Mil­wau­kee Film Fes­ti­val

Wisconsin Gazette - - Opinion - By Michael Muck­ian Con­tribut­ing writer

Life, meet art.

Pro­gram­mers for the ninth an­nual Mil­wau­kee Film Fes­ti­val have cho­sen 297 fea­tures, shorts and doc­u­men­taries that com­bine life and art to il­lus­trate how pow­er­ful the medium can be in the hands of master film­mak­ers.

Build­ing aware­ness of what film is ca­pa­ble of has been the fes­ti­val’s pur­pose since its in­cep­tion.

A story em­pa­thet­i­cally and ef­fec­tively told has the power to en­ter­tain and also change peo­ple’s thoughts and move them to ac­tion, ac­cord­ing to Jonathan Jack­son. He’s the artis­tic and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Mil­wau­kee Film, the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that runs the fes­ti­val. It is the fes­ti­val team’s job to screen hard-to-find ex­am­ples of the film­maker’s art and present them to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

“These films don’t get out the­atri­cally in Mil­wau­kee and are just harder to find in gen­eral,” Jack­son says. “It’s the fes­ti­val’s

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