Milwaukee Film Festival kicks off Thursday

350 films, programs taking place Oct. 17 to 31

The annual Milwaukee Film Festival returns to southeastern Wisconsin later this week, bringing more than 350 films and related events to nine area venues from Oct. 17 to 31.

Now in its 11th year, the two-week event, presented by Associated Bank, annually attracts tens of thousands of attendees (nearly 80,000 in 2018).

This year’s lineup includes local and international works covering a broad range of genres and themes including Genrequeer, Black Lens, Worldviews, Cine Sin Fronteras and American Independents.

A complete list of films and their showtimes as well as tickets are available on festival organizer Milwaukee Film’s website.

The festival boasts its largest footprint ever this year with eight screens across six venues, including two new additions: the Rivoli Theatre in Cedarburg and the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

Milwaukee Film Festival premiers Thursday evening with “I Want My MTV,” a documentary about the rise and evolution of modern-day MTV, at anchor venue Oriental Theatre on Milwaukee’s East Side. Milwaukee Film took over operations of the 92-year-old theater in 2017, and has since completed a series of upgrades to the facility.

Other screening venues include the Jan Serr Studio Cinema, 2155 N. Prospect Ave.; Times Cinema, 5906 W. Vliet St., and the Avalon Theatre, 2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

The screening is followed by an opening night party at nearby Good City Brewing, which will include food, drinks and music by DJs from 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and WMSE-FM 91.7 and live performances by Browns Crew and Zed Kenzo.

Other parties and events are set to take place during the festival at local venues such as Zocalo Food Truck Park in Walker’s Point, Strange Town on the East Side and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee in the Third Ward.

In addition, the film festival includes panels and discussions on a variety of topics that surround some of this year’s featured films, including Afro-Latinx film representation, black entrepreneurship in Milwaukee, intersex identity and immigration issues.

A complete listing of the festival’s events and panels is available on Milwaukee Film’s website.

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Maredithe Meyer
Maredithe Meyer started as an intern reporter at BizTimes in summer 2015. She currently covers entertainment, sports, tourism and restaurants. In May 2017, she graduated with a journalism degree from Marquette University where she worked as an in-depth projects reporter for the Marquette Wire and Marquette Tribune.