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Daily Picks for the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival – Part 2

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 by | 0 comments

Tickets for the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival are now on sale. To help you out, I’ve set out providing daily picks for the 15 days of the film festival. You can find part one, covering days one to five, here.

So, let’s continue.



The Lost World

Every year, the Milwaukee Film Festival screens a silent film at the Oriental Theater, a 1927 movie palace built expressly for that purpose. Normally, I don’t make a retro screening a daily pick, but I certainly make an exception to something as rare as THE LOST WORLD. Plus, the one of a kind Alloy Orchestra will be playing accompaniment to the film live. And live music always adds an extra element of electricity to the experience. Plus, it’s a film featuring dinosaurs by the crew that would go on to make KING KONG. What’s not to love about this?

Backup: THE FEELS seems like a sure crowdpleaser for the LGBTQ community and just those looking for a comedy about relationships. And sex.


I think it’s safe to say that there’s been much debate about the future of Milwaukee in the 21st century. What do we want the city to be? How can we make it vibrant again? There’s certainly a rural / urban divide in Wisconsin and the nation as a whole. So, a documentary about urban planning and an historical battle for the future of New York City seems like something that will be both entertaining and informative.

Backup: THE MIDWIFE is a French film with a late career role for Catherine Deneuve. It looks to be both funny and with a point. Considering how scarce roles are for older women in Hollywood, if you’ve ever complained about it, here’s a remedy.

Day Eight: ALPHAGO

One of the spotlight features is about a master Go player attempting to take on a computer, named Alphago, in a contest for supremacy of the game. Considering we’re all staring the future of automation replacing us in some capacity, it’s certainly timely. Plus it’s a sports story with an underdog.

Backup: TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES promises to be a strong documentary as part of the Milwaukee Film Festival’s Black Lens program. I can’t say I really know the history of these institutions myself, which makes it an intriguing topic to get to know more about.


Unless there’s a real surprise, THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP promises to be the most controversial film at the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival. I’m sure conservative talk radio will have a field day. But, the death of Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park and the subsequent protests is clearly one of the biggest stories in Milwaukee in recent years. I’ll judge the film after I’ve seen it, but I do intend to see it.

Backup: If controversy is not your thing, we have SPOOKERS on the agenda, which is a documentary about the people who put on one of the largest haunted houses in the world in New Zealand. I have to imagine there are lots of laughs, some human moments, and maybe even a few scares in store. Plus, New Zealand is one of the most photogenic places on Earth.


There’s not a single program at the Milwaukee Film Festival that doesn’t have some intriguing choices. EXTRA TERRESTES seems like a good choice for dipping a toe in the Cine Sin Fronteras program, focusing on a female Puerto Rican astrophysicist deciding now is a good time to come out to her family. Yeah, I’m sure that’s going to go over smoothly. Which should make for a very entertaining movie.

Backup: STOP MAKING SENSE is an institution at the Milwaukee Film Festival. It’s a celebration and dance party as much as it’s a film. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really need to. It’s going to be the most fun you can have at the film festival.



Coming Soon: Days Eleven to Fifteen


The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival runs from September 28, 2017 to October 12, 2017. The general public can purchase tickets at the Milwaukee Film Festival website .

Robert Reineke
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