2013 Milwaukee Film Festival: Day 2
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Today is the second day of the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs through Oct. 10. In order to help you make sense of the bewildering array of films and panel discussions, The A.V. Club will be featuring selected picks for each day of the fest. If you ever wanted to stalk us (and see some great films in the process), now’s your chance.
• Shorts: Stranger Than Fiction: 4:45 p.m., Oriental Theatre
• Brothers Hypnotic: 7:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
• Stop Making Sense: 10:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
• Fable & The World Flat + Catacombz, Dogs In Ecstasy: 9 p.m., Hotel Foster
With Opening Night behind us (our headaches from the Opening Night Party remain), we can’t think of a better way to kick off the festival proper than with a host of bite-sized documentaries. The Stranger Than Fiction shorts program contains seven strange-but-true mini docs, including an in-depth examination of one of the defining images of the Vietnam War (Eddie Adams: Saigon ’68), and a vicious look at the leader of Russia (Vladimir Putin In Deep Concentration).
In case you missed the Milwaukee Film members-only screening of Brothers Hypnotic a few weeks ago—and missed the band itself at last night’s Opening Night Party—the film screens again today and throughout the festival. Brothers Hypnotic tells the story of Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a group of eight brothers who find themselves struggling to stay true to themselves in the face of mainstream success.
Jonathan Demme’s 1984 Talking Heads film Stop Making Sense needs little introduction—it’s only one of the very best concert films ever produced, about one of the very best bands ever to exist. Even if you’ve seen the film dozens of times, there’s no better way to see it again than on the glorious big screen of the Oriental Theatre.
If back-to-back music films aren’t enough, The Hotel Foster hosts its first “Soundtrack” show tonight. We’ll be there checking out songs from Fable & The World Flat’s new album, Dark Flow (read our review here), and enjoying the noise of the always excellent Catacombz and Dogs In Ecstasy. If that’s not a Friday night, we don’t know what is.