numerous opportunities for funding and education. The Cream City Cinema program has a $5,000 cash prize for a jury-selected winner and there’s a series of community panels and a fiction film pitch contest with a separate $1,000 prize. And, for the first time, this year’s festival will mark the disbursal of the Brico Forward Fund, a new grant program that will award a total of $50,000 in cash and $75,000 in goods and services to local filmmakers. It’s a component Jackson says has been missing from the festival, and one that puts the fest on the same level as comparable regional festivals across the nation.

Milwaukee Film’s efforts to engage the local community don’t end after 15 days of festival celebrations. Jackson says that, after listening to community feedback, the organization began hosting educational events on a bimonthly basis, so filmmakers had an opportunity to stay connected. This coming year, that program will expand, occurring monthly and focusing more distinctly on educating developing filmmakers.


The Cream City Cinema series consists of nine feature films and shorts programs, spread throughout the Milwaukee Film Festival, Sept. 24 to Oct. 8. Films are screened at the Oriental Theatre (2230 N. Farwell Ave.), Downer Theatre (2589 N. Downer Ave.), Avalon Theater (2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.), Times Cinema (5906 W. Vliet St.) and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill (334 E. Silver Spring Dr.). Tickets are $12, $11 for seniors and students, $10 for Milwaukee Film members and $6 for children 12 and under. Visit milwaukeefilm.org for more details and a full festival schedule.

’30 Seconds Away:
Breaking the Cycle’

Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m., Oriental

Friday, Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m., Times

Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 9:45 p.m., Avalon


Monday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m., Times

Thursday, Oct. 1 at 3:15 p.m., Oriental

Saturday, Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m., Fox-Bay

The Milwaukee Music Video Show

Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m., Oriental

The Milwaukee Show I

Sunday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m., Oriental

The Milwaukee Show II

Friday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m., Oriental

The Milwaukee Youth Show

Sunday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m., Oriental


Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m., Times

Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m., Avalon

Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 9:30 p.m., Oriental

‘Take the Dog’

Friday, Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m., Avalon

Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 10:15 p.m., Oriental

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 3:15 p.m., Downer


Monday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m., Downer

Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m., Avalon

Thursday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m., Oriental 

The Cream City Cinema program isn’t the only place where moviegoers can find films with a Milwaukee or Wisconsin connection this year. Here’s some other locally connected films you can catch at this year’s festival.

‘Uncle John’

Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m., Oriental

Thursday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m., Oriental

This Spotlight Presentation, largely filmed in Prairie du Sac and Lodi, Wisconsin, tells the story of a Wisconsin farmer implicated in the sudden disappearance of a local reformed bully.

‘The Russian Woodpecker’

Friday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m., Oriental

Sunday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m., Avalon

Directed by Chad Gracia, a South Milwaukee native, this Sundance award-winning documentary follows an eccentric Ukrainian seeking to expose secrets of the Cold War and Russia’s Chernobyl disaster.

‘Mediated realities: Videos by Jesse Mcclean’

Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m., Oriental

This special presentation of works by avant-garde filmmaker Jesse McLean about human behavior and relationships wasn’t technically a Milwaukee-related series — until McLean joined the UWM film department this year, an unexpected boon to the festival.

Wisconsin’s Own

Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1:15 p.m., Fox-Bay

Sunday, Sept. 27 at 3:45 p.m., Downer

Monday, Oct. 5 at 10 p.m., Times

This double feature, part of the Film Feast series, includes two shorter films about two Wisconsin traditions: the supper club (Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club) and New Glarus Brewery (Tale of the Spotted Cow).

Milwaukee Film ‘experiments’ with sixth annual festival

Presenting 275 movies over 15 days, the sixth annual Milwaukee Film Festival is certainly ambitious in its cinematic scope.

But festival artistic and executive director Jonathan Jackson says the event’s ambitions go beyond screening a lot of movies. “We really strive to use (the festival) as a catalyst for community, for engagement and for celebration,” he says.

