Milwaukee Film Festival, Oct. 18-Nov. 1

October, 2018

The 10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival has arrived! More than 300 films, dozens of special guests, seven world premieres, parties for days—this one’s got it all. This year, they're celebrating a decade of bringing the community together through film.

Kicking things off for us this year is the winner of the Festival Favorite audience award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Science Fair, directed by Milwaukee native Cristina Costantini. Molly Shannon stars as Emily Dickinson in this year’s Centerpiece film, Wild Nights with Emily, a comedy-drama exploring the rumored lifetime romance between the famed poet and her sister-in-law. Local filmmaker Drew Britton’s feature that was filmed in Door County, Back at the Staircase, will close things out this year, having premiered earlier this year at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival. Filmmakers are scheduled to be in attendance at all three of these films.

Other spotlight films include A Kid Like Jake, starring Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, and Ann Dowd; two-time Oscar-award winner Asghar Farhadi’s (A Separation, The Salesman) most recent feature Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem; and Oscar-award winning director Pawel Pawlikowski’s (Ida) epic romance, Cold War, for which he took home the Best Director award at the 2018 Festival de Cannes.

Documentaries include the multiple audience award-winning film Pick of the Litter, detailing the rigorous (and adorable) training of puppies as they become guide dogs; and Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary, which dives into the influence of the beloved, short-lived tv show. And we're very happy to report that the Alloy Orchestra will be returning to the festival to provide a live musical accompaniment to A Page of Madness, the 1924 silent classic once believed to have been lost to time.

As always, the Talking Heads documentary and annual audience favorite, Stop Making Sense will take the main house of the Oriental Theatre by storm. Local filmmaker Chip Duncan’s world premiere of The First Patient was previously announced.

The 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival will run from Oct. 18 through Nov. 1. For more information on tickets and passes, visit And to catch the entire schedule, grab a program book!

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