Friday, August 29, 2014

Film Feast: Zone Pro Site: A Moveable Feast

And finally -- the moment we've been waiting for -- we're pleased to announce the film we'll be sponsoring as a community partner for the Milwaukee Film Festival this year!


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"Tropical Fish" director Yu-Hsun Chen returns after 16 years with this colorful pop comedy celebrating badoh, the Taiwanese outdoor banquet tradition. Blending multiple genres with plates full of gourmet grub and a hefty helping of food-fanatic classics like Juzo Itami’s "Tampopo" and Stephen Chow’s "The God of Cookery,"  "Zone Pro Site" stretches like a street noodle, but always remains satisfyingly toothsome.
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Zone Pro Site: A Moveable Feast
(Taiwan / 2013 / Director: Yu-Hsun Chen)

This top-grossing Taiwanese culinary comedy follows the humble return of Wan to her family catering business after the modeling career she had set out for ends with heaps of debt and some shady characters demanding money. An opportunity reveals itself: a cooking contest in the classic art of “bandoh” (a Taiwanese custom of outdoor banquets) with a substantial cash prize. With the help of a handsome man known only as “The Gourmet Doctor,” Wan looks to prove her cooking bona fides to her skeptical family and rid herself of those pesky debt collectors once and for all in this delicious rom-com.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Film Feast: The Starfish Throwers

Over the next week, we'll be featuring a film a day from the Film Feast series here on our site in anticipation of the release of the entire official Milwaukee Film Festival schedule on September 5th.

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“A luminous window into the lives of true local heroes, this documentary is sure to leave the spectator with the feeling that they too can make a change in the lives of those around them.”                                                                        - The Arts Guild: 4✭
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The Starfish Throwers
(USA, India / 2014 / Director: Jesse Roesler)

A powerful rejoinder to those who believe one person alone can't bring about change, The Starfish Throwers chronicles the heartwarming individual stories of three people from wildly different backgrounds—a top chef in India, a middle school girl, and a retired schoolteacher—who decide to combat world hunger despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Be it the donated bounties of backyard gardens, a night's sleep lost to deliver sandwiches and goods to those stuck in the Minneapolis cold, or the daily preparation and delivery of meals to the homeless, each of these inspirational stories proves that one person can positively impact the world.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Film Feast: Soul Food Stories

Over the next week, we'll be featuring a film a day from the Film Feast series here on our site in anticipation of the release of the entire official Milwaukee Film Festival schedule on September 5th.

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Soul Food Stories seeks to explore not only why the food bring us together, but the many ways it could enrich our lives. Or as the director Tonislav Hristov puts it – “Soul Food isn’t a film about the food itself. Soul food is the ritual of getting together around the table when each one of your friends brings his own spice in the sense of experiencing each other.”
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Soul Food Stories
(Bulgaria, Finland / 2013 / Director: Tonislav Hristov)

Satovcha, Bulgaria, has a population of only 2,000, but among that small community are Christians, Muslims, atheists, and Roma (aka Gypsies) all living together. They are united by a shared love of their land and a willingness to solve any problems generated by their different theologies and ideologies by gathering around the dinner table as they prepare for sumptuous feasts. Capturing this unique small town and those who inhabit it with warmth and wit, Soul Food Stories follows attempts by the female population to expand their use of the village's social club from one to two days per week.

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