Toward that end, this year’s festival is adding new ways to expand engagement. Organizers brought on board a new venue, Times Cinema in Wauwatosa, and added new series centered around food, the arts, and African-American subjects and filmmakers.

The new series help audience members navigate the scale of the festival. “If you create these niche programs that cater toward a specific audience or have an audience focus it helps people guide their selections,” Jackson says.

But also, as in the case of the Black Lens series, the new programs expand on what film festivals can accomplish socially. Unfortunately, festivals often fail to try.

“Regional festivals around the country just don’t do an incredible job of showcasing diversity — not just on the camera but in representing the filmmakers,” Jackson says. 

The Black Lens series, inspired by the powerful reaction to last year’s audience award-winner The Incredible Defeat of Mister and Pete, is an effort to change that. In addition to screening seven works by contemporary African-American filmmakers and one classic film, Jackson says community partners will help support and present these films, and a large number of post-film conversations have already been scheduled. 


Jackson says the Black Lens series is just one example of the Milwaukee Film Festival’s emphasis on creating distinct “moments” — unforgettable experiences that are more than simply getting to see a film. In previous years, many of his favorite moments have involved the festival’s opening, closing and centerpiece films, as well as the festival’s annual tributes to important representatives from the world of film.

This year is no different. Centerpiece film Jimi: All Is By My Side is a powerful biopic about the year before Jimi Hendrix made his breakthrough at Monterey. It stars Outkast’s Andre Benjamin and directed by Milwaukee-born John Ridley (who Jackson hopes will be able to attend the screening). And the closing night film, The Surface, is a Milwaukee film 18 years in the making, a drama about two men adrift on Lake Michigan filmed right here by a local production team, many of whom will be present.

But the opening night film, 1971, might be the most exciting moment of all. The thrilling documentary tells the story of the Citizens’ Commission, a group of Americans who exposed evidence of widespread government surveillance years before Watergate or WikiLeaks. 

It’s a powerful film in its own right, but Jackson says the guests attending the opening night screening are what take it from a regular screening to something special and unique. Among them are director Johanna Hamilton and representatives of her production crew — along with some members of the Citizens’ Commission, a coup even more exciting because they only revealed their identities earlier this year.

“I think it’s going to be an extraordinary experience,” Jackson says. “This is a film about a group of citizens that saw something they didn’t think was right about their world, and they impacted it, at their peril, in an incredibly profound way.”

Also exciting to Jackson are this year’s tributes, including new works from documentarian Marshall Curry and director Debra Granik, whom he calls “two of the finest cinematic storytellers of all time.” 

Curry will screen Point and Shoot, a documentary made with and about a fellow filmmaker who joined Libyan rebels in 2011 and was captured shortly thereafter. Granik will show the documentary Stray Dog, about a Harley-riding veteran she met while casting for her breakthrough feature Winter’s Bone

Both filmmakers have strong ties to the festival. Granik visited last year to host a daylong seminar with film students and Curry’s documentary Racing Dreams was the first film screened at a Milwaukee Film Festival, back in 2009.

“To have him back — Milwaukee Film Festival’s like what he’s wrought,” Jackson says. “I can’t wait to show him where we’ve come.”


The Milwaukee Film Festival runs Sept. 25-Oct. 9, at the Oriental Theatre (2230 N. Farwell Ave.), Downer Theatre (2589 N. Downer Ave.), Fox-Bay Cinema Grill (334 E. Silver Spring Dr.) and Times Cinema (5906 W. Vliet St.). Tickets for opening night, centerpiece and closing night films are $20, $17 for Milwaukee Film members. The festival will host an opening night party at Kenilworth Square East at 9 p.m. Sept. 25. The party is free with an opening night ticket stub or festival pass, or $10 ($8 for Milwaukee Film members). Visit mkefilm.org for a full list of films and events.

Selected film schedules:

1971 Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., Oriental; Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1:45 p.m., Oriental.

Stray Dog Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7:15 p.m., Oriental; Monday, Sept. 29, at 4:15 p.m., Times.

Jimi: All Is By My Side Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., Oriental.

