Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Milwaukee Film Festival: Get Your Program Books

If you've been waiting all year for the Milwaukee Film Festival to return, September 6th is a day to mark on your calendar!

Festival volunteers will be in Cathedral square park all day long giving out FREE program books for the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival. Pick one up in the morning during the East Town Farmer’s Market or in the afternoon and evening at the WMSE 91.7FM Backyard BBQ.
While you're at it, you can purchase or renew your MKE Film membership and take advantage of your last chance to grab discount ticket packages and festival passes.
Cathedral Square
Saturday, September 6
9 am – 8 pm
9 am – 1 pm: East Town Farmer’s Market
1 pm – 4 pm: Just us, hanging out in the park, waiting for you…
4 pm – 8 pm: WMSE’s Backyard BBQ

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!

"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.
                                                                                            - Jackson Scarlett
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.

Watch the trailer: 

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.

“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✭
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.

Watch the trailer: