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2015 Milwaukee Film Fest Black Lens Series: Full guide and Affrodite’s top picks

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2015 Milwaukee Film Pageant Black Lens Collection pic collage of movies in collection

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After a successful launch at the 2014 Milwaukee Film Pageant, the Black Lens collection returns in 2015 for a second yr. Co-program coordinators Geraud Blanks and Donte McFadden have set distinctive standards for the collection in that the films chosen have to be both related to the African-American expertise and produced by black filmmakers. “I wanted to present films that not only expose viewers to black filmmakers they might not already know but also films that explore issues and raise questions that are often not addressed by other filmmakers,” explains Blanks. This yr, eight films by emerging and established filmmakers have been selected. The Black Lens collection kicks off with screenings of “A Girl Like Grace” and “In a Perfect World” on Saturday, September 26 and closes with “Little White Lie” on Wednesday, October 7. Nelson George’s “A Ballerina’s Tale” and Malik Vitthal’s “Imperial Dreams” already have bought out screenings as announced by Blanks on the Black Lens reception on September 17.

In addition, this yr the pageant will honor Stanley Nelson, Jr. with a Tribute Award. This award profitable documentary filmmaker is not any newcomer to the Milwaukee Film Pageant or its Black Lens collection. Nelson’s documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” was one among this yr’s choices; and “Freedom Summer” and “Freedom Riders” have screened at previous Milwaukee Film Festivals.

Under is an inventory of all eight films from 2015 Milwaukee Film Pageant Black Lens collection along with summaries (as written in the press launch), trailers, and display dates/occasions/places. I’ve listed my personal picks first. As info is launched, I’ll update this submit with any film crew and/or film subjects anticipated to be in attendance at a specific screening. The bought out screenings famous are for those I am conscious of on the time of this submit. Even if a film is displaying as bought out, there’s still an opportunity that tickets can be launched on the day of the screening so long as seats are available.

2015 MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL BLACK LENS SERIES


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documentary ‘Cincinnati Goddam’

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“Cincinnati Goddam”

(Documentary / USA / 2015 / Directed by Paul Hill and April Martin)
Web site: www.cincinnatigoddamn.com

SHOWTIMES

Tue, Sep 29, 2015 10:00 PM Oriental Theatre
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 4:00 PM Occasions Cinema
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 9:30 PM Oriental Theater

TRAILER

SUMMARY

It’s a narrative that has turn out to be all too acquainted — younger, unarmed black males killed by regulation enforcement agents who’ve sworn to guard them, followed by protests-turned-riots sparked by the lads’s premature demise. But before Michael Brown and Ferguson, there was Timothy Thomas, Roger Owensby and Cincinnati. A strong examination of a moment previous the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the documentary Cincinnati Goddamn presents a chilling and revealing look into what one educational calls “urban genocide” — a risky cocktail of systemic racism, widespread poverty and unchecked police brutality — and the grassroots activism that took to the streets to challenge it.

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documentary ‘In a Perfect World’

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“In a Perfect World”

(Documentary / USA / 2015 / Directed by Daphne McWilliams)
Web site: www.inaperfectworldfilm.com

SHOWTIMES

Sat, Sep 26, 2015 1:15 PM Oriental Theatre
Tues, Oct 6, 2015 four:15 PM Occasions Cinema

Observe: Sojourner Household Peace Middle will facilitate a discussion after each screening of this film.

TRAILER

SUMMARY

Documentarian Daphne McWilliams was trying to craft a film about young males raised by single mothers, so she turned to the strongest supply she knows — her son. This courageous examination into trendy family life, with McWilliams grounding her sociological research via extraordinarily intimate interviews together with her son, Chase, as well as different men raised and not using a father determine, is revelatory. A narrative of boys turning into males regardless of the absence of a male presence and the completely distinctive relationships they forge with their moms, In a Good World is stirring, related filmmaking.