Point and Shoot Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., Oriental; Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m., Times.

The Surface Thursday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m., Oriental.

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Hear (and watch) women roar on new fall TV shows

“The Good Wife,” “Homeland,” “Scandal,” “Nurse Jackie” and, well, “Girls” are just a few current shows that put women front and center.

And this fall, even more women are stepping up.

As if TV programmers were in a classroom cribbing off one another’s exams, a few common themes emerge. One prevalent theme: the fantasy world of comic books and sci-fi, courtesy of newcomers “The Flash” (CW), “Gotham” (Fox), “Constantine” (NBC) and “Forever” (ABC). Spies and anti-terrorism also remain big in our heebie-jeebie era, with “Scorpion” (CBS) as well as a couple of the shows below.

But strong females are the dominant trend – and dominate in prime time this fall.

– “MADAM SECRETARY” (CBS, Sept. 21). Elizabeth McCord is a loving wife and mother and a brilliant former CIA analyst who is abruptly drawn back into public life as U.S. secretary of state after the incumbent’s suspicious death. Tea Leoni plays a woman who has it all – including growing concerns that she, too, may be on the endangered list.

– “THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA” (NBC; Sept. 24). Detective Laura Diamond doesn’t flinch, whether it’s flouting regulations to nab a bad guy or cooking up a scheme to get her twin boys into a private school. She’s always in a frenzy, forever creating waves, and mostly getting what she wants through sheer force of will. She is played by Debra Messing.

– “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC; Sept. 25). She is a thunderous presence in the classroom as she teaches law students how to spring their clients, whatever it takes. And in her law practice, she is a Machiavellian figure leading a team of top-flight students to help her tackle tough cases. As Annalise Keating, series star Viola Davis is powerful and often disturbing, never to be overlooked nor underestimated.

– “BAD JUDGE” (NBC; Oct. 2). Kate Walsh plays a woman who, in the courtroom, makes Judge Judy look like a pushover, then, after-hours, makes Snooki look like a wallflower. This is a woman who doesn’t hesitate to announce from the bench her relief that her pregnancy test has come up negative. The only way she could create more of a stir is if she were appointed to the Supreme Court (maybe Season 2?).

– “CRISTELA” (ABC, Oct. 10). This sitcom’s young heroine is working multiple jobs to fund her dream of becoming a lawyer. And when she gets slammed by her family for taking so long in law school, or for drinking the last beer in the fridge, she can return their salvos with equivalent gusto.

– “JANE THE VIRGIN” (CW, Oct. 13). Jane Villanueva is a radiant and ambitious young woman whose future is abruptly complicated when she learns that, despite her decision to wait, her virgin status has been compromised through an accidental sperm insemination. Now she faces yet another, very unexpected challenge – pregnancy – necessitating hard choices that will affect not only her life but also many others’ around her.

– “STATE OF AFFAIRS” (NBC, Nov. 17). CIA analyst Charleston Tucker is joining such past and present CIA heroines as Elizabeth McCord (“Madam Secretary”) and “Homeland” stalwart Carrie Mathison, but with her own specialty: compiling and delivering to the Oval Office the president’s Daily Briefing every morning. But Charleston’s bond with the chief executive is even tighter than this, since she used to be engaged to the president’s son – that is, until he was killed by a terrorist attack. And wouldn’t you know it: the president is a woman, too!

Milwaukee Film Festival announces full lineup

The Milwaukee Film Festival has announced its complete lineup — 240 films, including 103 features and 137 shorts, from 44 different countries.

The lineup includes 45 documentaries and 57 narratives, including one North American premiere on opening night and one silent classic featuring a  new live accompaniment from Milwaukee-based band Altos.

“Our programming philosophy has always been to provide the best 15 days of cinema you can find on the planet,” festival artistic and executive director Jonathan Jackson in a news release. “Looking at the line-up in its entirety, I’m confident we’ve achieved this. Milwaukee’s in for one hell of a festival.”

