Monday, October 5, 2015

On the Undistributed Near-Masterpieces of the Milwaukee Film Festival

Milwaukee may be the mecca meat and beer, but the place virtually erupts in film every year with the locally beloved Milwaukee Film Festival, which gets Cheeseheads so excited it can’t even close after its closing weekend (it continues through Wednesday). What marked the festival this year was a menu of movies that were not only near-masterpieces but also undistributed—and what the hell does THAT mean? There are, we are sure, disadvantages to living in the home state of the former next president of the United States, but access to some first-rate movies—ones that audiences elsewhere may not even see—is not one of them. The competition lineup put together by Jonathan Jackson and his team...

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