We really only write wedding related articles, with the exception of the Milwaukee Film Fest. It’s one of our favorite times of the year!
Not only are there hundreds of amazing films being screened over the span of 2 weeks (Oct. 18 – Nov. 1), but there are panel talks about films and community issues, launch parties, after parties and live music every night of the week. Check out Milwaukee Film on Facebook for more info on events.
Here are our film picks for an awesome Date Night along with their film trailers, but be sure to check out www.mkefilm.org for more info and clear your schedule for the entire #2018MFF!
1. Shorts: Date Night
We LOVE shorts montages and we are super excited to be MFF Community Partner with the Shorts: Date Night program! So when you go and see “Married In Milwaukee” on the screen before the film, give us a little WOO! 😉 From sexy, to real, to edgy, to funny — the Date Night shorts program has some fun films to see.
Film Description: Whether you’re longtime lovers, friends with benefits, sleepless in Seattle, moon-eyed in Milwaukee, or anywhere in between, you’ll love this perennially crowd-pleasing collection of romantic shorts. Old love, new love, borrowed love, blue love—the roller coaster of emotions that is amore are on full display here.
2. A Boy. A Girl. A Dream
This film is an intense portrayal of relationships when confronted with worldview and realities. Intense and heartfelt, this may be a date night option to have some connecting reflection on after its over.
Election night, 2016. Cass (Power’s Omari Hardwick) and Frida (Meagan Good) meet by happenstance outside an L.A. food truck, only to embark on an evening-long journey of personal discovery as they talk and challenge one another as the night progresses. The latest from MFF alum Qasim Basir (Destined, MFF2017) is both technically audacious (the entire film transpires over a single unbroken shot) and emotionally incisive, capturing the fraught essence of our current moment in time.
3. Ideal Home
This heartwarming comedy film portrays the juxtaposition of living a kid-free life to suddenly having a 10-year-old move in and join their family.
Film Description: Celebrity chef Erasmus (Steve Coogan) and his long-term partner Paul (Paul Rudd, cinema’s Dorian Gray) live a life heavy on extravagance and low on consequence until the surprise arrival of a 10-year-old grandson at their doorstep, the product of Erasmus’ “experimental phase.” Forced to take in this surly youngster with an affinity for Taco Bell (lest he be entered into child services), the couple find their lives and relationship invigorated by this crash course in parenthood, in this eminently charming comedy from director Andrew Fleming (The Craft).
4. Keep The Change
As I watched the trailer for “Keep The Change” I couldn’t help but smile and even laughed out loud! This heartwarming and extremely unique romantic comedy features two autistic adults and their journey dating each other.
Film Description: It’s an atypical New York love story—the guarded David attends a group meeting for autistic adults, certain he doesn’t belong, until he meets the charming and vivacious Sarah. Her persistent positivity teaches David to be more vulnerable and open to love from the people around him—weathering David’s judgmental mother (Arrested Development’s Jessica Walter) along the way. Populated by actors with autism, Keep the Change captures a community seldom depicted on the big screen with refreshing honesty. This sparkling romantic comedy charms across the entire spectrum.
5. Oh Lucy!
This trailer really has us intrigued about this movie! With Will Farrell as an executive producer, it’s sure to have some funny moments while it explores life of an enchanting Japanese woman moving to California knowing only a small amount of English. Japanese / English Subtitles
Setsuko, middle-aged and alone in Tokyo, lives in a depressive state. But when her niece convinces her to enroll in an unorthodox English class (where is she is outfitted with a blonde wig and christened “Lucy”) taught by the charismatic instructor John (Josh Hartnett), new romantic feelings awaken something dormant inside her. When John suddenly disappears, Setsuko travels halfway around the world in order to find him, a journey that will test family bonds and result in at least one regrettable tattoo in this bittersweet comedy.
6. The Milwaukee Music Video Show
Looking to get a high level and entertaining glimpse into the Milwaukee scene? Then this selection of music videos from Milwaukee artists is a great film fest show to go see!
If these shorts are too loud, you’re too old: Our annual showcase of music videos made by local filmmakers runs the gamut of musical genres while showcasing the exquisite diversity allowed for by the music video format, a series of short, sonic bursts of creative excitement. Artists include Bruise Violet, Calliope, Platinum Boys, Willy Porter, and many more!
7. Shorts: Surprise, Surprise!
Another shorts selection, this time chocked full of unexpected and entertaining themes including the preview below of the short “Sam Did It” — Sam is about to meet his celebrity idol! The only problem is, Sam works in a morgue, and his idol is dead.
You’ll never see it coming, and that’s the way we like it. These shorts feature surprises around every corner (some so surprising you might find a surprise IN your shorts). Alfred Molina, paper-thin walls, a harmless joke, and the class of ’97—what could it all mean? No telling—we don’t want to spoil the surprise!
8. The Milwaukee Show I & II
All films created by local Milwaukee talent. Check out the Milwaukee Show I or Milwaukee Show II each featuring different shorts, like the mini-documentary “Alice’s Garden” — Meet Venice Williams, Executive Director of Alice’s Garden, a community garden in Milwaukee. Venice shares her connections with rivers and water, and shows how the garden is using innovative water solutions that are a model for other communities nationwide.
Each year The Milwaukee Show is one of the hottest tickets of the festival. It’s a rare chance to see work from our local best and brightest in the gloriously opulent setting our beloved Oriental Theatre’s main house. This collection of stunning documentary and fiction shorts allow you to watch locally, think globally.
BONUS: Virtual Reality Gallery
Throughout the duration of the Milwaukee Film Fest, a Virtual Reality Gallery is FREE and open to the public featuring 7 VR films. We went with our son last year and it was a really fun, unique and free experience!
- Gallery Location: 2155 N. Prospect Ave. | Milwaukee, WI 53202
- Gallery Dates / Hours: October 20 – October 31 | 4PM – 8PM (M – F) | 12PM – 8PM (Sa – Su)
Still having trouble selecting which films to see? We suggest picking up a program from one of these locations.