The lineup for the festival – Sept. 26-Oct. 10 – includes:


OPENING NIGHT FILM: Break Up Man (Schlussmacher) (Germany / 2012 / Director: Matthias Schweighöfer)

FESTIVAL CENTERPIECE: Earth feat. live accompaniment from Altos (Ukraine / 1930 / Director: Aleksandr Dovzhenko)

CLOSING NIGHT FILM: Blood Brother (USA / 2012 / Director: Steve Hoover)

After Tiller (USA / 2012 / Directors: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson)

The Angels’ Share (United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Italy / 2012 / Director: Ken Loach)

August: Osage County (USA / 2013 / Director: John Wells)

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (USA / 2013 / Director: Chiemi Karasawa)

Free the Mind (Denmark, Finland / 2012 / Director: Phie Ambo) 

The History of Future Folk
(USA / 2012 / Director: J. Anderson Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker)

SOMM (USA / 2012 / Director: Jason Wise)

TRIBUTES: Notorious (USA / 2009 / Director: George Tillman, Jr.)

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (USA / 2013 / Director: George Tillman, Jr.)

Blow Out (USA / 1981 / Director: Brian De Palma)

COMPETITION; 12 O’Clock Boys (USA / 2013 / Director: Lofty Nathan)

The Act of Killing (Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Joshua Oppenheimer)

Beyond the Hills (Dupa Dealuri) (Romania / 2012 / Director: Cristian Mungiu)

The Crash Reel (USA / 2013 / Director: Lucy Walker)

Post Tenebras Lux (Mexico, France, Germany, Netherlands / 2012 / Director: Carlos Reygadas)

Stories We Tell (Canada / 2012 / Director: Sarah Polley)

Upstream Color (USA / 2013 / Director: Shane Carruth)

War Witch (Rebelle) (Canada / 2012 / Director: Kim Nguyen)

Almanya, Welcome to Germany (Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland)
(Germany / 2011 / Director: Yasemin Samdereli)

Hannah Arendt (Germany / 2012 / Director: Margarethe von Trotta)

Lore (Australia, Germany, United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Cate Shortland)

Ludwig II (Germany / 2012 / Directors: Marie Noëlle, Peter Sehr)

Oh Boy (Germany / 2012 / Director: Jan Ole Gerster)

Oma & Bella (Germany / 2012 / Director: Alexa Karolinski)

This Ain’t California (Germany / 2012 / Director: Marten Persiel)

Wings of Desire (Germany / 1987 / Director: Wim Wenders)

RATED K: FOR KIDS The Land Before Time (USA, Ireland / 1988 / Director: Don Bluth)

Taking Chances (Patatje Oorlog) (Netherlands, Belgium / 2011 / Director: Nicole van Kilsdonk)

Wolf Children (Okami Kodomo No Ame To Yuki) (Japan / 2012 / Director: Mamoru Hosoda)

Zarafa (France, Belgium / 2012 / Directors: Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie)

Kids Shorts: Size Small

Aston’s Presents (Sweden / 2012 / Directors: Uzi Geffenblad, Lotta Geffenblad)

Choir Tour (Latvia / 2012 / Director: Edmunds Jansons)

Chopin’s Drawings (USA / 2011 / Director: Dorota Kobiela)

Eskimal (Mexico / 2011 / Director: Homero Ramirez Tena)

How Shammies Guessed (Latvia / 2012 / Director: Edmunds Jansons)

Kitten’s First Full Moon (USA / 2011 / Director: Gary McGivney)

Knuffle Bunny Free (USA / 2012 / Director: Karen Villarreal)

The Little Bird and the Leaf (Switzerland / 2012 / Director: Lena Von Döhren)

Mira’s Night (USA / 2011 / Director: Elyse Kelly)

A Tangled Tale (USA / 2013 / Director: Corrie Francis Parks)

Kids Shorts: Size Medium

Big Mouth (Canada / 2012 / Director: Andrea Dorfman)

Boris the Rat Dresses Warmly (Finland / 2012 / Directors: Kaisa Penttilä, Leena Jääskeläinen)

