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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.

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: AN AFTERNOON OF FORBIDDEN LOVE: A Fashion Show + A Film Screening

October 18

A celebratory response to looks butch and femme in the style of, and tribute to, the glamour of the landmark documentary FORBIDDEN LOVE: THE UNASHAMED STORIES OF LESBIAN LIVES, Aerlyn Weissman and Lynne Fernie’s 1992 documentary about lesbian life in the mid-20th Century, that will screen once the runway is clear.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: PARTY CRASHERS AND OTHER RE-ORDERINGS: An Evening of Women’s Shorts

October 18

Femmes fatales, cat burglars, and trespassers (literally) stuck in the closet populate tonight’s program of short films that reveal a roster of women in situations somewhat compromising.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Nancy Kates’ REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG

October 19

An intimate, nuanced documentary on the life and work – if such territories can here be separated – of one of the most influential, provocative, and well-known intellectuals of the 20th Century.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Sydney Freeland’s DRUNKTOWN’S FINEST

October 19

Drunktown’s Finest follows three young Native Americans each grasping for any opportunity, or knowledge maybe, that will allow a route to an elsewhere that they can’t specify, maybe even away from the Navajo reservation that they hold to as home.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Hong Khaou’s LILTING

October 19

A lovely moving film about mourning and reconciliation, Lilting chronicles the attempts hazarded by Richard, a London widower, to connect with the Cambodian-Chinese mother of his recently deceased partner, a connection that must bridge culture, generation, and language.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Chantal Akerman’s ONE DAY PINA ASKED

October 20

One great artist considers another in this meditative immersion into the methods and achievements of revered choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009) by the celebrated filmmaker Chantal Akerman.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Andy Warhol’s SAN DIEGO SURF

October 21

A recent restoration of Andy Warhol’s 1968 feature, a Californian follow-up to his Lonesome Cowboys. Or, that is to say, a film about surfers in the way the early film was about cowboys, with Viva and Taylor Mead.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle’s GOODBYE GAULEY MOUNTAIN: AN ECOSEXUAL LOVE STORY

October 22

A documentary about the ecological devastation of the coal industry’s mountain top removal program and the performance and queer arts strategies of the ecosexualists intervening to confront it.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Abdellah Taīa’s SALVATION ARMY (L’armée du Salut)

October 23

A poetic, beautifully observed series of vignettes depicting the coming of age of a Moroccan gay man, a story of one boy’s emergence into self and also into exile.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Radley Metzger’s SCORE

October 23

A historical sexploitation film about same sex spousal swapping on the French Riviera, celebrated for its unfettered bisexuality.


October 24

A special return visit of this engaging, intimate documentary that follows pioneering gender outlaw Kate Bornstein as she tours the country.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Madeleine Olnek’s THE FOXY MERKINS

October 24

Lively, unstoppingly funny absurdist comedy that skewers conventional cinematic depictions of sex work, especially gay male depictions (the film parodistically riffs off My Own Private Idaho, for starters.) Lead actor and co-screenwriter Lisa Haas in attendance!

LGBT Film/Video Festival: NOT, LIKE, A LIFETIME MOVIE MOMENT: An Evening of Men’s Shorts​

October 24

Rachet poets; cinephilic go-betweens; fan fiction writers; horror movie fans coated in fake blood; one particularly annoying elephant; and more in this evening of shorts films and videos.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: blair dorosh-walter’s OUT IN THE NIGHT

October 25

A powerful documentary about racial injustice chronicling – and assiduously contextualizing – the 2006 case of seven African-American lesbians who were labeled “lesbian gang members” and who were eventually given severe prison sentences all for defending their friend after she was sexually harassed on the street.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: CATEGORICAL REFUTATION: An Evening of Trans* Shorts

October 25

Definitions claimed and ignored in this energetic conflation of characters engaging with disclosure, athletics, dating, postmodernism, robots (possibly), mothers, trans* history, and a bling bedecked walker as vehicles for getting where and who you need to be.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Daniel Ribeiro’s THE WAY HE LOOKS (Hoje Eu Quero Sozinho)

October 25

A beguilingly sweet story of high school romance centered on the resourceful and sturdy Leonardo, who always has to negotiate bullies and overprotective parents overly worried about how their blind son negotiates the world. But Leonardo has being blind down: it is his crush on new student Gabriel that confounds him.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Nejc Gazvoda’s DUAL (Dvojina)

October 25

A madcap tale of two women and their impromptu night-long excursion.The film weaves gravity within its whimsy, mapping, ultimately, a more general portrait of the twenty-somethings emerging from today’s economically embattled Europe, a generation lost, maybe, or perhaps defiantly adrift.

LGBT Film/Video Festival Closing Night: 52 Tuesdays

October 26

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.

LGBT Film/Video Festival: Eytan Fox’s CUPCAKES

October 26

A motley crew of neighbors end up representing their nation in global pop song competition! Pastel colored sets and all sorts of romance and the ebullience of song ensue! Free kosher cupcakes for the first 100 patrons!

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.

MFA Screening 2

November 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.

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.

68th Student Film & Video Festival

May 8, 2015

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

May 14, 2015 - May 15, 2015

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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