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‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution’

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“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”

(Documentary / USA / 2015 / Directed by Stanley Nelson, Jr.)
Website: theblackpanthers.com

SHOWTIMES

Mon, Sep 28, 2015 6:15 PM Oriental Theatre Mon, Oct 5, 2015 7:00 PM Occasions Cinema

Word: Stanley Nelson, Jr. might be honored and in attendance at the Sep 28 screening.

TRAILER

SUMMARY

Into at this time’s period nonetheless scuffling with police brutality, racial discrimination and excessive poverty comes master documentarian Stanley Nelson’s stirring portrait of the Black Panther Get together. Following the social gathering from its inception in the early ’60s to its bitter dissolution a decade later, Milwaukee Film Pageant alumnus Nelson captures the important historical past of the movement, elegantly mixing archival footage alongside interviews with FBI informants, journalists, supporters, detractors and lower-level members of the get together. This can be a profoundly resonant portrait of a time period when impatience bred revolution and a vibrant group rose up to convey civil rights points to the forefront.

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“Little White Lie”

(Documentary / 2014 / Directed by Lacey Schwartz)
Website: www.littlewhiteliethefilm.com

SHOWTIMES

Solar, Sep 27, 2015 7:00 PM Occasions Cinema
Solar, Oct four, 2015 11:30 AM Fox-Bay Cinema
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 9:00 PM Oriental Theatre

TRAILER

SUMMARY

A documentary released at a perfect point in our culture when knotty intersections of race and id are making headlines, “Little White Lie” tells one lady’s remarkably intimate story of a life spent between two worlds. Raised white together with her darkish skin shade and curly hair defined away as an inheritance from her Sicilian grandfather, the director Lacey Schwartz can’t struggle the nagging feeling that her upper-middle-class Jewish upbringing is hiding one thing, only to seek out she was the product of her mother’s affair with a black man. After her biological father’s passing, she can’t hold back this family secret any longer.

Affrodite’s Honorable Mentions

Honorable mentions are movies that I want to see if I’ve time, however will not be my top picks.

**UPDATE Sep 21, 2015** Initially, I placed “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution” on this class. Howver, after reading an article in the Baltimore Sun that was posted on the Morgan State College Fb page about Stanley Nelson, Jr. being a film professor at Morgan, I’ve changed my unique position. As a Morgan alum, it will be significant that I help my alma mater and am putting it underneath my Top Picks. Meaning I’ve to bump something down. “A Ballerina’s Tale” is the film I’m shifting to my Honorable Mentions part instead of Nelson’s documentary. I’m interested in the story of Misty Copeland, however I don’t comply with ballet so I’m not essentially enthusiastic about her journey.

The opposite film I might classify as Honorable Point out is “A Girl Like Grace.” Raven-Symoné is among the stars and is scheduled to be in attendance at the two weekend screenings. Her superstar standing will certainly fill seats for what in any other case strikes me as an all too widespread, B-movie about highschool. My gut can’t be utterly off since Geoff Birkshire’s assessment in “Variety” says it “comes on strong but lacks the experience or perspective to fully convince.”

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documentary ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’

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“A Ballerina’s Tale”

(Documentary / 2015 / Directed by Nelson George)
Web site: www.aballerinastale.com

SHOWTIMES

Fri, Oct 2, 2015 7:00 PM Fox-Bay Cinema *bought out* Sun, Oct four, 2015 4:15 PM Downer Theatre *bought out* Mon, Oct 5, 2015 1:15 PM Avalon Theater *newly added*

TRAILER

SUMMARY

Misty Copeland, the first African-American feminine soloist at New York’s American Ballet Theatre, can be the primary to inform you that, based mostly on physique sort, pedigree and background, she shouldn’t be part of one of many world’s most prestigious ballet corporations. However her inspirational story of dogged willpower (overcoming a debilitating shin damage, consuming issues and racial issues), filmed right here in a raw, cinéma vérité documentary, will depart little question as to how this trailblazer shot her means up the ranks and overcame all obstacles to show in breathtaking performances in Firebird and Swan Lake.