Chinti (Russia / 2012 / Director: Natalia Mirzoyan)

Colosse – A Wood Tale (USA / 2012 / Director: Yves Geleyn)

The Fox and the Chickadee (Canada / 2012 / Director: Evan Derushie)

Frog Weather (Germany / 2011 / Director: Pauline Kortmann)

Jonah and the Crab (USA / 2012 / Director: Laurel Cohen)

My First Spellbook (Scotland / 2011 / Director: Gavin Laing)

Paulie (USA / 2012 / Director: Andrew Nackman)

Shame and Glasses (Italy / 2013 / Director: Alessandro Riconda)

Wing (Denmark / 2011 / Directors: Asger Grevil, Mette Vestergaard Madsen) 

Kids Shorts: Size Large

Bot (USA / 2010 / Director: Mustafa Lazkani)

Eyes on the Stars (USA / 2012 / Director: The Rauch Brothers)

A Girl Named Elastika (Canada / 2012 / Director: Guillaume Blanchet)

High Noon (Venezuela / 2013 / Director: Ivan Mazza)

I’m Going to Mum’s (New Zealand / 2012 / Director: Lauren Jackson)

Krake (Germany / 2012 / Director: Regina Welker)

The Maiden and the Princess (USA / 2011 / Director: Ali Scher)

Monster, Me (USA / 2013 / Director: Milt Klingensmith)

Song of the Spindle (USA / 2011 / Director: Drew Christie)

Sounds for Mazin (Netherlands / 2012 / Director: Ingrid Kamerling)

Turning a Corner (USA / 2012 / Director: David B. Levy)

CREAM CITY CINEMA: Billy Club (USA / 2013 / Directors: Drew Rosas, Nick Sommer)

Date America (USA / 2012 / Directors: Bob Murray, Amy Neuenschwander)

The Milwaukee Show 

Before You (USA / 2013 / Director: Michael T. Vollmann)

Begong Ava, Begong Hele (USA / 2013 / Director: Heather Hass)

Cinders (USA / 2013 / Director: Andrew Gralton)

The Glitch (USA / 2013 / Director: Zijian Yan)

I Am (USA / 2013 / Director: Karim Raoul)

Love You Still (USA / 2013 / Director: Michael Viers)

Margaret Hue Would Like To Go To Mars. (USA / 2013 / Director: Anna Sampers)

Pluto and the Vessel (USA / 2013 / Director: Harrison Browning)

The Quiet City (USA / 2013 / Director: Brian McGuire)

Spectacle! (USA / 2013 / Directors: Andrew Swant, WC Tank, Erik Ljung, Kurt Raether, Carol Brandt) 

USPS (USA / 2013 / Director: Jessica Farrell)

Within A Stone’s Throw (USA / 2013 / Director: Cecelia Condit)

The Milwaukee Youth Show: Alexander Copenhagen and the Key of Destiny (USA / 2012 / Director: Thomas Fleischmann)

Birth of a Dream (USA / 2013 / Director: Megan Sai Dogra)

Copycat (USA / 2013 / Director: Hudson Miller)

#DiseasesSpreadLikeRumors (USA / 2012 / Directors: Participants in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Programs)

#DontBeAnOffenderToThoseWhoLoveTheSameGender (USA / 2012 / Directors: Participants in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Programs)

Flowers in Bloom (USA / 2013 / Director: Alejandra Salinas)

#ForgetTheHumpIfYouDontWantTheBump (USA / 2012 / Directors: Participants in Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Programs)

Generation Empowered: The Dream is Now (USA / 2013 / Director: LaTonya Matlock)

How Geoffrey Broke His Glasses (USA / 2012 / Director: Jamie Mercado)

In The Mind (USA / 2013 / Director: Brian Mercado)

The Journey Home (USA / 2013 / Directors: Elizabeth Zingsheim, Mara Matovich)

Night of the Beanie Babies (USA / 2013 / Directors: Josh Frank, Ryan Coenen)

