5 movies you can’t miss at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival


IF YOU’RE TIRED OF THE SAME OLD PLOT…

Neptune Frost

Neptune Frost is an Afrofuturist art house musical that follows an intersex African runaway who joins a community of hackers. If it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, that’s the point. “This movie is as far from a Marvel Avengers movie as it gets,” says Kerstin Larson. “That’s what Milwaukee Film is here for, to bring movies we wouldn’t see in Milwaukee otherwise, and this one is a shining example of that.”


IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY, WATCH…

Messwood

In 2019, Milwaukee’s Shorewood High School, a predominantly white public school, and Messmer High School, a predominantly black Catholic school, combined football teams. This documentary follows the resulting season. “Watching is essential to really understand what is happening with young people in our community,” says Cara Ogburn.

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IF YOU WANT AN EMOTIONAL JOURNEY, WATCH…

The Blind Man Who Wouldn’t See Titanic

Jaako is a young film buff who lost his sight and mobility from the waist down to multiple sclerosis. He travels alone to another city to meet his girlfriend online. “I was blown away by this film,” says Ernie Quiroz. “The actor [Petri Poikolainen] actually suffers from MS. You’re not made to feel sorry for him. His journey becomes your journey.


IF YOU LIKE TO SIT BY THE FIRE AT THE COUNTRY CLARE PUB, WATCH…

song work

This documentary follows a team of musicians who devote themselves to playing traditional folk music in their small village in County Clare, Ireland. “There is a deep kinship between Irish pub culture and Milwaukee pub culture,” says Ogburn. “It’s one of those movies where you feel like you’re there in those pubs where the music is playing.”


IF YOU WANT TO SEE A MUSICIAN LAUNCH THEIR ACTING CAREER, WATCH…

Down with the king

Freddie Gibbs, one of the most famous rappers of the moment, made his film debut there. He plays a semi-autobiographical character who retreats to a rural town to escape celebrity life. “The isolated space reflects the crossroads where it sits in a creative way,” says Donte McFadden. “It’s fun for people who know Freddie Gibbs’ music to see his acting skills.”


Milwaukee Film will release the full schedule later this week. Watch our coverage, here, or visit mkefilm.org for more information.







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Gerald R. Schneider