1. MFF 2013 Panels: Filmmaker, Meet Entrepreneur

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    In recent years, Milwaukee has witnessed a more organized and energetic effort toward supporting local startups and the entrepreneurial spirit at large. On October 6, 2013, three local filmmakers interviewed three successful business professionals, to find out how film professionals can use the language of business to turn their artistic and technical successes into financial successes as well. WELCOME David Sengkhammee THE FILMMAKERS Susan Kerns Brad Lichtenstein Kurt Raether THE ENTREPRENEURS Michael Drescher Kelly Fitzsimmons Andy Nunemaker

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    • MFF 2013 - 'Earth' with Altos

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      This year's MFF centerpiece film 'Earth' featured a live score by Milwaukee's 18-member ensemble, Group of the Altos, presented by Colectivo. 'Twas another great occasion to throw a killer party at our Prospect location, featuring our own beer, Altos musicians spinning some awesome records and, of course, yet another latte art throwdown.

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      • MFF 2013 Panels: Representing Race

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        On Saturday, September 28, the Milwaukee Film Festival presented a panel discussing concerns and questions that arise when representing race issues on-screen in contemporary film. MODERATOR Dr. Donte McFadden (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) PANELISTS Eugene Kane (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) Nathaniel Kohn (producer, BAYOU MAHARAJAH) Grace Lee (director, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS) Michael Starrbury (writer, THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE) George Tillman, Jr. (director, THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE)

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        • MFF 2013 Tribute: George Tillman Jr.

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          In 2013, the Milwaukee Film Festival was proud to pay tribute to acclaimed writer/producer/director George Tillman Jr. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI (where he attended John Marshall High School), Tillman directed his first feature film, SCENES FOR THE SOUL, in 1991. But it was his follow-up-- SOUL FOOD-- that made him a household name. From there, Tillman went on to direct MEN OF HONOR (starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro), then shifted gears to become executive producer of SOUL FOOD: THE SERIES for Showtime, and co-producer of BARBERSHOP (the most profitable African-American-themed film of all time), BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS, BEAUTY SHOP, and the 1970s-inspired ROLL BOUNCE. After nearly a decade away, Tillman returned to directing with NOTORIOUS, the edgy biopic of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G., followed by the action film FASTER, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton. On Saturday, September 28, George Tillman Jr. took the stage at the Oriental Theatre for a one-night-only screening of his latest film, THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE. Joined by the film's writer, fellow Milwaukee native Michael Starrbury, as well as the young stars of the film (Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon), Tillman stood before a sold-out Milwaukee Festival crowd, screened his film, took part in an audience Q+A, and accepted a mayoral proclamation declaring September 28 "George Tillman Jr. Day." SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATIONS presented by Donald & Donna Baumgartner FILM SPONSOR Potawatomi Bingo & Casino

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          • MFF 2013 Tribute: Paul Attanasio

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            In 2013, the Milwaukee Film Festival was proud to pay tribute to acclaimed writer/producer Paul Attanasio. Over his 25 years in the business he has been nominated for (or won) every major award, including the Academy Award, the BAFTA, the Writers’ Guild of America Award, the Emmy, the Peabody Award, and the Golden Globe. Attanasio is the creator of the award-winning Baltimore-based cop drama HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET, based on a book by THE WIRE creator David Simon. Just a year after HOMICIDE’s debut, his script for the Robert Redford-directed QUIZ SHOW starring Ralph Fiennes was nominated for an Oscar. Since then, his film work has included scripts for DISCLOSURE, DONNIE BRASCO, SPHERE, THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, and THE GOOD GERMAN. In television, Attanasio followed his initial success with an even bigger one, as executive producer of the world’s most watched television show (82 million viewers), HOUSE M.D. On Saturday, October 5, Paul Attanasio sat with Milwaukee Film's Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson at the Oriental Theatre to discuss his career, explore clips from his work, discuss his influences, and talk about Attanasio’s thoughts on the evolution of writing for TV and film today and how the forms are more similar than ever before. FILM SPONSOR UWM Peck School of the Arts

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            • 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival Opening Night