Pancakes (USA / 2013 / Director: Lauren Markey, Brian Ore)
Phone Wars (USA / 2012 / Director: Holly Kraemer, Kevin Salgado)

Poppin’ (USA / 2013 / Directors: Lauren Markey, Brian Ore)

Spider Dog (USA / 2013 / Directors: Gabriella Avila, Alexia Justo)
Sun Up,Sun Down (USA / 2013 / Director: Felicia McGowan)

Toytonic (USA / 2013 / Directors: Students from Audubon Technology and Communication Center)

(USA / 2013 / Director: Brad Lichtenstein)

Sign Painters
(USA / 2013 / Directors: Faythe Levine, Sam Macon)

When the King Tilts
(USA / 2013 / Director: Drew Britton)

SOUND VISION: Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker (USA / 2013 / Director: Lily Keber)

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (USA / 2012 / Director: Drew DeNicola)

Brothers Hypnotic (USA / 2013 / Director: Reuben Atlas)

Enzo Avitabile Music Life (Italy / 2012 / Director: Jonathan Demme)

The Girls in the Band (USA / 2011 / Director: Judy Chaikin)

Muscle Shoals (USA / 2012 / Director: Greg “Freddy” Camalier)

Narco Cultura (USA / 2012 / Director: Shaul Schwarz)

Stop Making Sense (USA / 1984 / Director: Jonathan Demme)

CINEMA HOOLIGANTE: 100 Bloody Acres (Australia / 2012 / Directors: Colin Cairnes, Cameron Cairnes)

2001: A Space Odyssey (USA, United Kingdom / 1968 / Director: Stanley Kubrick)

Enter the Dragon (USA, Hong Kong / 1973 / Director: Robert Clouse)

Here Comes the Devil (Mexico / 2012 / Director: Adrián García Bogliano)

The Rambler (USA / 2013 / Director: Calvin Lee Reeder)

Sightseers (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Ben Wheatley)

Vanishing Waves (Lithuania, France, Belgium / 2012 / Director: Kristina Buožyt)

We Are What We Are (USA / 2013 / Director: Jim Mickle)

SHORTER IS BETTER: Shorts: The Best Damn F*#@ing Midnight Program Ever. Sh*t. Total running time: 83 min

The Apocalypse (USA / 2012 / Director: Andrew Zuchero)

The Cub (USA / 2012 / Director: Riley Stearns)

Flytopia (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Karni Arieli, Saul Freed)

Hell No (USA / 2013 / Director: Joe Nicolosi)

It’s Not You, It’s Me (USA / 2012 / Director: Matt Spicer)

Oh Sheep! (Germany / 2012 / Director: Gottfried Mentor)

Perfect Drug (Belgium / 2012 / Director: Toon Aerts)

Sea Pig (USA / 2013 / Directors: Andrew Gilchrist, Jesse Allen)

Swarming (Kuhina) (Finland / 2011 / Director: Joni Männistö)

Shorts: Date Night

Total running time: 95 min

The Bird Spider (La Migala) (Spain / 2011 / Director: Jaime Dezcallar)

CRUSH 472 (United Kingdom / 2013 / Director: Jess Scott-Hunter)

The Date (Treffit) (Finland / 2012 / Director: Jenni Toivoniemi)

Ellen Is Leaving (New Zealand / 2012 / Director: Michelle Savill)

Routine (Rutina) (Spain / 2012 / Director: Ana Ortiz)

Taboulé (Spain / 2011 / Director: Richard García)

Ten Thousand Days (New Zealand / 2012 / Director: Michael Duignan)

Tram (France, Czech Republic / 2012 / Director: Michaela Pavlátová)

Undress Me (Ta Av Mig) (Sweden / 2013 / Director: Victor Lindgren)

Shorts: Let’s Get Animated

Total running time: 82 min

Bird Food (Ireland / 2012 / Director: Richard Keane)

Boles (Germany / 2013 / Director: Spela Cadez)

I Am Tom Moody (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Ainslie Henderson)

