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MILWAUKEE FILM FEST LINEUP LOOKS EXCELLENT

Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI)
Thursday, November 6, 2003
Copyright 2003 Madison Newspapers, Inc.
Byline: Rob Thomas

Oh, look at that! Milwaukee's finally gotten around to having its own film festival! That is so adorable!

OK, now that we've done a little Superior Dance over how great the Madison-based Wisconsin Film Festival (celebrating its sixth year next April) is, let's admit that it's a good thing for any city to have a film festival devoted to independent, foreign and Wisconsin filmmakers. And the lineup for the inaugural Milwaukee festival, which begins today, looks awfully good. Premiering tonight is "Reeseville," Milwaukee filmmaker Christian Otjen's tale about murder and secrets in a small rural town. Also on the bill are "Milwaukee, Minnesota," a tale of a young man caught between two competing con artists who both underestimate him; "Yes Nurse! No Nurse!" an over-the-top musical comedy set at an Amsterdam rest home; and "Gory Gory Hellelujah," the tale of four would-be Jesus impersonators who rumble with a gang of Elvis impersonators.

The festival will also premiere the final cut of Steve Burrows' "Chump Change," a very funny film about a Milwaukee filmmaker caught between the gears of the Hollywood studio machine. Burrows premiered "Chump Change" at the Wisconsin Film Festival a couple of years back, and Miramax has now picked it up for a direct-to-video release.

For more information on the 11-day, 100-film festival, visit http://www.milwaukeefilmfest.org


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