On-campus film and video screenings, festivals, and exhibitions offer students the opportunity to see and experience both contemporary and historical works by American independent film/videomakers as well as by international artists.
Community Media Project (CMP)
The Community Media Project (founded in 1985) serves diverse audiences by presenting engaging and ground-breaking screenings and film forums representing the many and scattered African Diaspora.
The mission of the CMP is to provide artistic programming and outreach for under-served audiences – at UWM and in Milwaukee’s central city. We do this by offering free film screenings and film and video workshops.
Since its inception, the CMP has provided programming that is diverse and inclusive in its scope. Much of what we have accomplished has been facilitated through partnerships with community-based agencies (YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Children’s Outing Association, Mid-Town Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood House, Journey House and El Puente Alternative High School).
doc|UWM is the documentary media center in UWM’s Peck School of the Arts Film Department that bridges academics with real world experience and gives students the unique opportunity to work on professional productions. Students and affiliated faculty collaborate on short form videos that raise awareness about a variety of contemporary political and social well as feature-length documentaries for public television broadcast.
A collaboration between the UWM Film Department and UWM’s Union Cinema, Experimental Tuesdays offers free bi-monthly screenings of the most recent and celebrated in experimental work in 35mm, 16mm, and video. A standout venue for a parade of visiting filmmakers, including Leighton Pierce, Robert Beavers, Lewis Klahr, the series has also offered rare local screenings of films from such important makers as Chantal Akerman, Jean Luc-Godard, Jean Painleve, Michael Snow, Leslie Thornton, Werner Herzog, Hollis Frampton and others. The series has also served as the local host for touring programs of films from such premiere showcases as the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the MadCat International Womens Film Festival.
Note: Not always on Tuesdays. All films take place at 7:00pm in the Union Cinema unless otherwise indicated.
Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival
Presenting regional premieres of films by, for, and about the LGBT+ community, the annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival illuminates several local screens over 10+ days. The festival unspools narrative features, documentaries, short films, experimental work, presentations from visiting artists, and more!
Milwaukee Underground Film Festival (M.U.F.F.)
The Milwaukee Underground Film Festival is a student-run, international film festival dedicated to showcasing contemporary works of film and video that innovate in form, technique, and content. This annual event exhibits independent films from around the world. We are interested in publicly presenting the best in artistic, experimental, original, humorous, political and visionary film and video work.
Student Film & Video Festival
A bi-annual festival featuring a juried showcase of the best short films and videos produced by undergraduate juniors and seniors.
UWM Union Cinema
For nearly 20 years, the UWM Union Cinema, an art house cinema with nightly screenings, has been managed and programmed by graduate students in film. There are two annual cultural events at the Union Cinema connected to the film department: the Milwaukee LGBT Film & Video Festival, programmed by faculty member Carl Bogner, and the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, which runs as a course in the department every spring and can be taken for credit as a graduate student. Additionally, there is a weekly screening series at the Union Cinema called Experimental Tuesdays. This semester, part of Experimental Tuesdays is being programmed by film graduates who are curating works from UW-Milwaukee’s vast 16mm archive.
Woodland Pattern Experimental Film/Video Series
On the final Friday of each month (with some exceptions), Woodland Pattern features a program of alternative work, the contemporary, and the canonical in 16mm, video and Super8. Screenings have featured Su Friedrich, David Gatten, Jack Smith, Joseph Cornell, Nathaniel Dorsky, Stan Brakhage, Marie Menken and Storm De Hirsch. The series has also featured visiting artists Diane Kitchen, Peggy Ahwesh, Jennifer Montgomery, and Jennifer Reeder. Group screenings have also been presented with work centered around such themes as urban street life, scandals of William Jefferson Clinton, educational films, and Frank O’Hara’s birthday.