Seven films directed by UWM alumni won awards at the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival. In total, alumni won $25,000 and additionally received over $50,000 in production services.
Shannon McInnis, BFA 2017, won the $2,500 Cream City Cinema College Filmmaker Award for her film “ANGELAAA.”
Damien Blue, BFA 2017, won the $5,000 Milwaukee Music Video Award for IshDARR’s song “Locals.”
Five alumni-directed films received support from Milwaukee Film’s Brico Forward Fund, which helps develop works in progress and future productions.
The 2017 fund awarded a pool of $50,000 and over $60,000 in sponsor-donated production resources, which include camera rentals, postproduction audio and visual services, lighting rentals and legal consultation.
UWM 2017 Brico Forward Fund recipients are:
“Dying of Thirst,” directed by Daniel Boville, BFA 2011, received $7,500 cash and $12,500 in production resources from North American Camera and Independent.
“Pet Names,” directed by Carol Brandt, BFA 2014, received $5,000 cash and $5,000 in production resources from Independent.
“The Inhabitants,” directed by Tate Bunker, MFA 1997 and senior lecturer in the Peck School of the Arts, received $10,000 in production resources from Electric Sun and four days at Steinhafels Studios.
“In Pursuit of the Stars,” directed by Jessica Farrell, BFA 2012, received $2,500 cash and $12,500 in production resources from North American Camera, Independent and Electric Sun.
“A Grave Situation,” directed by Michael Vollmann, BFA 2006, received $2,500 cash and $12,500 in production resources from North American Camera, Independent and Electric Sun.
“Deer Queen,” directed by MFA alumna Brooke Thiele; Manlife, directed by MFA alumnus Ryan Sarnowski; and “Seeking Century City,” directed by Adam Carr and BFA alumnus Wes Tank, received special mentions for the Cream City Cinema Jury Award.