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movie ‘A Girl Like Grace’

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“A Girl Like Grace”

(Drama / USA / 2015 / Directed by Ty Hodges)
Website: agirllikegrace.com

SHOWTIMES

Sat, Sep 26, 2015 6:45 PM Downer Theatre Solar, Sep 27, 2015 1:00 PM Occasions Cinema Wed, Sep 30, 2015 3:45 PM Oriental Theatre

Observe: Film subject Raven-Symoné can be in attendance for the Sat, Sep 26 and Sun, Sep 27 screenings.

TRAILER

SUMMARY

Seventeen-year-old Haitian-American Grace (newcomer Ryan Future, in a spirited breakout performance) finds her dysfunctional existence thrown further into upheaval following the suicide of her greatest pal, Andrea. Grace is already a social pariah affected by a clique of bullies (led by Raven-Symoné), and her want to know her pal’s choice results in Andrea’s older sister Share (Meagan Good), who encourages Grace to embrace her sexuality, main her down a rocky street of discovery. This delicate coming-of-age story anchored by a shocking lead efficiency captures the social hardship inherent in a younger lady coming to terms with herself.

Affrodite’s In all probability Will Skip

Everyone’s movie palates differ. The remaining two movies didn’t make my shortlist. “Imperial Dreams” simply isn’t my type of flick. Regardless, it was selected for the 2014 Sundance Film Pageant so I’m positive it’s a very good movie in its own proper. “Last Night” seems like a film I’d watch at house on a wet afternoon with scorching cocoa and a blanket but not go out to see in a theater. I am a fan of it being set in certainly one of my age previous stomping grounds of DC, however that’s neither right here nor there. The film gained Greatest Screenplay on the 2015 American Black Film Pageant so, once more, that is nonetheless a movie worthy in its own right.

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drama ‘Imperial Dreams’

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“Imperial Dreams”

(Drama / USA / 2014 / Directed by Malik Vitthal)
Web site: www.facebook.com/imperialdreamsthemovie

SHOWTIMES

Thu, Oct 1, 2015 7:00 PM Avalon Theater
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 7:00 PM Downer Theatre
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 four:30 PM Occasions Cinema

TRAILER

SUMMARY

A redemption story anchored by a tremendous lead efficiency from John Boyega (star of the upcoming “Star Wars” film), “Imperial Dreams” is a family drama with an astonishingly realized father/son relationship at its core. Bambi (Boyega) is coming residence to Watts; just lately released from jail, he has designs on earning a dwelling as a writer (having been revealed while incarcerated) to offer for his young son Day. However he shortly realizes the deck is stacked towards him and it’s going to take every part he has to realize his goals in this beautiful, multiple award-winning drama.

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comedy/drama/romance ‘Last Night’

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“Last Night”

(Comedy, Drama, Romance / USA / 2014 / Directed by Harold Jackson, III)
Web site: www.lastnightthefilm.com

SHOWTIMES

Tue, Sep 29, 2015 3:45 PM Oriental Theatre
Sat, Oct three, 2015 10:00 PM Downer Theatre
Sun, Oct four, 2015 9:30 PM Occasions Cinema

TRAILER

SUMMARY

A whirlwind romantic encounter good for followers of the “Before Sunrise” trilogy, “Last Night” pairs its mismatched strangers on a night of soul-baring disclosures and verbal sparring on the streets of Washington, D.C. Beautiful trend mannequin Sky is escorted on an sudden evening-long journey with impulsive businessman Jon — the one catch being that that is Sky’s remaining night time in D.C. earlier than shifting to North Carolina to stay together with her boyfriend. The film is a warmly shot, exquisitely performed take a look at romantic longing between two individuals who understand they could only ever have this prolonged moment between each other.

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The 2015 Milwaukee Film Pageant runs from September 24 to October 8. A full itemizing of films being screened at the pageant may be found on mkefilm.org.

6-Packs of tickets and pageant passes could also be purchased at mkefilm.org/tickets. Individual tickets could also be purchased online by way of the Tickets and Showtimes part of the Milwaukee Film Pageant’s web site mkefilm.org/calendar/?v=guide-list, by telephone (414) 727-8468, or in individual at one of many pageant box workplaces. For more info, go to mkefilm.org.

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