2013 Milwaukee Film Festival: Day 7
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Today is the seventh 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.
• Shorts: Obsession: 3:15 p.m., Oriental Theatre
• Shorts: Out Of This World: 7:45 p.m., Oriental Theatre
• Vanishing Waves: 9:45 p.m., Oriental Theatre
• The Championship + Mark Waldoch, 9 p.m., The Hotel Foster
Looking to get plenty of bang for your moviegoing buck? Than be sure to check out Milwaukee Film’s excellent shorts programs. Today’s picks include shorts dealing with obsession—always a fun subject—as well as shorts that plumb the depths of the supernatural and play fast and loose with reality. All told, you get 17—count ’em, 17—films for the price of two. That’s a deal you won’t find at your nearest unnecessarily-3-D-equipped multiplex.
Beyond The Black Rainbow was one of the most mind-melting films screened at last year’s festival; this year, that award will inevitably go to Vanishing Waves. The film tells the story of Lukas, who attempts to enter the erotic subconscious of Aurora, Inception-sytle. Of course, this is done via sensory depravation, so if you’ve ever wondered what Altered States would be like with a lot more sex, you’d be insane to miss this one—almost as insane as Vanishing Waves itself.
Finally, why not cap your night off at The Hotel Foster with music from Milwaukee’s beloved Championship? The group’s 2012 album High Feather was one of the year’s best, and opening act Mark Waldoch (formerly of The Celebrated Workingman) is one of the city’s most treasured solo musicians.