2013 Milwaukee Film Festival: Day 5
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Today is the fifth day of the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs through October 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.
• Maidentrip: 3 p.m., Oriental Theatre
• Closed Curtain: 4:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
• Muscle Shoals: 7 p.m., Downer Theatre
• The Delphines + Heartthrob: 9 p.m., Hotel Foster
There’s a certain epic romance to sailing around the world by yourself, with nothing but the wind, water, and, well, even more water to keep you company. There’s also an undeniable danger to attempting such an insane stunt, which is why the media went bonkers in 2009 when a 14-year-old girl from the Netherlands announced she’d be giving it a go. Maidentrip tells the story of Laura Dekker, and includes tons of incredible footage she shot herself during her 17-month voyage.
Iranian director Jafar Panahi is currently serving a government-imposed, 20-year filmmaking band, but that hasn’t stopped him from indulging in his art. This Is Not A Film, from 2011, served as a documentary about Panahi’s ordeal, while this year’s Closed Curtain transforms it into a narrative about a sequestered writer grappling with increasingly bizarre interruptions.
The small city of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, has had an incalculably huge impact on 20th- and 21st-century popular music. Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and countless others have made pilgrimages to the city over the years, creating an unmistakable “Muscle Shoals Sound.” This documentary explores that sound, and includes interviews with Mick Jagger, Bono, Franklin, and more.
Milwaukee Film and Hotel Foster’s “Soundtrack” series continues tonight with music from two of the city’s best new bands: The Delphines and Heartthrob. Both groups play out a lot, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying them in the cozy confines of The Hotel Foster.