Black Lens Pro­gram re­turns to Mil­wau­kee Film Fes­ti­val

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Fea­tur­ing work from emerg­ing and es­tab­lished African-Amer­i­can film­mak­ers, the Black Lens Pro­gram re­turns to the Mil­wau­kee Film Fes­ti­val for a third year.

The se­ries presents eight pro­grams of short and fea­ture-length fic­tion and doc­u­men­tary films, with film­mak­ers ex­plor­ing sto­ries and top­ics rooted in the black com­mu­nity and relevant to all com­mu­ni­ties.

The Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences awarded Mil­wau­kee Film a $10,000 FilmWatch grant in sup­port of the Black Lens Pro­gram. In ad­di­tion, Black Lens re­ceived a sec­ond grant from the John­son Con­trols Foun­da­tion to help un­der­write the pro­gram.

The Black Lens Pro­gram is spon­sored by WJMR Jam­min' 98.3 and the Black Lens En­gage­ment Com­mit­tee.

In re­sponse to the growth of the pro­gram, Mil­wau­kee Film will award a $5,000 jury prize to the di­rec­tor of the win­ner of the best short or fea­ture film within the Black Lens Pro­gram.

The 2016 Mil­wau­kee Film Fes­ti­val runs Sept. 22–Oct. 6.

For more, go to mke­ — Wade Vonasek


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