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UWM Film Faculty Showcase (part 1)

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Get to know the output and inner minds of the Film, Video, Animation and New Genres faculty and staff at this all-star screening. Expect drama, documentary, experimentation, comedy, appropriation, and the unexpected. Many of the artists, your teachers, will be in attendance.

Of Wood

Owen Klatte/ Experimental Animation / 7 minutes

Wood carvings come alive to illustrate the uses of wood throughout the ages – until things get out of hand.


In Order for a Dune to Form

Jordy Brazo / Experimental Documentary / 11 minutes

Cycles of extraction, consumption, and reclamation continue as the past, present and future of a ghost town on the banks of Lake Michigan repeat themselves.

The Homecoming
Paulina Bugembe-Kuwahara / Narrative / 18 minutes

A young woman returns home to Wisconsin to plan a welcome home party for her brother who is getting out of prison, only to find that he’s not welcome.

The Narrows

Kati Katchever & Alex Boguslavsky / Music Video / 5 minutes

 We had a blast filming six rolls of super8 in February 2020 sparking Long Mama’s song, “The Narrows”, to cinematic life in this frenetic and whirling ride of a music video. Band leader Kat Wodtke was originally inspired by the real-life mystery of the fugitive, “Mad Trapper of Rat River,” on the run through a sub-zero Yukon wilderness in 1932. Wodtke’s Trapper is part wicked snarl, “corner this dog and it’s powder you’ll eat”, but more so an emphatic questioning, “who was I” (and how did I get here, and why). After Delays of pandemic proportions, we present the video premiere three years after the first shots were filmed on the full Snow Moon and 91 years after the Mad Trapper sparked a manhunt and a mystery for the masses.

 *warning: occasional flickering and fast moving images.


Decoupling (5 minute excerpt)

Yinan Wang / Documentary / 60 minutes

As a result of the recent “decoupling” of the two countries, his 3-year-old daughter has been stranded in China for two years. Her father travels from Milwaukee to Beijing to retrieve her, tracing as he goes the impact that familial separation has had on him, both personally and for a generation of Chinese/Americans.


Marquise Mays / Documentary / 12 minutes

A string orchestra in Milwaukee, WI redefines what it means to be a first responder.

She Leaves the City

Brian James McGuire / Experimental / 4 minutes

A film about an attempt to leave it all behind.


The Inhabitants (Work in progress)

Tate Bunker/ Experimental Narrative / 16 minutes

The film follows two fictional immigrant ancestors as they explore our subjective perceptions of a shared American past. Set in the late 19th Century, these inhabitants perform their required daily tasks while searching for each other and a greater meaning to their existence.


Joel Benjamin / 3D animation / 20 minutes

Marooned in deep space on a destroyed ship, Betrys tries to keep her family and herself alive while hoping for rescue.


A Random Walk Through Latent Space

David Witzling / Experimental Animation / 7 minutes

Two artificial intelligences compete to mingle fact with its statistical representation, giving birth to a generative adversarial network. Thinking machines will eat your future. In the end, all will be well in the Disney-verse, featuring the Myanmar Coup Dance Routine, industrial policy recommendations from Elon Musk, and other occasional highlights from Pandemic social media

Pet World

Grace Mitchell & Sofia Theodore-Pierce / Experimental Narrative / 13 minutes

An ensemble cast riffs on what we might discover about intimacy in parking lots.

Losing It

Jesse Malmed / Experimental / 2 minutes

Made at the legendary Nightingale Cinema (Chicago, IL) to commemorate the elegant ending of Cellular Cinema. (Minneapolis, MN). A month later, this space was en route to its own elegant ending. A credits sequence for those who deserve more (a most oblique love letter to artist-run cinemas). Co-starring Emily Eddy.

Cosponsored by the Dept. of Film/Video/Animation/New Genres



February 3
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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