72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story? - MKE Film Fest

72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?, directed by Raafi Rivero.

The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival announced this year’s festival lineup for the Black Lens program. Now in its fourth year, the program features documentary and fiction films by African American filmmakers that explore a range of topics rooted in the black community and are relevant to all.

The lineup includes Academy Award winner and Milwaukee Film Board member John Ridley’s new documentary Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992; a 20th anniversary, 35mm screening of the classic film Love Jones; and two shorts programs titled Black Lens Shorts: Family Matters and Black Lens Shorts: Lost & Found.

“Adding additional films, including two shorts programs, means a greater diversity of voices and perspectives,” said Geraud Blanks, Black Lens co-programmer. “We have more women and mixed-race directors, writers, and producers than ever before, in-large part because of our ability to expand our programming this year. The added room also made honoring Love Jones and bringing Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 back to Milwaukee possible without eliminating deserving films from emerging filmmakers.”

“The addition of a second shorts program is exciting, as it helps us to strengthen the mission of Black Lens,” said Donte McFadden, Black Lens co-programmer. “We want to make Black Lens a destination for African American filmmakers to screen their work. The shorts program allows for us to introduce many emerging filmmakers from across the country and allows Milwaukee residents the chance to see films that they wouldn’t see anywhere else.”

Like Cotton Twines - MKE Film Fest

Like Cotton Twines, directed by Leila Djansi.

A Black Lens kickoff party takes place at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee on Sept. 23. The event is free and open to the public. The Black Lens program is sponsored by Jammin’ 98.3.

The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival takes place at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre, Fox-Bay Cinema Grill, Times Cinema, and Avalon Theater from Sept. 28 to Oct. 12. Festival passes and ticket 6-Packs are available at mkefilm.org/tickets.

The films in the 2017 Black Lens program include 72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?, directed by Raafi Rivero; ACORN and the Firestorm, directed by Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard; Destined, directed by Qasim Basir; Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992, directed by John Ridley; Like Cotton Twines, directed by Leila Djansi; Love Jones, directed by Theodore Witcher; Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, directed by Stanley Nelson; and Unrest, directed by Jennifer Brea.   

The two shorts programs are Black Lens Shorts: Family Matters, which features Amelia’s Closet, directed by Halima Lucas; Cul-De-Sac, directed by Damon Russell; Gema, directed by Kendrick Prince; The Homecoming, directed by Paulina Bugembe; Night Shift, directed by Marshall Tyler; and New Neighbors, directed by E. G. Bailey; and Black Lens Shorts: Lost & Found, which includes Dear Mr. Shakespeare, directed by Shola Amoo; The Forever Tree, directed by Alrick Brown; Hold On, directed by Christine Turner; See You Yesterday, directed by Stefon Bristol; #WhereIsBeauty, directed by Angela McCrae; and You Can Go, directed by Christine Turner.

For more information, visit mkefilm.org.


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