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Experimental Tuesdays: Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s “A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness”

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:40 pm

Marked by loneliness, ecstatic beauty and an optimism of the darkest sort, A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS follows an unnamed character through three seemingly disparate moments in his life.

MFA Screening 2

September 19

Films by recent MFA recipients from the graduate program of the UWM Film Department. Tonight’s program will feature work by Ben Balcom, Isaac Brooks, Julie Wolterstorff and Sarah Stevens.

DAREDEVILS: A New Film from Stephanie Barber

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A portrait of risk and language, and a consideration of an artist’s life and work as a form of daredevilry, Stephanie Barber’s DAREDEVILS presents the experimental narrative of a writer.

Gold Is Where You Find It: The films and more of Dawn Wiedmann

September 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A tribute to late filmmaker Dawn Wiedemann, one of very first MFA students of the UWM Film Department.

Brett Kashmere’s “From Deep”

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Combining self-shot “moving snapshots” of the game in its everyday form with a wide array of archival footage, this audiovisual essay offers a layered, non-linear perspective on the merger of basketball and hip hop culture, focused through the wide angle lens of the game’s history.

“Manakamana,” with co-director Pacho Velez in person!

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:15 pm

High above a jungle in Nepal, pilgrims make an ancient journey by cable car to worship Manakamana.

29th Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival

October 16 - 26

Spanning across two weekends, this year’s Festival will unfurl, once again, the finest in LGBT film and video, sharing works that are brand new, historical, and essential.

LGBT Film/Video Festival Opening Night: Blackbird

October 16

A powerful story of one high school boy’s coming of age in the American – and Baptist – South. From director Patrik-Ian Polk and starring Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington, and newcomer Julian Walker.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Fifi Howls from Happiness

October 17

A lively, tale-laden documentary about Iranian artist Bahman Mohasses, — the “Persian Picasso” — who reflects on his life without compromise – as an artist, as a gay man — from his exile in Rome.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Desiree Akhavan’s APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

October 17

Hilarious in the inappropriateness of its heroine’s stumblings, a most contemporary comedy from rising star Desiree Akhavan about a Persian-American bisexual twenty-something as she recovers from the break-up with her girlfriend and tries to remain closeted to her family and all their looming expectations.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Ester Martin Bergsmark’s SOMETHING MUST BREAK

October 17

Sebastian is a young trans person working to transition more fully to being Ellie but, whatever her personal stumbles, defies the world, and her suitors, to meet her on her own terms. But when she meets Andreas, she thinks she may have met something serious.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Joaquim Pinto’s WHAT NOW? REMIND ME (E Agora? Lembra-me)

October 18

A beautifully shaped, deftly expressive diary of a year spent undergoing an experimental treatment for HIV, WHAT NOW? REMIND ME is an enthralling personal essay both expansive and intimate.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Stefan Haupt’s THE CIRCLE (Der Kreis)

October 18

A hybrid documentary/narrative about an early gay liberation movement that survived Nazism and thrived in Switzerland in the 1950s.

LGBT Film/Video Festival Closing Night: 52 Tuesdays

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:50 pm

A year of Tuesdays accumulate into a beautiful drama of the evolving relationship between a teenage girl and her gender-transitioning mother in this award-winning new film from Australia.

Adept-8: Back in Black and White

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The third edition of this semi-annual program showcasing local, national, and international artists exploring the possibilities of super8 film.

MFA Screening 1

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Films by recent MFA recipients from the graduate program of the UWM Film Department. The night’s program will feature work by Junehyuck Jeon, Kara Mulrooney and Elizabeth Hagen.

2 x Emir Cakaroz: “Two Photographs”; “One Money”

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Two Photographs” (2012) is a personal documentary about the immigration of the filmmaker’s family from Bulgaria to Turkey. “One Money” (2014) explores estate, consignment and farm auctions in Wisconsin, focusing on the objects for sale and peoples’ interactions in different locations and circumstances.

Gloria Rolando: A Retrospective Filmmaker – Filmmaker Rolando in Attendance!

November 15 - 17

The UWM Film Department welcomes Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando whose award-winning films exquisitely dramatize the complex histories of the Afro-Cubans and their shared histories with Haitian, Panamanian and Jamaican laborers.

67th Student Film & Video Festival

December 12

A juried showcase of the best short films and videos from the pioneering UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres.

Film Department Senior Screenings

December 13

A special evening showcasing the films and videos completed by the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genre’s graduating seniors.

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