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UWM Film Faculty Showcase (part 2)

February 4, 2023 @ 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.

The First Shot is Silent (Kaszube’s Park)

Steve Wetzel / Anthromentary / 14 minutes

The First Shot is Silent is about the commemoration of a once-thriving migrant fishing village in Milwaukee, now bulldozed into an industrial corridor.

The Red Tide

Sally Lawton / Experimental / 8 minutes

The Red Tide follows a life changing move to Florida. Exploring a new home located near famous earthworks by Robert Smithson, the enormous art collection-turned-museum of John Ringling, and beaches plagued by a toxic phenomenon called the ‘red tide’. Beginning with a recreation of Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson’s 1969 film, Swamp, the film describes a confusion between multiple anxieties: art’s legacy, climate change, and a longing to stay connected.

Looking Backward

Ben Balcom / Experimental / 10 minutes

Filmed on the former grounds of Black Mountain College, Looking Backward is a brief elegy to the legacy of a utopian college and other impossible projects.


Dad’s Apple

Emir Cakaroz / Narrative-Documentary / 16 minutes

The film recreates memories the filmmaker has of his dad, and it presents an observation of a father from the point of view of a young child and shows how the immigration of the filmmaker’s family from Bulgaria to Turkey shaped their lives. The filmmaker plays his dad, and his son plays the filmmaker as a child.

304 In the Morning Sun (Work in Progress)

Brooke Thiele / Experimental Animation / 3 minutes

One is falling, the other is drowning. Two lovers revisit their time period in apartment 304.

All archival footage will be as is, all other shots will be animated with sand.

Club Ritual

Dan Black / Documentary / 6 minutes

Shot on December 4th, 2021, at Quarters Rock n Roll Palace. CLUB RITUAL is a recurring event led by DJs Asher Grey and Greyhound. Featuring DJ CHAD. Music and edit by Dan Black.


Neil Gravander / Live audio and video performance / ~10 minutes

[tape-manipulation, voice, keys, field recording, home movies]

Milwaukee Night and Day

Dick Blau / Experimental / 16 minutes

The distillation of ten years of looking at one square block in the very middle of an American city. A film made from stills that challenges them to move. Beauty, pathos, and turmoil, all in the course of a Joycean day.

Limits of Vision

Laura Harrison / Mixed Technique Animation (hand- drawn/painted/photoshop/destructive/rotoscope) / 35 minutes

A woman comes into conflict with the ancient king of dust during a social gathering, forcing a reckoning with her own smallness.


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


February 4, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Union Cinema


Union Cinema