2013 Milwaukee Film Festival announces increased attendance, audience award winners
More than 55,000 moviegoers showed up over the course of 15 days.
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Way back on September 26, the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival kicked things off with an opening night screening of Break Up Man, followed by a deliriously awesome party at Discovery World. Last night, the fest wrapped things up with a screening of Blood Brother. In between those events, the festival saw significant growth in almost every category. According to a Milwaukee Film press release, overall festival attendance hit 55,194 in 2013—up from 50,160 in 2012. More than 2,000 people crammed into The Hotel Foster for the fest’s 14-day live-music “Soundtrack” series. 64 screenings sold out, and a record 212 guests took part in more than 400 festival events.
As for the films, George Tillman, Jr.’s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete took home the Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award for a feature (Tillman, a Milwaukee native, was also the recipient of a Milwaukee Film tribute during the fest), while Douglas Sloan’s Eddie Adams: Saigon ’68 took home the award for a short film.
As for us, it’s impossible to pin down just one favorite moment from this year’s fest. Was it the opening night party? How about the midnight screening of Enter The Dragon? The 35mm awesomeness of 2001: A Space Odyssey? Dancing in the aisles during Stop Making Sense? Oh, and what about Altos: Earth? And how about that one bleary Sunday afternoon when we nursed our hangovers at The Hotel Foster, ate cold pizza from Ian’s, and watched The Human Centipede? All we can say is thank you, Milwaukee Film. Get some sleep, and we’ll see you again next year. We can’t wait.