Jury Duty: Beth Barrett at Milwaukee Film Festival

Beth Barrett | Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Milwaukee Film Festival

The Milwaukee Film Festival started Thursday, May 8 and runs through May 20, and I am lucky enough to sit on the Cream City Cinema Jury for 2021! This competition spotlights local Milwaukee talent, and is a great way to take a look at some impressive regional talent in another part of the country.

Participating on a jury is different with every festival, but generally involves watching eight to ten feature-length titles (or the hourly equivalent of that for shorts, which is about 15-20 hours). Then, you work with your fellow jurors to come up with the winner: a film (or films) that best exemplify the nature of the competition. Unlike a court jury, there is no right or wrong; rather, the key is to find the common ground of three or more opinions and thoughts.

Besides the great MKE talents, I am also really looking forward to catching some other films like these:

Freeland – starring the great Krisha Fairchild

My Heart Goes Boom – I am a sucker for a musical!

No Ordinary Man – biopic of the jazz great Billy Tipton

Rams – the Aussie remake of the Icelandic classic, with Sam Neill

and…. Recreating the MKE tradition of Stop Making Sense as the most perfect dance party!

  • Date: May 12, 2021
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