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              The Opening Night Film & Party from the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 26. The Opening Night Film at the Landmark Oriental Theatre was BREAK UP MAN. The Opening Night Party at Discovery World featured a live performance from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, subjects of MFF 2013 documentary BROTHERS HYPNOTIC. The evening also featured DJ Bizzon (WMSE 91.7FM), the Florentine Opera, DJ Madhatter (88Nine Radio Milwaukee), Evan Christian, Dead Man's Carnival, visuals from Video Villains, a beauty bar by Neroli, hors d’oeuvres from Bartolotta Catering and Events at Pier Wisconsin. Shot and edited by Matthew Mixon. mkefilm.org

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              • MFF 2013 State of Cinema: The Dissolve

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                STATE OF CINEMA SATURDAY, SEPT 28 | 1 PM COLECTIVO COFFEE Co-presented by The Center for 21st Century Studies At the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival's annual State of Cinema keynote address, five staff members of The Dissolve took part in a round-table discussion about the present and future of film and film criticism moderated by former A.V. Club National Music Editor and current Milwaukee writer Steven Hyden (staff writer for Grantland, freelance writer for Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and others). They also presented Brian De Palma’s 1981 thriller BLOW OUT, collectively selected as one of their favorite films. In attendance from The Dissolve: Keith Phipps (Editorial Director), Scott Tobias (Editor, MFF 2010 juror), Tasha Robinson (Senior Editor), Genevieve Koski (Senior Editor), and Nathan Rabin (Staff Writer). Videography by Erik Ljung.

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                • 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival Opening Night

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                  The Opening Night Film & Party from the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 27. The Opening Night Film at the Landmark Oriental Theatre was STARBUCK. The Opening Night Party at Discovery World featured a live performance from Milwaukee soul legend Harvey Scales featuring the Kings Go Forth rhythm section, American Idol's Naima Adedapo, a live video DJ set celebrating film and music from DJ Madhatter of 88NINE Radio Milwaukee, a second live set from WMSE 91.7FM DJ Paul Cebar, the Gravity Benders Breakdance Crew, Shaolin Center’s traditional Chinese Lion Dance, a Cinema Hooligante Giant Spider photo booth, Silhouette Dancers from Danceworks, a beauty bar by Neroli, hors d’oeuvres from Bartolotta Catering and Events at Pier Wisconsin, and a special interactive display from Stamm Technologies. Shot and edited by Erik Ljung. Additional camera by Nicholas Miller. mkefilm.org

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                  • Milwaukee Film Membership: Super Secret Screening

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                    Nick is in corporate finance for Reader’s Digest. Aliza is an eight year veteran of teaching third grade. But each year when the festival rolls around, they’re movie lovers more so than anything else Last year, Aliza and Nick saw somewhere in the neighborhood of 17 films. And that’s not likely to be an anomaly. They love all kinds of movies. At the festival, they’re always excited to see films you might not know about otherwise – foreign films, documentaries, little indies, or even big Oscar movies that no one else gets to see yet. Aliza got Nick into movies a few years back, and their interest has only grown and grown. The festival is great for them because they get to go crazy on movies for a while, and they absolutely love it. So long as they find someone to take care of their pup while they’re out watching films, all is wonderful. After the films get out, they like to grab a drink or a late dinner at Comet or Hooligans or some other local spot… where maybe, just maybe, the conversation might turn to movies. Then come up with your own reasons to join. Become a member today: http://mkefilm.org/membership

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                    • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (U.S. Premiere at the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival)

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                      The U.S Premiere of Alex Gibney's documentary MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD at the Landmark Oriental Theatre on October 5th during the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival. Gibney exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a coverup that winds its way from our hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland's churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. By investigating the secret crimes of a charismatic priest who abused over 200 deaf children in a school under his control - St. John's School for the Deaf in St. Francis - the film shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that, because they stand for good, they can do no wrong. The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in our country - long before the crisis in Boston a struggle of more than three decades that ultimately led to a lawsuit against the Pontiff himself. These heroes, four deaf young men, set out to expose the priest who had abused them and so many others by trying to make their voices heard. Their investigation helped to uncover documents from the secret Vatican Archives that show the Pope - who must operate within the mysterious rules of the Roman Curia - as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil. MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD makes its television debut on February 4th on HBO, and was produced by Jigsaw Productions in association with Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films. Video shot and edited by Milwaukee filmmakers Matthew Mixon and Gino Gaglianello

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