Sept. 05--The enthusiasm for world and art-house cinema and other alternative programming at the Milwaukee Film Festival is shared by two other film-savvy local institutions: the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Theatre series, with screenings nightly, and the Milwaukee LBGT Film/Video Festival, which is in its 28th year.
UWM Union Theatre
This year, the Union Theatre, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., has switched to month-to-month schedules, and so far has only released its September lineup. It features dramas, documentaries, world cinema, classics and experimental films, many screened on DVD.
The lineup includes:
Sept. 7-8: "In the Fog" (Sergei Loznitsa, Germany, 2012) about a Russian railroad worker in World War II wrongly accused of collaborating with the Germans, and the horror film "V/H/S/2" (Simon Barrett, U.S., 2013);
Sept. 12:"A Band Called Death" (Mark Christopher Sovino, U.S., 2012) about a Detroit rock band;
Sept. 13-15:"Computer Chess" (Andrew Bujalski, U.S., 2012) about a chess tournament among computer programmers set in the 1980s;
Sept. 17:"twohundredfiftysixcolors" (Eric Fleschauer, Jason Lazarus, U.S., 2013) "a curated archive" of 3,000 animated GIFs;
Sept. 18:"How to Make Money Selling Drugs" (Matthew Cooke, U.S., 2012) A look at the title subject, with an eye toward decriminalization;
Sept. 19:"Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner" (Cindy Kleine, U.S., 2013), documentary filmed by Gregory's wife;
Sept. 24:"An Evening with Takahiko Iimura: Film and Music" (Japan, 1960s-2000s), with the experimental film artist in attendance;
Sept. 27-29:"The Man Who Fell to Earth" (Nicolas Roeg, U.K., 1976) David Bowie as an alien from a dying planet, showing in 35-millimeter.
Admission to "V/H/S/2" is $6; $5 for seniors and faculty; and $4 for UWM students. The other films are free. For the complete schedule, go to www.uniontheatre.uwm.edu.
LGBT Film/Video Festival
The LGBT Film/Video Festival opens with "I Am Divine," a documentary about the drag queen star of John Waters films, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave.
The festival continues through Oct. 20 at the UWM Theatre. Before the festival, a screening of Divine in "Female Trouble" (1974) on Oct. 3 is a fundraiser for AIDS Walk Wisconsin.
Other festival films include: "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton"; "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth"; "The New Black," about homophobia in the African-American community; "Reaching for the Moon," about poet Elizabeth Bishop; "Born This Way," about LGBT struggles in Cameroon; "In the Name of," about a Polish priest; and the Taiwanese romantic comedy "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow."
The LGBT festival's website, www.arts.uwm.edu/lgbtfilm, is being updated; ticket information and a complete schedule will be posted there soon.
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