Irish Folk Furniture (Ireland / 2012 / Director: Tony Donoghue)

Jonah (Tanzania, United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Kibwe Tavares)

Marcel, King of Tervuren (USA / 2012 / Director: Tom Schroeder)

Oh Willy… (Belgium, France, Netherlands / 2012 / Directors: Marc James Roels, Emma De Swaef)

Palmipedarium (France / 2012 / Director: Jérémy Clapin)

Shorts: …Make Lemonade

Total running time: 88 min

All Souls’ Day (Swieto Zmarlych) (Poland / 2012 / Director: Aleksandra Terpińska)

Fear of Flying (Ireland / 2012 / Director: Conor Finnegan)

Keys. Wallet. Phone. (Germany / 2012 / Director: Juliet Lashinsky-Revene)

Summer Vacation (Hofesh Gadol) (Israel / 2012 / Directors: Sharon Maymon, Tal Granit)

Walking the Dogs (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Jeremy Brock)

Shorts: Modern Families

Total running time: 84 min

Anna and Jerome (France / 2012 / Director: Melanie Delloye)

Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (Pitaako mun Kaikki Hoitaa?) (Finland / 2011 / Director: Selma Vihunen)

Dotty (New Zealand / 2012 / Directors: Mick Andrews, Brett O’Gorman)

F**k the Parents (USA / 2012 / Director: Ethan Kuperberg)

Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven (Morfar och jag och helikoptern till himlen) (Sweden / 2013 / Directors: Asa Blanck, Johan Palmgren)

Mobile Homes (USA, France / 2013 / Director: Vladimir de Fontenay)

Mud Crab (Australia / 2012 / Directors: Igor Coric, Sheldon Lieberman)

My Favorite Picture of You (USA / 2013 / Directors: Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin)

Shorts: Obsession

Total running time: 89 min

Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke (Australia / 2012 / Director: Mirrah Foulkes)

Eating Lunch (Äta Lunch) (Sweden / 2012 / Director: Sanna Lenken)

Georgena Terry (USA / 2012 / Director: Amanda Zackem)

GUN (USA / 2012 / Director: Spencer Gillis)

Peach Juice (Canada / 2012 / Directors: Callum Paterson, Nathan Gilliss, Brian Lye)

The Roper (USA / 2012 / Directors: Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands)

The Tuner (O Afinador) (Brazil / 2012 / Directors: Fernando Camargo, Matheus Parizi)

Woody (Australia / 2013 / Director: Stuart Bowen)

Shorts: Out of This World

Total running time: 91 min

The Captain (Australia, USA / 2013 / Directors: Nash Edgerton, Spencer Susser)

Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? (USA / 2012 / Director: Jason Willis)

Delicacy (USA / 2012 / Director: Jason Mann)

Dust (United Kingdom / 2013 / Directors: Ben Ockrent, Jake Russell)

Edmond Was a Donkey (Edmond Était un Âne) (Canada, France / 2012 / Director: Franck Dion)

Hotel (Spain / 2012 / Director: Jose Luis Aleman)

Record/Play (United Kingdom, Bosnia / 2012 / Director: Jesse Atlas)

Shelved (New Zealand / 2011 / Director: James Cunningham)

Ufologist (USA / 2012 / Directors: Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands)

Shorts: Stranger Than Fiction

Total running time: 102 min

Eddie Adams: Saigon ‘68 (USA / 2012 / Director: Douglas Sloan)

The Flogsta Roar (Flogstavrålet) (Sweden / 2013 / Director: Johan Palmgren)

Mr. Christmas (USA / 2012 / Director: Nick Palmer)

Pouters (United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Paul Fegan)

Unravel (United Kingdom, India / 2012 / Director: Meghna Gupta)

Vladimir Putin In Deep Concentration (USA / 2013 / Directors: Dana O’Keefe, Sasha Kliment)

We Will Live Again (USA / 2013 / Directors: Joshua Koury, Myles Kane)

DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL FAVORITES: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (USA / 2013 / Director: Grace Lee)

