“Spectacle!” brings multi-genre cinematic blowout to North End apartments
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If you only pay attention to the City-Hall-approved “cheerleader” groups, you might think that the only local film project worth mentioning is that time some dudes blew up a car in an empty lot—you know, for Milwaukee. But the city’s film community is much richer than that, and it’s not as “underground” as one might think. Take “Spectacle! At The North End,” an ambitious multi-genre film event taking place at the new North End apartments (1551 N. Water St.) Friday, February 1.
Condominium and apartment developer Mandel Group commissioned local arts outfits Plaid Tuba and Honeycomb Productions to create a multi-room, multi-genre film installation for a hard-hat tour of its new building. Under the direction of Milwaukee filmmaker/musician Kurt Raether—and with the help of another Milwaukee filmmaker/musician, WC Tank—an 18-page screenplay was written that “both complimented the culture of The North End and the excitement of Hollywood.” Raether and Tank then reached out to four more Milwaukee filmmakers—Andew Swant, Erik Ljung, John Roberts, and Carol Brandt—to create the film in six separate parts, each representing six different genres, to be projected in six different rooms.
The six films break down like this:
SILENCE (silent film): Andrew Swant
SPACE (science fiction): WC Tank
NOIR (film noir): Erik Ljung
FANTASY: John Roberts
MUSICAL: Kurt Raether
INDEPENDENCE (indie cinema): Carol Brandt
The complete film follows the story of “bumbling busboy Tilt, and debutant Ladybird Isabelle, as they struggle to escape a film world crafted by the dastardly Hugh Tinsley, billionaire scientist.”
The event will run from 6-9 p.m. Free parking will be provided at The North End Garage. A reception on the main floor will feature a cash bar, food from Kasana Catering, and music from Vitrolum Republic. Attendees are asked to RSVP to this one-of-a-kind event here.