Band of Sisters (USA / 2012 / Director: Mary Fishman)

Becoming Traviata (France / 2012 / Director: Philippe Béziat)

Bound by Flesh (USA / 2012 / Director: Leslie Zemeckis)

Breathing Earth (Germany, United Kingdom / 2012 / Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer)

Citizen Koch (USA / 2012 / Directors: Carl Deal, Tia Lessin)

Fatal Assistance (Assistance Mortelle) (France, Haiti, USA, Belgium / 2013 / Director: Raoul Peck)

God Loves Uganda (USA / 2013 / Director: Roger Ross Williams)

Google and the World Brain (Spain, United Kingdom / 2013 / Director: Ben Lewis)

If You Build It (USA / 2013 / Director: Patrick Creadon)

Informant (USA / 2012 / Director: Jamie Meltzer)

The Institute (USA / 2012 / Director: Spencer McCall)

Maidentrip (USA / 2013 / Director: Jillian Schlesinger)

More Than Honey (Germany / 2012 / Director: Markus Imhoof)

Mussels in Love (Netherlands, Belgium / 2012 / Director: Willemiek Kluijfhout)

Pandora’s Promise (USA / 2013 / Director: Robert Stone)

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (United Kingdom, Ireland / 2012 / Director: Sophie Fiennes)

Remote Area Medical (USA / 2013 / Directors: Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman)

Rising From Ashes (USA, Rwanda, United Kingdom, South Africa / 2012 / Director: T.C. Johnstone)

Spinning Plates (USA / 2012 / Director: Joseph Levy)

Unhung Hero (USA / 2013 / Director: Brian Spitz)

Valentine Road (USA / 2012 / Director: Marta Cunningham)

When I Walk (USA, Canada / 2013 / Director: Jason DaSilva)

Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington
(USA / 2012 / Director: Sebastian Junger)

FICTION FESTIVAL FAVORITES: 2+2 (Dos Más Dos) (Argentina / 2013 / Director: Diego Kaplan)

Aayna Ka Bayna (India / 2012 / Director: Samit Kakkad)

The Almost Man (Norway / 2012 / Director: Martin Lund)

Blancanieves (Spain, France / 2012 / Director: Pablo Berger)

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium, Netherlands / 2012 / Director: Felix van Groeningen)

Closed Curtain (Pardé) (Iran / 2013 / Directors: Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi)

Drug War (Du Zhan) (Hong Kong / 2012 / Director: Johnnie To)

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (South Africa / 2013 / Director: Henk Pretorius)

Finding Mr. Right (China, Hong Kong / 2013 / Director: Xue Xiaolu)

A Hijacking (Kapringen) (Denmark / 2012 / Director: Tobias Lindholm)

House With a Turret (Dom S Bashenkoy) (Ukraine / 2012 / Director: Eva Neymann)

In The House (Dans La Maison) (France / 2012 / Director: François Ozon)

Key of Life (Kagidorobou No Method) (Japan / 2012 / Director: Kenji Uchida)

Laurence Anyways (Canada / 2012 / Director: Xavier Dolan)

Northwest (Nordvest) (Denmark / 2013 / Director: Michael Noer)

Once Upon a Time Veronica (Brazil, France / 2012 / Director: Marcelo Gomes)

Paradise: Hope (Paradies: Hoffnung) (Germany / 2013 / Director: Ulrich Seidl)

Picture Day (Canada / 2012 / Director: Kate Melville)

The Pirogue (La Pirogue) (France, Senegal / 2012 / Director: Moussa Touré) 

Reality (Italy, France / 2012 / Director: Matteo Garrone)

Something in the Air (Après mai) (France / 2012 / Director: Olivier Assayas)

Tanta Agua (Uruguay, Mexico, Netherlands, Germany / 2013 / Directors: Ana Guevara, Leticia Jorge)

This is Martin Bonner (USA / 2013 / Director: Chad Hartigan)

Zaytoun (United Kingdom, Israel, France / 2012 / Director: Eran Riklis)